New for Fall in my Etsy Shop

Thanks to the miracles of technology, you’re reading this while I’m enjoying a mini-vacation with my sweet husband in sunny Las Vegas.  He’s just finishing up his bachelor’s degree, which calls for a celebration, and today happens to be his birthday.  We’re actually not huge gamblers, but we enjoy the sights, shopping, entertainment and delicious food that the city has to offer.  Okay, and maybe a few minutes at a nickel slot machine.

I’ve been working hard on some new items for my Etsy shop, and when I return the focus will be on getting them listed ahead of the official start of the holiday shopping season.  Ready for a sneak peek?  If there is anything here you’re interested in, just leave me a message here or email me at craftystaci (at) gmail (dot) com with the number of the item and I’ll set up a reserved listing for you when I return on Saturday.

I’ve got a few more camera straps in my workroom to finish, but these four will be up soon.

Camera Straps - Crafty Staci

These wallets hold twelve SD memory cards.

SD Card Wallets - Crafty Staci

These wallets will hold eight of the larger CF cards, or SD cards in their plastic cases.

CF Card Wallets - Crafty Staci

These are the new lens cap holders.  There are two 84mm, four 77mm and two 67 mm size.  Many of these coordinate with the camera straps shown above.

Lens Cap Holders - Crafty Staci

These business card holders slide onto your camera strap.

Business Card Holders - Crafty Staci

And, one of my favorites, lots of new coffee cup sleeves!

Coffee Cup Sleeves - Set A - Crafty Staci

Coffee Cup Sleeves - Set B - Crafty Staci

Coffee Cup Sleeves - Set C - Crafty Staci

I’m also trying out a new crafty sales platform called Zibbet.  Right now, you’ll find my Ninja Monkey Bags and some of my coffee cup sleeves in my shop, with more to come before the holidays. 

If you have any questions, feel free to email me at the address above.  I’ll be checking my mail periodically and I’ll return late on Friday, refreshed and inspired.  And with a slightly lighter wallet.

Breaking News

I have something exciting to share with you.  I received a message through my Etsy shop last week (a convo, for those of you familiar with Etsy) from a lovely woman named Lesli.  She’s a promotions producer for a television station called KSL in Salt Lake City, Utah.  They produce a lifestyle show called Studio 5, which is geared toward moms.  She’s working on a segment for the show that will feature mom-friendly camera accessories.

And guess what?  She wants to include my lens cap pockets!

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Lesli had a specific fabric in mind for the outside of one pocket, but the rest she left up to me.  I have to tell you, I’ve never had such a hard time choosing fabrics!  The good news is, I have several pockets cut out to add to my shop, besides the ones I’m sending for the show.

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I asked Lesli to keep one pocket for herself with my thanks, and the other two will be given away by Studio 5 through their Facebook page.

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The show will air on Friday, October 7th.  They stream online, but I’ll be at a seminar that day, so I’m hoping they’ll post it on their website. 

It’s not every day one of my creations ends up on television, so you’ll have to excuse my tween-at-a-Justin-Bieber-concert vibe today.  My apologies to any tweens that may be offended by that statement.

If you live in Salt Lake City or happen to see it online, I’d love to hear from you!

Still a Newbie

I mentioned a few months ago that my super-sweet hubby bought me a new camera for Christmas. Lens cover 1

I love it and I’ve taken hundreds of photos with it.  I even found a book that covers the exact model I have.  However, I still don’t know what I’m doing. 

I recently got to have a little fun with it though and I have two friends who helped me do that.  Amanda is a professional photographer and Erika will be one day if she chooses (the talent is there).  Amanda specializes in pregnancy and baby photos.  You can find her at Amanda R. Thompson Photography.  And you might remember Erika from her trick-or-treat bags last year.

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We went on a little photograph safari and I got to play a bit.  Honestly, it was the first time I’ve taken this baby out of automatic mode.  It was scary and dangerous.  And fun!

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If you’re from Oregon, you’ve probably heard of the McMenamin brothers.  They’ve brought their quirky style to restaurants and hotels all over the state, transforming properties thought to be lost causes into great places to visit.  They have a location near us called Edgefield, which consists of restaurants, bars, a golf course,  a spa, a brewery, a winery,  a movie theater, a glass blowing shop and lots of beautiful gardens.  We spent a couple of hours wandering around.

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The gardens aren’t quite in their glory yet, but we found a few blooms and greenery.

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The vegetable garden was just starting to sprout.

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Even without many plants, there’s still plenty to look at.

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I’ve still got a lot to learn, but I’m really enjoying getting there!

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Hopefully we’ll be doing it again soon, this time driving up the Columbia River Gorge on the old highway toward Multnomah Falls.  I can’t wait!

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Etsy Treasuries

I’ve been included in a couple of Etsy treasuries lately and I wanted to share them here.  If you’re unfamiliar with treasuries, it’s basically a collection of items found on Etsy, often with a theme, that anyone can put together.  They’re fun to look through and kind of addicting to make.  My thanks go out to both curators shown here who chose to include me!

'Say CHEESE!' by lv2cr8

 

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he says he can't.

$50.00
The original 1960's...

$75.00
I Love Photography Gree...

$4.50
Retro Camera Belt Buckl...

$20.00
Click Camera American A...

$26.00
NEW Vintage Camera mobi...

$33.00
Camera Lens Cap Pocket ...

$7.00
Vintage camera, screenp...

$30.00
Echino Cameras Blue Des...

$24.95
Keep Calm and Snap On-8...

$10.00
Medium DSLR camera bag ...

$159.00
Say cheese earrings

$18.00
ANALOGUE handmade keych...

$7.00
Quad Panels Polaroid Wa...

$95.00
little plate holga (boy...

$30.00

Treasury tool is sponsored by Lazzia.com A/B image testing.

and…

'Thinking about everything we need for ' by MariMartin

our trip ...

White Wide Brim Sun Hat...

$45.00
Beach Bag-Natural Organ...

$20.00
80's Vintage Sungla...

$85.00
Traditional Handwoven C...

$25.00
Sailor Tote Bag --for m...

$33.00
Custom Hand Painted Wed...

$37.50
Personalized Bag Tag th...

$27.50
Giveaway... Reserved fo...

$12.75
PDF Sewing Pattern - Vi...

$4.50
SALE - Turkish BATH Tow...

$20.00
Camera Lens Cap Pocket ...

$7.00
The Yellow Drop

$8.00
Needle Case Needle Hold...

$60.00
Hodgepodge Game Pieces,...

$15.00
Natural Leather Passpor...

$32.00
For Your Next Spelling ...

$2.50

Treasury tool is sponsored by Lazzia.com A/B image testing.

Anniversary Etsy Discount Code

Shopping bag In the spirit of continuing the week-long celebration of my first year as Crafty Staci, I’m offering my blog readers 20% off anything in my Etsy store through Friday!  Simply enter the code ONEYEAR at checkout.  It applies to everything, including my new Choose Your Own Fabric Camera Lens Cap Pockets, which can include a slot to hold an extra memory card.  I have over 100 fabrics available!

Friday Favorites–Crafty Staci Top Ten

We interrupt your regularly scheduled Friday Favorites to bring you…the one-year anniversary of Crafty Staci!  I can’t believe it’s been a whole year already.  Time really does fly when you’re having fun!

Because it’s Friday, I’m still going to share some favorites, but instead of linking to others, they’re all right here.  These are the top ten most popular posts from my blog during the past year. 

 

#10 – Forever Fabric Flowers

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I knew when the barely-twenty-something guy at FedEx asked me if I made these and responded to my answer with “Wow!” I was doing ok with the crafting thing.  These were shipped off as a get well gift to my niece Laura in Minnesota, who is making a miraculous recovery.

#9 – Fabric Fortune Teller

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Sometimes I make things just to see if I can.  This fortune teller turned out better than I expected, as it actually works.  We gave this one to our son as a card to go with his 8th grade graduation gift.

#8 – Superhero Luggage Tags

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When you have something that looks like this attached to the handle of your luggage, you don’t have to look very hard for it.  These have made it through the airport and cruise ship terminal so far and are holding up well.

#7 – Camera Lens Cap Pouch

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I have these little pockets to thank for getting my Etsy store off the ground.  And I’m making some progress toward learning to use that camera.

#6 – Felt and Wire Angel

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I tend to make things that are fairly simple.  It has to do with my complete lack of patience and my need to finish something in the same session I started it.  I am apparently not alone in my love for quick, easy projects.  Thanks for validating my impatience.

#5 – Reversible Coffee Cup Sleeves

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This one was a surprise to me, because I felt like everyone had probably already learned how to make these before I came along.  I’ve never been happier to be wrong.

#4 – Ninja Monkey Bag

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I made this one for my daughter and I’ve made several since, including another for her that has Batman all over it.  This was one of my first attempts at creating a purse pattern from scratch, and I’m pretty happy with the results.

#3 – More Fabric Flowers

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This is the flower I used on the Ninja Monkey Bags.  I’ve been eyeing it again lately for use on a headband or hair clip.

#2 – Robin Hood Hats

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If you would have told me a year ago, when I started this blog, that one of my most popular posts would end up being Robin Hood hats, I would have laughed my head off.  Seriously, barely a day goes by when some version of Robin Hood hats doesn’t come up in the search terms that people have used to find my blog.  And I never stop being amazed by it.

#1 – Passport Wallet

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Some of my favorite projects have been those born out of necessity.  There is a good feeling that goes along with making something you need.  This baby is safely tucked away, waiting for our next adventure.  This was also my first and, thus far, only giveaway.  Until tomorrow…