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Beading Patterns (and why they are blurred)

So I’m sure you’ve noticed all of the images for my numerous beading patterns are blurry. There’s a reason for that, and the reason sucks.

In short, I have to blur the images because if they’re nice and clear, dishonest people steal the patterns from the product image.

I know this makes it hard to decide if you really want one of them, which is why if I have worked the pattern before, a clear photo of the finished item is added as well.

My actual pattern files are super clear and easy to read. I have several patterns available for free; I recommend you download one of those and have a look at it before buying if you’re unsure.

Here is a small sample of how my patterns really look :

And as always, happy crafting!

New Things Are Coming!

I’ve been working on some new creations lately, and in the next few days I’ll be adding them to my shop. I’ve been doing a lot of stitching the last few days, plus I have some great ideas for a few new cross stitch patterns!

If you haven’t been by my shop in a while, come back and have a look. There’s some items that I’ve recently added, and I’ll be adding a new coupon as we get closer to summer.

What’s cool about coupons? They add to your cart automatically if you buy qualifying items! There’s current about 6 coupons available for a variety of items, plus some things are always on sale.

I generally put rainbow items on sale in June for Pride month, and skulls and other spooky stuff in October, but otherwise sale items are selected at random.

New Items

I’ve added some new items to my shop today, as well as removed a few that I’ve decided to donate. The new items I added aren’t handmade though- they’re music books! I recently sold a few of my instruments so I don’t need all the books I had purchased for them. There’s books for violin, baritone ukulele, and guitar!

I’ve got a few other listings I need to update still today, so check back this evening and see what’s new!

Sometimes, Someone Just Gets You

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! ❤️❤️❤️

Spring Cleaning!

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!

New Products Being Added!

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!

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… 🙂

New Shop Section – Clearance!

I’ve added all my items that were put up in my shop previous to 2015 into a new clearance section at highly discounted prices. There’s about 60 items that fit this description, maybe a few more to be added.

I want to clear out my old stock and make room for my new creations as I make them. Some of this stuff will get sent to thrift in a few months.

There’s also a few hours left to get a total of 25% off of everything. 15% through the weekend for Black Friday and an additional 10% that expires at midnight tonight for Small Business Saturday. That paired with shopping clearance could get you some amazing deals!

Happy shopping!

Still Counting Down!

We’re a few days closer to the Holidays on the Homestead at the Antelope Valley Indian Museum and I’ve got a few more new items! There’s a few more cross stitch pieces I want to complete for the event, but they’re small and I still have time.

I want to stitch another Woman’s Place, a counselor Troi mini, a Geordi LaForge and maybe a second Kitty Puke.

And I still need to get a couple small dishes to hold my little inexpensive items on my table. I’m hoping to find these at the dollar store though in a few days.

This event is hands down my favorite, and there’s a reason I keep going back year after year. I really hope you’ll come by and check it out too!

13 days and counting!

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.