Wednesday, July 1, 2015

It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year: Christmas In July!

I know what you're thinking...  the holidays are still months and months away!  

Who wants to think about Christmas - shopping, presents, wrapping, decorations, snow, Santa Claus, etc - when it's 90 degrees outside?  Why, we've all got our minds on Summer vacations - NOT Christmas!  Well, it's never to early to start planning!  Especially when there's a SALE involved!

http://queenbsbusywork.etsy.com

Through the month of July, Queen B's Busy Work is offering FREE domestic SHIPPING on orders of $25 or more with coupon code SummerSanta .

In addition to the FREE SHIPPING offer, select items are marked 25% off.

So, put your elf ears and/or Santa hat on with your cute sundress and buzz on over.  You'll BEE thankful you did when you're not fighting the crowds in December!

Have a BEEautiful day,
post signature

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Summer Storms




I enjoy a good afternoon thunderstorm during the summer months.  And we've had plenty of them so far this June!  Maybe all those gray storm clouds are what inspired these two new lip balm cases...

The first is crafted from a pale dove gray yarn and closes with a beautiful thistle design button.



The second is a little sleeker.  Created using a darker steel gray yarn and an industrial look washer-style button.


Both include a split ring for attaching to your keys, as well as a lanyard hook.  They are available as just the holder - or with one tube of commercial brand lip balm included. Fits most standard lip balm tubes.

Makes a great gift topper, favor, or stocking stuffer

You can also ADD A CHARM for only $.75 - available in "mom", "grandma", "sister", "aunt" or the lower chase initial of you choice.



Have a BEEautiful Day,


post signature

Monday, June 8, 2015

Are You Ready For Some Football, Baby?



Looking for the perfect gift for a new little football fan? 

http://www.etsy.com/listing/236231049/newborn-infant-football-cocoon-set
This cozy football cocoon and matching hat make the perfect baby gift or photo prop for your newborn football fan! After the first photos are taken, the football bunting set makes an excellent costume for baby's first Halloween. Or use it to keep him or her warm and cozy at those fall football games and tailgate parties.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/236231049/newborn-infant-football-cocoon-set

Hand crocheted with a dark football brown and white yarn. Sized to fit most newborns. Hat is approximately 14" in circumference and allows for some stretching. Cocoon is approximately 18 inches long and 18 - 20 inches around.

Interested in your team colors?  Queen B loves custom orders!  Contact me via the link below for more information.

Queen B's Busy Work




Have a BEEautiful day,
post signature

Thursday, June 4, 2015

From One Hive To Another!


BIG News!! 

If you are in the Houma, Louisiana area - Queen B's Busy Work's 100% cotton bath products and lip balm holders can now be found locally at Ginger & Bee Bathhouse Boutique! 



Ginger & Bee is a lovely little bath shoppe offering luxurious bath and body products - most of which are handcrafted in the USA! 

When I was approached with this opportunity,  I was excited about the chance to have my items sold in a brick and mortar shop.  And as soon as I saw the name of this bath boutique - I knew it was meant to "bee!! 

I wanted to introduce all Queen B's followers to the owners of Ginger & Bee and give y'all a chance to get to know them a little better - so I asked Shelley a few questions:

 1)  Could you introduce yourself for the readers?
So Southern - I say "Cher" A LOT. I'm a hugger, a crier, sarcastic and a hard worker. I'm born and raised in a very Cajun town, married my high school sweetheart and very best friend - Kip. Together we own and operate Ginger & Bee. I'm also a proud mother. Our only child, Brie (the Bee), manages and runs the shoppe day in and day out. (And does a fabulous job!)


2)  What was the inspiration for Ginger & Bee? 

     Brie and I have been die-hard bath enthusiasts for as long as I can possibly remember. I laugh, embarrassingly, about the fact that we will spend over 2 hours in the tub. We love to travel and every town/city we hit, it is one of the things we seek out. Others shop for clothes, we've always shopped for awesome "tub-time" products. I've considered this shoppe for over 10 years. One day I simply decided to make a go of it. My family's support was all that I needed. 
     Our store name arose from one of my nicknames (we all have them in the down here), Ginger, since I am a redhead and I have a love affair with the spice. Brie has been called B since she was a baby. Honey is a wonderful raw ingredient we love in our products, so Bee wasn't much of a stretch. We call ourselves and the ladies of the shoppe - Busy Bee's. A bit of a coincidence with you! :)

3)  What are a few of your best selling items?
     Bath bombs (all kinds and shapes) & natural and/or vegan soap



4)  Why is it important to you that the majority of items you carry be handcrafted items produced in the United States?

     The craftsman and artist create with genuine love, care and commitment in their work. By purchasing handcrafted products, we support becoming part of the larger dream of freedom, controlling our moral compass, financial independence, and creating a joyful and purposeful life. This the dream that our founding father's built our nation on. What better way to support my fellow American and my community than by supporting those who share our dream and this great nation.

5) What are some of your best tips to refresh and renew (other than a relaxing bath)?

     Life itself changes when you learn to meditate. With each meditation, we renew our mind and soul, then so our bodies. Our minds become clear, focused and positively aligned. We learn to let go of "me" and live in a world of kindness, appreciation and mindfulness.
     Often times the simplest ways to refresh are the most overlooked. They don't have to be long or extended and you don't have to pay money to obtain them...A walk, a nap, a simple drink of water. I often look out the window and realize the beauty outside my walls. A walk to soak in the sun to breathe in fresh air and listen to the world around me puts me in touch with all that is greater than us - God. Rejuvenation, in merely seconds, washes over me and its easy to realize what's really important. Easy to refresh and reset.
     Laying on the floor with my dog, Derby, petting him, appreciating and understanding the peace and love he provides in my life, in that moment, restores me. It brings a permanent smile to my face and again I know that I have so much to be thankful for. 
     Refreshment and renewal comes in many shapes and sizes. We only need to open ourselves up and allow them to filter through us. Stop looking for the next big thing...the tiny ones amaze and they are already right in front of us



 If you find yourself in Houma near Old South Square (across from the Southland Mall) - buzz on in and say hello!  And don't forget to pick up some Queen B's Busy Work bath items while you're there. (Ahem)


Have a BEEautiful day,

post signature

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

A Charm for Your Lips

Crafted from pretty yarn in shades of green and purple and a cute purple button -  this lip balm cozy will keep your chapstick attached to your keys, lanyard, purse, back pack, or diaper bag with an included keyring and lanyard hook. Never lose your lip balm again!


Purple and Green Lip Balm Holder, Crochet Lip Balm Cozy, Chapstick case, Summer keyring, Handmade Lanyard, Party Favor

 Add a silver-tone charm to your key ring for only $.75 more. Available in "Mom", "Grandma", "Aunt", "Sister", or the lower case initial of your choosing.


Listing is for Holder ONLY - lip balm NOT included. Fits most standard lip balm tubes.

Makes a great birthday gift, party favor or stocking stuffer.  Ready to ship via USPS in a padded envelope.
Queen B's Busy Work


post signature

Friday, May 29, 2015

The Problem With Low Prices

When ever I am working on a concept for a new item to list at Queen B's Busy Work, I always do a search on Etsy (and sometimes a few other sites) for similar items to get an idea if my pricing seems reasonable.  And every time I see it - people selling a similar item at low, low prices.

I often feel that I under price many of my items.  But, I see many sellers who have priced their product so low I imagine that they can hardly be covering their cost of materials, not to mention accounting for their time or making any profit on the item.

photo: publicdomainpictures.net

At first it may seem like a great idea to price your product low.  Give you an edge over all the competition out there in the online market place.

Here's the problem:  Underpricing is bad for you - and for me.  And for every other seller of handmade items out there.  It devalues the work done by all of us.

When you price your items so inexpensively - you are telling all of our potential customers that YOU believe that's what they are worth. Not much. And why would they want to purchase something that YOU (the person who hand crafted this item) doesn't consider to be worth much? They can get poorly made junk at the big box store down the street and not pay the price of shipping.

And when that same customer sees my items priced at more (what I believe it's worth based on my cost of materials, my time, and a small profit) they wonder why they should pay that much when clearly the item isn't worth much based on the price point you are willing to sell at.

I KNOW how much time goes into hand crafting quality products.  I know that my time is valuable.  Just as valuable as anyone else's. And I...  no, WE deserve to be paid a reasonable amount for the work we do.
photo: publicdomainpictures.net

So, PLEASE - take this into consideration when pricing your items.  Stop underpricing yourself.  Stop underselling ME!

And if you really don't feel your product is worth more than the cost of materials - perhaps it's time to put your shop on a break.  Take time to develop skills.  Until you feel you are doing quality work which is worth selling at price which pays you for your time.


Have a BEEautiful day,
post signature

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Your Dry Summer Lips Will Thank You

Just in time for Summer!  



This white lip balm holder will keep your lip balm attached to your keys, beach bag, purse, back pack, lanyard, diaper bag with an attached keyring and lanyard hook. Closes with a cute turquoise and white polka dot button.

Add a silver-tone charm to your key ring for only $.75 more. Available in "Mom", "Grandma", "Aunt", "Sister", or the lower case initial of your choice.



Hand crocheted from white yarn, plastic polka dotted button, a metal split-ring keyring and lanyard hook.




Listing is for Holder ONLY - lip balm NOT included. Fits most standard lip balm tubes.

Makes a great birthday gift, party favor or stocking stuffer.

Ready to ship via USPS in a padded envelope.

Interested in more than one? Or another color? Queen B loves custom orders! Contact shop owner for details.


Have a BEEautiful Day,

post signature
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...