Crafts from the Homestead

Homestead Crafter is my shop where I make inexpensive earrings for the everyday woman who wants to wear handmade jewelry, which is inspired by the holidays and seasons, while having something completely different from what you find in the big box stores. I have earrings for everyone, with designs ranging from the normal simple drops to sports, pets, travel, hobbies, and just about everything in between. New items/designs are added regularly.

So, backstory on the shop. You're probably wondering why it's been "open" so long without many sales, and all since late 2015. It's a long story, but I'll make it as short as I can.

About the middle of 2008, I had been making and selling knitted and crocheted baby items for years and joined Etsy. I thought it would be a great idea to have a new outlet in which to sell my stuff, which had done quite well at craft shows. Well, to make it simple, I made every rookie mistake you could make.

I didn't read the seller's guide. I made short titles. I had crappy (and I mean CRAPPY) photos. I made the descriptions long and flowing and really pretty but only in one huge paragraph. Worst of all, I didn't use tags. So, naturally, by the time the listings expired, I sold exactly ... bupkis.

Fast forward about seven years. Seven long, frustrating years where I worked my butt off at various job that I HATED with a passion. For some reason, one day, I picked up a kit at Wal-Mart for earrings and I thought, what the heck, I'll grab the jewelry tools kit, too, and make these up for gifts to give away to friends for birthdays and such. I started giving away the finished jewelry, and got a lot of compliments on the pieces. I was hooked on jewelry-making at that point.

Then one of my friends said, "Hey, have you ever heard of this site called Etsy? I buy a lot of jewelry on there. The sellers there have handmade stuff and vintage stuff and craft supplies. I'll bet your earrings and stuff would sell great on there!"

I thought, I remember having an account there once. I wonder if it's still there. It was, despite being ignored for seven years. I still made some serious mistakes ... many of the same ones, but I started reading up on how to make things work better. I changed up a bunch of things, and while sales didn't go great, things started picking up. It's grown from there, and I love doing what I do with the shop. Thanks for visiting!

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