Jul 12, 2009

busy busy!

Sorry I haven't updated all week. Been packing & cleaning & packing & cleaning. The move is coming faster than I could have anticipated - less than two weeks away and there's still a lot to pack and get organized and make sure everything fits where it's supposed to. So I may be sparse these next couple weeks. But I'll be back more regularly after the move (once we get internet access hooked up!).

Hope you all are having a great July!

Jul 4, 2009

happy fourth.

Happy Fourth of July!
I hope everyone is having a great holiday & enjoying time with friends, family, good food, and good fun.

Luckily, I got a three day weekend for the holiday, so Andy and I headed to Dallas to enjoy some big city celebrations. Last night we had a great time at a Ranger's ball game (obligatory hot dogs were consumed) and tonight we'll be heading to the Dallas Country Club to enjoy some good food, music, and fireworks. All in all we're making it a good ol' fashioned American summer weekend. I just need to find some watermelon to make it perfect.

I hope you all are enjoying your weekend as much as I am (and be sure to stay safe!).

Jul 3, 2009

freebies are goodies.

One of my favorite parts of buying handmade online are the freebies! Us handmade artisans are sure desperate to please, and one of the ways we attempt to do it is tossing in freebies. Whether it be a wee bit of candy for the sweet tooth, a sample of lotion or soap, or a fun magnet, I love them all. With all my love for freebies, it may surprise you to find out that I don't give out my own. Not for lack of trying. I just think that some crafts are better suited towards creating small, relatively low priced samples and crochet wasn't one of them. Until now.
Earlier in the week I spent an afternoon crafting up these simple beauties. Some cotton double bloom flowers with delicious candy-colored button centers. One thing that held me back till this point in time was my lack of focus in my shop. It was hard to find something that reflected my shop style when my shop was way to eclectic. But now that I've focused my items more, these flowers reflect the colorful simplicity I think of my items (and myself). Plus these flowers use up scrap yarn that just doesn't have enough left for larger projects.

Now I just need to design some fun "thank-you" cards to go attach to them for when I slide them into the packaged - headed for their new home. These will start going out with all incoming orders, so there's even more incentive to take advantage of my Artfire 20% off sale - get a deal and grab one of these for free!!

I think it's important to think up freebies or other ways to make your customer feel special. Anything you can do to encourage people to come back and continue to support handmade will not only benefit you, but all handmade artisans trying to sell their goodies on the web. And if, like me, you are stuck on what to give I've selected some great shops I found on Artfire who sell customizable promotional items like magnets, pins, notepads, and more. So check out some of these great links to be inspired!

Jul 1, 2009

keep your place.

Summer is always a great time to catch up on some reading. As a former student, I understand that finding time to enjoy a good book can be hard to find when more pressing matters are at hand. But there's just something about long summer days, porch swings, a glass of ice tea, and an exciting book that just screams summer.

In that same spirit, I've designed some new bookmarks that have been added to the shop over the past few weeks. These colorful place-keepers feature a bright, colorful flower attached to a green vine that wraps around the book's spine and attaches under the blossom. And sitting on the leaf beneath the flower is a little lady bug for that added sensation of summer.

The bookmarks are handmade using cotton yarn so they are light, soft, and washable. And at only $7.50 they are also affordable. They would make great gifts for anyone you know who loves to read. Custom colors & sizes are available, so if you have a specific type of flower you have in mind I can easily make a one-of-a-kind bookmark just for you. Along with the pink dahlia shown here I have a white daisy, a blue forget-me-not, and a purple violet. More colors coming soon, so visit the shop today to pick up your own.