Today in Bloggin101 we are supposed to create a post based on one of the comments we left yesterday.
I’m going to talk about something that interests me, Handmade. Yesterday I left a comment on the blog Handmade Australia Blog, the post I commented on was handmade blogging hints and tips.
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.