All posts for the month May, 2012


Published May 16, 2012 by kakelly0831

Day one of revamping my shop is going well — I have been able to make a couple of changes to my shop that I am excited about. I now will be shipping internationally, and have listed the cost of shipping outside of the USA to all of my ornaments. I also edited the names of each ornament in order to make each more searchable. I will be editing the descriptions of each to tell everyone a little more about each product and will be finding new places to photograph the ornaments.

I also decided to accept all forms of payment allowed by Etsy, rather than just Paypal. Though Paypal is still my preferred method, I also accept checks and money orders. I will be accepting credit and debit cards when Etsy has this feature set up, which will be in the next couple of months.

The Etsy App for Android phones has been downloaded, and I am currently installing the WordPress App. I will be testing out these while I am working on set tomorrow. I am hoping it turns out to be a short day so that I will be able to easily get some more work done! I am also considering selling my ornaments on eBay, but that is something to think about after I get this shop off the ground. I also have been going through all the Etsy Success emails I have received and have not read through — there is so much valuable info and tips. I am putting together a handbook for myself with the notes I am taking plus the handbook packets that Etsy sends out. They are great! This is going to be great help in keeping me excited and focused.

In the meantime, here is the link to my Etsy shop! Come and take a look:


Back in Business

Published May 16, 2012 by kakelly0831

Hey everyone!! I hope anyone who reads my blog has had a wonderful year in 2011. There have been some changes for me and some things have yet to change. Since New Orleans, Louisiana, has had so much work in the film industry, I started working last year as a background extra. It was fun but it was hard work (yep, working in the film industry is indeed work… and everyone feels it – from the bottom of the food chain to the top where you get waited on hand and foot). I love it, but I’ve gotten to the point where I only do background work when I can’t do promotional work… which I am loving even more! Doing promotions is allowing me so much flexibility in my schedule and it’s great that my job changes with every event I get booked on. The best thing is that I am able to tackle the process of starting my own businesses. I am not getting back into the swing of working with my shop on Etsy, and I will be spending the next few weeks revamping my shop. In the meantime, I will be working on opening my own costume accessory shop in the city and will be working to get my name out to everyone so I can do freelance seamstress work. 

I will be blogging for 3 reasons — firstly, I love to write and may use wordpress as a means of getting back into the habit of writing so I can add ‘finishing a novel’ to the list of things I want to accomplish in 2012.

Secondly, to keep myself on track and to now allow myself to be distracted. Over the years since I was introduced to the internet, I have allowed myself to become too involved in websites that serve as fun past-times — I need to cut back on how much time I spend there, and I am hoping that this will keep me on track. 

Thirdly, I have found that too many of the people I encounter on a daily basis live the life that the Latin phrase ‘Panem Et Circenses’ refers too – Bread and Circuses, being well fed and entertained. I want to focus my life on working hard and establishing independence for myself, so that I can rely more on myself than others for support and spend more of my time productively. I will be blogging more to remind myself of the determination I feel right now to follow a dream.