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Monday struggles = Etsy 101

How’s this for braveheart Monday. I’ve dedicated most of today to learning how to…and concurrently starting that long talked about Etsy shop. (because what’s the point of actually reading the directions if you don’t follow them at the same time…lol) Gosh, but it’s confusing.

All of you who have Etsy shops out there, how did you ever do it!??!

In preparation for all of this I bought Jeanne Oliver’s ecourse: Building a Creatively Made Business. I bought it ages ago and so I figure I better use the info before I run out of time. 🙂 I must say it’s a brilliant little course and I’m learning a lot from her. Also in preparation for this I cleaned up the house…as you do…picked some last garden dahlias and bought some chrysanthemums. (because one must always start difficult projects with beautiful flowers, don’t you think so?)

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Also, as rain is coming overnight, this was waiting for me this morning. No, not the cats, they wait for no one…lol. Look beyond them to that carpet of leaves. Still, not as bad as poor Robert who has to deal with the seven 100 ft maples all on his own. But then, there’s a riding mower at West Cottage and only girl power here.

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So I worked and learned and learned and worked and ran off to the bank, the gym, and home again for lunch and to work and learn some more. I looked up examples and read thru millions of websites for hints and idea, and raked up the leaves and drank plenty of tea and I think I’m pretty close now. Of course I’ve lost the light now, so the things which are left are: photographing everything, editing, posting, and getting thru all the financial stuff.

I tried to tell Morgan how impressed with myself I am, but, if there isn’t people food in it, she’s not interested. 🙂

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Hope I’m ready for this. (Hope you’re ready for this 🙂 )

Linking with Mary for Mosaic Monday. 🙂

Boy there’s a lot of smiley faces on this post!

Comments: 33

  • November 4, 2013
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    We seldom feel ready, but I am confident you will work through this to create something amazing! Love the kitty support (or lack of it) as a back drop.

  • November 4, 2013
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    Love that second picture of your furbabies.

    i could not even think of starting anything else with the blog troubles, honing photogrpahy and still learning LR.

  • November 4, 2013
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    Congratulations on surmounting your learning curve. I just want to buy an artistic and colorful sheet of notes with an overlay! YEP : )

      • November 5, 2013
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        You are just so talented and inspiring and my mind is twirling Veronica about things I should do ! Good luck.

        PS: I cannot find your page on Etsy, can you send me a link please?

  • November 4, 2013
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    There is so much i love about your post but the photos were amazing, they made me feel all warm? hehe, weird. anyway, the cats and the leaves are beautiful and good luck with all your ventures 🙂

  • Amar Naik

    November 4, 2013
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    your learning curve is getting better. nicely posted and this makes an interesting read.

  • November 4, 2013
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    Good luck to you! I remember seeing an Etsy promotional video where they featured Nancy of Nancy’s Daily Dish who sells transferware. It was exciting to see how an entrepreneur could take a hobby and passion into a real business. I’ll look forward to hearing how this learning process goes for you!

  • November 4, 2013
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    I have a question…why etsy? what about big cartel? etsy has changed so much in recent years and they’ve just opened up (formally) for mass-produced stuff from China. thryve never done much to combat copy cats. they’ve lost their soul and the plot, in addition to being very user unfriendly with the cumbersome way of listing items. so while I definitely think you should be selling your art online, have you considered other venues?

  • November 4, 2013
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    Best of luck, Veronica! Looking forward to learning what you’re learning!

    xo
    poppy

  • November 4, 2013
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    I did it by just starting.
    Do you have stock? Well, make nice pictures, and put them in listings with a nice text, and you’re halfway done. Adding to your listings regularly (f.i. by putting something new in your shop every day or week) helps too.

    I admit, thinking about shop policy etc. took me a while, but I looked a lot at how others do that, and I just keep learning every day. It just does get easier when you start.

  • November 4, 2013
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    Good luck with your shop Veronica!
    I’m assuming there is going to be art??
    So excited to see it up and running soon!!
    xx

  • November 5, 2013
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    Well done you. It is so time consuming, and that’s without the photo editing and uploading etc. I have been hoping for a few weeks to load some items onto my folksy shop – but haven’t yet found the clear few hours of time I need to properly get to grips with it again. Juliex

  • November 5, 2013
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    You will have an awesome shop. Wow, had no idea about all the things one would need to learn. You are an inspiration! Looking forward to reading more about your journey with opening your shop.

  • November 5, 2013
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    Yay! Can’t wait to see your shop. I’m sure there will be lots of beautiful things to buy. I’d better start saving now. *sigh*
    LOVE all the smileys!! 😉

  • Lavender Cottage

    November 5, 2013
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    I’ve looked at Etsy myself and didn’t go any further. I’ll follow your posts as you decide if it’s for you.
    Judith

  • November 5, 2013
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    I must be confused as now I do not see a link to your Etsy items?

  • November 5, 2013
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    Veronica, I congratulate you on all your hard work and determination–I know it will be wonderful when it’s up. Also love how you managed to vase those flowers in pure brilliant white light–amazing! 😉

  • November 5, 2013
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    Congrats on the big step. Keep us posted on the shop.

  • November 5, 2013
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    I have no doubt you will rock the Etsy world! And I am pretty sure Morgan agrees. Why else would she be so relaxed about it? 🙂

  • November 5, 2013
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    brava and good luck ….

  • November 6, 2013
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    Your kitties are gorgeous! 🙂

    • November 6, 2013
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      And you’ll ace this Etsy stuff. Strangely, I’ve been wanting to start creative art/business courses too– I have them all written out. Now it’s just a matter of braving the posting of them! 🙂

  • November 6, 2013
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    I’ve never started an Etsy shop but I had a friend tell me it was much more complicated than she thought it would be to set it up and do it optimally. Good luck!

  • November 7, 2013
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    well I see other bloggers with Etsy shops – but that is as far as I have ever got. I hope it is a good outlet for sales for you. Good luck with it!
    Have a great weekend ahead and thank you for stopping by my blog this week.

  • November 7, 2013
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    Ah yes! Every difficult project seems a tad easier when there are fresh flowers in a vase nearby. I would like to create an Etsy Shop too but it does sound tricky!

  • November 8, 2013
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    I have wondered how hard they are to set up…I would have to get stuff created first. Seems like everything I make, I give away. LOL

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