It has been a long while since I have added information on the site. First off, We've been working tirelessly, trying to build our inventory but we aren't doing the same thing as we did. Sure, we still have the kids kimonos and the sock monkeys (we are not making more) we are going to be moving away from the women's jewelry. There is just too much competition. Everyone can make the stuff. We are making necklaces for kids, though. And necklaces made from t-shirts. I really have to post some photos. We shall see if I can get around to doing it. Actually maybe... I can through the power of Apple's iCloud... lets see.
So, there are 2 shots of what we have been doing. More to come.
I AM GOING TO SELL 5 sets of LEGO CUFFLINKS THIS WEEK! (Sorry for all caps... yes I am yelling). Through social media!
Well, it's been a while and I am finally off from work for the summer. Looking forward to spending time with my family and working on the site. In the last 10 months I've been working on trying to increase the number of hits my site is getting. There are days that it reaches 200 hits but still no sales. I get more reaction on www.bricklink.com than here. My twitter account following has increased to 1000 or more and it's great communicating with a variety of people but still no sales. I've used 100milefinds.com and they were good but still not enough sales to merit an expense for using someone else's site. I get the most sales through craft shows and people who meet me and come back for more items. The returning customers are the ones making the sales. More later.
We have been absent from the business for a little while (at least online) We been making things but have been keeping a lid on announcements. We've made dresses, bags, cufflinks, and a ton of other stuff but, balancing between craft and kids...the internet gets neglected. Rightfully So! We are currently experimenting with just selling
So, after the last show, I was wanting to figure out the price I should set on the Kimonos. I've set it at $30 but I am not sure if the price is right... The kimonos are made from either 100% cotton or 80/20 cotton/poly blended sweatshirts. They fit 10 mos to 3 yrs old boys and girls (depending on their size) Please comment below and tell me how much would you spend on a kids kimono.
Today, I spent the day teaching 12-13 yr olds how to make sock monkeys - or should I say, sew. This was my 2nd year doing it and thought it would easier this time around. It is, in a way, but I still felt like I had to repeat my instructions a zillion times. I even had to inform the kids that I was "on break".
23 students, about half with some sewing experience and half without. Even the ones with experience needed a lot of repeated demonstration. As I was instructing them, it occurred to me that a video would have been a lot more helpful! I could have Mika videotape me demonstrating how to make the sock monkey from start to finish. It would also include how to do the basics like threading the needle, knotting the thread and doing a back-stitch. I could have zoom-ins of how things are supposed to look like. So that is my next project on the list of things to do.
Back to the workshop....by the time 3pm rolled around, most kids had finished their sock monkeys. There were all sorts of shapes, qualities and looks. Quite interesting. Some looked like they are about to fall apart - due to the fact that the stitches were not very good. Interestingly enough, I observed that most kids did not pull their stitches taut enough so that when their work was inverted to the right side, the stitches all showed on the outside. I took photos of some of the finished products to show.
lulu & mika craft and make many beautiful items. Always creating and working together.