Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas

Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

SALE


Starts tomorrow November 26th through Sunday November 30th. No minimum purchase required and this applies to everything in my etsy shop. Shipping fees are even included in the amount. All discount fees will be refunded or if you prefer a revised invoice just send me a convo.
For even bigger savings buy 10 or more items and receive a 25% Discount.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Chilly Monday


It was such a beautiful day and all of a sudden it's dark and windy. Supposedly it is going to rain and I never believe the new because it never rains in California, well I am wrong this time. I was trying to take as many pix's before I had to call it quits because the pictures are coming out horrible and I still can't find my battery charger and I keep using the crappy camera that is so impossible to use on close up earrings and the color is not coming out right. I guess I better order the charger because it's not anywhere in the house. Sigh...........
On another note, I forgot to take pictures of the goodie bags I made and forgot. I didn't have a chance to take any pictures and just found 2 bags that were left out. The little bags consisted of a cigar label, 1 cute little gift tag (not shown), 2 gift labels, 3 round birdie stickers, candy (not shown), 1 magnet (not shown) and a discount card. I really thought they were so cute and I gave over 125 away. Everyone just loved them and I hope they can use some of the items and since I want to do something for my online customers well I thought I will have a discount sale so starting this Wednesday through Sunday I will have a 15% sale on total purchase price including shipping charges.
I will post it on the announcements tomorrow.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Things I love Today

My little Josef Original has a little friend today, the little guy behind him and I only paid $5 including s&h.

I can finally create new items at my own pace.


The fact that I have an original papercut from Elsita.


That my little one does not take his Mater Slippers off at all. These go with him everywhere.
The fact that The Oaks mall opened a Paper Source. Oh, happy days. I went today and I could of spent all day looking through racks of paper but unfortunately I had my little ones with me and time was of the essence with them. They bugged the s**t out of me and practically had to run out of the store with them but with some cool papers, pretty neat snowflake cut outs and some smencils for the boys. I can't wait to go again ALONE.
That is pretty much todays love list.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

In Loving Memory

Chico
August 2007- November 18, 2009
Our beautiful Chico Chihuahua will surely be missed.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Wow!

I can't believe how happy, excited, thrilled and exhausted I am about Felt Club. It was an amazing experience! I could not believe how busy I was and how nice everyone was to me. I am just so grateful to everyone that purchased from me and all the lovely compliments I received. I sold about 3/4 of my merchandise and was in awe of the whole experience. I still can't believe it and then I wake up this morning to a few emails from some of the wonderful people I met yesterday.
Oh! and the talent around me was phenomenal! I wanted to buy so many things for myself but only bought a few things for my boys. I didn't get a chance to walk around until 30 minutes before it closed because the day just flew by and this was the only time I was able to leave my mom at the booth. Poor mom, she helped me so much. I just can't thank her enough for everything. I didn't get to take any pictures before the fair and here are only a few at the end of the day. I really have a long way in order to be more organized and prepared for future shows.


I worked my butt off and it really paid off. I just can't find the words to say how spectacular my day was and I am so glad I did it. It was so worth it in many ways plus more.
On the down side, I didn't get a chance to see Jenny Hart but I did meet Lisa Sonora Beam author of The Creative Entrepeneur: A DIY To Visual Guidebook for Making Business Ideas Real and I got a picture of her with one my headband that she purchased. So Cool!!!


Now I can relax and sit back this week, well sort off, the little one has the stomach flu. I am off to wash the comforter. Yuck!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

A little over my head

This has been my work room for the past 2 weeks.
So I am completely overwhelmed, stressed out and everything else in between because I don't think I am ready at all.


I am having nightmares, I am sleep deprived and I got invited to a few more fairs which I am still debating doing them. They are a lot of work and I am so nervous as is trying to get everything ready. I really hope it goes all wells and I am definitely taken time off after this Sunday.
Check list of what I need to do:
Figure out how to display items. ie stud earrings, hairclip cards
Banner (I still have no idea what I am going to do)
Finish goodie bags (They came out so cute. I will post later)
Put prices on everything.
Still waiting for Business Cards
Dye my Hair (very important)
Buy Bags
Finish sewing some coin purses
This is all that I can remember at the moment. I hope I can find my battery charger for my camera because the one I am using now sucks!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Have A Happy Halloween


I am continuing my marathon of classic horror movies and loving Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney Jr, and of course Boris Karloff. Can't get enough of their movies and wish they weren't over today. Hope you all have a great night with your halloween traditions.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Here is to Vincent Price


One of the most talented, creepy voice actor of all times and my favorite, well him and Johnny Depp. They are playing Vincent Price movies on TCM and I am watching House of Usher as I type, I sure wouldn't want to have a brother like him. What a classic. I finished watching The Tingler and I remember watching this movie when I was small and was so afraid to go to the theatre thinking that a creepy crawly would go up my leg. It just terrified me. For me Halloween is all about cult classic horror movies and Vincent Price.
These are some of my Favorite Halloweeny movies that put me in the spirit of the season:
1) Halloween, but of course. Michael Meyers still scares the s**t out of me. I can watch it 20 times in one month and it never bores me.
2) The Corpse Bride - I twisted tale of love. I adore it.
3) Psycho - I learned to never stay at an isolated motel.
4) Young Frankenstein - One of the funniest movies that I can watch over and over and still laugh every time. Plus I love anything that has to with Frankie. I have a soft spot for this cult classic monster and his sad story.
5) Sleepy Hollow - Not that I would love to loose my head but I would if I met Johnny Depp.
6) Night of the Living Dead - I am not a zombie kind of girl but this is the only one I can watch and still get nightmares.
7) Ginger Snaps - very gory but pretty cool sisterly love not like me and my sister.
8) Monster House - This movies reminds me of my sister and our neighbors and the ridiculous stories we would make up about our neighbors enough that we believed it.
9) The Rocky Horror Picture Show - I haven't seen this movie in ages but I love the costumes and singing.
10) It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown - It's not Halloween without watching this cartoon on TV every year.
How I want to take the kids to Disneylands Haunted Mansion now.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Week of 10/20 - Present

I really don't understand how time goes by so quickly without realizing it. I didn't blog at all for about 1 1/2 week so I am going to pretty much re-cap my week for you.
So here goes, starting with:

Monday 10/20 - Finished up promos, worked on 2 wholesale orders.
Tuesday 10/21 - David's Therapy session. He made these cute little spiders.
He is so busy concentrating on his painting.
Wednesday 10/22 - Another Therapy Session for David , made silly drawings with spaghetti, helped grandma pack her bags for her trip on Thursday and helped parents clean their house for BBQ on Saturday.

Thursday 10/23 - Last OT session of the week. This time their was fun time with shaving cream. Grandma left us for 1 month, she went to her country to visit family and friends.

Friday 10/24 - More clean up and organizing before the BBQ. Jacob got the stomach flu and kept me up half the night.
Saturday 10/25 - BBQ Day. Mailed my promos finally. Went bead shopping, took care of poor Jake and tried to enjoy the rest of the afternoon with family and friends. It was a hit and the day was perfectly hot.




A view of the food table.


Sunday 10/26 - A lazy kind of day.
Monday 10/27 - I Miss my grandma. Went to Santa Barbara for a Doctor appt. Spent all day on the road.
Tuesday 10/28 - Kept Jacob home from school, he is still not feeling too well. One more Dr. appt for me and spent the rest of the day making cute magnets and stickers with the boys and my new xyron machine. I love this little toy.


Wednesday 10/29 - David's Therapy session in the morning then afterwards went to Walmart for a few kid necessities and washed all day.
So that is a wrap up of my week not very exciting but it was very tiring.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Promos and Raffle

I was asked to create 50 promos to giveaway to the first 250 customers that came to the feltclub. I have until November 1st and was thinking of what to send them since I really don't have any promos, I don't even have business cards printed yet. I am not good on the marketing side. Anyways, I wanted to be a little creative and promote what I make but was so unsure of what to do until I thought I would make hairpins. I calculated the cost and they were about .15 cents per each card. I think that is a pretty fare price and I hope it helps with my sales. I also made thank you cards. I usually give away a hairpin when somebody orders 3 or more items and I make little magnets out of vintage ephemera and give those away on every order.
So know I need to set up an account on Propay to accept credit cards and on ebay I found a knucklebuster for $8.00 which includes receipts. I also need to make a banner which I will probably make myself instead of buying a vinyl banner and I already made a tablecloth in a nice brown linen fabric which only cost $20.00 for 6 yards, I used a 40% coupon for that purchase. I need a few more display items and I think that is pretty much else. This week I need to send my business cards to vistaprints.

I have been thinking of giving away free goodie bags at my table with some items that I make and I even posted a thread on Etsy asking if anyone was interested in sending the business cards, promos, etc. and have gotten quiet a few replies. I think the cost will be under $10.00 for 200 bags. I just really hope it helps me sell a little and that I appeal to customers and maybe even help other etsy seller. If anybody is interested let me know and I will email you mailing address.
Also I wanted to post the items I will donating to "Kisses for Callie" raffle which will be
October 20th - 22nd.

Happy Sunday!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Things that are on my mind

Sometimes our everyday problems are nothing compared to some of the stories you come across. I was contacted by Ashley asking me if I could donate any of my pieces that will be auctioned to make money for her 20 month old sister, Callie. She was hit by a car in the driveway this past September. I was reading her blog and cried. How terrible something like this is for any parent and I can't even imagine the emotional pain this must be for anybody. Such a sweet little girl and what a beautiful sister she has for doing anything in her power to help her. I wish her the best and hope for a speedy recovery.

You know, I am not a person that goes on the Etsy forums because I know a lot of threads are such a waste of time. People make such a big thing over something so small, and complain about anything. Anyways, I went on this week looking for information regarding craft fairs, promos, credit card machines, etc. and their is a lot of useful info, maybe about 25% is worth reading. But then you notice that almost every other thread is about the economy and not making a sale. Etsy became my f/t job accidentally and was so busy that I thought I could make a living on my goods but I realized in the past couple of weeks that I shouldn't depend on Etsy as my main source of income and even with all these other sites selling handmade goods too that I shouldn't get excited either because nobody is spending money and it will be like this for quiet awhile. I know I need to be positive but I need to be realistic too.

I have been working on my displays and trying to find ways being creative and at the same time saving money because I want to spend as little as possible since it gets very expensive doing one of these craft fairs for the first time. I will soon post pictures of the displays I bought on ebay and the ones I made too. I will also share some of the info I found out. I know their are ton of sites out there regarding craft fair tips but it never hurts to write about our experiences because it can be useful info for somebody else.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

October Fire

I can't believe I haven't blogged all week. I have been so busy with therapy and working on a few wholesale orders this past week.
Then on Monday this happened. The ash and smell of the burning mountains has given us all headache and even bloody noses on top of the heat and the Santa Ana winds drying up our skin. Miserable and I need more lotion.
That's all I can say.
Finally we woke up to clear skies but the static and dry skin is horrible. I went to the valley towards where the fire initially started in Porter Ranch (I guess they call it the Sesnon Fire) and WOW the smell of burnt brush is so strong that it hurts your eyes. I wouldn't even of gone if it wasn't for a Dr. appt I had. The winds have calmed down for now but I know this is just the beginning because October is known for the dry hot winds. We are so used to fires because it happens practically every year around this time. I just hope it cools down a bit.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Chi Movie


For Jake's Birthday I took him to see this movie which was very cute and funny too. The little one loved it and sat through the whole movie without making a sound. I can't believe the movie was sold out on Thursday morning.
We started our day with breakfast at Ihop then we went shopping. I don't usually surprise him with gifts but give him the money to buy his own stuff. He is at the age where I don't know what to give him since he is only into video games. So I do without the wrapping and excitement of opening a gift.
Then afterwards went to the movies and then he went to his buddies house for dinner. I would of done more for him but he tells me he is a boy and he can do without the party.
Sigh.............. I wish I had a girl.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

10 years ago

My Little Jake was born on October 9th,1998 at 3:12 pm. I lost all his baby pictures due to my hard drive crashing in 2002 but I do have all the memories of that wonderful event. It was the most magical moment in my life and I still look into his face and I can't believe he is really mine.
He is a little clown who loves attention. A nature loving goofball and the loudest kid I have ever met who never stops talking.
A sweetie with a heart of gold.
Because of you I am a much stronger person who wants to be a better mom each and everyday,
I am just so lucky to have you in my life.
Happy 10th birthday Jakey.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Re-Painting

Before
After
Sorry for the horrible pictures. The Glare did not let me take any good pictures of my room.
I will do a re-shoot once I am completely done.

I wanted to paint my computer desk pink and and went ahead and painted the little cabinet next to it too. All weekend I spent sanding, painting and varnishing. I am still not done because I want to paint little flowers on the edge of the white cabinet door and need knobs too. I also need to add more prints and photos on the wall. I have also been working on props for my upcoming fair. So I am on a roll. I would love to paint the walls one of these days too.
I had to stop painting today because as I was fixing my ponytail I walked past the little thermo-stat box and hit my elbow which made my whole arm shoot up in pain. It is so swollen and I hope I didn't do any damage to my elbow because it's right where the surgery was done. I don't think I have ever felt this kind of pain because it made arm all limp and even my chest started hurting.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Butterscotch Pudding

This is my little David playing in butterscotch pudding. I got so excited seeing him get messy because it is normal for boys to get dirty but not for my little guy.
This was a big accomplishment on his part. After about 30 minutes he finally dipped one hand in the pudding but couldn't do both.
Their were no facial emotions I guess he was trying to see if he enjoyed it or not. At times I could see a little smile but it was hard to tell.
By the end of the session he dipped his all time favorite toys in the pudding with one hand. Hopefully in the next few weeks he can do both. It's so funny how little things like touching pudding or jello are such a big deal in my world.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

What a Hot Day

chico chihuahua
It is so unbelievably hot since last Monday. I hope it cools down because these headaches need to stop. I also think I need a haircut too. I have really thick hair and it weighs down when I don't thin it out. Anyways enough about haircuts. It's been pretty quiet around my home. No animal incidents except the oldest Chihuahua, Tiny is pretty sick. I think it's time but I can't take her to the vet. I know I am doing wrong in having her suffer since she has really bad arthritis. I have to take her in before winter because I don't think she will handle the cold anymore. Talking about Chi-Chi's, my boys are so excited about the movie that is coming out this week, Beverly Hills Chihuahua. I kind of want to see it too. We went to see Igor yesterday but I didn't like it. I just didn't like how they treated the poor Igor's or the abusiveness towards the women and each other.

Next Thursday my oldest turns 10 yrs old. It's so sad to think about how quickly time goes by. Sigh..........
Now I'm depressed.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Fall Additions New and Old

I just am showing off some of my fall items that I created and I listed previously or just listed. I should of gotten backgrounds that were appropriate to the theme but I am really watching my expenses because all sales are going towards my craft fair expense. Autumn Acorn coin purse.

Mexican Sugar Purse coin pouch. I love this pink vinyl so much and I still can't find it at a reasonable price. Bewitching Kitschy Hairpins.
This is still my favorite necklace for some reason.
My favorite classic monster of all times.
A Nosferatu silhouette that I turned into earrings too.

and I finally made some sugar skull hairpins. I don't glitter the skulls but with this batch I had to because the clear glossy glaze that I had on hand became foggy so I had to use the glittery varnish which I wasn't sure if I was going to like but they turned out okay.
I think this will be all I will create for spooky/harvest items. Their are one more pair of earrings of a crow that I still need to list.
It's kind of scary with how bad the economy is getting and so many lay-offs everywhere, I have really seen a drastic change in my shop. I do have wholesale orders that keep me busy in between but I do worry about the future and I am a little worried about this whole craft fair thing too. Is it going to be a hit or bust. I guess I wont know but I do know that I won't expect to be that busy this year when it comes to holiday shopping.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Oktoberfest

I took the boys to the Harvest Festival at Underwood Farms and they had a riot.They climbed tons of haystacks in different sizes.
Saw the pig races which were hilarious.
Got lost in a corn maze. After about 45 minutes we found our way out.
Took a tractor ride.
Saw the livestock. This here is Antonio the Donkey.
and ate tons of shaved ice since it was over 100 degrees.
By the end of the day mom was out of money and the boys were so tired that they went to bed as soon as they took their baths.
Sunday was pretty much spent relaxing, because those 2 really wore me out.
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