Archive for May, 2010
recently i took a moment to look back through my etsy sales, in honor of reaching a little personal milestone of mine–30 sales. woohoo! if you sell your handiwork and haven’t taken inventory of your popular items, i recommend doing this. it was eye-opening for me.
as i lamented to my husband, more of my sales have come from my bigger fashion jewelry than my delicate semi-precious pieces. don’t get me wrong, i’m not complaining, it’s just that the delicate pieces are more ‘me’. my husband reminded me–dutifully, as only a significant other can–that i had expressed this concern when first including my chunkier pieces. basically: what if people don’t like the stuff i want them to like? okay, you have to say it in a whiny voice to really nail this one.
i went back and forth.
i mean…i want to follow my passion, but i also want sales. i believe that art doesn’t have to be pretty or popular, but there’s still rent to pay. and then i read this etsy storque article by amanda steinberg of dailyworth.com. the short of it: the important thing is not what you sell, it’s the plan behind the sales.
so. my answer to myself after a few days–okay, a few weeks–of wallowing: wah. sales were the whole point of starting this venture! (i mean, other than having an excuse to buy more beads.) but the goal of getting out there and reading up on how to do it right and working on branding and starting a facebook page and getting a twitter account: sales. (turns out i like twitter, but i digress).
i don’t get to pick what other people like. besides, i like all the stuff i make. so *there* little ego. and you know what one thing all my sales have in common? i would love to wear any of them! you all seem to like my favorites the best!
i can make what people want!
and i can still make what i want, whether or not it sells as well. i think we can call that a healthy compromise. after all that whining, the nutshell version is that you may notice an influx of larger pieces coming to my etsy store.
all i can say is, “you asked for it.”
it’s so little, but it weighs up to 5 pound packages, which is really all i need for my etsy store. i was tired of running to the post office every time i had to weigh a package for a box that wasn’t flat rate and now i don’t have to. i may never leave home again! it’s the little things, i’m tellin’ ya.
i had my options when i was choosing a scale, but i liked this old-school mechanical version over the digital ones. no cords, no batteries, no possible electrical malfunctions. true, it doesn’t hook up to my computer or print out it’s own labels, but it also only cost me $30. and i think it’s just adorable to boot!
the other day, i found out that the house my husband and i want probably needs a brand new roof–sad! and expensive. then there was a little bit of a fight about what we were going to do about it, and i just wanted to go curl up in the corner and suck my thumb.
but instead, i made awesomesauce.
“what is awesomesauce?” you may ask. well let me tell you: awesomesauce is the easiest, quickest, most delicious chocolate fudge sauce you have ever made. or eaten. whether you drizzle it over ice cream or eat it straight from the jar, it’s chocolate perfection**. and i’m sharing my recipe with you. you only need two ingredients and a heavy bottomed pan. a whisk is a good idea.
8 oz. chocolate and 8 oz. evaporated milk
step 1: chop up the chocolate.
i prefer dark and i like the pound plus bar from trader joe’s, but you could use just about anything you like. use a large, sharp knife to chop the chocolate. hint: if you have an 8 ounce bar, before unwrapping it, lay it flat on the counter and hit it solidly but gently with the bottom of a pan. then you don’t have to chop it. cool, huh?
step 2: heat and stir in the milk
warm the milk to almost boiling; you want it to be about the same temperature as the chocolate to prevent congealing, unhappiness, extra work, and the errant curse word.
step 3: enjoy
easy peasy and oh-so-good!
drizzle warm awesomesauce over ice cream atop a warm brownie, pour liberally onto pancakes or belgian waffles, stir into hot coffee for a diy mocha, slather onto bread, cover yourself with it and ask a friend to lick it off, dip warm brownies into it, dip strawberries into it, lick it off the spoon, or my favorite: peanut butter and awesomesauce. who needs jelly?!
gosh gee, what can’t you do with awesomesauce?!
i’m glad you asked! awesomesauce should be not smeared on walls, inserted into dvd players, or used in place of concrete. it should not be used as a patch-all for mid-east conflicts or serious marital problems. that being said, i leave you to your own devices. if you come with a new and inventive way of serving awesomesauce, i hope you’ll let me know!
**the most common side effect of consuming awesomesauce is a general feeling of bliss. other side effects include happiness, weeping with joy, and wanting to be nice to other people. you may feel like you have more energy after you eat awesomesauce. other rare, but possible side effects may include wanting to live in an awesomesauce-coated world; if this feeling persists for longer than a few minutes, please see your doctor. if you feel the need to consume more than one batch per day all by yourself, please exercise heavily, as over-consumption of awesomesauce can lead to weight gain and the inability to fit into your clothes.
my favorite candy and now my new favorite necklace! i love the saturated hues of these tumbled glass pebbles but couldn’t quite figure out what to do with them until recently. i’m pretty proud of the finishing touches, too, like the knot in the tangerine silk cord:
and the funky button closure:
love it! just wanted to share.
i had a sewing machine cover so hideous that i won’t even show you a before picture, lest it burn your retinas. instead, let’s just say that it was your basic, cheap, all-purpose sewing machine cover. that greyish, yellowish, see-through-ish vinyl. it was also too short for my machine, so my sewing machine always looked like it was waiting for a flood.
behold: i have given my sewing machine a beautiful makeover with this gorgeous vinyl covered ‘ginger blossom’ by sandi henderson for michael miller fabric. um, divine. and it prevents dust from settling on my beloved machine. by itself, it’s a little too *pretty* and pink, but when combined with this green ‘dumb dots’ fabric, also by michael miller, i felt like it was more me. believe it or not, both fabrics came from the stash (heather at dollarstorecrafts would be so proud!) and had been purchased at two different times for who knows what exactly. not only did they match, but i had exactly the right amount of fabric needed! (half a yard of the ginger blossom vinyl covered cotton and a fat quarter of the dumb dots). i know, cosmic sewing karma. i whipped up a pattern by measuring my machine and sewing with only three main pieces: a long rectangle that draped over the top, and two side trapezoids; then added rectangular strips at the bottom based on how much fabric i could muster from the fat quarter.
i wanted the cover to have a boxy shape, so i incorporated reverse french seams. they weren’t expertly executed, i’ll admit, and i tested the laws of physics as to how many times one can rip apart seams (attempt one: actual french seams. attempt two: realized i needed to sew the cotton band on the bottom *before* finishing the side seams. attempt three: success), but it turned out alright. you almost can’t even see the needle punctures from attempt one and two. and it’s sooooooooooo much better than what my sewing machine was wearing before!
what does your sewing machine wear?