Friday Letter - May 29, 2012

dear self:  keep it up.  keep positive and keep learning how to be a better person and a better mother.

dear honey:  everything will be fine

dear kids:  great work this week cleaning the kitchen and making dinner.

dear Four Seasons Spa:  thank you for such an AMAZING relaxing time, can't wait for my next appt

dear work schedule:  you have been awesome.  I love all my work from home days in the summer.  vacation is coming soon and I can't wait to go somewhere.

dear100 degree weather:  please so away...please?

dear weekend:  here I come

dear state of Colorado:  I'm sorry, positive thoughts to all of you

dear brave friend dealing with cancer:  I can't imagine what you are going through, you are so brave and full of grace, I'm truly lucky to learn from you.  positive thoughts your way...

business talk thursday- credit cards!

most people hear me talk about craft shows and going to visit shows to research and find out if the show is a  right fit  for your business before signing up.  so this past weekend I did just that.  I drove over an hour to visit this show - I won't mention the name of the show, becuase we decided it's soooo not for us!

there was a lady there selling great teas and awesome instant coffee.  I noticed as she was checking someone out that she didn't take credit cards.  she had an iPad so I asked her if she should consider taking cards using square.  she immediately told me that she isn't interested in paying credit card fees - 2.75%?  and that she has not raised her prices in over 7 years...after that all I heard was "blah, blah, blah".  Seriously, that is what I heard - I completely tuned her out.  and did I mention I WAS IN COMPLETE SHOCK!!!  I could not believe what I was hearing.  

She continued on to tell me she only misses out on about 2 sales per show by not taking credit cards.  ARE YOU KIDDING ME???  so, I bought tea and I was checking out and told her that I no longer carry checks...she told me she could give me a slip and I could take my items up front and they will take my credit card...WHAT, who does this?  

...oh, yeah, when she went to put my items in a plastic bag I told her I didn't need a bag because I brought my own...she continues to give me the plastic bag and told me, her order form is included in the bag... I'M AGAIN COMPLELELY SHOCKED!!!  I got home took the order form out of the bag and look up the lady's, there is no can only place an order by sending the form with a check.  I continued to throw the order form in the trash!

Ok kiddo's here is the deal.  You miss out on more sales than you think if you can't take credit cards.  People will purhcase more if they can use a credit card and they are not limited by the amount of cash they have with them.  Customers like convenience.  

Today there are so many companies that make it so easy to take credit cards.  I use square but paypal is also working on the same type of thing.  The great thing about square...your money is sent to your bank about the next day and then depending on your bank you will see your money in 1-3 days in your account.  My understanding about PayPal is your money will show up immediately in your PayPal account.  The fees are so low.  

If you are a craft show vendor and you don't currently have a way to take credit cards, you should look into this.  There are so set up fees, there are no monthly fees and the fees per swipe is so low; there is not a huge machine to carry around, you don't need makes it a win win for most.  

There is a downside...these devices only work with iPhone, iPad or Android phones.  I honestly purchased an iPad so I could use it at craft shows.  shhhhhh, don't tell anyone. 

So although I purchased an item from this person...she did lose another customer becuase all though I love her product, I'm not going to waist time to fill out a form and put it in the mail with a check.

smooches!  tisa   

Business Talk Thursday

Last week I started to talk about "branding" is the post

Well, I promised business cards and I got business cards~~yay~~

{{just a little business talk}}
I went to a show and liked someone's product I asked for a business card and they didn't have any, I was told that they were on order.  Until this day I can't remember the name of the company.  Business cards are really important.  I didn't buy from them that day, but later I did think I wanted to give a handmade candle for a gift and I didn't have the info.

I'm so excited the first time I design business cards and they are mine {{all mine}}  I do love the way they turned out.  Circle business cards are not for everyone - but me, I love being just a tad different.  Many printing companies now offer different shape business cards - all you do is upload your high res file and you're all set. 

my new love!!!

I love journals...and I happen to see PaperCoterie on either a blog or facebook...I thought why not give it and try to see the products.  They have several journals to choose from, you can upload picture and can add personalization...when I ordered they had an amazing my order came in a few weeks ago

For me, I ordered two hard backs and one spiral...and completely fell in love.  And you all know how I feel about packaging, right?  Well each of the hardbacks came packaged in these boxed envelopes with the logo embossed on the front...super great for gift giving~
My package also included a necklace with the logo, a cute sticker a thank you note with a coupon code for 25% off my next order!!!  WOW!

AND...I bought two birthday presents, one for Lani and one for Risa and they both loved them.  I had pictures for Risa's journal.  Now I must say I had to 'steal' pictures from Lani's facebook page.  I thought, she would either love this gift or be so pissed off that I stole the pictures...she LOVE it.  And when they opened the journals there were 12 more pictures on the inside they looked at each picture and said, "oh, this is when I was here" and "this is the picture we took when we visited there".  

It was perfect - if you need a great gift you should check out PAPERCOTERIE!  CLICK HERE TO GET TO THEIR WEBSITE...they have a special going on until June 24th

I have one more friend I owe a gift to and I think I might place another order {{wink}}

new to tisa's creations

yeah - push pops!  Just in time for summer.  These add a special touch to any party, baby shower or any special event!  They can be purchased here

Friday Letter - June 8, 2012

dear self:  nothing is better than a great cup of coffee outside on a sunny summer texas morning.  we made it through another week.  see it's not as bad as you always think, right.  and everything always works out.

dear creative side:  come on, let 's get going.  the fall craft show season will be here before you know it.

dear OKC Thunder:  congrats

dear honey:  i love you always...we will have a huge hill to climb for the next couple of months but we can do it together

dear glass of wine:  we have a date tonight, so be ready

dear bowie class of 1992:  can you believe it's already been 20 years?!?!?!  can't wait to see you all next month

smooches, tisa

new branding update #1

I'm so happy with my new etsy banner

...I honestly didn't think I could or would ever 'brand' my business...but while thinking about this the last few days I guess I well as the new look to my etsy the tisa's creations website is currently being updated with a new look also!
And I {yes me; yep, me} have designed new business cards...I can't wait to show them to you.  I promise as soon as they are delivered I will share...

Speaking of reading blogs, and websites...most people say a small business can create a brand in six steps:
1.  create a logo   {{ I don't have a logo and for right now I'm ok with this }}
2.  business cards   {{please get these printed professionally always has a great price on business cards, sometimes FREE!}}
3.  choose a style  {{my style:  FUN, SIMPLE, MODERN}}
4.  stationery and labels
5.  choose a theme
6.  social networking {{ Facebook, Twitter, ect...all FREE so why not, right? }}
(source:   Renee C Quinn  - The Social Media Diva)
I would like to add one more...
7.  website or etsy {{ purchase your domain from someone like at a great price and if don't have time for the moment to update your website with details just have your website forward to your blog or your etsy }}

These seven items are so easy to do and a great starting place for us small businesses starting out.