The New Shop Preparations

The excitement is filling the air around here as I’m getting everything ready to launch the shop. I finally have a date set for the shop launch – April 5th!! YAY! I’ve been such a busy bee getting things made and tested. Nothing will be sold in my shop unless it has been tried and tested by myself and my hubby first. So, if we don’t think it’s up to par, you won’t find it in the shop.

So, this week, this is what I’ve done:

  • Started this blog
  • Opened my etsy shop
  • Reserved the same name on ebay to avoid any confusion
  • Went to the bank and opened a business checking account
  • Purchased a few items to gather some feedback on my new etsy account
  • Opened a PayPal account
  • Reserved a website
  • Completed the banner for this blog & etsy (with my hubby’s help – he’s brilliant!)
  • Have decided what to do for the avatar, but I have to make part of it first
  • Made a test potholder with heat resistant fabric inside
  • Written down pages and pages of things I’ll have in the shop, along with so many ideas of things to come
  • Finalized my packaging ideas for mailing my goods
  • Ordered my custom labels which will be sewn into my wares

WHEW! It’s been a busy week and there’s still so much more to do. I’m so very excited about this and I have high hopes for my new little corner of the world. My hope is that you will be excited about the end result, too!

My Cozy New Shop

For a while, I’ve been trying to come up with a great name for my home-based business. I made so many lists mainly of things I loved and I continued creating this list until I had the perfect name…
The Cozy Loft.
Doesn’t that just sound heavenly? I feel all warm and fuzzy every time I think about it.
In the weeks and months to come, I will be building this shop through Etsy – my favorite place on the web.
Although anyone could purchase my things, they are targeted to couples and single guys & gals. Or really those of us who live in cottages, apartments (a la Paris-style), lofts, smaller homes – all those cozy places.
For items I’ll be making:
  • I am going to be using only the B-E-S-T quality materials. I am a firm believer in quality and I only want the best.
  • Items will be unique and individualized with character and charm.
  • My things will be affordable. Nice enough to give as a gift to the most persnickety of friends, but cost-effective too.

I realize that it’s difficult to find quality in a world built on quantity – or at least most of it seems that way. My plan is to give back the quality and remind others that handmade items really are not only better, but they are extremely special…as they all come from the heart.