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When the alarms go off in your head, listen.

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Yesterday I received an email from a potential customer on Etsy, but as I read the request to buy my box my stomach started to churn. No it wasn't the coffee or the bagel I had eaten. First there was a request to verify if I was trustworthy, then I needed to supply complete name personal info (which all pertinent info can be found on my site and shop), and my final price for the box which I was running on a special. This customer was not finished though. I now had to send all my info to another email. I also was to use their shipper? with the additional money they would send (certified transfer) but I would have to set it all up. I guess they would determine the cost of shipping? Mind you this is for a sale for under $100 on Etsy with $1 shipping to anyone in the US. Again the stomach churned but I thought it is a sale and this is all part of working online. Wrong.

When you take the emotional aspect away and look at the facts you can see there were many problems with this order…

Things happen.

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Over the weekend I received a sale for my Vintage Picnic Basket which is in my Etsy shop. I was very grateful for the order but when preparing to get the packaging and shipping labels together I noticed it was being shipped to Canada. I also did not have a valid telephone number which is very important for an International shipment. Yes shipping to Canada is now an International confusing with paperwork and tripled in pricing shipment. I have discovered that in Jan 2010 the shipping guidelines for Canada had changed. The charges for a 6lb package from NC to Alberta Canada was now $28.00 + customs charges bringing it to the sum of $41.00. I was shocked and now I had to decide to keep the sale or tell the customer that I would have to issue a surcharge. I opted to tell the customer what had happened and offered to cancel the order. The order was canceled.

I believe things always turn out the way they were meant to so what I discovered is to keep things simple for now and ship to only my …

What is new at Laurie Rohner Studio

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Today I have spent much of the day researching an assortment of marketing options and have found some very creative ideas to promote your art business. Etsy has a number of handmade links where you can feature your shop such as Handmade Sparks (http://www.handmadespark.com/blog/newsletter/). I also discovered that maybe a web site isn't the absolute answer and that utilizing a blog, such TypePad or WordPress to name a few might actually work better for people who have an online shop such as Etsy. These are questions I am in the process of figuring out and will get back to later.

What is new is we at LRStudio.etsy.com or Laurie Rohner Studio are now offering $1 shipping on almost everything in the shop to our neighbors in the States only. The exception to this are the original fine art paintings and the vintage glassware. I hope you will take advantage of this change.

Also on this blog you may have noticed the sidebar has changed and we are adding some new features that link you eas…

Buy it at Etsy

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After much consideration and the advise from a few knowledgeable people I have decided to streamline how you purchase my things. It was getting to the point that every time I made a change in shipping (certain items now ship for $1) I would go through hours of updating my main site and then matching the information to the other venues. Too much wasted time on trivial mind numbing computer work which meant less time being creative. I chose to emphasize my Etsy Shop which is at www.LRStudio.etsy.com to be the best way to purchase my Painted Cottage Art and whatever else I have created along the way.

Why I went with my Etsy shop simply came down to common sense. It is where I have the most traffic. Traffic is important but combine it with the very helpful and friendly community at Etsy is a winning combo. I have had my things featured in Treasury showcases which are put together by other sellers on Etsy. On my Facebook wall there is a tab that connects you directly to my Shop and it …

Something changed...

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I have expanded my Etsy shop to include antiques and vintage pieces. It all came about from my recent downtime. I was finding myself feeling heavy and stagnant and instinctively knew I better step back and renew myself. So I packed up Tuck and off we went to visit with nature and a friend who always has a special way of getting me back on track. We all need to step back and look at our lives to see what direction we need to go or to see if we are even heading down the right path. What I found for myself was a new perspective and saw life with a fresh set of eyes.

What I am doing now is simply this...life is exactly what you put into it so don't sit on the sidelines and complain why things aren't going your way. If you do, life is going to give you what you are giving, nothing. So stop and start doing. I found that my life had become weighted down with things from a past that no longer suited me. So I am giving away, donating, selling or recycling everything that doesn't…