Etsy shop


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I’ve always been a great fan of bath bombs so I got really excited when the first issue of Making magazine landed on my doormat back in September. There was a whole feature on making your own bath bombs.

I soon treated myself to a kit to make my own. I found that it wasn’t as easy as it looked but I was hooked. So much so that my husband bought me an assessment so that I would be able to sell any bath bombs that I made.

Orange and Cinnamon mmmmmmm

This obsession – of course – led on to something else – lip balms!

Christmas Pudding bath bombs

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The time since Christmas has flown by. Being housebound due to snow and family instructions not to step outside in case I slip over as my pregnant belly has knocked my balance a bit wasn’t fun. Finger’s crossed the snow has gone now – though it tried to snow again last night.

I’m now 3 weeks off my due date and the nesting instinct has kicked in big time. With my 5 year old I didn’t knit anything but this time I have finished a pair of booties and 2 hats, I’m halfway through a pram blanket and I have crocheted lots of bunny snugglies – so much so that I’ve added one to my etsy shop.

I’m still wondering how I can convince my husband to name our son/daughter after yarn – Rowan is perfect isn’t it?

Well that well known soft drink advert is on the tv and the shops are full of decorations which means the season of giving is almost upon us. My American friends refer to this coming weekend as ‘black Friday, cyber Monday’ but even when I worked in a shop as a student I knew we’d be busy during the last weekend of November – the last pay day before Christmas.

So as a way to help out a bit during the holidays I’m offering free Worldwide shipping in my etsy shop until 4th Dec.

The last posting dates from the UK are:

International Airmail 4th Dec, UK 2nd class 18th Dec and first class 21st Dec.

To qualify for the free shipping just mention this blog in the notes to seller and I will either send you a revised invoice or refund you via paypal.

I’m adding new items all the time so please do come back and have another look or convo me if there is a specific items that you’d like.

If you’re self employed in the UK and want the tax office to work out your tax you have to get your form in by the end of October. As I started my Etsy shop last year I had two businesses to work out so employed the services of an accountant to help me.

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Well I’ve had a severe talking to. When I embarked on my Etsy shop I had no clue as to how to price things. I worked out how much the materials had cost me and looked at what other people were selling their items for and priced my items somewhere in between. It was only reading the forums and critiques of other shops that I realised what the correct formula was.

So for those who don’t know – though I suspect most do-  it is this:

Cost of materials + (TIME TAKEN x HOURLY RATE) = Wholesale rate x 2 = your shop price

The bit I was forgetting was to charge for my time – as I loved making the items. So often my items were sold at the wholesale or even less than the wholesale rate – no wonder I made a loss last year! I also got a lot of requests from online shops who asked what my wholesale rate expecting me to knit a child’s jumper for half of the price quoted in my shop – which, of course, wouldn’t have covered the price of the yarn!

Traditionally the wholesale price is the price offered to galleries or shops wishing to sell the work on your behalf – they then add 100% mark up on the items for sale in their shop. Doing the same for your online shop allows you to be able to offer discounts, free shipping, etc.

So I now have a snazzy spreadsheet with lots of columns covering cost of materials, hours worked, labour cost, admin costs, wholesale price, discount and actual price – it also allows me to work out how much was earned in labour and how much – if any –  was earned as profit. Which should make the whole tax thing easier next year!

This has also prompted me to double check the exchange rate and alter my prices accordingly. It would be so much easier if I could just put the £ value into my Etsy listing and the Buyer could see it or its equivalent in whatever currency they are shopping in.

As a result a lot of my prices have changed today – most up, some down and some have stayed the same. Looking at other items on Etsy I can’t believe how others make their items so cheaply – either they get their materials for free or they, like I was, aren’t factoring THEIR PRECIOUS TIME into the piece.

So from now until the end of Monday 2nd November I’m offering free shipping on all my items in my Etsy shop – just put ‘Stitching Adventures’ in the message to seller at checkout and I will refund the postage via paypal.

This week’s shop  is called Curious Mess – who’s seller’s avatar I fell in love with in the etsy forums!  – a couple of my favourites (including the avatar) are below. You can find out more about the shop here.

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This week’s etsy twitter team shop of the week is lampwork glass by Renee Suich 

Here are a couple of my favorites:

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to find out more about Renee and her creations read the interview on the EtsyTwitter Team blog.

The Etsy Twitter team have another shop of the week.

This week it is Jewel Craft Designs and here are a couple of my favorites:

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You can find out more here.

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