July 26, 2007

The end is nigh

Posted in Catt's Ramblings at 7:10 pm by Catt

The end of RFL 07 that is. Unfortunately RL has not given me enough time to make a new exclusive outfit for the festivities this weekend, but what I can do is include a $500 voucher for my store with the current outfit. It is a way for me to match any donations made.

This will be a low tech version of a voucher, nothing automatic. You will need to contact me, tell me what you want and we will exchange. You give me the voucher I give you the goodies πŸ™‚

Just in case you forgot what the outfit looks like…..

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July 16, 2007

Fat packs and other puzzling questions

Posted in Catt's Ramblings at 8:40 pm by Catt

I’ve been trying to work out if “fat packs” are worth putting in my store. I’ve done it for a couple of items, like the tube tops and Anchored Sweaters but I’ve never sold a single one and I’ve never had anyone actually buy all colours of an item at once before. I know a lot of designers do it and honestly it only takes one extra prim (and prim usage is not a problem for me) but it seems a waste to spend time on the sales pic if no-one is interested. So how many of you actually buy fat packs of clothing? How many would be interested in Catt’s Creations carrying them? (you watch the amazing dearth of comments to this post now – lol)

Fashion Heaven is requesting comments for an upcoming M2 article. They want to know how you feel about permissions. Do you want mod/copy or mod/trans in your clothing? I encourage everyone who might actually read my blog to visit and answer their simple questions. Because… I wanna know tooooo! Permissions is one of those things that have been bothering me for a while now. I sell exclusively mod/trans. I hate having clothing in my inventory that I cannot give away or sell, and as far as I’m concerned if it aint mod I’m not interested. So given that is my preference thats how I sell my clothing. But a lot of people prefer mod/copy and because of theft and general SL inventory screw-ups a lot of designers are moving in that direction.

I did think at one point of offering both versions but the idea of retrofitting all of my clothing gave me nightmares and I just couldn’t bear the thought of it. If anything was going to make me give up SL, having to go through that would have done it.

But.

There’s always a but isn’t there, nothing is ever simple. My recent clothing, like the swimsuits, the corset and the tube tops have been on multiple layers so that you can mix and match. And each of those pieces have been mod/trans. Which gives someone the opportunity to sell the layers they dont want to use. I certainly don’t mind someone giving the other layers to friends but selling the pieces just seems wrong to me. I made it as a complete set for mix and match, and thats the way I would want it sold.

Now I have no idea if this has happened, and I probably wouldn’t know if anyone did, and truthfully, once I have sold the original as trans I have no control over what someone does with it. I’ve certainly not been losing sleep over it but I definitely can’t wait to see what kind of results M2 gets. Will it make a difference to how I sell my clothing? Maybe. I don’t know yet. Possibly the only thing that will force me to change is getting ripped off, or the buyers of SL standing up and in one voice proclaiming “we want mod/copy”. πŸ˜€

I lurk in a lot of forums. I admit it. My name is Cattrina Careless and I’m a forum lurker πŸ™‚

What I have noticed in a lot of merchant discussions is a common theme, how much time is spent with customer IMs and customer service. Now I’m not sure if I’m doing something amazingly right or amazingly wrong, but I very very very rarely get IMs from my customers. I know I’m probably worrying about nothing but… well if its so common for other designers to have to spend large amounts of time with customer service, why aren’t I? And because I don’t get feedback from my customers I’m not sure if its because they are completely happy or just don’t feel like its worth the effort of sending an IM. And yes I think you can presume from this that I am also very insecure – lol.

What you’re still here? Man you must have nothing better to do today πŸ™‚ But seeings as how you are, perhaps you can help me answer my last puzzling question.

My prices. Now I’ve always hated how much it costs to buy clothing, yes maybe I’m a cheapskate but especially in todays SL where not everyone gets stipend for some people $L are a little scarce. I prefer to make my clothing affordable. But. Again with the but! I have also heard that cheap clothing is considered just that… cheap. So am I losing a customer base because I don’t charge more? To me that just sounds insane, but on more than one occasion I’ve seen someone recommend to a new merchant they need to increase their prices. Again not something I’m losing sleep over but it does make me wonder every time I see it recommended.

Well thats my random thoughts for today, congratulations to anyone who made it this far πŸ™‚ you are my hero’s!

July 15, 2007

Hey look, something new :)

Posted in Lingerie at 5:55 pm by Catt

Well I finally decided to do something other than swimsuits – lol. So this week I offer to you a satin and leather corset set. Or should that be sets (<– notice the s ) given that there is seven colour selections? Set, sets, whichever, they are out on the wall and ready for you eager buyers. Because I know you are out there somewhere…. right? πŸ™‚

The set(s) comes with two variations of the corset, one over breast and one under breast. It also includes a g-string and a pair of lace top stockings.

They come on every top layer possible so you can mix and match them with almost anything. So we have Peach, Pink, Gold, Green, Blue, Black & Red which you can see in the little pics below. Did you know if you click on them you get to see bigger pics? Bet you did huh πŸ™‚

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July 10, 2007

Relay for life

Posted in Catt's Ramblings at 9:53 am by Catt

At one point hmm late last year I think, it seemed every time you turned around there was yet another designer releasing something for RFL.Β  This was also something I wanted to do because I believe that it is a great charity.Β  But I didn’t want to be another person in the crowd, looking like someone just jumping on the bandwagon.Β  So I decided to wait a little, after all RFL wasn’t just for one day, or one week, I had time.

And then I forgot.

I’ll admit it, its true.Β  I forgot.Β  Completely. Hidden in a fog, never heard of this RFL stuff, what that’s still going on?Β Β That kind of forgot.

Then last week someone said something that reminded me of my good intentions and didn’t I feel embarrassed!Β  Even though the only person who knew I forgot was myself.Β 

So I dedicated myself to making the best outfit I have so far.Β  And I’m extremely happy with the result.Β  I’m hoping that it has a wide appeal and make lots of lots of sales.Β  Need to make up for the fact I was a little bit slower coming to the party then I meant to be.Β  Well my father has been known to say that I would be late to my own funeral, so I guess it isn’t out of character πŸ˜€

Anyway there are quite a few pieces to this outfit.Β  I comes with..

  • a shrug on the jacket layer
  • a long dress (this is a system dress)
  • a mini dress (yes for RFL I ventured back into prim world)
  • toe pairs of pants, one with the RFL bow and one without.
  • the top is of course the top to both dresses and the pants, so you only get one of those πŸ™‚

So without further ado, my RFL outfit, available now in my main store.

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July 4, 2007

It’s hot RL

Posted in Swimsuits at 6:04 pm by Catt

And I find myself wanting to wear cool clothes in SL as well. Weird. And to add to the weirdness because its so hot all I can think of to make is swimsuits. Yes, yes, I know I’ve been on a swimsuit kick recently. In fact I’ve outgrown the area I had allocated for swimsuits in the store and had to do a quick re-arrange. But I was going to work on something else today, I swear! I’ve enough swimsuits – time to move on. Bah, its too damned hot to move on! So you guessed it… two new swimsuits πŸ™‚

I’ve always loved tie-dye. It’s not something that I wear a lot (at all) in RL, but I love the fact I can do anything I want with it in SL πŸ˜€ I’m actually really happy at how these turned out, although matching up the pattern ended up being a little more complex than I expected. As usual they come on every single layer possible.

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