Friday, July 24, 2009

Renegade Fair 2009



I meant to post this "post" on Monday...but, well, life happened. So I'm posting it today.
I attended my first ever RENEGADE FAIR Sunday. I was excited all week to go to this event and see some of the most coveted designers like: The Black Apple,Old Tom Foolery, and Foundling! I was also happy to discover some new loves like Big Stone Head and Ex Libris Anonymous.

Because we were taking this 2..i REPEAT 2 hour trip with our children (1 and 3) i knew i had to mentally brace myself so i could stay cool, calm and somewhat collected while in San Fransisco. I mostly did good, let's be honest...my kids are not exactly angels.



We arrived at the Renegade grounds around 10:30am and just bummed around outside until it officially opened at 11am. Once 11am ticked i knew it was the mother ship calling me back home. I was immediately excited and overwhelmed by all the amazing displays with fabulous goodies. When i arrived, some of the vendors were still setting up with tables.

When i first entered the fair my breath was first taken away by this fantastic rustic looking booth with suitcases for days that had been re-purposed and made into spiral bound notebooks! The shop was Ex Libris Anonymous. I love so much of it..and for what i could see, they were busy a lot at that booth! I found the Cat in the Hat book turned into a spiral bound journal with the pages of the actual book mixed in with the journal. Love it!

I was very impressed by the booth displays. While there were plenty of basic booth tables that looked over-crowded and cluttery with merchandise ( in which i was so overwhelmed i just kept moving), there were plenty of shops that weren't. Some shops had really great banners, and displays for their products...and of course lollipops, which obviously made my day!



There was a booth by Big Stone Head that was so simple. I love it. They had a U shape going and had i believe 2 racks full of t shirts. They had the funnies graphic t-shirts. I highly recommend you swing over there online store and buy something or at least read the shirts and enjoy a good laugh. The two people who were working that booth were really personable and down right hysterical as well. They had my husband and i laughing with tears streaming down!

For sure, the busiest booth i noticed was The Black Apple. I think it was impart because she just has fabulous items, and the other half because she is like an Etsy celebrity...you just want to see her and be like, "wow! that's cool." I took myself on over to that booth. It was so busy...so i waited for it to thin out so i could get in. It did not thin out....soo i squished myself in there and browsed through all the fabulous goodies she had....and my my my, things were flying off the shelves in a hurry!


After leaving the Renegade fair, i was so inspired to go home and create! Step into my inner craft fair and start thinking of what i want to do next with my shops. I loved it all..the good..the bad, and the ugly. Next year..i will for sure leave my adorable busy body babies with their sweet Nanna, so i can truly appreciate the fair!

Signing out-

Frenchell

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Pictures and of course...A BIG SALE

First off...i am working on my other pendant shop...that poor shop has been left in the dust while all my energy went to my supply shop. I am in love with this photo editing shop called: http://www.picnik.com You can use it for free. i wanted to upgrade to use some of the other features, so i paid the 24.95 1 time a yr fee...and it did even more amazing things!




Trust me..this pictures was very bland and dull looking. i was near tears when taking it because i didn't think i could take a good photo...which i still can't. But i can sure edit like i can take a good one

I'm not exactly in love with this photo..but i was trying out borders and shades and what not.
I look a ton of photos today..so i'm going to mess around with it and see how it goes. I truly always hated having to do the pictures for my shops...down right depressed me. I would take an entire day doing pictures and editing them..then i would look at them..and know they were terrible. I spent so much money on photographers, and right as i was going to have someone else take my pendant pictures my husband said, "why don't we just try it and do our best, then if it really doesn't work, we'll spend the money" I am so glad we put in an honest effort. These may not be the best, but to me, for right now..i am so stinkin happy!

Here are the before pictures: be kind!

















As we can see..the photo editing made such a nice difference. So go get you some Picnik!

On another NOTE....

FINALLY: I am CELEBRATING 1 year on ETSY. I am having a sale in my shop. Lots of charms, beads and bails on sale! A lot of the charms are on sale for $1.00 Just check out the sale section of the shop!

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It's obvious that mine needs some TLC very soon. I just started it not to long ago...so bear with me on it
Loves,
Frenchell

Monday, July 6, 2009

Plans...They never go the way i want them too

On a regular basis I make "plans" for my shop...all the while trying to manage children and keep my home functional. I usually fall apart and dinner doesn't get made, my husband is good to pick up the slack there. Then i may pop in a movie for the kids to watch or turn on a show while i am getting orders out...then i have the "mommie guilt" for having a t.v. babysit my children when i work. Then instead of working on my business i get sucked into the etsy forums...the i cycle it back around again.

I don't know if i mentioned it or not, but my husband has jumped on board to help with the business. So this is no longer a "ME" thing but is now a "WE" thing...and, YES, i'm still getting used to it. I have had to give up some control on a lot of things, which has been good, but hard. When you have worked your business and you know where everything is and how you do everything, you become paranoid that in a second one person can tank your entire business. I have to say, he has been a HUGE help. He keeps me focused ( which is what i need because i tend to go from project to project fluttering like a butterfly...wait where was i?) and organized, no small feat i promise you. Since he has jumped on board the office has been organized and has stayed organized...and clean for the most part. It's also nice to be creative withsomeone and bounce ideas back and forth off of eachother. I'm also able to better interact with my kids, instead of saying, "sorry hunny, mommie has to work. Go find your brother and go play".

So today, on this wonderful Monday i will be dropping my daughter off at summer camp for 3 hours (just for this week only), she is extremely excited. I will have my ton in towe and will be able to lug him around with me while i run errands. It's nice because we get some good one on one time together. I am going to redue my shop pictures...AGAIN, today. And YES, i'll be making a yummy dinner for my supportive family, mainly as a peace offering for putting up with me!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy 4th of July!!

I hope everyone appreciates their freedom and independence and how blessed we all are to live in the United States of America.

What is everyone doing for the 4th?
Originally, we were going to go to Utah to visit my husband's family...
However, that fell through. We didn't exactly plan a backup thing to do with the kids. So now i am racking my brain trying to think of what we will do with our toddlers today..that will be FUN!


God Bless America..My Home Sweet Home

Loves,
Frenchell

Monday, June 29, 2009

Finally...I'm Back!

It's so nice to return to my blog! I honestly think about getting on my blog everyday, but then that immediately takes a back seat as i find my days filled with kids and filling orders.

My business for the most part has always been "my business". My husband,Ben, would help me get orders out, but I ran the show and did all of it. Loved it, but was exhausted by it, ans secretly prayed for another helper. My shops have been bringing in nice profits that our homes has been blessed enough to enjoy. The shops are now becoming overwhelming with so many orders. So my hubby has decided to partner with me with my shops. ..this was his idea, not mine. So , together we work full time on the shop, while trying to manage the other part of our crazy lives. It has only been the first week...so we'll see how it goes. I did have some serious issues letting go of all the control. However last night when we were 37 order deep of things that needed to be shipped, it was so nice to have my hubby send out the convos letting people know orders were on their way, packaging the orders, weighing the orders and putting on the shipping labels.

We also spent the weekend getting the office work space organized. It looks great! My husband really got me motivated to get everything completely organized, and i'm so glad i did, it truly makes packaging order so much faster. So we are now a duo team, i suppose i ought to change my shop profiles.

Loves,
Frenchell

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Update

I Feel like my last post was ages ago...probably was.

Things have been busy. Today my husband helped me clean the work space...it's truly is a never ending cycle. I am ashamed to show the pictures. Once the room is reorganized, then i will put up pictures. I will make sure to posts the scray befores and the amazing afters. We hung up picturers in the office, makes it look kinda cozy.

I love Sundays. I always say this, but i do. They are the most relaxing and comforting days for me. After my crazy children went to bed, i went online to research paid advertising. I have been at it for hours on end. Wish me luck!

Frenchell

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Featured Seller: ZoZoBugBaby


When thinking about which stores have the trendiest must haves for your cute little tikes, this shop should be on the top of your list! The prints are abolutely adorable, and the prices are fantastic! And if your kids are showing you up in her cute clothes, well they got a little somthing for Mama too!

After looking at her shop, and her sales...you have to be thinking, "how does she find time to do that with two toddlers on the go, drop/pickup one from preschool and try not to forget the husband?" She's not perfect, and balance is something she is still looking for, but she gives you hope! I think reading her feature will make all us mommies out there feel a lot more normal and a lot more accepting. Enjoy!

How long have you been an etsy seller?
1 year as of April 2009!

How many children do you have?
2 girls ages 2 and 3.5

How do you get inspired?
I pretty much live in a state of inspiration. I am never NOT inspired. I actually have bad insomnia because I have so many ideas in my brain all the time.

How much time do you put into your shop on average weekly?
I say around 50-60 hours a week, including computer work, sewing, mailing, etc...


Can you run me through what a typical day for you would be managing a family and your business?
Complete chaos!! Basically..I sew before my husband has to leave for work in the morning. Between errands, preschool drop off/pick up, and being a mom, I somehow manage to mail my packages, answer convos, process orders, etc. Around 6pm, after dinner, I start sewing until somewhere between 10pm and midnight. I trade babysitting with a friend once or twice a week, so on MY mornings, I get so much more sewing done! I really try and focus on leaving work behind during the day as much as I can, so I can devote some good one-on-one time with my girls. It doesn't always happen, though!

How do you balance your family and your business and is it working?
What is this "balance" that you speak of? :) I have yet to find that balance. I feel like I'm always behind on work or the kids aren't getting enough attention. I'm getting better at it, though! Once both girls are in preschool in the fall a few mornings a week, I think that balance will happen a little more.

If it’s not working can you tell us why?
It's a constant struggle. The girls always want 100% attention, but I do have to do SOME work on the computer during the day, so I'm always being pulled in 2 directions. I have discovered that if I give them some good, focused time each day, it's a TAD easier for me to get some work done.

On those days when you are feeling completely frazzled and are seconds away from a major meltdown what do you do to keep yourself sane?
I email my friend Pascale, who is also a WAHM. She and I live eerily similar lives and we have become great sounding boards for each other. I always know she'll make me feel better!

In your opinion, what is the hardest part of running your business and being and WAHM (work at home mom)?
Not being able to devote 100% attention to either area. One seems to always suffer.

What are your top three etsy shops that you can’t go a day without stalking?
OMG. I have a few. My absolute favorite is 'courtneycourtney' - http://courtneycourtney.etsy.com. Literally...my girls own as many of her dresses as they do mine! I'm obsessed. Courtney is actually how I became friends with Pascale..my life saver!
2nd - Sew Love Fabrics (I think it's obvious why!) - http://sewlovefabrics.etsy.com
3rd - My new discovery: Apezoppa - http://apezoppa.etsy.com (truly unique!)

Is there anything you think we should know?
Although we moms beat ourselves up for not being perfect moms, better businesswomen, etc....One thing we are teaching our children, by example, is that we are strong women. We are not only "Mom", but we have interests of our own and we can wear many hats. We are artists and business women and we can do it all (even though we may not be all that graceful at it all the time! )

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

25 Marketing tips to get your products moving!

I posted this in the forums and it got a lot of hits. Keep in mind, that these are what worked for ME, they may not work for you. Tailor fit what works for you. This was made assuming one has something that a customer wants to buy, of course.

1.Start a blog…stop debating it…just start one

2.I’m not the biggest fan of Project wonderful…but that is your call. DennisAnderson did say you have to really reseatch it before you do it...and he has done very well with it. So i am going to do my research for a bit, then give it another go.

3.Team up and collaborate with someone else…who cares if they say “No!” when you ask…at least you asked. I have had plenty of “no’s” but I also had some pretty good people say “yes”

4.Revamp your shop. If you are selling and products are not moving…take this time to redue your pictures, get a new banner, get some policies

5.Post cards. Let me explain: I just had someone design a post card template for me that had 6 product pictures on it and it matched my banner. I paid 34.99 for 500 via overnight prints. This has really gotten both of my shops going. I don’t send these to people…b/c that would be spam. I send these boutiques and I send them to people who ask for them to include in a goody bag at a craft fair

6.Beware of giving to many products for free. I did this once for my pendant shop and gave away 100 free pendants…I didn’t get one single sale from that. Sometime these work…just don’t do them for everyone or you’ll be draining your products and money

7.Beware of people asking you to send them your products to be featured on a blog…I have done this as well…until I was approached by a very very very popular website that wanted to do a feature on my products…and guess what? All they wanted was picture for me to email them. I had 20 sales and 3 wholesale order from that...and I scored a consignment deal.

8.Try not to leave your business card in a bathroom. #1 it’s disgusting…and #2 you are not going to get business from having your card on the back end of a toilet

9. Do wear your wearable products. Seriously…you are your biggest marketing investment. I have worn things I have made and I always get little comments. Make t-shirt with your shop on it.

10.Sometime you have to invest to get a good return. I recently just spent a decent chunk of change to get some professional pictures of my pictures for my other shop. Once those come in my shop will look great…more appealing. Appeal is after all what brings people in to buy.

11.Saturday mornings are big days. At least they have always been for both of my shops. On Saturdays you can find me in the forums and renewing items…I usually have lots of sales on Saturdays

12.I heard some on etsy say they add a little paper in their packages they send out and tell customers that if they post a link of their shop on their blog they can get a free pendant! That’s great b/c it drives traffic to your store!

13.Twitter. I fought this one nail and tooth the whole way…then I broke down and did it. Let me tell you it was worked wonders! On the days I twitter I get sales. Lots of people use twitter to let ppl know about sales and new products. Check me out: http://twitter.com/lchristian try not to spam people with it, but really interact with them.

14.Do stay in the forums and get to know your community on the etsy forums. They will guide you and help you and give you ideas…use everything to your own judgment though

15.Try and get a consignment deal from yours locally. I have 5 consignments from my pendant shop. They are all out of state. They have turned out good, but I would rather them be local. Make sure you are prepared: set up an interview date, have your mock products and show them with and without packaging…post card (comes in handy!) and business card. Make a sales pitch and close the deal!

16.http://stumbleupon.com I do enjoy this….it can get expensive fast! They do however let you set your own price. I love this and feel it is 100 billion times more effective than project wonderful. You can also see how many people have seen your shop and who liked it and who didn’t

17.Maximize on holidays or by doing a “line” …like a spring line…it keeps your shop fresh b/c it allows you to come up with new products.

18.Facebook. You can use your personal if you don’t want to make one exclusive to your shop.

19.The most subtle way to market is at the end of your emails have your footer be your shop name, website and slogan. I always click on it when someone emails me with that on the bottom

20.Run a promo. This can be whatever you choose. Maybe you to a black Friday or black Monday online on in your shop the day after Turkey Day. Maybe you do a month of free shipping. Maybe you do a buy one get one free….maybe it’s a percentage coupon. But make sure you change it up. You don’t have to have one running every month.

21.Make sure you are marketing to your target market…if you don’t know your target market…you may want to slow your roll and figure that out asap….you cannot be all things to all people.

22.Put a window decal of your shop on your car

23.Elevator pitches are good. I had to practice those like mad in my marketing classes in college

24.Make sure you fuel positive word of mouth about your company

25.Plan an open house. Give yourself a few months to make this really work. Get some good invites..do a save the date if you need to. Wherever you are doing it be your home or some place else….make sure the area is “set up” in all respects to the d├ęcor down to the food and displays. Have ready available items to show. Make 2 catalogs via overnightprints to have out for people to look at. Have your business cards and maybe run a raffle or do a goody bag of samples…I know etsy sellers would contribute to the goodybag to help promote business. Make sure you advertise like there is no tomorrow about your open house…you will learn that that you can develop some serious word of mouth that way!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Featured Seller: Daisycake Soaps


I have what can only be describes as a soap obesseion. I love everything about it, the packaging, the smell, the feel...perfection! I was so excited when i discovered the etsy shop Daisycakes Soap. I was even more blown away when i seen that she had over 9,000 sales from etsy alone, all while managing to be her kids mom. How does this amazing women do it? Well, read on to find out.

Q.How long have you been an Etsy seller?

A. I started Daisycakes Soap in 1999, so this year is my tenth anniversary. I have been a seller on Etsy almost since the beginning, since Sept 2005.

Q. How many children do you have?

A. I have 3 children ages 7, 11 &13, and my husband easily works 50+ hours a week, but we are lucky because he is a professor so he can write at home much of the time.

Q. Why did you decide to open a shop and sell on etsy?

A. My first real successes with Daisycakes were in Baton Rouge and New Orleans at monthly arts markets. I loved doing those markets, and it didn’t take long for me to realize I wanted to make & sell soap full-time. We moved after my third child was born, so I lost access to my markets, and my schedule changed a lot. I began to research what online venues were available. I was just in the right place at the right time with Etsy, and feel lucky to have been a part of the site since its beta phase. It was a perfect fit


Q. How much time do you put into your shop each week?
A. I work probably 50 hours a week, but that includes work on all aspects of the business. Etsy is just one venue for selling. It’s a great one, but I also invest time in: wholesale and custom orders, two other online retail shops, local/regional craft shows and running my fundraising site: Daisycakes fundraiser

Q. What inspires you?

A. Freshness. Comfort. Nature. I love it when mine is the first handmade soap someone has ever tried and they are hooked from the get go. Soaps are just hunks of goodness and I am inspired to create little moments for people where they can lose themselves in the experience of using them, even if only momentarily.

Q. Can you run me through what a typical day for you would be managing a family and your business?

A. Ok, but it is atypical. I’ll start describing it at10 pm, because that’s when my work day starts, and my energy is at the highest/ I’ll typically work from 10 pm to 3 am, sleep for 4 hours, wake up my youngest at and get her ready for school, drive her and come back. My husband takes the boys to school, and I work again from about 8am to 12:30 or 1pm, when I go back to bed and sleep until my daughter comes home at 3pm. When she comes home we have some down time together, cook, and depending on everyone’s extracurriculars, eat dinner together.After dinner it’s showers for kids, playing wii or blokus or some other game with them, outside hockey, reading, snacks—in no particular order, until they all eventually settle down to sleep around 10, and then the whole thing starts again.

Q. How do you balance your family and your business and is it working and if it’s not working can you tell us why?

A It works great for our family—we created this schedule intentionally. It works with my night-owl nature and I wouldn’t have it any other way. We are lucky, lucky, lucky that my husband can work at home so much, and we have the kind of relationship where we try not to keep score with each other.

Q. On those days when you are feeling completely frazzled and are seconds away from a major meltdown what do you do to keep yourself sane?

A. If I need to cry, I just do. Honestly, though, I want to grow, so getting tons of orders doesn’t frazzle me. I know how lucky I am to be doing what I do, and to have a new workshop and office to do it in. My kids can frazzle me, but the way we parent is by tag-teaming, if one of us has had enough, the other one steps in.

Q. In your opinion, what is the hardest part of running your business and being and WAHM (work at home mom)?

A. I don’t find it hard at all, but I can tell you the part I dislike the most: condescension. After this long one would think I’d be over it, but I still get a spine tingle when a new aquantance says “oh you have a business? how cute!!”

Q. What are your top three etsy shops that you can’t go a day without stalking?

A. There are so many great shops and shop owners I’ve met on Etsy. Three of my absolute favorites are: Black Star, Art Glass Fusion, and Kungfu Cowgirl

Q. Anything special you would like to add?

A. Celebrate the small milestones, but don’t be afraid to think big. Don’t get bogged down with the cost of that ad or that show or that material….decide what you want your business to become in the big picture and then make the choices you have to make now to get there. There will be income gaps, huge visa bills, downtimes with technology, and gigantic investments of time with little immediate results. Count on it, so you don’t lose sight of the big picture when they happen.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mommie Day

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY
I wish a very special happy mother's day to all of those amazing mother's out there who are exceptional mom's, even if we sometimes don't always feel like it. Being a mom is a hard job.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Featured Seller: Spiced Sugar


While surfing through etsy one day i came across one of the cutest finds! The shop Spiced Sugar sells some of the most adorable baby clothes. Mercedes is the owner, operator and creator of Spiced Sugar. The toddler skirts have this cute bohemian style to them! I liked this store so much i knew i just had to have it featured on my blog! After interviewing Mercedes, i just knew so many moms would be able to relate to her, and i am so glad to be able to feature her store.

What is your shop name?
Spiced Sugar

How long have you been an etsy seller?
Since October, 2008

How many children do you have?
2 Girls, one almost 4 and one 14 months

Why did you decide to open a shop and sell on etsy?
I made a darling outfit for my two girls, which inspired two friends from church to request the same outfit in different fabrics for their girls. They kind of gave me the confidence to believe that there might be others out there interested and willing to pay for handmade gorgeousness!


How do you get inspired?
Honestly, the fabrics themselves! There are so many beautiful fabrics out there that coordinate and others that just 'go' together even when not designed in the same line or even from the same designer, sometimes! I love wandering the fabric shops putting fabrics together.

How much time do you put into your shop on average weekly?
It depends on the orders and my motivation level! Also, if the kids are having a good (read not-sick) week, and are better able to keep themselves occupied for little stretches, that affects my diligence. I would guess that at this point, it's probably about 15 hours

Can you run me through what a typical day for you would be managing a family and your business?
It seems pretty backwards, actually. The shower and getting ready for the day sometimes don't happen until midday. Often, though, mommying happens in the morning, with breakfast and getting the girls dressed. My little one is still taking a nap in the morning, and my oldest has preschool two days a week, so that allows me some time in the mornings. Then comes lunchtime and playing for a bit. Afternoon nap/quiet time is also a major work time for me--when I have a bit of motivation! Now that the weather is nicer, we've been going outside after that, and then comes dinner, baths, and getting ready for bed. I try not to work too late into the night, as then I dream about sewing. Not happy, inspirational dreams, but the recursive, looping dreams that come from an overactive brain. Sewing the same seam 400 times in a row, that kind of thing. Some days the balance is way off one way or the other.

How in the world do you balance your family and your business and how is it working?
Sometimes it doesn't work at all, and I'm consumed with guilt that I've hardly looked at my kids that day, aside from diapers and feeding them. I tend to procrastinate, or underestimate the time needed to complete a project, so I get stressed out, and have to spend every single second sewing. Then, sometimes nap time comes, and instead of working on an order, I'll watch a movie or read blogs!
Then there are other days, mainly when I haven't procrastinated, where I am able to just set the sewing aside and go push my girls on the swings. I feel much better those days.

On those days when you are feeling completely frazzled and are seconds away from a major meltdown what do you do to keep yourself sane?
Thankfully, in those situations, I am able to just say, "Okay. That was really stupid," and just keep going. My instinct in those situations is usually to just put away the sewing, but I make sure the problem is fixed before I give in.

In your opinion, what is the hardest part of running your business and being and WAHM (work at home mom)?
No question, for me, it's wanting to do the one when you have to do the other. Totally wanting to sew--the urge is striking, and you've got kid stuff to take care of. Or, you're frantically working, and your child is begging to go to the park. Sometimes the timing just doesn't work out.

What are your top three etsy shops that you can’t go a day without stalking?
Mainly the fabric shops: I love fabricsupplies, fabriccloset, and sewlovefabrics. They have enormous inventories

Monday, May 4, 2009

Work in Progress

I am working on a very cute, easy, and quick flower hair clippie/brooch tutorial! This should be up either late tonight or tomorrow morning. I need to finish drawing the flowers for the print out. Wait till you see how fun and cute these are! I love making these and using them in my daughter’s hair!


XoXo,
Frenchell

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Feature Seller


I recently had the wonderful opportunity of interviewing Caroline who is the owner and the creator of New Hope Beading I was impressed with how Caroline manages her family and her business. I also admired that her shop donates 5% of the price of each item purchased to the Epilepsy Foundation of NJ as thanks for the wonderful support they have given her family following her daughter’s diagnosis of epilepsy.
New Hope Beading was started shortly after Caroline's daughter was diagnoised with epilepsy. I encourage you to read the story in her profile about how and why she started her store and to learn a little more about what epilepsy is. I hope you enjoy learning about this amazing etsy jewelry designer.

How long have you been selling on Etsy?
I opened shop February 21st, 2009

How many children do you have?
have two children, Samantha age 9 and Daniel age 6.

How do you get inspired?
I get my inspiration from my raw materials. They seem to want to be certain things. I know that sounds goofy but it’s true. Right now I am waiting for a strand of creamy white Keishi pearls I just acquired to tell me what they want to be. I will hold onto a strand of gemstones or a special clasp until I find what it was meant to go with. I love when it turns out that they come from other sides of the world…as if they were meant to come together.
My children think this is very funny and ask me if certain items have “talked” to me yet. They say it’s like that movie The Polar Express…you can only hear it if you believe. It is kind of a good analogy

How much time do you put into your shop on average weekly?
More than I should. It is not the making of the jewelry or the listing that is time consuming. I actually find that very therapeutic and get most of that work done while the kids are at school (though this Summer should be interesting). Rather it is the promoting that takes up quite a bit of time.


www.NewHopeBeading.etsy.com

What is a typical day for you like when you are managing your family and your business?
Well, my initial idea was that I would get 90% of the work done while the kids were in school. Sounds easy enough, right? It doesn’t always work out that way. Many of my major suppliers are in Thailand or Bali…Bali being 12 hours ahead of me. To be able to email back and forth with them and not have to wait until the next day for an answer I sometimes need to be on the computer at 9:00 pm my time which is 9:00 am their time.
I have been very lucky to have a tremendous amount of family support. This was kind of a family venture and a way to give a little something back to The Epilepsy Foundation of New Jersey who have done so much for our family.

On those days when you are feeling completely frazzled and are seconds away from a major meltdown what do you do to keep yourself sane?
Honestly, nothing really frazzles me too much anymore. I am too old and have been through too much to sweat the little things. Having a child with special needs throws everything else into high relief. That is to say, I have a very different perspective on what frazzles me. Basically, any day that my child is not in the hospital being monitored is pretty much a good day! And every additional day that she goes seizure free is another GREAT day. Her new medicine is working great, knock on wood, and she is going on 8 months seizure free. We manage the side effects and count ourselves fortunate that she, at least for now, has achieved seizure control. Not everyone is that fortunate.

In your opinion, what is the hardest part of running your business and being and WAHM (work at home mom)?
The kids take advantage of the fact that Mom is busy and take every toy out of their rooms and leave them all over the Living room.

What is something that you think we should know?
I started New hope Beading as a way to be an Epilepsy Advocate. Even today, epilepsy is a topic that people shy away from. This stigma keeps people from seeking treatment and makes them feel alone. They are not alone. Epilepsy affects 3 million Americans and 50 million people worldwide. That is more than MS, Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy and Parkinson’s disease combined!
To hear their stories, visit Epilepsy Advocates and click “Meet the Advocates.”

I also have some great news from this etsy seller! All of you who are like me and are still looking for the PERFECT mother's day gift, well look no more! New Hope Beading is offering a buy one item, and get the second item 50% percent off. What a great way to show Mom you love her and support a great cause.


XOXO,

Frenchell

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

New Hope Beading



Caroline is the maker and owner of etsy shop New Hope Beading On April 30th, 2009
Read about how she manages being a work at home Mom, and an epilespsy advocate for her young daughter, While attempting to stay somewhat sane.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Tot School

Tot School

So as i was searching and searching for Toddler things to be able to do with my two children i cam across the most AMAZING blog ever! It's called Tot School. I wish i could explain it all...but i can't. You just have to go there yourself. I was absorbed on this blog for two hours, just reading all the lessons, the lapbooks...tot trays ( i know you have no idea what i am talking about.so go look at that blog and come back and tell me it's not the best thing you've ever stumbled upon.)They have science, math, social study lapbooks...all in easy breezy ways to help your tots understand. Best of all...your tiny tots get to spend sometime with you! I love this, because my kids are so little...not quite ready for Kindgergarten, so this is so fantastic to be able to use and implement in our lives. There is just so much information on that blog it's hard not to get so excited! Yeah! I'll keep you updated and see how my kids like it.

xoxo,

Frenchell

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Sunday

Today was a great Sunday! I love Sundays. It is the most relaxing day of the week for me and allows me to be somewhat refreshed for Monday. My sweet husband baked a yummy carrot cake with both of our kids while i got some much needed downtime. We took them for a walk...and next i believe we shall be playing Candyland over and over again for at least an hour...




Signs your a mom:
1. The laundry never goes away
2. Someone is always hungry


xoxo,
Frenchell

Thursday, April 23, 2009



--------------------- www.LincolnChristian.etsy.com-------------------

I make glass tile pendants. I find designers and try and do collaboration projects, i try to create unique designs and have someone create a unique design for me. I I debated back and forth if i should make a tutorial free to the public....knowing full well that i was giving away my business secret.

The more i thought about it the more i realized...it's not really a business secret, and if people are selling the tutorial that it really isn't a secret. It's really about what you do with your products, and what you add to make it your own and how you make it unique. I'm not the first or the last glass tile pendant maker, but i love finding new designs and new people to work with and collaborative with!

XOXO,

Frenchell

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

How to Make a glass tile pendant Tutorial

This Tutorial will only be available until Sunday (4/26/09)

Do you have any tutorials, or know how to make something that people would love to use? Send me an email at : maddisonhaylie@yahoo.com and i would love to post your tutorial on my blog as well as the credits to you!

XOXO,

Frenchell


Monday, April 20, 2009

Deep Breath.....FINALLY, I'M HERE



My name is Frenchell and i live in sunny California. I have my B.A. in business administration. i have been married to the best man in the world for almost 5 years! we have two kids who frankly i think are adorable! They are ages 2 (almost 3) and 19 months...so there is rarely a dull moment in this zoo.

I have been wanting to start an etsy blog themed for mommies for the longest time. Finally...i'm here. Make sure you follow this blog. I'll have great templates, tutorials and advice from other etsy members. I also hope to have interviews which will give feedback from buyers and sellers. I am also looking to review products and shops. No need to send me your products for review. If you are intrested in being a featured shop, having a review or sharing any templates or tutorials...let me know. It's all about taking mommie-hood one single teeny tiney itsy-bitsy step at a time while trying to run a business.

xoxo ,

Frenchell