. . . from my musing

It seems my almost non existent posts are about my delinquency in posting to my blog on a regular basis. Luckily,  I manage to do the most important things that keep my Etsy stores alive and kicking. And since returning to the mid-west, that also means making my grandchildren a priority. I have a lot of catching up to do since I’ve been living in the southwest away from them for more than ten years.

After more than 3 years of selling online my only words of wisdom are that everything changes, and at times, almost daily. There have been monumental changes at Etsy as the company worked on positioning itself to be purchased and instead went public.

Website redesign and algorithm meddling make for a constant challenge in trying to maintain and improve stats and sales. Etsy now also allows manufactured items to be sold, going so far as helping to connect designers with manufacturers.

I occasionally read the Etsy forums and recently gleamed one profound insight that is spurring me to focus on building my name recognition. The ex-Etsy seller mentioned that in the hodgepodge of the millions of Etsy sellers that most buyers can only respond with the answer “Etsy” when asked where they purchased something. They rarely able to recall the actual store or seller’s name. I am guilty as charged even though I frequently make purchases on the Etsy website.

My new battle cry has become “build name recognition” and in my spare time I continue to try and carve out a niche for myself and challenge myself creatively.

I’d love to hear from you and be sure to stop by my Etsy stores. . . I’ll leave the light on!



Intoxicating Lilac

One of the favorite things I love about creating is finding inspiration. Sometimes I do that by creating Treasury Lists on Etsy. The process can invoke taking a walk down memory lane as I intentionally search for creations that I admire, that I dream of being or owning, or that some aspect of the finished art touches me in a special way.

As I searched the millions of items listed on Etsy to include in my collection, “Intoxicating Lilac,” memories of a neighbor’s corner lot with blocks long hedges overflowing with tall, beautiful, intoxicating lilacs came rushing back. I remembered all the times I skated by or rode my bike past, arm reaching out to touch the delicate purple flocks and watch them fall and cover the ground below.

Please click here to see my collection. Oh, yes, and I’ll take one of each please!