For centuries women have used cloth as a tool of comfort and as an expression of beauty within their homes. Creating cloth for warmth, cloth for shelter, our female predecessors embellished these linens with hand stitch using laborious and time consuming techniques thereby enhancing the functional beauty of objects which enveloped and protected their families. Inspired by these women I hope my creations pay tribute to and recognise the devotion expressed in cloth by our female ancestors .

''the use of traditional often time consuming process alludes to the devotion of a mother''. c K. A. Ruane 2007

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Busy Busy

I have been really busy this past couple of days. The free trial for my website is running out and now they want paying....well as I am yet to make any kind of break even money on my work I don't feel I can justify that yet.
I then started to wonder how I could set up a free online shop, having tried etsy before and not sold anything and having a technologically incompetent brain, the best I could come up with was a new blog, dedicated to selling. So I have been sorting out the shop, you can find it here or from the link on the right.
I really would appreciate your thoughts on it and would welcome any ideas on other ways of setting up a free website. I am sure I will ammend and adapt this space as I go along as I am certain to have forgotten something or left out that vital piece of information.
Thanks, Karen xxx


Camilla said...

I think it might be worth you giving Etsy another try- I'm happy with having it just potter along not doing very much just because it's easy to add to and takes care of the payment side of things. I know that the more I post on Etsy the more I sell, but I still haven't ever sold much. Its worth while to have it up and running as a back up while you work out what to do as the fees are so small to list things that you really won't have lost much if it doesn't sell- like 10p per item. Also on your shop blog it would be good if you had a way for people to pay- like a paypal button on each listing maybe? I can probably help you a little bit with things like that- but i'm no expert on websites i'm afraid!

ellia said...

well, i would go with etsy too a bit more but it takes alot of advertising to help the process... i have found that having a sale day helps... example: i blogged about my sale day for a month showing tidbits of what i was gonna have that day... and i used flickr to show more photos too... so on that day, i put up all the stuff [i kept them in the editing section] up at midngiht and sold a ton of stuff that day... i did this several times and it was always a success... plus lis garrett [i can email you the link] advertises for only $5 for 3mos... another good way to just get out there... it does take some work and networking... i really dont know about the website as i am just a rook in that area too... also, they have paypal widgets [you can use in blogger]... either way, i wish you the best and if you have any questions on this rambling comment, let me know :) i will be happy to help in any way!!!