Wednesday, January 18, 2012

School Starting Again

In less than a week, I start my online classes for the spring semester.  I'm only taking two, but along with working full time and taking care of my awesome 16 month old, I'm going to be thrown back into a busy lifestyle.  Not that my lifestyle hasn't been busy, I just enjoy the things I've been doing this past month a little more.  Maybe these classes will be extremely fun and interesting (I truly do hope so) but either way, I will have less time for my jewelry shop until mid-May.  After I complete these two classes I'll only have 4 to go before I have my Master's (just next fall and the Spring of 2013, you know, as long as the world doesn't end on December 21st). 

My shop is still seeing some steady business, which is thrilling!  I feel like I just need to find better ways to advertise my items.  Social media is probably responsible for about 90% of my sales so I hope to start getting more traffic through that route.  As far as adding new items, I've been able to do that more often because of custom orders.  I made a bracelet over the past two nights that I hope will become popular:


I'm actually wearing it right now and was really happy with how it turned out.  I have an order to make 10 of them, which I'll be starting tonight and hope to get done by Tuesday of next week.  I think it'll give me a good idea of how well I do with big orders like this, since this is a first for me.  I also have two of the fingerprint heart charms to make but am waiting on the molds of the fingerprints before I can start those. 

Jane's bedtime is slowly moving up from 8 pm to 7 pm due to a cranky attitude we've been experiencing every night around 6:30.  Though I love my evening time with my beautiful little girl, it isn't pleasant for anyone to experience an hour's worth of crying and the short temperament makes me think she just needs more sleep.  It'll definitely help me with time management for school and jewelry. 

Hopefully I'll be back with good news on how well I work with this fast drying metal clay when I'm trying to use a lot of it! 

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

Hello 2012!  I am excited to see what you have to offer!

My shop is still doing well.  Still buzzing with activity compared to just a month ago.  I am feeling more confident about the business as well, which is comforting considering every time I make a sale I feel a little apprehensive about the whole experience.  I can't really explain why I get this feeling, maybe I'm afraid my shop will get to the point where it's almost successful enough for me to quit my job (which is not anywhere near where it is currently) but not stable enough for me to quit, which would mean I'd become a very very busy mom/student/etc.  I think it's just a mixture of a lot of feelings.

For now, I still LOVE every sale.  Every moment where the little notification on my phone says "New Order Place by..." I get this overwhelming feeling of happiness.  Even when a person 'favorites' one of my items is a thrill.

Hopefully 2012 is a good year for the shop.  Since I only opened about 6 months ago, I look forward to seeing what it will look like this time next year.

Jane is asleep currently.  She's taking her afternoon nap and she has been asleep for over 2 hours.  I love long naps.  She wakes up cheerfully (usually) and I get lots done.  Speaking of which, I have to go move the laundry from the washer to the dryer and start a new load.  One more day off of my beautifully long vacation from work, and I hope to spend it relaxing and reading.

Have a Happy New Year Everyone!!!

PS

I went to Joann Fabrics a few days ago after having someone order a charm.  I worked really hard to get it finished so I could ship it out next day (takes about 4 hours total to make each charm) and the chains I usually use with all my necklaces were no longer on the shelf at Joann.  Not only that, but NO sterling items were hung in their usual spots.  I discovered by a rude worker that they were all jumbled in a couple of large crates at the end of the aisle and I was forced to rifle through them for about 15 minutes before giving up and walking out.   Without the chain to add to the charm, I wasn't able to ship the item.

So since that was pretty much the last item I've been buying at Joann Fabrics they have officially lost a customer.  Both because of their rudeness and carelessness with their products but also because they are too unreliable.

Also, Jane is still asleep...she has been napping for over 3 hours!