@nimbleknot I'll be sad to see your blog go!!! It's just not a blogspot blog so I don't get to check it daily!!!! You should look into blogspot though (www.blogger.com) it's totally free... and your creations are too cute not to have a place to talk about them!!!!!
Also, I have a bear related blog (I talk about other crafts too... but it's main purpose is for bears)
Aww, thanks. That's very sweet. I'll check yours out.
I have one and have just decided I am going to end it. This my third year and I've been giving it less and less attention. I am so busy and have started dabbling in other crafts. There just isn't any time for it with a full time job and two kids. Typepad has changed their layout and I don't like it. It's not as user-friendly as it used to be. I wrote about ending my blog in my last post and nobody commented. That was enough right there to decided that nobody cares whether it exists or not. It costs me over $100 a year and I figured it's a waste of money.
But if you can give your blog adequate attention I think there is definitely a huge market out there. There are some gorgeous blogs that are drool worthy and I am sure are responsible for bringing in money for the crafters.
My customer emailed me today and reported that Daisy made it safely to Canada! I told her what y'all said about Canadian customs being SLOW and to go to her post office. Low and behold, the box had been sitting in her post office for 10 days!!! She went today and picked her up.
I am SO relieved. Thanks for all the support. I was quietly freaking out. But seriously, y'alls comments help me relax a bit. Thank you.
I got an email from one of my international customers stating that she had not received her bear that I mailed 28 days ago. It was supposed to get there 6-14 days. I am trying not to freak out. USPS says it's not "officially" lost until it's over 30 days. Still. Hard not to think of the worst. It went to Canada. Rather, it was HEADED to Canada. The post office was closed already today but my husband is going there tomorrow.
Awhile back I had another bear MIA that was shipped domestically. Ended up that it was sitting in the customers post office instead of her mailbox.
Should I be freaking out?
I made a lot of jewelry when I was ten. I loaded everything up in my wagon and went door to door in my neighborhood. My dad went with me. People went bananas for homemade crafts and I sold tons of it. If a kid came to my door today with something handmade I would be all over it. I get tired of buying cookies, candybars and junk from the local school fundraisers.
There are many bears on here that I would love to have since they are all so beautiful and well crafted. But as we know there is always that one bear that "speaks to you" every time you see it. It's not to say the others aren't gorgeous, but there is the one bear that calls to you...
Boot Button Bear- reminds me of the bears I saw and wanted as a child. I love love love these bears.
Would also love to have...
Humble Crumble-drool, every last one of them.
LoraBears- by Lora Soling, gorgeous. http://www.lorabears.com/
Does anyone have any suggestions on how to better market bears when you haven't won any awards or is winning an award the only way that collectors will take notice of you?
I have never won any awards, I have never entered any contests or tried to send photos to magazines. The thing that got my bears noticed was blogging, flickr, ebay and etsy. All those things combined has gotten me a little following of great customers...repeat customers. And above all..."time" so all those things can work together.
I've been reading all the past threads about changing a business name, the ups and downs. I've been thinking about it for a very long time. I never really liked my name and thought, well, change it. So I did. I'll still own the nimbleknot domain for another year, but I have officially changed my name to "Cupcake Bears" and it appears that way on my blog. I am still going sifting through everything and making the change slowly.
My few bears are old and used. I love looking at the new beautifully crafted bears but would probably never buy one. I drool over old bears in antique stores, maybe because they have a history and were the center of somebody's universe at one time.
I have a huge collection of Breyer horses. Something I have been collecting for over 35 years.
My story is lame. I came up with "nimble" because your hands have to be nimble to create. I chose "knot" because every creation has to end, kind of like a period in a sentence. With sewing, things end with a knot.
I really don't like my name, it has nothing to do with my bears. Everytime somebody emails or contacts me regarding my bears they specifically say "cupcake bears." So I actually might change it to that. There are a lot of other cute, catchy names I liked but are already taken by websites, even though they might not have anything to do with bears. Which is kind of a drag but there's nothing I can do about that.
It's hard. I had to turn down a job for a scene that included furniture and 3 animals. Since I work full time, have a family and race bikes on a team, there was no way I could meet her deadline with my commitments. I told her I would have loved to do the project, but reality was that there was no way I could do it.