Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
I decided to invest in a custom stamp with my shop name on it. I did some searching around and settled on StampOutOnline on Etsy. She made me this super cool stamp and although I had no idea what I was doing, she recommended the clear block and I cannot thank her enough. It has made is soooo much easier to use and position. While some other sellers charged extra for proofs and extra for clear blocks and had over a four week turnaround, LIsa from StampOutOnline sent over a proof after my first inquiry after I only asked for a price on a custom stamp. I was immediately hooked since I was having a hard time with the black and white images that the others requested (me and graphics do not get along that well:) I was able to request a couple of changes and got the perfect design. Not to mention above all, I received the stamp within a week of purchase and it only took that long because it was the weekend and Columbus day!!! So…since I love instant gratification I LOVE this seller. Here is some things that I used my stamp for already. Some paper bags that I will be using for my kitchen towels at a upcoming home show. I make circle labels/tags with a circle punch and my stamp, labels like these cost upwards of $20 for 100 and I just made 125 with some leftover cardstock and can make infinite more!!!Also stamped some gift bags and some small pillow boxes for my small hair flowers. Just in case you wondered, I got all of the bags and boxes from Labels By The Sheet, I site that sells tons of labels but also bags and boxes. All of these were on clearance and were just cents a piece!
Monday, September 20, 2010
In absolute perfect timing, simplecard.com offered me a free set of postcards to try out and blog about! I was just getting ready to order some advertising postcards for our Holiday Dreams Homeshow so it worked out perfectly.
Friday, September 3, 2010
A couple firsts for me this week. I did a burp cloth with full name applique on it for a friend who just had a baby.
I got the fabric printed at Spoonflower.com and just did a swatch (8x8) for each of them. Its only $6 for the swatch and that includes shipping and I even got one free because I ordered on free swatch day!!! On the second one I added a terrycloth insert to give the bib more “soakability” .
Now usually four hooded towels are a walk in the park – a naptime diversion. Well….. not so much since the pregnancy. I officially started these TWO weeks ago and last night I finally buckled down and finished them. They are all for new babies at church – so fun!!
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Well…. Tressa is super excited to be a BIG sister!! We are expecting #4 the Lord willing in March.
So if you know me at all you can probably guess that I don’t feel so well at this point. I have been able to take a couple of medications to help with the pukes and the nausea. Hopefully in a few more weeks the worst will be over. (and I won’t sleep ALL the time!)
I had an ultrasound this week that showed a little baby with a heartbeat of 170. It is still amazing to me what a tiny miracle it is to be soooo tiny and still have this beating heart. We are incredibly thankful for a healthy pregnancy thus far.
We told the kids yesterday that mom was going to have a baby and this first thing Michael says is “TODAY!!??” Thinking we are having this baby right now!! So cute. Subconsciously he must have already known because almost a month ago while I was getting ready for church in the bathroom he came in and rubbed my belly and said it looked like I was growing a baby in there. I just laughed and immediately changed my clothes! (I would have probably been in tears if I wasn’t pregnant :)
Tressa took a while to get used to it and just kept saying No like maybe I would change my mind and just let her stay the baby. At supper time while we were reading she whispers to me “ I want to hold the baby” it just melted my heart! Later at night she does a scooping motion on my tummy and them makes a cradle with her arms and says that is how she is going to hold the baby. I think she is going to be the best little mommy’s helper!
So here is my guilt list for the last couple of weeks:
***Thanks to Tricia and Ellen and Shannon who let my kids wander over by them while we were camping since mom never wanted to get out of bed in the morning! ***Sorry to Ruth who I really want to help do diaper bags for the girls at church but just can’t seem to get in the swing of things. I did manage to get some baby gifts made but that is about all the sewing I have been able to do!
***Also sorry to about the last 5 ladies at church who had babies … I made NO food – totally falling down on the job!
***I also had grand expectations of having people over for coffee and at the pool and for supper and all that fun stuff now that we have a house this summer but all that kinda fell flat too. Oh well, I guess next year will come soon enough.
Now was are going to Wisconsin for the next few days and hopefully I will be able to perk up a little bit although that is why is was necessary to let everyone know about the baby since we are going with John’s family and they would for sure guess anyway!
Well, I think that is all I have to say for now. I will keep you updated on baby’s progress and hopefully get back to more fun projects soon. I already have a few new bath things lined up for a customer in Italy, a custom tool belt that I promised someone a long time ago and have to make a pillow for Matthew for Kindergarten (can’t believe he is going to be in School!!!) I had a cute pattern and letters all picked out and he said he didn’t like it and wanted cars instead so I guess I better just do that:)
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Very Unexpectedly I was featured in the Etsy Finds Storque Article and it was about a third of the way down so not even front and center. These are the towels and the photo that was in the article (one of my favorites – and a new product that I just started making) So here is how it impacted my shop. Below is a screen shot of Craftopolis. The first day I got over 4000 page views – up from 300-500 a day. The next three days I noticed an increase as well. Not to mention the incredible amount of new shop hearts!!!This is Google Analytics – COOL! 975 Visits the first day. So far this is the stats on the actual listing : 209 hearts!! I don’t think I have ever had over 15 on a single item before.As for sales – I am shipping to Brazil, Puerto Rico and Italy this week. My total items that I have sold in the last week is approaching 60!!!
I don’t count on Etsy to bring traffic to my shop but when they do – it is AMAZING.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Well, I have been a super duper busy beaver lately and besides all of the hooded towels and beach towels here are a few more things that I have been working on. I LOVE the new Michael Miller fabric - So boyish with the trucks and all. A recent shopping trip to JoAnn's got me the lemon fabric which I instantly fell in love with - so bright and summery!! My newest towel "thing" is the huge name applique - I started them just for my kids and then the swim teacher wanted some and then her neighbor etc. etc. so I decided to list them in my shop. I enjoy making them because I like to sew so it is a nice change from the embroidery (plus I can do it at the same time as the embroidery machine is going!) Well - enjoy these summer days!!
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These wipes, with their own wet bag, evolved after many a frustrating morning trying to get out the door in a hurry. It usually went something like this - grab some nappies, load up the car, then run back for some wipes and then check the change table, nappy bag or line for a clean and dry wet bag to put them in that didn’t take up the entire nappy bag. This waterproof wallet with 5 coordinating wipes is the perfect compact and stylish solution.