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Entries in business (13)

Monday
Jun022014

Holy craptacular

I know right!? How long has it been!? I won't bore everyone with all the deets, but I did have a job for 8 months where I was working 60+ hours a week.

It was a little tough. And mentally draining. But, I don't work there anymore! So I'm crafting and working back at Boffos :)

I'll make this short and sweet so I'll just post pics of works in progress. The more time I spend on square space right now is reminding me how much work is ahead of me in getting my business up and running again and frankly, it makes me want to Kim Kardasian ugly face cry. Or maniacal laughter which turns into sobbing on the floor curled up in the fetal position. Either or.

Ok so I added 3 photos and since I'm on my phone I have no clue what's a-gonna happen.

First, a sneak peek. Secondly, some finished adjustable coffee cozies, and third, my superman chickadee cause he's kinda my back up logo and his face makes me happy.

I have been sewing a lot lately. To the point where my husband refers to me as "Thready Kruger" cause, well, yes I'm covered in thread :)

Ok I'm off! But I'll be back!

Wednesday
Nov282012

Listing, listing and more listing

So, the craft shows I did went alright. Had a fabu time, lots of laughs, tons of stories, most of which are probably inappropriate to put on a blog :) 

I didn't make as much as I had hoped, but I guess doing a craft show on a "Black Friday" weekend where all the stores were having amazing deals may have put a bit of a damper on the amount of people showing up. Met amazing people though, so that's always a huge plus. I did make back the table fees, gas money, lunch money and have some monies in my pocket, but I did hope to do much more. 

So, what's a girl to do? List on Etsy! I've been listing like a mad mad fiend. I hope to atleast make some good sales before Christmas so I can actually purchase a few things to give as presents. I don't think my friends and fam would appreciate me just giving them crafts I've made but didn't sell hee hee. Well, some of them would be okay with it - but I'd feel like a douche. 

I'm currently running a FREE SHIPPING sale in my shop. All you gotta do is use the coupon code FREESHIP upon checkout! You know you want to... free shipping, c'mon now! Sometimes that's the most expensive part of buying online!! 

Will I lose money for shipping free? Of course. But a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do. Running out of time for saving money for a downpayment! And 80% of what I'm making at my job right now goes towards groceries and gas. Now if I could just stop eating and driving I'd be laughing! hee hee (well, I probably wouldn't be laughing. I'd be pretty emaciated.)

Wanna know what I'm listing? 

For example...

 

 

Lots of rings, earrings, cufflinks and such like these ones with my photographs in them.

I also had my super chickadee illustration featured! 


 And if you have a super duper whacked out sense of humour like yours truly, a "kock" ring. (or several. I have about 5 left!) 

I actually almost ran out of Christmas cards on the Saturday and had to come home and make some more. (excuse me, my cats being a jerk face right now.... Okay, door's closed - that's better....) 

 

 

 

 

And I also have necklaces with my photography as well...

I'm soon going to be listing my Canadian Animals series of cards, so keep an eye out! Alright, that's enough plugging my own work for now... 

I'm slowly starting to change my shop name! I have my Facebook fan page changed (well the URL and banner, but it still says I'm "SassmowthDesigns on Etsy". Don't know if I can change that!) and as you can see, my banner up top there. And my Twitter has also changed to @LoveUPorkChops. Lots more changes to come when I figure out how to change my URL on this blog. Anyone know how to do that? I'm a little slow. (As my Dad says, I'm "Sloooovenian" ha ha. He's a comedian) 

Alright must get back to listing. I also have to put a little Paypal thingy on here so I can have people purchase directly from my website as opposed to having to go through Etsy. All in due time I suppose. (Again, anyone have advice on that one?!) 

Okay, off I go! Have a great night everyone! 

Monday
Nov122012

Change my shop name?

I've been considering this to no end for quite a few months now. (Probably close to a year but who's counting). As you can see from my banner, there's a KLantZ Photography in there as well. (Pronounced Clancy cause it's funny like that) When I got more into the photography, I thought maybe I should go towards that one instead of Sassmowth. 

As we all know, the problems with Sassmowth is that little 'W' in there. I did that for specific reasons, but who purposely spells the name wrong if they're not 100% familiar with my business? Since my email is a 'sassmowth' as well, there've been many an email gone awry. 

And why did I chose Sassmowth to begin with? A very long time ago, which seemed another life, a friend and I came up with "Sassmouth - a new dimension in cards" for our greeting cards we were working on. They were very sassy my friends. For example [guy sitting on the floor in a newly un-furnished room] "So I hear you're going through a divorce and you're about to lose all of your most prized possessions. But look at the bright side..." [inside] She's one of them!

It was hilarious to me at the time. Maybe I'm just sick of looking at it now, so that it's not so humourous?! Who knows... but believe me, some of them were freakin' laugh-tacular!

Anyhoodles, that friend and I parted ways. And I had created a whole whack of new cards (like the one shown in the last post). But I was also crocheting, and I wasn't sure what I wanted my shop name to be on Etsy. So I hmm'd and haw'd and thought, screw it. I've already been using 'sassmowth' as my email addy for a long time now, and atleast Sassmowth doesn't box me into one craft, so I'm gonna go for it!

Now I'm not so sure. It's too hard to brand. Not all my work is "sassy" although some still is. KLantZ photography, that's an idea, but again, boxing me into photography. If I just did KLantZ, would I still be haunted with the spelling? And would everyone pronounce it Clancy like I've envisioned? Should I just use Clancy? But how would I brand that? With the cop from the Simpsons? ("Shut up Lou, I love this song! JAMMING!")

I've just been reading an awesome possum book on starting up your own business and branding is something that is first and foremost. Even though it'll be one hell of a lot of work changing my name on everything, I think it'll be worth it. But now I'm having anxiety over whether I'm making the right choice?

So, here's what I'm thinking.... My work is very... varied. I do photography, illustration and crochet. The photography is architectural to creepy/gothic. The illustration is cute and funky to creepy/gothic. The crochet is just fuckin' adorable! And there's no hope in me finding one craft and sticking with it, y'know? It's not possible for me. Drawing, photography and crochet have all become my passions and I've found a way to use all three in yet more mediums. I've tried picking one, but I canna dooo eet captain! 

But what name encompasses it all? What name is catchy? What name would you see at a craft fair and walk over out of pure curiosity? What name would you most likely remember? 

Love you like Porkchops 

Am I just dilusional? Is it that time of the night that I think all my ideas are fantastic ones? Is it too long? Is it stupid? Am I on to something? 

Wanna know the story? My husband said that to me one night. And my response was "But... too many porkchops make you sick!" (because they're breaded using egg, and he's allergic to egg) and he says "Exactly. They make me sick and I eat them anyways. Because that's how much I love them" 

To this day I'm not sure if it means he really does truly love me, or he loves me despite the fact that I make him sick.

Anyhoo... that's the end. It's bed time. And guess what? Uncontrollable urge to clean... taking over....