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"

Friday, February 10, 2012

Friday Find ~ Woven Fabric Necklaces

It has been way too cold here! The groundhog predicted six more weeks of Winter. To warm things up a bit I decided to do some early Spring shopping. These shabby chic woven fabric necklaces by LittleLivingstone on Etsy caught my eye:
Ah...just looking at these makes this dreary, snowy day a lot brighter. I can't decide on which one I love more! What about you? Are you ready for Spring?

Thursday, February 9, 2012

My Dear Holmes

Oh boy, I've been high on knitting lately. Between Nerd Wars on Ravelry, my sister-in-law's hat and craft swap projects, I've been neglecting things like this blog and the two frames I bought from the Salvation Army. They have been empty for far too long!
    ...So here's what I did with one:
Now, where is a good spot to put it?

Sunday, February 5, 2012

30 Days of List Challenge

Today is the start of pre-registration for 30 Days of List. It includes a private blog to chat with other participants, tutorials and DIY projects designed for listers, and giveaways! Starting March 1st you'll get a prompt (e.g. 'DIYs I want to try') each Morning for 30 days to journal about in list form. Definitely sounds like a fun, positive, and creative way to keep a journal! Are you in?


Friday, February 3, 2012

Friday Finds ~ Hearts

Today is National Wear Red Day to support the fight against heart disease in women. On their website there is a donation link. I donate whenever can to organizations. I consider myself a donation junkie :)
Here are some of my favorite hearts:

Origami Heart Message Card Tutorial by origami-club.com. I love that they have both a diagram and an animation tutorial. I find with this tutorial it's easier to follow along with the animation.

Bloomize has a cute origami heart bookmark tutorial.They are perfect to leave in a book you are donating or swapping or to leave in some books at the Library.

Check out this heart shaped Companion Cube necklace by  Monsterkookies! ~ love! love! love! This is what I am treating myself to for Valentine's Day.

She has lots of other lovely items that I have my eye on for later purchases. Such as, Little Mechanical Birdie Pendant/Necklace

Do you buy yourself gifts for Valentine's Day?
TheLittleFox is one of my favorite Etsy artist. I would buy everything in her shop if I could! She has pendants, prints, paper goods, tote bags and original art. I own this owl with girl necklace and absolutely love wearing it.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

It's a Hockey and knitting night

Do you knit or crochet in public? I usually knit on a car ride or at the knit meetup held in Panera Bread, but never at a Hockey game. There is only one person I've seen or heard of that does this...She is called "The Knitting Lady".

I've seen her several times on TV (seriously I pause the game to take a photo) and from afar at last weeks Hockey game we went to. People probably thought there was something wrong with me when I cheered for her every time she was shown on the jumbotron. The next Pittsburgh game she'll be at is Feb. 11th. Definitely not missing my chance to meet her then. Maybe I'll bring my knitting with me :)

Tonight Devin and I are going to see the Pittsburgh Penguins vs. the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Let's go Pens! :)

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Nerds Wars Tournament

The Nerd Wars Tournament 4 team rosters have been announced!! I'm on Team Macabre :D The tournament begins February 1st. I can't wait to get started! I've never incorporated Horror into my knitting. I'm sure to love it. Don't worry if you've missed the sign-up! Tournament 5 sign-ups begin
May 15th.

My Ravatar (Killer Clowns From Outer Space):

Friday, January 27, 2012

Friday Finds ~ Pillows!

Pillows are one thing I love having in a living area. There's something about them that make a room feel cozy and complete. We currently don't have any on our bare couches and I've been on the look out for some. Here are some of my favorites for today's Friday Finds:

This one reminds me of Pixar's For the Birds

Big snowy owl knit pattern ~ cozy and big enough to be a pillow :)

Tutorial: Sproket Pillows ~ I love how bright these are

Lonely this Valentine's Day? Spoon a pillow

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Fun mail!

Oh, hello! I'm Totoro!
Who doesn't love receiving fun mail? Especially when it's super adorable!! After I signed up for the Oh Strumpets! Valentine's Day Craft Swap, I excitedly purchased a couple items from their shop :) 
Crocheted Totoro, Totoro notepad, holiday postcards and tags.
The handmade crocheted Totoro is flawless and so sweet of them to throw in a free Totoro notepad! :D Their postcards and tags are currently on sale for $3 plus free shipping!! Ahh! I'm so tempted to buy more. Better get yours quick! :)

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Telepathic Kitten

Seems like everyone I know has a cat, which makes it difficult for me to make a visit to their house -- I'm allergic - asthma, itchy eyes, runny nose :: sigh :: not fun! I've never had the joy of snuggling one. So I decided to create my own hypoallergenic kitten. I found the adorable Telepathic Kitten Amigurumi Plush Toy pattern on Ravelry (can also be found on Etsy). It'll look like the kitten on the right except in grey.

The pattern is very easy to follow. If you're a beginner, don't be discouraged by the instruction to 'wt' (wrap and turn/short rows). There are plenty of how to videos online. Definitely practice before starting this pattern. Yay! I can't wait to finish :D I'll post photos.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Join in and be creative!

I'm so happy I've stumbled upon this blog post by Joy the Baker today - Spiced Almond Steamers. I usually make hot chocolate after dinner, but that doesn't always agree with me since I have a dairy allergy - it's so tasty though! I have everything to make this yummy recipe except cardamom. I'll probably use Chai spice tea instead.

If you haven't yet, sign up for Nerd Wars. I'm hoping to get on Team Tardis (Dr. Who). My other choices are 1-UP (gaming) and Macabre (Horror). Sign-ups for Tournament 4 close January 26th at midnight. This will be my first time. I'm beginning to get antsy! I really can't wait to meet other crafters and see all of their creative projects.

Tonight I am going to finish up the Special Olympics Scarf I've been knitting. Their website has free patterns to choose from. I decided on a simple cable knit pattern I found on Ravelry. Pennsylvania's goal is to have approximately 1,746 scarves and has received 753 so far. Anyone else making scarves?

The weather here has been wonky lately. It'll go from freezing cold and
snowy to being in the 50's (fahrenheit) and rainy/sunny. The sun broke out from the clouds earlier so I decided to take Dutchess Doxie for a mini walk. Five minutes later a sun shower! She absolutely hates the rain and started running for the house :)  We got to see a beautiful double rainbow! How is the weather where you are?

Friday, January 20, 2012

Yay, for free printables!

Valentine's Day is sneaking up on us! Stores are stocked with fluffy plushies, sweets and hearts galore. I absolutely love this holiday. It's just so cheerful to me. I want to send some Valentines out to friends but I really dislike going to the store to buy cards, especially when the weather isn't great and it takes me forever to find the perfect one. So, I save the hassle and make them instead - a lot more fun!

I would like to share with you, 'Hello! I love you!'. Cute little envelope love, aw :)
In Microsoft Word I changed the orientation to 'Landscape', made a 1x1 table, and inserted my image into each cell.

I put a border around my image for easy cutting (watch your fingers!!) and printed it out on 11 x 8.5" paper.

To make this stationery even cuter I used my lace punch on the corners.

These printables aren't just for Valentine's Day. They'd be great to send to someone who needs cheering up or to let someone know how you really feel ;)

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Mission beyond accomplished!

On Monday, I took a venture out to the Salvation Army to see if I could find a crock-pot. I've been wanting one for a while to use for dyeing yarn. I know I can just buy one new but I really wanted a vintage one. I've never been to a Salvation Army before. When I walked in the entrance I was immediately sucked into all the lovely knit items on display. I found white glittery cable knit kid leg warmers - $1.99 and a vintage Black Poppy clutch - $1.99. The leg warmers will work amazingly as wrist warmers for the cold crafting days and I couldn't pass up the beautiful clutch with two fortunes the previous owner left inside.
How cool is that!
After gazing at the slew of accessories I moved onto the first trinket filled table. There I saw a pot for $5.99 that could work if I couldn't find a crock-pot - and it's vintage! It comes with a strainer and the pattern is mesmerizing.
I came to the last table in the store and still no crock-pot. I mean I wasn't expecting to find a vintage crock-pot at the first thrift shop I went to, but sure enough I did! -$7.99. Same one my Mom used to have!
What a perfect pair =D
I also picked up two white frames for $4 that you'll see in a later post, and a big bag of craft supplies for $5 - zipper, spools of thread, tons of green & brown embroidery floss, two balls of yarn, and seam binding. Yup! I definitely had a good time and so happy I found my perfect pots! Yay!