Happy Holidays! 🎄
Hello and Happy Holidays! 🎄 I hope this season has been merry and bright for you so far, and that your upcoming holiday celebrations are filled with warmth and cheer.
I looked at the date of my last blog with some shame but no real surprise, as I've thought about blogging every day for the past month and a half and simply haven't had time! The problem with being the sole employee in a successful handmade business is that your time is very precious, and it never seemed to make sense to be sitting on my computer blogging (or working on that special something I hinted at last time) when I could be sewing.
Obviously, I chose sewing over blogging -- but look at all the beautiful things I've been able to make and send off into your eager arms over the last few months! It makes me so, so happy to see all the joy you get from receiving and wearing your items, when I got so much joy from making them. How lucky I am to do what I love!
Here are just a few of my personal favorites and bestsellers from this fall:
To say I've had a blast making these lovely things for you would be an understatement. Fall is my favorite season, so being able to surround myself with cozy plaid flannels and snuggly fleeces -- all while knowing you loved them as much as I did -- was pretty much heaven for me. Thank you so much for supporting me, being amazing customers, and rocking your own #myEJDstyle looks! You guys are seriously the best!! 😘 I couldn't do this without you.
And now, some honest real talk. To those that love reading consistently updated blogs, I'm sorry. I have such high aspirations for this blog -- constant posts! Updates! Inspiration! DIY! all the things!! -- but I also feel that my priority should be on making beautiful things, rather than wowing you with my grand blogging skills. So, this will probably continue to be one of those things I always want to do, and rarely get to. Sorry in advance for my inability to devote as much time to it as I'd like!
With that said, I am a very regular social media poster. My facebook and instagram in particular are always packed full of pictures of my new fabrics, in-progress pictures of new scarves and apparel, and of course first-to-know updates on when something becomes available in the shop or goes back in stock. If you want to truly keep up with what's new in the shop, start there!
I've also got tentative plans for next year to launch a couple of new buying options outside of my current Etsy shop. First, I'd like to set up my own e-commerce shop through Ecwid, which should let you shop straight from the site (even on mobile! No more limitations from my Etsy Wix app, hooray!) and fully integrate with a facebook store as well. So I'm excited about that.
You also told me that you wanted me to start a VIP group on facebook, which will allow some of those high-demand items that sometimes get claimed before I even get them into my online shop to go through a better reservation/sale process. It would have announcements in advance for sales that would go live at a particular time and date, making the whole process a lot more fair. I'm not entirely sure what that looks like yet--do I put all items through there first? or just the ones I think will have more demand? Do I wean off the facebook Page in favor of the VIP group, or keep both? I'd love feedback if you have ideas! (preferably not in the comments on my blog, though, as--thanks to another limitation from my Wix comment app--I don't get notified of blog comments and therefore have absolutely no idea if you've posted them!)
So, exciting new things coming. I've been pushing myself hard to sew things over the last few months, trying to keep up with fall and holiday demands, but I expect things to slow way down over the next few months and allow me more time to work on things like my new storefront and VIP group. I'd love to say I'll keep you updated on here... but really, just follow me on facebook already if you want to know! 😄
Some things I really would like to get on the blog: that special something I mentioned after the Country Barn Market, which LET'S BE HONEST is not going well. So I'll just tell you what it is, and just admit that it'll be coming... eventually: I made a vlog of my whole experience at the CBM! It was so cool! The video looks so cool! Aaand it also crashes my Photoshop constantly because it's so big and complicated, and I apparently only have 8GB of RAM in my computer (what?! how is that possible with such a techie husband??) and Photoshop videos eat my computer alive. So my 67 different video clips -- all 25 minutes of them!! -- all in one file, plus trimming and adding transitions, is just too much for my current computer without making me want to tear my hair out. Honestly, I had it pretty much all ready to go a couple of months ago, and then I thought, "I should check and see if any of my photos were better than the videos I took" and discovered that I have about 50 awesome photos I should put in too. Wellll that was too much for me and I just gave up in favor of actually sewing again. So, that totally awesome video is coming! Later. Maybe if I can get an upgraded computer with some of my holiday profit... that would be amazing! We'll see.
Other things I want to get on here: I made a series of "How to wear" your blanket scarf, waterfall vest, and poncho cape videos on my facebook page this fall, and they were very popular! I'd like to see if Wix could host them here, or if not, I can always link them straight in from facebook. Ideally those will be short, easy posts that I can throw out over the next few days and weeks, so look for those. (There seems to be a running theme here... facebook is the place to be to see all things Emily Jeanne Designs and be the first one in the know!)
The only thing left for me to do now is to say THANK YOU for making these last few months the best the shop has ever had! I appreciate you more than I could ever express in words.
All the best to you and yours this holiday season,