MIA because of Frankenstein!

Well, I’ve done it again, always going MIA or in 20 other directions.  I forget I have a blog! Especially when October comes – I’m just getting all my Halloween happenings going!  I suppose this happens to new bloggers or especially those who just don’t consistently blog or if you are like me and just have to get all the holiday activity that you can into your schedule!

  • decorating the house
  • making décor for the store
  • visiting pumpkin patches
  • visiting fall boutiques
  • going to haunted houses
  • Raking and mostly Playing in the leaves!
  • Picking Apples – Making Apple Shakes – YUM!  First time ever – they were a hit!
  • Baking Bread
  • shopping at Michaels, JoAnns and Hobby Lobby
  • Fitting in my Toastmasters Speeches – my favorite speech yet – introducing my Altered Books!
  • And did I mention making décor….oh, yes, yes I did….I can spend countless hours making things!

So writing/blogging has been the last thing on my mind!  I never fail to get updates out!  If you are on Instagram – I’m all about Instagram! A Visual and a quick description – that’s just my perfect preference because like I mentioned, I’m always making things.  I prefer to be “hands-on” right in the action of mixing paint, staining paper, stamping, inking, using a hammer to nail a book shut, twisting wires and wrapping mesh, or weaving a dreamcatcher or beading sequins!  Well, I suppose it’s better to have a short blog post instead of no blog post right?

It’s Fall Time and Holiday time so as a maker I will be MIA as I’m prepping to continue to stock two shops!  Things are going very well and it’s that Holiday season to decorate and give our homes new, fresh décor.  Halloween is a really fun time for me because I love making altered books and tags and cards.  I had a lot of satisfaction making my latest project and it is ALIVE!  – In perfect Monster Mashing style.

So Frank is just one project that has kept me very busy.  I have another book in progress and a bottle and about a handful of cards to finish to go with the décor pieces….you know me….I have to have the coordinating things to go with the rest of the things!  I want them to be the perfect gift combos!  I managed to make around 50 treat tags too – see the creations below – Hope you enjoyed reading and a peek into my creative world. Now I feel like reading Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein!  I always have time for a good book especially a classic!  This book is not available on ETSY – It’s going to the market, but I have a great Zombie Book and Vampire Spellbook in the Etsy Store – at the top of the page “Click Here to Shop Etsy”  and it will take you to the ETSY store!  Note:  I only have one available -never duplicate the handmade creations!

 

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I have an Obsession!

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I make things everyday! I love making things it’s my passion and my fuel! I put my heart and soul into everything I make! I make the art and cards I would buy! If you want great handmade quality check the shop! You will find “one of a kind” gifts and decor! Have a fantastic day! From me and my sidekick Frankie Cat!

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New items (dreamy, whimsical dreamcatchers) just a sneak peek!
Link above to shop now and follow on Facebook and Instagram so yo uh can stay up to date on SALES and listings!

MAY the 4th be with You!

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visit http://etsy.com/shop/eclecticat444decor
NOW through May 31, 2016 Star Wars Themed Frames will ship FREE in U.S. only! Limited Selection! All “one of a kind” mixed media frames! And I will include a coordinating greeting card for Free!!!! Visit link above and check the shop! No coupon code needed – the shipping is waived!!!

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This one of a kind frame can be yours!

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Can I just say how fun and what a pleasant surprise it is when someone is kind enough to share something you made and pinned!!!!

I’M still learning the ropes around Pinterest! My Goodness! I know how to Pin, but to combine Pinning and Marketing…. ummmm, I still need to work in that arena.  Everything is a “day at a time” right?!

I hope you will follow along on my  business ventures!

Maybe I will have something in my shop that you will like or I can custom make something for you?

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Mini Backdrops re-Pinned this item above!

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My shop is slowly getting more stocked and I only say “slowly” because I sold 2 sets of greeting cards, a paper heart and recently a Steampunk frame, so my quantity has dropped, but sales are up sooooo Hooray!!!! This is good and yes, I am giving myself a “shout out”! And wanted to share my good news with you!  😘👍👊

If you are on Pinterest I would also love to connect with You!

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Big Time Shop Sale

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Visit my Etsy Shop for unique, eclectic, handcrafted items – décor pieces, greeting cards, mixed media canvas frames, and upcycled art!  use code “Spring” and get 30% off anything!  Anything – No minimum purchase!  This is a “big time” deal!

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Yes I used the word “Big Time” because I’m having a generous sale right now that lasts until 4-23-16.  I had someone already take me up on the offer, because she wanted a heart in my shop, but she didn’t want the gold pieces in it and I am very accommodating for custom orders as long as I have the time to make them!  So I’m making her custom heart!

Also, now is a great time to buy a unique gift for MOM, and in my shop you can get a handmade card while your are there – like a “one stop” shop and I always go the extra mile to put nice finishing touches on my packages so you know you are getting something special.  I’m very new to selling, but I’m not new to making and I’ve had a few people say that doing 30% is a little much when I’m not really making any money in my business yet….well, it might be a little much, but I don’t care!  I love deals and I don’t know who doesn’t!  Sure, I’m not going to be able to have these kind of deals all the time, but for now…I’m doing it!

I also and a little “over the top” generous too because I’m sending a “Pounceback” coupon for 40% off the next purchase and it won’t expire until 2017!  Yep, 2017!  That gets you through Christmas for goodness sake!

I’m all about honesty!  I am very committed to building my business because it’s something I want to do the rest of my life!  I have a day job and I’m nowhere near the point of ditching it and I’m committed in whatever I have to do!

I’m holding on tight to my dreams, time will continue to roll on and I’m not one to wait until retirement to live the second half of my life so I started!  I’m here to learn business and understand what I can do to serve others and provide quality handmade items!

I hope you will give my shop a look!  Thank you, from me and Frankie (he’s the Cat Boss that gets to watch me hustle – and I’m jealous of him!)

>>>>>>>>>>>>Here’s the picture of the custom paper heart in progress! <<<<<<<<<<<

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Need a fun, eclectic, handcrafted gift from the heart for MOM? I’m committed to providing you an easy, fun and valuable shopping experience! Take advantage of my generous offer-  use code “Spring”and get 30% off anything in Etsy shop
http://etsy.com/shop/eclecticat444decor
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Just click Shop Etsy at the top of my page located in Menu and it will take you directly there! I have an eclectic array of gifts to suit almost any woman’s style! From Techie to Star wars to Romantic to simple and practical.
Frames, Altered Art, Steampunk, Desk Decor, Journals, Jewelry & More!

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Do you love Unique Decor?

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I AM making, painting, mixed media frames and art for my etsy shop! what do you like to see? Just join me in my journey, I love having like minded souls on my journey with me. EXPLORE my blog, if you like what you see join me on other social media platforms – links here on my page. Thanks for stopping by!

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Thank you for looking, I’m so happy you landed in my blog!  LOVE & KINDNESS FILL YOUR DAY! 🐾🐱Frankie & Lori

Colorful Cat

Of course every order I place has to have something “CAT” related in it, or it wouldn’t be my order!  Got some new stamps from Carrabelle Studios , and a new coloring book called “Creative Cats” – I just love the trend of coloring books, coloring was my favorite thing to do as a kid and teen and then I got to color with my kids when they were toddlers and then fast forward to now and yay!!! I’m back to coloring again, and stamping and making.  Once a maker, always a maker!
It may take some time to get my first page colored….someone is jealous that I’m paying more attention to this cat on paper!  The life of creating with cats!  Oh, I have to add Frankie’s disgusted look too!
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Why is this mess all over “MY” table?

Well, off I go, I’ve got lots of coloring and stamping and card making to do OH…and I’ve got this fun loving cat to cuddle and give attention too!  He’s so much nicer than he looks.

Blogger Illiterate

Ok, I finally updated my theme on WordPress, something I’ve wanted to do for several months, but kept thinking I’ll just do it when I “upgrade” to an actual website.  Well, I’m putting off the website now for a bit while I make some decisions!  Since starting a business of turning my crafting hobby of 18 years into a business my head has been spinning out of control!  I’ll save you the blah, blah, blah stuff. Except I got my business license finalized on Monday!  Whew!

Anyway, in keeping with my post title (I can get off track easily!) I’m seriously blogger illiterate – the only things I’ve managed to do since start/re-starting my blog is:

1) create a blog posts (getting more consistent now – yay)

2) Add my Instagram Widget!  Not sure how to add other widgets – facebook and Etsy (store link)

3) And affiliates – just another ball game I have to figure out

4) Today – I managed to change the theme and add my logo and banner!  My banner is not centered and that’s ok – for now, I’m in a rush (again) and I’ll probably tweak with it later.  At least I have more uniformity to my page now – that matches my facebook and etsy shop!

Ok, I know there are lots of tutorials/you tube videos for everything and one of these days I’m going to need to commit some time to learn the tips/tricks of re-fining blogs. For now, I’ve got too many ovens in the fire with wrapping my head around business things so I’m going to table the tutorials for now and get used to my new theme and decide if I like it or not?

I don’t have many followers, but if you have landed on my page a time or two and notice my changes and like the new theme or have suggestions – I’m all ears…or eyes I guess makes more sense.

AND oh, boy…speaking of eyes….the eye strain of managing sites and being online can take a toll ….I think this is why I’m taking things kind of slow.  Since being an “online shop” I’ve had to be “online” much more than I anticipated.  And after working on a computer all day at work and then managing my online biz stuff in the evening for a few more hours well that adds up to about 12+ hours a day between smartphone and laptop. I finally got my laptop a month ago.  I can’t even believe I was trying to do blog posts on a phone – no wonder why my eyes and brain were killing me!  Well, besides the fact that I’m 40 something and not as quick typing/texting and figuring all the tech stuff out!  BTW – can anyone just tell me what is the difference between Categories & Tags when it comes to using things on a blog?  I’m used to “hash tagging” every image of mine on Instagram, but not sure if I need to pick categories on the blog – it just seems redundant.

I’m really appreciative of Bedtime now when my poor eyes can rest from all the eye strain.  Any good tips for taking care of the eyes (besides taking a break from computer!)

Thanks for reading/visiting my page.  I’m pretty excited for my new business ventures and blogging is going to become a wonderful time to share all the ups and downs of Entrepreneurship!