Thursday, January 22, 2009

Use Your Thoughts Wisely

I am a firm believer in the power of the mind. I honestly feel that we can think ourselves into good or bad situations. By thinking positively, good things happen. By being a big negative mope...well you get the picture.

For the past month I have been trying to figure out a way to jazz up my FourDogDay etsy shop. It isn't in horrible shape, but the more I look at my new shop, MyOtherShop, the more I recognize the fact that FourDog needs some help. MOS is looking good. It is still only one page, but there is more coming soon and I like the way it looks.

So, for this past month I have been wracking my brain about what I want to do with FourDog, and no matter how much I thought about it, the answer wasn't coming to me. Every day I would think about it some more, but nothing. I couldn't figure out what I didn't like about the look of the shop, so it was hard to visualize what I needed to do with it.

Then yesterday while I was sitting at work it came to me. MOS has such a nice clean uniform look to it and FourDog is all over the place. Part of that is the nature of the shop. It's cards and tags and things. They all get photographed differently and that's just how it looks, but I had some ideas.

I decided that the recycled jewelry has to go. I'm not even making it any longer and don't intend to for now, so once it expires it's gone. I had also made some journals and photo albums for Christmas and didn't sell a single one. It was pretty disappointing because I thought they were really nice. I decided I won't make any more of those either, so when they expire, they are gone.

All of a sudden I was really excited about FourDog. I hadn't been feeling good about it and now I was psyched! I had ideas spinning around in my head and it felt so good. I was arranging my sections in my mind and I was on fire.

I got home from work and immediately started to look at some of my photos and cards, trying to decide what other things I would change. I went in to check my e-mail and holy cow....I had a sale. Are you ready for this? It was a necklace!!! HAHAHA!!! I couldn't believe it! I was laughing so hard. I haven't renewed a piece of jewelry in ages. I don't promote the jewelry, I don't do anything for the jewelry. I'm not sure how someone even found the jewelry!

I was thrilled though and got the order together so I could mail it out. I went in to check to be sure the PayPal and etsy addresses matched and they didn't. I thought I had better e-mail her to ask where she wanted it sent. I went back to my e-mail....and guessed it! I had another sale....and here is the creepy was one of the photo albums!!!

Now I am not laughing....I am just in awe! All day long I had been thinking about FourDogDay. I was thinking about my products and really zeroed in on the jewelry and the journals and photo albums. I was putting my thoughts out into the universe can think what you like, but I know what I think!

I know it all sounds crazy, but I truly believe there is a lot more to us than most of us realize. I wrote about another very strange and wonderful thing that happened to me a while back. It's how I met a very special friend of mine through an e-mail mistake. She is one of my best friends and it's a really neat story. You can click here if you want to read it.

So, now I know what I am going to do to revamp FourDog , and I am still planning to let the jewelry, journals and photo albums expire. That isn't where my interests lie and I want FourDog to look as good as MyOtherShop....I don't know though, maybe if I keep thinking about them, they'll all sell before they have a chance to expire!


Jemjoop said...

Ha, the serendipity of life. I love that part. You might be onto something there with using brain power to make things happen. I always seem to get a sale out of nowhere when I've won something on eBay and have no money to pay for it and start fretting. It amazes me.

Did you switch to a lightbox for MOS? That's the only difference to my eyes. You got lovely things in both shops.

Congratulations on those sales.


Angela said...

That is so funny! The same thing seems to happen to me! For instance, I put my ornaments in my shop on a whim. They do not "match anything else in the shop...and THEY become the best seller. Then, I had a calendar that had been in my shop since the day I finally sold and I got a convo from another lady saying she went back to buy it and it was gone...could I make her another one?
I love when stuff like that happens! Congrats on the sales! You deserve it. You have been working really hard.

Kala Pohl Studio said...

Oh, the power of positive energy:) Congratulations Kathy on your sales.

Jemjoop said...

I left a little something for you on my blog if you get a chance to check it out.

Lanyardlady said...

if brain power=making sales happen, then no wonder mine are slow! congrats on your shop reorganization!

glassidentities said...

having an etsy shop can be a good example of how things can work in life.. I find for me when I am loving my shop and what I do in there.. that i am getting sales and or making some friends.. when something doesnt feel right.. nothing is happening. No matter what advice people give on having a shop or managing it.. doing what makes you feel right.. is the right things to do :) and Have fun :)

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