Sunday, July 19, 2015

Treasury Thanks: Breaking Up Is Hard to Do

It has been my practice to devote my Sunday blog post to saying THANK YOU to curators of Etsy treasuries who have featured items from my shops, Pasque Flower Creations and Aunt Pheba's Vintage , over the past week.

This week reminded me of old Sesame Street shows:  Today's show is brought to you by the color blue!  (There were an amazing number of blue-themed treasuries.)

Carol of ModernClassicbyCarol included my yellow chevron baby bib in her treasury, SUNDAY GREEN AND GOLD ,  One of Carol's signature items is wedding napkin rings.  These pretty gold napkin rings would feel right at home in Carol's treasury.



Edi Royer of memoriesforlifesb included my happy camper oven mitt in her treasury, Adventure Is Out Threre .  When you're out on an adventure, it is a good idea to carry a compass.  These compass cuff links are one of the many unique laser-engraved items you will find in Edi's shop.



Lana Moes of LanasArt included my prairie pioneer sunbonnet in her treasury, July Cool Vibes .  This Miami art deco print has a cool summery vibe.


Crystal Cuff of SensationalYarn included my red linen bow clutch in her treasury, It's a Beautiful Day for Shopping on Etsy (It's raining in Chicago).  If I were shopping on Etsy, I'd be eyeing these pretty peach washcloths.


CatLady30 included my whimsical chefs oven mitt in her treasury, Red White and Black .  This black cows watercolor print reminds me of the Black Angus my neighbors raised when I was growing up on a farm.


CatLady30 also included my Perfect Patchwork Primer book  - a quilt revival classic - from my vintage shop in her treasury, White Dream .  I love this Greek market watercolor from CatLady30's shop.


Manechka Cooper included my baby boy bib in light blue and brown in her treasury, July 123,  This lampwork bead bracelet is one of the lovely items you will find in her shop.


Danae of TheClassyJewelryBox included my leopard print zipper clutch in her treasury, Crazy About Animal Print .  I'm crazy about the ocean (even though it is 1000 miles away), so I chose to feature this anchor necklace from Danae's shop.



Danae also included my navy chevron oven mitt in her treasury, Chevron Stripes All Day Long.  This pink rhodonite bracelet is another one of the unique jewelry items you can find in Danae's shop.


CatLady30 featured my orange chevron oven mitt in her treasury, Tangerine Dream ,  This sunset telephone poles watercolor print makes me a bit homesick for country roads and open prairie.


Crystal Cuff of SensationalYarn included my owl plushie toy in her treasury, Accessorize!! You and Your Home!!  Crystal has several pretty crocheted baby blankets in her shop -- here's one in pink.



GMartin of Endsandoddoties included my yellow linen bow clutch in the treasury, Accessorize!  Love these retro sunglasses !



CatLady30 is back again!  This time she included my colorful birds oven mitt in her treasury, Golden Moon .  I like the vibrant golden color of these sunflowers.

 

CatLady30 also featured my Royal Chelsea teacup (from Aunt Pheba's Vintage) in her treasury, Earthen Sea .  This Boston Skyline watercolor reminds me of pleasant trips to visit my kids when they were in college near Boston.


ArtGlassAnazie from Poland included my azalea oven mitt in her treasury, Lilac and Pink Summer .  This white stained glass ceiling lamp would add a dramatic touch to any room.



Vickie Wade of VickieWadeFineArt included my orange chevron oven mitt in her treasury, ORANGE SUMMER .  This market chef art print  is one of my many favorites from her whimsical chefs series.


FashionforWomen included my crocus oven mitt in her treasury, 21 .  One of my coworkers is planning her February wedding.  This white satin bride handbag is SO pretty!

CatLady30 is back again!!  This time she's included my colorful abstract pillow cover in her treasury, Christmas in July! Turquoise .  This red glass ornament watercolor is one of the Christmas items in her shop.  She's offering a special gift to customers who purchase Christmas-y art this month.


Joanna'sScentedSoap included my brown and white chevron oven mitt in her treasury, Earth Tones for the Weekend  .  This elegant gift set for women includes three of her handmade soaps.



Susan McAnany of McAnany included my boy oh boy baby bib in her blue-themed treasury, At the Lake.  (If only!  I would LOVE to be at a lake this weekend!)  This Little Toot weathered rowboat photo reminds me of times at the lake.


Alexandra of AkashicVibe included my blue man pillow cover in her treasury, Treasure Hunt 31: Something Different .  That's one of the great things about Etsy -- unique, one of a kind, handmade items.  This amazonite pendant falls into that category!  You won't find that at Wal-Mart.



Laurence Collection included my pink roses on blue oven mitt in the treasury, Boho Gift .  These pretty dangle earrings have a nice boho vibe.


Crystal Cuff of SensationalYarn featured my boy oh boy baby bib in her treasury, Creative Genius Projects .  This sky blue crochet baby blanket would be another great gift for a baby boy.


Kathy Reed of DixieVintageShop included my brown and white chevron oven mitt in her treasury, Saturday Morning Hello .  This pretty porcelain china thimble would look great in any sewing room.


Kathy and Wayne of Rocks2Gems2Wire included my woodland baby bib in their treasury, A Walk in the Woods - How Tempting!  I'm hoping to take some walks in the woods with the grandkids when I visit New Hampshire July 30-August 4.  These jingle bell earrings are a reminder that Christmas will be here before I'm ready.


MJFlowerfield featured my navy blue chevron oven mitt in her treasury, Blue as Summer - Blue as a Dream.  These sea memories tatted earrings and bracelet are a pretty summery-blue.


Tish Keating of DustWitchCreations featured my colorful padded eyeglasses case in her treasury, TEMPTing Colors .  This Christmas tree candle holder is another beautiful reminder that the holidays are fast approaching.


Mike Kraus of MikeKrausArt included my uptown oven mitt in his treasury, Great Gifts .  This morning cup of coffee #97 trading card would be a great coworker gift.

 
Laura P. of CalliphoraBeads featured my dark blue prairie pioneer sunbonnet in her treasury, Elegance.  This blue tartan bead crocheted rope pattern shares the secrets to making this unique bead design.



Last, but not least, Rose of CraftyCreationsbyRose included my yellow chevron baby bib in her sunny yellow treasury, Good Sunday Morning to You .  This gray and yellow baby blanket is the perfect gift for a gender unknown baby shower.




Sadly, this will be my last Treasury Thanks blog post, at least through the end of 2015.  I have realized for some time that juggling an increasingly demanding full-time job, two part-time jobs (one seasonal, thank goodness), and two Etsy shops is taking a huge toll.

I love my Etsy teams. Blogging has been an integral part of the team experience, especially for the Blogging Business Artisans, a small but mighty team whose members I count as friends.

But something has to give.  I can't continue to spend such a disproportionate amount of my time promoting myself and others that I have no time to create products to sell at Fall craft fairs and during the Etsy holiday rush.

I've studied the stats. I'm getting SO few views and so little return on such a large investment of time and energy, it would be foolhardy to continue -- especially when I am SO far from meeting my production goals as the holiday season rapidly approaches.  (Check the widget at the bottom of the blog -- it's scary!)   But even though I know it is the right decision, breaking up is hard to do. 

I will continue to follow some blogs -- but not compulsively.  I may even create some treasuries -- but not compulsively.  I may even post an occasional blog post -- but not compulsively.  And you can still find me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and - of course - Etsy!

Thank you for stopping by!
Best wishes to all!

TTFN
LeAnn

4 comments:

  1. Wonderful treasuries and some great features! I've always admired how you're able juggle three jobs at once, but I fully understand your decision. Almost 50% of my time goes into online promoting via social media. I really want to up my production as well. I wish you the best of luck with all your endeavours...I will miss you on the team!!!

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  2. You're SO busy, I completely understand your need to step back from a few things. Good luck getting ready for the holiday season and I hope you'll pop around the blog every once in a while to say hi! :-)

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  3. I understand completely. In the past year I've had two incidents where I couldn't commit to my business completely and it showed in my sales. Obviously I have to do the non-business important things, but as for the other things, I have learned how to prioritized. You have to know what works and what doesn't, and sometimes you have to give up the things that don't. You are doing the right thing. I don't know how you do it all!

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