An Unusual Animal Rescue and Sanctuary

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b.z.threads has donated this art quilt, Seeds of Change, to Misty Haven Farm Go Fund Me campaign.


More about this below… but first the farm’s story:

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Silk Treasure Pouches Make A Beautiful Gift

My new Etsy Shop item for this holiday season:  Silk Treasure Drawstring Pouches.

Find Treasure Pouches in the Useful Things Section.  Prices range from $10 to $25.

Use for Tarot Cards, Crystals, Gifts, Tip Money, Jewelry, Keepsakes, Lingerie, and other Treasures.

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Tweaking Doll Patterns

I’ve been working with a few patterns I designed for dolls for a while now.  They have all been tweaked here and there as I learned more about how certain curves will behave. 

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An Old Idea for Symmetry and Bobbin Sewing.

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I thought I’d show how I got this design drawn up.  It’s simple and I probably learned it in elementary school.  It’s one of my favorite techniques.  At the end, you can see how this sewing technique is done.

 

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One Quilt Each Day, Said the Universe.

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This is a spontaneous exercise that happened because I paid attention to the dreams I’ve been having at night, applying them to my daily life by journaling, and going with the flow.  I’m very excited to be riding along with my every day life instead of trying to drive it where it might not want to go.

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Keep an Image Journal

charm dolls027Pictures are meant to tell a story visually, obviously.  But are you taking the time to keep track of your creative process, ideas and innovations? It’s useful and kind of fun to have a record of your creative pursuits with an Image Journal.

A couple of years ago, I got into a routine of taking pictures from the beginning of a project all the way to the end for sewing classes and tutorials. 

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    • keeping track of ideas and new techniques
    • to create tutorials or packages for pattern sales… knitters!  ;)
    • to keep clients up to date on their custom IMAG2880made order 
    • to involve friends and potential clients on Facebook in my day.  It can be lonely sometimes!
    • And, if you have a blog, you will build a library burst hand stitching detailof images that help you illustrate like the photos on the right!  This is showing the process of an art quilt I call “Burst”. I’m almost finished with it.  That’s how it is with pieces like this.  They need time to evolve.  Having pictures helps a lot months later when I pick it up again. 

    Getting Good Pictures:

    The Image Journal pictures are quick snapshots and I take a lot of them.  I don’t fuss with lighting and staging too much.  I just try to make sure I’m getting a decent shot quickly.  If it’s too dark, I can adjust lighting easily with Photoshop elements.  These images don’t need to be large files so adjust your phone or camera to a lower resolution.  It will save you time.

    The final pictures are taken with my camera with a tripod, good lighting and staging for my listings on Etsy and albums on Facebook.

    You don’t have to have fancy equipment!  I used to use a pile of books to stabilize my camera.  A tripod is just more convenient. For lighting, a sunny window with indirect sunlight will give the best light.  And a simple background that contrasts your item is all you really need.

    You can list up to 5 pictures in your Etsy shop.  So make sure you take at least 5! I take as many as I think is necessary and then pick the best ones to use.  The more the better!  There should be over all shots and detail shots.  If you do special packaging, be sure to photograph that too!  You want to show *everything* the buyer will receive and good packaging is like an extra gift. 

    Content to Remember

    • Overall shot
    • Different angles
    • Close up details from different angles.
    • Packaging
    • Environment:  Where will the item likely be displayed?  What does it look like worn by a model?  See more in the video link below.

    Editing

    • I edit by cropping or color correction, if needed.  The photo should show the item just as it actually is. 
    • Then I size the photo to 570 pixels wide, which is the size recommended by Etsy.
    • Add a watermark to always keep your items yours for posting online. 

    I found this excellent video on The Etsy Blog: Photography for Beginners on photographing especially for your shop.  It’s short and covers all the basics.

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    I would recommend this video to anyone because it’s loaded with really good tips and ideas.

    Leave a comment!  I’d love to know what you think!  thread_wings

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    If You’re Considering an Etsy Shop of Your Own…

    The beautiful thing about Etsy is that you can put as much or as little time into running a shop as you want.  You can do it as a hobby or develop it into a full time job.  It costs very little and over the years it’s become so much easier to share your listings on Facebook, accept credit cards directly from your shop page or via PayPal, create shipping profiles, and even print shipping labels. 

    I’m helping a friend get started with her own Etsy shop.  I get messages more and more frequently from friends on Facebook asking how it works and how I started.  So, I’ll put what I learned and useful tools I found right here.

    Do This!

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    The best guide I’ve found to date from Handmadeology.

    This is a 31 day series that starts from the very beginning- from choosing a shop name to what to make and sell to creating a business plan to all the how-to’s you have been wondering about.

    I started working on this to get myself more organized.  I jumped into opening a shop with both feet because it is so easy to start.  But eventually, I realized I’ve been spending a lot of time reinventing the wheel, so to speak.

    http://www.handmadeology.com/31-days-to-build-a-creative-business-where-to-start-day-1/

    Go to and Bookmark:

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    handmadeology is a wonderful resource of articles related to selling on Etsy.

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    The Etsy Blog  The handbook and a new article every week.  The articles are always interesting and useful.

     

    Some things that will be coming next:

    Photographing your items.  There are guides to be found all over the place. Once you start listing more, you will see the need for a reliable routine.  I’ll share mine in the next post.

    Shipping:  profiles, calculating, boxes and envelopes, flat shipping and whether or not to even charge shipping separately.

    Branding:  Keeping it simple with banners for your shop, your Facebook page, watermarking your images, standard sizes, packaging, etc.  I’m still keeping it simple, but consistent.

    Good Luck and let me know if you are going to do this! thread_wings


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