Sunday, August 30, 2015

Handmade Heroes or Why I Love Writing Etsy Listings for Other Shops!

The word on the street from my crafty friends is that writing Etsy listings totally and utterly S.U.C.K.S!  I must be quite “cray cray” then because I have a great time writing listings!  The geek in me enjoys researching keywords and learning about SEO and somehow the words to describe lovely handmade items just flow out of me into the keyboard!

It is therefore quite fortunate that I have found and fallen in love with Fiverr.  I blogged a little about it a few weeks ago in my Waaasup World catch up post, but I sincerely am enjoying getting involved with these other talented handmade shops.    It’s lovely to see what other people make and are successful at selling and it’s also quite heartwarming to see that small Etsy shops can make it in a world full of “crap from China”.

I can’t list them all because I’ve been fortunate to be quite busy with these, but here are a few of my recent “gigs”. 

Blinged Up Shoes from Wicked Attraction:

Oh my goodness, these are beyond amazing!  These ladies really do have some wicked talent!  I almost want to get married again just so I can have a pair of these ;)  *

Lovely Handmade Wrought Iron yard sculptures from Alain’s Blacksmith Shop
Such great quality, beautiful items and it’s good to see an old-fashioned skill such as a blacksmithing being kept alive for new generations!

Leather Smartphone covers by Kylie Lam Leather

I STILL don’t have a smartphone (although stay tuned, I think my “dumbphone” is on its last legs ) but if I did have one, I’d be sorely tempted to get one of Kylie’s lovely hand sewn cases for it!  Great colors and awesome craftsmanship!

I’ve also had a few requests to write blog posts recently.   Look out for another post here with more details and a few shout outs on those Fiverr gigs.

If you’re reading this and you’d like me to help you with your Etsy or website listings or you’d like me to write a blog post for you, please check me out on Fiverr.  All of my Etsy listings are "synchronized" for SEO (Search Engine Optimization) so that keywords are in the right places to get your listings noticed.

*p.s. For the record;  I have no intention of getting married again!

Note: I get paid for writing through Fiverr, but receive nothing for doing shout outs like this.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Doll Sleeping Bag and Pillow Set: NEW in my Etsy Shop

Two blog posts in one day????  Wowzas!

OK, so my experiment with a “blog shop” may or may not be working out…it’s a work in progress!  But anyhoo, now that summer is drawing to a close (sob, my favorite season), I decided to try and make friends with Etsy again.  In years past it has been much busier  for me in the fall and early part of winter.

With that in mind, I just listed my “totes adorbs” doll sleeping bag and pillow set.


Trust me, my newly 10-year old daughter squealed in excitement for about 5 minutes and dashed off to her room to play with it as soon as she tore off all the tissue paper!  I really wish I could have a time machine and go back and give this to my 10-year old self*.  I would have had so much fun, but I’m really digging that Munchkin #1 is not too grown up to still play with dolls.  Happy days!!

I can make these in the Michael Miller Paris fabrics or the pink and blue birdie fabrics.  I’ll also be listing the matching doll pjs soon!

If you’re a crafty type and want to make your own, the pattern is from Schoolhouse patterns  ;) but if you’d like to save yourself the trouble and/or are not into sewing, you can buy mine here.

* and an American Girl doll, because I grew up in the UK and we didn’t have them. Oh and there is no way on this EARTH that my parents would have paid that much for a doll…I question my own sanity sometimes in buying them for my girls, but they’re soooo pretty and I get mine on ebay....booya!

**updated to add:  this blog post is part of the Handmade Nashville Blog Link Up 8/13/15 **

Crafting In CrazyTown: NEW LOOK!

Just a quickeroo to let you know that you might notice some changes to the blog design.  Don't worry, I have just been thinking for a while that it was "too pink"!  It matched some old business cards and an old Facebook profile cover, but since I've changed both of those things recently, it's time to change the blog too.

I'm going with blue for now, but that might change too!  I'm just all over the map with color recently!

A new blog cover picture will be coming soon too.

Cheers all!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Sewing Stories: Captivated by Colors

I’ve said it before, but sewing is my ART…I find it very hard to sew when I don’t feel inspired and on the other hand, it drives me crazy when my head is buzzing with ideas and I don’t have time to sew!

July was a tough month for sewing in Crazytown.  The girls were still out of school and a family that we’re close to experienced a terrible tragedy.  Luckily July is a slow time for sewing orders because I felt too sad to sew for a few weeks; all I wanted to do was hold on to my kids and hang out with them/do fun things/just be their mom.

We went to the park, we swam, we hung out with friends and played in the back yard.

Eventually my will to sew came back and I got back “behind the wheel” of the sewing machine.  I didn’t realize it until I was editing the pictures of my July creations, but I’ve become “Captivated by Colors”!  I think it might be partly due to the influence of my new friend/Fiverr customer Annie Kuhn (Annie makes amazingly colorful glass jewelry) or it could just be that it’s summer and color is everywhere, but here are some of my July sewing creations. 

Coco for color dress for #UndertheBigTop event at Boutique Challenge Auctions 8/5 -8/7/15

Colorful dress for #backtoschool - coming soon to my Etsy store

"Berry Cute" pleated skirt for #TimeForSchool auction at Handmade Nashville 8/7 - 8/8/15

"Olaf" nightdress...It's NOT PINK!!!  ;)

Leave a comment or send me a message through Facebook if you’d like to know more about any of the items you see here.