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Business Cards and Fabric

In blog, crafts, etsy, seller, sellers, selling, sewing, store, stores on July 15, 2008 at 5:59 pm

 

Yesterday I went on a shopping spree…Just a little one, but one that made me feel GREAT (girls, you know what I mean right?). I bought some really great Amy Butler fabric:

                          

And some awesome pink linen to line it:

                          

I’m also looking for some hook/clasps for my new pattern….I’ll be able to go ahead with it when I get my grommet press and I can’t wait!! I’m going to be doing an entirely different style bag with a nice snug handle made from webbing (a new word I just learned yesterday:). I’m really excited to get onto this project and can’t wait to receive my grommet press.

I’ve also been looking into getting pro business cards done. I don’t mind the ones I make for myself, but it’d be great to have some professional looking ones both in finish and design. I’ve been pricing out a few Etsy businesses, but so far Apples and Chalk Dust looks like the best bet.

The Market

In crafts, etsy, seller, sellers, selling, sewing, store, stores, Uncategorized on July 14, 2008 at 2:15 pm

For the first time on Saturday, I went to the Farmers Market here in town. I had to be there by 8am (on a Saturday, this just about killed me!), I grabbed a Tims coffee before I went and then drove to the parking lot where the Market is held. I set up my table and waited for the customers to start arriving.

I seriously had so much fun! There were so many people enjoying the hot day, everyone was so friendly, and there were so many great booths set up. I actually met another Etsy sellerthere too, from a town just north of us…the first Etsy seller that I’ve met! I really should have taken a picture of us…didn’t think of that.

                            

Financially, the day was a huge success…to me anyways. I’m not sure what the avarage Farmers Market booth would bring in, but I sold $190 of products! I was hoping for a minimun of two sales, and I ended up selling:

  • 1 Kj Bag
  • 5 Zippies and
  • 3 Kitty Bags!

I’m hoping that this success isn’t just because I was a new and unique booth at the Farmers Market…I mean, that’s great, but I’d like these sales to continue even after people get used to seeing me there.

The most exciting part of the day was when a lady came up to me and asked “Are you Katelyn Jane?”. My eyes went wide…people are actually starting to know who I am! I’m getting famous (:

Unfortunately I won’t be able to make it to the Market next week, but I’m planning on making a ton of bags in the meantime and going again the week after next. I’ll be on my way to owning a grommit maker, a button maker and fixing up my craft studio in no time!

Need a New Craft?

In blog, crafts, etsy, seller, sellers, selling, store, stores on July 13, 2008 at 8:00 pm

Apparently I do. I dont’ really…but my brain is always forcing me to spend more money and learn new things. Dang you, brain!

I was going through my blogroll when I peeked into Erin Zam’s blog. I always love her entries but this one was even more inspiring. If you’re looking to start or try out a new craft technique, this is the entry to get you started. Check out her Etsy store while you’re in the clicky mood!

Learning Something New

In crafts, etsy, seller, sellers, selling, sewing, store, stores on July 10, 2008 at 7:21 pm

                        

I think one of my downfalls is my love for learning a new craft. It’s a good thing because it stretches my mind and makes my crafting know-how go a bit further, but it also ends up costing a bunch of money. Like when I wanted to learn the Gocco Printer, or now, when I’d like to try out the button maker. Little projects I’ve tried like crocheting, don’t cost much and are UBER fun (uber is a word you just have to start useing, it’s the new “awesome” or “super” or “neato” to those addicted to Anchor Man). I try to find more projects like these, ones that won’t break the bank, but sometimes you just need to splurge and try something really big.

There’s a new video in the Storque today that you might want to check out if you’re looking for a new and affordable craft. It’s all about embroidery and learning the Running Stitch. Becca is a great teacher and has very clear instructions. Make sure you take a peek and learn about your new addiction!

I was busy sewing last night, a Kj Bag (this is the name I’ve stuck with for the big bags I’m making) out of the load of fabric I bought a couple of weekends ago. So far it looks amazing…if I may say so. I have a serious lust for the material I used…the colors are so amazing! I’ll post pictures this evening of the finished product and the steps I took to get there, make sure you come take a peek!

Free!

In crafts, etsy, seller, sellers, selling, store, stores on July 7, 2008 at 8:00 pm

Didja know you can get free banners on Etsy? If you’re looking for a cool one, and can’t find what you want just yet or can’t afford to buy one, check out the Etsy banners you can get for FREE.

                               

Techniques

In crafts, etsy, seller, sellers, selling, store, stores on July 7, 2008 at 6:00 pm

                      

The other day, in my Get a Makeover post, I wrote about using different items in your product pictures to show the size of your products. You can do the obvious, and place a ruler in the picture (this is a good technique for fabric sellers) or you can be a bit more creative. Lusummers store has some great examples of this. See the cute little pin cushions at the top? As soon as you look at this picture you know the size of the product. She’s done it in a creative way, without using a ruler, by using an item we all are familiar with: a book.

                       

I wanted to show you this picture as well because it’s a great example of a clickable picture. One of the best tips I’ve read on Etsy is this: Use a main picture that will draw in the viewers interest and make them want to click. To do this, it’s best if you just give them a hint of the product and make them have to click to see what exactly the item is. Have the picture at a weird angle, show them just a piece of it to get them curious. That’s exactly what Lusummers did here. From this picture, you don’t really know what the item is but it’s colorful, interesting, and fun so you want to click it to see more!

Make sure to apply this to your new items and when you’re updating old photos!

Traveling Adventures

In crafts, etsy, store, wedding on July 7, 2008 at 4:57 pm

                         

Well, I’m back! Not that you missed me much since I was posting while I was gone out of town (:

Our trip to Yellow Knife, North West Territories was great! I’ve never been that far north, it was pretty exciting to see everything that I’ve been told about the area and to have that bit of adventure. The drive up was the most interesting part of the trip, we were surrounded by the biggest bolts of lightening at one point. I remember praying “Lord, please keep us safe. And if you decide not to, help us to live through a lightening strike because that’d be pretty awesome”.

I had heard tons of horror stories about the amount of bugs in the north and so I wasn’t surprised when we would park the car and be bombarded by a herd (yes, a HERD) of mosquitoes and flies. We decided to sleep in the car the first night and had brought mesh to tape over the window so we could leave it open. Somehow the tape slipped off during the night and we woke up to several (ha, that’s a slight understatement!) bugs eating us. You could hear the swarm of mosquitoes at the window even though our heads were at the opposite end of the car. Awake at 3:30, we couldn’t get back to sleep and decided to continue driving.

Probably the biggest excitment on the way up was the siting of a young black bear (not unusal but still pretty cool) and herds wild buffalo. I’ve seen buffalo before, although the ones in our area aren’t wild, but these ones were much much bigger than I’d ever seen.

We were going to Yellow Knife for a friends wedding and so the weekend was stuffed full of wedding prep and family visiting. Decorating the wedding ceremony and reception hall was something else. The bride had said she had been overwhelmed by the planning, but I looked around and couldn’t understand what she had done. There were no decorations at the ceremony, like…none…and if it hadn’t been for her new mom-in-law there would have been no table clothes at the reception hall. Matter of fact, the only thing that decorated the reception hall was the centre pieces which consisted of three roses and some babies-breath per table.

The new sister-in-law and I decided to take charge and help this bride out. We pulled several fake trees from the rest of the church into the ceremony hall, covered big baskets and old milk urns with white flowing fabric and put ivy in them, flowing down the sides. Then we went to Wal-Mart and bought some cheap fabric that matched the napkin colors (the napkins were bought days before by the new mom-in-law, otherwise there wouldn’t have been any at all), cut the fabric into 1.5 meter pieces and tied them around the back of the bridal parties chairs.

The flowers were another story. I knew I should have gone with the guys to the florist, I just had this feeling they were going to be screwed over and I was so right. The groom ended up paying $800.00 for 9 table centre pieces (like I said above, each with three roses and a bit of babies-breath), the main table centre piece, two bouquets and 5 boutonnieres. I couldn’t believe it. I wish I had lived closer to the bride so I could have helped her out some more…I could have even just given her more ideas on decorating. To make the price of the flowers even more shocking, the florist hadn’t even started on the flowers until the night before and the groom had to pick them up at 8 in the morning…even though the pictures started at 9am. If I had known the flowers were going to cost this much and cosist of so little, I would have offered to go to Safeway, buy some roses, and do all of them up for the bride at a quarter of the price.

On that note: If anyone is getting married, I’d love to hear about it! If you’re looking for fun, money saving ideas, let me know in the comments and I’ll see what I can come up with. First come, first served!

Now I’m back in town, exhausted and getting ready to go to the Farmers Market this weekend. I can’t wait, even though I’m going to need the sleep, it’s going to be worth it!

Spending Eye Money

In crafts, etsy, seller, sellers, selling, store, stores on July 5, 2008 at 3:00 pm

I’m eye shopping. I’ve decided that’s what you call it on Etsy, not “window shopping”. Here’s what I’m wanting at the moment…

 By Kate Szabone

 By Avalove

 By Oak Clothing

Guessss Whaaat!

In crafts, etsy, seller, sellers, selling, store on July 4, 2008 at 10:11 pm

I have a Main Showcase today! Make sure you check it out (:

We’re up in Yellow Knife for a wedding this weekend, it’s an adventure and a half so I’ll have to write more about it later. Have a great weekend!!

Feature Friday!

In crafts, etsy, seller, sellers, selling, store, stores on July 4, 2008 at 3:00 pm

It’s the end of another week, another BEAUTIFUL week here in BC. Finally it feels like summer here!!

This weeks feature is Dayler, a great stop for unique wallets. Really, you aren’t going to find these anywhere else…just Dayler. They’d be great as gifts or something to funk up your packpocket. I know a few boys who’d just love the gun wallet and my sister would fall head over heels for the Aaron Kraten one.

                           

                           

                      

Dayler’s products suite just about every style. You know those hard to buy for teens? This is the gift they want. Trust me. It’s the “in” thing. Why not stuff a few bills in there while you’re at it, kids can always use money.