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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Thank You Gift Tags - Stamped, grungy style - Set of 6 - $7.00

This is a set of 6 grungy, aged style cardstock gift tags stamped with "Thank You", and decorated with red buttons and blue Dew Drops. The tags are a diminutive 3 x 1.5 inches, and include a twisted yarn tie.



The backs are lightly aged with plenty of space for your name label.



These would be useful as favors for a small party, perhaps bridesmaids and groomsmen gifts, or to labe...

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Etsy Treasuries are Fun to Make!

I am just loving creating treasury lists on Etsy.

Click on the photos to go to their treasury.

Once upon a time it was really tough. You had to compete and win the right to make a treasury. Etsy released treasury spots at odd times. I never could get my head around being there at the right second. It was too much like fighting to win an auction on Ebay - and there are apps for that.

Now I can make a list any time I like. What I do is open two tabs on my browser (Chrome if it matters), both Etsy, and set one up as the empty treasury, and the other as my search page. I search and browse, copy and paste until I have a bunch of items for my theme.



Then I take a few moments rearranging the items to be a pleasing sequence. I try to group colors or background colors until I like it.

The hardest part has been the themes and titles. Sometimes I've been inspired by a single item to build a treasury around it. I like to be timely, so I made a Father's Day treasury. However I want this to be part of my regular marketing activity. So last night I sat down and brainstormed a bunch of titles/themes. Look for upcoming treasuries like "Spooky", "Trippy", "Flight of the Phoenix" and "Pretty Green".


Remember my current mantra: If you like it, Pin it. Let's get new eyes on our work!

Any Suggestions?

What kind of treasuries would you like to see? Give me your theme ideas in the comments!


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Flip doll


This doll is part of a beautiful dance that tells the story of a young girl's wishes and dreams.


She has an old scruffy doll that she wishes were new and beautiful, and magically the doll transforms.



My good friend from college asked me to make this flip doll, and it has been quite a journey.


 I now have a new pattern that I might use for some other story telling flip dolls. I enjoyed the sewing, the hand painting and the beading.

If you like it, Pin It!



Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Monday, May 14, 2012

Dance Costume and Doll WIP



























Here's something I've been doing - making a reproduction costume for a little dancer to wear in her competitions later this year. It will go with a flip doll I'm still making. But the real kicker, and I'm patting myself on the back in astonishment, is that I did it all, including drafting the pattern from scratch, with only the measurements. I'm here in California; the child is in Australia. I'm very relieved that even sans fittings, it worked out.

But it's not something I want to do again. I was worried. There is also a petticoat and pantaloons.


Here's the face on one end of the flip doll. Enjoying this part a lot.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Blue and red Wish Doll with lavender scented sachet - $15.00

This poseable Wish Doll wears a blue abstract print dress and comes with a lavender scented sachet pillow. Her sash is a red with a hint of metallic gold.



I was inspired by Guatemalan Worry Dolls to make these flexible wire and bead dolls. This one is about 2.5 inches tall. I wrap the wire body with fabric remnants or ribbon, and use more to make the dress, sash and braid. I sew seed beads to the brai...

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Monday, May 7, 2012

Earth toned striped Wish Doll with musk fragrant sachet - $15.00

This poseable Wish Doll wears an earth toned stripe dress and comes with a musk oil fragrant sachet pillow. Her sash is red with a hint of metallic gold. She makes me think of Egypt - Indiana Jones - or Arabian Nights.



I was inspired by Guatemalan Worry Dolls to make these 3 inch tall flexible wire and bead dolls. I wrap the wire body with fabric remnants or ribbon, and use more to make the dress, sash...

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Sold and traveling.


The first of the new batch is on her way to a new home in Indiana. Still time to buy a pretty gift before Mother's Day!