Friday, October 31, 2008
Here she is just before departing:
First stop was Grandma and Grandpa's house, where she was amazed that people ACTUALLY GIVE YOU CANDY. For free!
Mom, are you sure this is ok?
And afterwards, she was thrilled to sit down and eat some of the many packs of M&Ms she got:
And that brings my sales for the month to... drumroll... 31! Woo hoo. Overshot my goal by six whole sales! I think I'm going to try to get to 60 by the end of November, and 100 by the end of the year. That's big and bold and I'm laying it out there. So there. We'll see how I do.
In other shop news, I've signed up for two craft fairs, one that's in -- gulp! -- two freaking weeks, and one on December 6th. I've been saying I wasn't going to pursue craft fairs until after Christmas, but it occurred to me that it's kind of nuts to deliberately sit out the Christmas rush when I could probably pull it off. Probably being the interesting word there. Heh.
The show in two weeks is a fairly small one, and I'll only have a five foot round table rather than a big huge booth, so it'll be a good chance to get my feet wet. The December show is a little bigger. I'll post more info on both of them once I've gotten final confirmation that I received a table in both of them.
Give them to your own little girl, send them as a Christmas gift to your nieces, or even wear them yourself! They're a great little gift and really pretty, to boot.
To enter, leave a comment in the comments section of this post -- I'll pick a winner on Saturday.
You can enter multiple times if you really really want 'em. :)
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Also, wow, I'm up to 27 sales -- didn't I just post how excited I was to get to 23? Double yay!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Here she is with the girls (Hazel, Sofie, Molly) in the hay maze:
Here are the same three girls taken in the same spot a year ago -- can you believe how much they've changed???
And a couple new things I just listed -- first, a shirt I call Rocket Boy:
And this funky, retro robot shirt:
And so as to not leave the girls out, a clapping monkey from the same fabric series:
I just ordered more of this fabric since I only had one of each design -- I love the bright colors and it makes the cutest patches. You can see these and many other fun products at http://bellflowertextiles.etsy.com!
...and also the turquoise confetti version:
And she makes gorgeous rings using the same techniques:
And if her jewelry weren't enough, she also offers fine art photography, such as this print:
Blythe offers these random (and interesting!) facts in her profile:
26: current age
18: countries visited (turkey, egypt, peru and all over europe and north america)
12: age when i earned my first paycheck (working in spinach fields, really!)
7: languages studied (latin, italian, spanish, french, mandarin, arabic and turkish)
5: square dances attended this year (yay bluegrass!)
4: movies seen in the theater this year (juno, persepolis, dark knight, wall-e)
3: states lived in (wa, la, ca)
1: pet cat (his name is goose. he enjoys looking indifferent and sleeping on my feet)
Please visit her shop at http://blythebydesign.etsy.com. Thank you!
Birdcage fabric? Is this not the cutest? She's got a huge variety of these pillow covers and each of them is fantastic.
On the bag front, my favorite of her items is this gorgeous red and gold 20" laundry or project bag:
Sun2Create opened up at the end of May and is racking up an impressive amount of sales so far. In her profile, she has this to say about her work:
I am a mother of three almost grown-up kids! I love all sorts of textiles and am inspired by color, shape and texture. With my kids moving into adulthood, I am finally finding time to pursue my artistic adventures. I add new designs often so come back to see what's new! I have a mailing list! To join, email me at mfs284 [!at] yahoo.com or visit my blog at www.onthemarygoround.blogspot.comI send out monthly newsletters full of Etsy news, as well as specials and events in my shop!
You can visit her shop at http://sun2create.etsy.com. Thank you and happy holiday shopping!
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
I had three real goals for the month of October --
- Get my inventory up over 100 by the end of the month
- Get my sales up over 25
- Get my hearts (people marking my shop as a favorite) up over 100
And I'm happy to report that today I hit #1!! Check out my status bar from the shop:
Woo hoo! At the beginning of October I think I had about 30 items in the store, maybe a little more, so I've been really working hard to get it more fully stocked and ready for what I hope is a busy holiday shopping season. Plus I had plenty of sales this month, so I've had to make even more goodies to get to my target number! But today I'm celebrating hitting what is, to me, a big milestone.
Sales are going well -- I've got 23 now and some custom orders in hand that will get me to my goal, I hope, before the 31st. Twenty three sales isn't a ton in the world of Etsy, but since these have all happened in about a thirty day period I'm feeling really good about it! I'd like to thank everyone who's shopped in my store -- thank you so much for your support!! It's so exciting for me to see my creations going out into the world, sometimes to people I know and sometimes to people who discovered me online. I've gotten some great pictures of little ones wearing my dragon shirts and daisy tees and duckie onesies and hairclips, and it's such an amazing feeling to see that.
And finally - favorites. Etsy has a feature that lets people mark your shop or items in it as a favorite item so they can return and shop later. I was hoping for 100 this month (starting at zero a month ago) and so far I have ... drumroll... 130! I've been purposely NOT trolling for these on twitter so that they'll be an accurate reflection of people visiting my store and deciding on their own to make it a favorite, so that's a very positive sign.
I'm getting a couple hundred views a day on various products, have 550 people following me on Twitter, and I've been featured on five different blogs so far, including this frog shirt giveaway running right now on Heart Hugs Designs, features on StampHappy and BlissCandles, Elektra Jewelry, and Glass Menagerie.
So overall? I think it's going GREAT! I'm really excited about how the first month has turned out and feeling very positive about this as a longer term endeavor. And now I have to think about what I'm trying to achieve in November.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Someone had stuffed that and the rest of the ports on the front of the unit full of "moneys".
Thank you, toddler. We retrieved about sixty-three cents from the various apertures.
Friday, October 24, 2008
I just now ironed it, packaged it up, and printed the shipping label out from Paypal. One of my favorite things about Etsy/Paypal is how easy it is to ship, as a seller -- I just weigh the packaged item, then buy my postage label on Paypal, print it out myself on regular paper, and attach it to the envelope with clear mailing tape. That's it -- just drop the package in any mailbox the next morning, no waiting in lines, no dealing with the post office, nothing. Couldn't be easier.
I spent part of tonight making a bunch of new hairclips, including some really amazing snowflake ones that I'll photograph tomorrow and get up onto the blog pretty soon. But for tonight, I'm done -- time to go upstairs and read for a while and fall asleep in this delicious fall weather we're having where the night air is so crisp and the blankets feel so good. Mmmmm.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
I've started making some new products -- I've been wanting to try making crayon rolls for a while now and was delighted to find that these are super fun to make! My first listing of a crayon roll got over 100 views in a couple of hours, and I've already sold one and had a lot more bookmarked as a favorite item by potential buyers.
The idea with a crayon roll is that you can toss them in your purse or diaper bag and pull them out any time you're in a restaurant, doctor's waiting room, or other place where you need to keep your little ones happy and quiet for a little while. They all either tie with an attached ribbon or close with an attached elastic loop, holding your crayons snugly and keeping them from spilling and tumbling around loose in your bag. And they're darn cute, too. :)
I'm making them in three sizes -- first a standard crayon roll, that holds about 16 big crayons or twice that many smaller ones, and rolls up to just 2.5" in diameter:
And then a mini-version that holds eight crayons and is just right for stocking stuffing:
And finally, I got some great advice about making a version for older kids who no longer really use crayons, so I'm making a larger colored pencil-sized version that holes about 14 colored pencils, maybe more if they're doubled:
I have a feeling these are going to be popular items, and I'm going to be making a lot of them! Please visit my shop if you'd like to see these or the other items I'm currently featuring!
Monday, October 20, 2008
Now the first thing that I love about this shop is the sizes -- 8 through 16. See it, right there on her banner? No skinny minnie size zeros here -- this beautiful and hip stuff is for real figures. Kudos on that!
Here are a few things I covet:
I love this dot dress. How cute is this?
I have a real thing for buttons these days -- and I love all the colors they add to this skirt.
NiceDay has this to say about her work:
It all started when I was 10 and I asked my mother to show me how to use her turquoise 70's sewing machine. It's been a meandering road from making Barbie dresses, going to study fine art, selling at my local craft market, and now to selling on-line.
At the moment my passion is customising clothes, although I also do graphic design,handmade cards, and illustration. When I see people wearing my pieces it's like my drawings have come to life, full of clashing colours and over sized decoration.
Visit her shop at: http://nicedaydesigns.etsy.com . Thanks and happy handmade holiday shopping!
Friday, October 17, 2008
Here are a couple of my favorite of her products:
Oh Lime has this to say about a special cause her shop is supporting this week:
Visit Oh Lime at http://ohlime.etsy.com/.
Over the summer, some friends of mine had the opportunity to go on a mission trip to Guatemala City, Guatemala, into a ghetto called “La Limonada,” a place plagued by unhealthy living conditions, drug use, and violent crime.
Almost 15 years ago, a woman named Tita opened a school in La Limonada, to give the children an education and the hope for a life outside the dangerous, dirty ghetto. There is no charge for the 250+ kids to go to Tita’s school. She only asks that a parent come to a parenting class once a month. In addition to a regular education, at Tita’s school, the kids learn to brush their teeth and comb their hair. They get a warm meal (in some cases, the only meal they’ll eat that day), and medicine if they need it.
In July 2008, Tita was able to open a second school on “The Other Side,” a deeper and more dangerous part of La Limonada, where many of the kids had never been to school before.
Tita has earned respect in a place that respects little, and she has dreams to offer more to her kids, like counseling for sexual abuse. Running two schools is a struggle for Tita financially, and she has had to turn kids away. For these reasons, Fellowship Bible Church and the Amistad foundation are sponsoring a benefit for Tita and her school.
For the week of October 18-October 25, 75% of all my sales at Oh Lime will go to Tita and her efforts in La Limonada. Thanks for reading, and thanks for any help you can give!
Thanks, and happy handmade holiday shopping!
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Here are a couple of my newest listings -- first I posted some Christmas items this week, like this cute little hat:
and this hat and onesie gift set:
And I also posted this gorgeous monkey/minkee lap throw that was a custom order for my sister-in-law -- but I'd be happy to make more if anyone else needs something to snuggle up with on the couch!
That's it for now -- Brett's away this weekend so I'm going to try to get a lot of sewing done and new stuff ready for the shop. Stay tuned!
Among the many things my husband has taught my daughter, the latest is to shout out "Bran muffin!" when asked "What do you need to poop, Sofie?" I'm not sure what brought this about but I suppose it can only come in handy in the long run. You need to start kids with a good foundation of knowledge, right?
Sofie was delighted to receive a pillow in her crib this week. Suddenly going to bed with a big girl pillow is a huge adventure. She gets a giant smile on her face when it's time to get into her crib and settles down onto her pillow like it's absolute nirvana. Why didn't we think of doing this before? Anything that makes this girl want to get into bed is a plus. Although it still doesn't stop her from refusing to nap. Yesterday she hosted a toddler-and-stuffed-animal rave in her crib for almost two hours that will go down in stuffed animal history as the Greatest. Party. EVAH.
I wasn't invited. Which, really, when you think about it, is kind of rude. I only gave BIRTH to you. Can't you invite me to the rocking parties?
Yesterday we went to the Halloween store to look for some accessories for Sofie's costume (which I have yet to make, although that's another story) and discovered that Sofie has yet another great fear to add to her list. Rats. Even plastic ones. Especially plastic ones that are motion sensitive and twitch and make sounds when a stroller goes by. Yup, those are the worst.
I guess I'm not winning any awards for sensitive parenting there!
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Here's one of the things I covet from her listings -- a key lime pie candle. Can you just imagine how great this would smell in your living room?
She's also got a few bath and body products, including this tempting-sounding apple and clover body butter:
You can visit her store at http://blisscandles.etsy.com , or visit her blog at http://blisscandles.blogspot.com .
Thank you and happy handmade holiday shopping!
Here's one of my favorites of her products - this wrap bracelet is just so Christmas-y!
MyChristmasShop just opened on September 12th and is doing a great job getting up and running. You can view her shop at http://mychristmasshop.etsy.com/ , and also visit her website at http://www.crownrosegems.com/ .
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
And while you're at it, check out her shop! Her work is gorgeous. Here's one of her pieces:
Monday, October 13, 2008
First I decided to try reducing the pattern on my dragon so I could make some onesies out of it -- I was a little nervous about whether all the twists and turns would be unmanageable to stitch on a smaller size, but it turned out fine! I shrunk it down by 15% for this 3-6 mo shirt compared to the version I've been putting on toddler tees:
Don't you love this green fabric? It's so 1950s, so "My Friend the Atom." :)
And I made another crown, super bright this time, on a magenta shirt with pretty little gathers at the neck -- this is size 12M:
I've also finally gotten on board with this Twitter mini-blogging phenomenon and I must admit, it's really addictive. :) If you want to follow me I'm at http://twitter.com/megzseattle . I can't shut it off!!
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Sofie had a pretty good time, although she was much more interested in watching the cows and chickens than in participating in the pumpkin gathering part of the outing.
And holy schmoly, they had a big white horse that she got to feed grass too! I had to admire her moxie, being as she is a Tiny Little Person who was gutsy enough to hold grass out for a horse that's a gazillion times her size and let him eat it from her hand. "Very brave," as Sofie often says, usually complimenting herself for facing down an oscillating fan without crying.
Here she is with Daddy in the pumpkin fields:
And taking a brief break to drink some apple cider and semi-pose on some pumpkins:
Friday, October 10, 2008
Here's the first set I made, now for sale on Bellflower Textiles:
Minkee is a name for a fancy kind of chenille that's embellished with raised dots, like the blue you see on the bottom of the stack in the picture above. It's super soft and really fun to work with.
Same set - just a shot of the other fabric I used in it:
And a shot showing the shaping that makes it lay more easily against your neck:
I've also posted a couple of other burp cloth sets -- one in bright, candy colors, one in blue and green, and one in my favorite brown and pink combination. Here are a few shots of and links to those items: