Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Happy Mail, Re-Ment, and Custom Orders

I would like to thank everyone that purchased and inquired about purchasing the items in my Etsy shop. I am so pleased that the things I create are met with such enthusiasm! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

I have been busy with so much outgoing mail that it was nice to get some incoming mail for a change. I finally got to purchase some Louos Loves creations! I have been waiting forever to snag some of his stuff, but whenever I come up on one of his sales posts at TIB, everything has been sold out. Aren't these Louos Loves tees adorable? I love the prints and all the pink!

In more happy mail news, I finally received my Arte du Blythe fat book! Yippee! It definitely lived up to its name -- it is a very FAT book chock full of artfully adorned pages. Thank you to everyone who participated in this project and especially to Gina of Blythe-O-Mania Untamed for all her hard work to make it happen. It was so much fun!

My new obsession du jour are Re-Ment miniatures. I was so thrilled to discover that they sell them here in Hawaii. It is a blessing and a curse because now that I know they are in the vicinity I have the constant urge to pick up another box. And another. And another. 24 boxes so far and counting. Scary.

As for my Etsy shop, I am still working on the cupcakes, owls, and some new Blythe outfits, but my focus on them has taken a little detour as I accepted a few custom orders on my apron dress sets and my sundae hats. I've been a bit wary about taking custom orders in the past because of my willy-nilly nature. I've always been afraid that I would never finish them in a timely manner or that I would rush them out, and they would not be done as well as if I took my time. Thankfully, I finished the following apron dress set and sundae hats in relatively short order (for me, at least).

Thank you, Megumi!

Thank you, Alisa!

Thank you, Evelyn!

And thank you all for dropping by once again!

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Etsy Shop Update

First off, I want to congratulate the winners and all the participants of TIB's Heroes Contest. There were so many amazing and inspiring entries. I had such fun doing it, too. I can't wait until the next TIB contest!

Since we spoke last I've been such a busy little bee, making stuff for my sad, empty Etsy shop. So far I have whipped up four nutty sundae berets and four apron dress/ head kerchief sets.

I make each nutty sundae beret with a variety of yarns and crochet threads. I just love mixing textures. Each hat has 5 layers-- ice cream, hot fudge, nuts, whipped cream, and a big cherry on top. Every layer is carefully hand stitched onto the next. Here are the "flavors" I've made:

Strawberry Sundae

Neopolitan Sundae

Caramel Sundae

Cool Candy Mint Sundae

For the apron dress sets, I used the most kawaii fabrics from my stash, which were all imported from Japan. The rick rack trim on them is vintage, which is so much softer and pliable than modern rick-rack. The dresses are also completely lined in white cotton. The back closes with a metal hook and eye. Finally, all seams are hidden, which prevents unraveling.

Anyway, here they are:

Bunnies & Berries

Panda & Pig Ballet

Cottage in the Woods

Kawaii Owls

I had some time on my hands so I decided to whip up some hang tags. Look at me trying to be all professional and stuff ;) Actually, I used to write little thank you notes by hand with each sale, so I just thought this would be much neater and prettier.

I'm going to take a few more photos of the sundae hats and dress sets and then I'll be posting them in my Etsy store soon.

I think I'll work on some amigurumi cupcakes and owls next for the shop.

Talk to you soon!