September 10, 2012

Shop Makeover

I've been getting a little antsy with my Etsy shop and decided that it needed a bit of a makeover. Running around after a 15-month-old, cleaning the house (sometimes), cooking dinner, and filling orders (especially after my magazine mention!) really cuts down on the amount of time I have to work on my shop. So, even though I have a long list of changes I'd like to make, I've been trying to stick to small changes or changes that can be broken down into smaller chunks of work/time-commitment so eventually it will all get done.

Here are some things that have been done:

1. New shop banner (new font):

New Etsy shop Banner for Acts of Craftiness

2. New packaging (trying out a few things) - stitched parchment paper:

New packaging for Acts of Craftiness on Etsy

Here are some things I am currently working on:

1. Update all pattern files
 * This is a HUGE task, so I have broken it down into steps. I think I'm about a quarter of the way done, but right now the light at the end of the tunnel is very dim.

2. Launching a new product line

3. Setting up monthly giveaways through the end of the year (or longer if I like them!).

September 6, 2012

Breaking News!

Four days ago, I woke up to a message from a customer in the UK asking about my Custom QR Code cross stitch pattern. Along with her question, she mentioned that she saw me in Cross Stitch Crazy Magazine. What?! I wasn't fully awake, so I figured I read that part wrong. I rubbed my eyes a few times before re-reading the message, but it was still there. I hadn't submitted anything to the magazine, so this was an awesome surprise!

I ordered a paper copy of the magazine, but it wasn't actually for sale to non-subscribers yet and they are in the UK, so I knew it was going to take a while to get to me. The issue (November 2012 - #169) was released today, and I downloaded it through the Cross Stitch Crazy iPad app.

My face hurts from non-stop smiling!

September 4, 2012

7 Monthaversary

My shop's 7 Monthaversary was on September 1st. August was pretty slow, but it allowed me to spend some time relaxing, stitching, and celebrating.

Here are a few highlights from my 7th month on Etsy:
  • I reached 70 sales
  • I added some new QR Code ornament patterns and kits
  • I reworked my molecule patterns and stitched them up
  • I added 1 new state to my reach map (I'm up to 40% of the country!)
Acts of Craftiness celebrates 7 months on Etsy!

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