Sunday, December 30, 2012

New Year Decissions

I'm trying to decide if I should start a new Star Wars section in my Etsy store and make more of the Tusken raider, R2-D2, twi'lek, Boba Fett and ewok hats. Or maybe another toys section for my little dinosaurs. Or expand the cartoon section to include some blues clues and yo gabba gabba. My sales were pretty good for a while, but then they petered off. Don't know if I need to market stuff better (or even how to market stuff), offer more of a variety, or close up and keep selling for free on craigslist only.
Any suggestions or tips out there?

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Holiday Mayhem

   Sorry I've been away for so long, its just been a very busy time in my life. October is busy with  my daughter's birthday and Halloween, Both really big deals in my house. Then November has 4 birthdays (including my Mom's and mine) and Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving was especially trying as our oven broke and our landlord wouldn't replace it until after Black Friday (cheap jerk). Now with December there's 2 birthdays (one my Dad's) and Christmas and New Year's Eve.
   I have been trying to get the amigurumis and scarves I have done sold to have money for Christmas. Unfortunately, it isn't working out so well, I haven't had a sale in almost a month. I am running another sale in my Etsy store for 10% off the final total, but so far no takers. I can't really have a bigger discount though, I don't charge that much as it is. Its making for a very stress filled holiday
   I've been trying to use what yarn I have in the house to make hat and scarf sets for charity. I am also trying to make a few gifts for family members too, since I can't really afford to buy any.
I have done a few more pokemon, I have Pidgey

and Gulpin

and Spinarak

A new mini lightsaber inspired by Darth Maul
and a few new sushi scarves




I hope you Holidays are less frantic than mine and that you and your loved ones have a very Happy Holidays and Happy New Year.




Sunday, September 30, 2012

The Holidays are coming!!!!

I am gearing up for the Holidays in my Etsy shop [link]. If you are interested in anything listed you should act fast, I won't have much time to make duplicates of what's listed. I will be taking commissions for a while but there will have to be a cut off on those too, so I can get things done and delivered in time for the holidays.

Friday, September 28, 2012

More Etsy Stuff

I've been working on a few things for my Etsy shop. I've made a Weedle it took a while to put together the 25 separate pieces to make it
and a Shuppet, I used my castform pattern and gave this one a stuffed body instead of the usual open ghosty body, I wanted it to be able to stand on its own
and a Tangela, I made this one with a black and blue body and then 2 different shades of blue for the tangles, the tangles are varying lengths of chains and the 2 sc worked in each chain. Each tangle is worked from the body in FLO and then after I had enough, I aranged them and sewed them down.
as my newest pokemon in the shop. I have also remade a few that sold like Diglett with popcorn stitch rocks
Shuckle with 3 spouts on its back
and Bulbasaur with a bulb that has overlapping leaves
Kinda taking a break from crochet for a bit though, I have too many things that need to get sold and not a whole lot of motivation to make anything else. Once in a while I get a commission that is too good not to try, like the Lapras or the Groudon pokemon I made.
These were all made with my personal patterns




Saturday, September 8, 2012

Long time no blog

Sorry I haven't come up with any new patterns lately. I have been busy with commission sales from my Etsy store. I've made a few pokemon for my customers
Shedinja
Groudon
Dragonite
Lapras
And finished up my lightsaber rainbow, unfortunately the buyer turned out to be a scammer with stolen checks. That was a fun and strange police report for the fraud department. At least the officer liked my mini lightsabers and he might purchase one later.
and I have been working on some baby items for my nephew who is recently married to his long time fiance and now they are expecting their first child together. My new niece-in-law has two other children and I am trying to make some things for them as well so they don't feel left out or get jealous.
  On top of all of this, I am still trying to get my 20 year old to FINALLY register for college classes or get a job. My son just started middle school, and on his 3rd day of school he got off the bus at the wrong stop and got lost. I had to call police and file a missing person report. Poor kid, it was his birthday and he was so excited to get home he got off at the 2nd stop instead of the last stop and the bus driver was useless, he had no clue about keeping the kids safe and disregarded a rule about writing down the names of the kids and the stops they are at. I'm also still caring for my parents while my mother fights cancer and my dad copes with COPD. And if that wasn't enough, my husband killed his 3rd car in as many years and is using mine to get back and forth to work leaving me stuck at home 5 days a week.


Saturday, August 25, 2012

Looney Tunes

I found a pattern book for Looney Tunes called Bugs & Pals to crochet by Leisure Arts. I spent a week making them. Here's what they look like. I still need to find some whiskers for Bugs though, yarn ones looked too weird.
 Sorry, I haven't come up with any new patterns in a while. I have one kid starting college and another starting middle school with uniforms and have been busy trying to come up with the funds to pay for it all. There has also been a TON of paperwork for both schools. Needless to say, my stress level has been high and my brain has been fried. Hopefully I will sell off my huge amounts of crocheted items soon and can get back to creating new patterns. Until then, I'm going to be lazy and use patterns I have in the house for a while to make more stuff to sell and for gifts for Christmas and birthdays.
 Happy Crocheting everyone :)

SALE

I am having a sale in my Etsy Shop, 10% off your entire order. Just used the code get10 to get the discount.


Monday, July 23, 2012

Hectic Summer

Sorry there haven't been any new patterns since April. Its hard to get the quiet time needed to keep notes. I have 2 kids off for the summer and so  many things that need to get done at home and away from home. I have been crocheting, whenever I get a chance, I just haven't been able to keep notes or write out any patterns.
I thought I could at least share some photos.
 Sushi purse
 pot of gold scarf
 Sushi scarf #3
 Rocket popsicle scarf
Baby hat, sweater and blanket

Friday, July 13, 2012

Harry Potter inspired winged creatures

 I went off in yet another direction this week. I started making creatures from the world of Harry Potter. My first trio is a phoenix, a fwooper and a hippogriff.
 The fwooper is just something I made up as I went along.
 The hippogriff was from a pattern here http://bandotaku.deviantart.com/art/Hippogriff-Amigurumi-Pattern-214637614

 The phoenix was inspired by one on deviant art by AppleGrayWolf. I unfortunately do not have a pattern for this.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Finished some evolutions of Pokemon

 I finished up an Oddish evolution with Gloom and Vileplume

 Then I made a Sunkern to go with Sunflora

Monday, June 25, 2012

Wearable Edibles

 I've been having fun crocheting food accessories lately. Scarves of food like cookies, citrus fruit, sushi, strawberries etc... I made the hamburger bag and now I'm toying with the idea of bags to go with the scarves and a scarf to go with the hamburger. I have SO MANY ideas swimming around in my head. I hope people will like the weird stuff I may come up with. Be warned though, I've been a cook for all of my adult life, I know lots of foods to make into accessories. My next weird thought is a kabob scarf? We'll see how that goes