2013 in Review

Happy New Year!  This post is a week late, but better late than never, right?  I have been busy setting up the new Honey’s Quilling blog, so this post fell down on the priority list.  But I felt it was fitting to make sure to write it as one of the last posts on this blog, as I move to the new blog.  New year, new blog, new goals!

So let’s see how I met the goals I had for 2013 (as posted in my 2012 in review post)

  1. Make more tutorials – I accomplished this!  With several free and several premium for my etsy shop as well.
  2. New jewelry designs – I accomplished this goal as well, with some new teardrop designs, and the most recent owl collection!
  3. 250 listings on etsy - I didn’t quite meet this goal.  I currently have around 230.  I could have managed this goal, but I had new goals that super ceded this one such as opening my new online store and new blog, so I felt comfortable with letting this one slide.
  4. More quilling tips – I definitely shared more quilling tips this year!

All in all, not bad, 3 out of 4 goals reached!

Some summaries from 2013:

  • The views on the blog have grown to an average of almost 1,000 a day!  Yippee!  I’m hoping to get the new blog up to the same average within the next couple of months.
  • The top five blog posts from 2013 are:
  1. How to Make a Paper Quilled Rose
  2. What Paper to use for Paper Quilling – Buy or Cut Your Own
  3. How to Use Sealant with Your Paper Quilling
  4. Make Your Own Paper Chain Quilled Earrings (this was number one last year!)
  5. Glue Tips for Paper Quilling

Looks like the most popular posts have to do with quilling tips – something I’ll be adding a lot of to the new blog!

Time to look ahead to 2014!  For the new year I am planning:

  1. To get the new blog set up and looking great!
  2. Add new free tutorials
  3. Add new posts about paper quilling tips
  4. Create some new premium tutorials

I hope you come along with me to the new blog and make sure to subscribe, because there will be lots of great things coming!  Thank you for a great 2013!

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New Blog, come on over!!

Hi everyone!  I have started the new blog!  I’ve transferred over the important articles, and am working on the site design and some new posts.  Come on over and make sure to subscribe to the new blog so you don’t miss any great posts and new tutorials!!   Click here to visit the new blog.  

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Etsy Shop Reorganizing, Clearance, Etc.

As I mentioned the other day, there are a lot of changes in the making around with my shops, websites, blog, etc.  Some of these changes have to do with my etsy shop.  I will include all of the changes in this post!

  1. From now on all new jewelry that I make will only be available with niobium findings.  I LOVE working with niobium findings for several reasons.   First of all, they are excellent quality.  Secondly, they are NON tarnish!  In this humid climate I hate seeing that findings have oxidized/tarnished after a few years.  Thirdly, they are extremely hypoallergenic!  I have very sensitive ears and niobium is one of the only metals I can comfortably wear.  Fourth, I find that customers never request regular plated findings if the earrings already have niobium, even if the option is given.  So I’m going for all niobium for ease from now on.  Lastly, this also makes it easy when I get wholesale requests if I don’t offer more than one type of finding.
  2. Because I am only going to offer niobium from now on, I am clearancing out all earrings that are instock with silver/gold/copper/brass plated findings!  These will be from 30-50% off and can all be found in the clearance section.  So if there is a design that you love, make sure you grab it before it’s gone!  Some, like my chandelier earrings, I do not have niobium findings for, so I will not be making those again unless by special request.  I’m not sure if I have ALL of the applicable jewelry in the clearance section yet, I’m working on it, but most of it is there.
  3. Shipping!  Shipping has been a topic for me this year, as the Malaysian government suddenly raised international shipping charges for small packages by a LOT!  I was not sure how to absorb these costs and in the end decided to charge actual shipping so that it is transparent to the buyer.  After several months of this, I have recently moved to a new flat rate $5 shipping for my jewelry world wide.  I have NOT added any of the shipping costs to my jewelry price.  I am instead absorbing the cost from my profits as a service to my customers.  I can do this for my jewelry as I sell it at a retail price.  However, I can NOT do this for the quilling supplies and tools that I sell as I already have those priced as low as possible and cannot absorb the cost there.  So you will see that all jewelry has $5 flat rate (except for high priced items which have FREE shipping!!) and all supplies have the current exact shipping charges.
  4. I have also opened a shop on zibbet for the same things I sell in my etsy shop.  If there are items on etsy that expire from the clearance section, I will move them to zibbet until sold.  There are some other items, such as some quilling supplies, my handmade hair clips, etc.  that will eventually only be available on zibbet and not on etsy.  Most of my items will still be available on etsy, but zibbet will also be a main shop.

 

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Whoooo Has Seen the New Paper Quilled Owls?

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If you’ve been following my etsy shop or my facebook page, you will have noticed the new line of owl jewelry that I have out!  I was really excited to come up with these designs.  I’ve been thinking about making owl designs for at least a couple years!

Since I have also been wanting to work on more tutorials, I was thrilled to also make a tutorial for these adorable designs!  I debuted the jewelry a couple months ago, and finally put the finishing touches on the tutorial today.

So without further ado, here is my tutorial for four different owl designs! Plus, each design comes with instructions on how to make multiple sizes!  Currently is is available in my etsy shop.  Soon I will also have it available on Meylah and elsewhere.

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Moving Shop!

There have been lots of changes going on behind the scenes here at Honey’s Quilling!!  I’ll do a few posts over the next few weeks highlighting the changes.  It’s all very exciting and will lead to lots more good stuff for you readers!

First up, I’m moving my shop.  I have had an online shop for quilling supplies at http://HoneysQuilling.com for a couple years now.  As I’ve learned more about ecommerce and website building, I can see where a lot of my problems are coming from.  For one thing, my shop has been slow for many of my customers.  There have been other glitches as well which are annoying and that I have not been able to fix.  Therefore I’ve been working to create a NEW shop at http://HoneysQuillingShop.com over the past couple months.  Today is has gone live!  I have most of the inventory listed.  I still need to do more visual things, but the basics are there.  It is a lot faster and hopefully will not have the odd glitches like my old shop did.  But what am I doing with HoneysQuilling.com?   After I have finished the whole transfer of my shop I will be starting from scratch with that URL.  It will become my blog and a great quilling resource for everyone!  With free tutorials, product reviews, tips and tricks, and more!!  Basically it’ll be what this blog is, but MORE!  I’m so excited to get it started and am researching wordpress frameworks to decide which would be the best for me to start with.

So until all of the inventory has been switched over, both of the online shops will be active.  By the end of December I should be done and HoneysQuilling.com will be starting anew!  I’ll keep this blog going with announcements until the new site is ready.  So hang on, folks, and pardon all of the construction dust!

 

p.s.  If you check out the new shop, do give me some feedback!

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Holiday SALE! Save 40% Black Friday Cyber Monday

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It’s holiday shopping time again!  Since Black Friday-Cyber Monday is happening so late in the month, I am starting my sale a bit early to benefit my international customers!  Make sure you order by the end of the month to ensure timely holiday delivery!  Orders usually take 1-2 weeks to arrive, but may take up to a month, so please be aware of that.

Click here to start shopping in my Etsy shop!

Click here to start shopping in my Zibbet shop! (no coupon code needed here, discount is already in place!)

 

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Retro Circle Earrings

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted any of my new jewelry pieces!  For awhile last month I was busy working on a wholesale order, so I didn’t have any time to make new pieces for my etsy shop.  In the past couple of weeks I’ve finally had time to make some!  One of my favorite design styles to make are these random retro circle earrings (and pendants!).  These are awesome because they are nearly always one of a kind!  Unless I make a whole bunch of pairs all at once, it’s nearly impossible to make them exactly alike.  I always like one of a kind styles :)  Here are two of my most recent retro circle designs!

This aqua and black pair is one of my favorites ever!  There is something special about these two shades of aqua.  Pair them with black and you’ve got a pair of earrings that will turn heads!

aqua and black modern paper jewelry

 

 

Black and silver is another favorite combo!  These are a smaller size than the above earrings, for someone who wants something unique, but smaller.

black and silver modern paper quilled earrings

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