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In the Package

15 Nov

I did a post on The Package recently explaining how I package my items and I thought some of you would be interested in the details of what is inside the package. One of the first things I do when someone purchases an item is make a sales receipt in QuickBooks.  I use the information from PayPal -name, address, ect- to fill in the receipt.  I started using QuickBooks for my bookkeeping last year and I love it! It is pretty big for my little business, but it makes tax time so much easier! When I started using it I envisioned keeping track of my inventory and all that, but I haven’t figured out how to do that yet.  At least not without doing a lot of extra work.  I use Quickbooks for both my eBay and Etsy sales.

Recently I started sending along the thank-you cards.  I read several places on Etsy that people seem to like this idea.  I have gotten several positive comments on eBay since I started including them.  I made my own cards using my photos.  They are cactus flowers of course, since I am from Arizona.

This one I use for eBay orders: And this one for Etsy orders: I made them different so I could just grab one instead of having to look. 🙂 I have my store name and address printed on the back.

I also send a business card with the order.  A couple of weeks ago I changed the calendar on the back to 2013.  It’s hard to believe the year has gone so quickly!  My business cards are the same for both my sites except for the address, so I have to make sure I send the right one.  I have the stacks at certain places on my desk so that helps -just don’t anyone mix them up please! 🙂  For Etsy orders right now I am actually sending two cards.  The regular one has the coupon code on the back and right now I am also sending one with the calendar on the back.  No one seems to be using the coupon codes, should I just stop sending them?

The tract The Significance of the Christian Woman’s Veiling, I send with all of my hair net orders unless I know the customer ordered before.  Then I send a different tract.  I get the veiling tract and some other tracts from Christian Light Publications.  I don’t get a lot of feedback from the tracts and what I do get is usually positive.  The last item -or the first, however you want to look at it- is your hair net, gift bag, or towel that you ordered!

Thank-you for shopping at My Desert Deals! Have a great day!

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The Package

1 Nov

One way to make an impression on your customer in an online business is the way your package looks.  I’m not an expert, but I have always tried to make my packages look as neat as I can. You never know what it’s going to look like once it’s been through the mail, but I figure if it starts out nice it won’t be as bad!

My packages are all fairly small because my items are small and flat, but the general ideas can be used on any package.  So this is where I start:I have all my things gathered up: envelope, packing slip,  tract, business card, Thank-you Card, and the hair net. I get it all folded up to a size that will fit in the envelope I am using.  Right now I am trying to use up envelopes we have around here that aren’t being used.  When I buy envelopes, I buy the 6×9 brown ones.  I can get them at Wal Mart, but they are a bit cheaper from Office Depot. Then it is ready to weigh so I can print the mailing label.  I don’t know how other people do this part, but I use a scales that my Dad uses in his appliance business to charge refrigerators. It is a fairly accurate scales and works really well for my small packages.  The picture turned out dark, but right above that white part on the right it tells me how much the package weighs and I then type that into PayPal where I buy my postage.  There are some orders like foreign orders from etsy.com that I have to purchase the postage from the PO.  Those I just print out the address, or write it, and tape up the package.  Once I have the label printed, I cut it down to the size I need to fit the envelope.  I lay it on the envelope to make sure it fits:Then it’s ready for tape! I use wide clear packing tape and tape the flap down and then start on the front and tape all around the edges of the label. It ends up with a bunch of tape on the back, too, which is fine because it will make the package sturdier.  So there you have it! Ready to go out the door:And when you receive it, you will find your beautiful hair net!Hopefully it won’t be squished too flat.  They fluff up pretty good though if it is.  I have gotten a few returned to me so I have an idea what they look like!

As in any business, there is always paperwork, too.  I take the receipt printed with the postage label and staple it onto the paypal record that I print out.  That is what I keep in my file as record of the transaction.This makes it seem like a long drawn out process, but it doesn’t really take long.  Especially after you’ve done it awhile.  I did realize how much work it is when Mom shipped orders for me this Summer.  I was on the phone telling her how to do it and wondering why I hadn’t taught her before I left?! I didn’t make her do the fancy packing slip and I hadn’t started doing the thank yous back then.

Busy Hands

25 Oct

Although I haven’t much energy, my hands have found plenty to keep busy with! When I came home, I had several purchases on eBay and Etsy to mail. That is when I realized my inventory is down again! I was looking forward to spending several weeks doing ‘fun’ projects before getting back to ‘work’! 🙂  Oh, I don’t really mind crocheting hair nets at all, it’s just that doing the same thing over and over and over, gets a little old sometimes.

Between crocheting hair nets, though, I have snuck in some other projects. I have an afghan I have been working on. I tried to make a goal of doing 3 rows a day so it doesn’t take me a year to get it done! I have also started a new project on my new knitting loom, but I’ll wait to tell you about that til after the Christmas presents are given. 😉  The other day I also made a card for someone. It seems like such a little thing, but it’s so amazing how much energy those little things take, when you just have. no. energy.

Time seems to be moving rather slowly.  Looking back it seems I was in the hospital a long time.  It has some kind of dream quality where every day blended into the next.  Now it seems I have been home a long time.  Is it really just 7 days?  The days themselves don’t feel long though.  That is a blessing.  Until I get all my meds in, rest, eat, crochet a bit….  Not much time left.  Everything seems to take a long time since I have so little energy.  I am so thankful for the things I can do.  I thank the Lord for the ability to crochet and do other hand work even when I can’t do much else.

I have managed to list some items on eBay and Etsy again, too. Yesterday I listed this set of 3 hair nets on eBay and I hope to get it on Etsy soon, too.  There is one Burgundy, one gray, and one white.  As always, you save a bit of money by buying a set of 3! 🙂

Lightbox!

24 Aug

One of the most important elements of my sales both on Etsy and eBay is my pictures. Ever since I found out what a light box is, I have wanted one! Mom & I did some research online and decided we could make one. We finally got to it last week. Mom took a cardboard box and cut the sides out of it. We covered them with tissue paper and put poster board inside for the back and bottom of the picture. I forgot to take a picture of the finished product, but here is a shot of the cutting.  We had some difficulty coming up with lights. I put one on each side and a brighter one at the top. It seemed to work pretty well, but when I looked at the pics on the computer they have a sort of red tint. One of my lights has a red shade, which I thought may be the problem, but also all of the pictures I took were red items? So I have to keep experimenting! I think the best pictures are still better than the old ones I was taking, so that’s an encouragement!  My first light box picture. This one is a bit better, I think:  Does anyone have any suggestions for me? I’d love to hear your ideas! Once we find a good place to set it up in our *small* house, I will try to post more pictures of the actual light box.

Buttoned Hanging Hand Towels

16 Aug

The Buttoned Hanging Hand Towels  in my etsy.com shop are very practical items. Everyone needs a towel, right? 🙂 And even better it’s buttoned into place so it can fall on the floor every time you dry your hands!

I currently have 10 towels listed and hope to do more soon. I have been experimenting with different colors, ect. Trying to think outside of the box! When I think about making things, I almost always think of things I would like. Of course not everyone likes the same things as me, so the challenge is to imagine what other people would like. A good example is the brown & pink towel in this picture. I don’t like paisleys! But I thought someone else might… so here goes! 🙂

If you prefer a more feminine looking kitchen, I have a pretty floral or a purple butterfly towel.

I was looking back in my blog history and found my first towels I posted! They have come a long way since then! That is part of the challenge (fun), though. Always improving and learning how to do better. Customer satisfaction is top priority!

Treasury

14 Aug

The last several days 5 treasury lists have featured my items! How exciting! Click on the pictures to visit the treasury.

curated by Melissa from ThePeacefulHeartcurated by Jan of fibremomcurated by Karen from EllieMarieDesigns

You can visit the other two here:

Learning to Love Pinks

Just Because

Carseat Canopy

19 Jul

Baby Carseat canopy is perfect for protecting your precious baby! It is fully lined and made of cotton. The top ties keep the cover in place and still allow you access to the handle of the car seat. The back is made of a coordinating cotton fabric. The ruffle on the peek-hole is made of the same fabric as the back. The front bottom edge is finished with blue piping. The ties are wide red ribbon.  The bonus strap-covers are made of the same fabrics. They velcro over the straps. The canopy is perfect for protecting your baby from the weather.

This Baby Canopy is lovingly hand-made by my sister-in-law. She has two children she dearly loves, and is very creative in making things for them and others.  We are planning to offer more of these covers so please check back.

The canopy will be perfect for your baby or for a baby shower gift! Head on over to my shop for more details! Let me know what fabrics and colors you would like to see in this item!

Christmas in July

9 Jul

I made a coupon code to use as a Christmas in July sale, but in the meantime someone in an Etsy team suggested using this website to run sales:

https://www.etsyonsale.com/sellers?referralCode=NXMHZEYBVN

I checked it out and I am so glad I did! It was super easy to make a sale, and mark every item through their program instead of going through and doing it manually. It’s a site that allows you to easily run a sale in your Etsy shop, change tags for items all at once, and auto renew items on a schedule you set.  You can watch the demo video at the link above.  Plus, if you login and link up your Etsy shop you will get a total of $10 in free credits to use.

So right now every item in my shop is on sale! I have been adding 1 or 2 items almost every day so go check it out and see if there is anything just right for you.

Happy Shopping!

Purple Stripe Gift Bags

18 Apr

Last week I did a custom order for 6 of these purple striped gift bags. It was fun to do them. I had them all sewed up before she ordered, but I added the flowers to the five of them that didn’t already have them.  The one bag was smaller than the others, but she said she wanted it anyway. Please excuse the background. 🙂 I didn’t set up my studio properly.

Of course I forgot to ask her where she was from before I quoted her a shipping price. Again. I need to put a post-it-note beside my computer. Oh well, that’s another subject.

I was very excited that I had enough fabric for this order! I make my gift bags from left over fabric from other projects. Most of the bags are one of a kind and I ‘m not able to make more because I used up the fabric.

I also got a request for yellow bags, but that order didn’t come to anything. I went a head and made some yellow ones just in case someone else wants yellow bags. These aren’t cotton, they are polyester.  I listed the first one in my Etsy shop today. You can view it here.

That’s about all I’ve gotten done for my shop this week. I forgot to get interfacing when we were in Phoenix last week, so I can’t do my towels. I did do some crocheting. My biggest problem is lack of motivation! The allergies around here are so bad right now. I finally took Benadryl last night so I felt better this morning. Until I sat outside for a while this afternoon….

Treasuries

16 Apr

Recently two of my items were featured in treasuries on Etsy. I also managed to make a treasury myself. It takes me forever to do them so I’m not sure if it’s worth it sometimes.

EweniqueEssentials featured my doily in thier treasury “I Remember Mother

fibremom featured my pink hair net in her treasury she’s growing up too fast…

This treasury, The Practical Homemaker I made for the Fruit of Her Hands Team treasury game.

My Brown Towel is Back

13 Apr

I guess the brown hanging towel is everyone’s favorite according to my sales records. The other night I took the risk of buying two packs of them. Don’t laugh, that was a huge investment for my teeny tiny shop! 🙂  I got them back in my store today, but they have new tops. I am running out of the fabric I was using to make the tops so I bought some at JoAnn’s the other night. It doesn’t match as good as I would have liked since I was going on my memory, which was a little foggy at 8:00 pm. I did take a sample of the old along, but in Wal Mart I used it to match buttons and that is the last the sample was seen. It might still be floating around in Wal Mart… But I hope everyone likes the new Brown Hanging Hand Towel!I also have a unique version of the brown towel. I put a turquoise blue top on it. 😉 I think it’s kind a neat. And of all things it’s made it into 3 treasury lists already! This one is my favorite:

Hang it upWhich of my towels is your favorite? I’d love to hear from you! Have a great weekend.

Hanging Hand Towels and Cloth Gift Bags

11 Apr

Looking for the perfect gift for Mother’s Day? I have new hanging hand towels in my etsy shop that would make great gifts for a special Mom! Plus you can put them in pretty Cloth Gift Bags.  You can find them all in the Mother’s Day section of my shop.

I was really excited to finally find some pretty towels at our local store again. For a long time they didn’t have much of anything. I have a number of gift bags, but not very many are alike. Last week a couple days I finally got really motivated and got a bunch of bags done. If you don’t see what you want in the Mother’s Day Section, take a look at the regular hanging towel section or the Party Favor / Gift Bag section.

Happy Shopping! 🙂

Hi Again!

30 Mar

This blog kinda sorta died out at the end of last year. It seems blogging isn’t really my Thing. The main Thing is I’m busy doing other things that seem a little more important to me. I was quite surprised when I logged in and saw that people are still actually looking at the blog! Right now I’m going to post some pictures of my recent life (a very small part of it, that is). I’m not sure where, if, or when this blog is going so I won’t comment on that right now.

Sewing Space - Cleaned & Organized

    

Sewing Space - Cleaned & Organized View 2

Recently I have been slowly working on cleaning up and organizing my sewing space. (I don’t have a sewing “room” so I’m calling it my “sewing space”.) It’s nothing fancy and it’s not done yet, but it’s working out well for now. My sewing space has become a little more important as I have been adding different products to my Etsy shop.           

We enjoyed beautiful snow March 18 & 19! It was pretty cold, but very pretty while it lasted.This week we have enjoyed signs of Spring again!

Have a blessed weekend!  

Purple, Purple, and More Purple… and Black

6 Dec

Thanksgiving weekend I got an order for 9 purple hair nets! 🙂 I had one done, so I sat down and made 8 more purple hair nets! I must admit I was a bit purpled-out by the time I was done.

Right now I have an order for 4 large hair nets -all black! I had one made and I made one yesterday so I only have 2 more to make, and one more for inventory.

I have another purple one available here. And a black one coming soon. In the mean time you can check out my brown and white ones.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the month of December you can use this coupon code to get 15% off your purchase: DecSale11

And if you don’t find what you’re looking for, you can always ask if I can make it!

Happy Thanksgiving and a Sale

23 Nov

I hope you have  a very Happy Thanksgiving! Not only for all the food and fun family get-togethers, but may we also truly remember what all we have to be thankful for! God is so good to me and I want to be especially grateful for His work in my life.

I am running a sale in my Etsy store this week:

**Thanksgiving Sale** Use coupon code ThxSale11 to take 20% off your order! Nov 24-28, 2011**

Some of the items that I recently listed are:

Light Pink Bun Cover / Hair Net

Set of Three Hair Nets / Bun Covers

Apple Hand Towel 

I also have lots of Hairnets and some towels available on eBay. I don’t know how to do sales on eBay 🙂 so I just left my regular prices as they are a pretty good deal anyway!

As an added bonus from either store you will get a wallet size calendar.

Happy Shopping!

New Treasury List

4 Oct

Cozy Blanket on a Dreary Day!

I had fun making another treasury list on Etsy.com. This one is full of cozy crocheted blankets.

National Coffee Day, Sept. 29

3 Oct

My Hanging Hand Towel Coffee Mocha Espresso White Cotton Fabric Top was featured in this treasury list:

National Coffee Day, Sept. 29

This is a good list for coffee lovers!

 

New Hanging Hand Towels

6 Sep

I have two new hand towels in my shop! The one is a fun coffee theme and the other is a nice red one. I have a lot of fun making these.

Here are some pictures:

Here is the coffee one. I found some really neat wooden buttons at a thrift store in town and that is what I used on these.

I put plain white tops on the red ones and thought it turned out pretty nice!

The apple one with a red top is still available, too.

 

Blogging Vacation

22 Aug

Last week I took an unplanned blogging vacation! That doesn’t mean I wasn’t busy though! Two doctor appointments took up quite a bit of time, plus getting more (*hopefully*) done here at home. I did get my desk cleaned up, my inventory hair nets and doilies organized, some booking keeping done, some sewing, and crocheting of course.

Now I am trying to come up with a blogging schedule that won’t be so overwhelming. I was trying to post every day and for now I will only be posting 3 times a week or less. The main reason for that is because I signed up to be a vendor at a local event: Old Congress Days. So now I am crocheting furiously to make sure I have enough stuff to display. 🙂 I’m sure it will be ok, I’m just stressing. I plan to have my crocheted hair nets and doilies there and some hanging hand towels. Mom is also working on some sewing projects to add to this collection. I was hoping to have a finished denim blanket, but we will see…

That event is October 1, so this is what I will be working on the next month. I am also working on school dresses for my niece. Two nieces in school! I really am getting old……… 🙂

Here are a few things I got listed on Etsy Last week:

Greeting Card Printable PDF Prickly Pear Cactus Hearts 3 Thi…
This is the third printable greeting card with prickly pear cactus in the picture. This is one of my favorites.

Doily Tablecloth 26″ Cotton Natural Color HandCrochete… 

I finally got this huge doily done! I wasn’t sure if I really wanted to sell it or not, but here it is. It measures about 26″ across. Perfect for a small end table or as a centerpiece on a large table.

Hair Net / Bun Cover Crocheted Brown Flower Style Amish Menn…

I listed the brown hair net again as it had sold awhile ago.

Be sure and visit my shop and browse all the items! 🙂

Prickly Pear Hearts Greeting Card #2

12 Aug

I have my second Prickly Pear cactus Printable greeting card available in my Etsy shop. The message on this one is: Love from AZ. This could easily by changed to something like “Love from the West” if you’re not from AZ. 🙂

Greeting Card Printable PDF Prickly Pear Cactus Hearts 2 Love from AZ

The cover image is an original photo that I took and edited. It is a photo of a Heart shaped Prickly Pear cactus pad on a red and pink background. The words are brown and yellow. The watermark will not appear on your image. The background is from MGA Creations. The inside is blank for your personal message…

…You may print and use this card as many times as you wish. I do ask that you do not sell or transfer (share) the original pdf file. The cards you print are for your personal use, as gifts or what ever, but please don’t sell the printed product. Thank You!  Visit my Etsy shop for the full details.

 

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