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General Discussion / Re: Curious, how many of you are full-time crafters?
« on: December 23, 2015, 11:33:14 AM »
@Larissa : RE-focusing your business takes times, it is definitely not something that you should rush. I'm glad to see you have so many lovely projects on the table :)
I so wish I could knit! Never got the hand of it lol...!

@Nárrína : Totally get what you mean, I think it's one of the key of success :)
Best of luck!

@Gemlover : Oh this sounds like the best of both worlds :) Glad to know you can spend your days crafting with no worries!

@RiverRockArts : I hear you dear, times are very hard on everyone, even the large business. If the economy isn't doing so well, I totally get why people are cutting down on extras. I keep my fingers crossed it'S going to get better. Good luck with your new product!

@MsMartyD : I guess it depends on your life schedule, and it eventually is like exercising, you will need to go back to crafting at one point. That would be a relief for me, not worrying about paying the bills and all and craft all day :) How did your projects turned out? :)



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General Discussion / Re: Need your help : Keep or discontinue?
« on: December 23, 2015, 11:26:01 AM »
Bellatobey,
I think it's a collection that I will keep, although right now I am more looking for a new cristal earring collection for now to keep things new and fresh in my store. There are some of the MOP that I will discontinue and focus on the shapes that sold the most out of the 4 MOP options I had.
Thanks for stopping by :)

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General Discussion / Re: Business Card Holders
« on: November 27, 2015, 02:15:03 PM »
I saw on pinterest this awesome business holder, where it is just an empty cassette case, if you have any of those left, you can just flip them outside down and voila! :)

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General Discussion / Re: This Place
« on: November 27, 2015, 02:12:52 PM »
Hi Larissa!
Well, I've been in and out because of my crazy life and I will miss your company and great tips!
Whatever you are doing next, I'm wishing you the best of luck! I'm sure you will find some other awesome people to connect with :)
Hugs my dear!

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General Discussion / Curious, how many of you are full-time crafters?
« on: November 27, 2015, 02:04:45 PM »
Hi everyone! :)

I hope you are having a beautiful Friday! Here it is rainy and grey, can't wait to have a bit of snow to put us in the Holidays spirit... !

In any cases, I'm curious and I would like to know how many of you are doing crafts (here or on some other platform) full-time vs who are doing this part-time.
It's clearly a never ending process but I'm not sure anymore if it's possible to do this full-time because of the never-ending addition of new platforms like Amazone handmade and Shopify just to name a few...

I'm really wondering if I'm going to be being able to provide extra income for my family with this method next year, I keep seeing my sales go down despite my best efforts.
So, dear crafter, what about you?  Are you doing this part-time or is it your full time job? What is your opinion on all this?

I hope you have all been very successful this year!
Wishing you a magical holiday season! :)
* Maxime *

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Events & Promotions / Did you say FREE shipping? :)
« on: November 27, 2015, 01:55:23 PM »
Hi everyone!

I hope you are all doing great, after all, it is Friday! :)
Plus, I'm spoiling my customers for today and I'm offering free shipping with every orders of USD$50 and more! ? use code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout! ? Valid for international and local shipping, today only.ßßßßß
www.kirameku.etsy.com
Thank you so much and happy shopping! :D

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Events & Promotions / WIN Crystal Earrings!
« on: August 08, 2015, 07:35:47 PM »
Hi everyone! :)

I'm celebrating my new Crystal Earrings collection by doing a giveaway for one pair of the gorgeous Bermuda Blue from Swarovski! The giveaway is opened internationally, please feel free to join and share! :)
http://tinyurl.com/nd72x22

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Contests / Crystal Earrings Giveaway!
« on: August 08, 2015, 07:34:36 PM »
Hi everyone! :)

I'm celebrating my new Crystal Earrings collection by doing a giveaway for one pair of the gorgeous Bermuda Blue from Swarovski! The giveaway is opened internationally, please feel free to join and share! :)
http://tinyurl.com/nd72x22


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General Discussion / Re: Need your help : Keep or discontinue?
« on: June 06, 2015, 05:03:24 PM »
Kimberly, family time is so precious! This is the best excuse to stop doing shows! ;P
Have a lovely weekend with your family dear! :D

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General Discussion / Re: Need your help : Keep or discontinue?
« on: May 20, 2015, 09:21:19 PM »
Thank you so much Kimberly! That is a great point! :)
I'm sorry to hear you had to stop doing shows, I  hope all is going well :(

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General Discussion / Re: Etsy going public
« on: May 17, 2015, 10:18:41 AM »
I totally get your point Larissa...!
I'm really sad/angry/bitter to see there's so many crap made inching now on Etsy - compared to when i started back in 2009 - and soooo many copyrights infringement issues...! Granted, I had one myself without being aware of it - you can't call your jewelry ''Swarovski earrings'' for example since Swarovski trademarked their jewelry line, which made sense but I wasn't aware of. For those of you who didn't know, you need to phrase it something like this : Earrings made with Swarovski elements.

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General Discussion / Re: Etsy going public
« on: May 12, 2015, 05:58:53 PM »
I agree with you Larissa, the final cut they take on our sold items really sucks, but on the other hand, I get that Etsy doesn't run by itself and that they have paid employees - it is not a non profit organisation. I know a lot of people have went on their own and took apps like shopify on their website to make it transactional, but those transaction fees made me choke, they were so high...! In any cases, I completely lost track of the Etsy shares, the info wasn't well spread and to a dummy economist like me in Canada, it was a bit blurry on how I could get my hands on a share. I believe they closed their first day at 30$ a pop, but I haven't checked back anything since they have gone public.

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General Discussion / Re: Need your help : Keep or discontinue?
« on: May 12, 2015, 05:54:23 PM »
Thank you so much ladies! :)
Well, it is true that at a show they do pretty well, as well as with my Swarovski earrings... Guess I'll go back to my sold listings at my shows and compare the numbers. Thank you buckets! :)

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General Discussion / Need your help : Keep or discontinue?
« on: May 10, 2015, 08:17:36 PM »
Good evening everyone! :)

I hope you all enjoyed a beautiful day with your mums! :)

To make a long story short, I have this Mother of Pearl Earrings collection that I'm wondering what to do with. It hasn't been quite popular online, but it was quite the opposite at my craft shows. I have sold around 30 pairs of these pretties within the last two years. My supplies are almost all out and I'm puzzled between re-ordering some MOP beads and keeping the collection or if I should just put it aside and create a new line.
What do you guys think?

Here is the earrings in question. Thank you so much for your help! :)
And happy mothers day! :)

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General Discussion / Re: Etsy going public
« on: May 10, 2015, 08:05:57 PM »
Well, my hopes were that if all the handmade sellers got together and bought a share, we could turn things around and make it a better handmade place but I guess that was too much of wishful thinking. I don't see many changes for now and like some Etsy seller say, we try to flag those awful reseller from China but it's not always easy. Still on the site, we'll see what happens next. Still buying from fellow Etsians, but you can clearly see that the items aren't made in China - I'm very careful with that...!

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