30 August 2012

Etsy's new "About Me" page

Have you seen Etsy's new "About Me" page in sellers' shops?  I somehow just noticed this yesterday- it's been around since early June, at least.  This shows you just how bad I've been this summer with maintaining my shop.  Shame on me!

The new "About Me" section really allows the shop keeper's personality to shine through- which I really like- and serves as a forum for the maker/curator to put a face and voice behind their work or shop.  I set mine up yesterday and I think it can use some sprucing up in the future (I love the slide show in the upper section of some of the pages I've peaked at and I know I definitely need a few more "studio" shots to really take advantage of this).

But for now, here she is.  What do you think?  If you have an Etsy shop, and have set up your "About Me" section, please link below.  I'd really love to read them. :)

Or see it here.

14 August 2012

My Moo Minicards

I arrived home from work yesterday to find a special surprise awaiting me at my doorstep.  My Moo Minicards!  It was a surprise because they weren't due to arrive until the 21st of August.  Fortunately for me, I'll have them for this Saturday's Celtic Festival at Spyglass Ridge Winery, in Sunbury, PA.

I've been making my own business cards for the last few years now, employing a variety of media to create them- including rubber stamps (both purchased and hand carved), water color paper, and water color paint washes.  As much as I love these cards, and all of the handmade work that goes into making each and every one of them, I often wished I had something that showcased my work just a little bit better.  

The Minicards by Moo Cards were the perfect solution for this.  Now I will have a set of cards that feature images of my work as well as my original, more simple handmade ones.  

I am seriously impressed with the superb quality of these cards! And with the packaging.  I am already scheming up my next order.

Below is a little montage showcasing their awesomeness.  I just loved the presentation.  

A set of 100 MiniCards cost only $19.99 and believe me when I say they are worth every cent.  I also purchased a Minicard holder (bottom left image) that I can store in my purse without messing up my cards (which are usually shoved in random pockets in my wallet).  The total cost of my order was around $26 after shipping and handling and a promo code that I found somewhere online.  If you are interested in your own set of Moo MiniCards I would hop on over there now.  Seriously.  You need them in your life.

If you've ordered your own, I'd love to hear about them.  If you have links to your own cards, please share them in the comments!

13 August 2012

Oh Hello, Mr. Monkey

This week I sewed up a sock monkey for one of two sets of friends expanding their families this fall with their first little baby.

When I was younger, and still in college, I love sewing sock monkeys.  Until this past week, it had been years since I had sewn one of these cheeky little fellows.

I think that this guy right up there is surely one of my favorites.  He's a dandy about town and is looking quite dapper in his polka dotted bow tie.  The bow tie really sets off his personality, I think.

His isn't perfect, of course.  I really don't think any sock monkey should be.  But I quite like him and I hope little Liam will too, some day soon.  I think my other pair of friends are in need of a sock monkey for their baby as well.  Every little one needs a sock monkey friend, don't you agree?