Showing posts with label etsy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label etsy. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Tuesday Cables || A Season Ahead

I had a different subject planned for today, but that didn't work out so This is basically going to be another Etsy update. I've got a few different things in the shop now. If you'd like to take a look just click the "Etsy" tab under the banner and that will take you right to my shop. 

I'm finally learning how to work a season ahead and I'm really starting to enjoy making multiples of things which has really surprised me! I'm sure some people wish we were a season ahead so they wouldn't have to shovel snow again until next winter!

Here's a little peek at what I was working on today. 10 bunnies and 10 tails. They're all put together now. This was just after I'd finished all the crocheting.



I know most of you have some pretty amazing crafting abilities, but if anyone has a questions about custom ordering something, I would love to talk about it! 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Something on Etsy!!!

Just dropping by for a minute to let you all know I finally got around to updating my Etsy shop!. There are only three items up at the moment but there will be some more varying ones to follow soon. :)
Clicking on the tab under the banner will take you directly to my shop.


Monday, February 2, 2015

Tuesday Cables || Looks Like Snow

Last week was SO busy but now I'm back on track. We were supposed to get a huge snowstorm a week ago Monday night but only ended up with about 6 inches. Not enough to make cleaning up a big pain. (It was still a little pain.) and just enough to go sledding!! The birds don't seem to mind too much. It looks pretty chilly though.


I finally finished my doily and now when I look at it all I can picture is one giant snowflake.  I really enjoyed this pattern. The only thing I didn't like were the "chain 6" instructions for the mesh at the edges. When I started going around and having to slip stitch the following rows, I had to tweak some things to make it look even because, obviously,  6 has no center. It turned out alright. The stitches are pretty tight but I think that could have been fixed by using one hook size larger. I think I'm going to use one size up on the next pattern with this thread.


And about the aprons, I finished the second one and am just about done with the third. Making the same pattern three times in a row is pretty amazing for me. Usually I never enjoy making the same thing twice, but these were fairly simple and enjoyable to sew. I'm hoping to have all three aprons posted on Etsy by the end of this week and hopefully get out and buy a little more fabric. Not sure if I'll be making more aprons or if I'll try something else. It is much more exciting to think about sewing now that I have a fully functioning machine!! Knock on wood.


Friday, May 23, 2014

Favorite Things Friday || We Interrupt Your Friday Evening For...

A brief announcement.

When you go click the little blue "Jill" at the bottom of each post, it takes you to my blogger profile. Or click where I just typed "blogger profile" ...either one. There's something a little new there.

Beneath the somewhat pensive picture of moi, you should see the words "contact me" and beneath that, "email" in blue. If you click on it you can now send email messages to thewizardofoddsandends@gmail.com!! 

This means my blog and Etsy shop now have their very own email! Isn't technology so nice?

Sorry, I think I might have given this post more build up than it's worth. Hey, it is pretty exciting! If you have any questions that you'd rather not post in the comments or any requests about crafting projects, or even post topics, or you'd like to show me things you're working on, feel free to send me an email because I would love so see/hear from you!


I would also like to note that the banner on both my blog and Etsy shop were made by Hilary, who has an incredible eye for and talent with Adobe Illustator! Unfortunately we haven't really been in contact for a while, but I am thankful that she made the banner for me a few years ago and that my technology skills are finally to the level that I have been able to get said banner on a couple of my pages.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Shawls, Shells, and a Makeover Without Makeup

Within the past week I actually finished two projects! Small projects, yes, but it feels so good to actually be able to finish not one, but two things before I am totally burnt out and bored with what I'm working on. Both Items are (belated) birthday gifts for my friend and I'm going to post pictures. 

First to take up some space, so that maybe she won't peek, I'll share with you a book I've started reading. "How to Sell Your Crafts Online." I'm on chapter three and so far I have found it extremely helpful!! It focuses on setting up a nice looking Etsy shop and gives tips on what will generate traffic. It also talks about how to utilize other social media to your best advantage but I haven't gotten that far yet. My Etsy Shop will be undergoing a little makeover for about the next month, so you may notices slight difference when you visit for the next four weeks. Although, I think I've probably already made some of the biggest and most noticeable changes. Mainly just adding a banner (which I added here on the blog as well, at the moment.) and a brief shop announcement. Please, check it out and let me know what you think so far!


Alright, here are the birthday presents:
The shawl hopefully looks familiar from last week's post. I finished it! I had one entire day off last week and spent it crocheting and having a classic movie mini marathon.
I know I've mentioned it before but I LOVE  the color of this yarn! Caron Simply Soft: Pagoda. 


And this second project was a spur of the moment thing. I had absolutely no idea what she wanted this year! Usually I have at least a rough idea. Then everything sort of fell together. A page I follow on Facebook (can't remember which!) posted a link to Lion Brand's Solid Shell Crochet Jewelry Frame. I remembered that my friend kept her earrings hung over the edge of a small jar, so I think she'll like this. I have to say, I was pretty thrilled when I posted a picture of it in progress on Instagram and Lion Brand liked and commented on my picture! That certainly made my day!



Hello and thank you to those of you who have just started following. That makes my day too! :)
*Edit: I have changed a little more than just adding the banner to the blog now!!! ;) 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

This and That and a Fun Event Starting Thursday!

I FINALLY updated my Etsy shop with a few more items. That is certainly not an April Fool's joke! Please, go over and take a look! The Wizard of Odds and Ends on Etsy

I always feel so unprepared when Tuesday finally rolls around. I still have not started taking notes during the week on what I will be posting on Tuesdays and Fridays. I think that was part of my new year's resolution too. Let's see, I did a little knitting and a little sewing this week.

Currently I am working on this Glitz at the Ritz shawl for my friend's birthday. I'll have to get to work on that as soon as this is posted!! I've still got quite a bit left but the pattern works up pretty quickly. Though I'm sure some more seasoned knitters could have it done in a flash!
Here's what I have so far:


I also recently hosted a giveaway on my Instagram for one of my Peter Pan collars! That was a lot of fun! The winner was silent_miku another crocheter. I love looking at photos of her  amazing work! I think I will definitely have some other sort of giveaway sometime in the future! I was absolutely amazed when I realized that nearly 300 people viewed the Wizard of Odds and Ends Facebook page!! So, so, so thankful for each new view!  Hello to those of you who may be reading my blog for the first time! Thank you for reading, to the regular and the new viewers!

As for the sewing endeavors, I took in the sides of knee length denim skirt that was ridiculously bell shaped. It still is, but not nearly as bad. Thank goodness I still have all my fingers intact and bandaid-less because that little project took place around 2 in the morning on Sunday. It was getting late once I had made up my mind what outfit I wanted to wear to church, which included said skirt that I had only worn once because of the awkward shape. I placed one of my favorite skirts over it and pinned along the edges. The finished result is still slightly more flared than I would prefer, but at least it's an improvement!

The second article of clothing that I took in a bit was a medium men's shirt that none of my brothers wanted. I liked the brown pinstripes on it and that it was a good tunic length for me, but it was still very baggy looking even with a belt around the waist. I can't give away too much. What I can tell you is I will be wearing this shirt Thursday through Saturday for the 1 Button-Down | 3 Days | 3 Ways event which is being hosted by Boyer Family Singers, Bramblewood Fashion, Creations By Callie, and Fresh Modesty. Go check out their posts and join in! There's also a hashtag for instagram so you don't have to have a blog participate!




Hope you've all had a good week! If you're interested in viewing any of my other social media pages, link are located just above the title of this post! Check back on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday for my posts in the 1 Button-Down | 3 Days | 3 Ways event!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Lame is the Name of the Game

Ready, set, go:
Well, the weather hasn't been nice enough to get decent pictures with my not-so-decent camera of my newest items for Etsy or of the fat quarter skirt I sewed. I did have a nice day though.

My friend of 12 years and I try to get together at least every other month. We used to live a 5 minute walk from each other and since I moved we're now a half hour drive apart! Today we got together and spent most of the time in the car chatting away. We went into a specialty yarn store that I had never visited before. Most of the price tags made me feel like I need a different hobby. 

As we were leaving the cashier asked us if we had found anything. I said I was just looking because I'd never been in there before and had no specific pattern in mind so ALL that gorgeous yarn was pretty overwhelming. I felt like I was being watched and like I was stashing yarn under my coat because an ample portion of my arm knit scarf was sticking out at the collar. I felt silly for wearing it in the store but I told the woman what it was and she asked to see it because she'd only heard of arm knitting before and had never actually seen anything that was arm knitted. She called her friend over too look and said, "It's actually knitted, look at this!" Which gives me the feeling that she was skeptical about arm knitting and assumed, as I did at first, that it couldn't really be knitting and was just another one of those yarn crafts that was called knitting by people who didn't know what knitting was. (Forgive the snobbish sounding air there.)

My friend and I them made our way over to JoAnn Fabrics to quell the urge I now had to knit a pair of socks. I justified buying a $10.00 skein of Lion Brand Sock-Ease yarn by allowing my friend to pick the color and deciding that handmade socks would be a wonderful birthday gift. She always gets something handmade. It made me smile when I had to move cowl I made her for Christmas out of the passenger seat in her car before I could sit down. 

Now, back at home, I'm sitting on my bed and typing away with a double pointed needle, 64 cast on stitches, and a skein of Sock-Ease. There's also a messy trail of yarn on my pillow. I prefer working from the center of a skein but I always have trouble neatly finding the center. Does that happen to anyone else?


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Blob...

Well, well, here it is, Tuesday again. I'm toying with the idea of posting two or three times a week. My schedule is sort of irregular though and I am definitely active mainly on Instagram, then probably twitter next, and Pinterest after that. Facebook I do post pictures on, but not every single picture that is on Instagram, and I post my blog links and share other crafting links via Facebook. Hmmm...enough about that. That's just the process I'm going through on deciding about the extra blog posts. Blah. I am finding that I can't wait for Tuesdays sometimes because I'm so excited to share what I've been working on for the week! That is good thing.

So, this week I'm working on my spring things for Etsy. No rhyme or reason to what I make, other than the fact that I've got the right yarn on hand. I added a few of those items to my Etsy shop, as mentioned in my previous post. Now I'm working on a Winnie the Pooh hat, a tank top turned shopping bag, and baby booties. Pics to come. What I really want to share with you this week is something I think all yarn crafters have trouble with from time to time.



Right?

I am indecisive (I'm seeing a trend here) about whether to cut this snarled mess off and chuck it or if I should sit down and take the time to untangle it and wind all of my skeins into balls of yarn so there is less of a chance I'll have wads of yarn in the future. What say you?

Monday, February 17, 2014

First Spring Etsy Update!

A few new items for spring are up on my Etsy shop! Go check them out!! I added links for patterns and how to's for all you other crafty people and to give credit to the crafters who came up with them in the first place! 

Arm knitting tutorial can be found on Simply Maggie blog.



Tutorial on the Petals to Picots blog.



Tutorials via the Carmen Bee blog.


Friday, January 17, 2014

Net-Work

I really enjoy working at a craft store! Love the fabric, love hearing all the creative ideas, love learning new tricks and techniques for various crafts, love getting the chance to network with other local crafters! 

Today I met the owner of Byhillary on Etsy. I was cutting flannel for her and we got to talking. I think she was shopping with her mom, and while Hillary went to help a customer find an item (It is SO great when a customer helps another customer when we're short handed!) I asked her mom what the material was for. She told me it as for bibdanas. Even just the name of those sounds cute!! I asked if she had a shop, which she does!  We exchanged shop info and they went on their way.

Please, go take a look at Byhillary on Etsy's facebook page and etsy shop!

www.facebook.com/byhillaryetsy
www.etsy.com/shop/byhillary


Saturday, December 14, 2013

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Deck the Hauls

I somehow miraculously ended up with all of Monday off, which after Black Friday and Saturday was a more than welcome break. I spent the day out on an impromptu  thrifting trip. We hit Salvation Army, Goodwill, and Savers. Here's the picture again that I put up on facebook yesterday.



The most I paid for any item was $7.99 for the gray cardigan in the top row. It's 100% merino wool so I'm hoping it will be nice and warm for the winter because I am always, ALWAYS cold.

My favorite buy is the incredibly glarey Lanz of Salzburg nightgown all the way over to the left. It doesn't even look like it was ever worn and all I paid was $4.99! They go from 45 to 60 dollars from Vermont Country Store! I also like the denim maxi skirt. I had been looking for one for a while. I had planned to cut a triangle out of the bottom on the front and back and sew in some of the floral fabric from the skirt on far right, but after I tried on the skirt I kind of liked it just plain.

The black article of clothing, on the bottom toward the right, I had thought was a skirt. It was hanging with the skirts and was nice and light and flowy, but since it was a dark color I thought it would transition nicely through the seasons. I got in the car and was admiring it and suddenly realized it was a pair of culottes and will soon become close friends with my sewing machine. 

The green scarf is going on Etsy, along with another item I purchased at an antique store recently. (wink)

In other news, I'm sewing together the 30 something(?) out of 365 squares that I managed to finish into a crazy afghan. Think crazy quilt, but crochet style. In all honesty, I take on huge projects when I am having no inspiration whatsoever for anything else and then part way through them inspiration hits and I move on. It's like a brainstorm for my fingers. You know how teachers had you free write before an essay to see if you could come up with any ideas to build off of? My big projects=Free write assignment.

And I also taught myself how to cable knit. Not too shabby, huh? 



Well, I guess that's basically it for this week.
Autocorrect just told me "that's spastically it" I consider that statement accurate.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Ah, We Meet Again!

Hello again! I'm back! I was traveling, not this past weekend, but the weekend before that. I was away for 5 days and did not crochet a stitch, although I had planned to. I did purchase two new crochet hooks that are on the humongous side! Sizes N and P. I also saw a sausage making demonstration while I was away. The old fashioned way using a hit or miss engine to run the meat grinder. I even got eat pork cracklings that I watched them cook in the lard that they butchered from the same pig! Sorry if that grosses anyone out. I thought it was pretty cool...and delicious! 
 
It was around 7 on the night I got back home. I ate some dinner and immediately got to crocheting into the wee small hours of the morning hoping to catch up and blog. I did crochet two squares but it took me a few days to finally get back to where I was supposed to be and now I'm even working a little bit ahead! I am running out of yarn much faster than I expected, so in one way this is a fabulous scrap buster project but the fact that I'm going to have to buy some more yarn to get through the whole year is very appealing!

Just a couple of pictures of the mounting pile of squares...and this isn't even a month's worth!



A little, shameless plug for my Etsy shop as well. You might find someone a great Christmas gift! www.etsy.com/shop/wizardofoddsandends

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Still Counting Down

Well, I know, no pictures lately. I'm waiting for the 29 days to be up. Then I shall have some nice pictures of everything I've finished...not 29 pictures, but grouping the similar things, you know?

However, here is my list of thing I've been working on. Updated just 2 minutes ago!

29 Days

29-Doily
28-Lemonade Pie
27-Grocery Shopping, Lobsters
26-Creme egg brownies
25-Blue glitter sweater
24thru19-Doilies
18-Jillnaimo bars
17-Joann fabrics for pillow stuff
16-doily
15-Pillowcase
14-car paintings
13-car painting
12-doily
11-car painting

Let me explain a couple of things.

First of all, I'm trying to crochet 37 doilies. It's an Anne of Green Gables thing.

Secondly, a couple of these days are places I went and things that I made. I was actually out of the house for a good chunk of those days. Contrary to popular belief, I do have a life.

Thirdly! I made Nanaimo Bars and had to keep substituting ingredients. They actually turned out okay, but because I had like 2 actual ingredients I dubbed my version Jillnaimo Bars.

Fourthly...is that even what you say? I am not painting a car. I am making paintings of old cars from vintage ads in an old LIFE magazine that I have.

Lastly, I know I set this up the same as last week's post. I am a list maker. That's whey this whole post is a list and there is a big fat list within the post!

I have so say, it is incredible that there are only 11ish days to go of my countdown! I am ready to see my pal again! :D

PS Thank you to whoever(If you're reading this) favorites the Julie Andrews picture on etsy. It is such thrill to know someone really likes something I worked so hard on! I really appreciate it.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Christmas in July

First of all...

Etsy Expiring Listings Sale!! Toddler Hat, Shawl, and Crochet Tote just $5 each!!!! (They would make excellent gifts for Christmas in July! ;) ) www.etsy.com/shop/wizardofoddsandends

Secondly...

As I expected to happen, I have fallen behind on my 29 days challenge. When you make 2 different doilies and unravel them both to make a third that you decided you liked better...you get behind with things. I am, however, keeping a rough daily record of what I worked on so I will be able to give an accurate account of crafts completed in the not-so-distant future.

Thirdly...

I think that's all for now. It's late and I have to go to sleep.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Etsy Expiring Listings Sale

After I posted yesterday I updated my Etsy! Five more items!

There are a few listings that are going to expire soon and they are:

Crochet Tote
Ivory Shawl
Toddler Sun Hat

The tote and shawl expire on July 30 and the hat on August 2. I've reduced the prices and these items won't be listed again for a while. Act now if you see something you like!!!

The Wizard Of Odds And Ends Etsy Shop

Sunday, July 8, 2012

I've Been Working on My Etsy...

Four new listings today. Two handmade items and two vintage items. Go take a look! :)

http://www.etsy.com/shop/WizardOfOddsAndEnds

Here's a little sneak peek too:




Friday, June 15, 2012

Thoughts of a Saleslady

(Warning: This is sort of cheesy.)

Midnight, listening to an old Jimmy Stewart radio show. I just finished a custom listing for an Etsy customer. I'm happy that I'll be making a sale, it's exciting to make something that you know someone else will enjoy. I'm always anxious before they receive it though, wondering if they'll change their mind, whether or not the mail will get lost, and if they'll like it when they have it in their own hands...among other things. Yes, I do confess that I'm a worrier.

There's a conversation that comes to my mind that I had with another artist friend not too long ago. We talked about how we really enjoy creating our art, and it's so nice to find out when someone else likes it enough to want to buy it from you. That's when you start to see the flaws really stand out. All the small things that nobody would notice unless you told them. It gives you a nervous excitement when you send it off to the customer, knowing that your art isn't perfect, at least not in your own eyes, and you almost wonder if you should stop them and tell them it's flawed and take it back.

Funny though, anything I've ever bought, it's taken me a long time to notice imperfections. When I do see them they become endearing, something that makes the item like no other, something that makes it mine. It's kind of nice to own something someone else put work into, put life into, I guess. It's so nice, so enjoyable, even with the little imperfections.

Cheesy, I know, but you were warned.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Nothing But Some Old Drapes

Captain Von Trapp: Do you mean to tell my that my children have been roaming about Salzburg dressed up in nothing but some old drapes?!

Maria: Mhmm, and having a marvelous time!



No, I didn't make drapes. I made a purse out of an old valance!  (Though I have made wearable items out of curtains before. Thus, fulfilling my dream since age 4 to be Maria von Trapp...)

Anyway...

You know how I said I couldn't sell the things that I sewed? Well I mean it this time. This time it's against the law! Or, well, the "Terms of Use." Here is the site where I found this loverly pattern. After following the link from pinterest, of course. http://www.made-by-rae.com/2009/02/free-buttercup-bag-sewing-pattern/

The fabric used in the pictures on the original site reminded me, slightly, of an old valance I had folded up in my fabric stash.  It was the yellow, I know it was. Also, given the fact that it was raining here for about 5 days straight, I needed to sew something the color of sunshine.
Of course, not having all the materials as usual, I used a regular snap instead of magnetic. Big difference, huh? Thank you to my dad for finally getting it on the purse though. I could have sat there all night tapping away at it. He finally came in my room and told me it sounded like a wood pecker was in there, took the hammer and WHACK! WHACK! WHACK! Perfectly installed snap. :)


Here is the finished result. (The whole thing not just the snap.)

Click to Enlarge Photo.
Two pockets! Perfect for a mirror and bright red lipstick.














                ...and you thought this post was going to be about drapes, didn't you?                                           


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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Pointless...like a circle.

I've been doing quite a bit of sewing in the past week. I guess I reached the burn out point for a bit with crocheting. Every so often I do that with each type of craft that I enjoy. I'm sure sewing is coming to that point soon and I'll probably take a break from it by crocheting again.  Let me give you an example of how I burn myself out, in the past 7 days I've made two skirts and restyled a shirt. The circle skirt I made after I worked a 9 hour shift at my regular job. So, you get the idea. I sit for hours on end, me, my sewing machine, and my record collection. Ah, Glenn Miller! Anyway, I reach a point where I just have to stop. I can't sew another stitch. And to tie it all in with the title: the reason why all this sewing is pointless is because I'm keeping it. I'm not selling it. Yes, I love being able to wear what I make, but I feel like I really should try to sell more than the eight little items listed on etsy right now! --In case you wanted to see them again: ;) http://www.etsy.com/shop/wizardofoddsandends

Here are a couple pictures of the circle skirt.
I am so happy with how it turned out! Believe it or not, that used to be a shower curtain. It was perfect for this! Plus I had extra elastic left over from a project I made about a year ago.  I used this pattern that I found on Pinterest with a few of my own modifications: http://www.danamadeit.com/2008/07/tutorial-the-circle-skirt.html

...Have I mentioned yet how much I love Pinterest?

Now, to get you all caught up. I was going to take pictures of this shirt restyle in progress...I'm not good at that. Here are the only three pictures I took "in progress." It's pretty simple anyway...

That little blotch on the shirt is an olive oil stain. You can 't actually see it in normal light. Only in my insanely, insanely bright camera flash....  And as you can undoubtedly see, there is no method to my picture taking madness whilst I'm sewing.
Finished results were much better than I expected. The shirt looks a little, askew(?) because there was a little stretching and rumpling up (so technical, I know) of the seams. It looks fine when it's being worn, I was a little worried about that. I am thrilled that I actually have a nice summer top now and not just a plain old ribbed tank top!