Friday, December 9, 2016

What is to come in 2017

I typically don't set New Year's goals. But, I do have some goals this year I would like to reach. I  have started working on them already. One, was rebranding and reworking my logo and all my page designs. So far this evening I have gotten half way through most of them. I still have Twitter, Zazzle and YouTube to update. I am hoping to add more designs this year, as well as my party printable packages, hand made items and vintage items I find. I currently have three Etsy shops, a Zazzle Shop, a website and now I am adding listings to purchase on my Facebook site. I am hoping I don't overwhelm myself.

Back to my goals. I am hoping to add more clipart, more designs to Zazzle and start selling on my website. I am also moving forward with several handmade items. Tall order for someone who can barely blog. It is a lot to keep up, especially being a one woman show here. But, anyhoo, my brain is a bit fried from working on too much techie stuff today, but I thought while I was updating graphics on my blog, I would also do a post.

If you are on my Facebook page, you may have noticed several albums I have added regarding party and party decor. I have been going back and forth for a few  years now about party planning and moving toward party backdrops and photography. Every time I have set up a studio outside my apartment, I just wouldn't go. Twice I have done this. I attempted to move back into the shop where Bella used to be by my apartment and I just couldn't get any work done there. So I am attempting to clean out space again in my matchbox of an apartment. I just seem to create and work better on my own time clock, whenever I want in my pajamas. It is how I work best. So, having said all that, I am hoping to set up a studio space this coming year to create party props and other pieces.

I recently did several pieces for my granddaughter's fifth birthday. The theme was Wonderland. So it was appropriately named "Avari in Wonderland." I got another chance to flex my sculpting, painting and creative muscles with physical pieces. I am going to showcase some before and after pieces below, as well as photos from the party. Enjoy and more to come soon!

These are my grand babies! 
Tea Party Set up for all the girls

Mad hatter decor I created from an old snowman hat

Mushroom props I created
Water bottle wraps

Number 5 I created and decorated

Friday, October 28, 2016

Why Businesses Need a Voice

Being online can be hard. Having a business online is harder. People have a tendency to act in the most horrific, uncivilized ways online, then paint themselves out as the victim and paint the business owner out as unprofessional. These people need to realize our business is our bread and butter. We support our families with our business. As I have stated often, many businesses don't have the opportunity to defend themselves against unwarranted and unjust attacks online. Especially with Etsy. I love Etsy, they are our bread and butter, and we do very well on Etsy. But, we also deal with a lot of abusive people who cuss at us, threaten us and basically harass us. On Etsy, all we can do is try to respond as professionally as we can and report them as spam. There is no way to block people. I created a section on this blog regarding these types of people on Etsy because these people hurt our businesses. They take food out of our children's mouths. They keep us from paying our bills. They steal from us in essence. Anyone who has an online business I know has experienced this. It can feel completely unjust to have someone attack you, slander your business and steal from you in essence and it be completely unwarranted. And feel like you don't have a voice to defend yourself.

My daughter and I both have Etsy shops, as well as other places we sell online. I have been on Etsy since 2009. I have seen it all. I have three shops and my daughter has one. Over the years, I have learned to navigate through the good and bad online. My daughter is learning now. She recently called me very upset over how a person was treating her on Etsy. This was a new experience for her. She, fortunately, has had to experience this a great deal. Where as I have. I feel it is important to bring people's behavior to light and expose them. They need to be accountable for their behavior. They need to recognize what they are doing and how it affects people. When people do this sort of thing, they are taking food out of my grand children's mouths. They are hurting my daughter. I am not okay with this.

A lady contacted my daughter about an order she needed ASAP. Most people get their orders if they just place an order. Instead, some want to fight with you for days on when they will receive it, when they could have already had their order without the harassment and days of drama. For people who don't realize this, I would like to insert a quick note. Etsy sells WORLDWIDE. We get messages ALL DAY and ALL NIGHT long. Everyone wants their order ASAP. I personally get so many messages a day, I can't answer them all and still complete my orders. The lady who contacted my daughter, also contacted me. She was unaware that my daughter also works in my shop. So my daughter could see she was contacting me, her and who knows who else needing this invite ASAP "like yesterday, lol". I don't rush orders, my daughter probably won't either after this. This lady has since issued an apology, but I still want this to come to light. People need to be aware and modify their behavior. People also need to be aware that there is another side to every story. So next time you see someone ranting about bad customer service, take the time to see if it is actually warranted.

Here is what it is like to deal with people online who act insanely then have them blast you on social media.

She messaged my shop the same question, which my daughter could see. Who knows how many other shops she did this too as well. Again, ANYONE can open an Etsy account, behave poorly, then try to destroy your business. 

This is an example of someone who wasted her own time. She never even placed an order. Had she, she probably would have already had her invite and avoided all this needless drama. 

Notice the constant, excessive questions, again, without an order place. She asks if my daughter is going to take her order. Have you placed an order? Here is a note to those out there. Most Etsy sellers see this as a red flag and a very problematic customer who will be difficult and turn out badly. We have dealt with enough of these types of sales to see the signs early on. 

She then proceeded to act like the victim and call my daughter names. 
AND THEN HAD THE AUDACITY   to post this review on a Facebook Forum.
Thankfully we started getting flooded with messages regarding what she did.

 Again, she may have apologized, but it doesn't make it okay for people to hurt businesses like this. Or attempt to. This is our livelihood. This is how we support our families. What gives a person the right to try to destroy it, completely unwarranted? I am posting this to make people aware of the behavior of others and also to maybe have people think for a moment before they act insane online.

While posting this, I also want to TRULY THANK the people out there that recognize this bad behavior, research and not just respond to something like this and fuel the fire. We sincerely thank all of the people who took the time to read the unwarranted bad review of this lady. I am sure many of them have businesses and deal with this daily frustration. It can seem quite unjust.

Now, back to creating and growing our businesses!

Friday, October 7, 2016

New Halloween Invitation Designs

I am not sure how I managed to get new Halloween designs done this season, but thankfully I did!

I wanted to showcase my newest Halloween Designs for 2016!

You can find my complete line of Fall and Halloween invitations here:

Vivi's Fairy Tea Party

No posts for almost a month, then two in one day! I am working on uploading party pictures from my granddaughter's previous birthday party photo shoots. We are planning for my oldest granddaughter's birthday in November now, "Avari in Wonderland."

I currently have three granddaughter's and one one the way. Vivi, currently the youngest, had a fairy tea party for her first birthday. Here are some images from that party we set up.

We love a good tea party!

Lots of fairy yummies

Avari is the oldest, and is always our best model
How beautiful is fairy Vivi?

The birthday girl! 

All three of our little fairies!

Fairy Naomi celebrating

Loving Fairy Sisters! 

We love to throw the girls parties as you can see. Not only do we get to make the girl's wishes come true, and give them some beautiful memories, but also we get to decorate and take pictures! 

Naomi is Three Under the Enchanted Sea!

I have been super busy but have been wanting to make the time to show off pictures from my granddaughter Naomi's 3rd birthday party. We had had several parties that I haven't shown off yet and hope to blog about them since we are preparing for an upcoming one in November.

For Naomi's 3rd birthday, we decided to do an "Under the Enchanted Sea" since she LOVES mermaids so much!!!!

My oldest granddaughter in her mermaid outfit and shell tiara

Lots of fun extra touches

I used brown sugar as sand under sweeties. These are vanilla wafers with icing and edible pearls

All the girls in their outfits and tiaras

My daughter made these really fun Octopus Dogs that were a hit

Mermaid thrown

Crown and wand

Lots of pretty jellyfish lanterns

All the little mermaids

Rock candy made lots of fun "jewels" for eating

The wand and crown I made

Enchanted Sea Water

One of my favorite pictures of Naomi's dress with lots of shells on her mermaid train

I made several crowns for the party which I loved doing!

Our sweetest little Naomi

Mermaid Naomi loved her party!

I created this image for the back of the invite. I also had it printed on a canvas for the table

This is the back of the invite
As you can see, we had lots of fun creating for the party and watching the girls enjoy the party! Find lots of ideas on my Pinterest Boards:
 and invites at my Etsy shop:

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