A couple months back, someone I vaguely know in passing from a website I frequent took possession of several of the items I had been giving away. She wanted to compensate me somehow, I gave her my PayPal address and my mailing address and forgot about it.
A few days ago I received a package from her that was so perfectly me! She included a project bag she made, a nice card, some sock yarn, a skein of beautiful metallic embroidery floss, and a gorgeous focal bead!
To say I was thrilled is an understatement!
The project bag is perfect because my doggos are two of my favorite people!
This photo does not do the bead justice!
Anyway, thank you again, dear stranger / friend from the internet! ❤️❤️❤️
Do you guys remember what this means? Two years ago in spring, I was breaking up with my ex and I threw away, sold, or donated about 60% of my things.
Last year, with no special circumstance, I got rid of a ton of stuff again.
And this year is no different!
I’ve already purged my shop of things I didn’t love, listings for items I no longer had, and added new items that I kept putting off.
I’ve donated a ton more stuff, and I’m still finding things to sell or donate.
Right now I’m taking a good hard look at my books. I have so many books that I loved once upon a time but now they’re just taking up space. Time to let so many of them go.
I’ve also got fabrics I’m not going to use that I’m working on listing for sale. Some are full yardages, and others are project leftovers. I’d like to be able to organize the remaining fabrics into my drawers neatly, and have an entire drawer available for collecting things for swaps.
I’m also thinking about painting again. I have that event coming up in two weeks (see my last post) and it would be cool to have a few fun paintings to try to sell.
Tomorrow I’m thinking about looking at my ring blanks and maybe doing something with those. Maybe some glitter encrusted polymer clay “stones” set into them. I have some glitter that will look just like an opal!
Here’s the details!
Spring Community Carnival
I hope to see you all there, but if not, you can always visit my shop here in this website. I’ve got about 250 amazing items to choose from!
After my big cleanup and removal of a bunch of products which were donated or taken apart to be remade, I’m spending today adding new products that I never uploaded to the site.
First up is a random collection of kids’ bracelets. There’s 3 sets of 10 available!
I’ve also added 15+ sets of hair clips with crocheted flowers (and one set with hearts!) today. These are really cute and suitable for little ones or adults!
I still have a ton of very pretty bracelets to upload but I need to compare my current inventory to what’s actually online. Adding each listing takes time and I would hate to accidently create a duplicate of something that’s already up.
So stay tuned, and maybe pop back in after the weekend to see everything I’ve added! There’s also new coupons being added to go with the new products!
And as always, coupon code LSG will get you an additional 10% off!
I just went through the few remaining physical items I had marked as free and put them in a bag to be donated tomorrow, found a few other items I don’t want to sit on any longer, made sure my etsy listings matched up with what’s still available… and I deleted almost 60 items from my shop. Some were sold out so they don’t really count, but a lot just weren’t up to the current level of perfection or were perfectly made, but just not moving.
There’s going to be some happy thrift store shoppers though! A few of my friends will be receiving gifts as well so my loss is several people’s gain.
I’m really excited to be clearing out some product, even if its just donating it, because it means I’ll have that much more space to organize and store the things I love! There’s still a few tough decisions to make (books I loved as I child, I mean you!) but I think I’m going to be a lot happier by tomorrow afternoon.
And right now if you browse my shop, there’s quite a few items on sale right now, tons of great patterns, and as always, there’s coupon code LSG for those who want to save another 10% off their purchase. I might even stick a few more items on sale this evening… hmmm… 🙂
Saturday evening I loaded up my car and drove out to East Lancaster to the Antelope Valley Indian Museum. The AVIM is way out in the middle of nowhere but the drive isn’t too far from town. About 15 miles.
Once I arrived, I pulled in behind the Joshua cottage and unloaded my stuff carrying it inside. I’ve done this event I think three times before, and the lady who runs it knows I like being by the door. She stuck a post it now on the table she knew I’d pick with my name on it. Nobody else got a reserved table… Lol.
I got set up, and my table was so cluttered but I was hopeful it would be okay.
As you can see, it was kind of a mess.
The first hour, we had almost no one come through. I got the first sale though of two face scrubbies at $3 each. And then there was nothing for a while.
I think we were all feeling a little let down by how slow it was, but going into the second hour, it got really busy and people started buying.
I had set prices on all my items except the stuffed toys and the paintings, which I told people I was open to offers. I didn’t really expect anyone to want the paintings; I had nearly left them at home.
I was happily surprised though when people loved my paintings! I ended up selling 2 of the 3. Not for a lot but they didn’t take a lot of time to make either and costs were super low.
All in all, I sold a little of everything except for earrings. It was a really good night, and I made enough over my table fee to pay off a small bill in full, and in the next few days I’ll replace one of my tires on my car.
What’s that? Oh yes! Thirteen days until I’ll be live at the Antelope Valley Indian Museum with my awesome stuff!
I’ve been trying to work on some other inventory over the last few weeks and things are slowly getting added. I’m also adding to shop inventory while I’m at it.
I managed to get all my beading patterns up, all my crochet patterns (some of both of those are free, BTW!), and I just did a much needed cull of my commercial sewing patterns and listed I think 36 of them, most of them brand new, up for sale. I’m hoping to get some cross stitch patterns up soon too but that might take a while.
I really hope I can meet some of you at the AVIM on the 30th and you can see my creations in person. I’ll have items ranging from $1 up to about $45, for kids and adults both.
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!
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.
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 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 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!
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.