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Excuses Excuses

February 19, 2010

I don’t mean to be making excuses for my not-so-regular posting but lately I have been busy. I started this blog with not much going on and I wasn’t really sure how many people would follow, what kind of a commitment I should make, or what topics in general I should cover. I am surprised how many of you read, how much I actually enjoy blogging, and the things I discover while looking for topics. For the most part I have been pretty regular but the last few weeks haven’t been as blogful as I would like. I promise to change that!

One of the things that has been keeping me busy is a new job I have picked up two days a week while I am in New York. I am happily soaking up knowledge at Dixon Schwabl Integrated Marketing firm in Victor, New York. It is nice to be around creative people and in a very creative environment. They have a slide! They have also just this week started the massive job of re-painting the office with more bright and beautiful colors and patterns.

You can follow along on their blog here. It is mostly written by employees but also features an occasional guest blogger.

Another thing keeping me busy, as I have mentioned before, is all of my sewing. I have really gotten into making clothes and I do promise to photograph more this weekend. I have recently started to stray from patterns which is exciting and scary. It really makes me think more carefully before I start to cut. You can see in my last blog a purse I made that was completely pattern free. So brave of me!

I have also made a clutch version of the needle felted leather bag that I will be posting in the shop hopefully this weekend. I hesitate to photograph lately because I prefer to use natural light and we seem to be short on that here this time of year.

Speaking of posting to the shop, I added another camera wristlet to the Megnificent Made Etsy store!

Black and White Floral Camera Wristlet by Megnificent Made

Black and White Floral Camera Wristlet by Megnificent Made

Other things going on in my life…

I have been some what busy, and thankfully so, with some freelance design work. One of them I would like to share with you when it is appropriate is a set of greeting cards for a non-profit agency. I’m very proud of them!

I am also working on my residency application for Australia. Theres an awful lot of work involved. Yesterday I had my fingerprints taken as well as new passport photos to send with the application. I reeeeealllly wish this new photo could be my passport photo! It’s so much better than the horrible one I have now. But of corse, the photo that is going to sit in a folder somewhere tucked away would be the good one.

I promise to take some photos this weekend and hope the light is good.

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Pint Size Editors’ Picks

February 2, 2010

I was recently contacted on Etsy that Sunny Side Up Studios allowed her two little girls, ages 2 and 5, to put together a collection of must haves from Etsy sellers.

I am honored to say that these two lovely ladies chose my Apples and Pears Custom Photo Coloring book among 11 others for their Etsy Treasury!

Apples and Pears Custom Photo Coloring Book by Megnificent Made

Apples and Pears Custom Photo Coloring Book by Megnificent Made

Sunny Side Up Studios makes charming little Spool Dolls as well as some super cute hair clips for little girls. Her daughters made some really great choices to fill in the other 11 spots in their Treasury. I hope they get some of these goodies from their list! Check out the rest of their top etsy picks here.

The coloring books have been selling quite well lately thanks to all of the traffic I have received from Ohdeedoh, Apartment Therapy and other fantastic craft bloggers around the web. A lot of customers are using the Custom Photo Coloring books as Valentines Day gifts for the little ones in their lives! I appreciate the help spreading the word on my etsy store.

I’d like to mention now that promoting my etsy store on your blog can earn you a 5% discount on my etsy products so long as the post is made before a purchase and that the post is brought to my attention via megnificentmade@google.com

Patina Purse

January 23, 2010

Patina Camera Wristlet by Megnificent Made

Patina Camera Wristlet by Megnificent Made

Only one of these pretty little purses available at Megnificent Made 🙂 It’s a favorite so get it while it’s hot!

The Show Experience

December 6, 2009

My First Show!Friday was my first craft show experience. My brother’s girlfriend Jen got me in last minute (with 4 days notice) to a craft show held in her office building for employees.

As you might be able to tell from my absence, I was frantic and busy for the last few days to prepare for the show. I didn’t want to look like the first timer I was so in addition to bulking up my stock, I put a lot of effort into my display. I think it turned out alright and I’m proud of how thrifty I was in pulling it off.

My banner was made from a sale-item pack of scrap booking sheets that I cut into pendants and linked with black duck tape. (So easy!) I wish I had known the size of my table because it was much much too big for it and I ended up cutting it into two pieces and awkwardly draping “megnificent” to fit it on the table.

I designed all of my signage and put them into plastic stands I got on the cheap for $1 each.

The table cloth was just a black disposable plastic one from the party store but it worked well in hiding all of the black duct tape used to hang the banner.

My First Show!I really wanted to make sure I had different levels on the table so I picked up black crates at the dollar tree (the dollar store where things actually cost a dollar). The crates held my coloring books which to my delight sold quite well. My niece colored a sample of her book and that helped me show people what a great gift it makes. There were a lot of people requesting business cards as well so I was glad I took the time to make more before the show.

My First Show!My camera wristlets got some height on the other side of the table by using $6 locker shelves that are available at Staples. They were bright pink, stackable, and folded flat to fit in my wheely bag. Very convenient! I made lots of extra bags and i sold a few, but unfortunately I was positioned in the room with all of the designer bag knock offs which is hard to compete with. It was surprising how much of the craft show was not actual craft. Although I am happy with the result of the day, I felt like I might do better in a sale with a more craft oriented customer base. I think a lot of the people coming down from their offices to shop around were not the type to be buying hand made.

My First Show!People really loved the swag t-shirt necklaces. Its not something I’ve sold before but I wanted a third and different item on my table and these were something I could make quickly for the show. I wore one to the show and ended up selling it off my neck. I replaced it with another table and sold that one too…the trend continued for the rest of the day! I sold plenty of these and was glad I added them to the table. I have quite a few left over so I think I’ll be adding them to the store shortly if they aren’t given as gifts.

Another fun display item I made for the show you can see in this photo. While the entire table had a black plastic table cloth, I tried to make it look less cheap by adding a piece of cotton that I had stamped with my hand-carved logo stamp that I made in my blog tutorial. The piece was stamped mostly in black but with a rainbow colored stamp scattered at random. I really enjoyed printing on fabric like this and I’ll be trying it again soon for sure.

All in all, I really enjoyed the experience. I’d call it a success! I’d love to try another show and I’m going to look into finding what’s going on in the Rochester area. If you know of any upcoming shows let me know!

Keep an eye out this week for another How-To from me. I really tried hard to keep costs down on the show but had trouble finding inexpensive paper bags to stamp with my logo for the show. I ended up buying a $5 roll of shipping paper and machine sewing it into bags with bright thread and stamping it with a rainbow logo. They turned out really pretty with tissue paper stuffing for the show. Customers thought they were beautiful! For just $5 I was able to get 70 bags of different sizes. Compare that to 13 bags for $6! I’ll be sharing this tutorial this week…complete with pictures as always!

How To (Felt Strawberry Short Cake)

November 29, 2009

I’ve been hard at work sewing together my niece’s christmas present…a felt tea party!

Earlier I gave you a tutorial on how to make felt strawberry slices, and as promised, here is the strawberry shortcake to put them on!

For this project you will need pink felt, tan felt, white felt, pink thread, tan thread, and white thread.

How To (Strawberry Short Cake)

First step is to make the top and bottom of the cake. I took a cereal bowl that was the size I wanted my finished cake to be and traced it on the felt. The pink will be the top of the cake, the tan will be the bottom. To make perfect quarters for the slices of your cake, fold the circle in half and cut along the fold. Take the half circle, fold it in half again and cut along the fold. You should end up with 4 pink quarters  and four tan quarters like this.

The size of the next pieces will depend on the size of the circle you’ve cut. For the outer edge of the cake you will cut a rectangle out of the pink. Determine how tall you want your cake. Mine was 3 inches tall, therefore my pink rectangle was 3 inches tall. The length of your rectangle is determined by how long the curved edge of your cake quarters.

Pink rectangle = 3 inches tall x lenght of curve

The next piece you will cut are the insides of the cake slices. They will be cut from tan felt and have the same height of your cake. The length of the tan rectangle is determined by measuring the straight side of the cake quarter.

Tan rectangle = 3 inches tall x length of straight side of cake quarter.

You will need 2 tan rectangles per wedge, and one pink. Total…8 tan pieces and 4 pink pieces.

How To (Strawberry Short Cake) Next you will cut a looooooooong wavy strip of pink felt. This will be your layer of cream in the cake. Put two tan pieces together end to end, lay the pink strip over the top, and cut it to fit the length of each piece.  You should end up with 8 pieces of wavy pink filling, one for each tan rectangle. Stitch them to the center of the tan pieces with pink floss.

How To (Strawberry Short Cake)Start to stitch it all together! I started by putting the filling pieces beside the pink topping and sewing along the straight sides of the topping wedge with pink floss. From there I stitched the pink rectangle to the pink curve of the wedge.

How To (Strawberry Short Cake)

Continue on with the pink floss to stitch the pink rectangle to the sides of the tan rectangles.

How To (Strawberry Short Cake)

Switch to tan thread sew the point of the cake together. Stitch the tan wedge into the bottom of the cake making sure to leave a space to stuff the cake.

How To (Strawberry Short Cake)Stuff your cake making sure that you don’t over stuff it! You want your slices to fit together on the straight edges. Stitch it up and shape it nicely.

Next we’re going to make frosting. I went nuts with this but you can make as little or as much as you like.  You’ll start by making a paper template of a pointed leaf shape about an inch long.

This next step can be done by hand stitching one by one, or you can cheat like me! Trace out this pattern on white felt so that the points of the shape touch but don’t over lap. Fold the felt over so that you will have two layers of this shape.

How To (Strawberry Shortcake)

On the sewing machine, sew down the center of your row of frosting.. IMPORTANT.. back stitch over every spot where the shapes touch end to end. This way, you can cut out the shapes and the stitching won’t unravel.How To (Strawberry Shortcake)

Cut out each shape!

How To (Strawberry Shortcake)

The two layer piece should unfold into an “X” shape. By sewing these pieces overlapping at the edge of your cake you create frosting!

How To (Strawberry Shortcake)

With the size of my cake and my one inch pieces of frosting, it took 5 pieces to line one edge of each slice. I frosted the top and bottom edges of each slice, as well as a small circle of frosting in the center of the top of the cake. Frost it up!

If you’ve made the strawberries as well, arrange them and stitch them into your cake. Decorate it however you like. Try red velvet! Dark chocolate! What ever your felt tooth desires 🙂

UPDATE: For the finished cake and related items please follow the link to this post!

Thanksgiving Weekend Sale!

November 26, 2009

In celebration of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Megnificent Made will have FREE SHIPPING to all of the US and Canada! This promotion will last November 27-November 30!

Notebook Style Fabric Book by Megnificent Made

Notebook Style Fabric Book by Megnificent Made

Fabric notebooks are great little keepsake gifts and come in loads of beautiful fabric combinations. When you order a fabric notebook, you have a choice of two varieties. You can get the Writer’s Pack which includes pens, pencils and lined paper. It’s perfect for journal writers, students and even just chronic list makers! The Artist’s Pack comes with drawing pencils and sketch paper and is the perfect carry along for those that like to doodle.

Vespa in Paris Custom Coloring Book by Megnificent Made

Vespa in Paris Custom Coloring Book by Megnificent Made

Custom Coloring Books are a great gift for kids this Christmas! We take your photographs and turn them into coloring book pages for your kids to add their creative touch to. Kids love coloring in the people and places they know and love. Select from the store one of the many adorable fabric books you would like and it will come with 14 custom coloring pages and crayons. An extra 12 coloring book pages can be purchased for $4. For more information on how to select photos and send them, look in the Customer Help section of the blog.

Silver Sparkle Camera Wristlet by Megnificent Made

Silver Sparkle Camera Wristlet by Megnificent Made

For the ladies in your life, or even for yourself, pick up a Camera Wristlet! These cute little purses are designed to hold a digital camera. I’ve found that when I dress up to go out, I often can’t fit my camera in my little purses. I hate to ruin an outfit by toting around a camera bag so here’s the solution! It’ll be great for the holiday parties when you’ll look your best and also have your camera to capture your holiday memories!

Get in there Friday through Monday and take advantage of our Free Shipping deal!

Up-heaved

November 23, 2009

The Megnificent Made Etsy store will be closed for a few days (11/22 – 11/24) while I move from Sydney to New York. The move will be for a few months while I work out the mess of visas and residency. Behind I will be leaving Graham and our piggies but will have the opportunity to spend time with my family and friends in New York through the holidays and then some. Bitter sweet as always!

I intend to sell and post from New York so bare with me while I get my feet on the ground again!

How To (Share your photos with Megnificent Made)

November 18, 2009

Megnificent Made makes beautiful custom coloring books out of your photos. This post will show Megnificent Made customers how to share their photos with us so we can convert them to coloring book pages.

Cupcakes Coloring Book

Cupcakes Coloring Book By Megnificent Made

If you’ve ordered one of our coloring books, you can select 14 photos to be turned into coloring book pages to go along with your fabric book. You can also purchase an extra pack of 12 photos for $4 from the Megnificent Made Etsy store.

To find out more about how to select photos for your coloring book and how the process works, visit this post about Photo Picking!

Once you’ve chosen your photos, you need to get them to Megnificent Made so we can work with them, print them off and send them with your book.

You could send them by email to MegnificentMade@gmail.com, but with 14 photos that could be tedious and difficult to fit into an email. If you choose this route please include what order these photos go with and any other information you think is important.

Flickr is one way of sharing photos I highly recommend. I’ve been using it for years. It has many options for keeping your photos private and safe, is easy to use and navigate, and for these purposes is ideal! Flickr is run by Yahoo! and allows you to upload photos for free. Larger bandwith accounts are available by annual subscription but not necessary. Once you’ve signed up for an account with Flickr and uploaded your photos, make the flickr user MegnificentMade your contact. (Do a search for user Megnificentmade and click “add as contact”) If you are keeping your photos private, be sure to add me as a friend or family so I can access and download your photos to work with them.

Photobucket is another popular option. Once you’re a member here, create an album with your coloring book photos and then email the album to megnificentmade@gmail.com. Be sure that your account allows me to download photos from the album!

Picasa is a google run photo hosting site. I’ve been happy with anything google so I assume this would be no less spectacular! Again, you can make a photo album and share it with megnificentmade@google.com. Be sure your security settings allow downloading!

aside from these website made specifically for sharing photos, you can try a file hosting site. One I recommend is MediaFire. File transfer websites like these allow you to upload large files or multiple files to a website. You are then given a private link that you can send others to download them. If you choose MediaFire, put all of your photographs into one folder and send the download link to megnificentmade@google.com.

Whatever option you choose, please make sure that you specify what order these photos will be going with. Thank you and good luck! Contact me with any issues or questions you have at any time!

How To (Order from Megnificent Made)

November 17, 2009

Or any etsy store really.

I’ve had some confusion on how the etsy store works and how to order items. I hope this post will make it clearer what options you have available for payment and how your order is processed.

First thing you need to know is that behind every Etsy shop is a human being that sees and processes every order. Unlike big websites like Amazon, we see and manually handle everything that comes through our store so you can ask questions and be assured that mistakes, in most cases, will be caught and help can be given.

Another thing you need to know is that if you are ordering items that come from different etsy sellers, each item will be paid as a separate order with separate shipping as they are coming from separate people in separate places.

And finally, you do need to be a member of etsy to purchase on etsy. This is usually the case with most online stores. You need to be able to sign into etsy the same way you would sign into ebay or amazon. Go ahead and create a user name and log in. It’s a great place to join! I also recommend signing up for the newsletter, they send along really great selections from etsy sellers every day and it’s a great way to find gifts.

How To (Order on MegnificentMade)

The first thing you will see is your shopping cart. Every time you select an item for purchase it gets put in your shopping cart. At this point you can order or you can continue shopping. An item in your shopping cart has not been purchased yet! If you’re shopping around you can get back to your shopping cart by clicking on the shopping cart link in the upper left corner of the screen. This feature is pretty much the same as online store and I don’t expect any problems here. If you’re ready to check out, click on check out!

How To (Order on MegnificentMade)

This next screen is where you commit to buying your item. On this screen you will see your item added with the shipping and handling total. If you’ve purchased from multiple shops, each shop will show it’s item (or more than one) added up with the shipping charges for a total charge. Often if you purchase more than one item, there will be an initial charge for shipping, and a few dollars shipping extra per additional item. This is where the human beings behind the stores is a big plus. We put in these prices as a general guide but many etsy sellers will refund excess shipping charges if they turn out to be more than necessary.

On this screen you can also add information you’d like to share with the seller. If you have a custom item you can add details here. At the Megnificent Made store I sell fabric notebooks and the buyer has a choice as to what kind of writing utensils and paper they’d like included. This is where you can share that information. If you are purchasing a Megnificent Made Custom Coloring Book, you can give little bits of information like how you will be getting your photos to me or any special instructions.

When you click on COMMIT TO BUY, you’ve placed your order.

How To (Order on MegnificentMade)

The next step is to enter your shipping details. If you’re a regular on etsy you normally have an address saved. If you’re ordering from paypal you will be entering an address in the paypal forms as well. This is the address I use for shipping regardless of what you enter in your paypal form. Make sure this is where you want your items to arrive!

How To (Order on MegnificentMade)

This window is important. With the etsy store, Ordering and Paying are two different activities. Most etsy stores accept paypal because as an etsy seller paypal is used to pay our shop bills. You can see what other options your seller accepts near where I’ve placed the pink “X”. This seller takes money order or check. The Megnificent Made shop accepts Money Order and you can find more about where to send, and who to make them out to under the seller’s profile.

If you’re paying by check or money order, your internet steps end here. Get to the bank and send out your payment. As an etsy seller we can see in our website who bought something and we have the option of checking a box next to your name when payment is received and when we have shipped the item. When we get your payment in the mail, we go into the shop and check that box. When we get email notification of your paypal payment, we go into the shop and check that box. It’s a human involved activity and you can expect contact from us if there is an issue with payment. You can also contact us at any time.

If you’re using paypal, go right ahead and click “Pay Now”

A lot of people don’t realize that you can pay with credit card without being a paypal member. To use this option click “Pay Now”

How To (Order on MegnificentMade)

Again, if you pay with paypal, go right ahead and sign in.

It is often overlooked but I’ve highlighted here that you can pay with credit card without being a paypal member. Follow those links to go through the process.

Remember, at any time you can contact your seller and the etsy store is a much more human involved process than big shopping websites. We’re here to help! Happy shopping! Etsy is a wonderful place.

New Books and Options

November 2, 2009

The new books are all stitched up and will be added to the Megnificent Made Etsy store this week. Just as a reference, I’ll be explaining here the different options available for the new book!

The new book is hand-made with quality cotton fabrics. There is a velcro closure and cardboard backing for a sturdy writing and drawing surface. This book has 4 pockets sewn in for pens and pencils, as well as a fabric flap to protect your paper.

When you select and order your fabric book from the Megnificent Made store you will have two options to go with it.

The Artist’s Pack

Artist's Pack

The Artist’s pack is the perfect carry along for those that love to sketch. Along with your fabric book, you will receive a collection of sketch pencils and the book will be filled with sketch paper. The book is easy to refill at any time with  paper of your choice.

The Writer’s Pack

Writer's PackThe Writer’s Pack makes a beautiful journal or notebook for those that love to write. With the purchase of your fabric book you will receive lined paper, blue and black pens, and pencils. The book can be refilled at anytime with paper of your choice, or an extra pack of our lined paper can be sent free of charge.

When you order your book from the Megnificent Made Store please specify which of these packs you would like to accompany your book.

Keep your eyes peeled, the new books will be posted this week!