Wednesday, 9 December 2009
I've tried to join a couple of teams on etsy and contacted various people but to no avail, so I am pleased to announce I am a member of this new team on etsy :) You can find our blog by clicking the banner below;
Monday, 30 November 2009
It's like etsy.com, but it's a british site. It's still in it's early days i think, which is exciting to be there at the beginning of something. ^_^ It also means I can list in £'s which is good for any UK customers!
I've been reading it's good not to have all your eggs in one basket, so it's all good ^_^ so Heroine Industries is now on etsy, ebay and folksy. I'm thinking about maybe selling on misi.co.uk aswell, but we'll see!
Click the button below to go to the new shop on folksy;
Thursday, 26 November 2009
I reached 100 fans on facebook this week :) and would like to say thankyou so much to everyone for their support, it's really appreciated! I've also found some great sellers and shops myself through facebook fan pages!
I also *finally* changed the name of the Heroine Industries fan page...I'd been struggling for a while to figure out how to change the url for the fan page and not my own personal facebook profile.
Here is the new url for anyone who would like to take a look(much easier to remember now);
Monday, 23 November 2009
So now I have 33 sales on etsy, I guess my next goal is to hit 40!
"A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step."
-Lao-tzu, Chinese philiospher
Monday, 16 November 2009
First I tried a bright red from L'Oreal (recital preference - 7.6 Incadescent pure red), and I was pretty scared b4 I did it (i remember havin to wait ages for the red to fade last time i had it b4 i could lighten it) It didn't come out too great, it had made the bleached part of my hair a bright red/orange but the roots hadnt really taken the dye as well and you could still see my roots :s The colour started to fade after only a week, and I was paranoid it was looking orange...
So yesturday I went and got a darker/deeper red from the Live Color XXL by Schwarzkopf (43 passion red) and it looks much better! It actually managed to turn my roots the exact same colour as the rest, so it finally alllooks one colour and is alot brighter! I just hope it isn't gonna fade as much as the L'Oreal!
If i thought I could dye it pink and it wouldn't effect my chances of looking for a job I would have done it!!! Think I will prob go backto a blonde in the spring, and if I'm lucky enough to have found a job by then that won't freak out about me having pink hair i'll do it pink!
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
Today is Remembrance Day, and even though I was just at home I sat for the 2 minute silence at 11am and remembered those who gave their lives for our freedom. I thought about all those who haven't made it home.
I think 2 minutes of your time every year is really not alot to give. I really do not understand workplaces that do not uphold this tradition. This is my favourite WWI poem;
The War Sonnets: V. The Soldier
If I should die, think only this of me:
That there's some corner of a foreign field
That is for ever England. There shall be
In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;
A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,
Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,
A body of England's, breathing English air,
Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home.
And think, this heart, all evil shed away,
A pulse in the eternal mind, no less
Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given;
Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;
And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,
In hearts at peace, under an English heaven.
- Rupert Brooke
Flanders Field WWI
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
If you've not visited mookychick before, it's basicly a girly site for alternative girls (finally!!!) that has stuff about fashion, makeup, manga, feminism, work/interview tips/alternative jobs, craft and diy stuff, music reviews, spirituality, riot grrrl stuff, tattoos, piercings etc.......
In there own words;
"Your source for Riot Grrrl, Goth, Emo, Burlesque, Geek, Feminist, Gothic Lolita, Wicca, Harajuku, how to tips, makeup tips, beauty tips and undiluted joy - Mookychick"
click on the link below to go to their site ^_^
Thursday, 5 November 2009
Tuesday, 3 November 2009
But I guess I have the etsy shop now, I'll save money from ebay, and i can still list items on there.
Monday, 2 November 2009
I've been thinking about it for a while, mostly because of money reasons. But also I've noticed for a long time now Ebay have been targeting their sellers and making life hard for them and I just give up! And after looking more closely at it today I'd say it's definitely something I have to do, unfortunately.
I went on today and saw my fees were £22, which I was a bit surprised at given I've hardly listed anything and only payed it a short while ago. I just can't afford their fees every month! I end up spending the money I make on etsy on paying my ebay fees! They've deliberately made ebay as over complicated as possible, especially for sellers! I had a look at some of thees new sections in the myebay section and came across these "detailed seller ratings" and it says i am "below standard" on 'performance' which I really don't understand because I have a feedback score of 1446 that is 100% positive?!!!!! n it says they might enforce selling limitations if it "continues" but i don't know what I've done wrong!? It almost feels like Ebay don't want sellers on their website?! Like they're trying to trip you up every step of the way. And even though lots of other kitsch jewellery makers have left I've stuck with them, but no more.
Here's a list of the reasons that really tipped the scale for me;
1) In September I made £59.02, but ebay and paypal fees were £32.94! More than half the money!
2) I realised where those huge fees came from today.....when I signed up for a basic shop a couple of years ago it was £6 a month. It is now £14.99! This has gone up without me even knowing about it!!! I have two shops on etsy...both are FREE, how can Ebay justify charging £14.99 a month just for the privilege of a shop!? And sneakily put the price up without notifying you!
3) Sellers can no longer leave negative or neutral feedback. They can only leave positive feedback! Even when buyers don't pay for the item!!! Totally unfair and just another way they have targeted sellers.
4) It's much quicker and easier for me to list on etsy. I personally find etsy alot simpler to use now.
5) Their seller fees (for listing an item) have gone up so much since I first started selling on there in 2005. They got greedy and started charging sellers such huge amounts many have left.
I don't know what ebay is thinking, but who ever is in charge needs to realise that if they don't have any sellers there won't be anything for their buyers to buy = no buyers either!!!
It's a real shame because I've had it for a few years now, but Ebay have made it impossible. I think I will keep the account and list the odd thing, just to keep a bit of a presence on there.
I would be interested to hear from anyone who has sold on ebay and had a similar experience? Did you used to have a shop on there? Do you still have a shop on ebay or have you closed it? I'd love to hear from you...
Monday, 26 October 2009
If you haven't already checked out these shops, then you should ;p
The name says it all really! Beautiful and sexy clothing, inspired by retro 'pin up' girls! I've seen photos of retro inspired wedding dresses they've made for people - so if you're thinking of a 50's/rockabilly inspired wedding you should definatly check them out! As well as the usual dresses and tops etc..., they also sell mens wear, swimwear, jewellery, house ware and lingerie!
Lots of mens wear! Aswell as clothing, they also sell magazines and books, accessories and music! They have some awsome hair styling products for that perfect pompadour!
Lucky13's official store! Including lots of exclusive band merch!
UK site for rockabilly influenced women's wear, shoes, jewellery and accessories.
UK site selling hand picked, one-off vintage clothes and accessories from 40's, 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's. They also have vintage wedding dresses for sale!
Mens brothel creepers. They also sell veggie creepers and a couple of women's creepers!
Great sellection of clothing, handbags, shoes, rockabilly baby clothes!, and home wares!
Friday, 23 October 2009
Unfortunately twitter has a stupidly short user name limit, so I couldn't even fit HeroineIndustries as a user name! So I had to settle for HeroineInd (after a lovely person on the etsy forums mentioned that i could use the abbreviation of industries - which never even occurred to me *D'oh*)
So anyways, enough rambling, here it is -
Thursday, 22 October 2009
Kawaii Pink Ice Cream Sundae Necklace
Cute Pink Bow and Black Heart Necklace
Handpainted 'DEAD GIRL' Zombie Heart Ring
Kitsch Dinosaur and Heart Necklace
KAWAII bead and chain Necklace
For even more newly listed items visit the shop -> Heroine Industries Shop
Wednesday, 21 October 2009
You can fan me here -> Heroine Industries on Facebook
It's my dad's birthday today, and my mum's 50th next wednesday! Lots of presents to buy! I got my dad a gig ticket for Magnum (80's hair metal band) which is on 4th nov. I thought it would make a good present, men are always so difficult to buy for! I rang this morning to say happy birthday and he got it ok (i wasn't sure it would arrive on time because of the mess with royal mail atm) and said it was the best present he got :) so it was money well spent.
Tuesday, 13 October 2009
If you have any suggestions or comments i'd love to hear them...
Anyways, please come along and become a 'fan' you can find the page at the link below ;
HEROINE INDUSTRIES FACEBOOK FAN PAGE
Thursday, 8 October 2009
Feedback is very important, for both the seller and potential customers. It proves you deliver your items and that if they buy from you they aren't just sending their money to some interweb black hole! For the seller it also lets you know that you haven't just posted your item in to a postal black hole... you think, "did it arrive?"(especially when Royal Mail is involved *cough*) "were they happy with it?"
I've also noticed on other peoples feedback (luckily this hasn't happened to me yet) when people have left 'positive' feedback but they haven't actually written a single word. It's just blank. I mean how lazy does someone have to be? Perhaps I'm a bit childish, but I'm always super excited when something arrives, and I have so far (on etsy) been very very happy with the items I've purchased. The sellers have gone out of their way to beautifully package the items, written me a little thankyou card, messaged me on etsy etc... I think it is just polite to leave feedback and let them know that a)the item arrived safely and b)i am very happy with said item.
I don't understand why if you are happy with the item you would not leave feedback? and if there was a problem, why not message the seller and tell them the problem and see if it can be fixed?
I've been selling on Ebay since 2005, and only started on etsy this summer. Feedback is left alot more on ebay, and is promoted as being fairly important on ebay, I've had sellers message me to leave feedback because I haven't done it straight away. Though Ebay have made it so sellers can ONLY leave positive feedback...so even if the buyer doesn't pay, you can't leave a negative feedback?
What do you think? Do you sell on either site? What is your experience with feedback?
Tuesday, 6 October 2009
I'll only post a couple up this time lol. (photos link to item) For the rest you can check them out in the shop!
Hand-painted 'I LOVE ZOMBIES' necklace
Set of 6 - Kitsch Wine Glass Charms. Great for a girly night in or a party, never missplace your drink again!
Kitsch Dinosaur and Stripey Bead Earrings
Monday, 28 September 2009
Batman and stripey beads Necklace
Pink and Black 'Love Gun' Earrings (I also have these for sale in red and black)
Ahoy Sailor - Anchor Necklace
Small London Postcard Pin
Zombie Love / Heart Necklace
Kawaii Tinkerbell Beaded Bracelet
I didn't get round to listing my other new items in the Ebay Heroine Industries shop. I'll have to do that tomorrow :) But I already have a little box filled with new charms and bits and pieces that have arrived! I always feel like a little kid at christmas when new charms arrive and can't wait to get crafting away! I'm sure anyone who likes to make things is the same?
Thursday, 24 September 2009
I do enjoy blogging, but it will certainly be interesting seeing if I can keep up to date with 2 blogs and 2 shops! (not including the ebay one!) It's a good thing I enjoy doing this, lol.
I have lots of new items I am going to be listing tomorrow and over the weekend, so I hope you will come check them out ^_^ I have a job interview tomorrow morning (for a marketing/sales job) even though I have no experience, so fingers crossed! I would much rather spend the rest of the day making new items and listing, but unfortunatly I need to spend the rest of the day preparing for this interview tomorrow (as I am so bad at them!) If only I could find a way of going in to the interview without feeling like a bag of nerves (that doesn't involve drinking a bottle of vodka and being asked politely to leave)
Tuesday, 15 September 2009
Saturday, 12 September 2009
I also decided to open a new shop and move all the wicca themed items there. The Heroine Industries shop is very much for kitsch, rockabilly, kawaii and emo items. But i've wanted to do some celtic/pagan and fairy themed items and artwork and didn't think they would fit in with the original shop. So instead of confusing customers I decided to open a new shop, Toadstool Hollow (it's not got alot in it yet but will soon be stocked with fun new items :) to go to the shop you can click the banner below :)
Thursday, 10 September 2009
Here are some of the new items;
Kawaii Strawberry Felt Brooch
Kawaii Halloween Pumpkin Bag Charm
Day Of The Dead - Rainbow Skulls Necklace
Self-Confessed Geek Necklace
Believe - Follow Your Heart Necklace
There are lots of other new items in the shop too :) I've also been asked to be one of the first 10 members of a new street team on etsy for UK Kawaii :) I'm not a member of a street team yet. I've been meaning to join some of the uk ones, but alot of them seem to be mainly ran through yahoo, which i don't really use. Actually I should probabaly go read what you actually do in a street team first, lol.
Peace out x
Sunday, 6 September 2009
Alice in wonderland Pocket moleskine cahier by Champignons
'Pink alice in wonderland disney style fabric covered pocket mirror' by flirtbuttons
Mome Rath from Alice in Wonderland by chantelstar
Dark Creepy Alice in Wonderland w Cheshire Cat Goth Fantasy Art Print by karlaruizart
Alice in Wonderland Fascinator by savoytruffles