|A sneak peek!|
The reason I'm so busy? Well, other than carrying on my normal homemaking and church duties, I'm planning to reopen my Etsy shop, HandmadeByGrace, the first week of July (which is in Vacation Mode right now, btw). I had wanted to make fabric items, such as grocery bags, purses, and little zipper pouches, but I hadn't counted on the cost of fabric. Or at least not the fabric I felt was worth using! I wanted to use designer fabrics, but at retail prices, I just couldn't use them and charge enough to make a profit. Even breaking even was hard to do. Then there was shipping. Fabric items weigh more and are larger than paper goods, so shipping would be quite expensive from Canada. We don't have flat-rate shipping, so getting customers to accept paying Canada's higher shipping rates wasn't easy either.
Long story short, I've decided to restock my shop with paper goods. I'm relisting some of my best-selling items and making new products every day. They're easy to make, I can get the supplies reasonably priced, and shipping them is somewhere in the range of sending large letters, which is much more acceptable to buyers.
I'm making lots of tags. Have you seen the trend of wedding wish trees? Guests write their wishes on decorative tags and hang them on a tree, similar to the money trees I've seen in past years. The demand for wedding wish tree tags is booming at the moment, and I have designs in mind for those! I also like making small square cards that are great for little notes or to use as gift enclosures. And I have the cutest little envelope template that would make cute little sets of miniature cards. I'm also making self-adhesive labels and stickers.
So that's what's keeping me busy these days. Other than, you know, keeping the house clean, feeding my husband, teaching my Wednesday night class of 5- and 6-year-olds, doing laundry, teaching ladies' fellowship once a month, practicing music (not doing so hot with the guitar the past couple of months!) . . . just everyday stuff! LOL
What's keeping you busy this summer?