Sunday, March 29, 2009

Naming your new items- Does it really matter?

Up to this point I have always named my new items and creations based on the fabric name. For example, Joel Dewberry's Ginseng designer line is named with either the word Ginseng or Orchid somewhere in the title. Makes sense right? Well here is the thing that has really got me thinking just to go out on a limb and name it whatever pops into my mind after I make it... Etsy shop stockers!!!

Yes, I think they are out there!

Waiting and watching my shop for my latest fabrics and designs. Paranoid alittle? YES!! And here is why , there are about 4 shops out there in Etsyland that seem to get the exact same fabrics and make a zipper pouch within a few short days after I get the NEW item made and in my shop. Now of course I am a realist and know that there are fabrics that are so popular that this is just bound to happen... that is acceptable. But I go above and way beyond the call to find hard to find fabrics yet it seems to keep happening. So is it in the name? Could it be giving to many clues as to the designer?

So the experiment will soon begin and then I will see the outcome! Maybe it is all just one big coincidence-- that just keeps happening :(

Monday, March 23, 2009

Even more wallets- Palm Size Zip-it Around!

I was determined to make more wallets for my shop! Here are the latest in the palm-size zip-it around style!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

A few more wallets in my shop!

Wallets take me forever to make, so when I do get the chance I try to make at least 3 at a time. Here are a few I just listed today in my shop. My Zip-it around wallets are still giving me fits when it comes to installing the zipper, I am trying to figure out how to make it go more smoothly and not bring me such frustration! Here are pics of the end results :)

Friday, March 13, 2009

Wow, that sold fast!

I made and listed this new portable purse organizer at 3 PM and it was sold by 5:30 PM yesterday afternoon... Oh of course, that is wonderful but now I have to decide if I quickly make another one in another similar striped fabric since I only ordered enough to make this one. Or do I go and try to order more of this fabric. You see I am abit to frugel with my spending and I watch my costs to the point of obsession!! I just hate to see fabric laying around that does not sale! I know I can't always pick out what is going to sale but I at least want to keep it to a minimum...

Thursday, March 12, 2009

What another one? Giveaway Mania from Etsy Sellers

It appears as if there is Giveaway Mania going on out there in Etsy land! I must admit that I have many mixed feelings regarding this new trend that appears to be the "new" way to get people to your shop! I also am as guilty as anybody to participate in these because of the temptation of that added exposure. I think this is the 4th one I have done since the beginning of this year. I think that it will also be the last one, for awhile anyway. Does it bring more views to your shop? Of course! Does it bring sales? I can not say for certain. Ask me in a few months when I am not currently doing any and I will re-evaluate.

I am approached on average 2-3 times a week and I am always very selective on which ones I decide to do but I think enough is enough. Don't get me wrong I actually use to do my own giveaways on the Promo's section of Etsy forums way before it became such a mania. I enjoy it very, very much. But time to pull back and see if these really pay off!!!

With all that being said, here is the current and last one for awhile that I am sponsoring. It is on A Daily Dose of Toni's Blog.

Here is the item that I am giving away!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Another Giveaway? Why not!!!

Katie of Bless this Nest contacted me to let me know that she is sponsoring a giveaway on her blog for one of my items!! So head on other there and cast your vote !! It only takes a minute and hey Why not??? I first met her last year when she contacted me for a custom order for her upcoming Wedding! Well, she loved the pouches and wanted to do this giveaway!! Thanks Katie :)

Just a random pic of a new little zip pouch :)

Sunday, March 8, 2009

A beautiful weekend- relax is on the schedule!

So the forcast is to be in the low 70's all weekend!! I therefore promised myself that I would not so much as cut a thread all weekend--- so far so good!!!

Yesterday, my daughters and I worked in the yard for about an hour just doing some general yard clean-up. Then we relaxed and took Ginger on a very nice walk.

This morning, I got up and made myself pancakes, sat on my beloved screened-in porch to a cup of coffee and my current read!!

Lovely just lovely!!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Catch-All Clutches are back for a LIMITED TIME!

Every once in awhile I will get a chance to make up some more Catch-All Clutches. So today was the day! These are wonderful for inside your own purse or tote to catch all the clutter from receipts, business cards, cosmetics etc. You could use this for a quick trip to the grocery store or out running errands. Also great to protect your ipod, cell phone or any gadget because it is padding with my special bat quilt interfacing technique. I have a pretty wide selection in my shop right now and will only be available for a limited time- so better get your favorite one while you still can!!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

2 NEW Palm-Size ZIP-IT Around Wallets!

I really wanted to incorporate a zipper pouch for coins in my NEW Palm-Size ZIP-IT's! So after working all weekend on it, I came up with these two super cute Wallets! I actually have a wallet made out of the Al Fresco fabric and then the Amy Butler turned out great too!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Just love this color combo!

Sometimes in the mix of making items I stumble upon two fabrics that just look great together. Normally I plan what fabrics will be matched up with each other based on design lines. But these two happened to get laid down next to each other and WOW!!!

I love the outcome!