Thursday, January 6, 2011

This Online Business Stuff, Whew!

OMG you guys!  I am at my computer morning, noon and night, linking, posting, uploading, downloading, copying HTML and placing ads!!!!!!!!!!!!  This stuff is Hectic!  I mean its not hard, but it is tedious as hell!  I've discovered its a cyclical thing (sp).  I have to post here, then link back, then link here and post!  Round and round it goes tryin to get people to visit my blog and store.  OMG!  What did I get myself into?  I need some help from veterans.  I just invited my whole FB to this blog, somebody has got to know something!  Hit me fam, please.  I'm sayin, I'm doing everything I'm supposed to be doing, but it seems like there should be an easier way!

Down to business.  Okay.  To those of you who I told to check out my blog personally to get some explanation on the difference between the cell cases I sell and the cheap stuff you've seen on other sites is I use 100% Swarovski Crystal rhinestones!  Swarovski rhinestones are not acrylic rhinestones, in other words, plastic.  THEY BLING.  Imagine crystal, like crystal vases or statuettes.  Well, Swarovski makes rhinestones out of crystal!  And they aren't cheap.  In fact, they are exquisite.  When I cover a case in Swarovski stones, it looks like a diamond encrusted work of art.  For what I have to spend to make a case, I can't charge any less than what I am now (unless you have a smaller phone with a back fitting case only, then we can negotiate).  Yes, you can get a plastic rhinestoned cell case for much cheaper than what I sell and if you pay more than $5 for it, you got took.  Love ya. 

I'll be back later.    

Monday, January 3, 2011

Goodies and Bling!

OMG!  This blogging thing is taking some getting used to.  Writing content isn't difficult, designing my blog is what I'm having problems with.  So many people have these hot looking blogs, I just want mine to look half as good.  So if anybody out there has any pointers, please hit me. 
I made another sale today!  TIGHT!  Its going to take me at least two weeks from today to get her her phone, because I have to order the case from China and a few of the other design elements from Japan.  That delivery is going to take at least a week.  The Swarovskis don't take that long, I get those from Missouri on three day priority.  I'll finish the case in a matter of hours and depending on what day it is, she'll receive it in a day or two.  I'm excited to do this phone cause its something I haven't done yet.  When I finish it, I'll post it on my Etsy to see if it gets any hits.
Back to the blogging.  I think I need to watch a You Tube tutorial about  how to put together a good blog.  The layout is giving me some trouble as well.  It seems as if things aren't going where I want them!  Huh.  As well, I need some pointers on banners.  I'm afraid to buy a membership at a flash banner making (forgot the url) website, because I'm not sure if I'll be able to use the banner everywhere and anywhere I want.  I really do want a flash banner though, but because I'm so new to this website/blogging thing, I'm not sure if I need one or will be always be able to use it.  HELP!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Goodies and Bling!

Wow!  This is my first REAL blog!  I've blogged in the past, but this is my first time really getting into the whole art of blogging.  My first line of products is called Goodies and Bling, if you hadn't noticed!  I've designed a series of cookie jars, cell phone cases, compact mirrors, jewelry boxes and a few other things that are richly embellished with Swarovski crystals and polymer clay sweets!  Its Kawaii!  For those of you who don't know what that is, it means "Cute" and its taken on a whole life of its own in Japan and throughout Asia.  In fact, its a massive fashion trend where designers take various cute and/or delicious looking items and embellish practically anything with them.  There are at least two different aspects to Kawaii and I call them goodies or bling, hence the name of my line, Goodies and Bling!  Designers make any accessory Kawaii by either covering it with delicious sweets or rhinestones and gems.  When I first encountered Kawaii, I couldn't believe my eyes!  It was literally love at first sight.  Then, I got to thinking to my self, I could do that!  I'm a perfectionist, I pay great attention to detail, I have a good amount of patience and I know what looks good!  Needless to say, I dove right into my first project and I must say, I truly surprised myself.  The whole process is a bit time consuming and costs can be a little on the expensive side, especially the Swarovski, but the results to me, are truly one of a kind.  So browse my blog, link to my Etsy and check out my Goodies and Bling! 
Shannon Rose for YaJata.