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Further down the road

Still using a PC that acts like a diva on drugs, I’ll just keep going as good as I can. It felt good getting it out of my system last week though, which opened my eyes to another thing I’ve been pondering; what to blog about. This is a personal blog, where I write about personal stuff, and of course articles about things that interest me, but I thought about turning it more into a hobby blog, where I’d write more about my hobbies instead of personal issues, experiences and chatter. But no! I need to vent now and then, and this is the place where I can do so without annoying anyone. Yeah okay, if you feel annoyed by it, just skip those entries, haha.

Anyway, I’ve been a bit creative the past week, and have broadened my horizon. My boyfriend got me some jewelry wire, probably because I wouldn’t shut up about how I really wanted some, and I’ve been working with it a few times now. Since I live on a small island, beaches are always just around the corner, and collecting seaglass is one of my hobbies. I sometimes find very pretty pieces in perfect condition, and wanted to create jewelry with them. And that’s exactly what I’m doing now! It’s by far not easy, especially with smaller pieces, but I’m having a lot of fun. I really like working with something you can’t buy in stores, so this is right down my alley!

From my private Instagram account.
From my private Instagram account.
From my private Instagram account.
From my private Instagram account.

I also work more with metals now, in contrast to the many friendship bracelets I’ve made over the past year, which were mainly created using various kinds of thread. Though it requires a lot of patience, I find it incredibly satisfying. I have used only new pieces for my new jewelry sets, which really makes those creations shine. Sure, they are not as unique as what I usually create, but they are still based on my own ideas, and duplicates will not be made!

From my private Instagram account.
From my private Instagram account.
From my private Instagram account.
From my private Instagram account.

Taking a break from wires and beads, I decided to paint some seashells again, which I haven’t done for quite a while. After some rather bad attempts, I succeeded in creating galaxies on shells. This was once again something that required a lot of patience, not only because I had to learn how to paint a galaxy/nebula, but also because the paint had to dry rather often. It took me 2 days to finish them, but I’m happy with the result, and will surely make more at some point. As mentioned above, we have beaches all over, so I can collect the seashells myself.

From my private Instagram account.
From my private Instagram account.

Bookmarks are still a work in progress, as I just haven’t gotten around to finishing them. You know that feeling, when there’s something else you just really want to do? Yeah… I’ll get to them though!

On a side note: I made an account on Ko-fi today, because why not? It’s not like I want to beg for money, and I don’t expect anything big from it, but now it’s possible to donate to this blog and my projects. Proceeds will go towards keeping this blog up and running, and new materials for crafting. Should it become a bigger thing than expected, I’d really like to start some frequent contests here, where it would be possible to win some of my stuff that I create for those events only. I already have some things ready for a contest, which I wanted to start last year, but now I’m waiting until the grand opening of my Storenvy instead, as I haven’t had the time nor PC the past months.

Why Ko-fi? Because I’m not good enough to ask for anything on Patreon, don’t want ads on my page (they are ugly, m’kay?), and PayPal buttons are… also ugly. Haha! 😀

Updating Etsy, and how it’s going so far

Whoa, it’s so much work uploading items on Etsy! And it doesn’t make it better, than I decided to upload everything to Instagram right afterwards. I wish Etsy had a template for who made the item, when it was made, and what kind of item it is. I mean, 90% of my listings so far have been of the friendship bracelet type, but I have to click on 4 drop-down options every time I want to choose it. I also wish they had a tag cloud similar to WordPress, where the most used tags appear on top of lesser used tags. Those 2 features would make it sooo much faster for me to upload listings.

But anyway, I took some photos yesterday, which ended up, ehm… rather dark, but still useful. I would not have uploaded the listings, if I didn’t feel like the photos represent my items. I am well aware of the fact, that the photos uploaded on Etsy are the gateway to a sale, and that mine are not exactly the cream of the cake. But what is a girl to do, when she lives in a country where the sun only shines few weeks of the year, and she can’t even go outside to use that light, because of monkey neighbors who’d most probably just steal her items, or throw shit at her? Exactly! Sit inside and hope for the best… But since the trees outside block the light with their leaves, it was rather hard.

I’d like a lightbox, but they cost money, funny enough. But then again, once we’ve moved, I can start with my actual plan, which was to use a stool my boyfriend once made, place it outside, and put my items on it to shoot some nice photos. That way, I could use the natural light, while presenting my items on a natural surface (wood). Or well, that’s the plan. As said, the weather here is not always nice, and I might just have to sit inside again. At least I would be able to sit in front of the window, letting the sun shine in, without having to worry about someone passing by and looking in *shudder*

Up until now, I find it quite fun to have a shop, and although it is hard work, and I can’t do much about the photos right now, I like correcting and polishing everything I’ve done. I’m also looking more and more forward to expanding my types of items. While I enjoy creating friendship bracelets and bottle charm necklaces, I want to do more. As mentioned in my post about opening my shop, I want to create seashell fridge magnets and bookmarks, but also teacup candles and maybe even earrings. I’m also working on ideas on how to make more traditional bracelets and necklaces. Opening was fun, but keeping it up to date is the real deal!

At this point, I’d also like to thank a few people, so please excuse me. First, I’d like to thank my boyfriend, who was quick to share my grand opening on Facebook. Then my mother in law, who reposted it on her wall, for all her friends to see. And of course Nao, who made a Tumblr post about my shop and my works, and shared it there. And last, but certainly not least, Sidachi for the very first purchase and review, and also the custom order I currently work on. You guys are awesome, and I appreciate your help so much!

Of course, my first sale to someone I don’t already know has yet to happen, but maybe it will around Christmas? I’m hopeful, and it can only get better! 🙂

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: colorpieces.etsy.com

Visit the Instragram here: instagram.com/colorpieces

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