I am a homeschooling mom, crafting mom, & loving wife. This is the start of a new adventure. This blog will keep you posted on my journey to starting my own business with what I love to do most. Create! I am going to see where this takes me. The experts always say to do what you love most and you will be successful. Let's see if I can prove them right. Welcome to my world of crochet.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Just Thoughts

There's been a little gap between posts. My hubby kidnapped me for the weekend and we stayed with friends on the river. Very frustrating for me because I had no advance notice, but I now know I needed the break. I will have to admit that every now and then he knows me better than I do.

I checked on my FaceBook page when I came back and my fan numbers had jumped from 39 on Saturday morning to 148 a few moments ago. That is due to the contest that I am participating in. It is building the numbers, but I have only had a handful of comments out of all the people jumping in. Not the best result from this so far. Maybe it will be different when the photos change.

I am plugging away at this; and it may seem like there is nothing happening because I have nothing new to report. That's because a lot of it now is repetitive until something happens. I have high hopes that I will have professional photographs soon. There are two photographers that I am talking to. Keep me in your prayers everyone. With the good lord behind me pushing I know this will be successful. Maybe there will be something new happening tomorrow.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Web Page Friendship

I worked with Kim today on the design for my Web store. This lady knows her stuff. I am so grateful to her for all she is doing. Over all, I love the look, it is better than what I thought. I thought it was going to take a lot longer to pick out the background and to set up what we needed. She had some really good ideas, almost like she was inside my mind. I think there were times she thought I was just agreeing because I didn't want to go against her ideas. HA! She needs to get to know me better. Any of my friends reading this could tell her I am way more outspoken than that.

She is going to fine tune it over the next couple of days and add in the photos I have so far. The next step is better photos (which she is going to do as well). She really signed on for a lot and I can't thank her enough for the help.

The photos that she takes for me will be professional. That is what she does for a living. You should check out her website. http://www.impressions-photo.com/

I need to do the writing for what will go in the web store so I am going to get off of here for now. Further updates are coming! :D

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Etsy Bound

I started my Etsy shop, Yeah! Seriously though, I am in the beginning of setting it up. I managed to get my name for the shop. LoveMeCozy. >>>>>clapping<<<<< It is tedious loading all the information. And I am sure I will have to go back into the descriptions. I will need to include care instructions, disclaimers for small parts (just in case I use buttons on anything), and put a better definition on my shipping charges. I also have to set it up for international shipping. But, since I don't have a good scale for ounces here, I will have to take the items to the post office and have each one weighed. Then get a sample of the boxes to ship them in (thankfully provided for free by the post office) and get the weight on each of them as well since it is factored in. At least I got the Etsy button installed on my FaceBook page. Now if anyone finds my page they know they can go to my Etsy store to buy. >>>>>keeping my fingers crossed<<<<<  I think I will make a numbered list of the things I am doing in Word. That way when I am done I can post it on here.

Don't let anyone tell you that you don't have a job if you are doing this for a living. I can't begin to tell you the amount of work I am putting into this behind the scenes. Each new thing I open up seems to come with it's own demands. I am cruising the Web for photographers and leaving posts on their FaceBook pages, working under my FaceBook page name. While doing this I am keeping my eyes open for contests/giveaways that are starting. I think that will put my page out there for photographers to see. I have two that I can enter right now. I'll have to let you know how my theory pans out. Gonna leave now, have a lot to do today. Oh, and I have to find time to crochet. Have the sweetest cocoon with beanie shaping up, done using two soft thin yarns together (blue jean and white colors) in a shell stitch. ~ ~ N e e d    t o    c r o c h e t ~ ~

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Getting Started

I am going to see if I can make a success of starting my own business. The FaceBook page is set up with all the items I currently have and the web store will be up by the end of the week. I should have started this before the others so it would stand as a complete journal. Hahahah. I guess I was so excited about this that I jumped straight in.

The last 2 months have been the planning stage and creating stage. I crocheted a stock of items to sell, then I simply couldn't stop. Once I had made some hats that were popular, I started getting ideas in my head for new designs. Those wouldn't go away until I had worked them out in an actual crochet piece. I can't tell you the number of times I would crochet something, only to rip it out because it didn't fit the picture in my head. HOURS later, I have 5 new pieces. I believe they are my own originals. I haven't seen them anywhere else. And I will confess to you, two of them are happy mistakes.

So please check me out on Face Book at "Love Me Cozy". I will post on here the day that my web store is active.  Be sure to add me to your list of blogs and follow me. I will post whatever I discover about doing a business online. Tips, successes and even my failures.