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Small Small World

So what have I been up to – slowly making some items. Playing with designs and getting some basic patterns sorted out. I am getting better!

I also went ahead and had my logo designed. Of course I found someone on Etsy and they have done a fantastic job, so excited!

There was a notification for a local Christmas market and I though ‘yes, get making and could be a good start’. Although the time frame is very very short. so I have decided not to push. I said at the start not to make any deadlines, not to rush. Otherwise if I don’t meet them I will be tempted to give up. The idea is just to plod along with no pressure. It was a big step to get the logo, all those what ifs came back so I sat back and left it. Eventually I just asked myself why not and went ahead.

Quirkiest thing happened just now… I founds some lovely materials to buy and was kind of naughty buying much more than I should. But after placing the order I noticed I had my old address …eekkkk. So I quickly contacted the seller to have it corrected and of all the sellers of fabric in the world (love that about Etsy) I discover that not only is she in Australia, in Tasmania, in my town, but lives at the other end of my street!!!!!   CRAZY.  Perfect though as I was keen to get sowing this weekend and she is now going to hand deliver tomorrow. This could be very bad for the wallet. But at the same time seams like a sign.

‘What’s meant to be will always find a way.’ Trisha Yearwood

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Liabilities

How do you go about finding out about your product liabilities? How do you know if there are regulations for the items you are making, and how to comply?

I want to make baby toys and products. We are worried about safety requirements and laws though. If it has a ribbon, is there a certain length of thickness to make sure the little one cant hurt them selves???  Or am I over thinking this. I asked a girlfriend who makes baby stuff and she said she had not even considered it….I would hate to do anything wrong.

On a more positive note, our local material store, Spotlight, has had a huge sale so I went crazy buying up materials during my lunch break. I then raced home and once the girls were in bed I made my first cube toy. Yay very excited. Not quite finished yet. I bought some eco stuffing and rattle inserts on line so waiting for them to turn up.

Something that actually turned out ok. My husband also commented on the speed I made it, and how good it looked for something to quick. As I have been thinking. Simple and easy can be great!

Plenty more materials to try things with so must get back to it – while I have the motivation. I read an article yesterday on why Etsy business fail –

http://www.everythingetsy.com/2012/09/never-give-in-etsy-business/

Etsy fever

Is there a limit to how many Etsy favorites one can have?  If not, never fear I am sure I will soon be able to tell you!!

So I am starting with research. I have added what feels like hundreds of items to my Etsy favorites. I then realised many are for the same store, so I have started adding stores instead of individual items. Much smarter. Also when I actually go to look there aren’t that many…… must keep looking!

This has me all inspired. I have found lots of supplies and items I want to make things with. At first I didn’t know what just that I HAD to use them…. until I woke at 1am to feed Z on Monday night, and couldn’t get back to sleep. My head started whirring with ideas. Now I have four items I want to make and see how they work out. And two I cant find on Etsy yet, so that’s a good sign (or maybe bad because no one wants/needs….) Better get moving and find out.

My problem is that I am not the best sower. So what I have in my mind, and what comes out can be two very different things. I am almost always disappointed with the end result. Simple is the key I think. One to it turning out ok, two so that I can make in large quantities when my store takes off (hmmm, fingers crossed), and three so its cost effective.

Now that I have an idea I like and want to start trying out, that means spending some money which makes it a bit real, do I really want to do this…. YES, am I scared…… YES.

‘In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.’ Bill Cosby

Now what?

Ok I know what I want… how do I get there though?

I am all excited about amazing packaging, cute logos, funky looking displays and locations for product shots. Am I missing anything?

Oh yeah, WHAT AM I GOING TO SELL? It is the kind of important first step.

In the past I have through that it has to be something new and unique. My husband is fond of the saying “see a need, fill a need”. So am I, but everything I see has already been filled (maybe if I hadn’t waited so long!).  So now I am starting to see that the product its self doesn’t have to be, it just has to have my own unique ‘me’ in it. Some different twist, or design that makes it stand out from the rest. What do you think? Are there some products that will always be in demand?

My fear is that there is so much of the same out there that what will I bring that is different? Will anyone want mine? Am I condemning myself before I even begin? Am I in for a marketing nightmare? What if I step on someone’s toes, causing legally troubles? What about product safety and liabilities?………….  Am I making excuses?

“Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s  self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.” Ray Bradbury

First step, or is it leap?

“The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: decide what you want.” Ben Stein.

I want my own Etsy store. YES I have decided to take the first step, which feels more like a leap, to making this happen.

Here will be my hope and dreams, plans and ideas. The how I succeed or fail. 

Your jobs it to keep me motivated, keep me accountable and depandant, so I can’t let you down!