Monday, May 31, 2010

Where do your customers come from?

I found this while in the etsy forums and thought it could be useful to all those with small buisnesses.

Compliments of Sassy Belle Wares

When I was going through the checkout process, I noticed something in the PayPal part that I had never seen before. There was a one question survey asking how I found Flapper Doodle. I always wonder how buyers have found my shop, SassyBelleWares, so I was almost as excited about this question as I was about my new notecards! Yeah, I know about Google Analytics but that makes my head spin so I was thrilled to find there was a simpler way to get an answer to, “How did you find my shop?”! Of course, getting an answer is dependent on the customer answering the question, but I figured it can’t hurt to try.

So off to PayPal I went to figure out how I could get this question into my checkout process. I found the answer almost immediately and was shocked at how easy it was to implement the one question survey! I realized I couldn’t be the only one who did not know this was an option. After all, this was the first time I had seen it at checkout and I have done lots of shopping on Etsy! Thank you Eloise and Ramona for making me want to buy your notecards thus stumbling upon this helpful feature! In return I will share my discovery with everyone!

The quick and easy steps to add the one question survey:

1) Login to your PayPal account

2) Under “my account” click “profile”

3) Under “selling preferences” click “custom payment pages”, then click “options” and go to “merchant service options”

4) Check “add a customer service survey” and fill in the blanks*

5) Make sure you click “SAVE” before you exit

* I used “How did you find SassyBelleWares” for my question. I thought using my shop name rather than just “us” or “me” might help them remember my shop better for next time. You can ask any question you would like and add any answers for the customers to choose from. For the five answer choices, I used:
-google search
-yahoo search

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Fresh, modern dining room chairs

So, today, I reupholstered the dining room chairs. You remember the day we got these.
They are really old fashion looking, and I like that, but I love fresh and modern fabrics as you can tell from my shop. I ordered Joel Dewberry's new Modern Meadow line. I'm going for a cottage look and I thought these would look great for the dining room.
My mother has told me that she does not like the fabrics I have chosen. You can see the fabric I chose for the curtains here and the rest of the line of fabrics. I have french doors in the dining room with little curtains on them. I have yet to make the curtains. I will definately post it when I do.
Wait.....I got off subject...oh, yeah, Mom says these fabrics are horrible, but I really really like it. So, tell me what you think and be honest. My skin is thick...okay, that is a big whopper, everything makes me cry.
Me and the W were at Belk home, looking at china for the gazillionth time and I found the most perfect china (he has not bought it for me yet). I could not love it more. See it here! Is it not perfect for these fabrics I picked out? And it has little birds on it and you know how I feel about birds. See here. I am sure it is a passing phase, like most things are with me, but I have bought a helluva (ooo, got you on that one, you didnt think it was really a word, did you?) lot of bird stuff lately.
WOW! I was not intending on rambling on like that for that long and with that many links. I think I've broke my own record with links.
Sorry folks, I just ate an entire pack of starbursts and I think the sugar has gotten to me.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Today's Battles

We had a mini war at the house today.

The kids came home and they were fussing at each other and the next thing I know, I am prying Happy off of Grumpy, all the while getting kicked and punched.

School is over as of this Friday for summer, really?

Do your children get along and if so, how are you making that happen?

Monday, May 24, 2010

My new bracelet

A couple Friday nights ago while most of you were out of town, I was sitting at home on my computer in the Etsy forums (it's always entertaining). There was a calling out thread (wish I still had the link to it) anyway for whatever reason, it didnt get shut down until 200+ posts later at which point it turned ito pure promotions and sales from the etsy shops.
I, being the thrifty shopper that I am, too advantage and purchased this bracelet and got 10% off just for being in the right place at the right time.
I love it! Thanks Cindy! Visit Peacock Jewelry here.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Look what I found!

How cute are these little cards?! I am loving them. I love the natural looking card and the whimsical little birds printed on them. I found these on Etsy this morning. The shop is called A Hue of a Duck Egg Blue (that's a mouthful). Check it out, she has lots of cutsie card goodies in there. I thought I'd share since I'm going through a bird stage right now. I am currently having some bird paintings custom made for my dining room. I cannot wait til they arrive and I will put them up for all to see.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Questions from Happy

Happy: Mom, I thought drugs were illegal and we should just say no (he's recently taken the DARE class).

YT: They are illegal

Happy: If they are illegal, then why do they build stores to sell them in?

YT: They do not sell drugs in stores.

Happy: Yes they do!

YT: No, they do not.

Happy: Are you sure?

YT: Yes

Happy: Oh, Mom, look over here (points to store building)

The sign read "Super B Drug Store".

Friday, May 14, 2010

I love minky dot quilts!

I cannot tell all you mommies how much I love minky dot and how soft it is to your precious bundles of joy. I am still surprised at how many people have never felt minky's plush softness before.

The quilt pictured was a custom order. Didnt Trina do a great job picking out all the fabrics for her baby's crib quilt?

The top has that old fashioned ripple quilt feeling and the back is sooooooo soft (I've mentioned that already havent I?).

Monday, May 10, 2010

My First Art Fest and everything I learned

I was in the lovely, swanky city of Dunwoody, GA for my very first art festival this past weekend. I've been talking about this for weeks see here, and here.

I wasnt sure what to expect, but I did alot of research and looked at tons of pics of others booths and yada yada yada.

What I Learned

my target audience--I was very surprised that I had tons of girls age 8-13 who loved all my raggy bags. They pulled Mom, Dad, and the grandparents by the arm to my shop.

buisness cards--I bought a very small amount (see here) and I was completely out very early. I needed hundreds of them.

your booth---I cannot tell you how much trouble other vendors go to to make their booths look fantastic (and they did look great). Things need to be hung not sitting on a table (people cant see it there). Luckily someone told me all this before I went and I did have my bags all hung up on display and I had ran twine from pole to pole on my tent and hung my quilts up with clothes pins. I think it turned out very good.

items up front--what you put on display up front will bring people into the back of your tent. In other words, dont put just your expensive items up front. Put some cheap ones up too and it will get people to look at everything. Those baskets of goodies up at the front of my booth were a big hit. I filled them up with $5-$15 items.

what I should be making and selling---I had alot of people come by and say, "do you have any.....". When I told them I did not have that, they told me they have been looking everywhere for one. Guess what? I will start making those now. I had one lady buy up everything I had of one kind of item (which I didnt have much of). She wanted more of them. It was an item that I dont make alot of because I dont sell alot of them online. I now realize that just because one particular item doesnt sell good online doesnt mean it wont sell good at a fair. I sold more of the things that dont normally sell in my online shop. This could be just because the items that sell good online were the more expensive items, what sold good at the fair was the lesser expensive items.

some things should be labeled---like my baby products. Changing pads, diaper bags, washies, wipe cases, and etc. all of that should have had a big sign over it saying what it is or something to that affect. I didnt sell alot of them and people kept asking what it was. They are usually big sellers for me and next time I will set it up right and make sure they continue to be big sellers.

tents---this is something that would have been helpful to know about beforehand. EVERYONE HAS WHITE TENTS! I went to Academy Sports, I bought a tent I could afford (they do not say what color they are on the box), and hoped when I got it home it was something pretty. It wasnt, it was hunter green and I refused to lug it all the way back to the store. I worked with it and I stood out amidst all the white tents. Still not sure if I will buy a new tent before my next festival.

What I would Do differently

Most of the vendors have some type of walls around their tent. Some are part of their tent, some build walls. I really liked my quilts blowing in the breeze so I dont think walls are for me, but I will next time have some kind of corner curtain to hide the poles, just for aesthetic purposes only.

The weather called for little to no wind. Big mistake for me to have believed it. I did not bring weights or sandbags. I will next time. I lived in torture of my tent blowing away in the 18mph winds. For those of you that dont know, people fill piping with concrete and stick a screw in it and hang it to each leg of their tent for weights. Great idea! How come nobody told me this when I asked for advise?

I will not wear cheap flip flops to a fair again. My feet ached by the end of the first day and they were dirty from the wind kicking up dust. Sneakers will be worn from now on.

And finally....

I do not reach my goal. I had some high expectations. I did make enough to make back all the money I spent on the festival and pocket a nice chunk of change. So, all and all I am happy with my first fair and I will definately do another one.

When I returned home, I had more orders waiting on me than I had ever had at one time. The people who took all my cards must have went to their computers and made some orders.

Any advise that any veterans of art festivals can add to this post would be great as I am still a rookie and am always hungry for new knowledge.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

What's making me smile today

Grumpy found this video on youtube and she thought it would make me smile. She was right! Check out the cute little accents these little darlings have.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Grumpy's Victories

Today Grumpy ran like the wind in her track meet. She ran the 100 yard dash and won by at least 10 feet. Woot! Woot!

Last week, after a week of everyday tryouts, Grumpy was picked for a team of 15 out of 77 girls for volleyball next year. She has never picked up a volleyball before. Go Grumpy!

Grumpy has legs up to her neck and she is freakishly strong, but she is very timid and clumsy, and well grumpy (snicker), but we are very proud of her.

Needless to say, Grumpy is in a very un-grumpy mood (this is always good news for me).......

Monday, May 3, 2010

Oh, Little Baby Boy

Oh, this one is so very sweet. I love little baby boys!