Friday, December 28, 2012

Goal Smashing

Smashing yet another Goal! 

     There have been a few goals that I have set for the past six months and they include; becoming a Top Rated seller, Make 300 online sales with in the past 6 months, and get to 500 rated stars by the end of the year. I have met every goal by the end of this year as of yesterday. So I want to thank you for anyone that supports me in anyway, may it be on Pinterest, Twitter, and other social media avenues. 

     Thank you to any of my purchaser's for making eBay a fantastic community to work in and for the feedback that has been given. 

     Goals for the next 6 months Jan-June; Finishing up my 2 college Business degrees, double my past 6 months sales, & continue to make more friends through the community. 

Happy New Year's to everyone and may it all be a fantastic eBay year! 


Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Vacation Treasury Extravaganza

Happy Holiday's to everyone!

Hope your Holidays are safe and are full of the favorite people and pets in your life. I wanted to say thank you and Merry Christmas to all my Etsy friends! By supporting you all in a Vacation Treasury Extravaganza. I will be updating this blog every treasury at a time. Enjoy There are some fantastic shops to be shopping from in the world of Etsy and I am proud to support you all.

May you Razzle and Dazzle in the New year to Come
Vintage, Supplies, Jewelry, & Fashion at your finger tips.
Love everyday but ESPECIALLY on this day! 

December Listings 2012 
Classy Girls Party Too

Cozy Holiday 
Cheers to Continuing Support of Etsy Shops 2013

Gifting in Green

Let's talk about it over a cup of Joe
Merry Christmas Leaders and Captains of Etsy 

I will be adding through out the rest of my vacation enjoy! 

& Happy Etsy Shopping! 

Fall Quarter Overview; The new Me

The New Me ! 

WOW what can I say about this past quarter; some of you that I network close to on and off online sites such as Etsy and eBay have known I have had been a little on the ill side. But I have had a great quarter regardless. I thank everyone for the support of my shops! It has been a outstanding help with promotion from friends and family members.

I am at the point of returning to school here in a week and I just wanted to say thank you by doing a Etsy Treasury Extravaganza before I end up going back. But before I get to that blog I would like to overview a little of what happened during last quarter with schooling.

So grab some tea or coffee and let's get social for a moment. 

This past quarter I was enrolled into Macro-Economics as well as a Marketing class. Can you guess which one I took better too? Yup, if you thought marketing your completely right ! I loved it, it was my favorite class out of all my 3 years of school so far. If you have ever had the interest in a class like this I would highly recommend taking a class of this sort if your in the world of online or even brick and mortar stores.

I had told my team Promo123love on Etsy that I would write a little bit what I had gained from this amazing class, but honestly there is so much to discuss so instead I want to share with you what tools I gained and have helped me in my transformations in both Etsy and eBay.

1. ~ Separation & Defining the shop names: 

I have always had social media for my jewelry and clothing for my eBay shop together all mixed up with everything. I also once ran everything with shop the shop name LINX Connectiong for Cause with the eBay shop running as my old email name. It to me was a huge mess and up until now I haven't known how to untangle it. For years I have been known for donating a percentage of funds to various charities, local events; such as cancer benefits, the local boys & girls club, even national & international relief and fundraising. So this was why it was called LINX (as in coming together) and of course Connecting for Cause. I was using both my eBay and my Etsy to help raise funds for not only my own college education but to work with the community and have connection near and far.

But times have changed in life for me as far as jewelry, because of school events & shows, as well as easy access to friends and family that support me, sales dropped in the last few years. Online selling has taken over and have increased this past year even more this past quarter by separating and renaming my shop's. As of now my Etsy shop's have similar names so that it is more cohesive with clean lines. These shops are always a work in progress for there is so much put into thinking about ever so changing shipping rates, tags, new products and ideas are always generating. I don't want to be known just for jewelry so after long thoughtful weeks I introduce you to the new and improved :

Chromaticity Designs & Chromaticity Supply 

Please click on text below photos to find your way to the shops 

Colorful Designs by Lornajane 
Colorful Supply provided by Lornajane 
This has not stopped me in raising money for causes. I will just be able to define & organizing them a-lot better with the new changes that have been made. I hope you will join me  some day in some of these fundraisers sometime!

eBay has taken a drastic change as well like I said before I had it named with my old email account. After years of selling on both sites I have found that eBay has given me the most financial support in the past year so I have created a new business that is shortly being released in a few months. This is very big and exciting news! I am not wanting to let out all the cats out of the bag just yet, although I will let you know that I am in the phase of building hunting & becoming a future Online Trading Specialist (OTS) in my area bringing a fresh new spin and idea to this area. I am very excited for I have put an amazing amount of my new found education into something I am very passionate about! I did receive a extra boost of confidence from my marketing teacher nailing my final project with a 100 % with a side note attached: Extraordinary work! among with some other supportive feedback. Keep your eyes peeled for a new blog that contains the introduction for this grand opening.

It would not be fair of me to not show you a little peak of the logo of this upcoming new business. This is not a complete logo for I cut the name off, I can't give it to you all at once :)

As of right now my eBay shop name remains as LornajaneCosign
Until further notice. 

2.~ Social Media changes 
My Top 3 
~ Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Pinterest 

A big change here, with Facebook changes some may notice that I have stopped using my LINX, Connecting for Cause page. A few quarters back I chose to do a research and final accounting project on Facebook, I was really lucky for at that time Facebook had a major social media explosion. Stocks were released, some may remember but once the stocks release scandals started to pop out of no where. Facebook had lost some capital in the company and changes started to happen at that point. Social Media changed for Facebook for small business fan pages. Paying for views were introduced a few days before and after business's pages are having a much harder time engaging with all their fans. Although stating this I have researched ways to engage with out having to pay for those ads. I have made new pages that will be introduced shortly. I still believe in Facebook do not get me wrong, but with it's rapid growth so must you. 

I have separated my twitter for both eBay and Etsy you may now find me here for both twitter accounts. 

Click here for my Etsy Twitter 

Click here for my eBay Twitter 
With Pinterest I have not done any changes, I know there are new business Pinterest pages but I like to keep Pinterest more interactive with fans and family and not so much on just one business its a great mesh of everything I love! Although one change here is that I am pinning a-lot more, for this is a great tool for your shops! As well a useful tool for all kinds of money saving ideas and tips. If your not on Pinterest please feel free to message me and lets get you on Pinterest today! You could be missing out on alot of exposure for yourself. You can find me here on Pinterest: HAPPY PINNING everyone! 

Click here to follow my Pinning boards over 5,000 pins of various artist and Etsy teams as well as a-lot more!

To Wrap it up !
So wrapping this up in a nut shell SOCIAL MEDIA is the most important marketing tool out there right now. Learning to communicate to your fans, consumers, and networking friends is the number one tool to success.   There is also something that I have gained from this quarter, never think there isn't room for improvement. If your not selling and spending more in product, advertising, having low communication & interactions in your shops. There is a clear sign of improvement needed, research, read and absorb are three great internet tools you have right in front of you. Read threads in your teams, blogs on and about Etsy, share and connect to your fans and friends. You will see a difference I assure you.

I hope you enjoy and gained a little insight on the changes that I have made. I am looking forward to more changes: redoing my business cards, releasing the new Facebook pages, changing things in my Etsy shops, and most of all finally building a career with eBay and in my community. 

Future blogs will most likely be separated content containing new information or promotions of both eBay and Etsy. 

Thank you all for taking the time to read about these important milestones in my business  and online success. Talk soon. 


Sunday, August 19, 2012

Motivation For Healthly Eating

What Motivates Me? 

Well let me tell you how my addiction to Pinterest has change my ways of eating. 
First off, I work at home and attend class at home so I have to sit a lot during the day. 
With Online Networking and Promoting teams & listing & creating things. 
It's a lot of sitting, so its important to not put garbage down into your body.
It's also important to get up and move around. 

Here's my list of healthy habits I have picked up along the way of my long working days online. 

Every Sunday I shop for fresh veggies, I head to the veggie isle 1st.
 This reminds me of what I need vrs what I want. 

Shopping for 1 for 1 1/2 week of food.
Finding the freshest and cheapest foods is the hard part. Here in the northwest we have a WINCO a great savings on family shopping and budget shoppers.
 I can buy about 15 dollars in veggies for almost 2 weeks or maybe a little more. Great prices. 

Once I get home from my shopping trip I wash all veggies & fruit and start cutting and preparing in my mind what I would like to eat.
 I cut all veggies into different sizes for breakfast foods, lunch and dinner. 
The fruit is for all day snacks so I just mix it all together. 

After I have prepared my foods.

Finding good containers that will keep your food fresh as long as possible for storage.

This is a good way to keep veggies in front of you as a reminder of what to grab for a snack and cook for a meal. 

I have found a very good gluten free fat free cheese, and have replaced my bacon for turkey bacon.  1 egg with fruit and a little bit of squash potatoes.

Believe it or not alot of my ideas of how to shop, store, and cut.

Even cook some of the my new foods have come from  Pinterest.

I have lost 20 pounds this summer by cutting out the bad stuff, including sugar, major bad carbs, most pastas etc.
I have basically replaced alot of the bad stuff with sweet fruits and delicious fresh veggies. 

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Vacation Is Over Time To Work

 July 28th and Ended August 1st. Planes, Trains, Busses, Ferries, and in 2 cities. Seattle and Phoenix Az. 

Seattle days 28th-1st started out with a bang by celebrating my bday at a Minnesota style bar located in Ballard, Washington. We watched the 1st few events of the 2012 Olympics, Every one was cheering and in a fantastic mood. What a night. 

The following day we ventured off to Snoqualmie falls Washington to visit Rancho Laguna. One of my most recent donation spots through out the summer. 

So happens to be my aunties T's Ranch, what amazing & gentle critters. We had a blast riding horses and hanging out with the farm animals. You can find out more information of what Rancho Laguna has to offer and what they do by going to their new facebook page ...

I wanted to take him home so bad. So cute! 

 Elmer Sticking his tongue out so I did too. 


Welcome to the Ranch 

Went on the Duck ride Tours with family from Alaska 

Later that evening we met up with a friend to ride the new Great Wheel of Seattle. Costing 13 dollars per person the ride is an average of 15-20 mins with multiple stops at the top to get a great view of the city. 

Arriving at the Ferry dock a Beautiful Seattle Day. July 18th 2012

The Great Wheel at Night. 

The famous Seattle Gum Wall. 

A Night View from the Great Wheel. 
Blue trees in Seattle

Gas works Park, Out on lake Union 

On the 1st I Flew out to Arizona where It was almost to hot for me. 105-115 on all 9 days I was there. 

So I did'nt get to capture to much of that part of the trip but It was a great family bonding trip, I got to spend time with my Brother, Sister-in- Law and her mother and Daughter. 
Arizona does have mountains :) 
Ready to fly out to Arizona

Finished my nephews baby blanket at the airport

Bye Bye Arizona Flying out August 9th Beautiful early morning sunrise.
Hello Washington Photo of Rainer as I am coming back. 

Ready to get back to work, already busy. I am so rested and re charged and cant wait to start the work week.  Work it!!! 
Back to work as soon as I get home.

Friday, July 27, 2012


I have been inspired to change a lot of things in my life and life style. I have one more year of college left and I have been so busy with teams and online networking. I have come to not having the proper space inside my house. So with my insane addiction to Pinterest and the inspiration from fellow Etsy friends, I created my own space. Hope you enjoy.

Before, This was my bead and stash spot in my room.  Over the summer  I have made myself a promise to create a space for myself so I can continue to grow.  This spot was hurting for a make-over

I had to find a space for the d-stash items for the d-stash shop.

Some know I love me some salt shakers :) 
After:: Everything you see is what was once cluttered in my room , I gave my whole room a make over. 

One of my favorite candle holders that I had stuffed in a drawer. 

Last but not least some seating, I have had this seat chest for a long time just hiding behind my bed. 

I feel great, good things are going to happen in this space. Some of you know I am leaving for vacation and what a space to come back to refreshed, organized and ready!! 

New Inspiration Treasury Feel free to click on photo to check out shops. 

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Hiking in the Pacific Northwest

     Part of my summer Budget Plan is to do some out door activities while maintaining some healthy habits and doing something fun things with out having to spend to much money.

     So what better way to do this than hike in the most beautiful places on earth. Up here in the Pacific Northwest we have some of the most amazing Rain forests.

     So an old friend from my favorite city came over from Seattle and spent the weekend with me touring the Pacific Northwest. Sunday afternoon, we ventured out towards Lake Crescent. Where there are water falls named Marymere Falls. It's a short 1.5 mile hike with other hikes trailing off. Well worth making it to the falls first before heading off on other trails.

     After the Marymere fall hike we headed back and trailed off on the Barnes Creek Trail to seize a few photos of the creek.

     Here are a few photos of the beauty of the Northwest.
Marymere Falls

Trail Sign
Old tree 300-400 years old
Barnes Creek

My Friend and I at the Falls.

      Once we had finished our hike to the falls we than decided that it would be a great idea to drive to the Hoh River Rainforest. We had to drive threw Forks Washington. Yes Twilight fans I live near Forks, as we continued to drive we than discovered it was alot further than we thought so after an hour on the road we decided to keep going. As we were driving up into the Rain Forest we drove along the side of the Hoh River which was just amazing. I am sadden as I did not get any photos of the river.

     As we got to the Entrance to the Ranger station the fee was 15 dollars. We quickly thanked our lucky stars we had cash. We drove another 6 miles up into the forest and and every moment was breath taking. On the way up the forest we came up to one of the biggest threes alive. 500 - 550 years old. Just breath taking. Once we arrived we decided to take a short hike out of the 5 there was. There were hikes that were up to 50 miles. Which required a wilderness permit and training. We decided just to take one water bottle and or camera's. Shortly after reaching the creek with the stunning moss hanging over the creek. We shortly noticed we didn't have our car keys.

We started to freak out. Our cell phones have no reception. And the visitor center closed at 5 it was 5 30 we are half way up the hike and have no service and 6 miles from the ranger station. We decided to start walking faster and try to soak in some of what we were walking threw. But it was hard to not focus on the key issue. We reached the end of the trail and just in time we ran into a Ranger.

We asked if she was able to unlock it and with a confident "YES" we were instantly relieved. Forest Rangers now will for ever in my mind be magical forest angels. We decided to head back home, we were starving and had a almost 2 1/2 hour drive.  We got to see some elk up close and personal on our way out of the forest. On our way home we stopped in Forks were there is only one bar and had a Twilight beer and some food to sooth our tummy's and end the evening. What a day!!
The Big Spruce Tree @ the Hoh River
The 1.2 mile hike 

Hall of mosses trail 

A little creek running threw the Hall of mosses Trail