22 February 2010

Closing the shutters... for now.

After careful consideration, I've decided to put my Etsy shop in Vacation Mode for a little while.

I've been a frustrated and nearly unsuccessful seller on Etsy for about a year now, and it's time for me to reevaluate my shop strategies.  I have such varied tastes and talents that it seems almost wasteful to not find more ways to expand outside of Etsy, but at the same time, it's nice to have an outlet for my creativity and for a destash of my projects.

I feel like I may be disappointing some folks by nailing up the clapboards for a time, but rest assured: I am still taking Alchemy requests.  I am still bidding on Alchemy posts.  I am working on personal projects as well, and have a wealth of things I'd like to add to my repertoire.  Here's the current list:
  • I just finished my first "Strategic Sweetheart" corset last night, inspired by TacticalCorsets.com's collection.  Lace-up back, zip-up front, button pockets.  'Twill be tested this weekend at the Ari Herstand DVD Release concert at the Fine Line!  Pictures to follow!
  • I inherited a wealth of jeans and khakis from my roommate, since she's been granted the gift of hips from her baby daughter.  The current plan is to turn them into "map bags" - the dwarf cousin of the messenger bag.
  • I'd love to turn my "Bridesmaid Survival Bag" into an item on Etsy, but for now, I'll leave it until the series is complete.
  • Not to mention bridesmaid, groomsmen, bride, groom, and newlywed gifts!
  • I'm still in the testing phase when it comes to recycled products, but I am going to have an entry in the HandmadeMN March "Go Green" Challenge!  More to follow in a blog post; I'm really excited about the results so far.
  • I also have this pipe dream of destashing my old fabric strips from my grandmother's quilting projects into kitschy decorative wreaths for all seasons.  We'll see where that takes me.
If any of you folks have suggestions for me for future ventures, I'd love to hear them!