June is such an exciting month for me as a small business owner. I am coming up on my one year anniversary of jumping into this crazy path as my full time commitment. Maybe that is what has pushed me a bit to make a few changes I have had in my mind for awhile now. One of those changes is about to come to fruition.
If you have been following this blog for awhile, you know that one of my three business goals this year was to convert this website to a self contained, all access way to shop Desert Daisy. For me to do that, I would need to wean myself off etsy and create a shopping cart within the page, which means as a customer of mine, you will never be bounced to a third party website to complete the purchase. For a girl like me with minimal experience designing a shopping cart, it has been a bit daunting to attempt this task, but I am happy to say I have it under way. By the end of June (at the latest!) the shop will be open and updated, and my etsy shop will be put on hold for special flash sale events only (make sure you follow me on instagram, or sign up for my email list so you don't miss those).
Luckily my website host makes it super easy to create just the shop I am looking to have; easily shoppable categories, drop down selection for customizable items, and a secure SSL checkout to protect purchases made online. Above you will see a sneak peak of the storefront as it will appear when live.
Also, I am so happy to announce a new way to shop your favorite hairsticks. With the launch of this new shop, I will be offering a drop down so you as the customer are guaranteed to get just the perfect hairstick.
You will have your choice of leather color (starting with 5 colors, and one Vegan leather option as well), wood stain color, and my most popular crystal options. These will be available in both the 6 inch and the 9 inch length, so all my hairdresser friends out there, you will be able to customize yours too!
For a limited time, these create your own will be on sale too. I'm thrilled to be able to offer them to you all!
And for any of my wholesale clients (or those interested in becoming wholesale clients), I have added a new resource to the shop. There is now a tab dedicated to the most up to date wholesale catalog and order forms. Here, you can view and download info on how to place an order, an artist bio to use to train your staff, and a complete list of terms of sale. This is up and available immediately, but it is password protected for the privacy of my wholesalers. If you are currently an active stockist, I will be emailing you your invites to view the page this week, and if you are new and interested in checking out the options I have for wholesale, please request entry in the registration form, or send me an email in the contact tab.
My goal with this is to make it easy for all the wonderful shops who carry my designs to keep in touch with ordering the latest products and to try and be as paperless as possible.
For anyone who knows my personal journey, this year so far has been a roller coaster ride. So many wonderful things happening, but also a few major upheavals and changes. The weight of some of this has been heavy on my mind and my heart for some time now, and its been hard for me to shake it off.
Somehow Vegas doesn't seem the same without these two. My aunt and uncle helped me realize how much Vegas had to offer besides the strip and other tourist traps this town is full of. They were my only family out here, the Western edition of the Luck clan. Without going into detail, after my aunt's passing and my uncle's moving, things have felt very different around here.
I would love to say personal stress and loss don't affect my work, but that is not the case. I know I have had this sense of defeat, even when things are going well. Going well is an understatement actually, I am so lucky to have doors opening up for me, and I've met some amazing individuals, each who impact my work. Not to mention my loving and supportive husband who is always there when I'm ready to try something crazy.
I have spent the last two weeks rebooting myself; getting back to my healthy eating habits, getting back to my mat with a daily yoga practice (and a weekly hot yoga class which is slightly crazy), and shedding some of the what-ifs for my business. I can't tell you how great it feels to find myself in all this, even without caffeine (almost two weeks now, can you believe it?), I have more energy, more drive and I'm excited about work again.
So excited that I wish I could share all my upcoming projects... but I won't just yet. Don't want to take the fun out of the surprises I am working on. But, if you want to be the first to know, make sure you sign up for my email newsletter (copy and paste this link into your browser: http://eepurl.com/bU2f-r). I won't give much away, but I will hint that you will see a magazine editorial, an exciting new design that rivals my hairsticks (pictured above) in terms of coolness, and an announcement of a new stockist, just to name a few.
So, its time for me to let go of the heaviness that has been settling on my shoulders, embrace the exciting projects up ahead, and enjoy what this month will bring.
Inhale the future... Exhale the past.
Are you with me?
Owner/Designer for Desert Daisy Jewelry. Crystal Enthusiast, Wanderer, Gypsy Soul.