Thursday, July 30, 2009
I've been working like crazy this week and as soon as I take a few pictures I'll post them. I cut out turtles, catepillars and ladybugs. The only thing I have left to do is to glue the turtles together.
Just remember, Saturday morning I will be using random.org to pick the winner of my first give-away!! Leave a comment in order to be picked!!
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
When I hear about Obama's Healthcare plan, all I can think of is how big an increase in medical services are we going to see? I understand that everyone needs insurance, but aren't those of us that have insurance going to have higher premiums since we can afford it in order to pay for the insurance of those who can't pay for it?
Sorry for my ranting, but I'm now up to 6 medical bills to pay for that add up to over $1500. Sometimes I wonder if it's really worth it.......
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
How many of you offer international shipping? Do you feel like you miss out on any sales because you don't offer international shipping or have you found it to be more of a nuisance to ship overseas?
There are only two people in the contest for the month of July. The drawing will be held Saturday morning on August 1. The winner will have their choice of free shipping or a gift certificate worth $5. The prizes can be used in either of my two shops cardsetcbyjerri.etsy.com or hiddentreasures09.etsy.com. Remember, all it takes is a comment or a link to your blog to be entered!!!
Monday, July 20, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
I really enjoy Sundays because that is the day everything actually seems to slow down. Saturday there is always something pressing to do like laundry, grocery shopping or house cleaning. But Sundays are the slow down and relax days. They are my favorite except for the fact that the next day is Monday and I have to go to work.
These ladybugs are my best sellers on Etsy. I've sold pink and brown, red and black, and shimmery red and black lady bugs. I think they are one of my favorites. What do you think?
The quote I found for today is "Don't see others as doing better than you. Beat your own records daily because success is a fight between you and yourself" by Mohammad Monis. I wholeheartedly agree with this quote. It is something that I myself have a lot of trouble following. I'm the person that sees every single flaw in what I do, especially my woodwork. But I've learned that sometimes those little flaws actually make it better. I'm always on Etsy looking at other cards, tags, and embellishments and asking myself how my work compares to theirs. Of course, I always feel like theirs is ten times better than mine, but I make myself look at my sales. If my work was that atrocious, I wouldn't have sold what I have. Now, as for my woodwork, I understand that it will take longer for it to get going because you have to find someone who is looking for that exact thing and is willing to spend the money.
I also need to make a few more pieces to add to the shop (http://www.hiddentreasures09.etsy.com/) but it's summer in Florida. I time myself on my work in order to figure out what to sell pieces for. I only count the time it took to cut it out, not to finish it. Time wise, it took me an hour to do a Michael Jackson silhouette. But in actuality it took me about three hours because I could only cut for so long in a shed with the stifling heat before needing water and some air.
What do you think of your work? How do you figure out prices?
Saturday, July 18, 2009
I guess I should tell you a little about myself. I live with my husband, Scott, our mischievous and way too smart miniature schnauzer, Lucky Fred, and my wonderful mother-in-law Beth. We live in Sebring, a small town in the middle of the Florida. Scott and I just celebrated our one year wedding anniversary a little over a month ago. It's hard to believe how fast time flies!!
I found this quote by Ernest Hemingway, "We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master." I believe that is true with any craft. You may be at the top of your game with whatever you are sewing, crocheting, scrapping, or designing but there are new ideas and inventions taking place that can add even more dimension to your craft. There are always new classes to take and new people to talk to in order to help you make your work even better than what it is. So if you feel like you are the best out there, take a look around. I'm sure you could find at least one new thing to learn.