Sunday, February 27, 2011

New Daisy Ponytail Debut

Wanted to post it here first. I'll edit a link back in after I list it on Etsy or you might catch it on the Craftcult to the right-->. Girl Scout Daisy Ponytail Steamers (pictured with the super popular Daisy Petal hair bow accessory). Now to determine a price...


The promised link for the new Daisy Petal ponytail streamers

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Being Featured in a Blog

I recently sent a package of bows to a friend from high school including my best seller, Daisy Bow pictured here: and his wife featured me in her blog, Wisdom Comes Suddenly and added a button for me! Such a cute mommy blog and little girls too! I love catching up with people from my past!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Go Team, Go!

So Etsy has made some recent changes to their forums that kind of make it more difficult to promote shops in the social forums. You now need to join a "team". I see a lot of you guys out there in cyberland saying the same thing, "what the heck is a team?" Well, I'm not really sure.

My sales and views have not been as high as last month even though I've created more and listed more and my photos are way better than before. This is my newest type of hair accessory I have available:

So I started looking into teams, admittedly, to boost my ego - hey at least someone's LOOKING at my stuff, if not actually buying it, right? I was surprised at some of the requirements for teams - location (I understand that one - shop local!), treasury curators (requiring a certain number of Etsy curated lists (treasuries) created and then using team members in your treasuries), product type (I joined EtsyBows but it's slow moving), people who love their pets (how's that related to handmade items?), ethnicity, gender, people who like computer programs (or who need help with said program), those employed outside the home, those that do this as their main source of income, those who are retired folks, those who are mothers of children aged x-y, single parents, those who are students, those who are students at X school, those who are promoting fundraisers, those who do X as a job/family member outside Etsy, those who are trying to loose weight, and my personal favorite TEAM BACON. And all of these are disjointed, not organized in any way and have just a few members each. They are also kind of hidden, requiring several click before you get there so Etsy buyers who don't know what teams are aren't going to stumble there uninvited or feel welcome when the teams are directed at sellers. Promo teams will only be as good as their members promote outside of Etsy whereas the promo forum was an on-site one-stop-shop.
I can join as many teams as I can keep up with so I decided on a couple - a local "street team" (which I have no idea what a street team means but they seem fairly social, covers the whole DC metro area and not only promote their Etsy shops but they promote local craft fairs), one for hair bows and an established team that does a weekly promo thread called SNS The Original Saturday Night Specials. So this is what I'm writing. I'm having my first SNS! A true BOGO - so tonight, February 19th from 5pm until it's no longer night in the US (6am Sunday morning), I'm offering buy one get one free (of equal or lesser value).
So now, after a lot of superfluous banter that I wish I could have crammed into high school and college essays, I leave you with another linked photo (go SEO!):

Thursday, February 10, 2011

petals up or down?

I've been making this bow for a long time - it was one of the first ones I sold.

So when I do this, I can flip the petals so they are either:
concave (curved up)

or convex (curved down)

Okay, I know my science background is showing. But which do you like better?

I make these is a couple of different styles
Listed as Spotty Dotty

listed as 5-petal ribbon flower

They are the same pattern, different sized ribbon (see the 5-petal sized on the spotty dotty?).

Friday, February 4, 2011

Crochet away

So I really enjoyed making that crochet beanie/skull cap to match the blanket (I posted a picture recently) and also the bonnet so I've been using some Caron Simply Soft to make a few. Here are examples:

Well, I brought what I was working on to my daughter's dance class looking for a way to spend some child-free but away from home time so not really bow time). Anyway, I got to chatting with a friend and being that I'd already done the shaping and I was just working on the sides of the skull cap, I pulled it out, confident that I'd be able to carry on the conversation while getting some work done. She asked me to teach her girls how to knit (I did correct her that I was crocheting, not knitting). I can't teach my own girls how (A really doesn't take direction from me and E gets distracted easily) so I'm not sure that it will work well but I'm thinking about it. Considering that I learned a little bit from my Granny who lived several states away and then my MIL who lives several states away and then the internet (gotta love youtube!). Anyway, I think I'm going to start with teaching my friend!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

It's Thursday!

Thursday and Friday are really busy days for me - 4 kids to 3 different schools, some errand, home, feed & nap the little kids, get the big kids home, ballet & Brownies Thursday/Irish dance Friday, dinner, bed, CRASH! - so I was a little reluctant to commit to being a speaker at St. Leo the Great's Mother's group. I had never been to a religious playgroup (even though I went to Catholic school) or one that had speakers for the moms.

I was surprised at how this one was set up. They put on a movie for the kids and set out toys (I think the youngest was 17 mo and there were a couple home schooling moms that had older kids) and then the moms talked for a few minutes before going around and introducing everyone. Then I got up and did my thing. I told how I got into the business and then I showed how to sew my St. Patty's Day korker bow starting with how to make the korker ribbon. I took questions and then sold some bows. I think I might do it again with another group! If you have a local group that wants a 15 minute bow presentation, send me an email!