Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Coming in January!

Since Thanksgiving to this past weekend, my life has been super busy. Not only was I not able to do my Make it Monday, posts, because I was working every Monday, but then I had a job opportunity fall into my lap that I had to get ready for. So, I haven't had a lot of time to blog, or create new items. I will be having some big changes in January of 2018. I have spent most of 2017 learning some new skills, and perfecting others. Along with evaluating how I wanted to sell those items. Etsy just is not working for me right now, and hasn't for this whole year. I did have 3 sales so far in December, but it really is not enough to sustain the amount of fees I am paying out to advertise said items. So, after much thinking, researching, and deciding what would be best for me, I have decided to open an Ebay store in January. I have some items listed there already. Once the store opens, I will add inventory that has ended on Etsy, and all new items. I will keep a few items on Etsy, but most of my inventory will be moved to Ebay. I have had naysayers say you can't sell handmade on Ebay, and make any money. I just don't believe that is true. If someone loves your product, they will buy it. If something isn't going to sell on Ebay, then I see no difference then if it doesn't sell on Etsy. In the long run it is about saving money, and making profit when I do sell something. I can also sell my art items on Ebay, where Etsy makes me go through some arcane process to have outside manufacturing. Just a big time hog. So, be sure and watch for my new Ebay store at the beginning of January. I will also be running a sale every month, or shipping deals. I will also be returning to Make it Monday items. I might do a monthly theme each month.

 I would really love to start collecting emails from fans who would love to see my new items, and follow for sales, and specials. I don't want to sign up for an email collector, but if you would like to receive a weekly email update, or monthly, not sure, with new items and specials, you can either leave your email in the comments, or email it to me at melissaruede@yahoo.com with newsletter in the subject.

 The two items below are as follows, and available for purchase. The first item is a new item added to my Etsy shop about a week ago. It is 3 terra cotta pots with Peace, Love and Joy painted on. They are on sale right now, until December 20th when my shop will go on vacation, as are most of my Etsy items.

The second item is one of my original paintings of a Zentangle elephant applied to a studio pouch bag.  It is available on Ebay via my seller account. 

My Etsy shop is going on vacation on December 20th.  So, if you want to get any of my items for sale there before the sale runs out, hurry and get them now.



Thursday, November 9, 2017

Gifts for Wine Lovers

Yay, I got a post in besides Make it Monday! Right now, in my Etsy shop, I have 10 different items that can be gifts for wine lovers. One is shown below, and etched glass red wine bottle with strawberries on it. Some of my wine bottles are painted, some are etched glass, and there are some vintage silver wine goblets too. The wine bottles are new, and unopened,unless otherwise stated. You could put candy, soap, or other things in these wine bottles, but of course you could put wine in them too! Be sure to read listings carefully, and ask any questions. All of my items are shipped with insurance, no matter the price, or fragility. Visit my Etsy shop now.



Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Make It Monday: Baby Boy Crochet Blanket, Paw Print Etched Glass and A Free Gift Promo

I did not realize I forgot to post my Make it Monday for last week. The only item I got done so far this week, is the free gift with promo angel lollipop holder. It is the very first image, and from now until New Years, 2018, this is a Free Gift with all purchases in my Etsy shop. See my Etsy shop for details. It does say 20 cents, I had to put a price on it, but it is not for purchase, just for me to advertise it. Ask me about it if you want.

 I finished the blue variegated baby blanket last week. I love this stitch, looks like stepping stones to me. It is listed in my Etsy shop. 

 I also made up an etched glass dog paw print on a cabochon, for Fairy or Pet Gardens. So cute, sold in lots of 5. Now with the days being shorter, I have to figure out a time to do my glass etching. I have to be outside, and I homeschool during the day. Could be interesting. I might have to change my craft day from Make it Monday, to Make it Saturday.

 I just started a new crochet wrap, and I love this pattern. I can't wait to finish it. It will be available for purchase as soon as it is done. Don't forget to check out my current jewelry sale, in my Etsy shop. All jewelry items, except those already on mark down for clearance, are 15% off, plus you get the free gift with purchase. This current sale ends on the 16th, so hurry and get shopping. I will then be running a week long Black Friday sale, and am considering a featured item of the week, maybe after the holidays are over. Start shopping now, and beat the rush, plus most of my jewelry pieces are one only, unique pieces.

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