Not Yet! I am not ready

I am not ready for fall and I wish summer would stay around for a little longer!

This weekend was a reminder to us in Minnesota that fall is right around the corner. The temps we in the upper 60's and strong winds. This is also reminder that summer vacation is ending soon and school is starting. The start of the school year this year has my baby starting full day preschool this year. With my baby starting preschool and the oldest starting his last year of middle school has me feeling mixed emotions about summer coming to an end. I am very proud of all my boys have accomplished, but I would like a little more summer time with them. But as we all know, we can't stop the clock and we need to keep moving forward. 

Grass

 

photo provided by Gratisography


FRIDAY DEAL! 1/2 OFF APRON

Each Friday I will be offer one item in my Etsy shop at 50% off.

This Friday it is a child's apron. 

The apron I selected is made from an upcycled pillowcase and features a cute counting sheep pattern. The apron normally sells for $15.00, but today only it will be $7.50.

Pillowcase Apron

Sale Apron


Up and Running

I am happy top announce that after some hard work and fighting with technology, I have my blog back up and running!

vintage radio
Photo by Gratisgraphy

I am sure some of you are wondering why I took my blog down for a few months? The simple answer is, time and costs. This spring I was given the wonderful opportunity to return to my previous employer as a sales manager. Changing jobs and moving into a manager roll required much of my time. It been a few months, I have settled into my roll and love it!

The second answer to this question was cost. With the new promoting changes this last year on Etsy, it had me reviewing my marketing costs. Every small business owner knows that you need to promote your products, but you also need to make sure every dollar counts.  I was spending more promoting my items on Etsy then I had on the past and I need to cut my costs somewhere. The Etsy stats were not showing  much traffic was being driven to my Etsy store by my blog, but I was wrong. Once I shut down my blog, my Etsy store traffic and sales slowed.  Lesson learned, my blog does send more traffic to my Etsy store than I had thought.

Staring my blog up again gave me a chance to edit and remove past posts and give it a new look. I hope you enjoy my new look and I look forward to sharing my life as a working women, mom, wife and small business owner. 


New store section - Gifts Under $10.00

I am trying trying something new this holiday season and offering a selection of eco-friendly gifts under $10.00. Sometimes we all need a little gift to finish our shopping, but don't to break the bank. Now you can buy a unique handmade gifts and not break the bank. In this section you will find fashion accessories, card holders, baby bibs, potholders and other unique items.

 

Ten dollar gifts
Eco-Friendly Gifts Under $10.00

 

 

Etsy store section gifts under $10.00


From Scrap to Applique

Like many others who sew out there, I have a large collection of fabric scraps and the question is how to you use them? The medium size ones are not hard to find a uses for. For example I use mine for pacifier holder, burp cloth and pockets. However, the smaller ones are harder to find a use for. Like most sewers out there, I don't like to see the go to waste.

Fabric Scaps
My Fabric Scrap Bin

How do I use my little leftover fabric scraps? I use mine to make appliques for onesies. You can see it's a great use of all those little left overs.

Applique Onesies
A few of my Scrap Onesies

To keep other from throwing out their little scraps I will share my rocket ship applique pattern at no cost. How fun sewing.

Download Rocket pattern

Free rocket applique pattern
Free Rocket Ship Applique Pattern

Download Rocket pattern

 


Getting Ready for the Show

Tomorrow I will be a vendor at the Bluegrass Festival in Rosemount, Minnesota. Which meant that my evening was spent packing up all my items and materials for the show. Besides packing my tent, tables and items, I also have essentials that I make sure I have for each show. I wanted to share my list with my readers, so that it might help someone else get ready for their show.

Essentials Craft Show List

-Cash Box

-Receipts Book

-Note Pad

-Pen

-Counterfeit Money Pen (this I use to check larger bills to see if they are counterfeit)

-Square Credit Card Reader (this is how I process credit cards)

-Cell Phone

-Charger for my cell phone and iPad

-Apsrin

-Chap Stick

-Plastic Drop Clothes (to cover tables if it should rain)

-Clothes Pins (these are great for holding items in place)

-Safety Pins

-Cash (I like to have a varity of bills and coins)

-Calculator

-Tax Certificate for the State

-Business Cards

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Lake Superior Craft Project

This week my family and I have been on vacation on the shore of Lake Superior in Larsmont, Minnesota. One of our favorite things to do while staying on the shore is collecting the unique smooth rocks that Lake Superior has. But then the question is what to do with them when we get home?

A few months ago I came across a photo on Pinterest that showed feet made out of rocks and placed on a piece of driftwood. I loved the project idea and I thought I would give it a try. Well, it's our last night and I just finished the craft project and I love it. Once it is all dry I will write the date of our vacation on the back and hang it on a wall when we get home.

I think this is great way to remember a Lake Superior trip.

Lake Superior Craft Project


What are QR codes and I can get one for free?

Etsy_qrcode
A few weeks ago I remade my image and marketing materials for Rerun Design and one item I really wanted to add was a QR code. I wanted to be able to have a QR code on the back of my business card and this code would lead shoppers to my Etsy Shopjust by scanning it with their cell phone. But, first I had to figure out what a QR code was. All I knew was, that if you scanned this black and white box on some marketing literature it took you their website. With that horrible description my husband was able to figure out what I was asking for and lead me in the right direction. He informed me that what I was talking about was a QR code.

What is a QR Code?

QR codes are a automated, digital and shortcut ways to give and receive a piece information such as; a website, text file, email address or coupon. In order the access the codes you or your customer will need a QR reader application on their cell phone. Once you have a QR reader installed you simply need to hold out your phone and point it at the QR code. Once the QR is read the wesbite, text or coupon will pop up on your phone.

How do I get my own QR code?

At this time there are lots of sites out their offering free QR codes. To find one of these site just search "QR Code Generator" and your options will be endless. The generator I used was Kaywa and it was pretty simple to do.

Here's the steps-

-Click on the link above

-Type in your website URL

-Choose the QR code size

-Click on "generate"

Now you have your QR code and you are all set to add it to any marketing materials. I added it to the back of my business cards.


Last Minute Bunny Pattern



Onesie green bunny set

For all you procrastinators out there and that would include me, I have a simple bunny pattern. I was not planning on waiting to the last minute to make Easter bunnies, but a spring cold slowed me down. So that has left me with the wonderful task of getting ready for Easter in less than a week. These little bunnies I like to make out of two different fabric, just to make them a little more fun. You will notice one side is white chenille and the other is a green fleece. You will also notice that I made a matching onesie with a smaller bunny pattern.

This pattern is very simple. All you need to do is cut two pieces of fabric and stitch together with a simple straight stitch. Turn the fabric right side out, stuff and stitch bottom opening closed. Now you will have the perfect addition to any Easter basket.

Onesie green bunny back

Download Bunny pattern