Monday, July 28, 2008

Wild, Wise and Witty Grandmamas Street Team

I recent joined a Street Team on etsy. For those of you who are not familiar with the inner workings of, one of the feature in place to help out the sellers is the ability for sellers to form teams to provide each other with support and community. Teams get together and give each other advise, find ways to promote each other shops and just build a sense of community.
I have been an etsy member for 3 years and have never really felt compelled to join a team before. But the title of this team - Wild, Wise and Witty Gramdmamas - kind of caught my eye. Although I am not Wild (well, one night I stayed up until 10:30!), any wisdom I once had is long gone and my wit is often described by my children as being a little on the sick side, I thought that at least I qualified as a Grandmama!
So one of the goals of any Street Team is promotion! Today I am promoting three excellent Witty Grandmamas that are on my Street Team.
First, there is This is a wonderful shop that features many different types of items. I am drawn to the wooden toys because I now have a grandson. One of his latest tricks is to point to the sky when an airplane goes over - thus I love the helicopter!
Ah! Then there is! Her jewelry is to die for! Please check out her shop and see the wide variety of things she has to offer. And, remember - Christmas is just around the corner!
I have always had an affinity for pottery. My house is full of it, so naturally I am drawn to I am in love with this bowl! And her shop overflows with so much more! You really have to take a look-see!
In the weeks to come, I plan to feature more of my fellow street-teamers here. I hope that you all will take the time to check them out and find out all the treasures that are out there waiting for you. You could have all your Christmas Shopping done before Hallowe'en and tons of time to bake cookies!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Introducing a New Product on etsy

This is a new product that I designed and am going to be selling at my shop on etsy.
While it probably looks pretty much like all the other Needle Organizer Rolls that I have been selling this one is designed to serve a different audience. This Needle Roll is for holding Interchangeable Needle Tips and Cables. Many knitters have switched from buying all sizes of Circular Needle to just buying several cables and different size tips. It probably comes out being cheaper in the long run. And, I would assume that it makes it much easier to switch needle size in the middle of a pattern.
This bag features twelve slots that are 1 1/2 inches wide to hold the tips. And there are six slots that are 3 1/4 wide for holding the cables and other knitting accessories. As always, I have included a flap that comes all the way down over the tips/cables to prevent slippage.
My only problem with the product at this time is that I do not own any tips/cables so I was unable to photograph the bag filled. Buyers are better able to visualize how they will use the bag if they can see this. So, if I plan to make and sell a number of these, I will have to run out and purchase some needle tips and cables. I am sure that I will use them myself once I have them on hand.
So, I what do you think? Am I on to something here? Any suggestion on how to improve this item? Because I don't currently use the tips/cables I have to rely on those who do to tell me what they need or want in this kind of storage bag. Thanks!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

In a Funk..........

Wow! I have not posted anything here in a long time. For some unknown reason, I have been in kind of a funk lately. Unable to get too excited about much of anything and highly unmotivated. This is not like me at all - I am usually pretty upbeat and my body has a hard time keeping up with my mind as I always am overflowing with ideas about what I can/should do today.

But I took some minor little steps yesterday to see if it will get my juices flowing again and get me to move ahead. I joined an etsy Street Team. For those who do not know, Street Teams are groupings of etsy sellers who come together to promote each other, converse with each other and share tips and ideas. They usually consists of groups of people who something in common. Jewelry makers, polymer clay people, knitters and so on and so forth.

I joined a team called WIST which stands for Wisconsin Street Team so it is all people who live in Wisconsin and you have swear that you love cows and cheese! I am thinking of joining another that is called Boomers - this group consists of persons 5o and over - I more than qualify for that!

And I spent quite a bit of time the last 2 days cutting lots of stuff out to sew for either selling in my shop on etsy or taking with me to the Craft O Rama Craft sale in Minneapolis. When I have a pile of stuff already cut, that usually will get me going!

Grampy is going away tomorrow and will be gone for a week. Therefore, I think I will be able to get myself busy doing what I love most and that should chase this darn funk away! Sure hope so!

Oh, and the garage sale was a great success and we got rid if all the junk. Our garage and basement storage area never looked so good! Now we just have to schedule an auction and get rid of the non-junk stuff and we are all set to go!

So wish me luck on my quest to "junk the funk" so I can put something in this blog of interest!