Jan 18, 2010

Valentine thoughts...

Good morning all!

Well, here it is the middle of January and weather is dreary here in Oregon. Rain, rain and more rain. Ah well, that leaves me lots of time to be productive. I've sketched out and prepared 44 new stamps for the shop...mostly Valentine related. Here's a peek at the line up:

I've been a busy little carver over the weekend and finished 11 of them already. Keep your eyes open for them as I list a bunch in the next couple days.

Hope you're having a great day. Think sweet thoughts.

Jan 15, 2010

Hey.....I'm my own Friday Find?

Well, not exactly. My actual Friday Find is one of my Etsy teams, LabRats.

An Etsy team is a group of etsy shop owners who have banned together over a shared craft, location, idea or just about anything really to help build each other up, supporting each other and encouraging business for each other through the power of networking. For example, we LabRats are a group of sellers who share a love for Etsy's virtual labs. We can often be found amongst the other sellers chatting and learning from each other as well as encouraging each other nearly every day of the week.

If you are an etsy seller, or you think you might want to be one someday, I would definitely encourage you to find yourself a team that shares your areas of interest and check them out. The benefits are too numerous not to. You can browse through and read more about Etsy's 450+ teams right here.

In the meantime, check out my interview on my fellow ratsies' blog at etsylabrats.blogspot.com and tell me what you think.

Jan 8, 2010

A Website in the Wings.....


Well folks, after weeks and weeks.......well, months actually.......of checking out site after site and building multiple website designs and asking everyone I know who would know anything at all about anything related to website design, I've spent the last month flip-flopping between two possible designs on two very different sites.

Snoopy at computer Pictures, Images and Photos

The questions all boil down to this one: what is going to provide me with a professional looking website that my business will be able to grow into over the next few years for the most affordable price?

After much mental debate and a few pro/con lists, I have decided to go with Weebly.com for my website hosting. They offer a pro package that includes a domain name (yes, I checked and mine is available) for only $39.95/year. There are many really nice features available and they recently added several new choices to their line up...including an e-commerce option. I've spent hours customizing one of their templates and adding my information. Now the only thing left to do if finish uploading my products and waiting for my next couple of sales to cover the cost.

I've dreamed about setting up lemonadesun.com for many months now and I was beginning to get frustrated that things weren't working out like I thought they would. While Weebly.com is not my first choice for what I had in mind, it is a very good second choice and I am excited to see it finalized in the near future.

Have any of you created your own websites? Did you agonize over the decisions as much as I did? When you spend so much time creating wonderful handmade products and you are trying to create a real business from it, it's sometimes hard to make a choice because you don't want to have to keep adjusting the look of things over and over if it's not just right. That's a LOT of work! and can be confusing to your customers.

Thankfully, I am almost done. It might have been easier to hire a computer geek to do it for me, but I'm not very good at describing what I want all the time and ....well, they can be downright expensive! This way, I may have given myself a few headaches, but I will not only have saved the extra expense, but I will also have the pride and satisfaction of saying that I did it all MYSELF. In the end, it will all be worth it.

Happy female computer user Pictures, Images and Photos

Jan 5, 2010

Another Year full of Adventures...

Happy New Year!
new years Pictures, Images and Photos

It's been a busy season for us, so I haven't had much free time to update my blogs lately, but I'm excited to begin another new year full of blessings.

I've been working hard on several ideas for the shop ranging from adjustments to the longjohns card line to figuring out how to create printable valentine pdfs in time for the next holiday and, of course, I'm still working some kinks out of a website design. I was hoping to get one up and running before Christmas hit, but it wasn't to be. I'll keep plugging away at it and hopefully one day very soon I will be able to announce the launch of my own website!

Happy valentines Pictures, Images and Photos

I've got some new ideas for Valentine's and love related stamps down on paper so I will be spending some time with my carving tools soon as well. My goal is to get my listings up above 100 items in the shop by the end of the month! I've got a lot of work ahead of me, but I'm up for it.

Taxes Pictures, Images and Photos
I am in the midst of sorting receipts and paperwork for taxes and trying to figure out if I actually made any profit at all in my first year of business, so my brain is a little sore from all the thinking and mental organization and calculations. I will definitely be keeping paperwork MUCH more orderly this year so that I do not end up with such a headache next tax time! cripes!

Well, speaking of keeping myself organized, I am also finding that I need a written schedule that includes all things business related as well as all of my responsibilities here at home. It is definitely a challenge to be a work-at-home mother. I sometimes (ok...most of the time) have a hard time balancing my housekeeping/grocery shopping/homemaker duties with all the things I do for lemonade sun productions. I am looking forward to implementing the finished schedule so I can see better results all around the board.

I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas and enjoyed time with friends and family. Expect good things this year and work hard. Enjoy life and love each other. To the best of your ability *live happy*! I had better get back to work on some of those ideas while everyone is at school and the house is quiet because it will not last long. Of course, I need to switch the laundry first...............


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