Yes I did.
I finally bit the bullet, and opened an Etsy account. Not only did I open an account, I'm going to run an Etsy 'store front'. Yup. I'm on Etsy. I'm still going to keep my website mind you, but I'm thinking of trying something different. A little experiment, if you will. Some of you might be familiar with the fashion terms "Prêt à Porter", and "Couture". Well, that's what I'll be experimenting with. For the last few months now, I've had this idea that I'd like to try setting up two shopping bases for Le Beadoir. One for my "Prêt à Porter", generally produced in high volume, more affordable lines, the Etsy store; and one for my OOAK, higher end "Couture" pieces, Le Beadoir. They'll both be under Le Beadoir umbrella, and I'll probably be tweaking my main site to give it a bit of a more 'growed up' look ;)
I've done quite a bit of research through Etsy, as well as studied those whom I believe were more successful on the site, and tried to decipher what I should and should NOT do. Honestly, the fact that I've been working at this for a few years has helped as far as photos and descriptions go. And I did get quite a bit of insight on the successes one can achieve by reading their weekly Storque Spotlight articles, especially the "Quit Your Day Job" ones. But to be realistic, I DO understand that I will 'reap what I sow'. You only get back what you put in, you can't just sit back and rake in the dough à la "if you build it, they will come"...
Since today was the first day in a very, very long while that I'd had some any real 'Me' time, I decided to start working on my store. I spent the better part of this morning (4 hours!) on creating a new banner for the store, resizing some photos for my avatar, and re-writing my bio/policies/profile pages.
The first banner I created wasn't bad, but it didn't quite have the look I was, well, looking for:
Then I started really playing around with some ideas, and I came up with this one, which I found to be the best. Well, the best to MY liking. Clicking on this one will link you to my Etsy store.
Now, I've yet to start uploading any of my items, but I've gone ahead and started shopping. Oh. My. Goddess.! I've found such beautiful works of art on that site, and everything from beading, to sewing, to crocheting/knitting, and even photography. I've already bought a gorgeous silk-screened slouchy tote bag for my Little Highness, for when she has sleepovers. It's actually quite big, and, well, she may have to fight me for it on occasion...I also got myself a fantastic 25-yard circle skirt, for Belly Dancing, natch! ;) Except I had mine died a deep emerald green at the base border. I. So. Can't. Wait. To. Try. It. On.! SoCan'tWait!
Now, if only I could find the perfect pair of harem pants, I'd be all set. ;)