Posts Tagged 'etsy'

The Summer Sale!

Summer is finally here, officially! And what better way to welcome the onset of feeling awkward in your swim suit than with a sale :)


3 Days. 20% off everything. Traveling this summer? Need a makeup bag or pencil case to help organize your travel bag?


Mini pouches are great to clip on a belt loop for roller blading and bike rides! Maybe you want to size down your George Costanza wallet to a card sleeve? There’s something for almost anyone.

End Wednesday at midnight. Tell your friends!


New in the shop: 3 new sections!

You’ll find 3 new sections in the shop this month: Sale, Zipper Pouches, and Wallets!

Zipper Pouches: This section is making a comeback. I decided they have a place in the shop again and have been working on some new designs. And most of them will be fancy pouches, with double or triple panels and stitching details. I think the new ones are really fun, and they’re fun to make, too!

Wallets: I briefly carried card sleeves in my shop about 2 years ago. At the time, I ultimately decided to nix them to concentrate my time on pencil cases and makeup bags. But I’ve wanted to offer money and card storage for a long time, and these little puppies are coming back. I’m planning to develop at least 2 more wallet-esque designs in the near future, to round out the section.

Sale: As I work on expanding my shop and tweaking the items I offer, some thing fall by the wayside. Mini pouches went from having key rings to lobster clasps. Front pocket clutches were sized down because the smaller ones sell better. Makeup bags got a new shape. As the new things take over, I don’t know what to do with the old ones. Now they have a home! Everything is priced at least 50% off and are mostly discontinued designs.

I’ve also been toying with the idea of offering seconds in the shop. Maybe the zipper is a little wonky, or there is a fabric wrinkle I couldn’t get out, or there is a weird mark on the fabric I didn’t realize until I was done with it. Currently, I keep them aside or offer them to friends. Just like the sale items start with “sale” in the title, these would start with “second,” and I’d explain about how I spilled candle wax all over it or that because the print is silk-screened on it got a distressed look to it when I was pulling the bag right side out. I’m not 100% sold on it yet through.

How do the new sections look and should I consider offering seconds in the shop?

New in the shop: Coasters

One of my shop-related goals for the year is to introduce a new product every month. This will help to expand my shop inventory and push my creativity, as well as experiment with what my best products are. This month, I’ve introduced coasters!


These fabric coasters have 4 layers to them. The top is cotton fabric, the same material I make bags with. Next is a layer of interfacing. Again, like my bags, the interfacing serves to help the coasters keep their shape. I wanted something semi-stiff, not something flopping all over the place. Next is a layer of white muslin.

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The bottom is a layer of white select grip, which is that stuff you line cabinets and drawers with so your dishware isn’t sliding around.

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I wanted a non-slip coaster, something that will securely protect your table tops. Select grip doesn’t leave marks, because it isn’t colored. And it’s washable! This is super important because I want everything I make to be able to go in a washing machine.

Currently, I’m offering One of a Kind sets of 2 or 4 coasters. I hope to eventually offer a selectable set size of 2 to 8 coasters.

Cinco de Mayo, a History

Just thought I would share with everyone the history of Cinco de Mayo, as it was explained to me at work today.

Person 1: Cinco de Mayo! Cinco de Mayo! Why does everyone keep wishing me a happy Cinco de Mayo! I don’t get it!

Me: The fifth of May is a holiday in Mexico.

Person 2: Yeah! It celebrates the end of the war between the Spanish and the French.

Person 1: Oh! The Spanish-American War!

So, as I understand it, Cinco de Mayo celebrates the end of the Spanish-American War. Which was fought between Spain and France. In Mexico.


Also, I’ve been working on a major shop restock (here’s some draft listings waiting to become active)


New business cards (something that mentions what I make, aha)


and some pretty exciting changes for me! More on that as it unfolds :)

Wednesday Whale Love

I’ve been scouring Etsy for whale-print fabrics and lemme tell you, there’s more to choose from than ever! Nowhere close to the number of owl prints out there. Still cute but, I mean, it’s not The Tragic OWL. Am I right? Anyway, here are the ones at the top of my “buy” list (as soon as fabric intervention ends).

This one has to be my favorite. I love the different whales and the all the details!


These whales are just precious. And if I ever decide to stock the shop with holiday-themed bags, this print would be great for Independence Day!


This print feels spring-ish to me. Don’t get me wrong, I love snow. But I don’t love the cold so I’m all ready for spring.


If you come across any great whale prints, be sure to let me know in the comments or by email! Thanks!

Shop update.

I have all these projects I’m supposed to be working on, which makes me feel like I can’t sew for my shop. That doesn’t mean I don’t, mind you. I’m just more sluggish with it because I know there are other things I should be doing.

Which is why I spent a portion of this this weekend reworking some of my expired listings. While I didn’t retake any pictures, but I did rework some of the descriptions so my listings have uniform descriptions. And I  updated the search terms so these items would show up in more searches. I added a couple of new bags, just things I hadn’t gotten around to listing yet.

This also gives me an at-a-glance look at my stock, and what sections I should focus on building up.

I feel like this post was kind of boring. Hopefully I’ll have some exciting things to share soon :)

Wednesday Whale Love: Squid Ink Kollective

I’m always on the hunt for some great whale finds (obviously), and anytime I can find a shop with multiple whale-related items for sale I get super excited! Because 1) if I can get all the things I want from the same place, even online, I know it’s going to save me time and money (be it travel or shipping or whatever) and 2) I like to support shops that sell things I love by buying things .

Or, as is usually the case with Wednesday Whale Love, make a list of things and cross my fingers for the next holiday or birthday.

Anyway, last weekend I happened upon Quid Ink Kollective. I found a cool shirt, then realized they had a narwhal thing, and then I poked around a little more and they have so beautiful creations! Oh, and most of the t-shirts are on sale :)

Have you seen a happier narwhal?

I bet not.

This shirt looks similar to a tattoo my friends and I are planning on!

And this tea towel is so precious:

How could I not want it for my imaginary future kitchen?

I didn’t include sources because all of these wonderful things can be found right in Squid Ink Kollective’s etsy shop. Go! Check it out! And have a great Wednesday!

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