Friday, October 24, 2008

Give Away

This is the deal, I am pregnant and would love nothing more than to sleep but that can't and won't happen so I am going to make the day of the next 3 shoppers in my store. So the next 3 people to buy something from my shop will get a free gift. (hint: it is Red Sox, Yankees, Patriots related). If this goes well I may extend to more people and I will do a give away weekly or monthly. So shop shop shop, have fun then sleep for me.

click here to let the fun begin

Oh and just FYI I am due Oct 30th so if I'm a little late at getting back to you it means my son decided to make his entrance into this world.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Pregnant---tired---toddler, no not a toddler thats pregnant and tired--ME

Today I am trying to relax but it is very difficult to do when you have a little 2 yr old running around. So I am doing it now while she is napping, which is awesome by the way because she kinda "forgot" to nap the past 2 days. Oh and I'm 38 weeks pregnant which is why all the whining about relaxing. I'm soooooooo unbelievably tired, as anyone knows that has had children you really can't sleep anymore, comfort is just something you don't have when you have a bowling ball shaped belly to try to lay on and around. Getting up is a huge chore and don't try to pick up those toys on the floor from your daughter, you'll never get back up in time to get to the bathroom to pee. Oh and peeing so I am constantly leaking LOL the joys of being pregnant. Don't get me wrong I do love being pregnant and I am truly blessed that I am able to do so, I love that I can actually grow a little life inside of me and nourish him and keep him safe and wait until the day comes when I will finally meet him. But this one has been a very long 9 months, pretty much because I have been sick most of time, morning sickness for about 2 months all day long, then I had this horrible cold that I just couldn't get rid of and now its the problem of being to big to move, the shortness of breath and the overpowering heartburn. Also for about a month or so I've had some horrible cramps on a regular basis but not regular enough to do anything about. So all that and a 2 yr old that has been my life as of lately. Oh and yes I do have help 2 days a week from my husband, which is nice, but since he works late I still have to get up every morning when my daughter gets up so he can sleep. Haha SLEEP?? I have no idea what that is, but hey I have a great daughter and a son on the way and I guess as the old saying goes I'll sleep when I'm dead. So I am ready for my little guy to come into this world and I know Maya is ready to meet her little brother too. I hope he comes soon because he's been trying to push his way out for awhile now. :D

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Marketing talk

As the holidays approach I am trying to get my shop out there. I blog here obviously and will be doing it more often, I tweet, is that what you call it, twitter anyway just started that and getting many followers although most all from etsy but still I sell and buy on etsy so maybe others will see my shop that haven't before, myspace not a big thing for me, it started as a friend/business page and then I tried to change it to just business, not doing much there other than adding pics and sometimes posting bulletins, facebook-but I really keep that strictly friends, although I do post my pics there and lastly I use flickr for my pics. That may be it online, well I do post in the etsy forums from time to time. I do bring my business cards with me everywhere but I haven't had much luck putting them places yet except for the post office, I've had one up there for awhile. Oh and I sell on etsy, ebay and craigslist.

So I do a bunch, I know I can do more but yes I am very pregnant and chase a toddler around so I get very tired and sometimes I just want to rest. But I need to try to get more things going on so I can hope for some great sales this holiday season.

I think if I utilize each of them to there fullest that may work out better, so that is where I need to focus now. So for this blog expect more blogging.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Focusing on international buyers

So we all know how bad our economy is. Now it's time to start marketing towards international buyers. I always planned on selling internationally but I never made it easy for them to buy, they would have to contact me into order to get a shipping quoate and that pretty much squashed any impulse buyers I may have had. Now I've done a few things, thanks to some of the international sellers on etsy advice, I added metric sizes to my listings (duh that is just something that should've been done long ago), I am currently adding specific shipping rates for different countries so they no longer have to ask me they can just buy if they'd like to. My problem is that there are so many countries and there is an option to adding a price for "everyone else" but they all range in price, so for now I am focusing on a few certain countries, I have Canada, Mexico, Australia and the United Kingdom. Now obviously I don't have even close to what I should but its just a start, I wish there was a way for us to just manually list our own "everyone else" and if you are not in that bunch then contact me or I will add more from there, because while there are many different costs to different places there are also many of the same. UGH!!! So I'm in need of help and advice from other etsy sellers as to what they do and how its worked for them.

So for now Happy October, this may just be my little boy to be birthday month we shall see. I can't wait!!