Thank you to everyone for your gifts, flowers, cards, phone calls & messages… I had a lovely day & will never be this young again. Feeling very blessed….
A huge ‘Thank you’ to everyone who supported me throughout 2020.
2020, what a shocker! My hope is that everyone fared well through lockdowns & isolation. I know this isn’t the case for many & my sincere condolences go to you if you’ve lost family & friends in this pandemic.
2021 is just around the corner & not a moment too soon. It’s going to be Awesome! Nothing else will do after the frightful year we’ve had. Stay well, stay safe & be happy. We have so much to be grateful for.
Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas & every happiness for the new year… cheers Renate
Well, I have to say, it’s good to be home; it was the wettest trip since Noah set sailed. It rained, it poured, it drizzled from the moment we left for our little holiday to the time we arrive at our destination. Not enough to have drought, then fires & then, to top it off, flooding rains. Of course the rain was very welcomed everywhere & I, for one, am not complaining. We really do live in the most extraordinary country.
Despite the dismal weather, my step mum’s 90th birthday celebrations went off with a bang & we had a fabulous time catching up with family & friends. Not much chance for sight-seeing but had some lovely lunches & dinners with friends as we made our way home.
And so, it’s back to the grind… My shop is open again & I’m hoping to list some new items soon.
The next crochet class is this Thurs 20th Feb.
And I’ll be at our local Landsborough Market this Saturday 22nd Feb & every 2nd & 4th Saturday from then on…
As I’ve already said, it’s good to be home… Black Cat gave us ‘the look’ as we came in the door but is purring with pleasure now; the chooks are happily clucking & laying lovely eggs… all is well
~ ON VACATION ~ Sorry folks, I’ll to be away until 19th February 2020 & all crochet items have been deactivated from my shop till then…
only PDF PATTERNS ARE STILL AVAILABLE AS INSTANT DOWNLOADS as usual
If you’d like to be notified when I return, please feel free to leave your details in contact & I’ll get back to you as soon as I can – Thanks everyone ~ Renate
Hello everyone, it’s been quite a while since I’ve been truly active here at rensfibreart… so what have I been up to, you ask? Well, over the past few months, my mojo has been rather sluggish. It happens to us all at sometime & getting it back can be tough. Letting things coast along as they are is easy. However, stepping out of your comfort zone can be daunting & requires a degree of bravery.
First things first: I’ve had this wordpress website for over 10 years & it’s always served me well but the theme has become old, unsupported & not mobile friendly. It definitely needed a change. This had to be my 1st challenge so I took the plunge. There was a bit of a muck around getting photos back in line on all the information pages for better reading & to keep the page attractive. All in all, not too difficult, just time consuming; hopefully I’ve succeeded.
Secondly: My Etsy shop; again, it’s been open since 2009 &, I have to say, Etsy has been good to me. It’s given me lots of exposure & the fabulous opportunity to sell my creations to a worldwide audience. I’ve made some wonderful friendships & loyal customers who have given me the confidence to keep going. However, Etsy has become so big that small handmade sellers like myself are getting lost in the crowd. My sales are still OK but nowhere near what they used to be. Of course there are many of reasons for this: the slow economy, saturated markets, more competition, perhaps handmade is losing its appeal. Whatever the reason, a rethink was definitely on the cards.
So my next step: was to upgrade my site to business & open my own WooCommerce shop. This was the biggest gamble of all. A huge learning curve that I’m sure will be ongoing for some time. The support team here at wordpress have been fabulous & an enormous help with my bumbling efforts.
The outcome: I now have a mobile friendly website with a ecommerce shop. I will keep my Etsy shop open for the time being selling all my crochet patterns &, as items expire, I’ll transfer them into my rensfibreart shop. The biggest obstacle & my main concern is getting traffic. That’s something I’m going to have to work hard at & learn more about as I go.
The whole experience has certainly taxed my brain, energy &, at times, my patience, but at the same time it’s given me new drive.
Thank you to everyone who has supported me over the years, I hope this will be a fresh, new beginning. I’d love to hear your thoughts & comments & welcome any suggestions.