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I’ve Been On A Small Break

Published February 25, 2016 by wackybrittany

I have been on a small break from my shop for about a week. I’m recovering from a small health issue. I’m feeling better now, but I’m not going to be able to give my 100% to my shop for a while. I’ve been swamped with homework and a personal project has taken some of my time. I’ll be back to my shop soon enough.

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My Blog Goal

Published February 18, 2016 by wackybrittany

My main goal for this blog is to try to blog once a week. I originally thought about blogging everyday, but that is not possible. Once a week seems to be more reasonable. I’ve been lucky so far; I have things to blog about. I’m worried I’ll run out of things to blog about.

I’ve been wondering if I should add some blog posts about my personal life. I already have talked about being in school, so I’m thinking about continuing posting about that. What other things should I post about? I’m worried because I’m not all that interesting. My life is kind of boring with being in school and all.  I’ll try to keep things interesting. I have a cat 

I use patterns with some of my items that I find on the Internet. When I do I respectfully mention that on my Etsy listing. Would anybody be interested if I shared the pattern on my blog? How about sharing patterns in general?

Random note, I never know how to end a blog post. Should I end it like a letter? That’s how I usually end this. Is that too weird? I’m weird anyway so that doesn’t matter to me. Should I just end it? Should I put my name at the end? I don’t know.

Thanks for reading!

-Brittany

Woo Hoo!

Published February 18, 2016 by wackybrittany

I did a little looking around on Etsy for different apps to use with Etsy, I was just curious, and came across an app called FotoFuse. It’s a website where I can link my Etsy account to it and edit my photos straight from there. It’s awesome! I’ve been updating most of my pictures and I think they look much better. It’s not perfect, but that’s my fault for the picture quality, but it works!

I’m not being paid to advertise for them, I just really like the results I’m getting. Down below is the editited version of my puzzle piece hat. That’s much better than I can do with a camera and photo editing software.

If you sell products online and need a good way to edit your photos go to http://www.fotofuse.com. It’s free!
  

Photo Editing

Published February 16, 2016 by wackybrittany

I’ve been trying to edit some photos for my shop. To be honest, I have no clue what I’m doing. I ordered a photo tent and some lights off of Amazon to help take pictures. The background fabric has a bunch of wrinkles from shipping. I knew there was going to be wrinkles because of the reviews, but I was too lazy to iron them out. That wasn’t a good idea.

I figured I could edit them out, but I was wrong. So I thought I’d just kind off cut out the pillow in the picture and add a background color from the original. It looks weird to me.

I think I just need to suck it up and iron out the wrinkles. I ran into a couple more problems while taking the pictures. For one the tent is huge. It turned out to be 39″ and not 30″ like I thought. I can sit in this thing! For another, although the lights are LED, my apartment gets hot from all the lighting. The LED lights don’t get hot to the touch, but using those and a lamp that I own warmed up my apartment. Unless I get an air conditioner this is not a summer time activity.

There are a couple of reasons why I’m talking about this. One, I wanted to show a bit of the behind the scenes of what happens while trying to run an Etsy shop. Two, I would like a little advice on my picture below. Does it look ok? Should I just suck it up and iron out the wrinkles and try again?

I know this is a bit long. Thanks for reading!

  

Some Tweaking

Published February 12, 2016 by wackybrittany

I have been doing some tweaking of my Etsy shop lately. I updated my shipping profiles. I decided to go with flat rate shipping instead of what I was doing before. I won’t be losing any money on my shipping costs anymore, I hope.

I have been trying to make things better for my shop by fixing some behind the scenes stuff. I also have invested in some things to hopefully make myself better, like lighting or better materials to work with.

Does anybody have any ideas of items I could make and sell? Mostly things I can sew, crochet, and knit? 

I Tried Something New

Published February 5, 2016 by wackybrittany

I tried crocheting with merino wool for the first time. Oh my gosh, I love it. Merino wool is so soft. It’s stretchier than normal yarn. The colors are so pretty. I just love it. I’m going to have a hard time going back to the cheaper stuff.

The size of these turned out to be for a larger sized hand. My hands are larger than average woman’s size and they fit me.

I love the yarn. It isn’t cheap though. It was $8.50 for a small ball. I had enough for the gloves, plus a little extra for if I wanted to add a pretty edging. I thought about it, but I decided to just stick with a simple project for my first use.

Down below is a picture of the yarn, and a picture of the fingerless gloves. I accidentally tore the label while looking at it.



I decided to put the gloves into my Etsy shop so somebody who knows about wool would be able to take care of them more than I can. I don’t know anything about merino wool. I found out that this particular yarn has a mixture of regular merino wool and super wash merino wool. That would make these hand wash only. They are cheaper than I would normally sell them for since I’m new to working with wool and they are simple.

If you are interested in buying these fingerless gloves the link is below to the listing in my Etsy store.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/266889919/soft-merino-fingerless-gloves-for-larger?ref=ss_listing

I’ve Been Doing Some Thinking

Published February 4, 2016 by wackybrittany

I have been doing some thinking about my shop, of course, but I’ve been thinking about what I have for sale in my shop. I’ve been thinking about are my prices reasonable? Probably not.  So I decided to lower some of my prices to what I think are more reasonable prices.

A couple of  reasons for this decision is because I first thought about the cost of materials. Since I tend to go for cheaper yarn it doesn’t make sense to over charge. I do want to make a little bit of money, but it still needs to be reasonable. The other reason is the quality of the pictures. Sounds a bit strange, but I know that the quality of the pictures are holding me back. I am limited to what I can take the pictures with and I don’t have a little area to be able to set up a photobooth.

The items I lowere prices on we’re my hats, scarves, and my baby items. If you are interested in checking those out the link is down below.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/SquishBelly