Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Look What's Hiding in the Halloween Candy!


It's little Cornelious (pronounced "cor-Kneel-e-us") which means "candy corn" in beareze.

Cornelious is stitched from fine acrylic threads and made with hundreds of tiny stitches. His eyes are onyx beads and have shading to give him expression and added depth.

I listed him in my Etsy shop ( http://peachtreecottage.etsy.com/ ) and before I knew it he SOLD! He will be heading out to his new home in Australia tomorrow.

Thanks to my daughter, Jennifer of Bubble Bee Creations ( http://bubblebeecreations.etsy.com/ ) for her suggestion I make a bear like this!

Monday, September 27, 2010

I Took The Pledge

I admit it.  This summer I had a tendancy to slack off and not make too many things.  I was a bit burned out and needed a break.  But I'm back in action now and to get myself going again I have taken the pledge:

Etsy Holiday Boot Camp Pledge: I, Mary Robinson of Peachtree Cottage, pledge to participate in the Etsy Success Holiday Boot Camp to the best of my abilities. I vow to check in every week, do my homework and support my fellow Holiday Boot Campers. I will read the weekly newsletters and blog posts, check in on the weekly forum thread, read the weekly blog post, check off the checklists and salute the mascot. I promise to share what I've learned with those who need it, support my fellow Etsy indiepreneurs and, most of all, have a positive and persistent attitude. I understand that together we can spread the word about our handmade and vintage goods, making this holiday season a more unique and meaningful one to gift givers and give-ees everywhere.

In addition to the pledge one of the weekly assignements is to create a holiday mission statement.  I might adjust it later but this is what I have for now:

Mission Statement:
To use my skills and knowledge to make creative, quality made artist collectable miniature teddy bears. Also to create beautiful as well as functional items for home, babies, doll enthusiasts, etc. which will enhance their lives and bring a smile to their faces at affordable prices.

In support of this mission statement, this holiday season I will:

- create holiday specific items

- add new items to my Etsy shop

- promote awareness of Artist Collectable Teddy Bears

- participate in the Etsy Success Holiday Boot Camp

- have at least one 'special' or 'on sale' item in my Etsy shop at all times through the holidays

I will try to keep posting here about the activities involved and what I'm doing. It seems like it will be fun (even though it's also technically 'work').