Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Busy Bee

Hey folks,

First I'd like to thank everyone that have stopped by from Craft and How About Orange. It's always such a surprise to be featured in fantastic blogs.

A few weeks ago, my new cardigan was featured on Etsy's blog featuring "Fashion Items that Rule the Runway". Although, I wasn't one of the nominees, my little cardigan was featured in the related items at the end of the article and this started off my Spring season with a bang...a busy bang. I was so honored to be included among other great fashion stars.

The only downside of being busy is the lack of time to blog and clean. Well I don't really miss cleaning, does anyone? I'm sure things will be back to normal soon and I'll be able to post again on a regular basis.

Speaking of being honored, the Oscars are coming up and RikRak is having a fun little challenge on her blog. Be sure to check it out and post your favorite frock and accessory.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Wholesale ready

I recently decided to become serious about wholesaling. Over the past year, I had been using a less than stellar line list to showcase my new collections. In my old line list, I didn't have any pictures just a link to my Etsy store listing and a short description in a Word document. Boring!

Between my day job, sewing and my new "watching old episodes of CSI on the treadmill" obsession, I didn't have time to fiddle with Photoshop to design a new list so I enlisted the help of Simone from My Magic Button. She did a great job designing the background and layout of the line list template.

Once I had the final copy, all I had to do was copy and paste my pictures and description. Easy Peasy !

Not so easy was trying to figure how to make a mutli page PDF document. My older photoshop program didn't have the option so I had to download a free trial of Adobe Acrobat 9. Lesson learned!

Here's a sneak peek of the first page:

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Glass jar surprise

For my birthday, I was lucky enough to receive this lovely glass jar with a fun gift card inside from my mom. It was such a cute idea, I figured I would share the steps involved in creating this package.

- standard size mason jar
- 2 piece standard mason lid
- crumpled brown Kraft paper or tissue paper
- 2 x 32" Martha Stewart baker's twine or other funky twine
- shredded sheet music
- gift card

Using a small plate (8-9" in diameter) as your guide, trace a circle onto the Kraft paper and cut out. Place a small amount of shredded paper in the bottom of the jar. Place the card in the center of the jar and stuff more shredded paper on each side and on top of the card until it's no longer visible. Screw lid in place. Place a small piece of scotch tape in the center of the Kraft paper circle and center over the lid. Press firmly to secure. Since the twine was thin, I cut 2 pieces of the same length. While holding the Kraft paper down close to the jar, tie the twine around the neck of the jar and make a bow.

Pretty easy don't you think? My boyfriend also received one with shredded maps instead of the sheet music. Not only do they make a cute present, they also make for a cute decoration. I'm using them on my mantle here.


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