Thursday, October 28, 2010

It's All Going so Fast

And then not so much. Let's see:

*I walked to the post office yesterday and got shipping pricing ($3-$5) for the dish clothes & the baby blanket
*Picked up some coffee on the way, hehe

*Sorted through all the pictures taken into their own folders & then down to 5 each. Now I just need to post them... (and write descriptions)

*Made 3 banners - 2 for the shop, 1 for the blog but didn't realize I couldn't get rid of the title by Blogger so no new banner for now.

*Developed a "text" logo with Knitted Home's name :) I love it...

*Getting my paperwork/organizing in order (pictures, forms for me to use, etc)

*Figuring out pricing, costs, etc. (not as fun as it sounds, that's for sure)

Other News:
Finished knitting a little scarf for a boy I've been babysitting who just moved here from Brazil (and needs a few things for winter). I'll try to post a picture of it soon. I finished the matching hat (crocheted) last week and the mittens 2 weeks ago (using his hands as a pattern while I watched him).

I wish the details that I'm waiting on would hurry up.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

First Mobile Post

This is my first *mobile* blog entry from my phone. Let's see if it works....
In other news, look what I made today! It's a bag!

Edit: Success!  Now I have an idea what it will look like when I post from my phone (not the best formatting, but nothing online editing can't fix, hehe).

Anyway, it may look like just a bag, but!....

It's the bag/package that the dishcloths will be shipped in!  I'm thinking about decorating it a little more so it's not just a brown bag but this is what I got done today (x3).

And the stitching...

Not the best job (I rolled the wheel by hand because I didn't feel like running the plug across the living room, hehe), but pretty good for using recycled and on-hand materials, huh? :)

It even fits a baby blanket!

(& a sneak peak of the baby blues blanket ---> ready to ship!)

Monday, October 25, 2010

First Pictures

After the scarf photo shoot (pictures coming soon), I finished two more dish clothes while hanging out with another friend who took this picture for me:

She loved how cool it looked, so she had to take a few more, including this one (which I made into the blog's banner):

Great job, H :)
That's all for now.

Accounting (?)

Just got home from the bank.  :)  I now have a separate checking account for all my Etsy deals (sales, supplies, etc).  :) !!!!  Next To Do: Set up my PayPal seller's account.

Right now: Going on a (scarf) photo shoot with my friend.  Look for them in my new shop soon (hopefully later this week)!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

I'm Back!

See?  What did I tell you.  Without a deadline I don't get anything done :(  I don't really know what kicked my butt into gear, but last week I opened an email for Etsy on Success (selling on Etsy) and normally I don't have time to even read them but this time I did and boy did it get my attention!  I couldn't believe how much energy welled up inside of me to get moving on this shop.

On top of that email, I had a few other motivators:
*I sold a dishcloth - right off my needles! - back in July while I was babysitting.  I hung that $5 on my bulletin board to remind me that I can do this.  I just need to start and stop being so afraid of failing.  Even the lady that bought it from me told me I need to sell them and that she loves them.  Which always helps to know that I'm not just making some boring thing :)
*This week: an old high school friend of mine stopped by to buy a quart of (homemade) applesauce from me and ended up buying 2 scarves, a hat and a matching pair of mittens from me!  And promised to tell me to her friends (to buy hats, scarves, etc).  All of a sudden I didn't feel silly wanting to sell my articles like I have all the years past.  All of a sudden I felt like I had something to offer that was worth someone paying me to make.  :)   So...
*Last night I ordered business cards listing my Etsy shop from vistaprint.  Now I'm hooked.

I really want this to work and I feel like I finally have a confidence behind my desire to finally put it into gear and drive this passion.  Heck, I even asked a few of my co-workers today about their experiences selling on Etsy and ended up getting numbers to get together over coffee & swap notes on the process.  So we'll see where it goes from here.  :)