Two ladies and a whole lotta wool
I hope everyone is feeling as proud of themselves this Sunday evening as I am, for I have finally opened my Etsy shop! I’m going to be selling my wooden washi tape necklaces, because as I’ve mentioned in the product description, I like to wear the things I love around my neck. Be it gorgeous yarn or gorgeous paper, I’ll find a way. So here’s what they look like:
The process of setting up the shop online actually took longer than I thought. Once I had taken the photos, adjusted the photos, designed the banner, adjusted the size, written the copy and sorted my postal policy, I was pretty tired out. And that was without making anything, as I did most of that last week. Not to mention all the time I spent ummming and ahhhing about the name. I think once I get into the habit of doing it it’ll be quicker, but for now I feel like I’ve earned a rest.
Of course I had a lot of help along the way, both from my poor boyfriend (bless him) but also from The Handmade Marketplace by Kari Chapin.
Whilst some of the content is more useful for crafters in the US, the general tips on getting started, important things to consider and marketing advice was really useful and really inspiring. I read it everyday for two weeks to give myself the push to get going and I’m really pleased I’ve had a go. There are just five things on there for now as I didn’t want to get in over my head, but I’m pleased just to get it off the ground.
My shop is called
Ami Made Handmade Ami and you can have a look here. I named it that because in Japanese the character is used in the words for knitting, crochet, weaving etc., just general handmade loveliness really.
Now I’m going to treat myself to some herbal tea, cake and CSI Sunday (a guilty pleasure!)