Posts Tagged Crafts

Marketing & Self-Promotion A/K/A The Bane Of My Existence!

May 25th, 2011 Posted in General Musings | no comment »

So I am terrible at marketing my store(s).  Terribad.  I hate it.  HATE!  I am so uncomfortable doing it, I can’t even express how much I dislike it.  Ugh!   Mostly I do not do it and surprisingly, I’ve done pretty well for myself considering that I don’t do it.   However, one of my (very) soft goals for the year is to struggle through some self-promotion.  UGH!

Just the thought makes me want to crawl into bed for a week.   *deep breath*     I have several friends online that are such great self-promoters and do the best. marketing. evah!  I am so jealous of them because they make it look so easy and effortless.   Several of them have taken time to email with me over the years and they have been really helpful and they make it sound so easy, breezy and UGH!!!

Tonight, I decided I *had* to make some kind of progress on this (very) soft goal because we are almost half-way through the year and I’ve done pretty much doodlysquat so far.  In my defense, I had a kind of shitty start to the year with losing Cajun.  That pretty much sucked the life right out of me for several months and I am still not back to 100%, but it’s time to get moving in this area.

So tonight I set up a Facebook page for my Etsy store and added the widget over there to the right.   I also did something I swore I would never do and joined Twitter.

It’s a start.

Here is a cute Chihuahua picture for your trouble 🙂

Bed-A-Palooza!

May 20th, 2011 Posted in Crafts, Papillons | no comment »

Mooshey and Teq loved the beds I made them so much that I decided to make some beds for a couple of my friends.    I spent a couple weeks sewing beds (because I am a s l o w sewer lol) and finally I sent them all off.  I was rewarded with these great pictures of Papillon Bed-A-Palooza!    There are a couple pics I took of just beds included here too.   Click on the pictures to view them larger.

Mini Dress Part 2

May 18th, 2011 Posted in Chihuahuas, Crafts | no comment »

I also decided that Teq needed a mini dress in her own size so she didn’t have to hold her breath all the time.   I wanted to learn how to make ruffles as well, so figured this would be a good project to try that out on.

Since this was just for us, I did not put any ribbon or other covering over the seam on the ruffle, so please excuse the rather rough/unfinished look in that area.   Teq has been wearing this little dress on game days to cheer on the Pirates and it’s holding up very nicely to her playing while wearing it, I’m happy to report.

Mini Dress Part 1

May 17th, 2011 Posted in Chihuahuas, Crafts | no comment »

As I said in New Coat Part 2, I was side tracked by Mini Dresses.    Anna got some darling mini dress harnesses for her little 1+ pound puppy, Gracie and wanted to know if I could make them.   I figured I could at least try, so I set about to do just that 😉

Here is my first attempt at one.  This is just a dress, not a harness and it’s for a 1+ pound dog so Teq at 2+ pounds is being asked to kindly hold her breath while I squeeze her into it for pictures!

New Coat Part 2

May 16th, 2011 Posted in Chihuahuas, Crafts | no comment »

As I mentioned in my previous post, I adjusted the pattern originally made.   I wanted to make it a bit longer on her back and I did not like how the neck piece was.   On the first coat, I sewed the neck part, rather than using velco.   On the second coat, I did decide to go with velcro closure rather than sewing it (and I didn’t like it any better lol).

Here are pictures of the second attempt at the longer coat (click images to enlarge):

As you can see, it is longer, but unfortunately, I ended up enlarging the entire coat way too much as well and the neck strap is just all kind of messy for a dog Teq’s size.   On the positive size, for a slightly larger dog, this coat will be fine.

Keeping in mind what I needed to change, I drew up yet another pattern and gave it another go.   This was my next result (click the images to enlarge):

You can see this one is a marked improvement in sizing, but it’s still just a shade too long and I think that it could be tapered a bit more where it comes up on her hind legs.   I changed that on the newest pattern, but I haven’t cut a new one out yet because I’ve been sidetracked by mini dresses!   That is Anna’s fault.   So I will be trying out the newest pattern in the next few days and post the results when I get one made.

One last thing about these 2 coats, I am super happy with the way the neck strap is working out now.   I made it more narrow on this pattern and that helped a lot.  I really like how it’s hitting on her neck now.  It’s not up high and pushing right on her throat like many of the coats/harnesses do, which is important on these little dogs, the pressure is more on her shoulders.

Here is a comparison shot of the 2 coats to show the difference between the 2 patterns:

Sewing Tequila a New Coat

May 15th, 2011 Posted in Chihuahuas, Crafts | no comment »

So Teq is not going to be quite as big as we expected and none of the darling clothes I have bought for her fit.  At 18 weeks, she weighed in at a monstrous 2 pounds 12 ounces 😉  My friend, Lisa, sent me a darling shirt that she had custom made for one of her dogs, which you can see Teq wearing here:

Teq *loves* this shirt and it fits her great, so I did order some more custom made items from the woman that made this shirt, but I also thought, since I have an expensive sewing machine and tons of fabric, that it would be good if I learned how to make some clothes for her myself.

She has one coat that she and I both like, but that dang thing has a hood on it, which we both hate, so I decided that would be a good thing for me to try and replicate, sans hood.   I made the pattern for it myself on a piece of newsprint paper and went to work with some Pirates fleece.

Here are some pictures of my first attempt at the coat.  It didn’t turn out too bad.  I have since made some alterations to the pattern and made 2 more prototypes of it.  It’s still not quite right, but it’s coming along.  I’ll post the other 2 versions in another post.  I haven’t tried the 4th (and hopefully final) version with fabric yet, so I don’t know if I have it just right yet or not.


Patient Parker

Dec 22nd, 2010 Posted in Cats, Crafts | no comment »

So I mentioned that I was crocheting a lot again.  After I posted the hat pictures on facebook, (which was actually quite a while before I got around to blogging about it.  Yes, I am a bad blogger.  I’m working on it!) Anna’s daughter asked why I hadn’t made a sweater for her dog.   The most obvious answer was that I didn’t know she wanted a sweater for her dog 😛   I had never crocheted a dog sweater before, so I set out to find a pattern.

There are a ton of them online, but none of them were exactly what I wanted to make, but I did find one that looked kind of promising so I decided to give it a go.   None of my dogs wanted to model, but Parker (who NEVER disappoints) was laying around minding her own business.  A mistake I am sure she still regrets 😉

I sent the pictures to Anna and she had some suggestions for changes she would like for her dog, Lilly.  So I did a test sweater with those changes and sent them to her for sizing before I made a “real” (ie: pretty) sweater for her.   Here is Parker wearing the test version (who didn’t learn after the first laying around minding her own business episode):

Here is Lilly:

Baby Hats Galore

Dec 19th, 2010 Posted in Crafts | no comment »

Recently I was bitten by the crochet bug again and have been crocheting quite a bit. I finally got around to doing something I have wanted to do for several years. I made a bunch of hats (40!) and donated them to the local NICU for the preemie babies 🙂

This is a great cause, if you are a craft person and many NICUs love to get donations.  There are some great patterns here at Bev’s site.

Here are a few of the hats:

(click on the pictures to view full size)