Friday, November 26, 2010

Is it Frostie Outside?

When I shared pictures of Barnaby I said he was the 1st of 2. As most of you know I'm a pattern collector. I buy them all the time, but don't always make them up. This time I followed a pattern by one of the Thread Artist Guild (R) members, Stefanie Devlin, but as usual for me I made some small changes as well.

I didn't feel like messing with a bunch of beads on the hat so I just made a ruffly brim and added a bow. I took the same thread as I used for the hat and made up a soft winter scarf to go with it. The bear is made from punch thread and is a very pale cream color.

My daughter walked in the room just as I put the finishing touches on her and with one quick glance decided her name was Frostie.

I also added a picture of her next to my hand for size reference.  Sometimes people don't really understand how small these little bears are!

Speaking of threads....the thread I got in the order that was shipped to me by went perfectly with one that I had ordered (my order arrived the next day).  These are size 20 tatting threads (I got some size 80 as well).  I've been on a tatting frenzy the past few days and have made up several using the freebie thread which came out GREAT!  As soon as they all finish blocking I'll get some pictures and share them.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Surprise in the Mail

I got a very nice surprise in the mail yesterday. I had placed an order for some threads from Handy Hands but they shipped the wrong box. They told me to keep it, that they would resend to the other person and that a box with my corrected order was sent out the next day (it should arrive on Monday). So I got some new thread in a different color than any I had and a book on tatting with some patterns that I'd like to try. Yay me !!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Holiday Rush

My the time is flying by!  I'm hurrying around trying to get bears finished and for sale, make new ones, working on special orders, starting my holiday shopping, hiding what I buy so my daughter won't see it, getting more supplies, etc. etc. etc.  I feel like I'm spinning in a thousand different directions during the day...but in the evenings when I settle in to just work on the next creation it all calms down for a little while and feels like all is right in my world...that's a good feeling.

A few days ago I finished up a couple of new bears.  One, Barnaby is already out for sale, the other I have pictures done but haven't posted her anywhere yet.

Here's little Barnaby.  I tried a new style for the head.  My daughter and I both like it quite alot so I will be making a few more in this style I'm sure!

More pictures of him can be seen by clicking HERE.

I'm still running a bit behind on my Boot Camp activities.  I haven't found the time this week (due to all of the above) to spend any time on it.  I'm hoping to catch up this coming week because Week 8 To Do list has already come out.  I really want to complete all of the Boot Camp stuff because it's all been very informative and helpful!

That's it for now.  I will be back in a few days with another update!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Etsy Holiday Boot Camp - Week 7

Has it really been this many weeks already? Wow! The time not only seems to fly by but I'm learning so much that I don't even notice when one week moves into the next one.

This week is all about Blogging and Marketing Plans. Just by going through some of the reading material I already can see ways I can make my blog a bit more interesting and more informative. And I'm getting tips for using social marketing tools better as well. I haven't done the 'reach out' part yet. That one is going to take some background reading and research so will take a bit of time.

I'm about to start on the Marketing Plan section. This is something I know I need to do, so I'm sure this part of the "homework" will be very interesting!

This Week's Checklist:

[ X ] Read this week's blog post
[ X ] Develop a marketing plan
[    ] Reach out to a blogger
[ X ] Post in Week 7's forum thread

As always I will be updating this checklist and adding my comments as I complete the activities.

Edited to show some progress made.  I fnished the Marketing Plan exercise.  Now I need to do some researching and find a blogger to 'reach out to'.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

It's Getting Cold Outside!

~ Chelsea ~

A OOAK Micro Miniature Thread Crochet Bear standing at 2 inches tall !
by Mary Robinson of Peachtree Cottage

It's turning cold in my part of the world and little Chelsea can't wait for it to snow so she can go out and build a snowman! Chelsea stands at barely 2 inches tall and is crocheted from acrylic threads. She comes wearing a removable white hoodie which is accented with tiny little pink beads. Her facial expression has been embroidered and slightly shaded to give it extra depth. Her name is Chelsea (pronounced "Ch-L-see) which means 'snow bunny' in beareze. She will arrive in a clear display box with a signed picture Certificate of Authenticity.

Chelsea is available in my Etsy Shop -