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    Saturday, May 31, 2008

    Falling I Love with Sewing Again

    It has been a while since I have been in front of my sewing machine because I have been doing so much crocheting and knitting. Well with my custom order of organza bags helped me fall in love all over again. When I went to store for my supplies I bought some scrap fabric, figuring I could make something small with them.

    I started out the other night making these adorable bibs for a little boy. The bibs are made out of construction printed cotton and filled with a little polyfil to make them soft(for the droolers who always where bibs). I made on bib for everyone else to look at the pattern and one bib for the lil guy to look at his pattern! My kids always wanted to look down at there bibs and now it can entertain them! Here is the bibs in my shop:

    More bibs to come...

    Next, I made a little sun dress for my youngest, Danyella (15 months). It is made out of a green, crazy frog print and is cotton linen. The dress is great for the upcoming warm months! I was so excited about this dress that I stayed up until 2am finishing it and woke back up at 6am to steam press it! Now I am working on a dress in the same pattern for my shop!

    I am so in love with sewing again that I keep coming up with new things that I want to make! So check back soon to see my new projects and don't worry I am still crocheting and knitting!

    Friday, May 30, 2008

    Can you ever have to much supply?

    Can you ever have enough supplies?? NO!! I was working on this custom supply order when I ran out of thread. So I went to the store yesterday to get just thread and I walked out with fabric, ribbon, yarn, thread and few small sewing things. I want to work on them all but at least I know they are there for when I find the time to work on them. I can't wait to use the yarn to make more string market bags. I was shown a pattern that I really like of string bags so I am going to make 2 more. The fabric is going to turn into baby bibs, 2 dress(one for my toddler) and handbags or lining for handbags. The ribbon and thread are for my custom order.

    My custom supply order was one that I did not even think to make until I added an organza bag to my bath set listing to make it a gift purchase. I bought up all this organza in a variety of colors when a fabric store was going out of business and would make baby gift bags(before I knew about diaper cakes) In my one a day challenge forum someone said about making more and selling them for supplies. Then BunniesNBuggies(Tina) said she would love some for her jewelry. She makes awesome earrings, bracelets, and necklaces. So I made her a set of 10 small bags for her jewelry. I am shipping them out this morning and am so excited. I hope that she likes them! Check out her store for great jewelry:

    Contact me if you are interested in a custom order of organza bags please contact me. They can be made for jewelry or larger.

    Thursday, May 29, 2008

    Red Hot Hooker Night

    It is not what you think, lol. The EtsyHookers Street Team had our first Promo night last night and it was named the Red Hot Hooker Night. I know of a few shops who had sales!! I know that NoraDora sold at least one thing, CrochetBouquet sold 6 patterns and few other shops sold some things! Unfortunately, I did not sell anything but I did bring up my views, which is great!

    Most shops ran a secret shopper special and gave something away for free or for the cost of shipping. I gave 2 of my Danyella Dolls away, which is funny because Angelinaswonders keeps finding my secrets. I also found NoraDora's secret, that was totally free. I can't wait to ship out these wonderful items to their finders tomorrow.

    It was overall a fun night and all of us hookers were able to talk for a while and get to know one another and our wonderful creations! I can't wait to do this again sometime soon.

    Wednesday, May 28, 2008

    Upcycled Patchwork Tapestry Handbag

    My latest creation is the Upcycled Patchwork Tapestry Handbag! Thinking about the title the bag doesn't sound all that pretty but it is really cute. I would have never thought about making something out of tapestry or upholstery material until a lady I work with suggested it to me. I had made a bag out of 2 old suit that I had and she was telling me how she has scrapes and samples of materials laying around her house because she bought bolts of fabric when a fabric store was going out of business(the best way to buy your supplies, but that is for another blog).

    She brought me in a bunch of samples of this tapestry and I decided it would be cool to do a patchwork theme with them. So I cut out 4-6" squares out of the samples and sewed 2 together(right sides together) and repeated with the other 2 squares. I sewed about an inch of the top over and sewed a seam on the top. Then with the right sides together I sewed the bottom and sides together. I cut 2-12" strips and sewed the edges together(wrong side together) and sew the straps to the inside of the bag. Lastly I cut out lining(out of another old suit) by cutting a rectangle that was 11" by 12". I sewed a 1 inch seam on the top and bottom and sewed together the sides(right sides together) and sewed into the bag.

    My co-worker has been great for bring in left overs from her house that I can use to create a masterpiece!

    You can see this piece in my shop @

    Tuesday, May 27, 2008

    Simple Crochet Wristlet/Clutch

    Simple Crochet Wristlet/Clutch

    This is a free pattern for a simple crochet
    wristlet or clutch that you can make in a
    few hours.

    1-skein of yarn (the example is a wool/silk blend and ribbon yarn)
    1-I crochet hook
    1-large eye needle(to weave end and sew on button)

    ch 21
    Row 1: sc in 2 ch from hook and sc in each ch until end, ch 1, TURN.
    Row 2-30: sc in first sc, sc in each sc until end, ch 1, TURN.
    Row 31: Draw loop through first 2 sc, YO, Draw through 3 loops on hook (Sc2tog)(this decreases your stitches) sc in each sc, last 2 sc Sc2tog, ch 1, TURN.
    Row 32-40: First 2 sc Sc2tog, sc in each sc, last 2 sc Scotog, Ch1, TURN (until row 40 has 2 sc left), Fasten off.

    Fold 1 row to match row 30 and sl st together, sc along edge of rows and sc 3 (in same st) in each corner, continue up the third side, Fasten Off).

    Sl St to Row 31 and sc in along edge of Row 32-40. At row 40 ch 7 and sc in along the edge of each row of the opposite side, Fasten Off.

    Sew button on front with the yarn or thread.

    **For wristlet: ch 40, sc in each ch, ch 1, TURN. sc in each sc, Fasten off. Sew the ends to the inside of the bag.

    If you do not want to make the bag but would rather buy the bag I have each for sale in my shop:

    Monday, May 26, 2008

    My Crochet Bath Set and the Search for Pricing Formula

    I am in love with my newest creation, my crocheted bath set. The bath set includes: 1-bath puffy, 1-bath mitt(fits average adult hand), 1-bath fizzy bag, 1-washcloth and 2-facial scrubbies. It is made of 80% cotton and 20% merino wool which is a great exfoliator. I made one smaller version of this set for myself (because I loved it and wanted to give the yarn a test run) and I have to say it works great!

    Now here comes my dilemma, I don't know how to price it. Most crafter I talk to say use the 3x formula where you add up all your supplies and multiply that by 3, add in to pay yourself for your time and that is your listing price. That is what my item is basically listed for now I bought the yarn for $9 and used the whole skein on this project, multiplied by 3=$27 and added $3 for all the time I put into it(about 10 hours over the course of 2 days). When I put feelers out there on the price I was told that it was too high and now I feel like I should drop the price but I really don't want to because of the time and effort I put into it. So I am standing my ground at my current price because it is quality work and I stand by my work!

    You can check out my bath set in my etsy shop:

    Sunday, May 25, 2008

    Jen's Closet-The Site for Great Vintage

    Jennifer Beaton aka Jen's Closet is a mom of three who loves to fill her shop with all kinds of cool vintage items. Jen loves anything vintage from Pyrex to China to Jewelry to Clothing. Jen opened her shop in April 2008 with the encouragement of her daughter Lindsey (who has 2 shops of her own) and has started a blog of her own

    Jen is a family oriented person that has learned how to balance work, family and play by keeping her family her #1 priority. The proudest creations to date are being a mom to Lindsey (24), Mark (16) and Katherine (15) and grandma to her grandpuppy Cosmo, a long haired chihuhua! She is a fun loving person that loves to make someone laugh. Jen is a very honest person who her friends know they can count on. Jen, with the help of her son Mark, volunteers her time helping her elderly neighbor, Rea, with things around the house. Though Rea is still going strong at 90 by mowing her own lawn!!

    Any kind of shopping motivates Jen's creative juices. Jen can find her great items at garage sales, antique shops, clothing stores. When she sees that item she just knows it is a fit for her shop! Pink is her favorite color(it makes me think of the song by Aerosmith) just because she loves the color!

    Be sure to check out Jen's Closet Etsy Shop and Jen's Vintage Blog

    Saturday, May 24, 2008

    A little time for me

    Ok so I know that it has been a while since I blogged but I have been going through a rough patch personally. I just didn't feel the motivation to do much at all but I am feeling so much better now and am looking forward to blogging. My new goal is to blog every morning! I am going to continue to blog about other etsy shops and going to add tutorials to my blog so everyone can learn a little something new!

    Thursday, May 15, 2008

    BeadFloraJewels-The Master of Beading

    BeadFloraJewels (or Fen as the non-etsy world knows her) is a great new etsyians that is the master of beading. She beads these amazing flowers that takes her hours to make and leaves those who see her work in awe. As a member of the One A Day Challenge I have witnessed her amazing creations on a daily basis and now is your turn! Here is my interview with BeadFloraJewels.
    Her shop is located at:

    Tell me a bit about yourself (name, location, affiliations, personal stuff)

    My name is Fen and my title on my business card says “Beadmaster”, a play on the word webmaster. I went to college for web design. It’s funny how I’ve forgotten all the coding and stuff. In my third year, I decided it’s not what I want to do. If I didn’t spend all my time beading, I would have been a better web designer… lol.

    I live in the great Cheese and Cow state of Wisconsin. In high school, I was referred to as the Cheese Queen (or simply The Cheese *shrug*).

    What is the name of your Shop?

    My shop is known as Bead Flora and Jewels. I forget how I came up with Bead Flora. It must have been 3 or 4 years ago… I guess it just popped into my head and just ran with it.

    Please describe your creative process (how, when, materials, etc).

    My creative process is anticipation the whole time. I don’t know what I’ll have until the finished product is done! I go to Joanne’s or Michael’s almost every week. I would see something and it would be filed in the back of my mind. For example with my cute little sunflower pot…I saw the pots at Joanne’s. I was making these tiny flowers and was making pins out of it. Then something hit me. Bam!

    But most times, I just start stringing beads…and things would come out. I do have beaders’ block a lot of times too. I have my beading droughts were I went months without doing anything. No wonder I was so depressed those few months. Lol…

    What inspires you? Where do your ideas come from?

    I like to look at flower arranging books…I’ve bought tons of those books but never done any of the arrangements. It’s just so pretty to look at. When I go to the stores, I look at flower arrangements and potted plants, etc. even if they aren’t beaded. I look at the stuff at the stores, and I say “I can bead that.” Though, I’ve never really felt the urge to replicate anything I’ve seen.

    How did you get into your craft?

    I was in the second year of college and just got back from the Bead and Button show in Milwaukee. I was doing seed bead jewelry at that time…I was on the internet, like most college students, and was googling beaded jewelry. Then I came upon these gorgeous beaded flowers. Long story short, I bought some books online, beaded when I was supposed to be doing homework, and many years of practice later, here I am selling on Etsy.

    Apart from creating things, what do you do?

    Besides creating things, I work in Finance and sit on my ass all day. This job takes up too much of my time when I should be beadin’. I try to make time to hang out with my hubby.

    How do you promote your work?

    I just started out on Etsy and haven’t done much selling outside of it. My flowers were in a craft shop for consignment but the shop closed two weeks later. I want to contact some wedding shops or craft shops for them to display my work. I also am interested in doing a craft show, but I’m hesitant because I’d need more product first.

    What do you love about etsy?

    The one thing I love most about Etsy are the friends I met there...the One a Day Challengers. The chickies there keep me motivated to create. I don’t believe I would have as much stuff as I do now if it wasn’t for the challenge.

    My goal is to be able to do this full time so I can quit my day job!

    Monday, May 12, 2008

    Great Yarn Store!

    It was suggested to me to visit the Spinnery in Frenchtown, NJ because I love to crochet and I am beginning to knit. I walked in to the store and automatically fell in love! As soon as I walked in I was mesmerized with all that they have to offer.

    The Spinnery has kits complete with instructions and materials to make adorable bags, clothing, socks and much more. Each kit shows the finished product for the customer to look at before purchasing the kit.They have looms and spindles all around the shop and tons of books and magazines for the beginners all the through advanced level. There is tons and tons of yarn. There is a variety of colors and materials to choose from.The Spinnery offers classes for knitting, crocheting, spinning, dyeing and much more. There is something for everyone!

    I went in The Spinnery with the intention of just looking and ended up buying(of course) and I have 2 orders from the yarn that I bought!!
    If you are a yarn enthusiast please visit the Spinnery's website:

    Thursday, May 8, 2008

    Free Shipping for the Month of May

    Just a quick little post to let everyone know that I am offering free shipping for the month of May. With the summer season coming up it is a great time to get a cute little bag or blanket to take to the beach or for those with an upcoming baby shower a diaper cake is the perfect gift! I have also added many new items to my shop so check them out!

    An Update on the One a Day Challenge we are looking to keep it going so anyone interested in joining us please feel free! Even if you can't do one item a day just the encouragement from others can keep you motivated to keep doing your best, at your speed. So check us out!


    Sunday, May 4, 2008

    My First Sale & Cricket Creations Featured Etsy Shop

    I got my first 2 sales overnight and the excitement was more than words can tell. I just about jumped out of chair when I saw that I had not just one but 2 sales. They were my beautiful photographs of the shore. My next goal is to sell one of my crocheted items!!

    ~~~~~~~Featured Shop: Crickets Creations ~~~~~~~

    Crickets Creations is a great shop on etsy that sells handmade scarves. I met Celeste through the One A Day Challenge and here is my interview with her:

    Tell me a bit about yourself (name, location, affiliations, personal stuff).

    My name is Celeste and I hand knit luxury, designer fashion scarves! I live in the Golden Circle near the Grand Canyon, so my tagline is, “Handcrafted in the Heart of Canyon Country, USA!” Because I live in the high desert (it’s either very hot or very cold), my designs are for year-round wear. You can even see a pic of me modeling one of my Skinny Summer Boas in 90+ degree weather, outside at:

    • What is the name of your Shop?

    My nickname is Crickets, so my shop is Crickets Creations Handknit Scarves. Sometimes I shorten it to Crickets Handknits because I’m corny and like rhymes!

    • Please describe your creative process (how, when, materials, etc).

    My muse, inspiration & support is my sweetie, Nicky. I made my very first scarf for him (see that first scarf, modeled by Nicky at He loved it so much that he said, "You could sell these and people would love 'em!" And since August 2007 I’ve sold almost 300 scarves, so I guess he was right. :)

    I love to play with texture and color, and typically make 2-3 scarves a night, whether for custom orders, special requests from the over 10 retailers I supply, scarves to sell online (I offer about 75 different styles, colors & thicknesses), or getting ready for craft fairs & expos. If you’re a professional crafter, too, please let me know if I can offer support or advice on how to succeed.

    • That inspires you? Where do your ideas come from?

    I love scarves that are reminiscent of everything that either gives us life or brings joy to our lives. I have nature themed scarves (Sea Colors or Embers & Ashes, for example), food themed scarves (Chocolate Mint and Oat Bran Muffin are two current favorites) and fun-themed scarves (Carnival or Gothic Disco). My favorite inspirations are animals (Macaw, Octopus, Animal Print, etc), I love to name my scarves after animals.

    • How did you get into your craft?

    I took an elective class when I was eight years old. From there, I studied knitting books and tried out patterns. Now I design all my own work and can get really creative!

    • Apart from creating things, what do you do?

    I have been practicing Bikram yoga ( for over a decade. I love the heat, the routine, and how demanding the poses are when tried correctly. I also love putzing around in our yard and pretending I’m gardening. I just love being outside, really.

    • How do you promote your work?

    My main site is

    There’s also:

    The best way that I’ve been able to sell almost 300 scarves in just seven months is to have fun, create a quality product, and appreciate the many people who choose multiple scarves for themselves or for gifts. It’s been a blast and I appreciate the opportunity! I offer a special price of only $30 per scarf to those who contact me before checking out, because I so enjoy the chance to interact with my customers and get to know them as people or even friend

    Saturday, May 3, 2008

    Working Hard at my Challenge

    I have been doing the One A Day Challenge for 3 weeks now and it has been a great motivation to work at creating new items everyday. Some of my projects have been a little larger than I anticipated but I still get them done as quickly as possible(not always in one day). This has made me think outside the box and find items to create that a month ago I would have never thought about making, like crocheted bags! I am loving these new items and even making some for myself to keep and use. In the past week I have made a market bag, a grocery store bag holder, a small clutch purse, facial scrubbies and I am working on finishing a diaper bag for tomorrow!

    I am offering free shipping for my first 5 customers so be sure to check my shop out!


    One A Day Challenge Featured Shop: Down the Street

    Down the Street creates beautiful hand bags, aprons, pillowcases, bibs, skirts and smocks in beautifully brilliants colors and patterns. Her mom creates the adorable baby quilts that would make any baby a happy baby. She adds news items daily(one a day challenge!!!) and will be adding more smocks very soon!

    Down the Street has a great blog so take a look:

    Be sure to visit the Down the Street Shop at: