Thursday, September 30, 2010

New Look

So I've been playing around with templates for my blog.  I think I like this one pretty well.  Of course I may just decide to change my mind in an hour or two.  We'll see.

Why a new look, you ask?   Simple.  We have listed the property where we currently live for sell.  Here's hoping it sells quickly.  If it does it means packing up and moving to a new location.  (with a possible stay in a rented house, or hotel while escrow on a new home closes.)    With that thought in mind I started packing away a few things and discovered that I alone, had enough to fill a six bedroom house, including a two car garage and outside storage building, with just stuff I have collected over the years.  Not even taking into consideration, clothing, furniture, and business related inventory.  So I decided it was time to downsize.  (Anyone looking for nice vintage craft magazines should take a peek at at Artfire studio in the coming weeks, there will be several listed). 

But this has nothing to do with a new look, you say.  I beg to differ.  As I am sorting through things to keep, things to give away, things to list and sell, things to discard, I realize I am stuck in a rut.  I am consistently, running into the same old colors, types of magazines (really just how many books for crocheted snowflakes does one person need.), even my clothing style had not changed in years.  I know this because I actually still have the outfit I wore for my eighth grade graduation, in the early 70's.  Except for size and color it is almost identical to the outfit I purchased for my Sisters wedding in the mid 1980's.  Definitely, time for an upgrade and change.

This got me thinking, if the things I collect are getting "old" and "stale", what about the things I use to run my business, such as my blog, website, even my signature on my emails.  So starting today, I decided it was time for an upgrade so to speak.  Out with the old, in with the new, and hopefully, streamlined look.

I think it looks pretty darned good myself.  Don't you?

Monday, September 27, 2010

Its Almost Official Artfire Here I Come

As of the end of October I will no longer be selling my craft items, and craft related items on Etsy.  I am moving everything over to my Artfire studio.  It's not that Etsy is a bad place, it was just not the right place for me.  I have better luck with my listings at Artfire.  Although you wouldn't know it to look at my total items sold figures.

But, unlike Etsy, Artfire allows you to complete transactions off site.  And if someone emails, asking if you have something in a certain color, or different size, you can sell it directly to them without first making a listing and putting it up on Artfire.  Also, unlike Etsy, if someone finds something you're selling on Artfire, they don't have to join the Artfire community to buy it.  They can, with just a few clicks of a button, purchase the item directly from you, without first registering for an account.

And of course with the $5.95 a month for a Pro Studio promotion going on now, whats not to like.  One flat rate per month, unlimited listings, no commission fees (other than paypal and google checkout), and no listing fees per items listed.  And if you already have a Pro account at a higher rate, you can sign up for the new rate and when its time to pay your monthly fee you will get it at the new rate instead of the old rate.  Of course, to take advantage of the new rate you have to sign up before October 1st. 

For those selling on Etsy, and doing well, KUDO's to you.  I wish you much continued success.  If your still looking for a place to sell your wonderful, handcrafted  items, may I suggest taking a look around Artfire, visit some of the studios, and the forums.  You may find its a better fit for you than other places you may be looking.