Sunday, March 26, 2017

All that glitters Diamond Painting Swans with Roses

So here is a new obsession and addiction!  Since I thought I would start selling the diamond painting kits on the dropship site (see the TR links or FB) that I should try it and see what it was like.  I bought this one on ebay, still from a seller in China.  It took 2 weeks to arrive.  This is just a partial one, not full coverage.  I call Swans with Roses, as there are no real names.  This is like a very lightweight banner material, vinyl, with adhesive and markings for where to place the faceted rhinestones.  This one has round stones, stick them in place with a sticky pen.  It took me 2 days to do this one, a miracle for a slow poke like me. Added to Ebay for now, Etsy at the beginning of the month if it lasts this long.  I have to figure out shipping tubes, etc.  And I do think they are heat sensitive, to extreme temps, so I will not be shipping during the summer months.

But it's fun, quick, and pretty interesting, sparkly! so I will be making more, probably steadily.  Like most any of the other crafts, I can do commission work on these, if you find something you like(or they do convert your own photos.)  Always the option of purchasing one and holding for cooler weather to ship, as well.  The other idea that was brought to my attention, was to perhaps bulk order a few, and keep them in stock and sell.  Likely through ebay.  A few popular ones, no waiting for long shipping and weird tracking from overseas.  Noodling on that one.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Riolis Baby Bunny Rabbit w pink ribbon

Finally, another little finish.  This one was tougher than I expected, and I won't be making it again.  From Riolis cross stitch kit, Baby Rabbit.  It's 10ct white aida, done 3x1 with wool.  Gah.  (and somewhere, I dropped the original needle.)  A challenge I really didn't expect.  But anyway, done, very cut, Easter, a baby, little girls might love it.  It's up just on Ebay for now, will have to see if it lasts long enough to go to Etsy

In other news, my dropship TurquoiseRoads is up and running, getting a little traction. You can find me on FB etc if you look.  I did order 2 of the small diamond paintings, for myself, (to sell), so I can get a personal idea of what they are like.  That way I know for sure I can answer questions, about shipping, suppliers, timeframes, supplies, techniques, etc.  As most of these are all from China, the English and correct help, is pretty lacking. So, on to a new venture.

I do hope to be putting out more finished work very soon, a lot on my plate right now.  I am downsizing the beads a bit on ebay, see link for The Blushin Rose, to make room for a leaner and smaller, better working storefront. Firepolish, drops and flower beads etc are going to make room for more Swarovski crystals, cabochons, the crafts, etc. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Vervaco Four Seasons Winter Cross Stitch, Powerseller

Yay, finally!  The last of the Vervaco Four Seasons kit, Winter.  Another tough one.  But I love how these look.  Listed now on Ebay and Etsy . I will be creating a listing for the entire set, as I think that is a possibility to sell that way.  I would like to do these again, especially since they are so small(3x4.5" on 18ct)  I just don't know when. 

I forgot to mention, somewhere back there, that I made Bronze Powerseller over the fall.  Maybe because it doesn't exactly mean anything, lol!  But I did, and I did notice, actually, for a somewhat dismal year, in some ways even to the end, that I had a pretty good Christmas selling season.  So nice, even that it continued at least half way into January, and I was hotfooting it to make a few more sets of those felt Christmas ornaments, who knew?  I would have gotten the cross stitch here done quicker otherwise!  So it looks like I will still be working on some XMAS stuff, here and there; if I can get some more done soon, I will go ahead and be listing, as it seems relevant completely year-round. 

Anything I can get done and out of the way(early!) is a blessing.  I have been lucky that things have been working, just enough.  For now, the independent dropship site is a little put on hold, as there are plenty of things to figure out.  I had thought I would list several niche type women's items, but I am going to have to launch with less.  When it's ready, I will have the diamond paintings, and some cross stitch kits, craft items.  The general women's categories will have to wait until I get a handle on things, and some time to work with listings. 

Monday, January 2, 2017

Four Seasons Fall Cross Stitch, Numbers, Dropship

Finally!  The Vervaco Four Seasons Cross Stitch, in Fall.  This is probably my favorite, but boy, did it take a long time.  Find it on Ebay  or Etsy .  I will be starting the Winter one very soon, but I have a heart item I am trying to get finished first, somewhat Valentine's Day related.  I think I need to start projects sooner!

I've had a chance to look over my sales number for 2016, and it's not as good as I expected.  I was pretty busy, and I know I increased stock, including some more expensive items.  Kinda scratching my head.  I think I've finally started to move the older, cheaper stock.  While the end of the year kind of went into a tailspin with some personal problems, those were my best selling months.  Eh, I am not really sure what happened.

But, I need a more successful year.  MUST.  I have loaded up some more beads, and have several stitching projects working, but it doesn't look like that is cutting it.  I am still struggling with recovering from mono, as well.  I feel fine, just a mandatory rest period, overall, that is almost done, I hope. No guarantees.  So, I started a dropship account, mostly last year, 2, poking into that, to see if that works.  For now, just kind of a catch all for some different stock, and a few suppliers, on Ebay . I've been dinking around with it for a bit, and I think I need to try some different things, a different website.  Success isn't going to come from the set up I have going there.  So, stayed tuned, in the next few weeks, I hope to launch a full website of my own growing selections of items that all ship straight to you.  More on that next time.