Fortuna Phials has been open for a year now but it did have a long rest this Autumn. It’s been really exciting having the shop and I do really enjoy the Etsy shop experience. I just sort of dove in last January and I can say now after a year I hope I always have a little shop open. It is the best place for me to really to anything creative. It is a ton of work – even more work than I imagined but it is so rewarding. Every patron I have spoken with has been so kind and understanding about the vision I have for Fortuna Phials.
New lines for 2015
I am adding a new line of Tea necklaces to the shop in early 2015! They will be capsule style necklaces that are filled with tea and have either bronze tea cups or cute ceramic cups or teapots attached! These are adorable and I love the way they look each time. I think that people who are tea freaks like myself would love to wear something like this.
I am also planning on doing a few seasonal and holiday style necklaces. These will be limited edition creations that encapsulate the seasons like Spring flowers or Autumn leaves or holidays like lovely Valentines Day or spooky Halloween! These ones will be so fun and full of whimsy to create.
I also have a few other ideas I’d like to test out this year in small batches like metal hand stamping, initial necklaces and a mythology based necklace line.
I have been going back and forth on this one for a while. I have sent out 5 orders via international mail and 2 orders never made it to their patrons. I feel this is a terrible ratio. I don’t feel like I was shipping to crazy places – the UK and Luxembourg – and each time I send internationally I verify with the Post Office that I filled everything out correctly to help ensure delivery. I also supply the custom code for them to check on, but even doing these steps I have had almost half of my international orders not reach people. This is very discouraging and makes me feel like I may take off international shipping if this trend continues in 2015.
Here is to a fantastic and productive 2015!
Reposted from my shop’s blog.