Weather you love vintage, traditional or obscure, Etsy is great resource to find that perfect peice for your home. Anything from pillows to actual furniture can be found. I love looking at the furniture, I am a huge fan of the obsure and weird, although not many people know that about me. Some of these are spendy but pretty to look at! Click the picture to go to the listing:
Here are some really great items from Etsy.
In an effort to be more active on my blog here are some items I found on Etsy that really caught my eye!
Sells handmade ceramics such as bowls, cups, teapots, buttons and beads and more from Turnin, Italy. Click on the picture or the link to visit this shop.
This shop has eco friendly cool home decor like these tiny succulent planters! Really these are adorable from Ferrara, Italy. Click on the picture or the link to visit this shop.
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and in the spirit of the upcoming holiday here are some new additions to my Etsy store!
After a lot of research I decided (well my husband got me for Christmas rather) a Cricut Expression 2. I have had a few bumps but after running the sync software and updating the system then doing a factory reset I think it is good to go! I am pretty excited about this machine as it will open up so many more possibilities in my shop like paper banners for parties and such!
Here are a few new designs in my shop. I really love the 3 inch cards they are cute and just seem to gravitate to making these more than the normal A2 size. These cards are available in my shop.
Last Saturday I was in my first ever craft fair. I have to say I had a lot of fun even though I am pretty sure it was sub zero temperatures in the Lynnwood Elementary School Gym (mental note for next year bring a heater!). Overall I have to say that it was a success. I shared the booth with my very good friend Amy, who also makes greeting cards, it was her first craft fair as well.
This is how we set up our booth. Amy had cute contraption made out of a 2×4, bamboo sticks and some string to hang cards from. After some discussion she is going to see if her husband can retro-fit it to have another tier so more cards can be hung from it. We had decent traffic and lots of complements on how beautiful our cards are, which is always great to hear! In the end I sold all three box cards a box set and some paper beads. I consider this a success since I made my money back and then some for the booth. Amy did nicely as well. I will rethink the large print price tag and display options.
As always if you have a suggestion or a thought I would love to hear it!
I am so excited to be in my first ever craft fair. Sure I have gone to a few but have never been a vendor. I am lucky to have some good friends who also make cards so we are going to share a booth. I think this will be a wonderful opportunity to network a bit and get my name out in my own community. I have been making Christmas related items with all my free time (sorry to my wonderful husband)! Luckily he is a good sport and is very supportive of my efforts. All the information is on Vandicrafts Facebook as an event which is public so anyone can join! There will be a lot of wonderful booths to see and I will of course be posting pictures from this. Click HERE to go to my Facebook page and don’t forget to like my page!
I have learned so much in the past year. Not just about Etsy or how online selling works but also about myself. I am actually amazed how much time I really do put into Vandicrafts. I seem to have this endless supply of energy to make beads and cards, set up treasuries, read forums, blog and read other blogs. It comes down to one simple factor, I simply love what I do! It’s not a “job” or a “chore”, it’s a pleasure to do all this.
My goal has been since I started Vandicrafts to one day make this my full-time source of income and I strive for that goal every day. The last few months have been picking up nicely with October being my best-selling month to date! My goals for remainder of 2013 and 2014 are to advertise more! A great product can’t be discovered if its hiding from the world.
A heartfelt ‘Thank You’ to all my current and future customers as I know you have a choice and I am over joyed you chose me! ~ Melissa Vandridge