For the past couple of days, I have been re-tooling my CafePress shop: Maison Celeste. CafePress is a wonderful resource – I have been using it to sell my designs for years. I started out with individual shops for each of my designs, because that was the free way to do it. Then, I decided to bite the bullet and purchase a store. That way, all of my designs are showcased together and there is a coherent theme.
I knew that I needed to re-do some things, but kept putting it off. Two weeks ago, I made this elaborate inventory sheet with the names of my different shops within Maison Celeste. I have 76 designs up and counting! Talk about a daunting task. CafePress has added so many new items and t-shirt colors, and I felt like I was losing sales because my designs were not offered to their full potential. I was going to painstakingly go through all of my shops and check off what I was already offering, then go and fill in with the new products.
After doing that for one shop, I knew that was going to take weeks! Instead, I opted to just re-do them all. It’s easier than it seems. CafePress now allows you to mass edit things like shop names, design descriptions, price markup, and deletions. Then, I learned how to make up product sets for different types of shops and saved them for future use. That way, I don’t have to go through the process of picking products each time I edit a shop. I have a different set of products offered with my simple Loteria images, and a more elaborate set to go with larger format designs. I also plan on re-tooling my collages offerings – I don’t think that people need a thong with one of my works of art on it – although I definitely offer those for appropriate Loteria cards! 😉
So far, I have redone Celeste’s Loteria – offering one shop for the simple card designs and one shop for my calendar prints. I tried making one shop using both, but it got too complicated – I was leaving some things out and making duplicates of others. I set up a new section with newly Altered Loteria Cards, including two versions of El Gallo, and my lovely Diablito Azul. Next, I will do the same thing with my Loteria Quilt shop – separating the original cards from their larger calendar formats.
Next week, testing will be done and I will have to return to my normal class routine – forcing students to learn French using a computer. Today, we can leave at 12:45, so I think I will go and have some sushi for lunch. I deserve it. I haven’t been to RuSan’s for a while. I had invited my mom, but she has to work. Then, I will go home and probably take a nap. What else do I do?
I made some lovely Oreo Cookie cupcakes – pictures coming soon. I got the recipe from the Cake Mix Doctor cupcake book. Here is a lovely pictorial someone did of their Oreo cupcakes. They are awesome tasting! I was going to bring them to school in the cupcake boxes I bought last Sunday, but for the life of me I cannot find them. It’s maddening!