The Banner Debacle and Other More Interesting Things

When I posted my new banner yesterday, I didn't realize it would take on a life of its own, almost requiring its own post. But here it is, (almost) its own post. Then I'll get to the stuff I really wanted to talk about today.

That night I posted this new banner (the one hubs wasn't fond of):

So in the morning, to make it less wordy, I cut it down (very slightly):

I liked this one a lot! I knew it was a little blank, but I thought it was somewhat charming. So I posted to one of my teams to ask for opinions, and it all came up the same- too plain! Ahhh! Hubs was right! No!!! So I went to work and took one of his suggestions (sigh). I did a layered paper banner that is the same as my avatar, because it was also suggested that my avatar should stay the same. But I like that- I did like my avatar. Here is new banner take three:

But it's squashy looking! So here is take four:

Hmm...I think I like it! But let me just try it with the other words just in case...

I did kind of like this one, but then I thought it might be too much with the words and the colors and all. So I stuck with number four, which is now displayed in my shop. You thoughts and comments on the matter are, of course, always appreciated.

Now, on to more important things. I've got some new things listed up that I am so proud of. About two weeks ago I posted a preview of some gift tags I was going to list, and they turned out like this:

I loved the double-sided paper, and really wanted to make some book clips out of them. So I started- layering the floral side up on a turquoise card and a bright pink card. And then I got stuck. I wanted to add in the butterflies but didn't like it with the flowers. So they sat. In the meantime, I made these reversible book clips out of boy-themed paper, with one design on the front and another on the back, so they can be used either way.

And then finally the other day it came to me- make the flower ones reversible, too, and put the green plaid with the butterfly on the back. So I did.

I think the came out very spring-y. If you want to check them out further, they are listed here.

I also found this really cute paper with suitcases and bags on it and knew right away what I wanted to do with it: change of address cards. After a couple of tries and some sizing issues, I ended up with these flat, double-sided cards that will let everyone know your new information. And check out the freebie book in the backgound! They are listed here.

I wanted to try and get a few more things listed, but it always ends up taking longer than I thought. I'm going to have to try and get those done later today.

Which leads me to my last thought- do list or renew? Is it better to list something new or renew something old? I haven't to this point renewed anything I've made. I know a lot of people do so on a daily basis, even, but considering all of my items are under $10, those little 20 cents add up quickly on the price of the item itself. I was really considering it for my save the dates, table favors, and graduation announcements, though, since those are perpetual items. I'm still trying to decide if it's worth it for me to do that. I suppose I could give it a try once. As for some of the other items, I don't know if it's worth it to renew them, or if it is just better to add new product to my shop. Either way you get bumped to the top of the search list, so why not have more to offer?


  1. I definitely get more bang for my buck by doing something new, and more items is always good; but if I don't have anything new, I do renew. I'm trying an experiment this week, renewing as often as the high-volume soapers; I also hate to think of the 20 cents in conjunction with the price of my item, but it's better to look at it as "rent"; rather than thinking of it as detracting from the price of your item. I'm going to see what I think, yesterday I renewed 5 times; and I did get lots more unique visitors, but my only sales were to an established customer. I would seek out someone who does what you do, etsians are a friendly bunch, even if you're "competition", and ask them what they do.

  2. I love all of your new items and the papers you're using are very charming! And I'm with you on the avatar...I can spend four hours messing with one and still not change anything! I like the one you have listed, though!

  3. Brandi- Thanks! It's funny that you think of it as rent because I've always thought of it as ad space, as in a classified ad. You pay to post. I'll think about making a post on my paper team to see what people do there- that is good advice.

    Thanks, Rachel! New paper is fun. I like to see the finished product that I've developed in my head!

  4. I love your change of address cards! They are so cute! Had I been moving I most definitely would have snatched those up.

  5. Thank you, Heidi! I had a lot of fun putting those together. That was one paper that I saw that I knew instantly what I wanted to do with it.