I don’t talk much about my Etsy shop here on the birdandfox blog and I’m not sure why. I’d like to change that. So, I’m kicking the new trend off by talking about a few of the latest things that have happened in my little Etsy world. Whoop whoop!
Firstly, I’ve got some new button earrings in the shop and I love them all!
I find that when I’m making things for the Etsy shop, particularly these earrings, their own little personalities come out. That might sound a little lame but I really like it! I look at the pair of earrings in my hands and I can see the places they might be worn, or the kind of person who might wear them. It dawned on me one crafty night that maybe I should share those thoughts on each pair with my customers. So I decided to write a little intro to each set of earrings and give them each a name that helps to capture the vibe I get from them. I really do love them all but I think Poppy, Zoe, and Rebecca are my absolute favourites!
Having said that, the lead up to market day was pretty damn stressful. I was a lot less organised than I would have liked and, in the end, I had to lower my standards and expectations for myself. I had wanted to achieve so much (too much, I think) and it just wasn’t reasonable within the time frame that I had. Once I decided to let go of certain things, the tension just melted away. (Now, if only I could apply this to other areas of my life…damn you, perfectionism!)
The actual market day itself was a lot of fun! We had some lovely conversations with some very friendly customers and the other stall-holders were also great to chat to. Though I think the most amusing part of the day occurred within an hour of the market opening. A lady approached my rack of clothing, picked up a skirt, and the rack promptly fell to the ground in pieces! It was a bit of a mad scramble but luckily my friend Amy and my mum were there (yay!) to help me pick up all the clothing and figure out a way to display them. Not ideal but it was more amusing than anything. I guess my clothes were just too heavy for the rack!
I would love to go back again, and I plan to in the future, but I think my next market might be a handmade local market. I’m still a little tired from this one though so it might be a good few months off!
And lastly, I’ve got new business cards! Yes indeedy-do!
Aren’t they gorgeous? I love them so much. I researched a whole bunch of different companies before picking Print Together. I wanted a company that was Australian, fairly local, used recycled paper and soy/vegetable inks, and was decently priced. Print Together ticked all those boxes! I put the order in on the Monday and they were ready to be picked up on the Thursday. I’m just so pleased with them and the people of Instagram seem to agree!
So, what now for the Etsy shop? Well, I’m re-working some of the photography for the item listings and I’m also in the midst of trying to pin down a set number of designs for each item type (necklaces, earring, etc.) so the making process is a tad more streamlined for me. You’ll see regular updates from me via Instagram and Facebook, don’t worry!
What have you been up to lately? How are you? Well, I hope!