Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Year-End Reminiscence

This year has just flown by… it seems they go faster and faster the older I get.  But it’s been a unique and interesting year in many ways.

iKnitQuiltSew began in February of this year.  I called it ‘my pipe dream,’ and my husband and I still refer to it as that.  What’s interesting is that it’s not living up to that nickname.

In this almost full first year, sales have eclipsed my wildest dreams.  In a very tough economy, how well could I possibly do selling nothing but luxury items?  No one needs a handmade toy or quilt.  You can run into Wal-Mart and buy all the baby accessories you could possibly want at cheap prices.  Why would anyone part with the extra money to buy handmade baby knits from a perfect stranger on the internet?

Customer appreciation photo - blue baby blanket
Regardless, I am just amazed at what ‘left’ in this first year.  Twenty-two baby headbands (one of which went to Japan!), eight pair of booties, eight hats and four baby gift sets are all gone.  Three baby blankets have new owners, two blue and one pink.  I received this delightful ‘customer appreciation’ photo from one of the blanket buyers.  I do love the customer appreciation photos…  I’ve even started a bulletin board with them on it. I sold five teddy bears, one of which I rebuilt after it was mangled by dogs.  And I sold three quilts…  Trucks and Something’s Fishy and a pink log cabin quilt.  But surprising to me is how many dolls have found new homes  – Amy, Clare, Dana, Fay, Jane, Mary and Nancy are all happily living with their new families.  My intention in making these dolls was and is that they are toys, but that’s not generally the case – only Nancy was purchased to give to a child.  The rest of the dolls are companions to grownups.  Now all I need to do is work that into my marketing scheme!

The bottom line is that I couldn’t have done this at all without, first, the support and help of my terrific husband, and second, without all the friends and customers I’ve met on the web.  I still think that SEO is a four-letter word, but I am learning.  And with the continued support I’m receiving from all of you out there, I’m determined to do nothing but improve in the future.

Thank you for the encouraging comments, the warm and sincere feedback, and the seemingly endless show of support that you’re all sending my way.  This is one time for sure that I couldn’t have done it without you!

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

YEAR END INVENTORY CLEARANCE SALE 
GOING ON NOW!!!

I am having an INVENTORY CLEARANCE SALE! Now through December 31, 2010, everything in my Etsy shop is 25% off! Use coupon code CLEARANCE 2010 at checkout!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Amazing!  Artists With a Special Touch
EYE CANDEY
This is a tough one...  where do you start?  Is there something magic in the water in Florida that makes people there multi-talented?
 
First, I visited Eye Candey's blog, and found myself chuckling out loud and the first article posted there.  Entitled, Crazy Outrageous Gift Idea!, it's a must read if you have just a minute. 
Door Candy!  Black and white vinyl!
But Eye Candy doesn't just entertain us with her writing...  custom printing is her art form, too.  And they'll print on anything...  vinyl, paper, fabric, edible sheets!  Take a look.
Edible Candy!  These are custom-printed edible cake toppers!!!
 
  





T-shirts and sweatshirts!











Cupcake Love wall decor - print!
















Fabric!  There are days when I need to be wearing something made from this fabric!!!











I'm sure you are getting the message!  If you can dream it up, Eye Candey will be THRILLED to print it on whatever you like!  Not inspired?  Not a problem!  Check out Eye Candey's shop on Etsy, or visit her brick and mortar in person if you're in Tampa, Florida.

Friday, December 17, 2010

It's Not Too Late!
 
I know how the economy is, how tight money is and how little of it there is in your wallet right now.  So now through noon Tuesday, December 21, all US orders placed through my shop will ship via Priority Mail at no additional charge!
 
Thanks to all of my readers for your support throughout this year, my first as iKnitQuiltSew!  Wishing you all a great holiday season and looking forward to a wonderful New Year for all of us!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Amazing!  Artists With A Special Touch
DAHLISH KNITS
It's cold this time of year in North Dakota where this artist lives.  So by the name of her shop, you'd think she'd be knitting warm and toasty accessories or sweaters or blankets.  But you would be wrong on all counts!  Dahlish Knits makes tiny dolls!  Take a look...
This tiny knitted doll is just perfect for the hand of a tiny child at just 4 inches tall!  Each of Dahlish Knits dolls are knitted to order, too.  They are knitted from the softest of acrylic and cotton blend yarns.  They are washable too!  And the best part about these dolls is that right now they are on sale in her shop at an incredible 50% off  and free shipping! - that's not a typo!  Just type in supersavelove at checkout!  Here are a couple more examples of these precious little dolls...


And this one in her cheery red dress-just right for the holidays!
Isn't this MERMAID DOLL just toooo cute!


You can learn more about Dahlish Knits on her blog or on her Facebook page.  But for that perfect, last-minute stocking stuffer, be sure to visit her Etsy Shop and take advantage of her 50% off sale and free shipping!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Amazing!  Artists With A Special Touch!
TWIDDLETOES

No matter where we live, how old or what gender we are, we all have one thing in common...  we all wear socks!  Maybe not every day or all the time in warmer climates, perhaps, but everyone's dresser has a sock drawer!  Typically, I am in my sock drawer at dark-thirty in the morning.  In fact, I have two sock drawers - one for dark socks and one for light socks.  This makes it easy for me in my half-asleep stupor to grab an appropriate color.  Every morning, my hand, on automatic pilot, reaches into drawer number 1 or 2, grabs a knitted ball, and pulls one sock on each foot.  This certainly wouldn't be the case if my socks were knitted by this amazing artist!  Let me introduce you to Twiddletoes!

These tabi socks are perfect for wearing with flip-flops.  The pattern is unique to Twiddletoes, having been refined over the years.  And what delightful colors!  Note the elasticized cuffs, too, so that the socks stay put...  no saggy socks from this artist!  And they're not just socks; Twiddletoes uses only the highest quality yarns of luxurious content...  merino wool, cashmere, alpaca...  even washable wool!  


You can just see the softness of these cashmere traditional socks.  If these socks were in your sock drawer, the sensory experience would begin while unfolding them, even before you put them on!  Talk about happy feet!!!!!

And let's talk about knitting a pair of socks.  This is not an evening project.  There are literally thousands of stitches in a single pair of socks.  And every last one of these stitches are made with knitting needles in a pair of hands, one stitch at a time.  The craftsmanship in these socks is incredible.

To see more of Twiddletoes amazing socks, check out her blog, her shop, or her Etsy store.   You will be so glad that you did!