Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Oh goodness me.

The powers that be at my "real" job have decided I'm SO much of an asset at the company, they're cutting my hours to half of what they were. I am 100% part time now. Oh, yay.

I posted in the Etsy forums last night, lamenting all this nonsense, and people have been AMAZING! So much  love coming from my fellow Etsians. I am eternally grateful for the show of support and good advice!

Something I have been planning on doing for a while (think I even blogged about it) is changing the packaging for Spring. Portland is pretty mild 10 months out of the year, but there are many places I ship that aren't. I don't see my lip balms having a snowball's chance in hell of surviving the heat in slider tins, so I will be switching very soon to clear oval tubes. Don't fret - they are super awesome and I will have much more room for labeling (and they. The only drawback is there can be no fortune inside. :-( The solid perfumes are also going to the way of the tube. I will definitely re-order the tins as soon as the weather cools down, and they may still be an option for the die hard fans ( I said MAY) until I run out. The perfumes won't change at all - still 5ml roll-on bottles.

I know it seems a little early to be thinking about all this, but it's been unseasonably warm here, so I'm reminded constantly of what's to come.

Soon there will be soaps in my humble little shop. :-) If I had to guess, I would say start watching for them to appear around May 1st.

Bottom line? Screw the job. I am putting all of my creative (and physical) energy into my Etsy shop and I will make it work. I plan on being one of those "Etsy Success Stories." Mark my words!!!!

Yes. Optimism is good, and SO not my style (before, anyway).

Keep smiling everyone.


Corina St. Martin said...

Heck yeah! Then move into wholesale work too! That helps a bit. I think that most of the Etsy successes, the ones that are truly a success have at least a couple of wholesale accounts in addition to Etsy. You can do it!

Homemade Beauty Review said...

Possible solution for your fortunes.... If you buy the shrink wrap tubes that are perforated vertically then they will come clean off when your customers open them. This means that you can put the fortune under the band,and it will be a surprise when it falls out. Maybe even put the ingredient label on your tube, then printing it again on the back of the fortune as a surprise. just a thought :)

The Morbid The Merrier said...

Good ideas!!! Thank you!