I have had a week from hell, not the kind of birthing process I had anticipated for my new website, also Karen's Crafting Nook (I know, hardly original but saves me getting confused at my age. :-) )
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But here it is, for the moment at least. Once it has served its temporary purpose, it will go back into hiding for a little while so that I can make a proper job of it, rather than a rushed one.
There are things I need to sort, but just haven't had the time available if I wanted to get these seasonal candles and oils out in the public eye.
The idea had been to slowly build up a stock of hand-crafted items, such as hand-decorated and personalised candles, greetings cards and canvas wall art frames. Some are going to be digitally designed items, and some traditional hand-crafting. Then I would enjoy the challenge of putting together a new website, where I could show and sell these items.
This was all going to take place in the new year.
Unfortunately, fate intervened and things turned out very differently.
On 19th November I had a fall, which resulted in a fractured left wrist, now in a cast, and a very severely sprained ankle. Ironically enough, the accident occurred while collecting decal paper sheets from outside, where I had been spraying them with sealant, prior to applying them to candles for a Christmas Fair I had committed to at work.
I was just about able to manage to get to the Fair, but I was left with some items. Due to the accident, I haven't been able to work since the 19th November; the cast hopefully comes off on the 21st December, but I'm still not likely to be fit for work for another 2-3 weeks at least.
Being self-employed, that means no income. I had intended to take the candles and oils into work with me, as there would probably have been some interest. But I'm housebound for the time being.
Never mind, thought I. I can put these remaining candles on eBay - I might get a little to cover the costs, and a bit extra for Christmas pressies. Simples.
NO, it led to the week from hell!
I've posted about my experience as someone thinking of starting a small hand-crafts business on eBay UK on my Facebook page, and I've left a tell-all-about-account on their eBay page. It really does wonders for your confidence to obviously be thought of as some shady, scam-artist, counterfeiting, copyright-infringing, restriction-avoiding total bad egg. I only tried to post 10 small bottle of my hand-blended Christmas essential oils for room scents. That was all I was allowed. Just trying to make a little income from my own work, when my other resources were currently limited. Especially when there appear to be similar items for sale without problems.
Perhaps I was in the wrong somehow - but I had read all their links as to what was appropriate - it must be obvious I'm new to this as my other forays have been the occasional sale of duplicated gifts - but I have spent a whole week trying to get a specific response to my queries, instead of generic references to linked pages, each contact someone different, and I'm still none the ruddy wiser! I'd at least like to know exactly where I erred - not that I'm likely to have anything else to do with them after this! If I did do something wrong, it was not at all intentional.
So, when I should have been resting up and healing, I've been flat out working at the PC. My foot is still quite badly bruised and tender 3 weeks after the event, and swelling in the evening because I've spent all my waking hours putting together a website very different to ones I've done before (THANK YOU so much, MJH of the Serif forums for all your help and support) and I'm slowed down considerably by having only one properly working hand. It's not the webste I had anticipated, but I'm hoping it will do for now.
So far from feeling festive, I am feeling very stressed out. So thanks for that, eBay. Looking at their FB page it becomes apparent I'm not the only one hacked off with their Customer Services and the way they treat people.
This is going to make this a very long blog post but I'm putting it on record here (my eBay post) as well for those who don't do Facebook. You don't have to read the following but I really do not want anyone else to have to go through this.