A week of ups and downs……….

It’s been a funny week so far weather wise. Yesterday had I not been out at work I would have been in shorts and a t-shirt. The weather was glorious. Today, it is grey like a winters morning and I am wrapped in a fleece. Workwise however, for a change, it was pretty much mapped out from the start. Two and a half days in the classroom and the rest in the workshop (or at least focusing on my business). I have been able to write a plan in my diary and stick to it. I can get started on things early in the morning and not have to drop them and run when I get ‘the dreaded phone call’ to go and work with little people.

On Monday, I was determined to hit the ground running and add the first 2 products to my Folksy store. I set this store up weeks ago but just never found the time to sit down and add the products. You may think it’s easy selling online…..it’s not. I have my own website, an Etsy store and now a Folksy one. Although I can easily use the same product photos for each of my shops, the written descriptions have to be different otherwise good old Google thinks I am a ‘bot’ automatically uploading things. It therefore decides that my listings should not show up in Google searches….hmmmm. So at approximately 20 minutes per listing it basically takes an hour to list one product on all 3 sites. Who said technology was invented to make life easier?????

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The latest listings on Folksy, Etsy and my website – Stacking Rings

Being well and truly on a roll, I decided to plan my whole month ahead. Mostly with the things that slip my mind on a daily basis. So, if you have liked and followed me on Facebook www.facebook.com/thebusyboxroom , Twitter www.twitter.com/thebusyboxroom or Instagram www.instagram.com/thebusyboxroom  you will be getting regular posts updating you about what I’m currently making. I’ve also followed a lot of other art and craft based sites recently and regularly re-tweet and share information so there is plenty to read.

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Latest posts on social media – clockwise from top left: jewellery making workshop, peridot stacking ring set, pendant made at beginners jewellery workshop, nosy dog

On Tuesday, although I had been out at work all day I had an exciting opportunity to meet with a local man who is opening a new shop here in Whittlesey. ‘Orlando’ will be an interior design consultancy also featuring designer furniture and decorative home ware. I have been asked to display for sale my fused glass wall art and object d’art. I’ve decided to accept this exciting new venture because our local town centre is dying. Currently overrun with hairdressers and takeaways other units are closing their doors one by one and leaving empty shells. So a big round of applause for someone brave enough to bring art & craft back to the high street.

So far this morning I have voted, taken the car in for a service and walked the dog twice!! Next on the diary agenda is to source some glass clamps and slate for an exciting new product that I am introducing. Keep an eye out over the next couple of weeks. Hopefully they will be ready for the Peterborough Artists’ Open Studios in 3 weekends time.

 

Thanks for reading

 

Jan

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