• What's New?

    Did You Know…?

    … That most of my items are unique and one of a kind? Obviously this doesn’t apply to things like finished cross stitch most of the time, or some of my stuffed toys, but things like jewelry are almost always one offs that won’t be made the same way again.

    Often this is because there were materials sourced from closeouts or liquidation, and I literally cannot buy these components again.

    Other times it might be because I created some of the components with raw materials (like with polymer clay) and each piece is truly unique.

    This is why I always say if you are something you like, you should grab it, because once it’s gone, it’s gone!

    P.s. I added about 20 new items to the shop tonight plus removed some that sold over the weekend. There’s adjustable rings, some knitted and crocheted hats, hair accessories, a new cross stitch pattern… And I have more items I need to add still.

    Even more exciting is I currently have a month off from classes, so I can make some new things again!

    First though, I need to finish cleaning my craft room!

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    Holy Wow You Guys!

    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… 🙂

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    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.

     

  • What's New?

    Do You Have 15 Minutes?

    I was struck by an idea this evening for a simple way to display the necklaces I’ve made for my shop rather then just having them all stuffed into a drawer. My solution? It cost me $5 and about 15 minutes.

    Remember my bench rebuilding project? I had a piece of wood left over from that that was 34″ long- which was only 2″ shorter than I initially planned on, and sawing wood down to smaller pieces with a hand saw sucks, so I went with it like it was instead of cutting a larger piece down.

    Then I popped over to Lowe’s, bought a package of screws (I only needed 2) to mount the board to the wall, and spent another $3.58 on a package of 40 7/8″ rounded, semi-circular screw hooks. I drilled a hole near each end for the mounting screws, and one hold down the middle every 1.5″ to screw a hook into. Remember when drilling your pilot holes to make them a size smaller in the wood then the actual screw is.

    Then I screwed it into the wall and hung up all the necklaces! Easy, and fast! You could of course paint or stain the wood (I might spray it white later on) but I just put it up as is.

  • What's New?

    Organizing & Cleaning Up

    First things first. I have a lot more yarn them I need and I keep acquiring more. I just flew home yesterday from Washington state and in my bag was 11 new skeins of yarn, from two different but wonderful yarn shops. I stopped at So Much Yarn first and later at Maker’s Mercantile and neither one was disappointing. Both received 5 star reviews from me on Yelp and on their Facebook pages.

    I also ordered some more yarn online while I was on my trip and it will be arriving early next week. What else did I order? A shelving unit that better suits my needs and takes up a bit less floor space in my craft room.

    This morning I grabbed a screw driver and a hammer and built the unit and started loading it up. I put all my sewing and crafting books into two of the spaces, and the rest will be dedicated to yarn.

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    The bottom left square has my luxury / natural fiber yarns, and the top two /middle ones with yarn is my Red Heart Super Saver. I was able to take my skeins I had stored in totes out and put them on display. The bottom middle and two empty spaces will hold the Caron Simply Soft I ordered when it arrives.

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    I was able to spread this yarn out more and arrange it better by type and brand. The two uppermost left are all Charisma yarn, which is my favorite bulky, and the two next to them in the middle is all Bernat Softee which has lovely colors but I’ve honestly not yet used. The second one from bottom on the right is all my sock yarn. I have tons and still haven’t tried knitting socks… Lol.

    Of course what I really need to do in there is vacuum the carpet and clean off my tables but I’ll do that later… Eventually… One day? Lol

  • What's New?

    I Just Can’t Win!

    I just can’t win lately when it comes to ordering things online. About a month ago, I placed two orders on Amazon with private sellers, both based somewhere in China. I’ve not had any real issues in the past so thought nothing of it. One order was for a selection of crochet hooks, 12 of them, in sizes 3mm through 10mm. I really wanted that 10mm hook. I ordered the set for that 10mm hook. The other order was for a 4 pack of a small compartmentalized containers.

    After a few weeks I received my package with ONE container in it. Just one. I contacted the seller and asked where the other three were. They said it would be several weeks but I would get the other three shipped out as soon as possible. I got my second package from them yesterday. It had ONE container in it. I emailed them again asking where the other two are at. I’m seriously frustrated because knowing these were going overseas, you’d think they would be more careful in getting an order right because shipping takes up a lot of time. But no. I’m still two containers short. I got an email from them today saying they were out of stock and will send the other two immediately. I’m not holding my breath though. Is it that hard to say we are out of stock and will send then as its possible to do so, or offer a partial refund?

    I received another package yesterday as well, this one from the crochet hook people. Did it contain my 10mm hook? No. It contained 11 hooks ranging from 2.75mm to 8mm. So now I have a freakish number of really tiny hooks, and still no 10mm that I really wanted in the first place. I left less then stellar feedback, and also stated on my review that the hooks were fine, but the seller, as many other buyers have stated, doesn’t seem able to deliver a 10mm hook no matter what happens. At this rate I give up and will just find a 10mm hook here locally so I am guaranteed to get the damned thing. After I left not so stellar feedback for the seller, I was offered a refund without return. I’ll take it, but damn it I just wanted that one stupid hook!

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    Things I’ve Been Doing

    I’ll let the pictures do the talking this time!

    This tiny little closet space is perfect for my fabric and scrap storage! Snug as a bug! #sewing #fabric #storage #stash

    A photo posted by Debra Leigh Wilson (@kittyloafdesigns) on