Sunday, July 29, 2012

New Etsy Shop Update and Plans

I'm very happy with my Etsy shop with 15 sales so far after just about a month and a half.  I don't know if that's good or average.  To be honest, I'm still learning about Etsy.  My sales have been crochet patterns and vintage books.  They're small sales but I'm really just glad to get things rolling with the shop.

My original plan before I opened was to add healing and rune and ogham readings.  I will be putting up those listings within the next few days.  From the little research I've done, some people say you should set up a separate shop for that.  I'm not going to do that at this time.  Rather, I think with the sort of gypsy caravan feel I'm going for that readings and energy healing will fit right in.  I'm open to changing my mind at a later date if it doesn't gel.  It's all in the experimental stage now.

I started to accept payment by credit card directly through Etsy instead of just Paypal.  I made 2 sales immediately after I did that.  I don't know if that's a coincidence but I thought it wouldn't hurt since there are still some people who don't use Paypal.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

First Adventures in Learning Vintage Book Series - Adventures with Words

I came across these charming vintage books from 1970 in the First Adventures in Learning series.  All of the books in the series were first published in 1963 and republished for Golden Press.  They are meant for pre-school children and some of you from Gen X may remember them.  I'll show you each of them in separate posts.  I'm considering offering the option of buying them all together but I'm not sure about that at this time.

First up is Adventures with Words written by Adelaide Holl and illustrated by J.P. Miller.

Kids learn words that go with certain people and activities.  In this one we see what "Happy Birthday" means.

I love the 60s illustrations.  In this picture, kids learn the words associated with different forms of transportation.

And all sorts of foods are shown here.

And a closer look at some animals here.  I love the lion illustration especially.

It's really an adorable book.  More pictures have children name certain types of people and their occupations.  Also animals and every day things children will recognize.  The listing for the book is here at Etsy.  Update:  This one has been sold as have most of the others, so I won't be putting posts up for the listings.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Lisa Shea Origami

I'm falling in love with origami, not just the beautiful simplicity but also how it becomes a meditative practice in making the folds.  I wanted to introduce you to Lisa Shea, founder of BellaOnline - The Voice of Women and origami entrepreneur.  I'm a former writer for BellaOnline and first found out about Lisa's origami business there.  Her work has even been featured during a wedding on the Today Show in 2008.

I've begun to practice cranes mostly and plan on putting up some ornaments on Etsy and possibly Hand Made in Michigan.  I'm working with traditional origami paper but also vintage book paper and will start practicing with maps soon.  You can get so creative with it!

Lisa has an instructional channel on YouTube.  Here is her short version of her crane folding tutorial.  Her longer version is here which is helpful to see exactly what she is doing.  Her origami sales website is here.  She takes custom orders for all occasions.  She does beautiful work including garlands, mobiles, jewelry and more.


Sunday, July 1, 2012

Cathedral Window Traditional Quilt Afghan and Pillow Crochet Pattern

Update:  Sold and no longer available.  Here is another one of the Annie's Attic patterns I'm listing at Etsy.  This is an afghan and pillow crochet pattern based on the traditional Cathedral Window design.  The second picture is of the back of the afghan.

The Cathedral Window design is one of my favorite quilt patterns.  It's a perfect technique to use for scrap quilting.  Likewise, this afghan pattern would be a good way to use up leftover yarn from other projects.  You can find the listing for this pattern at Etsy.  Abby Holverson over at Instructables has an excellent tutorial on the Cathedral Window quilt technique.