Monday, December 21, 2009

Warm Fuzzies

Many think about extending themselves at this time of year when in actuality it should be 365 days a year. I try to do my thing personally and professionally and it came back to me last week. I was browsing Zibbet and noticed some interesting crochet patterns and you know I've been trying my hand at crochet so I purchased one. It turns out this seller,Stitchin' Designs, was at that minute setting up her shop so I was thrilled to welcome her with a sale. I tried the pattern and realized I was a tad off....okay, alot off, and so I e-mailed a question. Not only did she answer promptly but sent me two more patterns to try for FREE!!!! How cool is that? Check out Stitchin' Designs for some cool patterns, helpful advice and great service.
Meanwhile, I made these, not Stitchin's pattern though. They are very warm and snuggly. The brown are for women with the buttons, for men without. The multicolored ones are extra long for warmth up the arm.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

The Sales Curse

A few months after I started on Etsy, I decided to post a shadow box I had made which had been hanging in my bedroom. I actually put a fairly high price on it, not being well versed in the art yet. Literally 15 minutes later it sold. Hmmmmmmmm.... I went out, bought the materials for 2-3 more, made them, posted them and there they sat.
Last year I saw something in a catalog I thought I could reproduce better. I did. It enabled me to use the vast majority of mini chairs that I had collected. The finished product elicited raves from family and friends so I posted them. Have you guessed yet? They sat.
I have made dozens of magnetic bookmarks which sell in real life 10 to 1 as opposed to online. Why?
Today I posted a pair of handwarmers made from an upcycled sweater with crochet experiment for me. One hour later they sold. So the questions I make more? Or do I not press my luck?!