Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Less is More

by MaryAnn Carroll

I stole that slogan from somewhere, but I am pretty sure it isn't owned by one particular person. Anyhow, it is something I have made myself remember for many years now. I tend to have a habit of overdoing sometimes. After years of practice I have gotten much better about recognizing when I am heading down a busy road the wrong way.... Put on the brakes, turn around and head back to some tranquil spot that existed before you took that path.

I have had such crazy stuff happen to me in life. Not unlike some others, but it often seems like I am in the minority with the things that other people fear will happen has happened. Sometimes people wonder how I can do it and how I haven't dropped dead yet. I guess the answer is acceptance of what I cannot control and also to simplify what I can. Seems deep, right.

Well, lucky for you I am not going to get too deep right now (that usually comes after a glass of wine or two). I will stay focused on what I do outside of the chaos. That is beadmaking and jewelry. I say try because I always seem to have roadblocks thrown in the way, but when I find myself truly back into it, it is so enjoyable.

Just recently, I have gently removed those roadblocks that were piling and quietly tip toed back down the road of tranquility. Maybe I will be able to hang out there for awhile if all goes well.


I decided to redo my website that has been hurting for a couple of years. In the past, I used GoDaddy. It was a great experience for me because it was not too easy to learn. I had to teach myself many things about codes, javascript, etc. It all seemed so darn overwhelming at the time.

This time around, I wanted to keep it simple. I don't know if it is as complicated as it was a few years back, but I needed a change. I decided to check out other website builder services. I looked up reviews knowing that those may not always be accurate, but went for since it had a high ranking. I fiddled away and entire day with it to discover that the cheap price was going to be ridiculously I found Given the name, I rationalized that it would be easy. It was, but when I went to publish I learned that my $4.95 a month was going to become $24.95 a month. I chalked that one up to more experience.

I cannot remember why I tried, but I an assure you that I am so happy that I did. The website builder is incredibly user friendly, For $8.95 a month (paid in full), I got everything I needed and more. I think one of the biggest things that I like is that there are free apps. Etsy is one of those. Yay!! You can literally add your Etsy shop to make it look like part of the website. If you read this blog often, you might remember the post about returning to Etsy.

It might not be the prettiest way to sell online, but it sure as heck is convenient.

So, for those of you who are hoping to simplify your own life, but you would also like to promote your shops, etc. I am going to give a confident recommendation for

My site still needs some work, but for what it is worth, here it is.

My link was done using the jewelry template. Also, you can fix the site to work with mobile phones. I haven't gotten that far yet, but that looks pretty simple too!

Good luck!

WORD OF CAUTION: Once you choose your template, you are "kind of" stuck with it.


Juliette Williams said...

Thanks for sharing your adventures in websites! I too am having a new adventure with them. I found, and while their formatting (drag and drop, etc.) is okay, I've found them pretty easy to use. I still have a free site, but am considering upgrading to the next level so that I can offer more items on the site for sale. They import your files from Etsy, so it sounds like it's similar. Good luck to you! :)

Artisan Beads Plus said...

I haven't ever tried Weebly. I know they offer a free account and that is the only one I have seen. So far, this one has been so darn easy.

Gemstone said...

Thanks for Sharing . Nice to Read it . Keep Posting .

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Creative Atelier said...

I used Weebly for years and love it. No only it's very easy, the templates are gorgeous and I can change my site as much I want. The customer service is outstanding. said...

I subscribe to many blogs but the only one I really read is Love My Art Jewelry. I love the posts about every ones adventures on the web & of course the beautiful jewelry.

Lee said...

That is a gorgeous website, and so simple to navigate. So easy to buy from! Thanks for sharing this.

sara said...

I really like beading! And I really like the concept of creating interchangeable Jewelry items, especially necklaces and bracelets. What a cool idea!

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