Category Archives: Etsy

Where’s the $$ ?

Let’s face it, I didn’t open an Etsy store to get rich.  I mainly opened it because I make things, sometimes too many things, and needed a way to get some of them out of the house.  But here’s the thing: I recently shipped an item from the store and when I added up what I spent on packing materials and the actual shipping, then subtracted that from the total I charged (price + shipping), I actually LOST $2.  That didn’t even take the original price of materials to make the item into consideration.

I want to price my items at a level that makes them affordable, but I guess I need to recalculate what that price is so I at least break even.  Sure, I’d like to make money from them, but let’s focus on small steps first, shall we?

In other news, I got business cards in the mail today  🙂  Pictures to come.


Thanks!

A special thanks to the family member who bought from my Etsy shop a while back!  I can’t say who, because I assume the purchase was a gift, and I don’t know if it was given or not.  But thanks, you!

In other news, I’ll be writing about a crochet coral soon.


15% off sale at Etsy!

The Men of Etsy team is having a week-long 15% off sale! You can find my shop here and use BOYSOFSUMMER as the coupon code. Additionally, if you search “boysofsummer” you will find ALL the shops offering this deal (same coupon code). This is a huge selection of shops with many, many different types of items. Christmas in July!

My Etsy shop.


Back in Business

I am slowly beginning to “reopen” my store on Etsy, re-listing items that didn’t sell before and adding new items.  Right now it will mainly be the Crocheted River Rock Pendants and crocheted coffee sleeves, but if there’s anything you’d like, drop me a line, either on Etsy, here on my blog, or by email: curmade @ gmail.com (remove the spaces).

Because of the way Etsy promotes newly listed items, I am only listing a few at a time, so check back often over the next few days.  A good way to do this would be to A) bookmark my Etsy store on your browser and return often, B) add my Etsy store to your favorites on Etsy, C) add my Etsy store to your “circle” on Etsy?  The answer is, of course, all of the above.

An example of one of my pendants (that could be one of YOURS!)


Two Crochet Dudes

Today I finally got to meet The Crochet Dude, aka, Drew Emborsky.  As a male crocheter, he’s served as something of an inspiration to me and I was excited to meet him.  He was the instructor at today’s Etsy Labs, where he taught us to make “yarn” out of scrap fabric and then crochet it into a simple trivet.  He admitted to being as pleased as I was to be in the same room with another crochet dude.  Here is my final product, which stitched up SOOO quickly!

The hanging loop was my idea, and that goes back to one of the things I love about crochet: I figured out a way to stitch it in on my own.  I “get” crochet, and that is what makes it so much fun for me.

Also, make sure to check out The Crochet Dude’s blog, which includes a picture of Drew and Vickie Howell!  Two of my favorite yarners… yarn people… yarnies?

On a side note, while at Etsy, I was asked by two different people about my store, which I had to admit had no products in it currently.  Hopefully this will serve as a wake-up call, reminding me I can’t sell anything if I’m not making anything.


A Little Bit of Weaving

…pun intended.

Today I joined Etsy Labs and Church of Craft for “Crafting in the Park.” This took place at the beautiful Brooklyn Bridge Park- Pier 1. Today was gorgeous; the weather couldn’t have been better if someone had placed an order. One of the crafts they were teaching was weaving… on a mini level.

Using a small piece of cardboard as the loom, the warp was created using butcher’s twine (I think that’s what it was) and embroidery thread as the weft. A tapestry needle served as the shuttle.

Once finished (which took over an hour, even for such a small piece), I brought it home, glued on a scrap piece of leather, and attached a pin back. Below are pics of the final product.

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So I ended up with a tiny, wearable rug.


Art for Fun; Art for Cheap

On Monday night I took part in an Etsy Labs Craft Night.  It was a mini drawing workshop with Carla Sonheim.  I was so impressed and excited with what I learned that night, that I signed up for her two and a half hour workshop the following evening: The Art of Silliness.  The biggest lesson that Carla imparts is: “We used to love drawing when we were kids, before our inner critic kicked in.  Stop trying to draw ‘perfectly’ and just have fun with it.” (my paraphrasing of her class)  What’s funny is, when you embrace that idea, when you stop trying so hard to do it “right” you get amazing results.  Results you actually LIKE!

I used to draw all the time as a kid.  In second grade, I wrote AND illustrated my first book.  Even in high school, after I finished taking tests, I would highly decorate my cover paper.  But somewhere along the way, I started worrying about how good my drawings were.  I started saying things like, “Well her nose doesn’t really look like that.  I screwed up.”  I quit having fun.

What’s funny is that in reality, I’m actually a pretty decent realistic artist.  When I took a drawing class in college, I turned out some good work.  But those pieces take hours, sometimes even days, to create.  For some reason, I held myself to this weird standard, that my quick, fun drawings of people and things, should look as “right” as the ones done for hours at the easel.

Anyway, here is some of my work from the class this week, taken quickly with my cell phone.

The rabbit is my favorite one  🙂  Anyway, here’s what I’ve come up with: I want to keep drawing for fun, drawing just to be drawing, but I live in a one bedroom apartment with one other person and a cat.  In other words, I don’t have a lot of room.  So I’ve decided that anything I make that isn’t just in my sketch book, any piece that looks nice enough to actually display, I’m going to sell on Etsy, but only for like $1 or 2.  Seriously.  Mainly just enough to cover shipping.  I think it’s a great way for friends and family to get some Kerr made art (see what I did there?) AND to keep my apartment from becoming too cluttered.  I’ll keep you all up to date as to when I add stuff.

OH!  And if there’s anything that you’d like me to draw, just drop me a line and I’ll see what I can do.


Show Your Roots

I’m loving this picture by Etsy artist Lisarachel.  I’ll let it speak for itself, but I love the designs in the roots.

Roots


Embroidery? Embroider me!

I went to the Etsy Labs last night and was taught embroidery!  I can’t believe my mother never taught me that.  Surely she didn’t really think cross-stitch, latch work, sewing, and cooking were enough to teach her son?!

Anyway, we were being led by Cindy Steiler of marysgranddaughter.  It was Custom Pet Portrait night and I brought this picture of Waylon Fluffings.

And this is what I made!

Very happy indeed.  Not sure how I’m going to display it.  I thought of stitching it onto a throw pillow for our new couch.  Or possibly framing it.  What is your vote?


Struggling

I am struggling to get good pictures for my handmade items, both for my Etsy shop and this blog.  We don’t have great natural lighting in our apartment during hours I am home and that makes a big difference.  I have been searching the interwebs, trying to find the best way to create a “home studio” using very little space, very little supplies, and very little money.  Any ideas?  Leave comments below, if so.  Anyway, bear with me as I experiment over the next few weeks.


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