Trial Website

So I am trying a new website through Etsy’s partnership with Pattern. I decided to try their free trial to see if I like it. Here is a quick break down of the website. Etsy now offer’s an official website that you can customize to your liking. There is a free trial for Etsy shops right now but it is regularly $15 a month. Which is not bad for what they offer.

The website is connected to your Etsy shop so any changes you make to your listings will then be updated directly to the Pattern site. Which is great since you only have to update one site. So for people like me, one less thing for me to do is the best.

To set up the website is super easy. You transfer your stuff directly from Etsy, pick your theme and colors, and then decide whether or not you want to use a special domain. If you don’t then they will give you one with their ending on it.  I already own my own domain so I decided to connect it to the site. There is an article that explains how to do it for your domain’s home. It took me about an hour to get it done, but it is now done and I have officially opened the website www.handiworksofgrace.com!

You can still go to my Etsy Shop www.handiworksofgrace.etsy.com or you can just go right to my new site. There is a 30 day trial on it and in 30 days I will decide whether or not I will keep it for the cost. But if it is a success, then so far I am very impressed. The only thing that I hope happens when you start paying for the website is to make it more fancy. It’s super simple right now and there is a lot of open margins on the sides. So, if that is the case, then I will more likely keep the site.

Go ahead and check it out. Please comment below so I know how the customers are seeing the site and give me an idea if you think it is worth the money to keep. Have a great day!

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My site’s home page 🙂
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Trying to Figure it All out

Most people tackle things one thing at a time. Not me! I publish a book, open an Etsy Shop, raise a toddler, and be a wife all at the same time. Those are just my immediate duties. I have others at church, with our extended families, and outside activities. (Yes I have hobbies and friends outside of all that.) So when does it end? When will I stop pushing myself? I honestly don’t know.

Now I have been trying to learn how to make my Etsy Shop more successful and market Potholes of Hope properly. Both are two very different dragons to slay. On one hand I have a book that I need to be open and happy about even though I feel like all my posts and tweets fall on a lot of deaf ears. Then I have my Etsy Shop that I have to sell myself and say what a great creator I am when I am only hoping for one sale a month. How to juggle both while still giving my daughter and husband the time they? Honestly, it’s by the grace of God.

When it comes to any type of selling for me is really hard. I am a terrible (let me say it again, terrible) sales person. I have bombed many job interviews because they required me to do a simple sales pitch and I couldn’t. I couldn’t sell fire to Eskimos. I felt like I was being pushy and ride for telling someone they needed this certain tanning product. I would start out my pitch strong and end with a “please”. I think one of my interviewers actually laughed at me.

Now the irony of all this is that my profession is sales! AHH!!! But now I am selling things that I really care about. They are things that I have put a lot of thought and time into to make them what I want them to be. So I get on my phone and keep tweeting and posting because I know my products are good and people need them. They need good books, baby blankets, and rugs. It may seem crazy but it’s my life and I love it. I would be bored to live any other way.

But speaking of selling, I have a new listing! You know that shark blanket I was telling you about in my post I Love Filling Orders!? Well here it is! I think it looks awesome! What’s cool is that it comes in sizes for babies to really tall people. There is no one who can’t enjoy being eaten by a shark. So click on the link below and get your’s ordered today.

Shark Blanket, Eat Me Shark Blanket

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I Love Filling Orders!

So I have an order that came in for one of those eat me shark blankets and I am so excited about it. I found this great pattern from YARNutopia for it and got crocheting away. (If you want some awesome patterns, check her out. She is my favorite crocheter. I can only wish to be as good as her someday.) I am now about half way done with the body and still have a long way to go but I getting there. So if you want one, I’ll be posting this item for sale on my in my Etsy Shop once I have this product done or you can leave a  comment below with your email and we can work something out 🙂

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This is what it is going to look like! (Photo from YARNutopia)
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This is what it currently looks like 🙂

New Items in My Etsy Shop

I am super happy to the say that I have new items in my Etsy Shop! They have been something that I have been working hard on and I think you are all going to love them!

The first one is from my new scarf line!

Yellow Infinity Scarf

Blue and Pink Lace Infinity Scarf

Butterfly and Bird Lace Infinity Scarf

Blue Lace Infinity Scarf

Aren’t they beautiful? They are so light to wear and perfect for summer! They can be adjusted to fit just as you want to wear them and look great with any outfit!

Next is a new rag rug line I have been working on. Doubt let the name scare you, all the fabric is new 🙂 Introducing! My Little Pony Rugs!

Rainbow Dash Rug

Twilight Sparkle Rug

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Pinkie Pie Rug

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Shutterfly Rug

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Rarity Rug

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Apple Jack Rug

Aren’t they amazing! They don’t have to be just from My Little Pony as in the rugs also have their colors as listing titles too. Some people just might like to have a rainbow rug and wouldn’t think to look for Rainbow Dash 😉

So I hope you enjoyed these and feel free to place an order by either clicking on the links or going to http://www.handiworksofgrace.etsy.com 🙂

A Special Prayer for Everyone!

I can’t believe it but this is my 100th post! I didn’t know I had so much to say. Wow so this post will be special because you will get to see my new products I have out right now but also I have a special prayer I want to give out. I have been so blessed by so many people with one of my last posts If Paul Was Yoda that I want to make sure I not only receive but I also give.

First though for the fun part and that is shopping! I had to laugh at myself since my mountain right now is infertility and the foundation to my product line at Handi Works of Grace is baby blankets. So I may not be able to have a baby right now but I guess it is still in my mind somewhere to want to bless other babies with nice, cuddly blankets. I have a couple to choose from.

There’s my Pink Minky Blanket

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My Blue Monkeys Minky Blanket

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And my Neutral Gender Minky Blanket

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These also come in all sorts of other patterns so check it out 🙂

I also have a Crochet Rug out that comes in whatever colors you want.

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And finally, just for a little more fun, A Pom Pom Book Mark.

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There’s what’s new in my Etsy Shop, now on to the prayer over my readers.

“Dear Lord, Thank you so much for my wonderful readers. They are such special people and they have allowed me into their lives through this blog. I wouldn’t have a blog if it wasn’t for them. I just pray, Lord, that you will bless them in everything they do and everything they seek out to do. Bless their families and bless their area of employment. That they will feel Your hand over them everyday as they go about doing their everyday things.

If they are stay at home mommies, I pray for a blessing over their little ones as they grown and mature into good people who will serve You with their actions as well. What they do is some important even though most days it feels like it is the lowest job there is.

You are the creator of all things, Lord and without You there is nothing. Help us not to lose track of what’s important especially during our dark moments. Show Your light to us that we might see the right path to go down. Build up Your people, Lord, so we could do great things for Your kingdom. Make us strong and not ashamed. Help us when we are weak to stand firm and never forget Your sacrifice on the cross.

I pray all these things in Jesus’ name,

Amen.”

I hope that little prayer will brighten your day. I still have a lot to learn about prayer and the right way to do it, but I guess there isn’t a right way or a wrong way. As long as it is between me and God there is no way to do it wrong.

So Thank you for reading post #100 with me and I will see you next time 🙂

 

 

New Item in My Etsy Shop

Here is the new item from my Etsy Shop. They are super fun and I really think you will enjoy it.

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Little Heart Basket is my new item for Valentine’s Day this year. This cute little basket will hold that little something special for that someone special really nicely. I loved making this since I was thinking about my loves in my life while I did.

This little guy goes for $10 in my shop and it only comes in red. I am looking forward to all the love birds who will find a use for this little basket either by their bed or the bathroom. I know I will be making one just for myself since it is too cute. Go ahead and head over to me shop and thank you for time 🙂

Trying New Things

My brain feels like it’s mush right now. I am trying so hard to make this marketing thing work not only for my Etsy ShopHandi Works of Grace but also for when I re-launch my book. I knew that I had to get better at marketing if either of these things will survive. But I have a hard time knowing where to start.

Where now? Well, I have learned a few tips today that will be helpful but most of it I will have to watch again. It’s amazing how technical this stuff is. And for someone who never really even liked asking someone for apiece of gum in the movie theatre line, asking people to buy my product is even harder. I will be the first to say that I am a horrible sales person. I don’t like sales and I don’t like being sold. So where does that put me wanting to be successful at both my books (and someday books) and Handi Works of Grace and my Potholes Series? I have to get over it.

If I am going to make this work, I will have to get past my fear of rejection and failure and just do it. If I make mistakes then I will have to grow past them i guess. I am not perfect and I don’t like feeling like I have to be to be successful. For example, I know my crochet products are good because people have bought them with the little marketing I have done. That is a complete blessing from God for sure because I don’t know where the customers came from. Therefore, my fear of rejection should be gone right? Wrong 😦 I don’t know why I am so afraid that no one will want my stuff. Maybe because this blog hasn’t done exactly what I planned for it, but that isn’t reason for excuse. I just need to find my path and stick to it.

Who am I kidding. I don’t even know where I am going… Wait! Maybe that is the key right there! If I knew where I was going then where would the fun be? None! So I guess I just need to take a breath, do my homework and wait on God. And when I say “wait on God” I mean to still implement everything I am learning but only He can increase my business. I can do everything right and if this isn’t where He wants me to be then it won’t succeed. But I am going to do everything in my power to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Because I LOVE having an Etsy shop. It’s fun and exciting and something that I really enjoy. And I enjoy writing too! So there it is. As Long as they are things I love to do, then they are worth my time and energy.

Until we meet again, have a great day!IMG_20150725_062330726_HDR