So, for the last little while I have been trying to figure out something better for the site. I discovered that there are lots of limitations to using a prefabricated site generator like Weebly. I've been wanting more traffic to the site and Twitter helped a lot but that is still not making any sales. What should I do? Everything that I read on the net says to keep things simple and make sure that I blog (which I am), and try to get the message out (which I am also doing). It could be the season. We did have one sale sorta online (returning customer who contacted us by email and made arrangements. My dream is to suddenly be discovered and have people come to us for the various things they need for their kids, babies and for themselves (reference to moms buying our jewelry).
The build-a-sock-monkey page is my favourite but I think it might be too complicated for users. There are three parts: selecting the pattern, choosing the small details, and shipping. The problem is that Weebly doesn't have a prefab that caters to my need. I have a very limited about of knowledge of html so I wouldn't be able to create anything on my own. Also, just basic web design is challenging. I am hoping that I will get some feedback that I can use. Time wie
One of our great friends got a walker from us for their son. We tried it first in San Fran with Z and he totally loved it. From wobbly legs to quick steps Z started to try to walk without my help. It was one of the reasons we fell in love with Plan Toy products and not to mention the eco aspect. Here is what our friends wrote:
"Hey guys! I'm enjoying reading your blog. Thank you so much for recommending the wooden walker for David from Plan Toys. It was the only walker he ended up using (as the others were too low, too fast, etc.). I loved how this one can adjust the height, tension and it even has front bumpers so he 'crashed' more gently! Thanks to this walker, David gained a lot of much needed practice (and motivation) to walk. He's now walking, yeah! Definitely one of our favourite toys and extremely well made. We look forward to using it longer, now that he can move onto playing with the blocks! Love your blog and website btw. I am enjoying following it." - Irene
So, I don't know if you've looked yet, our site has a new page. It's Build-A-Sock-Monkey and Lulu and I are very excited. I am hoping that people will contact us for custom jobs. We love making a monkey that someone specifically wants. It's strange. There is a different reaction from us when someone comes and "adopts" a monkey at a show vs. when then order one custom made. It's almost as if the monkey has a soul. We envision what the monkey will look like while its being made. I know that it sounds weird but it feels like that. So far, there has been a lot of traffic to the site but no buyers. It's not really the season for it. We were hoping for some orders for Valentines but our busy schedules prevented us from picking up socks that are good quality and Valentinesy themed.
We do lots of things. Many of the things we do we don't advertise. Sometimes, it treads on other people's toes and other times we know what the time commitment and just can't always do it. Today, I've been working on a video for my brother and sister-in-laws. They recently got married and we had the privilege of joining them in Mexico. It was a beautiful wedding: near the beach with a view of the ocean... Ah... beautiful. I had the opportunity to video tape it. Over the years, I've produced quite a number of grads, presentations and other multimedia creations. I love it. Would I ever do this as a career? I don't think so. As favours or One-of's sure. I like the challenge and I love the reactions after I show them. So today, after waiting for hours, the videos are converted and I am about to start merging the clips into (I hope) something that will be loved.
lulu & mika craft and make many beautiful items. Always creating and working together.