My husband and I have always had the type of the relationship that isn’t smothered in ooey gooey “I love you”s and cliché romantic gestures. I’m not a touchy feely/overly emotional person by nature and I married someone that isn’t either. We’re very sarcastic and we take nothing seriously, so we always find it funny when people comment about how we interact with one another. Here’s the deal… we just like to do things our own way. lol.
Valentine’s Day is no exception in our house. Although we went skiing together and had a nice dinner yesterday, our gifts to one another were not your traditional sentimentally-fluffed purchases. My favorite part of my present to Chad was my handmade card, which I had to share… simply because it makes me laugh every time I look at it
We both share a deep love for Lady Gaga. Yes, she is a bit over the top…but her music is fabulous. So, after having a debate over what she means by a “bad romance,” the idea of a Lady Gaga inspired handmade Valentine crept into my head. Ta-da!
What elements of this card make it an all time favorite of mine? 1.) The picture of Lady Gaga. Although everything she wears is outrageous, this is one of the best ensembles to date. 2.) The lyrics from Monster; they are ridiculous. 3.) The schizophrenic magazine-style cutouts.
I know not everyone will be producing a Lady Gaga Valentine from this. However, I think the idea is a good one. Nothing says “I love you” more than something handmade. Focusing on something you have in common or share a love for makes it even more special. Even though my husband and I clearly have a bizarre sense of humor… for Chad, this was a perfect Valentine.
This weekend was a long one, but short on time. Where did it go so fast?! I didn’t get as much accomplished as I wanted. However, there were some major milestones in my crafting ventures. The biggest of these being the setup of my Etsy Store – The Modern Lady.
Setting up an Etsy store is more work than I anticipated. Quite frankly, the whole Paypal thing threw me off a bit. I HATE reading boring stuff like Terms & Conditions, bla bla bla. I skipped past most of it, signed up for a Premier account and called it a day. Hopefully people can pay for items they purchase … that’s if someone buys something :) (In retrospect, perhaps I should have paid more attention to that part.)
What I did focus on was my Shop Policies. If you’re used to selling your handmade items on eBay this is probably a snap. However, Etsy is my first foray into the land of selling handmade items. So, I had to take some time to think about what my payment options would be, how I would ship items, if I would take returns/exchanges, etc. My tip for others here is to look at other successful Etsy shops to see how those before you have done it. I looked up Etsy‘s featured sellers for this and it was extremely helpful.
Another very important thing to do is check out your competition. There are a lot of different elements that come together for a listing but the items that appear in the search results are key. Make sure you have an awesome first picture that truly represents your product. Also, the price is right is not just a game show. You have to ensure you have priced your items appropriately for your competition. Lastly, make sure your title is representative of your item as well as an attention grabber.
Etsy has a Seller Handbook; I’m looking forward to dissecting it as I have time to see if there are any golden nuggets of information. I have a LOT to learn here… but I’m excited to be trying something new. We’ll see how it goes :) Hope you had a restful Martin Luther King, Jr. day!