|Gemstone Bullet Necklaces|
Good evening on a very cold Sunday evening here in Manchester. I have had a reasonably good week - I have been on annual leave from the day job and was supposed to go down to Devon, but unfortunately my lupus had other ideas.....so it turned into a week at home. Luckily I have been doing quite well in my Etsy shop and had a few sales this week to cheer me up, otherwise I think I would have been really miserable. The amethyst slices that I made and posted about last week on Handmade Monday did really well online and I only have 2 left. I love it when that happens....it's such a boost - especially at this cold and dark time of year.I am loving my funky shaped gemstones at the moment and have added the gemstone pendulum bullet necklaces to my range this week. I have strung these ones on silver plated chain but I think I will see if I can get some more of these pendulum shaped gemstones and put them onto gold plated too. I hope these are popular too.
|Packing up a turquoise cat to go to America|
I really want my Etsy shop to be a huge success. I think it is important to make a good first impression so I put a lot of effort into packaging to make it look lovely. I wrap my pieces in tissue paper (unless is is Murano glass, which is gift boxed) with a little 'Poppy Designs' sticker and then pop it into an organza gift bag with some love hearts and a thank you tag.
I then pop the package into bubble wrap and into a padded envelope - which I 'seal' with a paw print sticker on the back. I hope my customers like it.
|Poppy Designs parcel|
I have even treated myself to a new notebook to write my Etsy sales down in (I am trying to keep on top of my tax return as I go this year - rather than a huge panic at the last minute). Of course, I had to have beautiful Dexter sitting in the poppies as my cover print!
In other news, it was James's birthday last week and one of his gifts from me was this giant beanbag, pictured below. He hasn't had much of a chance to sit on it as these two have decided they like it!
|New book for Etsy orders|