I love to craft. At the moment I’m making a ton of favor boxes for my sister’s baby shower at the end of the month. I make dream catchers, some jewelry, and I’ve dabbled in some other crafts over the years. Since October 2011, I’ve been selling my items on Etsy here, in my shop MiscMarica (“Miscellaneous Marica”). I also sell at a nearby Christmas craft show in November. (I’ve been meaning to sell at at least one more show for the last few years, but before I know it, it’s already mid-October and the season for craft shows has started.)
Unfortunately, the fees needed to list and relist each item on Etsy really build up, on top of PayPal’s and Etsy’s fees upon every sale. Last month I calculated the fees from these 7 years in comparison to my sales… and yikes, it was scary. It’s a money pit, essentially.
At some point this year, I will be closing my Etsy store. Prices have been reduced for about a month, and I’m not sure if I’ll reduce them any further in hopes to getting some more items out of my stash.
I’m wondering if there’s anywhere else online for selling handmade items? I wish I could create a page on this site for my items, and use that as like a shop (PayPal only). I’ll likely find at least one or two more shows this year (and I mean it!) to help sell off my inventory and give me reason to craft more again.
Any ideas or suggestions are welcome!
(I’m halfway through Book #12, so a new review post should be up next week!)
Celebrating my six-year Etsy anniversary, and a craft using Ferrero Rochers!
It’s been a long time coming, but I’ve finally made the update… my Etsy store has a new name!
I was tired of explaining my store’s former name all the time (FrauleinPfau = “Miss Peacock” in German; at the time of creating my store I was in a big German kick and I loved anything peacock [not quite as much nowadays]), and I wanted something that included my name.
So then it became a matter of finding a new shop name – something to reflect the odd assortment of handicrafts in which I dabble, and something to include my name.
Lo and behold, I found the right word – with the bonus of alliteration haha:
Misc Marica (Miscellaneous Marica)
And of course I needed a new banner for the top of my shop’s website:
My shop’s new banner; I took that background photo, incorporating a few of my items (cards, dreamcatchers, jewelry, and resin pieces)
Century Gothic is one of my go-to fonts (so clean and basic), so I knew I’d want to use it for my new “look”.
I have also added a bunch of new items recently.
Click here to see my Etsy store – and if you use the code “MISCWELCOME15” at checkout, you can get 15% off your purchase of $15 or more. Good through July 8.
UPDATE: I did slightly alter the shop name; it’s now MiscMarica, and has been changed in the above hyperlink as well.
I had made these items a short while ago (although the money holders are last week), but it wasn’t until today when I finally got around to adding them to my Etsy store.
Here are today’s additions; I’ve got pendants made with epoxy resin, a pin made with resin, some pairs of earrings, and some money gift holder cards (in time for school graduations).
Click here to find my newest items and shop around!
I am still working on renaming my store, and I’m currently planning on what I will sell at a November craft show in the area (maybe try a new craft).
I was blessed to receive two custom orders in the last month from my Etsy store! Both were dreamcatchers, which are the easiest items for me to make in terms of customization.
Here are my two orders:
This was my first order, from the beginning of the year. It uses a 14″ diameter hoop. The customer wanted something that would replicate her tattoo. Because she wanted a cruelty-free material (and I normally use deerskin lace for wrapping the hoops and hanging the feathers), I had to find a new option. Thankfully I found Jute cord, so it was a bit of a learning experience to work with it. I think that its natural fibers gave a nice natural feel to the item, and luckily I have plenty enough of it left over so I will make a few more items to put into my store. I also had fun trying to figure out how to make the peace sign. It involved a lot of communication to learn what each detail should be, but in the end it was a success and she’s happy with her new dreamcatcher!
(photo was hastily taken with my phone)
I finished this order today. The gift recipient’s favorite color is orange, and the requester wanted this to be orange and grey, in the style of an already-made piece in my store. It’s a 6″ diameter hoop wrapped with orange ribbon. Orange is a rare color for me to use because I sometimes can’t think of color combinations using it, so it was nice to have an opportunity to use orange – and I’m pleasantly surprised with this piece! I like the silvery grey with the orange. I may make a smaller, simpler one in these same colors for my store.
(I had more time this afternoon, so I took this photo with my camera)
I am happy to take custom orders for dreamcatchers – I can make them with hoops ranging from 2″ diameter to 19″ diameter, with an assortment of cords and a rainbow of threads for the webbing. I can also incorporate beads and charms with the webbing, and I have an assortment of feathers. Contact me if you’d like more information, and check out my store (linked above) for ideas of what I make!