This is a blog hop post, something the Brighton Etsy Team members are doing to help each other get the year off to a good start. Thank you to Claire Griffiths from Yellow Bear Wares for the nomination! You can see her lovely post here.
This is about our Etsy shop goals, what we do and where it’s going right now. So here we go:
We’re looking at goals in the Brighton Etsy Team this month (you can follow along with #btnetsygoals!) Can you share one of your goals for your shop for the next six months?
One of the most important things I need to do is to photograph all the stock that needs to go in my shop, and rephotograph most of the things already in the shop. The idea is to make it all work as a cohesive whole, and of course be beautiful and professional.
What are you working on at the moment?
At the moment I am playing with patterns. Birdy patterns, sea-inspired patterns, and patterns made from plant shapes. During this quieter season it’s lovely to do some experimenting, and so far I’ve had some promising results.You can see my seascape pattern journey in previous posts, but here are some snaps of some plant-based work, inspired by 70s cartoons. Sorry the photos are pretty bad! My sensible side has designed two bird patterns to match my winter bestseller the wren tea towel, these will be ready for sale soon! Here’s a little sneak peek of those: If you could give other sellers or someone looking to start their own design/craft business one piece of advice what would you say?
I agree with Claire from Yellow Bear Wares, join a community! It can be a lonely, confusing business, but luckily there is a wealth of information, advice and groups out there of people that share your passion. Etsy is a great place to start, and joining a local sellers team has helped me become a part of something great. Selling at markets is another good way to meet people, as well as making contacts for collaboration or wholesale.
So that’s my contribution for the blog hop! You can see the Brighton Etsy Team blogroll here, for links to all our blogs. I hope this was an enjoyable read, and I now pass the baton to Kate Holden of the lovely Oh Someday… jewellery, and Georgie St Clair for her beautiful illustration blog Painting Grace.