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21 Sep

After a long time of thinking… I decide to push more efforts more on promoting my Etsy shop and personal portfolio. In case you haven’t already noticed, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted.

But if you still want to stay up to date and follow what I’ve been up to, please check out some of my social media outlets!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Simplisticreations

Instagramhttps://instagram.com/katkmeow/

Etsyhttps://www.etsy.com/shop/SimplistiCreations

For those located locally in Milwaukee and you want to see some of my products in person, stop by and visit these shops to find my products! Otherwise, follow my FB page to know any upcoming craft shows and festivals I’ll be attending!

Fine Fox in Neenah, WI
https://finefoxneenah.wordpress.com/
Orange Gallery in Bay View, WI
http://orangegallerymke.com/
The Village Good in WinneConne, WI
http://www.thevillagegood.com/

 

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New Feature @ My So Called Chaos!

19 Mar

One of my blogger friends, Angie from My So Called Chaos, and I are working together to do a freebie giveaway!  I’m offering to give away one pair of laser cut wood earrings of your choosing! Check out her feature post here to find how how to enter and please share some social media love!

 

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How I got started: Opening an Etsy Shop Checklist

9 Mar
Have you always been a crafter and have been creating things for as long as you remember? What’s the next step from here? Are you looking to do more than just craft for your friends and family members? Unsure if you should take the leap and open an Etsy shop to sell your hand crafted items?
I’m preparing for a course through WWBIC (Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiatives Corporation), specifically covering How to Open a shop on Etsy and other Etsy Know-Hows in April. And I made a quick checklist for those who were curious if they have everything they need to open an Etsy and I wanted to share it with you!
Check out this quick checklist of things to prepare for before you start opening your Etsy shop!
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Done is better than perfect! Don’t wait until everything is “perfect” before opening a shop! You can always re-iterate and continually to make it better!

 

 

Additional resources that would be helpful!

And just for kicks -Fun Quiz- “Do you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

 Are there other resources you’ve used that you’d like to share? What is one advice you wish someone told you before you opened your Etsy shop?
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Small Business Tips & Know Hows

26 Jan

I’ve been looking at ways to further promote my items on Etsy and share new ideas with some new customers. But as I started researching Etsy shop tips, I figured, this might be helpful for a lot of other artists out there who were pondering the idea of expanding or how to further grow their online shop! So here are some articles and sources that I found useful!

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^^ Handmadeology features other Etsians and fellow bloggers who share their experiences and what they’ve learned. The articles that stuck out to me the most were:

Tips to be successful on Etsy

and Create Visibility this Season

 

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^^ This list alone has more than 300 marketing tips and useful advices to think about when considering how else to promote your shop!

These are some of my favorite tips thus far:

1. List only items you love or Make only items you love.

2. Answer their questions before they ask. This can be done through accurate photography and detailed product descriptions. Of course, it never hurts to have wonderful customer service as well!

3. Never give up. Keep adding products – it may take a few tries to find what works for your line.

4. If you want your Etsy shop to be successful, treat it like a business, not a hobby.

5. Work in multiples! it’s easier to create in an assembly line than recreate one at a time!

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^ Moo also has a list, broken down to specific categories you were thinking about for a small business.

 

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^Etsy is always offering resources for business owners. Here are two of my favorite links. One and Two.  They ask a list of rhetorical questions for you to consider before even thinking about expanding your Etsy shop. It’s a great way to determine if you’re mentally ready to expand and if your resources are ready.

And of course- be constantly inspired by others who are there to share with you their journey via Etsy’s Featured Shops and take note of what makes them successful. Eventually, you’ll pick up a pattern!
**Additional business talks like Taxes we don’t really think about. Etsy provides a detailed list of items you could tax deduct from! You can see that list here.

 

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Latest Obsession: Crocheting!

6 Jan

I recently picked up new obsession… crocheting! I’ve always wanted to learn but I keep putting it off, thinking it was more complicated than it really is. Granted, I’ve only mastered one stitch, haha, so it’s still too soon to tell.

Check this out! I totally “cheated” and got extra chunky yarn and a super thick crochet needle to speed up the process! Maybe someday, I’ll try out the smaller crochet needles and see a different result! But for now, I think this is the perfect weekend project to work on while watching a movie! This completed crochet measures approx. 12 inches and I started with 46 chains using a 19 mm needle (which is the biggest one they sell at Michaels). In hindsight, I should have probably used a 10mm needle…maybe for the next project!

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My lovely model :p

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Click the image below to see the youtube video I used as a resource! I’m more of a visual learner, so reading instructions about crochet stitches were not helpful. I went the route of watching videos to learn and it was super easy breezy!

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Future Projects I want to tackle:

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Additional resources/ links that would be helpful!

Crochet Tips for Beginners

Scarf patterns for beginners

Crochet FYIs For Beginners

 

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What do you guys think? Was there something that you wish someone told you when you first learned to crochet?

 

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12 Days of Christmas Swap Reveal

25 Dec

Back in November, I signed up for a 12 Days of Christmas Blogger swap box, where I rekindled with an old blogger friend, Angie from MySoCalledChaos. I’ve met Angie previously from another blog swap box, so it was nice to be able to reconnect with her again. For more details regarding the 12 Days of Christmas or interested in signing up for next year, check it out here. The premise is literally as the title states, we get to know another blogger that we’re assigned to and we send them a package with 12 gifts to countdown to Christmas! It’s seriously the cutest idea ever! Check out what Angie sent me! You can see what I sent her at her blog.

I love that she took the time to hand make some of this stuff! I literally was counting down the days so I could see what next she had stored for me!

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Gift Ideas: For the Foodies

8 Dec

As mentioned from last week’s post, I’m going to be posting my favorite finds for different demographics as Christmas is closer and closer!  This week, we’re going to feature top gift ideas for your Techy friends and loved ones! ((Click the picture and it’ll link to where it’s sold online or in stores!)) Hope this makes your holiday shopping easier and more enjoyable to spread the Christmas cheer!

 Price Range: $10-20

Moonstruck Dark Chocolate  – $9
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Fig – Ricota Caramels – $8 (for a box of 12)

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Price Range: $20-30

Bar10der The Ultimate Tool – $29.99 A zester, muddler, reamer, channel knife, jigger, stirrer, strainer, corkscrew, bottle opener, and knife—all in one.

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nThe Herb Garden (6) – $28

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Recipe Cards + Recipe Box – $37

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Complete Cheeseboard Gift Basket- $34.99
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Price Range: $40 – 50

iPad Stand $39.95

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 Molecular Gastronomy Kit $49: Experiment and play with your food!

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Price Range: $50+

The Smoking Gun $99.95

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What do you guys think? What’s your favorite?

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Gift Ideas: For the hostess with the mostess

4 Dec

I personally love shopping, especially holiday shopping that relates to Christmas. But I’m sure many out there would disagree with me, saying that it’s a chaotic time to be shopping, when people are shoving around the mall to get the “best deals” or waiting in line a week in advance to be the “first in line”. I think as long as you have a solid plan on what to get and know exactly where to get it, your shopping experience will be much smoother!

As Christmas is slowly approaching, I’m going to start posting a gathered list of “best presents” (in my opinion anyway), price ranges and location on where to get them for all demographics((Click the picture and it’ll link to where it’s sold online or in stores!)), starting this week’s with Gifts for your friend of family who’s the “hostess with the mostess”. Hope this makes your holiday shopping easier and more enjoyable to spread the Christmas cheer!

 Price Range: $10-20

Rachet Mill – $19.95 (to grind spices!)

 

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 Randomonium Board Game – $19.95

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Price Range: $20-30

Himalyan Salt Plank – $29.99

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Global Spice Kit – $24.95
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Price Range: $40 – 50

Cheese Platter $49.99 (click the image to see where you can get it!)
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 Oven-to-Table Au Gratins – $39.95

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Price Range: $50+

 

Build your own Gift Mitt – Price varies- you get to select what you want inside it!

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Fondue Set – $99.95

 

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What do you guys think? What’s your favorite?

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Thanksgiving Black Friday Special & Other new products!

27 Nov

Happy Thanksgiving y’all!! This weekend only, I’m offering free shipping for any items via my Etsy shop! Be sure to enter the code below!

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On an unrelated note – one of my good friends from Paper Pleasers just launched a new product called Paper Pleasing Mail! unnamedPaperPleasing Mail is a bi-monthly mail subscription service that is so fun to receive, giving you access to our newest designs of stationery and paper products.  Each beautiful package is full of wonderful and useful handmade greeting cards (at least 5-8 cards each time), gift wrapping accessories and paper products (wine bottle tags, return address labels, frameable art, notepads and more) delivered straight to your door!

So, what’s the nitty gritty, logistical down-low?

  • $24 per package which includes shipping!
  • PaperPleasing Mail goes out the first week of January, March, May, July, September and November
  • You can sign up at any time for just one box or for a whole year athttp://www.etsy.com/shop/PaperPleasersLLC or set up an ongoing subscription (which you can stop at any time) by completing the form at www.paper-pleasers.com/paperpleasing-mail
  • It also makes a great gift this holiday season! The addition of the Gift Box gives your special someone a fun package to open for a taste of what is to come in their gift subscription.

Sign up before December 20th to ensure you get your PaperPleasing Mail in January!

As I’ve mentioned before, I collaborated with Paper Pleasers to start a new product line called PaperCuts. Here’s a little excerpt for what’s coming next!!



These new PaperCuts products feature one-of-a-kind cut art as greeting cards, wall art, decorative garland and many more fun things to come.  We’ve got wood cut calendars, wipe off marker to-do lists and weekly planners in the works….so stay tuned for those to be released on our etsy site.

We are excited to share that our products are also available at two local Milwaukee area shops:
Hometown Established – A General Store            Burlap and Lace Marketplace
130 W. Mineral Street, Milwaukee, WI                   840 N. Grand Avenue, Waukesha, WI

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and don’t forget, it’s Small Business Saturday this weekend! So think local when you start planning your holiday shopping list!

Give Thanks by Giving Back!

24 Nov

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Thanksgiving is this coming Thursday and we all have wonderful families, along with many other things, to be thankful for. But not everyone is so lucky, there are still many deployed soldiers that can’t spend this holiday in the comfort of a warm home with their loved ones. I was inspired to send care packages to our troops through my work. Just wanted to share a few ideas on what to put into the care packages and hopefully inspire others to create a package as well! Please also be sure to checkout USPS’s policies!

->> Basic Essentials <<-

1. Bodywash

2. Bandaids

3. Toothbrush/ Toothpaste

4. Nailclippers

5. Deoderant

6. Chapstick

7. Wet Wipes/ Baby wipes

8. Packets of Laundry detergent

9. Hand/ feet warmers

10. Thermal/ to go coffee mug

 

->> Downtime Activities <<-

1. Pen, paper and envelopes – for writing letters!

2. Video games

3. Puzzles or word search books

4. batteries

5. Headphones

6. DVDs

7. magazines/ books

8. book light

9.  Comic books

10. Card games/ board games

->>Would Love to haves<<-

1. Homemade cookies or baked goods… because who doesn’t love those?

2. Letters of encouragements

3. Pen, paper and envelopes stationary

4. Snacks like beef jerky or dried nuts

5. Energy Drinks or instant coffee packets

 

 

Now that you have your care packages assembled, where do you send them? Here are a few good resource you can further explore!

Sources:

http://www.veteransunited.com/life/what-deployed-troops-really-want-in-their-care-packages/

http://jomygosh.com/2014/06/150-items-care-package-list/

http://hip2save.com/2013/11/11/budget-friendly-tips-for-packing-and-sending-care-packages-to-military-overseas/

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