I make handmade jewellery, and sometimes housewares. I sell through a local shop that specialises in local handmade items. Well, sometimes I sell, more often I don’t. My hometown is a tourist town, so in the off season (which we are approaching now) there isn’t much going on. I have also have a shop on etsy since 2012, but I have never sold anything through that. Etsy is just too big for a little handmade fish like me, unless you really get into all the networking side of things, you are lucky if you ever get anyone to see your shop at all.
I do have a facebook page and my website, but again, you really have to do the whole networking thing, and I never really have, mainly because I just don’t have the time. Handmade for me is a hobby, I love making things. I love the tactile pleasure of smooshing (very technical term) polymer clay. I love sanding and polishing the clay to get a soft and silky feel on the finish. I love, love, love hammering metal. I love melting glass (although I have to be careful with the glass, because I always want to grab it with my hands, which is a big NO NO when it is like molten lava).
So, making handmade is what I love. Selling and marketing handmade, not so much.
So when I get the time I will be going back to that blog and reading some more of his posts, who knows, I just might find some hints and tips to make things easier.
I have to admit to a bit of a thing for little handbags, and my all-time favourite at this moment is this one my sister made for me:
Even though it looks little it can hold all the things I like to carry with me: purse, mini moisturiser, roll up travel shopping bag, pen, pad, mobile phone, office keys, house keys, hanky, mini manicure set, small tin of mints – on top of this I usually stick some fruit in for my lunch when I’m at work. Bit like “The Tardis” really, (for those that don’t know Dr Who) it’s much bigger on the inside than it looks.
For more fabulous bags that my sister makes, check out her etsy shop, here, my current favourites are these:
So, what do handbags have to do with pelicans? Glad you asked. As I drive to work each day I pass the spot on the river where pelicans sit on their log and do whatever it is that pelicans do. Over the years the little pelican posse has increased, so that now there are 4 pelicans sharing the log on the river. So my thought processes went something like this: Pelicans = big beaks = like having a built in handbag = blog about my favourite handbag today. Ta Dah ….fascinating ain’t it?!
Just because you stuck around long enough to get here – your reward is the picture of said pelican posse.