Kittyloaf Designs

The Unique Crafty Creations of Deb Wilson

Busy As A Bee

The last few days have been filled with creative endeavors! A few days ago I finished two new cross stitch pieces that I will be adding to the shop tomorrow, and tonight I’ve finished quite a few small projects too.

I started off making a business card holder out of polymer clay. It’s a pretty basic shape, and I added some embellishments, and overall I’m really happy with how it turned out.

I did overcook it so painting became a necessity but I’m really happy with it. It will look great sitting on my table at the Antelope Valley Indian Museum on the 1st.

After that, I painted a picture of a pony. I decided to coat the surface with glittery resin, which I’m waiting to cure now, and tomorrow I’ll apply a second coat to smooth things out.

Then I decided to get into the white resin Tracy gave me. I’d never used it before, but I knew it cures in just a few minutes, so I’d have to work fast. I decided to use some of the dyes she passed on to me as well.

The first batch I mixed up I added black dye to, and poured it into my bat Halloween molds.

The second batch I mixed with red dye, and poured it into some silly skulls.

The third batch I didn’t dye, but I added a bunch of gold glitter and poured it into my sugar skull molds.

Then I decided to experiment a little more. I mixed two cups of resin, one black, one white, and then slowly poured both colors at once into my gravestone molds. I was hoping for a kind of swirled outcome and I was not disappointed!

After all the pieces were cured, I removed them from the molds and glued strong magnets to their backs.

It’s been a fun night filled with fun crafts!


Now Accepting Square!

I know some of you really dislike PayPal  which I understand. They’re conveniently pretty much everywhere but if you don’t want to use them, often enough you’re out of luck.

But now you can shop with me and checkout with Square! I hope this will be a better option for some of you, and it’ll see me in good stead.

 


Huge Shop Update

I just added a ton of new beading patterns, plus a few crochet patterns, some of which are free. Which ones are free? Click FREEBIES in the menu and you’ll see all of them.

I also created some pattern bundles, including NFL, MLP, and Halloween. These pattern bundles are at a discounted rate compared to if you bought all the patterns in a bundle individually.

There’s been a few other items added as well. Pop on by and have a look! Navigation has been made simpler too.


I’ve Got the Bug – the Cross Stitch Bug!

A few weeks ago I was browsing Etsy and I found myself looking at cross stitch patterns. A few minutes later I was printing out my new purchases to put into a binder, and ordering embroidery floss online to pick up at Michael’s on my next trip into town.

The first pattern I stitched is going to be a gift for Tracy over at Art Resurrected so I can’t post the photos yet. But I can share some of the others I’ve stitched since.

First up is Live Laugh Lube. This one made me laugh and the seller has some even better ones I hope to be stitching soon!

Then I stitched up these little cuties. They, and others, will be going into 4″ x 4″ frames to be sold at the Antelope Valley Indian Museum on December 1st.

Avocato

Donut Worry Bee Happy

Lime Yours Forever

Tea Rex

A Woman’s Place

I’m currently stitching a really fun design (and ooooh all the colors!) but it’s also a Christmas and I’m not sure if she follows this blog, so I won’t be posting it until she’s received it.

I’m having a lot more fun doing this than I thought I would be and I can’t wait to get started on my next projects!


I’ve Been Painting!

For the record, I’m a terrible painter. Maybe not really terrible, but mediocre at best. I’m pretty sure my paintings could be the work of a small child. My good friend says they’re folky. Sounds better than what I’ve been saying… Lol.

Anyway, I started with a canvas and a randomly selected colored pencil. I spent about 2 minutes sketching out a roughly dog-shaped form, a few background details, and then set to work.

The first thing I did was paint in the large areas with solid colors.

It took two layers of paint to get even coverage but then I started adding details – in this case, bold outlines.

(sorry. That photo has awful lighting)

It still looks pretty flat and dull, but I slowly added more detail and depth, added bits of other colors, and I ended up with this.

And you know? I’m pretty freaking happy with how it turned out. Sure, it’s not perfect, and a kid could probably do better, but I like it.


Some Personal Stuff

I know you’ve all seen the meme that pops up around Thanksgiving about how when you buy from a small business, you’re helping someone pay for college, or their kid’s music lessons, or whatever. And its true. All of us little sellers are busting our humps to make that few extra dollars to pay off debt faster, or put necessities on the table every night, or help our kids succeed in school. I’m no different.

I’m a 37 year old, disabled woman living with her mom because right now, the amount of debt I have doesn’t allow me to live anywhere else. But every purchase you make from my shop lets me chip away at my debt a little faster, and puts me a little nearer to realizing my long-term goals.

What are those goals? There’s honestly pretty simple. I want to pay off my debt. Buy a 2 acre patch of dirt, fence it, have water and power brought in, and have some sort of inexpensive housing- a mobile home or a smallish (6-or-700 square foot) house. And then I can live there with my pups.

I’m also attempting to get back into the workforce. If I’m successful, I can pay off my debt faster and move my goals up even more. Right now I’m looking at paying off the smallest chunk of my debt this December. The next smallest will be the year after that, and the biggest the year after that. I owe a little in student loans, which is currently deferred (and the state pays my interest) and will be the last thing I pay off. Then I can start saving for a down payment on my piece of dirt. 🙂


I’m Still Around

I’m still around, I promise! I haven’t been doing much crafting though because quite simply, my craft room here since isn’t quite right. I can’t pinpoint what doesn’t feel right about it, just that I don’t find it super conductive to actually working. I did finish off a skein of yarn the other day in a project I previously thought was completed, and I did cast on a new knitting project the night before last with some of my more precious yarn. I also finally sorted out a ton of beads and selected more to be culled from my collection, which were donated yesterday to thrift along with a few stacks of other items. I have more I would like to let go, I just have to decide what. Some of it is yarns I likely won’t use- those will probably get returned to Micheal’s for store credit when I go into town again.

I’ve also been adding some books to my shop. I don’t have room for physical copies and I would rather read digital ones, so I’m slowly putting my remaining books up for sale. Right now that’s trade paperbacks of comics. The comics don’t have a shipping fee- the price includes media mail shipping to CONUS. Actually all of my books I have listed have no shipping fees and prices are low to help them move quickly. If they don’t sell in a reasonable amount of time, they’ll be donated to thrift.

I’m hoping to get some new handmade items up in the shop soon. I’ve made a few items but haven’t gotten around to listing them yet so that’s next on my list. I can think of at least 2 new necklaces that need to go up that are a lot of fun!

PS – There’s an extra coupon you can use at checkout- just enter LSG into the coupon code box!


Whew! What A Crazy Night!

I discovered last night that my shipping module was no longer functioning, and some quick research showed me it probably had not worked correctly through a couple major updates of my shop software. Of course it would be infinitely helpful to receive occasional feedback when things aren’t working like they should, but that’s neither here nor there. The important thing is I found a new, even easier to configure shipping module and things are working again like they should.

Sadly, I checked the current rates for international shipping and have decided to suspend shipping outside of the USA. It’s just way too expensive for the value of the items I make.

I have a busy day tomorrow outside of the house, but I’m hoping to get a few new items added to the shop when I get home. Nothing big, but they are really fun items that I hope you will enjoy.


Some More Little Changes (SEO)

One area I’ve really been slacking on with my shop is with SEO and interesting, attention-grabbing item descriptions. I hate doing both of those jobs and have been doing the bare minimum, or nothing at all. This is bad because good SEO = better search engine pick-up, and better, more interesting descriptions = people are more likely to buy or share my creations.

Tonight I’ve been adding to the SEO on some of my items, trying to bring them up to at least  “Okay” if not “Good” and working on little stories for some of my more interesting pieces. You can see some examples of this on the ones whose item titles have *w/story* appended to the end. One of my favorites though, is the one for the Pink Skully Toddler’s Hat:

“Oh, Amy! What have you done now?” I knew asking her was pointless; at a year and a half she really didn’t talk much, at least not in ways we could understand. I looked at the ravaged room, everything thrown into disarray, furniture ruined, occult symbols smeared onto the walls. A small fury spun in the middle of the room, screaming with the fires and passions of Hell itself. Amy sat a few feet from the center of the room, smiling and proud. She wore her misleadingly innocent-looking hat- the pink and white one with the skulls on it.

“You can’t keep the demon, Amy. You have to send it back,” I said with as much sternness as my shaking voice could muster. Amy giggled and blinked at me with the innocence only a tiny child can manage. “I mean it. It has to go back. Now!” Amy waved her hands, burbling some sort of command and the demon winked out of existence. I was regretting purchasing that hat from the old woman already.

I’ve also removed a lot of the categories I previously had, simplifying it down to 9 main categories, and only the Jewelry category is broken down further into subcategories. I’ve done away with most of the categories that serve as secondaries for items, but I did keep the Rainbow and Skull ones.

Of course the end goal is to have all of my items updated like this, and actually get the search engines to pick me up the old-fashioned way. I don’t have the resources to pay for advertising or professional SEO help, so slowly but surely, I’ll get things looking at good as they can, and hopefully make a few sales in the process.

 


Do You Like To Haggle?

I’ve found and installed a great new plug-in here on Kittyloaf Designs. Instead of having sales or coupons, you can make me an offer. If its within the range of values I’ve set, the offer will be accepted and it will be added to your cart. Most of my items have this feature turned on, but not all of them.

Why don’t you pop on by and see what a great deal you can get on my fabulous handcrafted items? Your possible discount varies from item to item.