Fluff Friday 10

Fluff is all about neck scratches.

Just a cat puddle, filling up the sink (the water stayed off).

“It’s exhausting being me.”

The cutest little napper :D

Got Fluff this sweet sweater! I thought she would like it more because it has a wider neck than her other clothes. She hates it just as much!

Fluff asks us to open the slider for her (she likes to smell the air and listen for critters) but lately it’s been pretty cold and snowing. So on Tuesday, I let her investigate the snow situation. Surprise, surprise! She did not like it.

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Fluff Friday 09

Just stealing some hand warmers off the counter.

Fluff was VERY interested in these giant green beans.

We brought a Minnie key chain back from Disney and I stuffed some catnip in her head. After I staged about 100 pictures, all of which resulted in her pushing Minnie away, I gave up. But then she cuddled with it all on her own! She loves it!

Fluff tries cotton candy! She didn’t love it.

We got her this bed for her birthday. She hates it.

Just keeping an eye on Fall.

All packed and ready to help with a party! We were asked to bring a stapler, so Fluff is holding onto it.

UN Week Promotion

This year, I’ve been trying to see what sales drive the most traffic to my Etsy shop. I’ve held a sale almost every week and have been comparing the difference between free shipping, percent off, and minimum item count sales. October 24th was United Nations Day, so I ran a UN Week sale for the week of October 21-27.

I did a fixed percent off of 10%. But The United Nations is about working together, so I decided I should give back with this promotion as well. A donation would be good, but can you just give money to the UN? Yes, you can! (find their full collection of agencies here)

I offered 10% off, so I chose to donate 10% of all sales that week. I made mention of it in the “Sale Description” so people would know where their money would be going. I had a Farmers Market that week, so I knew I would be able to donate more than just a few dollars. And then the market was canceled due to weather.

And I only made one online sale.

So my donation amount was 85 cents.

I had already picked out the UNHCR- The UN Refugee Agency to donate to, and I donated $8.50.

I liked this promotion even though it didn’t yield a huge donation. It feels good to give back and to help people. In the future, I will definitely:

1) make it a month-long promotion
2) advertise what I’m doing in my shop announcement
3) advertise on social media, and in person at whatever I am
4) share which specific agency I have picked out

 

New in the Shop: Magnet Sets

I recently added magnet sets to the shop! I’ve been making wooden button magnets for a few years but I usually give them as gifts or keep them for personal use.

I used E6000 glue (the best glue) to secure 10mm neodymium magnets to the backs of wooden buttons. The magnets have a rounded edges so they are not supposed to scratch away surfaces or leave residue behind.

They come lightly taped to card stock and sleeved in a little zip-lock bag.

They can hold at least 4 sheets of paper and a greeting card. I use my own sets to hang takeout menus and invitations!

I haven’t decided if I’ll bring them to fairs and markets with me yet, so for now they can only be found online.

Find them in the housewares section! https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheTragicWhale?section_id=16516425

Fluff Friday 08

Sleeping on the sewing machine cover, showing it who’s boss.

All ready for Halloween! We’ve got CleoCatra in the house!

Vulture cat, watching for chipmunks.

Time for a quick clean before a long nap.

“I asked for tea.”

That’s Fluff’s “I’m upset” squinty eye!

Recent Projects 11

I made this padded zipper pouch for my sister-in law! Definitely planning to add something similar to the shop in the near future.

I FINALLY completed my longest outstanding project to date: A t-shirt blanket for my friend Lauren. She let me hold her undergrad shirts captive for over 6 years. The blanket is double sided with a zipper on the bottom so she can tuck a comforter inside and make it extra cozy.

My old boss asked if I would make a travel car mat/carrier for her son! It was pretty fun to make, but I’m not planning to make any more of them. There are pockets under the parking spots, and the it folds into thirds as a small carrier.

I’ve been working on UV activated color-change earrings! These go from white to a deep fuchsia, depending on how much sunlight they’re getting. I have a few colors in the works, and just cast a glitter set last week. I’m still working on getting all the bubbles out, so it might be a little while before these show up in the shop.

I’ve got a couple more projects going that I’m excited to share when they’re done. Have you been working on anything new lately?

Fluff Friday 07

Just wearing a sewing machine cover!

Fluff is getting really good at blending in with the stairs.

Catris Queen over here.

Acting like she didn’t tip over that little alpaca.

“Where have you been. It’s past dinner time. How could you do this to me.”

Somekitty ate a bunch of catnip, pushed all the shopping bags off the counter, and made a little bag nest.


Hello, I’m Kerry! Maker. Sewist. Fan of all things bright.

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