Moving to Monday Updates

For years, I’ve made bags throughout the week and then put everything on pause when I had a sunny day (love that natural light) to take pictures, edit, create listings, and then decide when I would add what into the shop. The process is good in that adding new items multiple times a week boosts your search analytics, but in all honesty it’s time consuming. On top of that, I share my work space with my husband and there are a couple of times a week where I will pause sewing so he can make phone calls.

I’ll be the first to say that I don’t always manage my time well and it’s something I’m working on. So it would make sense for me to save the photo uploading, editing, and creating listings for those times when I’m respectfully not sewing. Making them live takes about the same amount of time for 5 listings as it does for 30, so I can save a little bit of time throughout the week if I do it all on one day. Enter in: Monday Updates.

I’ll take pictures when I have good light, work on the boring part during quiet time, and spend some time on Monday mornings renewing expired listings and sharing all the new ones. I’m not concerned with where my shop falls into search analytics right now because the “new and improved” system seems to only benefit shops offering free shipping. I tried it last week and actually was able to turn out more bags than usual!

Running your own business is a constant learning process. I know I make quality products, and now is the time to focus on quality time management.

Makeup Bag Re-branding

I’m calling them Flat Bottom Bags now!

I ran into some makeup bag related confusion last market season, such as:

Boy- “Dad! Can I get this bag! It has dinosaurs on it!”
Adult- “No, makeup bags are for women.”

Woman- “Oh I just love this bag! But I really don’t need anymore makeup bags…”
Me- “You can use it for other things, like-”
Woman-“Its says makeup bag.”

Woman- “This is a pretty big pencil case.”
Me- “Oh, that’s a makeup bag.”
Woman-“Never mind.”

This was totally new for me, and I changed them to “Toiletry Bags” about halfway through the season. It opened them up but still left them in a niche category that most people couldn’t see past.

So I’ve changed them across the board- in my Etsy shop and will make new in-person signs. In each Etsy listing, I started by listing 5ish things that the bags can be used for, and went on to update every bag listing in the shop to start with the same information. It will probably be beneficial to make larger price signs for markets, and include the “can be used for” list on them as well.

I’m hoping this will convert more sales and allow people to see the bags for what they are: bags with almost endless uses.

Weekend Away

We spent my birthday weekend in North Conway, New Hampshire and stayed at the Adventure Suites Hotel!

Last time we stayed here, we were in The Club room because we booked it like a week in advance and it was either that or the Wolf room. It was a cool room with a full sound system, light up dance floor, 8 person hot tub, two bathrooms, and a dance cage.

This time, we had a few more options and chose the smaller and cozier Wine Cellar. The bathroom looks like the inside of a wine barrel, the tub looks like one of those barrels for grape-squishing, and even the kitchen had barrels and wine-related decorations in it.

 

We had a cool view of the mountains out the back room, but it was freezing with a biting wind so we didn’t spend a lot of time outside.

Had a yummy birthday breakfast at Glen Junction! Lemme tell you, their train fries can’t be beat.

And then I stopped taking pictures! We hit up Mystery NH and did the Donner Diner escape room, caught the Lego Movie 2, and had dinner at the Muddy Moose. Our waitress gave us free cookies! Presumably because we were nice to her and the table next to us were basically monsters.

Birthday Planning, Part 4

The party was a blast! We had pizza, sushi, fruit kebabs, vegan cupcakes (wanted to make sure our vegan family members could enjoy them, too), pasta salad, and of course Mountain Dew.

Birthday Planning, Part 3

Birthday Planning, Part 2

Birthday Planning, Part 1


Hello, I’m Kerry! Maker. Sewist. Fan of all things bright.

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