Tuesday, May 1, 2012

My Etsy Seller Experience So Far

Tomorrow is my Etsy shop's two week anniversary! It has been amazing so far. I listed more items in this shop than I have in my past shops, received six orders, and three of my items are in treasury list. I've never been featured in a treasury before! It feels absolutely wonderful :D

Here are the beautiful treasuries:

I've learned so much by attending Etsy online labs. Highly recommend it! There is one coming up May 3rd @ 7pm Est - Code as Craft by Janice Fraser, which interest me - technology + crafting  :)  Even if you aren't into programming, it's definitely neat to see how Etsy is built. Their website: CodeAsCraft.Etsy.com

Do you attend Etsy online labs? Have you ever been featured on a treasury? 

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Etsy Shop is Live!

After getting over some nervousness about opening my Etsy shop, I hovered over the publish button, closed my eyes, and clicked it. My shop is finally open! It was definitely a long process - taking photos, writing out descriptions, and figuring out how much to charge. Phew, exhausting! I'm starting out small with just 22 items. More items are in the making :)

I'm actually really excited I have my very own Etsy shop! What was I so nervous about? The hard part is over, and now I can't wait to get orders. I love making custom items so I'm hoping for lots of those.

My top two favorite items in my shop --

                                    Custom Android Necklace   ::   Under a Magnolia Tree Earrings

Do you have an Etsy shop? Were you nervous/excited?

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

I Grew a Beard!

Tonight is the start of playoff hockey. My team the Pittsburgh Penguins vs. my home team the Philadelphia Flyers. Since I don't have man-mones to grow a beard, I decided to knit one to wear to the games. Such a simple pattern. I used bulky weight yarn, size 10 needles, and used seed stitch throughout. I'll post the pattern here soon.

If you know a guy who grows a beard, definitely direct him to the Beard-a-thon website to raise money for charity: www.beardathon.com

Let's go Pens!
~Philly always close to my heart~

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Organizing With Glass Jars

Since moving to a new home at the end of October I've been slowly setting up and organizing my craft space in the basement. I call it the dungeon but really it's not that bad - just really cold! It's an unfinished basement so there are many creative possibilities :)

Glass jars are definitely my favorite for organizing my tools and findings. I've been looking for ways to make them stand out. A few ideas I'm thinking about:
Yarn/ribbon dispenser
The painted jars are at the top of my list. A quick and easy project for Sunday. I'll need to get a bigger bottle of Mod Podge for the big jars left by the last owners. How do you organize your craft space?

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Knit Woven Mug Rug Pattern

I love mugs just as much as I love tea. Any mention of either makes me extremely happy! Sometimes I'll have cookies with my tea and the cork coasters I bought from Etsy aren't big enough for both. I decided it's time to make something bright and big enough to set my tea and cookies on. I threw a pattern together and knit my first mug rug.
I really like the woven look:
Yarn: Sugar 'n Cream
Needle: US 7

CO 40 sts (or however many you'd like in multiples of 4) with the invisible cast on
The size of my rug is about 5" x 5-1/2". 

Begin woven cable stitch:
Row 1 (right side): *C4F; rep from * to end.
-C4F: Slip two stitches onto cable needle (I used a DPN) and hold to the front. Knit two sts off the left needle and then knit the two sts off cable needle.

Row 2: Purl

Row 3: K2, *C4B; rep from * to last 2 sts, K2
-C4B: Slip two stitches onto cable needle and hold to the back. Knit two sts off the left needle and then knit the two sts off cable needle.

Row 4: Purl
Repeat rows 1-4 as many times you like.

For the edging I decided on the picot point bind off:

Multiple of 3 sts + 2 sts

Bind off 2 sts, *slip rem st from right needle to left needle, cast on 2sts, bind off 4 sts; rep from * to end and fasten off rem st.

I couldn't decide which edging I wanted to do when I casted on so there are a couple extra stitches at the end. I just casted on some and did another repeat.

In order for my cast on to look like my bind off, I undid the cast on, picked up the 40 stitches and did the same bind off method.

I quite like my little rug :) I'll most likely make a bigger one soon. Have you ever made a mug rug?

Friday, February 17, 2012

Etsy Shop Preview

Horrah! My new Etsy shop is scheduled to open this month. I'm really excited about this one. The items I've made I'm quite pleased with and actually want to wear. I've had shops in the past I didn't have much luck with -- well, I didn't have many items listed and didn't promote very well. It's time to revamp! The toughest part is figuring out what will sell. We all go through this, right? Best give it a go and find out. If all fails, I won't have any loss because I love to create anyway!

Here's a preview of star earrings made from polymer clay. What do you think? I painted them marshmallow and sealed them with a couple protective gloss coatings. I couldn't help but make a pair for myself. They are so cheerful! I find when I make something I really like it gives me even more inspiration and motivation to be creative. Hopefully that will last for a long time.

It's a lot easier to make things now that I have a nice size craft area in the basement. The only bothersome thing is it is so cold! Lots of hot tea drinking for me :)

Where do you do most of your crafting? How do you keep your space tidy?

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

My Valentine Craft Swap

In a past post I briefly mentioned the Oh Strumpets Valentine's Day Craft Swap I signed up for. This was my first ever craft swap and I'm so glad I took part. I was paired up with Pam ~ Making Islands ~ who amazingly embroidered this Sherlock Holmes piece for me. I absolutely love it! Not only because it's Sherlock, but because it's handmade. Pure talent! I can just hear Sherlock and Watson examining the heart left on the chair :)
"Watson: Holmes, let me ask you a question. I hope I'm not being presumptuous, but... there 'have' been women in your life, haven't there?
Holmes: The answer is yes...
Watson: [Watson breathes a sigh of relief]
Holmes: ...You're being presumptuous. Good night"