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Online Shop is Live!

  That’s right, folks!  Classically Evil on Etsy is live.  I have been dreaming and fearing this day for…what…like 2 years now?  I have definitely procrastinated.  I’ve done some careful self-analysis and noticed that what is holding me back is my fear.  Some people have a fear of success while some have a fear of failure.  I’m not quite sure what I had a fear of.  I guess I was always worried that somehow, no matter how hard I worked and how contented I got with my work, someone was going to take it all away.  I guess I’ve had that fear for 10 years now.  Not quite sure why or how that came about, but it did.

In the last year I have been doing some massive changes.  I quit my job, I moved, I’m working on getting healthier (diet and exercise, yo), adopted a puppy, and now opened my dream shop.  It has been work, sure…but I missed feeling like this.  I missed losing myself in fun projects.  I missed feeling accomplished with what I had done.  I look at my etsy shop and I am so excited and pleased.  So much so, I don’t even know what I was so worried about.

Right now I have only 5 listings up, but I should be putting more up through this weekend.  I’ll also be looking into expanding my shop past the bath and body products.  I have a few techniques I want to try out for a fabric notebook.  Until then, feel free to check out the site (http://www.etsy.com/shop/classicallyevil) and send some feedback!  I’d love some critiques!

Etsy Shop to Go Live on June 1st!

I am really excited.  I’m getting my butt in gear around here and finally finding some time to get things together (mainly myself) and put the basics of my product line up for sale on etsy.  I’m not going to lie, I am a bit nervous.  I am used to running a business (I have some good amount of customer service and managerial experience, so that’s not an issue), it’s just the idea of being solely responsible for something, is a bit nerve-wracking.  So I’m diving in head first, to fulfill a dream.  I have no expectations in terms of success, at least for the beginning.  I know it’s going to take a while to get some foot-traffic onto the site, but I know that if I keep creating, networking, and blogging – I don’t see why it can’t be successful with a little hard work.  I am looking forward to not having to depend on anyone except for myself.

In related news, I am offering for the first week the shop is in business, free shipping!  The code is CENEW.  Be sure to enter that during check out, if you see something you like.Over the next few days I’ll be blogging about the finishing touches and the ride during the first few weeks of the shop being open.  Let the crazy rollercoaster begin!

Lazy Sunday in SoCal – Trying New Things

I always find inspiration with new things.  Whether it’s new tastes, smells, textures, colors…whatever it may be, I always enjoy finding new things and sharing them with others.  As I am currently unemployed with a regular day job, I figured I’d start experimenting.

Since yesterday was good old St. Patrick’s Day (and we were having a few friends over for food, drinks and laughs), I thought I’d experiment with a staple – beer.  Instead of dying beer green or making corned beef and cabbage, I made beer bread and chocolate Guinness cookies.  Not only did they turn out well (quite proud) but as corny as it sounds, I learned something: As long as you give a crap the WHOLE TIME (and I mean the whole time) you can complete it.  It may not necessarily end up the way you expected it to, but you completed something.  You get to say, “I did it.”  I know being unemployed and baking cookies for an afternoon is not much of completion worth writing down (let alone writing down in a blog for people to read) but, c’mon!  I think it’s cool.

Anyway.  Just thought I’d share that little thought with you guys.  Also I’m looking forward to getting things started tomorrow and putting whatever hang-ups that prevented me from succeeding and just moving forward.

Product Testing is underway!

So…it’s half-way through March and just now I’m getting down to product testing.  What better day than the Ides of March to truly get things rolling.

Currently I am putting together a couple of different lines.  Working through the products and see what will work well on the  Etsy page.  The main focus will be a line I’m calling: Le Fleur Du Mal (Flower of Evil) it’s our Bath and Body products.  I’m mainly looking for items that have a shelf life of 3+ months.  So far I’m looking at some scrubs, lotions, and lip balms.  There’s another line of Home products.  Not sure what I’m calling it just yet.  I’m working on upcycled notebooks, laundry bags, kitchen items (aprons, table cloths, placemats, napkins, lunchbags, sandwich bags) and possibly even bedroom items (duvet covers, robes, pajamas, bed and bath storage items).

I’m a sucker for packaging.  I’m currently doing research for packaing solutions.  I adore glass, but unfortunately, if I plan on shipping items, I don’t want them breaking.  I’m looking around at some creative and cool plastics.  There are some label ideas I’m working out.  Something Tim Burton/Dia De Los Muertos inspired.

I figured this blog might be really great to log all of the successes and failures of officially launching a home-based artisan business.  Feel free to leave comments or questions.  I’d be glad to converse!

Classically Evil to go live on 3/1/2012!

We are currently updating our sites and preparing to go live on March 1st 2012!  There will be a ton of exciting things going on!

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