Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Write it Wednesday- Etsy shop tips

Today I decided I need to really take a look at my Etsy Shop and make some changes to some listings, and get things ready for new listings.  If your like me you've discovered that unless you are amazing at #tags and #keywords plus lot's of social media marketing you probably aren't getting the views or sales you would like for your shop.
Before I sold anything handmade, I sold odds and ends on EBay.  And without a lot of effort on outside platforms like Twitter, Tumblr, Keep, etc.  I got decent traffic.   I know that EBay & Amazon both get substantial traffic which is such a plus.  I read recently that Etsy is doing more with Google, which I pray is true, because traffic to my page without me having to post URL's all over the social media universe is a definite plus.

Things you need to know for driving traffic

* Educate yourself on keywords and #tags
* Have an account on Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr or any other social media site where you feel you    can generate traffic to your shop. 
* Use descriptive titles for items with important keywords. Think about what you would type into a search engine to find the item your listing.
* Know your market- Find out what's "trending" and what's in demand in your field of crafting expertise
* Be original- Don't be afraid to try new things.
* Learn about Etsy Stats and how to use the info they generate effectively.
* Keep learning-Technology is always advancing, you should be too 
* Network- Join teams and be sure to check out forums where seasoned sellers share tips of the trade
* Share and encourage your friends and family to help you.  From word of mouth, to sharing your photo's and links on social media sites you are both a part of.  People who love you will want to see you succeed at your passion.
 * Do not get discouraged, somethings take time and patience.  This is one I have to constantly remind myself of.

Here's a listing I changed today.   I changed the Title, the Thumbnail photo, and the Tags for the listing. 
Turquoise beaded bracelet set  
You should be seeing this bracelet set

You may have to play with the tags a few times to get them right.  I've noticed that a lot of people will go in and put more holiday related tags in around big shopping holidays like Black Friday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc.

If you are an online seller who has found some tips that have benefited you please be sure to share them in the comments.  I've learned more things through other sellers then I have through my own trial and error.  Wishing you lot's of success & Happiness!

                                                     Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Talking Tuesday

Well I did it again.  Said I was gonna write more content, do this & that.  It didn't happen.  Sorry!
While I have made some plans, getting them actually done just hasn't happened.  I'm not gonna place the blame on circumstances or anything else for that matter.    A lot of it just has to do with me procrastinating, or putting this space to the side when other things came up.

I will tell you all that I really want to make more YouTube videos,  I'm looking for an affordable lighting set up right now. I'm pretty fond of the Diva light, but I just can't justify two hundred dollars for one light.  I'm not opposed to something that's used.  As long as it's in good working condition I'm all game.  So if you know of anyone with a used light or can point me in the direction of something you use and like that's affordable  please let me know in the comments.

I've also got a lot of things to sale at the moment.  Things I've made, and some things I've been given to use, or get rid of.  I have a small box that's full of 1970-1980 style hair accessories.  Lot's of huge bows, and some scrunchies, headbands etc. 

                                        Costume jewelry and vintage hair stuffs I'm sorting through
                                                            One of the giant hair bows
I've also been busy making custom pieces which you can  see, and keep up with Here  If you give me a "like"  I'll love you even more.   Things that are pictured at my page that aren't listed are available, unless otherwise stated.  So if you visit my page, and see something you are interested in just leave me a comment.  Buying things before they are listed will save you money, as I don't have to include a listing fee in my price.
 I'm really passionate about being able to make things with my hands and sale them to the public.   With things slowing down like they have I really feel like I need a small army of people behind me to help .    Getting people to see my items, and to share them or like them is a huge deal for any small business person.  If you are one of the few people who sees that, and helps then I appreciate you so very much!  Thank you!  Fellow Blogger's and small business people that give my page a "Like" be sure to comment letting me know so I can visit your page and give it a "Like" as well (Spammer's and pornography sites are not eligible)

                                                                  Thanks for stopping by! 
                                                                     God Bless~ xo

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Happy March!

Happy March!

I hope all of you have had a good start to your 2015.   Things got a little overwhelming for me, as far as projects and ideas go, so taking a year away from this space has been good for me.

I have missed all of you though, and I wanted to continue to share things here.  So I'm happy to say that I will be back, with all kinds of new things to share.
With the help of my hubs I got my little space all re-organized, so I'll be doing more videos.  Expect product reviews, tutorials, tips, Q&A vlogs, and fun challenges.

                                          A quick look at my new space:

For those of you who have helped me in the past I would be happy to link back to your blogs and sites, so if your interested in that just let me know via the comments or by email. 

I'm still getting a few things in the ready so this post will be short & sweet.  I look forward to seeing you all again very soon!

 Happy Tuesday !! xo

       The Lord makes firm the steps
    of the one who delights in him;
24 though he may stumble, he will not fall,
    for the Lord upholds him with his hand.
Psalm 37:23-24

Monday, November 4, 2013

Something Yummy For Fall

Hi Blog friends.  I know it's been awhile since I've shared a post. Time away has been good for me though.  Free time has allowed me to research some more topics I was interested in, as well as given me a clear perspective for the New Year which is approaching quickly.

Today I'm sharing a fun recipe with you for Fall
I hope you'll enjoy this simple recipe.  I have a sweet tooth, so I always enjoy something warm and sweet in the cooler months of Fall.

Your Ingredients needed are as follows:

1 Can Canned Crescent Rolls
2 Tablespoons Butter
1/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon
2 Teaspoons Sugar
1/4 Teaspoon Clove
1 Apple

For preheat temp consult your canned crescent rolls :)

In a small bowl mix butter, sugar, clove and cinnamon together.  Your butter should be soft, but not melted for best results.
Slice apples in small thin pieces.  When using a medium sized apple, I had about half a bowl of additional apple slices left over.

When oven is preheated open and separate your crescent rolls into sets of 2.   Coat each crescent roll on the inside with your butter mixture, then place several slices of your apple inside and mold your dough into a square pocket around your ingredients.
If you use 2 crescent rolls per pastry this recipe makes 4 pretty squares like pictured above. 
When pastry's are shaped you can use any additional butter mixture to coat the top and sides for a sweet and crispy crust.  Also feel free to garnish the top with an apple slice.
I allowed my pastry's to cook for a good 20 minutes, but cooking times may vary.  If in doubt start with the recommended cooking time as instructed on the crescent roll package, and check them to see if they are at the desired consistency. 

These are super yummy and very easy, If you give them a try please let me know what you think.

                                                                Happy Monday Xoxo

Monday, July 29, 2013

What does your Fitness look like?

Happy Monday blog friends!

 Weight is something I've struggled with since I was a child ,so I wanted to share a little bit today with you all about my journey, and what I've found that works for me.
Most of us have heard, and seen all the preconceived notions of beauty in our world.  What one person thinks is beautiful, another does not. 
As a little girl I was told I was pretty often, so I never had issues with body image until around age 11. 
On a trip to the doctor for a annual check up I was informed that I was overweight for my age and height, and that I would have to lose weight.  Knowing the issues being overweight causes, I'm happy that my doctor was straight forward in his approach.  I remember the changes we made to my diet, no more soda/candy, and mandatory exercise everyday.
I started waking up at 5am every morning for 1-2 hour workouts, and I made more "healthy" choices regarding food.
I can't recall the amount of time it took me to get back to a healthy weight, but I remember being consistent through middle school and high school in my workouts.  My diet in high school was horrible though, lunches of just pretzels or carrots, and skipping meals due to lack of time and poor judgement was the norm.

Looking back now I can see my view was warped.  For me it was always more about looking like the girls in the magazines then it was about being "Healthy".  The truth is that our bodies changes as we age, the truth is that there is a lot of false information regarding the world of health and fitness.  Different things will work for different people. 
One thing I will tell you I have learned..There is no magic pill.  If you want to be "healthy" which means you will improve your strength and endurance, you have to make better choices regarding what you eat, and you have to get up and do some kind of physical exercise.
It's going to take some time to see the results, but I can tell you that if your training the right way, you will start to feel better after the first two weeks.
Are you taking vitamins?  Have you considered incorporating supplements?  Do you have a workout buddy?
All things you may want to consider if you've struggled with weight.

For exercise I am doing HIIT training 3-4 times a week, along with eating 5 times or more a day.  I am doing meal replacement/protein shakes and using a multivitamin, along with supplements.
HIIT training is guaranteed to produce results in 30 days, if done consistently with good eating.  I also encourage you to check out clean eating.  Know what is in your food. Processed ingredients, and chemicals are not good for our bodies.
Do you know that studies have shown that people who suffered from depression after changing their diets and incorporating exercise have been taken off of their meds?  Your body produces "happy" endorphins when you do physical activity. 
Don't deprive yourself of things you love, just reduce the portion size. 
 Drink plenty of water,  If your a caffeine drinker you probably aren't getting enough water. Last but not least, focus on being healthy, rather then looking a certain way.  Don't believe all the hype, do a little research, and be consistent.
If you have questions about anything please don't hesitate to ask.
 I know it's not easy, but it does not get any easier as you age.  So I encourage you to be diligent about making some changes today.

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own 1 Corinthians 6:19

What do you need to change about your eating or exercise habits?

Thanks for stopping by! XoXo

Friday, July 19, 2013

Old School Blogging- Crazy Five Edition

 Hi friends.  I hope this post finds you all well.  I have started up my daily fitness routine again, so I've not been around to write much.  Things are going really well now, and I'm getting adjusted to the routine & the time management it involves so I should be around more to share again.
Kristen must have known this was right up my alley, because she tagged me in this link up last week. 
So..Many thanks to Alison @ Writing & Wishing for the link up, and to my sweet friend Kristen @ The Preppy Girl In Pink for giving me a nudge to join in.

Five Things I Have a Passion For
1.Jesus- Knowing him better each day, having his word in my heart, and trying to live up to the purpose for which he placed me here to fu-fill.
2. Music- Singing or writing, I will have a song or 100 in my head every day.
3. Being Creative-  Whether it's music or a craft of my own design, I start to get a little itchy if I'm not making something new to share with my hands.
4. Humanity-  I'm not always a fan of being in a crowd, but I do cringe when I see the things that are going on in our world. Especially the things happening involving our young people. I'm the person who prays for people I've never met, believing that with Christ there are no limitations.
5. Books- I am constantly on a hunt for a new story to read.  You'll find a lot of devotionals as well as young adult fiction in my reading stack.  I get my love of books from my Papa.

Five Things I Would Like to do Before I Die
1. Travel-  I've never been anywhere overseas, and I would love to go to so many places.
2. Write & publish a book, or song.
3. See more lives transformed- More miracles for anyone & everyone who needs them.
4. Have an underground House-  This should really be mandatory in the state of Oklahoma :)
5.Sing with someone I admire, even if nobody else hears it but us.

Five Things I Say A Lot
1. Thank you Jesus!  I know where my help comes from :)
2. E.T. Phone home..this is what I say when I'm not sure the person I'm speaking with is here or in la-la land.
3. What a whackadoodle-  This is my made up word for crazy people.
4. So I found this thing on Pinterest the other day- Yep I like that website
5. I love you- This is something I say all day everyday.  It's important that people know..and I never get tired of hearing it back :)

Five Books And/ Or Magazines I Have Read Lately

1. Jesus Calling- A devotional I read daily. A gift from my mother that I am really enjoying.
2. Insurgent- I've read it more then once in preparation for Allegiant the third book in the series which is releasing October, 22nd of this year.
3. Clockwork Princess-  Cassandra is one of my favorite writers, she can tell a story like nobodies business.
4. The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron- A newer author of young adult fiction. There will be a sequel to this story in the fall of this year that I'm looking forward to.
5.  The Selection by Kiera Cass-  This was another dystopian type novel, but it had more of a fairy tale type feeling.  The sequel to it released in April, but I've not yet read it.

Five Favorite Movies (Maybe You’ve Seen Them Five Times?) 

1. The Star Wars Trilogy- the originals..I can watch them over and over.
2. Napoleon Dynamite- so funny..probably because I've known people like this in real life.
3. Despicable Me
4.Seventeen Again
5. I am Number Four-  I hope they make a sequel to this one.

Five Places I Would Love To Travel
1. Australia
2. Sweden
3. England
4. The Bahama's
5. Brazil- To see the beaches & the rainforest's

Five Bloggers I Invite to do this Meme
1. Ange @ Hairspray & High Heels
2. Hayley @ Hayley's World

3. Maribel @ Stroller Adventures

4. April @ Wildflowers & Whimsy

5. Kathy @ Sparkles & a Stove

What's your favorite movie or book?
The link up is still open, so join in on the fun. Meet some new bloggers, and get to know the ones you adore even more.  Thanks Kristen & Alison!  Take care my friends xo!!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The 4th & Freedom

Hello Blog Friends.  I hope July is starting off nicely for you. 
Many of you are probably gearing up for July 4th.  I've seen many posts about food, and activities for the holiday.  Today I even saw patriotic themed make up ideas on Pinterest.
 While I do appreciate the theme of the holiday, it feels a little bittersweet to me this year. 

Ronald Reagan said  "If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth. And this idea that government is beholden to the people, that it has no other source of power except to sovereign people, is still the newest and most unique idea in all the long history of man's relation to man. This is the issue of this election. Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capital can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves."

 Our constitutional rights are so precious friends.  They are the basis for everything our ancestors fought for when they traveled here.

So in spite of the fire-works, lake time, and cook outs.  Please remember what our ancestors fought for.
Treasure your freedom, and remember that it cannot be taken away from us, unless we allow it to be.

     Surprisingly, this is not fireworks, it is a photo of neon lights taken while riding in the car.

                                        Have a safe & fun holiday friends.  God Bless!!