Thursday, January 29, 2009

Update Alert! Day 2 of my Featured Sellerness. It has been wonderful...well, except for people asking me for free stuff.....I mean...jeeessshhh..really?
I have no idea how many sales I've had today...someone please count and let me know. But it has been crazy. I've been in front of this computer all day selling, relisting...chatting ect. I should be packing orders now. Instead I'm here. Talking to you. are you?

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

My 15 Minutes (or more literally 48 hours)

Today I am the featured seller on Etsy! It is about the most exciting thing to have ever happened. Truly. The interview is up for about 48 hours and I've been glued to my computer all day. Even wondering if I'm going to sleep tonight. Got to catch those sales in Finland, or Iceland, or where have you.
All day has been a bit of a blur. I've been answering emails (over 300) , fielding wholesale requests, and filling orders (current count 90+). Check out the feature here. Or if your too tired to click, I will paste it for you below....please read it all...there will be a test later.

Tell us a bit about yourself name, location, affiliations, personal stuff.
My name is Cory Smith and I am the owner of Sweet Petula, Inc. I make bath & body products that are all about indulging your senses. My goal has always been to make an amazing product that works wonders, but also looks really pretty in your bathroom just begging to be used. I love anything to do with baths, the ocean and soaking your cares away.
Apart from creating things, what do you do?
Sweet Petula keeps me very busy. My studio is behind my Sweet Petula brick & mortar shop and I am open 6 days a week. When I’m not making products, I’m talking with customers, balancing the books, taking a coffee break, designing new packaging, shipping packages, promoting, cleaning the floors…the list is endless.
I really love what I do and immerse myself in it. The best feeling after a long productive day, is when I walk out the door, and look back into the shop as I am locking up. It makes me happy knowing that I have created this little soap business from scratch. It gives me butterflies in my stomach (sort of like being in love), and makes me feel immensely happy.
What first made you want to become an artist?
Most everyone in my family is an artist. My immediate family is made up of a photographer & illustrator, sign painter, sculptor, and more than one taxidermist. The list goes on and on. I’ve always been surrounded by people who create. In my early 20’s, I realized that working for someone else simply wasn’t for me and I turned my craft into a business. I’ve always wanted to be as self-sufficient as possible and working for myself was the way to do that.
Please describe your creative process how, when, materials, etc.
I am a night person and most of my creating comes after 10 pm. My best ideas come to me when I am in my studio working on an existing product or packaging. I’ll get just a snippet of an idea and must immediately stop what I am doing to run with it. I can get distracted very easily with new ideas. Things that inspire me can be so random and varied. A photograph, (I actually studied photography in college), a pretty piece of paper, the smell of a smoky cinnamon desert at a restaurant. Anything.
What handmade possession do you most cherish?
A braided rug made by my aunt Judy. Years ago, you could find Jessica McClintock Gunny Sack dresses at thrift shops. My Aunt would buy them all up, deconstruct them and braid them into rugs. These rugs were so beautiful and feminine but surprisingly durable. I’ve had mine since I was 16. My Aunt was the first person I knew who was an artist that made crafts. Before her, I thought you were either an artist or a crafter.
Name your top five books, movies, songs/musical groups, and web sites besides Etsy.
Books:My Life In Heavy Metal - Steve Almond
Charms for the Easy Life - Kaye Gibbons
Comfort Me With Apples - Ruth Reichl
Dress your Family in Corduroy and Denim - David Sedaris
MoviesHigh Fidelity
Betty Blue
Little Miss Sunshine
Running with Scissors
Music:My music taste is so varied. I can’t list just 5 “favorites”. So instead I’ll list the five that are in my player at this very moment.
Flo’Ology - Floetry
Music to Make Love to your Old Lady By - Handsome Boy Modeling School
Till The Sun Turns Black - Ray Lamontagne
The Best of Paolo Conte - Paolo Conte (one of my very favorite songs of all time is on this “Via Con Me”, which is about love & taking baths)
Colour the Small One - Sia
Websites:I’m addicted to Twitter and Facebook at the moment. So much that it is embarrassing. I love seeing what my old friends and new friends are doing. I also like reading personal blogs. My favorites right now
What advice would you give to artists who are new to Etsy?
Do what you love and have a passion for. If you want to make a living at selling your craft, you have to think of it as a business. It isn’t going to just happen. It will actually be really really hard. There just isn’t any getting around that. Don’t complain about it. Just get to it.
What are your favorite features on Etsy? What new features would you like to see?
In general, my favorite thing about Etsy is the immense amount of talent in one spot. There are some amazing artists here. It is so inspiring just to look around.
My favorite feature on Etsy is Shop Local. I have found some great vendors for my shop as well as met some wonderful friends. I also love being able to “favorite” sellers and items.
As for new options, I’d love to see improved searches. I’m looking for a cute crafty single straight man that is comfortable talking about his feelings. If I could find that on Etsy, it would be super. I’d also settle for an easier listing process or more shipping options based on weight.
How do you promote your work?
I hand out samples. Lots and lots of samples. It works wonders. And free stuff makes people happy. I also keep a very detailed customer list that I email and mail to about once every 6 weeks.
In ten years I'd like to be...
happy, healthy & loved.

Monday, January 26, 2009

really good bedding

For years I've been selling my customers really good bedding. Expensive made in America luxurious bedding. Of course I'm always singing the "you get what you pay for" song, but I recently had the chance to truly put my money where my mouth was.
Since I can remember, I've felt that if it is something that you use on a daily basis, it should be of the highest quality. I've always had expensive well made bedding, but even I have some limits as to what I will spend. I wouldn't pay more than $300 for sheets and no more than $600 for a signature a quilt or duvet. But after the holidays, I decided to treat myself. There was a set of 600 thread count Italian Sateen Bella Notte sheets that had been on the sales floor just calling my name. They had been staring at me for months, & oddly enough, this wasn't the year for $800 sheets to fly out the door.
So I took them home. And I love them. They are the softest most comfortable sheets I have ever slept on. They are the most delicate shade of dark cream, called fawn, and I can hardly get out of bed in the morning. I want to stay there for hours doing flat jumping jacks. They make me so happy. Can you say that about a retirement fund?

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

sweet find

check out this pretty little feather bookmark. You can buy yours here.

Friday, January 16, 2009

if you need a reason to visit Sweet are two.

#1 Monday is MLK Day, which means free Parking! (and much more I realize...but for the sake of this post...parking). So come downtown and park it...then scoot on over to Sweet Petula.
#1 Sweet Petula is giving away a Free Gigantic Aromatherapy Travel Candle just for stopping in. The "Gigantic" part isn't technically part of the the product title...just something I wanted to throw in for you. Because they are. Our candle giveaway is good until January 31st, so if you miss out on #1, you won't be too terribly sad.
Remember to mention this offer, as we don't just give candles away to any schmo walking in off the street, only our very best customers. Like you.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

sweet find

I'm already in the mood for Valentine's Day. I love Valentine's Day. Mostly because I love love...and presents. Check out this little lovely. I'm calling it an "eyemask", as my mother reads this blog. You can get yours from Under The Root. They also have some really pretty lingerie in beautiful colors and fabrics.
Fine Art Print of an original photo-encaustic painting by LeahWax.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Giveaway Time!

New year, new Giveaway! This giveaway is completely unrelated to bath & body products of any type. So it is a bit of a departure from past contests.

While I was packing up the Madison Valley shop, I found about 4 brand spanking new CinemaTherapy books. This series of books is to help you decide what movie you should watch depending on your mood. Pretty fun. There are cool movie quotes and interesting movie tidbits sprinkled in. And you probably want one..right?

To enter, post a reply telling me your favorite movie. Better yet, tell me what your favorite movie is depending on whichever mood you happen to be in. Multiple postings perfectly acceptable. The winner will be chosen based on entirely on MY mood and dependant on the recommendation that appeals to me the most. Very democratic...I know.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Sweet Petula's First 1st Thursday

Tomorrow, (Thursday the 8th), is the Pioneer Square First Thursday Art Walk. We will be open late for those of you wanting to come down and visit us during your Art tour. Most galleries are open until 8:00, and aside from parking, it is a great free event.

I'll be here until 8:00, pouring champagne to celebrate the opening of our downtown shop. Please stop by and visit.

Sweet Petula
208 S. Jackson St.
Seattle, WA 98104

*Interesting little fact: First Thursday in Pioneer Square is the first Art Walk in the USA. Created in 1981 a group of Pioneer Square art dealers printed handout maps, did small-scale promotions, and on the first Thursday of the month painted footprints on the sidewalk outside their galleries. Who knew?

Monday, January 5, 2009

sweet find

New from Mireio.
Don't look now, but Valentine's Day is on its way! Are you ready? Why not send the perfect little expression of love to your Valentine? Everybody likes to get a sweet note in the mail--and with these tiny sachets, your notes will be just that, SWEET! This set of 2 sachets features luxurious lavender from Provence. Stunning vintage fabrics and embroidery--plus tiny little vintage buttons make these sachets unique! They are small enough to fit into a regular envelope, so you can feel free to include them with your Valentines.
I just bought two, and if you get means I like you.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

sweet find

we should talk.
Sweet little telephone necklace. Buy it here.
But I think it has been sold out, so at this point I'm just teasing you.

Friday, January 2, 2009

things I believe to be true after many glasses of champagne

that I/we/you should call that guy I/you just met and tell him exactly how I/you feel
that I should start dancing
that I haven't already told you this joke before
that I'm really really funny
that you're really really funny
that bringing out your camera is a great idea
that I should dye my hair
that this is the year all of my resolutions will come to fruition