Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
You like? How about if I told you this whole project only cost $8.00? What?! That's right, this wreath is courtesy the dollar store. Here's how I did it:
The only wreaths they had were these two, and they are both a little thin for me, so I wrapped them together with floral wire (which, admittedly I had on hand, if you didn't I suppose it would cost a little more...)
And then spray painted it black
As you can see here it isn't COMPLETELY covered, but the goal was just to cover up the light color so it wasn't shining through the moss. Also, my door is black so it kind of blends pretty well with any part that you do see.
It was soo messy! Then I layered on the pretty green "reindeer moss" making sure to cover the edges as well. By the way, I went through about 10 hot glue sticks, so be prepared to go glue crazy!
Then I wrapped the whole thing in brown ribbon that was left over from our wedding. I think it may have been part of the programs? Or invitations? Is it bad that I can't remember?
I also bought these little guys:
Then I just glued them all down and called it good!
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
1. Measure your pillow with the case off. Mine was 16" square. It's easiest if you measure right along the edge so that the stuffing isn't distorting the width.
2. You have to take into account the amount of stuffing in your pillow for this measurement. Mine was relatively flat so I knew that the pillowcase would need to be pretty snug in order to look fitted and not baggy, so I cut my fabric to 16.5" and used a 1/4" seam allowance.
3. Cut two pieces out for the back side. It is good for these pieces to overlap a good amount. I did a little piecing work on the back of mine because ultimately I was using the back as the front, but I would recommend cutting two pieces the width of the pillow (16" in my case) and tall enough to overlap by 3-4". Mine are essentially two 16" x 12" pieces. Then take one long side of each piece and double fold to hide the raw edge.
4. Sew a straight stitch up this edge to keep your folds in place. Then lay out your pillow case: Full Front piece facing up, then one smaller piece face down on top of that. Make sure the raw edge lines up with one of the raw edges of the top piece, then the other smaller piece over-lapping that. Make sure the raw edge of this piece is directly across from the other back piece's raw edge.... like this:
5. Then sew all the way around that puppy! Clip the corners to reduce bulk and then flip it right side out. I had some gorgeous natural wood buttons from Green Witch Designs, another Idaho Etsy Team member and I was just dying to use them. I sewed three to the back of the pillow case just for looks (thereby making it the front... it would work either way, I just love these buttons) they aren't holding the pillowcase closed. Purely decorative.
This is a re-post from my blog. See the original here.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
This promotional price includes shipping which means no extra shipping charges for the shirt. You can choose any of the colors I have available (white, black, chocolate brown, gray, beige, cornflower blue or pink) or request a custom color. If I can find a matching color locally I'll gladly make it!
This is a savings of almost 50% on these adorable shirred peasant shirts so take advantage of it before this promo expires!
Friday, April 8, 2011
|Blue Nautial Backpack (It's on SALE!)|
After discovering that just about anything I could buy at a store I could also create myself, I began to attempt to make anything I could think of. Throughout the years I have ventured into making all things for the home, clothes, quilts, scarves and accessories.
I LOVE custom orders, give me your ideas and together we will come up with something amazing!
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
When you break it down it seems quite straightforward:
- Get an order.
- Make the item (if not already made).
- Ship item off to buyer.
However, with almost 300,000 active sellers currently on Etsy (and a substantial number on the internet in general), it's not that straightforward. It's increasingly important to take a few moments and examine the third and final step. A few minutes is all it takes with each order to ensure the packaging is up to par or exceeding buyer standards.
In this consumer driven online marketplace, ATTENTION TO DETAIL IS PARAMOUNT. The way you package your Etsy orders for shipping can be the single deciding factor in a customer coming back to you for not only another order, but several orders. With scores of competitors making similar items you can use your packaging to set you apart from the others.
One of the most important things to do is develop a signature packaging style and stick to it for continuity. Use colors that are relevant to your Etsy shop -- I use black and white--as coordinating colors will stick in the buyer's mind. For fairly cheap you can also customize business cards, note/thank you cards, return address labels and stickers to match your theme.
After you establish your packaging style, follow these important tips to ensure premium packaging.
- Make sure your items are in tip top condition. With clothing items make sure all loose threads are clipped, the fabric is neatly pressed and there is no lint or hair (pet or human) stuck to the fabric.
- Wrap items in materials that will not transfer color/ink to your items. Newspaper might seem like a fun way to "upcycle" but the ink will rub off on fabrics if the weather is humid or the package gets wet.
- Tie your packages with ribbon.
- Protect items from the weather. Use waterproof polymailers or put wrapped package inside a seal-able plastic bag.
- Use pristine packing materials whether new or previously used.
- Keep in mind your buyers if using upcycled/recycled packaging components. Some buyers prefer new packaging materials when purchasing new items; buyers buying upcycled materials might prefer upcycled packaging.
- Tuck a hand-written note, a business card and possibly a discount code in with the items.
- Include freebies if you desire, making sure they match the theme of your shop. Pens and magnets make great add-ons and work as fantastic marketing tools. Don't include soap/heavily perfumed items if you sell edibles, fabric, clothing or anything else that could absorb the scent.
- Write out labels as neatly as possible or use your computer to print them.
- Put a copy of the address inside the package for international packages. Domestic packages would benefit from this as well, but I will admit that I don't always include a packing slip. This is on my list of things to improve upon.
- When taping packages closed or labels on the package make sure there is no hair stuck on the tape.
- Add a shop sticker to the outside of the package to catch the attention of anyone who handles it.
This is what my packages look like before going in a polymailer.
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Being a mom with an etsy shop, though; poses some additional challenges, from time, to schedule, to the ever-present struggle to find balance. I am a stay at home mom of five little boys, who never imagined being a (tiny) businesswoman; like many, I sort of fell into selling on etsy, after my practical money-saving solution turned into a hobby, which threatened to overwhelm the confines of my small Boise house.
In December, when I opened my shop, I had visions of blissfully posting a few things, handing a few sales, if I was lucky; all without breaking a sweat or going past perhaps an hour a day. Soon, I realize what I undertaking I had...undertaken!
I learned quickly that if I dashed in the door after dropping my older boys off at school, kept the baby in the car seat on the floor at my feet, and turned on a cartoon for my little ones, I could buy myself enough time to list an item quickly or answer convos. We're talking maybe 15 minutes tops, but if the photos were done, I made it work. Taking photos was another thing that continues to be difficult for me. Although my photos have improved significantly, I find myself always looking for a place to take better photos. My first few months, I took the photos on my kitchen table, often strategically covering up the drawings my boys made on the wood in marker. The turned out OK; what you don't see is that immediately after the picture frame ends, Play-Doh playing or lunch eating is occurring on the same table!
As far as my photos go; I've found a new spot to take them; it's my very own white-background light box....it just happens to be my <clean> stove top! And no boys can get up here to get in the frame! Here is an example of a picture taken on my "new" backdrop:
Not bad for a mama, huh? Like all new etsians, I'm sure I will continue to improve not only in my quality of work, but in finding the balance we all seek!
I also have a personal blog, where I share more stories about being a mama; etsy or otherwise!
Remember Easter is just around the corner....
Check them out before time runs out!
|My Sweet Potato 3|
|Cute Baby Boutique|