|I am three today!|
It all has been much more complicated than I thought when I started out - I had that basic "I'll put it online, people will see it and buy it, job done" sort of idea. I had never really thought about the competition for SEO, the complexities of pricing, how much time social networking would take etc. Then there are the off-line tasks - photos, listings, business cards, packaging. It really is a full time job, on top of a full time job.
|This week's earrings|
I enjoy the selling, but the making is still the best part for me. I've moved on in terms of crafting skills as well, and I hope this shows in my work. There is so much more material available now in terms of interesting and colourful gemstone and findings - as many of you know, I'm as much addicted to buying beads as making things!
|And another pair of earrings!|
Other sales in the 'real' world have boosted my total to around 150, thanks mainly to colleagues in the day job, and it's great that they and some online customers are now regulars. I don't sell to friends and family so if they admire something, I tend to end up giving it away (one of the many reasons why I'll never be a millionaire!) but I have inflicted a number of items on them as birthday and Christmas presents - poor things!
Enough rambling. In the spirit of onwards and upwards, I'm celebrating this anniversary by launching my own website www.blueforestjewellery.com Two years ago I could never have dreamed I'd be able to do this, so allow me a proud moment, please! It is in it's early stages, though, and I'm still on a steep learning curve, so please pop along if you have time and do please send any comments you have.