Thursday, January 22, 2009

Failure is not an option!!!

For some reason, I thought being a stay at home mom would leave me with oodles of time to work on my art and crafts. Boy was I mistaken!
I have a lot of ideas, but can't seem to find the time to complete any of them! Lately it's been to the point where I thought about giving up again but then something happened that made me change my mind.
Through the years, I have a sort of eb and flow of art coming out of me. I'm either really really working hard on a bunch of stuff, or I throw in the towel and don't work on a single thing for months. The funny part is why I always go back to's usually me looking at my work again and realizing that it's not so bad after all.
This time, however, it's not that I think my work is's just that I feel like I'm losing a battle with Etsy. I have scattered sales, and hardly any exposure. I was thinking about all of this when something in my house caught my attention. I have had an orchid plant for about 2 years now. I always wanted one, but I thought they were too expensive of a plant for me to probably kill. I often hear gardeners complain about how hard they are to take care of, but I was happy for a while knowing that I took the time to re-plant it and fertalize it ect. and it was looking pretty good. Then, like my art roller coaster, I stopped caring for it as much. I forgot to water it most of the time, and it was looking kind of, well, dead.
Yesturday, I sat down at our computer desk where the plant sits next to the window and was totally shocked to see that the plant is budding!! I couldn't believe it! So I'm using the plant as a sort of "get up and go" motto for myself. Failure is not an option!!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

About me

Why Bohemeanne, why?

As promised on my announcement page, I finally got around to starting my etsy blog. It can be difficult with a young baby to type and think about what I’m saying!

So the question that I mentioned, that is, “why don’t I charge more for my merchandise”. Well, let’s see.
Thankfulness would be one reason. I am lucky enough to be a stay at home mom who doesn’t have to work away from my baby. My husband doesn’t expect any extra income from me, although it would be nice! I feel a little obligated, sort of like a sacrifice-to make homemade things that don’t cost a lot of money. There are a lot of women that I would think would love to be at home, raising their children and creating crafts. This is one way that I can say, well I’m sorry that you can’t afford to do that-but I can, and I’m passing the thankfulness to you.
Secondly is non-greed. I’m a person who has gone a long time between haircuts, buying new clothing, or sometimes even forgoing doctor’s visits. And although the doctor’s visits aren’t really something I should skip, I’m happy to say that I live simply. I don’t feel like I need so much all the time that I need to be charging all this money for my work. For what? I’m not saying that I don’t need any money at all; I’m just saying that I try to be quite respectful to my buyers. A lot of my work is a gift to the buyer, not something that I’m trying to say is so precious that no one can afford it.
Lastly, cost of supplies. I’m a saver. I spurge on a craft supply when I think that it is worth it, but a lot of the times I find great deals on my craft supplies. I pass the savings to you! I definitely don’t work with junk, quality is still a concern. But you better bet that if I see a huge sale on a type of yarn, I’m going to buy a whole lot of it!

Sales in my shop have been slow, and a lot of passers-through have mentioned that they think my prices are one of the problems. Among the others like, lack of contacting the etsy community, clarity of pictures, and better announcements and descriptions I’m still working on. I hope in you reading this blog, you can better understand my purpose on etsy, and I look forward to seeing you around the forum!