According to the Christmas carol, the Twelve Days of Christmas end with 12 drummers drumming. But actually, in my church tradition, the twelve days of Christmas end with the Feast of Epiphany on January 6, also known as Three Kings Day. The feast celebrates the arrival of the three kings or wise men or magi, Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar, at the birthplace of the Christ Child. These three kings saw a bright star in the East and followed it to Bethlehem. When they found the Baby Jesus they offered gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
I generally wait until Epiphany to take down our little Christmas tree. It’s partly out of religious observance, but mostly because I like to see the brightly colored lights twinkling on the darkest days of mid-Winter.
But this Epiphany, I’ve also had another kind of “epiphany.” The kind that is Webster’s third definition of that term:
3a (1) : a usually sudden manifestation or perception of the essential nature or meaning of something (2) : an intuitive grasp of reality through something (as an event) usually simple and striking (3) : an illuminating discovery, realization, or disclosure
3b : a revealing scene or moment.
I made an “illuminating realization” as I was reviewing my Etsy shop as part of the Blogging Business Artisans December Challenge. Shipping costs and sales tax are severely cutting into my profit margin. SO---I will no longer offer free shipping, except as part of special promotions, and I will begin collecting 7% sales tax up front (5.5% Nebraska state sales tax + 1.5% Lincoln city sales tax) on Etsy orders. I’ve changed my policies and sales tax rates to reflect these changes, and I am in the process of editing all 107 of my Etsy listings, shop section by shop section.
I am also exploring the option of opening a shop on Handmadeology / Meylah’s new Handmade Marketplace (free listings) which would market only oven mitts. My Etsy shop would remain an eclectic mix of fun and functional handmade items – including oven mitts.
I’m struggling with whether to keep the same name, Pasque Flower Creations (brand identity) if I open a Meylah shop, or create a new name for the oven mitts shop—maybe something like:
Mod Mitts or
I Mitts You or
Oven Mitts4You or
Not Your Granny's Oven Mitts
Your"votes" and suggestions are welcome!
LeAnn aka pasqueflower
LeAnn aka pasqueflower