|Bernadette Bohan's fabulously decorated Christmas cakes.|
Christmas Day came and went and it was as relaxing and chaotic as it should have been. By the time I get to Christmas, I am usually so tired that I am longing for my stack of new books and new pj's to just relax and completely unwind. This year was no exception as I was going and going for what felt the entire year without much of a break. I think if I hadn't the two weeks off, my body would have made the decision for me! Despite the hard work, I didn't make hardly anything in December, which does not bode well for the rest of the year. I am hoping that www.swoop.ie will end up being a good thing in the New Year to kick of Irish craft online. I have been part of www.etsy.com for over a year now and my sales are horrible. Granted, my cost is not high, but I find it a total waste of my time. There are just too many other artisans to differentiate yourself from and it seems like you could spend a whole day marketing and get absolutely nothing made. Etsy is probably a good option for Americans, but I don't see the majority of Irish shop owners there doing as well. Changes must get made.
|We made these felt Christmas decoration|
in craft club. Girls are getting to be quite
good on the sewing machine!
Meanwhile, I need to get a copy of the Examiner today as there is supposed to be an article on people starting businesses during the recession and I am included in it. http://www.irishexaminer.com/features/the-life-changers-178524.html.
|Colleen Bowler's beautiful, hand-thrown pottery.|