Etsy update!

July 21, 2009

I guess all I needed to do was complain about not getting sales on Etsy, because yesterday someone bought something!  What a nice surprise.  Is this the Secret working? LOL

Buy Handmade

I got netbook for my birthday! Since it is so shiny and cute, I didn’t want it to get all scratched up or damaged when I was carrying it around.  So I decided to make a padded sleeve for it for protection.  I used this super cute mushroom fabric called Tillbrook Toadstool in lime green and just a bright pink solid for the inside lining.  In between the two, I used fusible fleece as the padding, and to give it some body to stiffen it up.  I am mostly happy how it turned out, if I did it again for this netbook, I would make it about an inch shorter in height, just for a closer fit.  Width wise it is perfect.  I also would have boxed the corners to give it a little depth.  Overall, this was a pretty simple project.  I am thinking of offering these in my etsy shop as custom orders, that way I can make them to fit the customer’s specific laptop dimensions.  I feel like this is a useful thing that people would also like to have fit their personality with the fabric choices.  My etsy shop hasn’t sold anything in a while, I’m hoping this would help boost my sales.

Self Promotion

June 25, 2009

I added a twitter feed for Janmade, its on the right side of the page under the link to my etsy shop.  I also lowered all the prices in my etsy shop to 8.00 so if you are interested in a tie dye baby onesie or some soft soled shoes come and get it!  I would like to clear out some of these items before I add new items to the shop.

For anyone reading this, you can get any 4 items in my shop for 28.00 if you mention “RAINBOW” in the comments section when you purchase.  I will make the adjustment in Paypal after the sale.  Happy Shopping and thank you for reading!

my etsy shop is open!

April 7, 2009

furry friends bib

furry friends bib

I know I haven’t posted in a month, but hopefully I will be posting more regularly in the future.  Sometimes life gets in the way, to use an old cliche.  But I am excited to announce I finally opened my etsy shop! I am very excited to have followed through on this.  I started out by posting 20 items. I will be adding new things every Monday. I haven’t figured out yet how to add the etsy mini widget to my blog, but I have added a link to the right that you can click on to go shopping!

candy stripe shoes

candy stripe shoes

I spent this weekend doing trial and error with some baby shoes and bibs. I was trying to figure out sizes and the design of the bibs and shoes I wanted to make.  There are so many different kinds different crafters have made and shared online, I took what I liked from them and tried to do what I thought was best.

These shoes were the 3rd draft, I liked how they turned out.  I used some black polka dot fabric that I got from the sew mama sew fat quarter swap, and some non skid nubby fleece for the soles.  I was able to get 2 pairs of shoes out of one fat quarter!  It is a good project for that size fabric.

The bib was my first draft.  I think turned out adorable, but I am still wondering if it is too small.  Its hard for me to judge, because all baby stuff is tiny, and I didn’t have a baby handy to measure.  I went with some rough estimates based on other bibs that I have seen online.  It has a little pocket in the front to catch crumbs or drool or whatever. I love this sushi fabric, and I think the cute food themed fabric is perfect for bibs. I also decided I need to use a strip of velcro on the back of the bib to make it more adjustable than just using two dots of velcro and to leave the opening to turn the bib on the side, not the bottom, because it is really noticeable on the bottom of the curve.

These were my first tries, and I’m pretty happy with the results, and I definitely learned what I need to change to improve the end results.

my new banner

January 30, 2009

So here is the first draft of my banner and avatar for my soon to be open etsy shop, courtesy of my friend Christine.  I absolutely love it!


The only thing that I asked to change was to make it green instead of blue, since green is my favorite color.  Other than that, I think its totally perfect.  I think I will use it for my blog as well.  I can’t wait!  Here is the avatar she made for me as well.

jm_avatarSo what do you think?  I’d love some feedback.

I also purchased some custom woven fabric labels from  They are going to take 4-6 weeks to arrive but I cannot wait to see them in person.  I still need to make up some business cards so if anyone has any links or advice, that would be so appreciated.   I can’t wait to hear what everyone thinks, I am so excited about my new business venture.

new fabric!

January 22, 2009

All the fabric I ordered finally came in that I ordered from and equilter (neither of which sent me the aformentioned wonky fat quarters).  After new years, they both had really good sales on their designer fabric, so I kindof went crazy.  I got some Michael Miller, Denyse Schmidt Katie Jump Rope – yay!, Kaffe Fassett, Amy Butler, Heather Ross and some other random things.   I haven’t yet really accumulated a stash, so this was my beginning.  I have random fabrics left over from projects, but I wanted to have more of a variety so I can do things more on the fly, giving me more options  and room to experiment.  Until now, I have worked by deciding a project, picking out the fabric specifically for the project, then making it.  But I think I like having the freedom of having options right there when the mood strikes me to start something.

I got quite a lot of “cute” fabrics because I will start making some baby quilts soon.  I’ve been drafting some patterns for some baby quilts I am really excited about and I think will be a good start to my etsy store.  I have so much to do before I can open it, but at least things are moving forward.  I’ve been reading the book Craft, Inc and it has been really inspirational as far as giving a lot of insight and direction on how to organize a hobby business.  So right now I’m in the process of picking out and having made fabric labels, creating a logo and banners with help from my amazingly talented friend Christine, making business cards, tags…and I’m sure there is something I am forgetting.

I guess I am just a perfectionist at heart, and I have been considering opening this shop for a while.  So I am committing to doing it “right” – whatever my definition of that is.  And I want to have all of that ready and done before I open the store, because for me that is the best way to do it.