Wow, 5 months have almost passed by since my last entry! How did that happen? Well....it shows how busy I've been. Etsy has really taken off, and I currently have had 89 sales!! This takes up quite a lot of my time as you can imagine.
I've started my craft fairs for 2017, mostly local to West Norfolk, although I did venture as far as Blakeney, on the Norfolk coast, earlier this month. I've been concentrating on making pet themed keychains. I now have 16 dog breeds in stock, in addition to cats and horses. Last Sunday was my Totally Animal Fair which was great fun. I even made a video to show off my stall, and did live stamping for the first time.
After first signing up to Etsy about four years ago, I've finally started listing there. You'll find me here:
Since my Gotshop closed I've been deliberating on where/how to sell my items. Today I have made the decision to stay with my web site, but to upgrade so that I can list everything, and also check out is with my domain not weebly. We will see how it goes!
It's almost a year since I last blogged, and in that time Esme's Buttons has completely changed direction.. We have moved away from polymer clay and taken up metal stamping! Yes, quite a difference!
I was becoming disillusioned with the way that changes in the weather were affecting the clay, and began to doubt its longevity. Introducing the pewter Celtic range last year was the beginning of the end of polymer clay.
Since the start of this year I have been learning and practicing the art of hand stamping on metal. Writing/fonts etc was always an area of huge interest to me when working with clay, and I am now expanding my repertoire with hand stamping affirmation words/quotes and using design stamps. I work mainly with aluminium as it is hypoallergenic and lightweight.
I have been selling my metal range at craft fairs and online for about 5 months now. Please visit the 'product' pages here to see what our new craft is all about!
We are so very excited to be able to announce that, alongside our own handmade wares, we will now be stocking a wonderful range of handmade pewter Celtic jewellery and buttons, handmade in Wales. We will be bringing these lovely products to our Craft Fairs in the Downham Market area for starters. Here's a little taste of what to expect :)
We are now stocking Artists' Greetings Cards. The three artists we have chosen for the present are Julia Jeffrey, Chris Down and Esther Remmington.
We now have a good collection of Celtic and Fantasy cards to sell both here on the website and at Craft Fairs. We will look to expand this range soon. Here is a selection.
We are pleased to announce, that following our rebranding over the last four weeks, our online shop is once again open. It is filling up with our new handmade Celtic goodies. Do pop over and have a browse. As before, payment can be made by debit/credit card or PayPal.
Have made lots of new items this year (for the Solstice mainly but not exclusive to that festival) Each one is linked to my Gotshop where you can buy them. I now include p&p in my prices within the UK.
goddess pendants (£6.50 each):
green man pendants (£7.50 each)
large green man brooches (£4 each)
small green man brooches (£3 each)
happy sun buttons (6 for £3.00)
We reached our latest target of 1500 likes this wee. The winner chose her name in textured rainbow buttons. Here they are :D
My Alphabet buttons are available in my Gotshop.
If you belong to Esme's Buttons' members' club, then I'm pleased to announce that I have just drawn the March winner by random generator.
The winner has £7.50 to spend at my Gotshop. You must make your purchase through it, and leave a review. Thanks.
I've been playing on Picmonkey to come up with a more simplistic logo for when it's called for. Have settled (for now anyway) on this one.
This morning we now have 3500 views on our new online shopping site Gotshop. We have worked hard this year to increase our 'reach' on social media and it seems to be paying off. Next stage is to translate the views into sales :-) Jan/Feb/March are always quiet months sale wise, so we are not too worried !
Our Facebook page is having a giveaway right now. We are 4 likes away from 1500 likers, and when we hit that number, all who have commented on our pinned post at Esme's Buttons will be entered into a draw to win their choice of name in alphabet buttons. It could be for yourself, or a child/grandchild. Look for this post on our FB page:
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All 1500 Likes Alphabet Buttons Animal Canes Baby Keepsakes Badgers Bananas Beads Beard Beautiful Bees Best Friend Bibi's Boutique Ely Blossom Day Bracelet Button Bands Buttons Button Trays Button Wristbands Calico Tree Designs Canes Canework Cats Celtic Celtic Greetings' Cards Celtic Knot Buttons Charms Chevron Chris Down Christening Christmas Craft Fair Cuff Links Cupcakes Cup Cakes Custom Banner Deep Canvas Dents' Farmshop Denver Denver Windmill Devoted Downham Market Esme's Buttons Esther Remmington Etsy Face Cane Face Canes Fantasy Greetings' Cards Foam Hair Rollers Forever Foxes Funky Fayres Funny Twins Gingham Giraffe Giveaway Gotshop Gotshop Views Hair Barrettes Hair Clips Handmade In Wales Hedgehogs Henry Le Strange Hods Houndstooth Hunstanton Isabelle Vacher Jesus J&R Giftware Julia Jeffrey Kaleidoscope Canes Katie's Bees Kind Knitted Button Wristbands Knitted Wristbands Knot Leopard Letter Buttons Little Downham Log In Male Male Face Cane Man's Face Marham Members' Offer Mokume Gane Mosaic Canes Mother Mother's Day Moustache Mr And Mr Mr And Mrs Mrs And Mrs National Autistic Society Necklace New Logo Norfolk Norfolk Poppies Norfolk Poppy Field Opaline Owls Pavelka Pewter Picmonkey Polka Dot Tablecloth Poppy Poppy Cane Pramoda Gifts Purple Velvet QE Hospital Red Hats Red Hat Society Red Hatters Register Retro Retro Canes Ring Display Roses Russian Dolls Same Sex Scentopia Shallow Dishes Sheep Special Steampunk St Edmund's Church Stiletto Shoes St Ives Strawberries Stripes Strong Swaffham Thoughtful Town Hall Unselfish Valentine's Day Vibrant Vintage Voucher Code Watermelon Water Melon Wineglass Charms Witchford Ely Wristbands Zebra