Friday, February 27, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
So today I opted to blog from my phone rather than from my desk, and the results are below. Like the format? Hate it? Don't care either way? Let me know in the comments section, or at warmandhappy[at]yahoo.com.
Gabcast! Warm and Happy Blog #1
"Looking Beyond Etsy" (as mentioned by @soapdeli)
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
I made something warm and pretty yesterday (I was distracting myself from sketching for the Spring and Summer collection), and I'll try to remember to post the pattern here when I get around to writing it out.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
In honor of the fake, commercial-created and mushiliy stylized holiday, I'm going to show some genuine love for some commercial/stylized ventures today. I tend to fall in and out of love with styles, genres, stores, and items rather quickly- but when I fall... I fall hard.
I have all kinds of plans for modding my old computer, but in the meantime, I'll placate myself by creating an Amelia Earhart costume and a lovely wool vest+pocket watch for my main man.
Business Cards- Every since I was a child, I have seen business cards a bit of a "status symbol". I just loved the idea of deftly reaching into a hidden coat pocket and producing a shiny new card with a flourish. I always imagined the recipient of said card would be bowled over by my professionalism and general coolness.
Then I grew up, got a job in television, and had to give out my cards in order to get reliable news tips.
This took some of the fun out of the mysterious business card. However, I believe I have recaptured that joy thanks to Avery's business card templates, my color photo printer, and 30 minutes of extra time on my hands. I created some awesome cards for Warm&Happy and I carry them with me at all times in a wee holder like the one above from LomahAcres. You'd better believe, when I hand a card over, I do it with a flourish.
Wedding Items- Look, I'm not getting married any time soon. Mommy, I'm sorry. *guilty smile*
However, two of my best friends from my school days ARE getting hitched this summer, and it's causing me to have all kinds of fantasies (for the first time) about the kind of wedding I'd like to have one day. Well specifically, the kind of jewelry and trinkets I'd like to wear on my wedding day. I don't really care much for overly fussy affairs, and would be happy getting hitched on a beach somewhere, but I want to look GOOD for those photos.
I'd also want my husband to feel extra lucky that day.
What are some of your loves and/or obsessions at the moment?
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Sunday, February 8, 2009
I have so many things to talk about, but for now there are three things on my mind:
1. WryandGinger's Suck It Up School of Business: These are probably the most entertaining and helpful selling tools I've come across on the Etsy forums. They're chock full of funny, down to Earth advice that should be required reading for anyone who is throwing a bit of a strop about not selling anything after a few weeks on a massive craft site in saturated market.
Here are links to some of them, print and read whenever you're feeling a bit down- no matter if you're a seller or not!
Lesson 1: OMG Someone Copied Me!
Lesson 2: BWAH! Why isn't anyone buying my stuff?
Lesson 3: I lost my heart...
Lesson 4: Tough Like Rhino Skin
Lesson 5: Hustle, baby, Hustle!
2. I am in LOVE with making jewelry- specifically earrings. There's something incredibly soothing about working with tools and shiny things. I went to the library and scooped up a lot of different books on jewelry making techniques, and I'm pretty excited to move on to creating bracelets- even though I don't really wear them that often. It sounds quite Victorian of me, but I think a woman's wrists are incredibly beautiful, delicate, and feminine- so why not highlight that beauty?
3. I'm very ashamed to admit this, but I really want a Snuggie.
No, I'm not referring to an attractive man who enjoys spooning- I'm referring to a backwards dressing gown/choir robe made of fleece that's being sold for 19.99 on television. It's one of the biggest sellers in the US, and a lot of my friends recieved one for Christmas from well meaning mums. When I first saw the commercial below, I thought it looked incredibly ridiculous.
However, the ultra cold weather, and the desire to have my hands free for crafting makes me desire something along the lines of a Snuggie. So embarrassing.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
I did it! I did it! I did it!
I reached my goal of 10 sales. I know it may not sound like much, but I wasn't expecting to reach it that quickly! Thanks to the buyer who purchased the Pretty Birdie Earrings!
In the meantime, I listed a couple of sweet neckwarmers.
I just completed a couple of new items, and wanted to share 'em with you.
This is the Eternal Spring...
...and this is the Cozy in Cream.
The Cozy is particularly versatile, as you can wear it as an earwarmer, a headwarmer, and a neckwarmer.
Why mess up your hair with a lame knit hat this winter?
The Eternal Spring is just beautiful, and is light enough to wear year-round.
Sunday, February 1, 2009
A Warm and Happy Myspace Profile:
Various Cool Things:
|Pirated Music Headphones||Fingertips Scarf|
|Blue Rosie||Orange Birdie Earrings|
So those are some of the things I've been working on. Notice the jewelry? I'm trying to branch out a bit. We'll see how long that venture lasts!