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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Let the Craft Fairs Begin!

It's September (yeah, already) and soon the Fall/Christmas craft fair season will be here. For those of us who take our creations to shows and sell directly to our customers, it's an exciting time and a scary time too. It's exciting because you get to see first hand how your new creations are received (or not) by your customers. It can also be scary, because even if you've participated in the same show for a few years and you already "know" what to expect, after you've done this a few years you discover that you really never know what to expect! LOL

I started selling at craft fairs in 1996. Since I make mostly Christmas items, my main selling season usually runs from September until the end of November. After all these years of selling at shows, I've been really fortunate to have had only two really terrible shows i.e. poor attendance/low sales. Not bad for 14 year in business!

Now that we've moved family and business for the second time in 14 years, it's really like starting my business all over again from scratch. I've never been to any shows/fairs here in Kamloops so I have no idea what to expect. I only know of one show here so far and I applied to get into it, but I don't know which shows are good and which ones to avoid. I have no idea who my competition is here, if I have competition here, and I don't know what sells well here and what doesn't. Hmmm.....this is going to be interesting! LOL

Happy Crafting!
Cheryl

Saturday, August 15, 2009

I'm selling on Ebay - finally!!

Well, I finally got up enough courage to post some giftware auctions on Ebay! I've toyed with it off and on many years now (try 8) and I just thought - go for it! Check them out here:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=280385719290&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT

I posted 5 auctions a week ago and one actually sold! Yeah! I may try an Ebay store too, since it's free for the first month and it's cheaper than my current site. Yes, there are fees to selling on Ebay, but I figure that's a small price to pay for all the extra advertising they do and the traffic they get, which is much more than my website gets. I'm finding that there are things that I'd like to be able to do on my site that I can't because it's a "built" site. Good to start with but now I want more!

I don't really have the time to do my own site from scratch right now though. I'm currently home schooling my 16 year old daughter and I have a 4 year old son at home too, so time is at a premium. In case you are wondering...that's a 12 year gap between kids and yes, my husband and I are the birth parents of both kids. It's really a very funny story about two miracles, but I'll leave that one for another post! LOL

But I digress....back to the craft table!!!

Happy Crafting!

Cheryl

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Doing my part to support artistic endeavours!

I have to admit that I don't always work on my craft projects "in" my studio. Of course, that's the ideal place for creating, because it's all set up again and everything I need (hopefully) is in there. Also, having a dedicated studio space means I can just shut the door when I'm finished and leave everything where it is and return to it later (this is a definite bonus!!)

Sometimes though, I do like to sit in front of the tv and paint (prep, sand, etc). One of my favourite shows is "So You Think You Can Dance" (season finale started last night) and "So You Think You Can Dance Canada." I just love this show and I must say that the calibre of dancers this season has been phenomenal - what a tough competition this year! I even got my husband hooked on it so we've both been watching this time around.

Obviously, being a craftsperson, I'm all in favour of supporting artistic endeavours, whatever they may be. What I truly love about this show, other than I find it terrifically entertaining, is that the judges are so supportive of the dancers while they are critiquing them. With all the so called "reality shows" on now and the emphasis on shock value, drama and controversy, I find it refreshing and wonderful to see professionals provide constructive commentary to hopefully help these dancers improve and flourish. This is an incredible learning opportunity for them. Whether they make it to the final and ultimately win or not doesn't really matter in the end. The whole season of dancing is like a visual resume for each one of them and these dancers will definitely find work after the show is over!

Be sure to watch the finale tonight!! Since I'm in Canada I can't vote, but if I could, my vote would go for Jeanine!!! (Well, I like the other three finalists too, but she's my favourite dancer!!)

Here's to more support for the arts!!

Happy Crafting!!

Cheryl

Let the Craft Fairs Begin!

It's September (yeah, already) and soon the Fall/Christmas craft fair season will be here. For those of us who take our creations to shows and sell directly to our customers, it's an exciting time and a scary time too. It's exciting because you get to see first hand how your new creations are received (or not) by your customers. It can also be scary, because even if you've participated in the same show for a few years and you already "know" what to expect, after you've done this a few years you discover that you really never know what to expect! LOL

I started selling at craft fairs in 1996. Since I make mostly Christmas items, my main selling season usually runs from September until the end of November. After all these years of selling at shows, I've been really fortunate to have had only two really terrible shows i.e. poor attendance/low sales. Not bad for 14 year in business!

Now that we've moved family and business for the second time in 14 years, it's really like starting my business all over again from scratch. I've never been to any shows/fairs here in Kamloops so I have no idea what to expect. I only know of one show here so far and I applied to get into it, but I don't know which shows are good and which ones to avoid. I have no idea who my competition is here, if I have competition here, and I don't know what sells well here and what doesn't. Hmmm.....this is going to be interesting! LOL

Happy Crafting!
Cheryl

I'm selling on Ebay - finally!!

Well, I finally got up enough courage to post some giftware auctions on Ebay! I've toyed with it off and on many years now (try 8) and I just thought - go for it! Check them out here:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=280385719290&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT

I posted 5 auctions a week ago and one actually sold! Yeah! I may try an Ebay store too, since it's free for the first month and it's cheaper than my current site. Yes, there are fees to selling on Ebay, but I figure that's a small price to pay for all the extra advertising they do and the traffic they get, which is much more than my website gets. I'm finding that there are things that I'd like to be able to do on my site that I can't because it's a "built" site. Good to start with but now I want more!

I don't really have the time to do my own site from scratch right now though. I'm currently home schooling my 16 year old daughter and I have a 4 year old son at home too, so time is at a premium. In case you are wondering...that's a 12 year gap between kids and yes, my husband and I are the birth parents of both kids. It's really a very funny story about two miracles, but I'll leave that one for another post! LOL

But I digress....back to the craft table!!!

Happy Crafting!

Cheryl

Doing my part to support artistic endeavours!

I have to admit that I don't always work on my craft projects "in" my studio. Of course, that's the ideal place for creating, because it's all set up again and everything I need (hopefully) is in there. Also, having a dedicated studio space means I can just shut the door when I'm finished and leave everything where it is and return to it later (this is a definite bonus!!)

Sometimes though, I do like to sit in front of the tv and paint (prep, sand, etc). One of my favourite shows is "So You Think You Can Dance" (season finale started last night) and "So You Think You Can Dance Canada." I just love this show and I must say that the calibre of dancers this season has been phenomenal - what a tough competition this year! I even got my husband hooked on it so we've both been watching this time around.

Obviously, being a craftsperson, I'm all in favour of supporting artistic endeavours, whatever they may be. What I truly love about this show, other than I find it terrifically entertaining, is that the judges are so supportive of the dancers while they are critiquing them. With all the so called "reality shows" on now and the emphasis on shock value, drama and controversy, I find it refreshing and wonderful to see professionals provide constructive commentary to hopefully help these dancers improve and flourish. This is an incredible learning opportunity for them. Whether they make it to the final and ultimately win or not doesn't really matter in the end. The whole season of dancing is like a visual resume for each one of them and these dancers will definitely find work after the show is over!

Be sure to watch the finale tonight!! Since I'm in Canada I can't vote, but if I could, my vote would go for Jeanine!!! (Well, I like the other three finalists too, but she's my favourite dancer!!)

Here's to more support for the arts!!

Happy Crafting!!

Cheryl