Archive | June 2016

My first Etsy Sale This Week!

My newest update is all about me gaining an Etsy sale on my store! Ok, so as usual it’s all about me… It’s certainly good to be able to post something positive for once!

Ok, so it’s not as if I had a junk journal sold for more then $50AUD, but I did get a legitimate sale! It was a digital stamp image that I listed on my Etsy store CraftyDivazAus.

Circus Girls Grp - Small Pic - Watermark

Digital images/products can’t be refunded or returned, because of course, you can’t return a downloaded image once it’s already been downloaded… Once payment is completed I think it may also be an automatic download, I am unsure as I’ve never bought a digital product yet myself.

I have been playing around with my product listing information on Etsy this week. Even though I managed to get my junk journals listed within the first 10 pages of the Etsy search engine, I still don’t quite understand how it all works. SEO is a tricky business, no matter how “simple” a description people think they supply, my busy, tired, emotional bran just doesn’t “get it”, hehehe.

Anyhow, every time I “think” I have started to understand how it might all work, my theories turn out wrong, it’s like I “fluked” it and managed to get my junk journals listed in reasonable spots on Etsy list. I simply can’t manage to get my digital images listed before the 9th page. I don’t understand how my “customer” even found the image that they bought, I only managed to get the product they bought onto the 9th page today…

Still, I am much grateful to my client and to God, even if I don’t understand it, and even though it was only a sale for less then $5.00 AUD, it’s still an achievement for me!

It’s good to be able to enjoy the positives in life when they become available! To be able to handle the negative things in life and handle our stress better, it’s good to be able to appreciate and think about the good things in life! When we can it’s good to be grateful for the good things we get in life, in order to be able to put things into perspective at least some of the time.

If we never get to think about the positives in life and enjoy our achievements, how would we be able to handle all the continuous negatives? It’s certainly good to be able to think about something good about myself that I was able to accomplish. It’s especially good to know that sometimes I am actually able to get some positive achievement on my own.


Keep on working…

Despite more ongoing personal problems interrupting my creative ideas. I’m still around and I keep on working on my ideas to make new creative products and ideas to help inspire everyone!

I’ve been especially busy recently with appointments for our 3 year old (speech therapy & other related services) as well as other personal issues that pop up once in a while. I literally haven’t had any time or energy to write or post anything useful.

I have been working on a few junk journals that I am making for some swaps I’ve agreed to join in on. I mailed out a small package for a “Random Acts of Kindness” swap I joined and have been slowly working on one junk journal for a personal swap I agreed to with a new online friend that I made recently. I have also been working on generating ideas to continue improving the quality and other aspects of my design of fabric junk journals (with paper pages, pockets etc).

Here is a photo of one of my fabric junk journal samples (also for sale at my Etsy store at a reduced price).

My main work has been mostly on ideas for junk journalling and I have been experimenting with a few new ideas to make hand-made embellishments to add to projects. I have been watching a lot of YouTube videos and trying out ideas I like from tutorials and posting a lot of pictures and comments on Facebook art/craft groups I joined.

Some embellishment examples…


I will be making more samples to get the method right for the folded butterflies and start using them in decorating my journals and adding in as fun embellishments for pen-pals and online friends I do any art/craft swaps with. I have also been doing a lot more experimenting with hand-making other styles of hand-made embellishments for artwork/journals. I will posting some examples of what I have made at a later stage…