kerravonsen: Crafty: a medly of beads (craft)

Yes, YOU. Not the invisible person over your left shoulder.

Do you like subtlety, secret messages, and geekiness?

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Do you like unique works which are impossible to replicate?

Read more... )

Do you like being able to interact with the artisan?

Read more... )

So have I convinced you yet?

kerravonsen: Crafty: a medly of beads (craft)
Essence of Eclectic is now officially opening its doors wide! (Already had "technical launch", but with not much stock on "shelves"). But today I finished listing all the stuff I had made before Continuum XIII, so there is STUFF. Go and buy it! (Or don't buy it, as you wish).

There's still more catch-up for me to do (about half-a-dozen finished pieces of jewellery to photograph, enter into my inventory, figure out good names for, calculate prices of, and list on Etsy) but I figure there's enough listed there that I can say "come in, and welcome!"

And tell your friends, too (grin).

It's mostly necklaces up there at the moment, but I do intend to make more bracelets, and add in earrings (at request of L), keychains (at request of D), and hairchains (at request of X). I think there were a couple more types of things on the must-make list, but I can't remember right now.

I'm not sure whether I will bother selling scrunchies, there doesn't seem to be much of a market for them. 8-(

Can I make a living from this? Don't know yet.
kerravonsen: Daniel: What I see, you can't even imagine (Daniel-what-I-see)
...not the one which came first in the poll. Firstly, I was taking account of the LJ comments as well, and secondly, any name which had a reasonable objection to it, got ruled out even if it was popular, not because I'm being overly negative, but if someone pointed out problems with a name, and I agreed with them, it became a name I was uncomfortable using. Hence, "Artisan of Awesome" got ruled out, "Handmade by KJA" shouldn't even have been on the poll, "Imaginary Cheese" dropped out when all the logo ideas I came up with were really dumb, and "Diverse Devisings" made my tongue stumble every time I tried to say it aloud.

So the name, ladies and gentlebeings, is... Essence of Eclectic. I think it's very me. I've spent yesterday and today working on various logo ideas, and I have come up with a design I rather like.

cut for images and poll )
kerravonsen: Ninth Doctor: "thinking" (Doc9-thinks)
Someone pointed out to me that "Handmade By KJA" sounds like a corporation, and suggested "Handmade By Kathryn" as an alternative. Unfortunately, that name is already taken. Indeed, many, many names (and variants thereof) are already taken for Etsy stores, because they never allow names to be reused, even if they are no longer active.

So, I've been checking possible names, and here are some which are available... for the moment. I've made a poll, to see what y'all think of them.

Poll #18030 Etsy Names
This poll is closed.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 9


Which name do you prefer for my Etsy Store?

View Answers

Handmade By KJA
4 (44.4%)

Artisan Of Awesome
5 (55.6%)

Gazillion Things
1 (11.1%)

Essence Of Eclectic
3 (33.3%)

Diverse Devisings
1 (11.1%)

Imaginary Cheese
2 (22.2%)



(those on LJ can answer in the comments)

  • Handmade By KJA

  • Artisan Of Awesome

  • Gazillion Things

  • Essence Of Eclectic

  • Diverse Devisings

  • Imaginary Cheese


Yes, the last one is silly. That's why it's there, because it's silly.
kerravonsen: Jo Grant smiling and holding up set of keys: "not a dumb blonde" (not-a-dumb-blonde)

Every now and then, I wonder if I should make myself an Etsy store. Usually when people ask me if I do commissions, after reveals have happened on a fan fest. One of the things I ponder when that happens, is shop names. I've gone through a few (I have a list) that turn out to be (a) not available, (b) too similar to something else, even if it is available, or (c) available, but not quite appealing enough to me.

see names, see names go )

What are your thoughts on this, peoples?

Yes Or No?

Feb. 4th, 2015 02:15 pm
kerravonsen: Ninth Doctor: "thinking" (thinking)
Every now and then I wonder if I ought to open an Etsy store... usually when people ask me if I have one, right after I've posted another bit of craft to a fannish fest.

Why? Because I want my craft to go to people who will appreciate it. Which is fine for the non-fannish stuff, it's what I give to my family every Christmas. But the fannish stuff, the symbolic stuff that I have very much acquired a taste for making? Well, if it's Doctor-Who themed I can give it to my sister (she's the one who scored Idris And Her Thief). If it's Harry-Potter themed - and most of it is - then there's only one person I know whom I can give it to who will understand the symbolism. Which would be fine if I only participated in one fest a year, but this last year, they've been multiplying. Fine, I know, Just Don't Do That Then. (sigh)

But...

Look, I don't want to Run A Business And Become Independently Wealthy. If I'd wanted that, I would have taken up contracting years ago. I just want to make cool stuff and have it used by people who appreciate it. The business part of such an enterprise is an utter pain. Getting to the post office to send snail-mail is a pain. But how else could I get it into the hands of people who would appreciate it? So far as I can see, there are two methods: (a) give as gifts to people who know me personally, or (b) sell it to people who are willing to pay what it is actually worth - which means I don't want to underprice it, either.

Yet all the info I've seen about running your own Etsy store is "Market yourself! Work hard! Promote yourself! Branding! Have lots of stock!" But I wouldn't have lots of stock at all. Just the occasional thing. Not until I retire, anyway. Which is more than a decade away.

(insert lots of sighs here)

What should I do? Craft keeps me sane. But I am running out of people to give it to.

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