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How did I forget to do this? I forgot to post my latest color creation. Orange with Blue Fur. Now, I’m not an orange girl. Don’t look good in the color, can’t find anything to match it. In fact, I was having troubles finding a fur color I liked with it. But, here we go.

ON SALE Orange Crocheted Slippers with Blue Fur - Flip Flop Footwear - Indoor Comfortable Shoes with Eyelash Yarn

You can find it listed here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/100821967/on-sale-orange-crocheted-slippers-with

Just a reminder – Just a week and a half left in my Christmas in July sale. 10% off this pair as well as anything in the shop – everything is already marked down. And free shipping in the US. Get started on your Christmas shopping early.

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Monday musings

I admit it – I’m not always the cheerful person I portray on this blog. Sometimes things get me down and it is difficult to write anything positive, but I will try.

This weekend did not go so well. Spent 2 days in the heat and humidity and sold 1 pair of Flip-Furs. I had spent weeks prepping for this. Very few people tried them on, a few people took business cards. I’m frustrated. But, I’m not giving up. I am going to come up with some new color combinations. I’m going to start sending out emails to gift shops. Find shops that support local artisans. Email more dance studios. Someone is bound to say “yes”. I hope.

I have so say I am so saddened with the events early Friday morning concerning the shooting at a movie theater in Colorado. My thoughts and prayers have been going out to the families of the victims and the survivors. I heard on the radio this morning about a guy who pushed his girlfriend under his chair and covered her body with his, then was shot and killed.  As a geek, I have gone to theaters and waited in line for the midnight screenings of movies. Now, I have this to worry about? First it was schools, then airports, then colleges. Now movie theaters?  Can I not go anywhere without worry of a gun-toting maniac? It has already been predicted to be a major political discussion. I believe in the Bill of Rights – the right to bear arms. Guns don’t kill people – stupid people wielding guns kill people. My brother is a very responsible gun owner. I have fired guns before. I don’t particularly like them, and I probably will not own one, but violence is out there. If we banned guns, someone would find a way to get one. Police officers would still have to wear bullet-proof vests because a suspect may have a gun. If all the guns in the world were destroyed and all knowledge on how to make them were wiped from the Earth ala MIB style, people would still find a way to kill each other. Might as well destroy golf clubs, shovels, baseball bats, swords, knives and rope. All of these things have been used to kill another human being. Yes, there is violence on tv – because that is what people want. Blame cartoons? Might as well ban slap-stick comedy like the Three Stooges. Violence on TV does not kill people – stupid people who watch violence on tv get an idea and they kill people. Killing is everywhere, even in the Bible.

If a person is raised with morals and embraces those morals, they will see violence in video games and tv and movies and books and will leave it there. They will not try to bring that violence into this world. Try as I might, I try to limit the amount of violence my son watches on tv or in movies. But violence is everywhere. Classic fairy tales like Sleeping Beauty have violence – a hero fights an evil witch to the death to save his princess. Snow White has an evil queen who tries to kill her. Toy Story, one of my son’s favorite movies, has a neighborhood kid who blows up toys. My son watches that movie over and over again, but he doesn’t take that violence into his world and try to blow up things. He knows the difference between reality and fiction. Do I stop him from watching his favorite shows because there is violence? No. But I do limit his exposure to them. If I see him becoming violent with his toys, I stop him and we have a talk. I do not worry about him.

Okay, I’m getting off the soapbox now. Hope everyone has a wonderful week. Look for a new treasury this week, a new featured seller and some new color combinations.

Always,

Hoping for Sales

Friday’s Featured Seller – part 2 – Celebrations Paperie

Here’s part 2 of my Friday’s Featured Seller. I’d like to introduce you to Susan of Celebrations Paperie (http://www.etsy.com/shop/celebrationspaperie) Susan lives in Louisiana and makes all sorts of paper products: card, invitations, thank you notes.

Jen: You make a number of different paper products – announcements, invitations, thank you notes- how did you get started?

Retirement Luncheon Invitation

Susan: I’ve always had an obsession with paper – note cards, lists, invitation, stationery.  I would collect it but never use it because it was “just too pretty”.  I started scrapbooking when my daughter graduated from high school and going to the craft stores and seeing all that paper, etc. just hooked me on creating with it all.

Jen: Without giving too much away, what is your process for making your products? Obviously I don’t need any trade secrets. 🙂

Susan: I used to actually attach scrapbook paper to cardstock and embellish with ribbon and such, but since then I’ve gone digital and use images and paper from internet shops (99% from Etsy sellers). Where do you get your inspiration?   Usually from the images I purchase.  I’ll see a cute monkey graphic and think of how cute that would look on a young child’s birthday invitation.  It just goes from there.

Sweet Baby Girl Birth Announcement

Jen: Do you have a dedicated workspace?

Susan: I have a great craft room upstairs, but since I’m on the computer so much I work in an office/guest room space.

Jen: Do you have a “day job”? If so, any plans on quitting?

Mom to Be Shower Invite

Susan: I retired after 26 years of teaching first and second grade.  I loved it, but I was fortunate enough to be able to take advantage of an opportunity to retire, so I did.

Jen: Any background noises, ie music, tv, children while you are working?

Girl Baby Buggy Thank You Notes

Susan: I have ITunes on my computer and enjoy listening to music from classical to rock when  I’m doing routine things.  But I like it quiet when I’m in the design mode.

Jen: Are you having a Christmas in July sale?

Susan: Absolutely!  My shop is offering 15% off entire purchase.

Baby Girl Baptism Invitation

Jen: Family? To include Fur Babies, of course.

Susan: I’m married to great guy who’s been very supportive of my adventure and I have two children, both married.  No grandkids, yet.  I have four cats and one that is my son’s that I’m babysitting for awhile.  Only 2 stay inside and they often “help” me when I’m working.

Jen: Anything else you would like to tell readers?

Susan: As a matter of fact, I do.  I have another shop on Etsy called LadybugLane and Co.  It was my first baby and there I sell greeting cards and notecards that I have either handmade or done digitally but are my own digital designs.  I hope they visit ladybuglaneandco.etsy.com as well.

Thank you, Susan! Good luck with everything and I hope your CIJ sale is going great.

Always,

Hoping for Sales

Friday’s Featured Seller – Kingdom of Zeal

This is the first of 2 Friday’s featured seller posts.

I would like to introduce you all to Kay, from Kingdom of Zeal (http://www.etsy.com/shop/KingdomOfZeal) Kay is from Puerto Rico, and makes lovely jewelry.

Wire Wrapped Gold Labradorite Necklace - Mermaid's Tear

Jen: How did you get started?

Kay: It really started with a simple yet complex question: “What do I really want to do the rest of my life?”. I’ve always had an admiration for jewelry and its creators, and an unrelenting love for stones. It wasn’t until recently I considered it as an actual means of sustenance. A life of creating pieces of wearable art seems like an absolutely perfect mix of creative stimulation, personal and professional growth, and challenge.
Seeing my passion for creating jewelry my friend, Weskips, funded me and that is the reason I’m having this conversation with you now. Thank to him I’m able to share my jewelry with the world.

Jen: Do you find the stones you use when out walking, or do you order them from someone?

Kay: I very much wish I could find the types of stones I use walking about! I actually hand pick each stone from my talented lapidary suppliers in India, Sri Lanka and Madagascar. The handful of gemstones I have in my stone were each selected out of literally thousands of diverse pieces. It’s actually a very long and arduous process, but I enjoy every minute of it.

Titanium Agate Crystal Cluster Necklace - Radical Dreamers

I do want to start a more rustic line of jewelry including driftwood and hand painted shells, and another line of preserved flowers. Those will be made of materials I find!

Jen: Without giving too much away, what is your process for making your jewelry? Obviously I don’t need any trade secrets. 🙂

Double Aquamarine Labradorite Necklace - The Lady of Viper Manor

Kay: Most of my time is spent trying to find a design that works well with the stone, since I love having gems as the centerpiece of my jewelry. I try and let the stone itself tell me what that design should be. Depending on how it works out, I’ll scrap the idea and try again. I never put up a piece I’m not truly happy with, no matter how simple the design.

Jen: Do you have a dedicated workspace?

Carved Mother of Pearl Necklace - Frozen in Time

Kay: Actually, I don’t have a dedicated work space yet. I keep my torch, files, hammers, and other tools in a big black toolbox. My lose stones and other materials nicely separated in another storage box, the same with my finished pieces. My work surface is anywhere I can comfortably set up for the day; Kitchen table, blanket on the floor, even my own bed. So long as it’s clean, I’ll make due.

Jen: Do you have a day job? Any thoughts of quitting?

Kay: Right now I’m a full time student and a part time jeweler. My major is Modern Languages, so most of my days consist of learning and practicing Italian (and in the months to come, Mandarin). I’ve always been very enthralled by other languages and cultures, so much so that I taught myself most of the English I know. But my dream will always be to run my own successful store.

Purple Sea Sediment and Amethyst Wire Wrapped Earrings - Atlantis' Treasure

Jen: Any background noise, music, TV?

Kay: I cant function at all without background noise! I like to put cartoons on my computer and then minimize them, so I only have sound and not a distracting image. I usually put on Chowder or Regular Show. I more or less know every episode, so I get to enjoy them even though I’m not looking at them. I also like to put on music. I have a small assortment ready with some of my favorites from various genres; Opera, classical, alternative, rock, reggae, Italian rock, and something called opera rock (among other stuff). I put them all in shuffle and on a loop so I never run pout of great things to listen to.

Labradorite and Bronze Filigree Bracelet - Dragoon Spirit

Jen: Are you having any sales?

Kay: I had not thought of having a Summer sale, most of all since this is my first summer selling on Etsy! But I just couldn’t say no to that! With the coupon code Summer anyone can get a 14% discount on anything in my store!

Jen: Any children? Fur Babies?

Chocolate and Purple Lace Chalcedony with Hand Hammered Bronze Lariat - Djin

Kay: I have three adorable kitties in my family! Cathulu, a very round tortoiseshell cat who loves sleeping and doing flips on walls. Her name is, of course, a silly pun based on H. P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu. Then there is a Omega, a 10 year old black cat. He is very much the alpha male of the house. My third and last kitty cat is called Flaca, a 7 year old Calico who loves nuzzling to people’s hair. And most importantly, my fiancé William, who is very supportive of my jewelry store.

Jen: Anything else you would like to tell readers?

Kay: I hope to expand and improve my skill set constantly, so I hope to bring new things often to my shop!

Thank you, Kay. Good luck with everything.

Always,

Hoping for Sales

This is a re-blog from a team member’s site. Had to share this wonderful shop.

Daffodil Corner

Today I’d like to introduce you to my friend Mary, who runs a wonderful shop on Etsy called Acorngirl.

I met Mary at one of our very first Etsy team meetings in Charlotte, NC about 5 or 6 years ago.  I was immediately captivated by the small felt horse Mary was working on at the meeting.  I soon discovered that Mary had a great sense of humor and a gift for storytelling.  Mary can keep you enthralled for literally hours when she gets going.  There have been times when my face hurt I laughed so much.

Working with natural fibers whenever she can, Mary makes Waldorf inspired dolls like this:

  and these  

The dolls and their clothing are all sewn by hand.  Many of them can be posed, as their arms and legs are wrapped wire.  Mary draws the faces with artist pencils.  She is so talented!

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