Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Styling your tot with Kadydid Designs

Are you looking for ideas on how to style your Kadydid gear?  
Luckily, I have some awesome customers that love to share their ideas!

Flatlay: @_donovanjames_
This flat lay features one of our trendy bunny teethers, which you can find HERE

Flatlay: @lifewith.savvy
Our panda bear bandana bib is so cute and can be found HERE;

Flat lay: @lifewith.savvy
The safari bandana bib featured in this flat lay can be found HERE.

Flatlay: @_donovanjames_
This flat lay features one of our traditional baby bibs in the modern cloud print, 
which can be found HERE.

Flat lay: @rocothreads

This pacifier clip is a Kadydid Designs exclusive for Roco Threads and can be purchased HERE.
You can find our other pacific clips HERE.

Flat lay: @kadydiddesigns

This is one of our most popular bandana bibs, which you can find HERE.

Do you love designing flat lays?  If you use any items from Kadydid Designs, I'd love to see how you styled them!  Tag me @kadydiddesigns or use #kadydiddesigns.
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Monday, June 20, 2016

Shake off the Dust

Hello, there!

It's been....well...ages since I've posted anything here.  I've been considering dusting off my blog for awhile now; I keep thinking of things I want to share that just won't fit in a little 3x3 Instagram square, ya know?

So, in case you've totally forgotten who I am, let me give you a quick run down.  My name is Alyssa. I run my little Etsy shop, Kadydid Designs out of my home with the help of my amazing husband and my three littles.  My husband is from Idaho, I'm from South Dakota.  We met while at Weber State University in Utah.  He is a financial advisor for Edward Jones (an AMAZING company to work for, btw.  If you, or anybody else you know is looking for a career change - send them my way.  I could sing the praises of EJ for hours).  Our little ones are 8, 6 and 3.

I am all about helping other momprenuers and have a serious love affair with supporting small businesses.  I love my family, my faith, reading, chocolate, traveling and creating!!  I'm not so fond of cleaning or doing my hair. Lol. Or rude, judgmental comments/people. I just love it when everybody is nice. :)

I hope you'll stick around - I promise to try to make it worth your while! Money saving tips, everyday Mom stuff, some yummy food and a few awesome women and small shops! 

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Monday, August 3, 2015

Let Me Help You!! :)

I'm still here!! 
 Shocking, I know!!  
Now that I've shooed away the crickets and the cobwebs, I want to give you a quick update.

Most of you have been visiting my blog looking for the Etsy Start Up Guide.  

You may have noticed that most of it is now missing.  It's not missing...it just moved.  Here's the deal. Because the guide has been so tremendously popular and I have received so many emails with comments and questions, I decided it was time to condense everything into one document and add a bit more information.  I have now put all the info from my blog into a pdf available in my Etsy shop. It contains all the information I had here, INCLUDING the 40 free listings with additional information (Hello, tax questions!!) for $5.00.  The free listings more than pays for the fee of the guide; I didn't want the guide to be a financial detriment to your shop.  However.  If you just want the 40 free listings, you can still get those HERE.

If you want the entire Etsy Start Up Guide + 40 free listings, go HERE.

If you want just the 40 free listings?  Go HERE.

In the mean time, I hope to be back here on a regular basis.  What do you want to see more of?  Products?  Etsy tips?  Recipes?  Home life?  Let me hear from ya!!

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Friday, January 23, 2015

2015 Brand Rep Search

We are looking for our first brand reps!

We are looking for a few awesome mamas and chicklets who are active & have a larger following on Instagram to help promote our shop!  Our brand reps would make a three month commitment to promote & share our products by posting pictures of themselves wearing/using our products on Instagram 1-3 times a week.  In return, we would send them FREE products each month!  

What exactly are we looking for?

  • 4 mom/tot teams (in utero - 18mths old) with an IG account of at least 1k followers (but not required)!
  • a beautiful feed of photographs!
  • someone with a fun sense of style and mad photography skills!
If you are interested...here's what you need to do.

  •    Head on over to Instagram and follow us @kadydiddesigns
  •    Hashtag up to 3 of your photos per day with the hashtag #kadydidrepsearch and tag us @kadydiddesigns
  •    Find our Instagram post about our brand rep search and share it on your Instagram feed using the same tags!

Our brand reps will receive anything from baby mitts and pacifier clips to car seat canopies and baby sheets.  If you are expecting a new babe, let us see your gorgeous nurseries and sense of style!

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Valentine's Day Wish List

I <3 Valentine's Day.
I have fond memories of school Valentine's Day parties 
and I hope to help create fun memories for my little ones each year.
I've gathered a fun little collection of Valentine's Day items from Etsy that I would love to have for myself OR for any of my loved ones.

This sweet little headband from The Golden Polka Dot has already been purchased and well worn in.  We love it (as evidenced by my cheeky little monkey below)!!

I love dressing my kids up for holidays.  Unfortunately, my almost 7 year old is getting to the point where he's too cool for such things.  However...I think this cute TRex shirt from Scrapendipitees would be acceptable.  In fact, it would work great for both my boys.

I am absolutely in love with this Kissing Booth sign from Torrey's Touches.

I think it would be perfect on my mantle along with the Valentine's Day Banner I made a couple of years ago.

And these conversation heart cookies from Sugared Hearts Bakery?  Love. 

 She also offers a Valentine Themed Tic Tac Toe Cookie set that one of my loved ones will definitely be getting.

What about you?  What kind of items do you have your eye on for Valentine's Day this year?
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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Etsy Start Up Guide Part 6: Etsy Teams & Forum

I get *the most* questions about Etsy Teams and The Forum.
Teams and The Forum are used in two very different ways, but they can both be beneficial for your shop.

Etsy Teams are simply groups of Etsy shop owners with similar interests and/or goals.  They are great for networking with others and getting your shop/products viewed.  You can search all of the teams based on your personal likes.  Maybe you want to get to know other shop owners in your geographical area.  Or that have your same religious affiliation.  Or that have the same hobbies/interests as you. Maybe you *just* want a team that will help with promoting your items and your shop.  You can find ALL of  those and more in Etsy Teams.

So.  How can Etsy Teams help your shop? Ideally, team members work together to promote each others items.  The more you participate in the different discussions or games, the more your shop/items get viewed.  Now.  I've heard some say that participating in teams could be a waste of time because that time and effort could be spent reaching out to potential customers.  Here's my take.  First of all, any traffic to your shop is good traffic.  You never know who else is participating in those discussions/games/threads in your teams.  They may be looking for exactly what you're selling.  Secondly, even if people are just visiting your shop playing one of the little promotion games and never buy anything, it's still new traffic visiting your shop.  The more computers that visit your shop, the more your shop gets boosted in Etsy.  Lastly?  Have you noticed people following you or "favoriting" your shop?  Every time you favorite/heart an item in another shop - all the people that are following you see what you're hearting.  So...everytime somebody else favorites an item in your shop; all of their followers are seeing your items too.  And you never know where you may find a potential customer.  Again - ANY traffic is GOOD traffic!!

Now.  I don't spend a ton of time in teams.  I do belong to quite a few of them and I participate when I have a few minutes here and there.  When I was nursing a baby I spent a lot of time participating in my teams just because I couldn't do much else. So - spend a bit of time when you can, but don't let it be your sole source of advertising.

The Forum is mainly for asking specific questions Etsy in general, your shop...anything you may need help with.  It's also where you'll go if you suspect there's a virus/bug or other issue affecting your shop.  There are some rules in the forum...you can't mention specific shops by name (or URL address).  It's also not for you to self- promote. **Although Etsy has recently added a Promotions section to the Forum.  Just be sure you only share your listings there.**

How can the Forum help your shop?  Tons of exposure.  Remember?  Any traffic is good traffic.  And if you're participating in the Forum, you will get new traffic.  And potentially lots of it.  For example.  Last year, I had a question about how to handle an issue with a customer and a specific item in my shop.  That one item received over 100 views in a matter of minutes and 500 views or more for that one day.  Because it was viewed so many times in one day, it was bumped up in SEO and popped up more frequently in searches where people actually were looking for that specific type of item. So thanks to several hundred Etsy owners looking at my one item, I had trailing "residuals" if you will from that one day for well over a week.

Again, I don't spend much time in the forum.  However, if I have a question about something, I don't hesitate to start there first.  And, if I have a spare minute or two (usually when I'm on hold with a customer service agent somewhere) I will jump in and read and/or try to comment on a few Forum questions.  And it really is a good place to get any specific questions you have answered by other (seasoned) Etsy shop owners.

Bottom line?  ANY traffic is GOOD traffic!!  Teams and Forum are a great way to get fast and easy traffic. On Wednesday we'll continue discussing promoting and advertising your amazing shop.

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Etsy Start Up Guide Part 5: Packaging & Shipping

UPDATE:  I have now condensed this entire blog series, added a few new sections and now have it available for purchase in my Etsy shop HERE.  It also includes 40 free listings to help you get your shop started.

Congrats!  You made your sell!
Now it's time for packaging and shipping.

Shoppers on Etsy seem to have a higher set of expectations when it comes to packaging of their products. Obviously, they want their purchase to be safely and quickly delivered. But they also want that extra touch; hand written cards and cute packaging.  They love the extra attention and detail added to their packages, and I'm right there with them!  It's part of the handmade/small business charm. I admit I'm not always the best in this department; it's one of my goals to work on for 2015.  I do always include a hand written thank you (sometimes it's just on their invoice, sometimes a card), and I try to slap some cute washi tape on the outside of my packaging.

Pretend with Poppins is an excellent example of amazing packaging.  I mean, just look at all that cute stuff that goes along with her orders!  I kind of want to order from her just so I can get that fun party that comes with it (but really?  Her stuff is super cute and I highly recommend you check her shop out!)

Again...there are lots of Etsy shops that provide super cute options for helping make your packages cuter.

Stationary Boutique is one of my favorites.  I love her stamps and postcards.

If you're needing plain, simple poly or bubble mailers, check Royal Mailers.  They are reasonably priced and deliver quickly. They also carry the clear poly bags. And obviously, if you're shipping Priority Mail, all that packaging is free and can be ordered from USPS.

Once you've got that package wrapped and ready to go, you need to get it addressed and in the mail.

If you choose to hand write your address labels, that's awesome!  I'd recommend setting specific shipping days in your shop so you're not running to the post office everyday for postage.  (IE: "All packages are shipped out on Tuesdays and Saturdays.  If your scheduled shipping time falls between these days, your package will go out on the following shipping date)

However, the easiest thing to do is just print your labels and postage off at home.  You can do this through Etsy and, if your customer paid via PayPal, you can print a shipping label/postage from PayPal as well.  There is also a specific label printer that you can purchase through Etsy that prints your labels on adhesive paper so you don't have to worry about cutting and taping labels (I, however, am still part of the cut and tape crowd).

Also.  Did you know that postage purchased through Etsy is slightly cheaper than what you'll pay at the Post Office?  A flat rate, Priority Mail envelope typically costs $5.75 to mail.  Purchase that postage through Etsy and it's only $5.05.  Another good reason to just do everything at home!

Once you've packaged and labeled your package, it's time to get it to the postman! You can either drop it off at any post office/mail drop/UPS store/etc., OR if you have large items or a large amount of smaller items, you can schedule USPS to pick up from your doorstep for no extra charge.

Now that I've walked you through opening your shop and getting your first sale out the door, I'm going to start diving into more detail!  On Sunday, I'll introduce you to Etsy Teams and the Forum.
Let me know if you have any questions - or anything in particular you want me to discuss!

Are you just joining us?  You can find Part 1 HERE.

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