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Where have you been??

Well I have been totally putting this page in the back burner. How about a quick update on where I have been.

First off I was working really hard on getting all of my handmade items done and creating new ideas. I started going to vendor events and networking. I have had great luck in meeting some really awesome people through these events.

Then I began working on my YouTube videos again. However there are those moments where I feel what I my nitch. I am obsessed with the weather and, get stuck in the mud when it rains or snows, have 4 kids that can make you go batty and tons of animals. Oh wait I forgot to mention I am still a student, however the end is near and I can not tell you how excited I am about that. Hey maybe that is what I should move onto next the fun times (not) of working a full time job, being a student and a mom who hangs with her animals and stares at the clouds looking for rotation. I think I found my nitch. Here are a few videos to share of my items on Handmadendscreation.com and other stuff. Leave a comment tell me what you think or ask me questions. If you want and have free time share the videos and subscribe.

Well if you click the link you can see the Vendor event Videos and other things. I am have Tech problems sharing them.  Happy Friday!!!

http://www.youtube.com/c/AraCousins

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jewelry in Candles Fundraising 


https://www.jicnation.com/store/aras-candles/account/storefront
This is currently my sight with Jewelry in Candles and they have a great way to help you raise funds. 

JIC Nation is committed to supporting community groups and organizations with their fundraising needs. We want to partner with your group, through your JIC Independent Rep, to aid in raising funds for your specific needs. Your Rep will work closely with you to design and execute a successful fundraiser using our products.

● Pink Flame candles are all about choice! They have customer selected jewelryincluded outside the candle . It’s like getting two gifts in one!

First, we offer you a semi-custom candle with a custom fundraiser pin inside for an exciting prize reveal and as a support/spirit item for your organization. You earn 30% on all semi-custom candles sold. We ask you to set a goal to sell 100 or more of your candles.

JIC Nation will provide your organization with a free landing page on our website for 60 days so your customers can re-order products or try new products if they choose. We hope they fall in love with our soy based, highly aromatic candles and tarts that are made with essential oils and other fine ingredients.

JIC Nation will provide your organization with a free landing page on our website for 60 days so your customers can re-order products or try new products if they choose. We hope they fall in love with our soy based, highly aromatic candles and tarts that are made with essential oils and other fine ingredients.

If you collect a group of semi-custom candle orders to submit together, at one time, we will gladly send a bulk order directly to you to distribute to your customers. Bulk orders ship with a minimum of 50 products with a shipping cost of $1.00 per item.

Both non-profit 501c3 charity organizations and other groups such as schools and churches can host a fundraiser with our products. We can work with groups of 10-1,000 to achieve their goals.

If you are looking to hold a fundraiser please comment or reach me through my Jewelry in Candles page. 

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Etsy Pattern site

I went forward on adding the Etsy pattern site. http://www.handmadends.comHandeMadends

     I find that it might work better for people who don’t want to have to create an Etsy account. There are a few themes to choose from and it’s really simple since all your inventory just slides over. The Etsy pattern in my opinion looks very sleek and professional. To be honest it was really the ease that pushed this decision. I invite you to go over and take a look. Please let me know your thoughts and experiences with Etsy pattern. 

    I have thought about using other sites to sell my handmade items, but for I feel comfortable with Etsy. I have tried many sites before Etsy and it was always difficult to figure them out. The competition is there especially in knitting and crochet. However I stuck with Etsy and this is a big reason I wouldn’t switch. **update there is a small catch to the pattern I didn’t realize. You can pay for google advertising and it does get a bit pricey. I was shocked to see my monthly bill not knowing this was occurring and about passed out. Even after. Turned it off the adds kept going for two more days. This plus my renewals, the pattern site and other etsy fees racked my bill up. Lesson here pay very close attention to what I sign up for. 

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Getting through it all


There are days you just don’t have any control over what happens. You can plan, you can over think it, but truth is your not in control. So how would one feel about this situation? Well first anger, then sadnesses,denial, and then defiet. 

I have stated over and over again that I am horrible at writing, grammar, spelling, I could go on. The point is at times I have something to say that I feel sharing shows we are not alone. When faced with those stages of anger, sadness,denial, or even defiet know that someone somewhere is going through it to. I am for sure today!  I haven’t been on here in a long time simply because I gave up on this blog thing. I mean I felt I am not good at and who really wants to sit and read anymore! I also sat back on my business, well not really business I guess side hobby on Etsy. I’m not selling like I would and I felt why bother!  

I can’t help but think I didn’t try hard enough so here I am back. I’m not going to pay for the domain this time, I need to start slow and gradually build. I can’t grow a garden over night and feast the next day, so why would I think this would be any different. 

What you can expect from this blog. Kind inspiration, pictures on my current work for my pattern shop http://www.handmadends.com and me! Just plan old me. 

I challenge those who read this to leave a comment on how you started your blogs. Was it easy? Did you give it up? What is your best advice and what would you have differently knowing what you know now?