Sunday, June 17, 2012
This whole "sell your stuff on line and get rich doing it" thing is much easier said then done. Within 24 hours of posting my etsy I made two sales and was beyond excited. Unfortunately they were also my last two sales to date, but I'm staying optimistic. I finally got all my pictures that Chris took up on the wall and have made a few new crafts which I've yet to photograph and post. That being said things have been a little crazy lately. I've been back and fourth between Long Beach and Palmdale at least once a week all month and someone broke into my apartment and stole my phone. With everything going on it's been really hard to pick up momentum and focus on Modern Day Dauphine. I'm back to palmdale tomorrow but hopefully by the time I'm back everything will have settled down and I can really get to work crafting, marketing and making Modern Day Dauphine a success!
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Today I mailed out my first etsy sale (and a swap angel package for a craft swap I did on www.craftster.org) at the post office. Overall I'd have to say the process was a little overwhelming. I hadn't packaged the mirror I sold yet and was hoping to buy some bubble wrap and stick it in a flat rate box, but unfortunately the post office didn't have either of those things. Luckily the lady working was extremely helpful and explained that you can order flat rate boxes and envelopes for free (shipping incuded) from www.usps.com. Eventually we got everything figured out and I mailed my first package and dropped off anotherat home for my parents to give to the buyer. Now all I need is to get the rest of my pictures on line, but as for now I'll celebrate my first two sales!!
Monday, June 11, 2012
Since I plan on moving within the next month, I figured it would be great to dedicate a post to where The Modern Day Dauphine got started. My apartment, my craft castle, my home. Every inch of this apartment was carefully considered and designed to fit my personality and nurture creativity, and yes, almost all decorations were made by me.
Saturday, June 9, 2012
I'm finally doing it! After promising myself to start my own business for the last three years I'm finally doing it. I've spent the last few months crafting my heart out, convinced a good friend to take and edit my photos, and as of Thursday night www.etsy.com/moderndaydauphine is officially open for business. And the best part? I've already made two sales!! I plan on using this blog to express what it's like, trying to make a living off of the thing I love doing most: crafting! I make things for people of all ages, from baby books and blocks for infants to frames and home decor for teen's and adults. I love everything feminine, girly and elegant, and I'm a sucker for beachy, shabby chic. In this blog you'll find posts about my current projects, my triumphs and frustrations, an occasional tutorial here and there, other crafters, blogs and sites I admire and a little bit about who I am, The Modern Day Dauphine.
So first things first, it all starts with a name and I chose mine because it describes me to a T. If you don't know, Dauphine is the french word for princess. I've always felt like I was born in the wrong century and I just know that had I lived in 18th century France Marie Antoinette and I would have been besties. Marie lived a lavish lifestyle as a young dauphine, it wasn't until she took on the responsibilities of the Queen of France that it went down hill for her, and who would want to be queen when you could be a carefree princess? I base a lot of my work on the style, elegance, class and extravagance found in the French Royal Court before the revolution (and my girl Marie's unfortunate beheading) but with a modern twist updated for a twenty first century princess.
So where am I at right now? My site is up, I've got my facebook business page, I've made my first two sales and my etsy shop is looking pretty empty. Lucky for me I have two amazing friends who have been helping and encouraging me every step of the way. I'm currently waiting for my extremely talented friend (who you can find at http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001429546463) to finish editing the pictures of the rest of my crafts that he took so I can get everything up for sale on my site. As for crafting, I just participated in a craft swap for one of my favorite websites, www.craftster.org and am still working on new projects for my shop. That's all for now, but check back for updates soon!
The Modern Day Dauphine