yes it’s that time again ! Out with the old in with the new type thing and what a mess I have made. When did I get so much stuff anyone would think I was buying for a craft shop in fact its not a bad idea ! Then I will have some room to work. I would love a shop dreaming again.
Started off just packing away all my beads I no longer used from my bag charm designing days. Not sure when I last made any maybe a few years so why keep them? I think because it took me so long to collect them all every colour, shape,pearls,glass,plastic you name it I had it! Just didn’t want to give them up. They did great when I first started sold hundreds but it didn’t last very sad think I cried. So it’s taken me this long to except the fact I won’t be making anymore.
So more space needed for my little monkey making business. I have the smallest room in the house and with everything in it you can’t swing a cat Never mind a monkey. My peddle on the sewing machine kept getting lost in all the mess under the desk. I know I am very lucky to have a craft room lots of people don’t have the luxury. But I have found it difficult to get organised when I’m falling over everything.
I must admit I’m not a tidy crafter so need room so today I thought let’s throw things out have room to sew my monkeys. But on looking things needed to be moved in better places so I can move from one to another on my chair and keep the flow. I have ikea desks that fit along two walls but the plug sockets are only at one end makes it difficult need extentions.
Best thing I evet bought was my WiFi printer as the lap top doesn’t need to be connected press print and your away. Only thing I will say wasting paper is a big thing for me or it takes to many sheets in at a time. End up with bins full of paper and card left over bits I can’t use. I do recycle the paper so thank goodness for recycle bins or any bins for that matter because I have a lots of rubbish.
The carpet I have down isn’t ideal all the cotton sticks to it so would love to change it for something cleanable perhaps cushion floor. But I need to find it first haha no it’s not that bad ! I have to get down on my hands and knees and find all the beads that got away when packing ! With monkeys it’s pins and needles that go a stray.
Turning out to be a bigger job than I thought this spring clean. So far I have wiped the desks moved some shelves filled two bin bags and a paper bag thrown lots of stuff out and still not finished. Have a big basket full of craft things need sorting, another box with craft fair things even though I move some in the loft. Box of felt, props for photos baskets and things. I have a set of draws full of socks, ribbon and other stuff, big box full of paint and brushes as I also paint pictures, printing set,canvases and frames. PHew lot to get through !
When I’m wrapping have no space to move it’s so frustrating I make a space then fill it up again. Do get my boxes flat pack but you do have to put them together.save boxes that I think I can use but take up space along with tissue paper,cellophane etc. I like to put my monkeys I sell in a bag or box think it adds a nice touch and makes a lovely gift.
So wish me luck still not finished and may still move things round a bit when I start working.
I started selling my handmade on eBay my first item was a bag charm at the time. Sold secondhand ladies bags revamped ! As I was crafty decided to make bagcharms for them. Opened a shop it went really well at first but the fees for eBay and PayPal on top wasnt giving me a huge profit. But it is a good selling place. I know if I want anything always look on eBay.
Top handmade sites.
FoLksy and etsy….
Then I moved on to Folksy a uk handmade site charge a small fee for listing and then take commission when sold. Etsy is the same based in the US. When searching for these Etsy always comes up tops big handmade site. So up to you what you choose. If you have lots of stock perhaps both ? I will list below some others to check out. Anything you put on these you will need PayPal account for payments. I find you also need to share your items on social media get people browsing your shop.
these are the main ones ! I have quite a big following on Facebook Love my business page. You do need to keep putting pictures on Invite people to like follow your page keep it interesting. Facebook are very keen to promote for a charge now that can vary so if you want to boost your posts you can. Join groups like other pages.Facebook is a great platform but changes all the time. Just love instagram you can have a business page or keep it personal open or private. You see all pictures from those you follow and leave a love or like they do the same if they follow back you can leave comments and I have lots of friends who craft from all over. Hash tags are great for reaching your Neesh. Twitter never really got my head round it ! You need to be constant I find things get seen better if put on direct rather than sharing and hash tags are also important. Pinterest is a build up of boards of your favourite things pictures that you pin in your page. I find it’s better to share from my website if it’s a blog or share from instragram spread the word. I pin from Pinterest a lot of the time.Like dolls, teddies,monkeys have lots of different boards including a folksy shop board. This lets me help others to share there work and mine. This is my board for my Sock monkeys but check out my others
Owning your own website
I have been lucky enough to have two but only one now. Well three if you count the small one I had at first made for me can’t remember how that came about. I loved my first one my own little website called Sunnyteddys bagcharms. You need a ULR that you can buy sometimes get free your name of your website, host to look after technical side if anything goes wrong. I was in contact with the maker in case I wasn’t sure of something. I only started to have problems when I wanted to up grade and had to have a new website made costing a lot. Lost all my email contacts and just totally went wrong so in the end gave it up.
Websites are a lot more modern now and up to date this one I have just for blogs at moment I did my self it is made with WordPress.org. Free site but have to pay for hosting. You’ve need to know more visit this lovely lady lot of free advice but she can set a WordPress website up for you for a fee Alison wood her group on Facebook Market your business with joy she’s been a great help to me. Here’s her latest YouTube video about making a website.
Hope this helped but will be doing more blogs on this subject keep watching
List of handmade market places
Shared this on my crafty Facebook page if interested