Monday, July 24, 2017

Good Bye To Shopify

Hello everyone,

I wanted to talk about having a shopify, and also why I no longer have one. First I would like to say that I thought it was pretty good. It took me all of family day to get my shop up and running. I had my shop open till last month. Now lets get into what I thought of there platform.

If you have a very strong following and lots of  sales its wonderful, of course right? Well that wasn't the case for me. I guess I have been pushing my etsy shop for 9 years, that I was finding a bit of a struggle to get buyers to jump ship. I did find that if I did have a sale that the buyer did buy more then one item. The many programs on there website do encourage buyers to invest more into your line. There shipping page and getting your clients to become part of newsletters was a lot easier too.

At the end of the day the lack of sales and the high price for there serves was far to much to keep my brand on there platform. I do know it works for many sellers but as of right now I am not one of them. I guess I'm an etsy girl to the better end!

Please let me know if you would like a more in depth look at both etsy and shopify. I want to help out my fellow artist/ sellers out there. Do you use one of these platforms or one of the other eCommerce sites out there? I would love to know what you use.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Episode 07, Canada Food Guide, Eating Clean Is Useless, Ont. Food Truck




Welcome back to our 7th podcast. We've had a bit of a break due to technical difficulties, but we're happy to be back for this episode! Come along with us as we talk about questionable, yet thoughtful articles about health, the new Canadian Food Guide, and Vegan Food Trucks in Huntsville. I talk about my new max lifts in the weightlifting section, and we finish off talking about seeing loved ones eating poorly and the frustrations it brings.
Come back for our next podcast where we discuss more about health, how society is impacting it, and more vegan news!
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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Vegetable Scraps Broth



Ingredients
A full freezer bag of left over vegetable clippings that you would just toss away.
Things not to add would be starch items like potatoes of any kind. Everything else is welcome!
Skins, clippings, peals, the list can go on and on. If you are unsure of if you can add an item just message me.

1/2 tsp of what ever kinds of spices you wanna add.
So
paprika
salt
rosemary
turmeric
thyme
basil
anything else you want

Steps

Add the vegetable scraps and 8 cups of water to your pressure cooker* add the spices then add on your lid and let the pot come to pressure. Once it does turn it to low and let it simmer for about 25 min. Once its done you can release pressure or like I do just turn the heat off and let the pot come back down from pressure on its own. Once you can take the lid off add all the veg to a straner to try and get all the broth out. Let that cool. Once cool you can add to zip lock bags like I do or even add it to ice cube trays if you want little cubes of broth. 

I love making my broth, saves me money, homemade, and is never the same twice since you may not have the same craps all the time. I hope you try this out yourself. If you do please let me know what you think.

* If you don't have a pressure cooker you are more then welcome to try it in a normal pot just keep in mind that it will take more time at least an hour to cook your veg.
Enjoy!


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Reno In The Works




Like I sad in the last blog. Chris and I are in the early stages of doing a full reno on our house. I find it kind of funny when I tell people, what we plan on doing. The first thing they say back is: "OMG thats a gut job!"... Ya I know, when I say reno I mean it! I guess they just didn't think it was going to be that big of a job. Anyways our homework the other week, was to take the drawing of what our place looks like now, and go over them with what we want our space to look like. I am super happy with what we came up with. We will be sitting down with our architect next week to flush out the plans a bit more. From there we will be sending this to committee, which is pretty much the city looking over the plans and what they have to say. That process is a 5 min meeting. But once you book your meeting it can be a year long wait for them to look at your plans. This is why we are happy we started working on our house plans this early. Hope to have more news for you soon. I am also vlogging our plans so once our house is done I will post a youtube video! Cool Right?

In other news I had my first big sale on my new Shopify shop! I am so happy about this. I am also working on knitting a infinity scarf I am very new to knitting. I am also working on a project bag for my knitting. I will post those up next week. I hope you will come back for that update!

Talk to you next week!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Blogging Again!



Its been a bit since I have talked about how I am doing. I am feeling like this might be a good time to try and do a blog a week talk about life things/ whats new. As you all know I have been working very hard on my shopify website.

About my shopify. I am working though a how to build your brand/ sales workshop. One of the challenges is building a website outside of Etsy. This is so that you can have more control of your website and also to get more analytics. I have always been of the mind of sending your buyers to one place. So setting up a new shop outside of Etsy, which I have been part of for 9 years, is hard for me. I jumped in with both feet and over the feb. long weekend, I worked the hole weekend to get my new shop up and running. So far I have only had one sale. I say its a start! I'm going to try it for a few months and see how it goes. I'm almost done the challenge workshop so we will see how it goes.

I also started a new job in animation that I had never done before, at the start of the year. I was getting a lot of anxiety and stress, at the start. I felt like I was doing everything wrong. I think this was because my pas job, I was there for 5 years. You just get used to old ways. Where as at my new job I felt like I was tossed into the deep end and didn't know how to swim. Now it has been 2 months and I feel that things are coming together. I'm super happy about that.

In other news: I have my jewelry in a small shop in Toronto called Old's Cool General Store , The Toronto Etsy Street Team I am part of has a gallery space for the next year. Also Chris and I are in the early stages of doing a major reno to our house. More to come on these topics later!

Talk to you all soon.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Grand Opening Sale

I am so happy to let you all know that I have a new home for CandiWare! I have just made my own website for you to find all my minis.

If your wondering whats going to happen to my Etsy don't worry I am still keeping that open. I just wanted a new place that I could customize more. Now I can run things like loyalty programs, better discounts and coupons.

I would love to know what you think. I have been very hard at work for the weekend. Sale runs for a week so I hope you will take advantage of the sale.

Thank you for the ongoing support, you really mean the world to me!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Our 6th Plant Basted Podcast, Vegan



Welcome back to our 6th podcast. We're back after a long break, and couldn't be happier to continue to share our Vegan lifestyle with you. On this episode we talk about our 3rd trip to Doomie's, and indulging in the delicious food and drinks there. Nutriton Facts new video on viruses found in milk, and Dr. Klapper's new video on the milk industry. Tennis Star Venus Williams has gone Vegan, and we let you know how she did at the Australian Open. Chris is back in the gym and lifting. Hope you enjoy. Come back in 2 weeks for our next podcast!
Links to the new articles: www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Mf7KtDquyM
Find our vegan recipes here: www.candiware.com/p/vegan-recipes.html
Watch me make dinner every night on snapchat: www.snapchat.com/add/candiware
Or Pariscope: www.periscope.tv/CandiWare/
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♪Opening Theme ♪ By Jeffrey Ware (my twin brother :D) You can message to him if you need any work done. www.facebook.com/jeffware87
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