June 24, 2014

Selling on Facebook. Yes, no, maybe? Okay, I'll give it a try.

I have to say that I've tried selling items from my Facebook fan page and it doesn't work for me. But recently I noticed one of my lampwork friends posting about a private Facebook page for auctioning lampwork beads. I was skeptical, so I messaged her and asked a ton of questions.

When she told me her sales were better then anywhere else online and that she was closing down her selling Etsy and Artfire shops I knew I had to give it a try, and am I glad I did!

My auctions usually run for 24-48 hrs.  And within the first 24 hrs I had already made a sale.  And again the next day.  I have to say I'm pretty happy. I haven't sold everything I've listed, but that's okay!

I love the idea of being able to interact with the buyers, and I'm available to answer questions if needed.  What buyer wouldn't want that?

This group is called Artisan Lampwork Beads For Sale .  This is a closed group, but you can easily join by clicking one button.  They monitor it very strictly to make sure only artisan beads are listed.  And that's really good.  So if you make lampwork or like to buy it head on over there and sign up.  You won't be sorry!

June 22, 2014

And It Only Took Me One Year!

I find it funny that I come back to my blog to write this and see that it's been basically one year since I last posted here.  And that the thoughts I had posted were the exact same thing that I came back to post about today!  So here goes....

I've made up my mind.  And it only took a year! I will be discontinuing hand stamped metal.  I won't be giving it up completely.  I'll keep some supplies so I can stamp words of inspiration, but no more custom orders.  But I'm very happy to announce that I'll be going back to lampwork beads!

It's been a really long time since I've been able to sit at the torch, years I think.  I have a lot of catching up to do, and a million tutorials to read through for inspiration.

What changed my mind?  I have a new day job which is going to be super busy with a lot of overtime from October through February.  That in itself will make it impossible for me to keep up with custom orders during the busy holiday season.  So I had to make the decision, and that made it a whole lot easier.  And I have to say, a ton of weight has been lifted off my shoulders.

I've had a blast creating hand stamped jewelry, it's been very successful and a whole lot of fun.  I feel this could have been something I could have quit my day job for.  But as life moves forward and the need for health insurance becomes more and more important I need a stable job where health insurance is offered.  I'm sure many of you can understand that.

I'm not entirely thrilled with this new job.  I'll have to make collections calls at some point each month, which I will dread.  But the people I work with are great and there are plenty of team members so I can now take vacations that are longer then 2-3 days.  Which is something I sorely needed.  After years of working with only a few days off at a time I was ready to go insane!  So that was a trade off, for sure.

But I believe things happen for a reason so I'm thrilled to be back at a craft I love: lampwork.  And we'll see where this new job takes me.  I can always change later on. So stack of colored glass, HERE I COME!!

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