Wednesday, September 30, 2009

New item

For the last couple of weeks I have been busy sewing, trying to build up my inventory for the fall craft shows. In line with my theme of trying new things, I made these business card/credit card holders; I'm very pleased with how they turned out. They will make their debut at the CBC craft sale Nov. 5.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

New stuff

In preparation of the fall craft shows, I'm trying to branch out and make new things, rather than repeating the same item. I've decided to focus on small pouches and accessories - as much as I love them, purses and totes don't seem to be my thing (bag construction is something beyond my skills). This week I made a few flex frame pouches:

I had two different set of instructions to go by, but in the end came up with my own pattern. I'm happy with how these two turned out. More to come! They will have their debut at the CBC craft sale November 5.

I also decided to make a table banner for my new Etsy store, Zippster, since I will be selling a combination of items from my two stores. To reflect what I actually do - sewing - I made a sewn banner with fabric remnants, many of them hand dyed or painted by me:

Etsy sales have been slow over the summer but have just started picking up again. Lots to keep me busy!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Typewriting on fabric

Typewriting on fabric is something I've always wanted to try, and my crafty task this week was to see if it works: it does! I'm going to experiment with different fabrics but it seems to take better on more lightweight fabrics. I hope to make use of this technique to make tags, or to make patches to sew onto my pouches.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Etsy Anniversary

September marks my two-year anniversary on Etsy! Has the store been a huge success? No, but I am very grateful for the sales I have made; it is such a wonderful feeling when I get a sale notification. Sales overall on Etsy have been slow during the summer, so I'm hoping things will pick up over the next few months. I'm doing everything I can to promote my shop but people just haven't been spending.

To celebrate, I am offering free shipping on orders over $10. I'm hoping to clear out some stock to make room for new items.