It’s alive!

handmadeEarlier this year, it became clear that Amazon had plans to add a handmade section to their site. That was exciting, as they can offer a much larger market than Etsy. On the other hand, the user of Etsy is perhaps more used to the handmade nature of things, and are more willing to pay what handmade costs.

The sellers were screened beforehand, and you needed to fill in an application for it – so I did. And was accepted! The first year they are wavering their monthly fee, so you can check it out first. What they charge when you sell something is not cheap however.

In any case, I found this to be very interesting on many levels, so I have worked to be able to have a few listings ready when it opened. Since they use a different photo set up I need to take them again. Oof. From the looks of it, the search algorithm is something entirely different from Etsy, and many have already been vocal against the “clumping” – that you see many items from only one shop in your search result. The same thing that made me decide against using the norwegian Epla at first. Maybe they will change this at a later date, for handmade at least.

I am still not entirely satisfied with my own little corner over there, that is why I do not link to it yet. But I will for sure, when it is ready.

The joy of summer

This is turning out to be my kind of summer. The old rainy, cold and windy type of norwegian summer. Some sun, some days with warmth, then changing suddenly to cloudy and cold. I like the variation a lot.

Two weeks ago it was real hot again, the same kind of summer we had last year. This type of weather though was all my broccoli needed to start the flower heads. I have been eagerly awaiting these for so long. This is my first year growing broccoli, so I had no idea what it was supposed to look like when I could eat it 🙂 I had to turn to google and images there.

Finally! This is something I recognize. Photo taken during thunderstorm…

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Flower-head on my broccoli. Can`t wait. Grow grow!

 

I have been working on a necklace for ages. Today I could finally list it on etsy.  All the tiny things and details that went into this, and yet it still looks big and chunky.  I suppose it is all good though, hope some of what I have put into it shows.

Viking knit with lapis carved pendant
Viking knit with lapis carved pendant