As many of you may know, from either following STS on Facebook/Twitter or just from personal connections, the Etsy shop has been shut down since last week. I had sinus surgery on the 16th and needed to take some time off to recover. My hope was that I’d have everything back up and running by today but had planned for Monday the 26th. Thankfully I pushed that date out a few days just to be on the safe side! This recovery has been tougher than I imagined and sitting over my sewing machine would have been very difficult (at 7 days post-surgery today, I’m still not ready to sit and work yet).
I have been able to work a little on the website this week, which was one of the few things I’d hoped to get accomplished during the break.
The Photo Galleries are now up for viewing! There are separate drop down menus for “Custom Items“, “Customer Photos“, “Fabric Swatches” and “Patterns“.
So go take a look around. I’ve still got some fabrics and patterns that need to be added, but will work on that as time allows.
And if you have photos of items in action that you’d like me to add, please email them to me — stitch.to.stitch (at) hotmail.com!
Back to the drawing board again!
Please bear with me as I try to work through this myself for the time being. It’s slow going with everything else I have to work on but I’ll keep plugging away.
Let me know what you think so far! Especially the background — too dark, too light, need a different image all together?
Over the last few months I’ve taken on more and more sewing projects that aren’t children’s clothing items — the camera straps covers, the purses and some other special request stuff. There has been a solid interest from buyers to make some of these items available for sale but I’m against listing them in my current Etsy store. I want the original STS on Etsy to be children’s boutique clothing. Nothing more, nothing less. And I’ve waffled about opening a second Etsy store to sell other wares. On one hand I think the variety would be interesting, but then I sit and look at my schedule and contemplate the logistics of opening another shop.
I’m running on too little sleep and too much coffee as it is; the thought of two Etsy shops makes my heart rate elevate slightly.
My answer to this request was to redo THIS site. To turn this webpage into an e-commerce shop where both my current Etsy items and the other crazy stuff I create could be sold directly to the buyer.
This place originally started as just a basic blog. A place where I could talk about what inspires me to sew, to share ideas I think are fantastic and to just give everyone a peak inside this crazy head of mine. The thoughts of turning it into something more was exciting and has kept me up more nights than I’d care to admit.
After jotting down some basic ideas and some rough design plans I set the wheels into motion. Part of me wanted to take on the task myself but my husband oh so politely pointed out that my plate is already crowded and I spend more time on the computer than I should. So I hired someone to redo the site for me. The money, in my opinion, would be well spent to save myself the time it would take.
We worked out the details — me trying to convey exactly what I wanted the new layout to encompass. Over the last couple of months I’ve watched the new site take shape. Slowly it morphed into the picture I had in my head.
And then, just yesterday, when trying to get the actual boutique finalized, I’ve been forced to go back to square one. To say that I’m disappointed is an understatement.
So in the next little while, this site will revert completely back to the old blog. A new redo will be in the works. As for it’s ETA…that remains to be seen.
The new site is still a work in progress and for now, I don’t have a definitive finish date.
My vision is that the new site is much more than just a blog (as this started out to be). It will be a full-service website with an e-commerce platform, a blog, photo galleries, etc. We’re making progress but have hit some major (and greatly unexpected) setbacks.
So stay tuned–when it’s time to launch the new site I’ll come up with something fun to promote it.