Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Get your craft on :-)

So this weekend I ordered a sewing machine! I got this one here: http://www.amazon.com/Brother-Affordable-60-Stitch-Computerized-Free-Arm/dp/B000JQM1DE  It's supposed to basically be the best beginner sewing machine, while still having tons of options, etc. The only thing it doesn't do that I might have liked is embroidery, but the ones that had that function were more money and/or looked complicated for a beginner. Down the road I could always upgrade if I got good I guess :-)

The reason for getting the sewing machine is that I've been wanting to re-open my Etsy shop ever since February, but it's so hard to find time!! Plus, with my arthritis acting up, I didn't want to have orders that I couldn't fulfill b/c of my fingers hurting too much to do all the handstitching, etc. So I decided that if I'd learn how to use a sewing machine, instead of hand stitching all my designs, then I'd be able to fulfill orders faster and without aggravating my arthritis. Plus I'd love to start making matching skirts for my shirts and onesies :-)

The sewing machine is supposed to arrive on Thursday...I can't wait to start practicing!!!

For those of you who started reading my blog more recently and may not know about my etsy shop, here it is: http://www.etsy.com/shop/nopaparazziplease   It's currently empty until I figure out how I want to do my grand reopening...and I want to add some new designs too....and some of my crochet hats now that I'm doing that :-) 

Here are a couple examples of the stuff I sell....this monogram shirt was a popular item :

So was this one:

I have lots of shirts that work for birthdays...

And I don't leave the boys out either:

So anyways, I'm hoping I can be a quick learner on the sewing machine and then start recreating many of my past designs on the machine instead!!! Wish me luck :-)

Oh, and like I said, I want to start making coordinating hats for my shirts too! Kinda like this little shirt and hat set I made Raya for Thanksgiving....you'd buy this stuff right?! :-P

So in preparation for returning to my Etsy shop I've been looking around on Etsy just to get a better feel for the things that are selling, prices, etc. I'm not planning to copy these people or anything, but just need to know for reference so that I know how to price my own things and such.

I thought I'd share some cute finds with you all...in case you're wanting to buy your little ones any cute clothes! :-)

First, here's the outfit that I would totally buy Raya if I had the money. I'm literally drooling over it. Too bad it's like more than $50 to buy the dress and pants together haha. So cute though! http://www.etsy.com/listing/69332482/violet-owl-minky-swing-dress-sizes-6-12

Here is a crochet pattern I think I might buy....to make matching booties to sell in my store. Do you think these are cute? I could make them to match some of my onesies and such

FOr girls: http://www.etsy.com/listing/69879188/ballet-flats-crochet-baby-booties-for
For boys: http://www.etsy.com/listing/70707988/boys-moccasins-crochet-baby-booties

Lastly, I don't have a boy obviously, but I found a few cute things that I think are really adorable for little boys. So all you boy Mamas, here's a heads up :-)
1) http://www.etsy.com/listing/67571287/summer-argyle-remix-hand-dyed-henley
2) http://www.etsy.com/listing/65821077/gift-set-brimmed-guitar-beanie-and
3) http://www.etsy.com/listing/69592306/babys-onesie-with-tattoo-sleeves

I'll be sure to keep you all updated on my etsy shop progress...and when i reopen hopefully you can help me spread the word!!! I think I might do a free giveaway here for my grand reopening, and a lucky reader could win something free from my store....so stay tuned!

1 comment:

  1. Sure looks like a great machine! Hope you like it!
    Grama F


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