Saturday, July 25, 2009

Interview #2- shreddedtees

Shredded Tees is an etsy shop that sells yarn... made out of t-shirts!
The three words that I would use to describe shreddedtees: Eco-friendly, hip, and cool!
Now, without further ado, the interview!

How did your business get started? I noticed that I had lots of extra t-shirts that I wasn't wearing so I decided to do something different with them than just dump them off at the Salvation Army.

When do you work on your t-shirt yarn? In the evenings
How do you price your items? By the yard.

What is your favorite item for sale in your etsy shop? The rust colored t-shirt yarn
Do you have any other hobbies besides up-cycling t-shirts? If so, what? Yes, falconry and bonsai

How did you choose your business' name? It's what I do tear up t-shirts.

Do you advertise? If so, how? Yes I just supplied 50 samples to Phat Fiber, other than that not yet.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Phat Fiber: July

It's time for the PHAT FIBER AWARDS!
Phat Fiber July: Fluff 1
Top to bottom, left to right:
Most Cheerful (Orange firestar from
Most Glamorous (Red 50/50 mohair/bamboo from My Fair Yarn)
Best Color Combination (Purple/grey batt from
Most Colorful (Green/blue/yellow bamboo noils from
Prettiest Color (Pink batt from
Softest (Grey alpaca from

Phat Fiber July: Yarn and Phlat Stuff
Top to bottom, left to right:
Best Packaging (Red/yellow yarn from
Most Eco-Friendly (T-shirt yarn from
Most Unique (Star pattern from
Most likely to invoke feelings of joy (Dragonfly pattern from
Most Practical (Card from So cute!)

Phat Fiber July: Fluff 2
Most Luxurious (Purple silk from Almost won prettiest color!)
Most WOW Factor (Red Mohair from
Best Blend (Mulberry, Soy, Milk, and Bamboo from
Best of Show (Blue samples from
Classiest (Blue/grey sample from

So I made some stuff...

Me and my dad tie-dyed a shirt we bought at the thrift store. He is going to cut it into t-shirt yarn.
I don't think I've mentioned this, but he started a etsy shop with t-shirt yarn after he saw me making it. He's really dived right in!
Dyed Tee
I made a headband for a swap I'm doing on ravelry! The pattern is here:
Speaking of ravelry, I'm also in a group called traveling creature laboratory. You make an amigurumi body, mail it to the next person, they add a head, then they mail it to another person, they add arms, etc. Then finally, when it's done, they mail it back to you! Cool, huh? Here's my body:
Amigurumi Body
I made another maraca:
And I made a crocheted cotton candy. I'm not completely happy with it. What do you guys think?
Cotton Candy Amigurumi

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

50th Heart!

I got my 50th heart today on etsy... Woo-hoo!
So in honor of that, I'll be having a little mini-sale.
15% off if you use the code word "50th heart" in notes to seller. (Refund through paypal)

Monday, July 13, 2009

Knitted Ipod

You like? :]
Knitted Ipod
It's for the winner of my contest. Can you believe I barely finished it today?

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Interview #1- adornyou

Okay, here it is! Interview number one. :]
Adorn You is an etsy shop that sells ultra-cute handmade jewelry.
The three words that I would use to describe her jewelry: Feminine, vintage, and unique.
Now, without further ado, the interview!

How did your business get started?
I have always loved jewelry, but while on maternity leave, I was influenced by a friend who was creating and selling gemstone jewelry.

When do you work on your earrings?
I try to work on my designs while my son is sleeping or in school, but during the summer, it is more challenging.
How do you price your items?
I do keep my prices lower than I would like, to be competitive on Etsy, therefore there is less profit.
What is your favorite item for sale in your etsy shop?
It changes all the time, but right now, it would have to be my Blossoming Lace earrings:

Do you have any other hobbies besides jewelry making? If so, what?
Yes, but very little time to do them. I like gardening, interior design and crafting. Every Christmas, I create a new Christmas tree ornament using various materials for friends and family.
How did you choose your business' name?
I wanted something that represents the beauty of jewelry and women. So, my husband and myself worked together to come up with AdornYou.
Do you advertise? If so, how?
I haven't really paid much for advertising, just Google Adwords, once in awhile. Other than that, I post my photos on Flickr, give many business cards to friends and family to hand out and give business cards out with each sale on Etsy.
Thanks so much, adornyou! Be sure to check out her etsy shop!
If you would like to be interviewed, please leave a comment with a link to your etsy shop!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Getting back into the flow of things...

I'm trying to get back into the habit of posting every two-three days. So far, so good.

I don't know if I've mentioned this scarf before. It's sooo soft and a beautiful oatmeal color. I actually had a dream about it. There was a car passing by and it got caught in the tailpipe and was pulled from my hands. I know, weird, right? :]

And I (mostly) finished my bag! I want to add a lining, a couple pockets inside, and a flap. So, yeah, mostly finished.

Craft Table
And here's a sneak peak of my "craft table." I have a lot on deck, don't I!
Stay tuned! This Saturday I'm going to have post an interview with a seller on etsy. I hope to make it a weekly thing around here. Sounds fun, right? And to finish this post off...
Lazy Cat
A picture of my cat on top of my bookshelf!

Monday, July 6, 2009

So I moved my spinning blog to over here...

So I joined my spinning blog to this blog. Meaning you will now see fiber-related posts! :]
I made a spinning wheel out of PVC pipe, an old bicycle rim, clay, string, and a knitting needle. It was easy, and it works decently! Here's a video of it spinning:

As you can see, it wobbles, and it's not as quiet as I'd like it to be, but I don't care!
It spins way faster then a drop spindle. I'm going to make another one, just to perfect the design. Then I want to make one with a treadle & bobbin/flyer.
PVC Pipe Spinning Wheel
So I want to start doing interviews of shop owners on etsy! :] Are there any questions you'd like me to ask? Or anyone who you think I should interview?
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