I can’t believe it’s 2016 already!
I’ve been MIA for a while and thought I would give you all a little update. You may have noticed that my shop inventory has shrunk. This is due to having had a very successful Christmas, plus I’m currently working on a large order of knitted ice hockey hats which probably won’t be finished until the end of February. I’ve therefore deactivated all of my made to order listings – so everything currently listed in my Etsy and Folksy shops is ready to post right away.
It’s great having such a large order to fulfil but I’m starting to feel a little guilty about turning down other custom requests (I’ve been receiving A LOT of these recently!)
Hope everyone is enjoying 2016 so far – I’ll be back with another update when I’m ready to take on new custom orders!
Moving day is fast approaching and my little bungalow is now a sea of boxes and bin bags! Given the mess I am currently living in I’ve decided it would be best to put both my Etsy and Folksy shops on holiday. This is something I’ve never done with my Etsy shop before – I’ve heard horror stories about it taking weeks or even months for traffic to pick up again once you reopen your shop. However, this time of year is always quiet for me so this will give me the perfect opportunity to reopen once I’ve unpacked all of my boxes and take my time at streamlining things a bit.
I’m also planning to finally change my shop name at the beginning of May so maybe less traffic in the meantime isn’t the end of the world!
I’ll probably be off the radar for the next week – my internet doesn’t get connected until next Wednesday so I’ll be relying on my phone signal until then! I will however be snapping away so that I can create those promised ‘before and after’ posts… so stay tuned!
I’ve been putting my KnitPro interchangeable circular needles to good use this past week by trying to knit my first slouchy hat! In the past I’ve just bought specific circular needles for whatever project I was about to begin, but these interchangeable needles definitely make much better economic sense! I really wanted to get the colourful wooden range (because they look so pretty to knit with!), but wooden needles tend to make me want to cut my fingers off after a few hours of knitting – they’re so painful! These metal ones however are a dream to knit with and I love that hats are so much faster to knit than my usual scarves!
Slouchy hats seem to be very in at the moment so I’m going to have a play around and create my own pattern once I get the size right. I’ll hopefully have a new hat section in my shop soon!
This week I’m also planning to fill up my Folksy shop which has been a bit neglected. I spent a lot of time adding new listings when I first opened a few months ago, but haven’t been very good at adding more. I think I just need to put a few hours aside and get to it – Christmas is coming after all! Because I spend all day on the computer at work I prefer to spend my evenings knitting in front of the telly instead of spending more time staring at a computer screen… but my shop isn’t going to be successful if it’s empty!
This week is also Wool Week! I’m going to try very hard to avoid all of the amazing wool sales that normally take place this week – I still have a massive pile of unused balls of wool so I don’t think I’d be too popular if I filled the cupboard even more without using my existing stash first!
So I’ve finally come to the end of my scheduled Thursday Feature posts, and what a wonderful selection of shops I got the chance to review!
I’m not planning on making a great plea for applicants again until next year, but in the meantime I’m still more than happy to feature anyone who has an online shop that they want to shout about. In the past I have focused solely on Etsy shops, however, since I’ve now ventured into the world of Folksy with my new Emma Dickie Design store, I will happily feature shops from this platform as well.
If you’re interested, just click on over to my Get Featured page and fill in your details. I’ll get back to you with my questionnaire and you can share your wonderful shop with me, and my readers!
Avid readers of The Candy Tree blog will know that I’ve been humming and hawing about changing my shop name so as to create a more unique brand [http://thecandytree125.wordpress.com/2013/02/11/whats-in-a-name/]
I just couldn’t decide whether or not it was a good idea, and the longer I left it, the more difficult it was becoming to take the plunge! So…I’ve come up with an idea, which in hindsight I should’ve really thought of before!
I’ve opened up a shop on Folksy with my new name…(drum roll please) Emma Dickie Design!
So my task for this week is to fill up my new shop with goodies and work on promoting my new brand. If it takes off then I will eventually change the name on Etsy and social media.
I had started to create new Twitter and Facebook accounts for my new name, however I’m going to instead update my existing account names when I’m ready. I’m not sure what I was thinking…there’s no sense in starting from scratch when I can easily just update the names and explain to existing followers about the change!
Wish me luck!