As many of you know in addition to Silhouette School blog, I also have an Etsy shop. I have tried extremely hard to keep the two separate. There are some obvious reasons and there are some not so obvious reasons for that, but it's a decision I made at the beginning. At this time though the reasons don't really matter...just know the time has come that I can't handle both.
The only reason I'm not keeping the two sides of my business separate at the moment is because I know some of you can benefit...
Last year 90% of my Etsy sales occurred during Q4 - I hired extra help who was with me, in my home, 3-4 mornings a week. The afternoon 'nap' time was spent blogging. This year - I need every minute to dedicate to blog-related business.
The busy holiday and gift giving season is right around the corner and instead of looking forward to it I'm starting to stress out. You know what happened around this time last year...I stressed out so much I got shingles (again), put the ebook on hold (again) and ended up with my wrist in a brace from trying to do too much typing.
Well, I'm fortunate to say Silhouette School has become more than a full time gig for me. It's more than one person can handle - while keeping their sanity. The blog I love. The Silhouette fleet I continue to build , I love. The writing and ebook and social media and interacting with all of you I love. My partners and sponsors and cheerleaders and readers and commenters and subscribers, I love! What I don't love is having to stop all of that to fill an Etsy order. And so, if there's one thing I've learned, it's to listen to what you know - and right now I know I can't do both.
It's not a hired help thing that's going to help at this point...it's that the blog has taken me places I never imagined. The blog is taking me to Atlanta to speak at the first ever All Things Silhouette Conference. Speaking for a total of 5 hours takes a lot of preparation...I mean a lot especially when you have one little guy who is still home 21 hours of the day. The blog and the book have presented me opportunities that I could NEVER have imagined and for that I am sooo sooo grateful. Never would I have predicted my book would be bundled with the CAMEO...on Amazon. I still can't believe it. We are going in a direction that I am so proud to go in and I can't afford to slow that down right now. We are teaching people to take their machines out of the boxes and use them...in ways they never imagined! All I can say is there are exciting things happening and I can't wait to see where it takes us next!
And so I am beginning the process of closing my Etsy shop with the exception of one listing...the ebook. So...'who cares', you may be asking...'you kept them separate anyway'. That's true I did! But I'm telling you all of this, because my stock room is full of blanks that I want to offer to all of you before I put them up for sale elsewhere.
I have at least 300 18x18" individually wrapped blank burlap pillow covers that are hot sellers - especially this time of year - and super easy to add HTV to....I have mason jar mugs and shirts and bibs and blank jewelry dishes that need to go. My priorities have shifted and at this time I'm clearing house to make time for what is clearly my priority.
So I'm selling off my stash at next to nothing so we can both win. Just to give you an idea, I sold these covers (this is actually a mock up) at between $22-$28 a piece and I'm selling the blanks for just $5 each. I'm going to start by only selling the pillow covers because I know how popular they are this time of year and I want to get the process started as quickly as possible so you can start selling at your craft shows and etsy shops and locally. There is no limit to how many you can buy....if you have any questions please feel free to email me either through firstname.lastname@example.org or through Etsy.
If you are interested here is the listing.. Blank 18x18" Burlap Pillow Covers - UPDATE: Sold Out (in 15 minutes!)
ROUND 2 Destash
MORE BLANKS all can be found in My Shop starting at 9pm EST on 10/14:
Green and White Striped Pajamas - 18/24 m
Green and White Striped Pajamas - 4T
Green and White Striped Pajamas - 3T
Green/White Raglan Shirts 18-24m
Green/White Raglan Shirts 4T
Set of 4 White Small Square Dishes
Set of 4 White Small Round Dishes
Set of 10 4" Square Dishes
Set of 6 4" Square Round Dishes
6 Colored Blank Bibs
Set of 8 Onesies in various sizes/sleeve length
I thank you all again for taking me to places I never thought possible! xo