March 21, 2011

Welcome to The Craft's Meow

Okay, It's five hours later than I anticipated, but finally my store is open! I apologize again for the delay. Why didn't I think about shipping sooner? I did! But I kept forgetting to follow up. lol Trust me, this is a learning experience for me. The shipping issue is especially daunting because I know (as an on-line shopper myself) that shipping costs are very unpopular. So I want to provide you with realistic and cost-effective shipping options. At the last minute, I discovered I could activate weight-based shipping through the USPS. Little did I know that it would take a bit of time to clear through the USPS and then to get ahold of my store host to figure out how to limit the shipping choices to just those that are realistic. When I tested the cart, it offered me a shipping choice of .28 cents! I thought, what the heck? Then saw the drop down menu. The .28 is for a postcard, which obviously isn't going to cut it. But I was afraid folks would get confused by this and then we'd have a mess on our hands.

Unfortunately, I could not get ahold of my store host, but I do not want to hold up the opening one moment longer. We will deal with the shipping issue! Just please note: When you get into the check-out process, it will default to the least expensive shipping option...a post card... which is, of course, not feasible. Therefore, please please please use the drop down menu to select a realistic shipping option... First Class Mail, Parcel Post or Priority Mail.  If you're short on the postage, I'll have to email you and have you remit the correct amount before I ship your item. If you pay too much, I'll refund the difference!


This may well be the first big mistake I make as I open my doors, but please bear with me. I'm hoping for the best!

Cheers!

50 comments:

cebelica said...

Congrats hun! I wish you lots of luck with your store!

Carol said...

Congratulations on the open! Love your kits, (I hope there are a few left on the first) and the stamps are awesome!

Best of Luck!

THERESA said...

Congrats girl, You are THERE !!! Enjoy every minute of the ride, of to go and explore and refer!! lotsa luv

Meredith said...

Congratulations Lisa! Your kits are BEAUTIFUL... if I hadn't COMPLETELY exhausted my craft budget for this month, I would be ordering a couple!!!! I'll keep an eye on them next month for sure!!! :)

shelly said...

congrats lisa i just finished my first order!

Pattie said...

Whoo hoo - Yay for you! Congrats on the Grand Opening Lisa!

Eli said...

It looks great!!! Congrats! :)

Sheree said...

Congratulations!!!! Whew! Now comes the fun part.. letting us all shop!

Marianne said...

Congratulations Lisa with the opening of the shop!!!
Love,
Marianne

Tosk said...

Congratulations!!!

Karelj said...

Congrats! Best of luck to you!

Becky Dunham said...

Yay Lisa! I am glad you get things worked out mostly, at least enough to open! Congrats! Now I just need to go take a peek :)

Simply Shaz said...

Congrats on opening Lisa :)
Shaz x

Patti J said...

Congrats dear friend! I wish you only the best! I will be doing some shopping soon! Your stamps and kits are wonderful! Hugs!!!

Regina said...

Congrats on the opening! Way to persevere even with a few hiccups. Beautiful kits and stamps!

Nana Donna said...

Yeah you finally got to open I know how excited you were for this time to arrive. Congratulations!

Cindy Haffner said...

Congrats Lisa, I hope your shipping issues get fixed, thanks for having me Showcase Frieda, she is so DARLING!!

Gaby Santiago said...

Lisa, I totally emptied my pocket some days ago but I wanted to be your 1st client :) I think I did not make it to be the 1st one but I still want to wish you much success on this venture and I made my 1st purchase :)
I hope to see more stamps very soon (Frieda is cute!) Good luck Lisa!!!!

♪♫♥ Charity Crafter ♪♫♥ said...

Congratulations! Lisa x All businesses have teething problems x it is an exciting time for you x enjoy x Leigh x

Jana Weaver said...

Congrats on your grand opening...off to take a peek!

Debbie Pamment said...

LATE SHMATE - who cares - YOU ARE OPEN - woooohoooooo - SO proud of you my friend! All the VERY best for HUGE successes!
xXx

Peggysuez said...

Wishing you all the best for a huge success!!!
I will be placing an order soon, those nibs are very exciting, never seen anything carry the color that way! And of course, another Frieda is going to live at my house!

Claudia said...

Congratulations Lisa! I wish you all the best with your new store; very nice set up. Frieda is adorable! Sending you big hugs. Claudia

Moira said...

I hope it is a big success - I know my first order is placed and I am sure there will be more. It was hard to choose but did not want to break the bank so now have to wait for my tax refunds to arrive - LOL! Best of luck Lisa!

Tanya said...

Wow crazy day! Glad it's up and running, good luck! :D

Jennifer Scull said...

heading over to the shop now. sorry you had such a tough time getting things set up. but all will be well now! :)

Mrs Ham said...

Congradulations, what's life without a few hiccups.

Linda said...

Congratulations on the new store. Learning is Life! Each day will get better.
I am not sure how to get to the store. Where is the button?

Payne Holler Cards said...

hi there
first order completed and it went perfectly smooth!
super congrats!!! cant even imagine all it has taken to get this store up and ALIVE (-:
hugs
Linda

Annette Bowes said...

Congratulations on your new store Lisa, wishing you every success and hope the shipping is the only problem you have, take careX:)

KindredEsprit said...

Congrats and best of luck! I couldn't help but laugh at your postcard shipping story.

Chrissy said...

You're up and away, congratulations, all will be fantastic....
Luv CHRISSYxx

Deb said...

Keep you chin up...we will be patient. Hugs to you.

Sheri said...

Congratulations! I have my own business (Buckets-O-Fun) and I use AuctionInc.com as my shopping cart. I just put in the size and weight and you can choose what carriers you want to use and then when customers order they can choose what method. You can see how it works on my web site. I hope that's helpful.

Michelle said...

Congratulations on the store opening up. Don't worry about all of the little things....every great adventure has its ups and downs. Once you iron out all of these little bumps in the road you will be well on your way!!!

Michelle

mpetrovich23 at yahoo dot com

http://peanutbutterandjellydesigns.blogspot.com

Michelle said...

Congratulations on the store opening up. Don't worry about all of the little things....every great adventure has its ups and downs. Once you iron out all of these little bumps in the road you will be well on your way!!!

Michelle

mpetrovich23 at yahoo dot com

http://peanutbutterandjellydesigns.blogspot.com

MiamiKel said...

Congratulations on opening the new store - it looks wonderful! Frieda is superbly cute and will be a wonderful trademark to see in your storefront :) Blessings!

Life's Creative Moments said...

Congratulations Lisa, love the kits.
Hope the little issues sort themselves soon for you in the meantime enjoy it.

Karen said...

Super huge congrats to you hun!! Smiles that you're up and running! Off to have a nosey now!xx

Misty said...

Congrats on the opening, looks great. Love Fredia! I will have to hold off on order now, just lost my job :(

Hummer Hugs,
Misty
http://deliteful-gifts.blogspot.com/
hummingbird204 at comcast dot net

Silvia said...

Congratulations dear Lisa! I am so happy for you! Love the line of products you will be offering.

hugs,

Denise said...

That's awesome that you are up and running :) You are bound to run into a few hiccups when setting up a new store. I looked through it and it looks awesome. Love that you are carrying G45.

Kimba's Kreations said...

NO WORRIES Lisa....

CONGRATS on the opening up of your store. Things happen and I am MORE THAN SURE, you have loyal followers who will be patient and hang in there with you....

I love the products that you are offering!!!

Eva - Esaga said...

Hola Lisa se que estaras muy ocupada, pero te queria preguntar si sabes cuanto podrian costarme los gasto de envia a EspaƱa
Besos y gracias

Marianne - Fiskateer #6701 said...

My grandmother always said, "Don't sweat the small stuff." In the grand scheme of things this is the small stuff. I know you would like for the process to be smooth for your customers, but they will understand that these things happen.

Now on the big stuff...Congratulations! You did it! You now have your store open and your dream is now a reality!

miislucky said...

Congrats on the opening of your store. I wish you much success and happiness in your new adventure!!!

Lisa aka Myran said...

Congrats Lisa! I'm gonna have a look in the shop now :)

1CardCreator said...

Congratulations on your grand opening, wishing you the best. On my way to look right now. ~Diane

Only By His Grace said...

Congrats on your new store.
Hugs Maz

Deb said...

Just make sure you get plent of rest. Hugs.