Thursday, April 30, 2009

Giveaway #1 WINNERS!

Thank you to everyone who entered my first ever giveaway!

I used to generate three numbers - each person was assigned x amount of numbers according to whether they Tweeted, bought, etc. The winners are................

#1 Patricia from Verre Designs

I will contact the winners through email/Etsy and thanks to everyone again for entering and looking and promoting! Check back soon for my second giveaway (probably through the awesome site IndieNorth) featuring a monster pouch! :D

Monday, April 27, 2009


That's right, I hit the jackpot! Well, my aunt hit the jackpot FOR me. She went to a flea market/bazaar type thing over the weekend and found this HUGE bag of thread. Thread of beauuuuutiful colours. Maybe it's a little nerdy to enjoy colourful thread to such a degree, but laying them out of my table and taking photos... too gorgeous! I absolutely can not wait to use all of these colours for my monster pouches. They almost look like bottles of paint!

Did I mention that this bag of thread cost $6? Canadian dollars too. Haha - like I said, JACKPOT!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Small update

Hello all! I've been missing in action from the internet / Twitter / blogging world for a little while due to studying.

A small update:
1) This morning I woke up and rikrak emailed me saying I had won her giveaway! There's probably no better thing to wake up to! You should check out her shop if you haven't already - filled with gorgeous eco-friendly stuff like wallets, iron-ons, clutches, coasters, etc. I chose a custom wallet for my new business cards (that are on their way) and two iron-ons!
2) My button giveaway is ending soon and I AM keeping track of everyone's entries! Enter before May 1st and have a chance to win!
3) I have started sewing for the Big on Bloor Festival and have done 8 pouches already (in between the textbooks). Stay tuned for a blog entry about my progress! I think my goal is to have 70-80 pouches for the festival in June! Any unsold ones will go into my Etsy shop.

I will be back soon! :D

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Giveaway #1!

I'm suffering from pre-exam stress and what better way to battle it then hold a giveaway! Actually, I'm not sure how that works but I figure giving away fun buttons to fun people = happy people = happy! Yay!

To enter the giveaway:
1) Visit my shop
2) Come back and comment on which is your favorite item, and be sure to leave your contact info (Etsy shop/username, email, etc.)
3) For 1 additional entry Twitter/blog about this! For 3 additional entries purchase anything from my shop! Mention any of these in the same comment - no need for a new one! :)

Three lucky winners will be chosen as soon as it is May 1st and will win their choice of three buttons from my shop! If buttons are sold as a pack you can still choose just one or two or all three!

Yay! Good luck!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

School versus crafting!

It's a classic match up - SCHOOL versus CRAFTING. I found one of my plushie stencils on my desk and it shows EXACTLY what's happening with this battle. 

Here we have a cute little stencil of my miniature plushies. I put the paper to the fleece and cut accordingly. Anyway, what paper did I use for it? Those are slides from my accounting class. "Financial reporting under ideal conditions" is one of the slides. Haha. 

What's even greater is the back of the stencil. I was scribbling things to memorize for my marketing test. A lot of it seemed like "common sense" but when you list things out you do actually apply it to your own business. Here's a lesson:

Price / Place / Product / Promotion

Consumer / Competition / Company

What do you do with the market?
Segment the market, target the ones that are valuable, position yourself within those markets

Business strategies (which one do you use more of?):
Production - lots of quantity
Product - quality products
Selling - push products through first-degree selling techniques like craft shows, etc.
Marketing - push products through marketing such as online ads, etc.
Societal marketing - a marketing concept to make good marketing decisions based upon consumers' wants, company's requirements and society's long-term interests
Obviously in class we were taught that the "societal marketing" strategy was the best combination of various factors. As I said, pretty common sense, but it's good to know the terms nonetheless.

So you see, this plushie stencil actually contains some valuable information! Not only the dimensions and shape of my plushies, but boring school stuff too. :)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

A new monster baby is born!

Since it's exam time in two weeks, I haven't had time to do any sewing. But, last week my little cousin calls me up and says, "I have a friend who wants to buy a monster pouch" and lo and behold, a twelve-year old emails me his monster pouch color & style choices. It was quite hilarious because he gave my little cousin cash at school, and my cousin had to give him some change back. A few days later and the cash ends up in my hand - but of course I owed him the change he gave his friend. So instead, I just gave him five bucks and told him to keep it - middleman fee! It's like some bizarre shady transaction with twelve-year olds. Haha. Another few days later and my cousin calls me and says, "are you done yet? My friend really wants it..." but NO, I have SOME sort of self-control and had to study.

But today, the pouch is done! It's the white one with the green mouth. The other two are the only remaining ones I have in stock. Until May 5th my hands are only busy flipping textbook pages. :(

Anyway, I hope my cousin's friend likes it! You can also see this pouch in flat form under my previous post.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Run-ins with snail mail

So, I was on Twitter tonight and up came a post by needlings, a fellow awesome Canadian Etsian complaining about, you guessed it, Canada Post. Prior to being a crafter/selling online, I had at most sent 2 pieces of snail mail in all my life. I mean... paper? Pen? Write? With a hand? I'm a part of the online generation (whether that's unfortunate or fortunate). Anyway, a bit over a year of selling online and by now I've had a lot of experience with shipping. Trust me, when we Canadians complain about Canada Post we are not exaggerating. It's the ridiculously expensive price (compared to other countries), inconsistent service, and did I mention ridiculously expensive price?

I think this sums it up quite nicely:

That led to a conversation about trying to shove our packages into those tiny 2 cm slots in order to save on shipping costs. Anyway, that also led me to remember the time I sent three pinback buttons to a buyer in the States and THIS HAPPENED:
THAT IS MY ENVELOPE! With cuts and holes and yes, BURNS. Two of the three buttons had completely disappeared and the last little guy was bent up. Apparently the US postal service shoved it into another bag and slapped on a "sorry" note. First time something like that has happened and it's pretty insane. Godzilla ate my packet!

Last example - a few days ago I had an small envelope packet returned to me with a "Return to Sender" sticker with absolutely no explanation (despite there being checkboxes and a comments space). The person had scribbled I needed double the amount of postage that I had put, which was completely wrong. 

More than ever I wish I had teleportation powers.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Big on Bloor festival!

It's the 2nd annual Big on Bloor festival! 

When: June 20th from 1-9 pm.

Where: Bloor Street West, from Christie to Landsdowne

Guess who is going to be there? ME!!!!!!! No, not me as an attendee, but me as a person who rented a table & will be selling various fun things! I'm especially excited because of these reasons:

1) This is my FIRST show/festival I will attend as a seller. Big on Bloor is fantastic because it's affordable, fun, and attracts a large crowd in the wonderful city of Toronto in the summer! I'm hoping that this will be the first of many and am definitely looking for more craft shows to attend. A lot of time school gets in the way (such as the One of a Kind Show is during exams) but the summer is perfect!

2) I will be sharing a table with an awesome designer/crafter - modernemotive. Her stuff is absolutely fantastic and wonderful and I love it. This way I will also feel less intimidated because we are both festival/show noobs! I might also get to meet serenadraws & mchenwears!

3) I will get to MEET fellow crafters and buyers in person! I mean, that's pretty awesome because I only sell online and yes, it's fantastic, but there's a special magic in seeing/meeting your customer and knowing that they will use your product. For example, a friend told me they saw someone downtown wearing one of my t-shirts. THAT is cool. I wish that could happen more, and it might if I sell at Toronto craft fairs!

Anyway, I actually haven't gotten the confirmation from Big on Bloor yet so it's not even 100% set. Haha! But I got kind of too excited. When I know my exact table location I will tell the entire world and I expect anybody in Toronto to visit me! So, stay tuned! :)

Saturday, April 11, 2009

A tour...

Welcome! I have decided to give a tour of my "workspace". Now, I put "workspace" in quotation marks because as you can see, it's more of a post-hurricane area or a pigsty. I'm thinking/hoping that many of you out there may also be the absent-minded messy types and also have ridiculously messy work areas. That's just what I think to make myself feel better!

First picture - this is actually the corner of my bedroom. In this photo you can see such things as: a wobbly easel, various paintings (cupcakes! abstract! feet!), a heat radiator fan thing that keeps me cozy in winter, acrylic paints that I never remember to put the lid on, my beloved button maker that cost me an arm and a leg (picture 2), vinyl (picture 3), multi-colored zippers, blue cardstock my company (where I work part-time) wanted to throw out, etc. It's not exactly easy to vacuum that corner of my room but I think I might do some spring cleaning soon!
This is a shot of a monster pouch in progress! He's being made for my little cousin's friend and is still laying flat! I also love my funky pin cushion which you can see at the top. I received it pretty recently from Etsian Spoolofplenty and prior to that, I would always put my needles on the floor, stuck in the carpet, on my bed, etc. NOT a good idea! I'm usually sewing these pouches on my work desk or even while I'm sitting in front of the TV.

I'm already really lucky that my room is quite large and I have the SPACE for all these things! So, what's your workspace like? Are you as messy as I am? Do you have any good organizational tips?

My first post ever!

Hello everyone! This is officially my 1st blog post ever and yes, I'm quite excited. So, what sort of things will I blog about? Let's see... my Etsy shop ( updates, pictures of projects in progress/what I'm working on, other shops/websites I like, giveaways and contests, rants and raves relating to art/design/crafting/life, and anything else of interest to those creative awesome individuals out there. 

Mainly I wanted to start this blog so that it would drive me to document things - I've always wanted to take more photos, not just of finished projects, but of things in their messy unfinished state, or of interesting things when I walk around the city. I'm thinking that this is a great networking/traffic driving tool as well. I hope so, at least! And also, I promise to keep this blog updated! 

I'm going to stop rambling for now. Please say hello or subscribe to my blog! If you have any suggestions, comments, or pieces of advice (because I AM a blogging noob), please feel free to comment/contact me! 

Lastly, wooooo! Blogging!

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