A Week of Crafting! | August 4, 2023

Hello friends, and welcome.

I hope you’ve had a good week! Mine has been filled with a lot of home school planning. I think we are just about ready to start on Monday. After looking through my daughter’s British Literature curriculum, I decided to go with something else so that should be in soon. Other than that and finance, we are just about ready to go!

Right now I’m putting my feet up for a bit because I have worked on a big batch of salsa all afternoon. I still need to boil and can it. It took much longer than expected, but I’m happy that it’s almost done. My kids smelled it and they are now making homemade chips out of masa flour.

I thought I would share the orders I’ve made for my Etsy shop with you today. It’s been a really fun week!

First off, I made a couple of sailor bows. The brown one definitely reminds me of fall!

Find the black sailor hair bow here.

Find the brown and orange sailor hair bow here.

I also worked on a Vintage Puppy baby gown, a Baby Shark outfit, and a Winnie the Pooh hair bow. I just love the Vintage Puppy print!

Find the Vintage Puppy shirt/set here.

Find the Baby Shark shirt/set here.

Find the Winnie the Pooh hair bow here.

I also worked on another Pooh hair bow and a Llama hair bow just this morning.

Find the Llama hair bow here.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend, friends. Hopefully I will give you a homeschool update sometime next week.

Blessings, Nicole

How I Run My Etsy Shop While Raising a Family

Balancing a family and making money in any way at the same time can be difficult. It has always been a priority for me to stay home with my children. At the same time, I like being creative, and there have been times when my family could use a little bit more income.

I started my Etsy shop back in 2008. Now, Etsy is totally different now than it was then. It is now a publicly traded company, and not everything sold is handmade. I feel like I cracked the code how to get a lot of sales over ten years ago, but now my sales mainly come from simply being a seller for so long. People ask me for advice about Etsy pretty often, but I’m not sure how relevant my journey to get my first sale is today.

Anyhow, at the time my girls were pretty involved with dance and gymnastics, and I learned how to make hair bows for them. That lead to tutus, and then birthday outfits. Nowadays, most of my Etsy sales come from making birthday outfits for little ones. I’m still a 100% mama made shop, and I fit completing orders around family time. I truly love it.

These are a few of the items I offer for sale in my Etsy shop, Joyfully Made. I make everything to order, and therefore have a make time of 1-2 weeks at the moment. While I could probably get more sales if my quoted turnaround time was faster, it gives me peace to know I have plenty of time to receive supplies with current supply chain issues. That peace is worth it!

Around 2010-2012, my shop was at it’s peak. I was selling over $50,000 worth of items per year, and after a couple of years of this, I knew I had to scale back. I was staying up until 3-4 am each night to fit work in around homeschooling and my children’s outside activities. I was doing way too much!

Now, I spend around ten to twelve hours per week on Etsy things, which is a good balance for my family. I don’t make near as much as I used to, but that’s okay. Family is always the most important thing!

One of the things that has helped me the most is to scale back what I offer for sale. Most of what I make is streamlined to shirts, fabric, thread, ink, and specialty paper. This way, I do not have to spend a lot of time procuring supplies.

Okay, so now onto my schedule. This is what my schedule looks like on an “Etsy Day.”

7 a.m. – Answer any messages that came in overnight. This is what my schedule looks like every day, whether I plan to work on orders or not. Otherwise, I try to answer messages as they come in throughout the day unless the question is involved and I need to do some research. I also possibly share a listing or two on social media.

8 a.m. – Workout, dinner prep, breakfast.

9 a.m. – Start homeschooling my younger children.

12 p.m. – Eat lunch.

12:30 p.m. – Work on shirt and onesie designs on my computer.

1:30 p.m. – Press shirts and flour sack towels.

2 p.m. – Sew skirts/dresses to complete outfits.

3 p.m. – Get my two-year-old down for a nap. Quiet time, and tie up any loose homeschool ends!

5 p.m. – Dinner time.

6 p.m. – Print out labels and pack up orders.

6:45 p.m. – Order onesies/shirts/packing supplies that I need for upcoming orders.

7:30 p.m. – Family time.

Once per week I take a trip to our local fabric store to purchase fabric, thread, and elastic. We usually tie this into our grocery shopping trip to save on gas. My husband takes the completed orders to the Post Office for me.

And that’s about it. Sometimes I make a new item for my shop, or I need to spend extra time updating my listings. This doesn’t happen too often. When it does, I fit it in wherever I can.

So yes, I believe it is absolutely possible to sell on Etsy and take care of your family at the same time. A schedule is key, along with figuring out ways to streamline your shop.

I definitely don’t own the fastest growing Etsy shop, but I recently passed 5,000 sales! I am really happy with the place I am now when it comes to Etsy.

If you have any questions, please ask away!

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New Valentine’s and St. Patrick’s Day Items Now Available in My Etsy Shop

Hello friends, and Happy Friday! Oh, am I ever looking forward to the weekend! My older children will be playing their instruments at a dance, and hopefully our shower reno will be completed. Hooray!

As some of you may know, I own an Etsy shop, and I mainly make and sell outfits for little girls. It is so much fun! Anyhow, I just uploaded several new items for Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day, and I wanted to share them with you!

I make everything by hand in my home. Shirts and bodysuits can be purchased separately within the listings, and I can make all items with either short or long sleeves. Right now, items are shipping 1-2 weeks after purchase.

If you know of anyone who might be interested in the things I make, sharing my shop would be so incredibly helpful. Also, if you are interested in becoming a Member of Redeeming Home, you receive a 30% off coupon code to my Etsy shop!

So, now onto the items. My favorite is this St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow Set. I can personalize with any name. I love the story behind St. Patrick. It’s something I teach to my children each year.

Find the St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow Set here.

Here are the other new items just added to my shop:

Find the Shamrock Set here.

Find the Valentine’s Day Rainbow Set here. The fabric skirt pattern is tiny hearts!

This Valentine’s Day Cupcake Set is good for February birthdays.

And this Owl Set is too cute for little ones!

Thank you so much for stopping by today friends. Now I’m off to homeschool, and to get the first packages ready to ship to Redeeming Home Members.

I hope the Lord blesses you with a wonderful day.