This weekend is my best friends wedding so I am super busy trying to get things ready to go the beach for the weekend. I am finishing the bikini, making 2 sundresses, making a small handbag for the reception. In true Meagan fashion, I am making my BFF wedding gift. I am drawing what I like to think of as the "Tree of Love". Once I am finished the drawing I will post pictures of it for everyone to see. This is also means that I will only be blogging on Wednesday and Friday this week. So be sure to come back for those posts!
I know that Sunday's are my Etsysecret Sunday here and I didn't post anything. Well the reason is that I have been getting a bit burned out with my day job, my etsy/artfire shops, kids and my best friends upcoming wedding. So I took yesterday as My Day. A day where I did things for myself and my kids. I took myself shopping and bought somethings I needed for the wedding weekend. When I came home I was on the computer but did nothing business wise because I needed a break.
Let me tell you, EVERYONE should do this once and while. I woke feeling so refreshed and ready to start my day with a new vibrance. So my project was to find a way to relax and get myself back on track that is what I did!
Leanna Pierre, of NDNChick.etsy.com, has been beading her whole life! She’s a member of the Colville Tribe in Cusick, Washington. Her work also includes greeting cards and bookmarks. Her bead work is intricate and the color choices are well designed. Some of her work is also very playful.
“I bead pretty much what ever I can get my hands on. I have made everything from hair barrettes to a beaded whistle. When I need to give my wrist and fingers a break from all the bead weaving and tacking I also make greeting cards.
When I make an item it's not just an item to me. A piece of myself goes into it while I am creating it. If I am feeling sad or mad I don't create anything, I don't want those feelings transferred to the new owner. Each item I create is special to me and sometimes it's hard for me to let it go.”
I asked Leanna how she got her start in bead weaving: “A lot of my inspiration comes from my mom. She's the one who taught me how to bead and she has stuck by me through everything. When I go through a crafting slump she's there to help me up and give me inspiration to continue making stuff. She's always there offering creative criticism and ideas. (Thanks, Mom!) My crafting dream is to become a great bead artist like her.”
As many of you know, my Best Friend Bryann is getting married and this month's Etsy Twitter Team's Promotional Theme is just perfect: Bridal Daze. Bridal Daze is a week long (June 7-13) look at everything wedding! From invitation cards to the ceremony programs and guestbook to jewelry to the ultimate wedding dress (and more), you will find some examples for each catagory from my awesome teammates. Each day will focus on a different aspect and will feature items that fit the catagory.
Now the great thing for you, the reader, is that we are having a giveaway!!!!!!!!!
Here is what you need to do: First check out all of these great items. Second leave a comment on the team blog. Third Include your email so that the team can contact you when you win :)
Here is what you win: Our team members have put together a lovely prize basket that one lucky commenter will win at the end of the week. Some of the prizes include stunning jewelry, a coffee cozy, and shop discount coupons!
This has been one busy week for me! I have been making tutus galore and loving it. There has been lots of orders for tutus in the past few weeks and I have 1 month until my first show of the season with my etsynj team. This show is going to be my biggest one to date so I have a creating schedule so that I can make enough each week to get my supply up for it!
Drum Roll Please....................................................................................................................................... I have finished the bottom to my crochet bikini!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was a great feeling to finish the bottom and my next step is sewing the lining into the bikini and I have a week and half until the debut day for the bikini. I still want to crochet the cover-up but I don't know if I will get it done before the debut day but I will attempt to work on it. Here is the new pics:
My other big news is I created a lightbox of my very own! As you all know, I am a member of Etsysecrets (a group that Tim Adam created for sellers to unite and help each other succeed) and I was reading a consultation that brought up lightboxes. Tim sent the seller to this blog link: $10 lightbox to make an easy and affordable lightbox. So I read the blog and thought to myself: "hey I can do this and I don't even need to spend $10". The next day I set out to make my lightbox and I can tell you that it was so easy. It took me all of 15 minutes to gather the materials and put it together.
***Blog Giveaway announcement: In the top left hand corner is a poll that is marked Outside Pic and Lightbox Pic. You vote on the poll and then leave me a comment about which pic you liked the best and the winner will recieve the set of Crochet Facial Scrubbies and Washcloth Set below. The contest will end on June 14th and winner announced June 15th during my project Monday.
You can take your own little nun home with you from Linda of Nunofakind! Nunofakind is filled with these unique "sisters", holiday ornaments and other characters. Linda has been selling on Etsy for almost 2 years, has her own website: nunofakind and sells at local shows and loves to introduce her "sisters" to her customers. Some of her customers have collected her work for years! *(great customer base and to feel the love from your customers!)Linda is from Ontario, Canada and works part-time as a school teacher but is looking to focus on her business full time next year. For volunteer work, Linda helps with the children from school. Since she will have more time on her hands, Linda would like to pursue helping the children more and maybe another project. *(teaching and volunteering to help children is always a tough job so Thank You Linda!) If Linda won $1 million she would donate money to local food banks and soup kitchens. Then she would buy a new car and build a huge studio addition to her house! Pay it Forward: "It would be nice to make life easier for some of the people in my life and help fund their dreams" ~Linda Any "down" time from doctor's appointments, hockey games or simply driving gets Linda brainstorming new ideas. She keeps a notebook by her side to jot down her ideas before she forgets them. Her inspiration comes from so many sources that it hard to pinpoint exactly where. Linda has been creating since she was 9 years old and has learned the art of concentrating on only a few projects at a time *(I wish I could get to that place). In 10 years, Linda would love to be making a living at creating her nuns!Linda's Fun Facts: Hails from Ontario, Canada Red is her Fav color because it goes well with Black and White Fav Snack is any that she should NOT eat No pets becase she is afraid to lose one If Linda could be a fruit she would be an apple to keep the doctor away! Fav Books are "The Last Lecture" by Randy Pauch, Anything from Sophia Kinsella and "Number One Ladies Detective" by Alexander McCall Smith. *(I love the Shopoholic Series too! I guess I can relate a little to much!)
Thursdays have always been a day where I didn't have anything set in stone to blog about. I mean Mondays is my project day, Tuesdays my street team day, Wednesday my shop feature day, and Fridays my Fab Finds day but nothing for Thursdays. So I thought that I could teach my followers some (hopefully cool) on Thursdays and embrace my inner teacher :) Since I just woke up with the thought I am not preprared to teach you anything today because I want to be well prepared and not just wing it. So please enjoy your day and come back tomorrow for fab finds friday :)
The “Hope for Whirled Peas” section of her shop has cute green pearl “pea pod” items whose proceeds go to benefit Fisher Houses. For more information about this fundraising effort by Ginny, please see her blog.
“I am dedicated to crafting pieces that are fun, well-crafted, and timeless in design for a lifetime of enjoyment. I make the jewelry I wear, but I like to share with folks who appreciate color, texture, balance, and uniqueness.
My creative inspirations most often come from the beautiful materials I work with - I've loved pretty rocks since I was a little girl, and nothing pleases me more than to pull all my treasures out like a glittering box of crayons and have them tell me what they want to be. I love, too, the color combinations in nature, and can't keep myself from looking at a sunset or garden and imagining the colors coming together as a work of wearable art.”
About Twitter: “I admit I'm pretty much a novice at Twitter, but appreciate so much its community and sense of shared experience. I love its search function to find folks talking about the same things that interest me, and then follow to find out more about what interests them.”
Custom work: “I love to do custom work, too, so if you have something inspirational you would like to have a custom piece to wear with, send me a picture or description of what you would like and we can be creative together!”
She is happy to ship internationally and offers free shipping to the US on all her items.
You all remember the rip-out I had to do from last weeks blog, well this week was the make-up week. I re-crocheted the back of the bikini to the point that I should have been at the end of last week so this put me exactly a week behind. This is not a bad thing really just can be a bit frustrating because this means that I need to pick up the pace now. It is 20 days until the wedding and 19 days until I need to wear the bathing suit so I will be working overtime on this project! Here is where I am at now: TuTu News: Last Saturday I receive a message from a potential TuTu customer asking me to call her because her daughter needed one ASAP. I talked to her and my customer's daughter wanted to wear a tutu for her graduation (8th grade middle school) and wanted the colors to be yellow (bottom) and aqua (top) and she would drive to pick it up (she is also in NJ). Well I made the awesome tutu and delivered it this past Saturday. The look on the daughter's face is priceless and made me remember why I love to do this. Not for my satisfaction but the happiness of my customers!