Etsy shop is now up and running!

Awmigawd! I’ve been working towards this moment for over a year now, and it’s finally done! My Etsy shop is officially open, and I’m so excited, I can barely contain my joy! I got the review I was waiting for (thank you Sidachi!), and decided that today would be the day! Sadly, the nebula bottle is not up there, as the air bubble decided to grow, and I’m sooo mad at it…

Anyway, there are 15 items up for sale now, of which 13 of them are bracelets. I have more in my box, but I need to take some good photos before uploading them, and it’s not gonna happen today. After uploading everything to Etsy, I also did the same thing to my Instagram account, which I made solely for the shop to promote myself a bit. It took hours, but I feel good about it!

Now, why did it take so long for me to start this shop, and then I only have 15 items? The thing is that I’m in the claws of the system, and therefore not allowed to make money. I got the permission to do so a while ago though, as long as it’s only a little bit, but was just too afraid. On top of that, I also gave a lot of my work away to friends and family, and until few months ago, I was down to almost no stash, haha *is an idiot*

I also wanted to start with positive feedback, as it’s very hard for a newly opened shop to find foot on Etsy, and not drown in all the other shops. Positive reviews mean a lot more to a shop owner than you can imagine! I also found it hard to price my items fairly, but finally figured out, that my price should be material cost + worktime + packaging + fees, and still match the current market of similar items.

As stated above, I currently have mostly bracelets in my shop, but I’ve got some ideas for more bottle charms, and also for future shop items. Once we’ve moved and settled down, I will work more on fridge magnets (which I already have a handful of already) and bookmarks. It won’t be plastic magnets, but real painted seashells. It also won’t be printed bookmarks, but crafted ones with paper, dried flowers and magazine / manga cutouts all laminated and with a tassel. It’s gonna be fun, and I can’t wait to add these beauties to my shop!

The name of the shop is of course Colorpieces, and the same goes for the Instagram account I made for it.

Visit the Etsy shop here:

Visit the Instragram here:

I’d be happy if you would peek inside! Window shopping doesn’t cost anything 😉

Custom orders… Eep! Challenge accepted!

”What’s up with that weird title?” you may ask. To keep it short; I’m scared of custom orders! As much as I like creating something for someone, I’m really afraid of screwing it up. When someone places a custom order, they have something in mind, and of course they’d like for me to recreate the image in their head. That’s the part that scares me the most to be honest. Not being able to create what the customer wishes for.

The reason I’m writing about this topic right now is, that I’ve been doing some custom orders for friends lately, as I mentioned in an earlier post. It makes me happy when my friends are happy, and of course I’m always giving 110%. I’m always nervous though, as I’m afraid of doing something wrong, or not to the liking of the one who ordered something from me. Okay, granted, I’ve not had any complaints until now, which boosts my self-confidence a bit, but the fear is still there.

The past 2 days (yes, 2 days!), I’ve been working on a bottle charm with a nebula inside. I both read and watched many tutorials on how to do it, and followed the ones that seemed to make the most sense. But as I did as explained, I noticed that every single tutorial is actually flawed to the point, where it’s basically useless. In the beginning, the nebula was blue at the bottom, but now it’s purple. An air pocket has made its way to the top of the bottle, which I can see in the tutorials too, but no one explains how to avoid it. And my biggest problem was to glue the cork to the bottle neck, as it was wet inside.

Okay, so today is my third day with that… thing, and it seems like there is nothing to do about the air pocket, other than just hoping it won’t grow bigger. I don’t get why the blue turned purple all of a sudden, but as it was meant to be a purple nebula with stars anyway, I’m not that concerned about it (yet, it still bugs the hell out of me!). And the cork is finally glued and shut tight, although it won’t completely dry inside. I took photos of it, and am ready for Etsy, and then shipping.

But hey… What if these flaws turn out to be what brings this project down? What if she doesn’t like what she gets? What if the air spreads? What if I’ll never learn how to create these bottles? What of every bottle ever created has these flaws, but no one tells you in the tutorials? I don’t knooow!

So, what does that have to do with custom orders in general? The thing is that I would have never wanted to create a nebula bottle, had I not been given this order. It was never my intention to make such bottles, ever. But I was like “Yeah, challenge accepted!” as usual. I kind of regret taking the order now, but then again, I would never have known had she not wished for a nebula bottle. Y’neea, you evil creature! *lol*

Moving on to the next order, I now have one listed for another bottle charm, but for someone else, which is meant to be a gift for a beloved person. Yeah, like that won’t make me shit my pants, right? Now it doesn’t only have to please the customer, but also her beloved. I’m dying here… But it’s nothing I can do right now anyway, as the rest of the year is fully booked for me. Etsy shop opening next week, dog is coming in 2 weeks, boyfriend’s birthday is in less than a month, and then we’re packing through all of September, and hoping to move during October instead of November. December is full of birthdays, and I take it we’re hosting Christmas again since we get a new house… Agh! But she knows, so it’s all fine…

It really irks me having to wait with a custom order, so I’ll probably think “Challenge accepted!” again, and do it sometime in-between. As it’s once again something I haven’t done before though, I’ll probably end up stressing over it for days, and then go cry in the corner.

Uh, and a friend sent me an art challenge on Instagram yesterday, and of course I thought “Challenge accepted!” right away, although I have no time for it… orz *cry*

Arakawa Under the Bridge x Bridge – Review

I don’t know how it happened, but I watched the last episode yesterday. It feels weird, not only because I watched the second season within a few days, but also because the ending itself was weird. I won’t spoiler it in this review though, but if you haven’t watched the first season, reading this might be a spoiler in itself, so… SPOILER WARNING(!?)

The second season picks up where the first one ended. Quite literally. The difference now is though, that the left-out characters from the first season now play a bigger role, and the new Amazones and her Tengu turn out to be a part of the growing cast. It’s funny how they all work together so well, and it feels like the new characters have been there since the very beginning.

This time, Kou’s father is not the main problem, but a trip to Venus is. Nino tells the others how she has heard from her parents, and now she wants to go home again. By going home, she means the planet Venus of course, and most of the riverbank residents want to join her on that trip, and find a new home on her planet. This results in hard training with the help of Sister, where they need to live in a room with one another for almost a week, and also lose weight, as the rocket can only hold 500 kilos of weight.

As we get new characters though, we also get new backstories, of which I found Billy’s to be the one I’d like to know more about. The old characters also get a bit of story added to them, but I don’t feel any wiser as to what they did in the past. Although we get to know Whitey a lot better, and I like him a lot more than in the first season because of that. Due to various circumstances, we also get to see more of Maria, which is something I welcomed, as Sister is my favorite character of them all, and if you watched the first season, you know how their relationship works.

To be honest, there is nothing more I can say about the second season, as it has its roots in the first one, which I already reviewed. I don’t want to spoiler too much either, which is hard not to, if I keep writing about what happens. If they go to Venus or not, and who that shady person from the first season is must be held a secret! So go watch it if you haven’t already, it sure is worth it. I actually laughed more during these 13 episodes, as the characters were all established and well-known.

I’m sorry for not writing that much, bear with me please. Go watch it, and tell me what character you like the most, as there is bound to be at least one likeable character for every taste 🙂

Tiny bits of a life