Etsy Sale, Update and Giveaway

Happy Labor Day!  I thought since everybody else has a sale to celebrate, I’d join in too.  Personally, I’ll take shopping online during the big sales over fighting the crowds any day!

I’ve decided to discontinue the coffee cup sleeves in my Etsy store.  I love making them, but my focus has really turned toward photography accessories.  Get it…focus?  I know.  Sorry ‘bout that one.

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I’ve created a new Sale section.  There are a few Christmas coffee cup sleeves, like this Santa’s Belt version and some everyday cozies. 

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There are also a small handful of 67mm lens cap pockets that have been floating around for a while. 

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Each item is only $5 with super-cheap $1 shipping in the United States and $3 everywhere else.   There’s also one Passport Wallet, which is $10 with $1 shipping.

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Any of these would make great stocking stuffers.  I know it feels early to be thinking about that, but it’s coming!

I also added 60 new fabrics to the choices available for custom items, bringing my total to 165.  I’ve been busy – my shop now has Lens Cap Pockets, Business Card Pockets, Camera Straps and Memory Card Wallets.  I’ll happily make any of them from the fabrics of your choice.

Now, about that giveaway.  Just leave a comment here, telling me which items you like in my sale section.  At 8 am Pacific on Friday morning, September 9, 2011, I’ll randomly draw one entry and send that person the item they’ve mentioned.  The only catch is, you might want to list a couple of items in case your first choice happens to sell before Friday.

Enjoy your holiday and check out my sale!

My New Desk Set

As part of my office beautification project that started last week with my husband’s new coaster, I finally made myself a Mug Mat.  I’ve made lots of these at this point, but didn’t own one.  I was still using a sad little woven coaster my daughter made a LONG time ago.  Even she was ready to see it go.

I think we all spend at least a little time at the computer these days, but writing a blog, running an online shop and learning how to better edit my photos puts me in front of it probably more than average.  Therefore, the need for some pretty accessories was great.

Because my kids are a black belt and a nearly-black belt, I have a stack of karate-themed fabric in my sewing room.  I also have lots of law enforcement themed yardage, thanks to my husband and now my kids’ developing interest in following in his footsteps.  I rarely find any that reflects my own interests, so when I spotted some red, black and white sewing-themed fabric, I bought some just on principle.  Turned out, it made a perfect Mug Mat.

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Of course, I felt I needed a matching Coffee Cup Sleeve, in spite of the fact that I almost always drink my coffee from a Fiesta mug that it won’t even fit around.  I might have to throw it in my purse for my frequent occasional Starbucks visits.

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After I got the first side of these cut out, I grabbed one of the fabrics I had already used to cut out the backs.  Luckily, before I put scissors to fabric, I had an epiphany.  The backs could be completely different...these are for me, I can do whatever I want!

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I’ve been looking for an excuse to put red and turquoise together and I’m afraid I like this side better than the sewing prints.  That’s ok – my attention span is short.  The other side will be my favorite next week.

 

Because of the size of the strips I used to make these, I was able to cut two coffee cup sleeves from each combination.  If you’d like one of your own, they can be found in my Etsy shop.  Unlike mine, the two sides coordinate with each other!

First Anniversary Winners–What Did They Get?

Last post about my blogiversary.  Promise.  I just wanted to show you what I made for the two charming ladies whose names were drawn.  (Linda, if you haven’t received yours yet, and don’t want to see it, stop reading!)

Sue said she liked the Reversible Coffee Cup Sleeves and had found herself drawn to pinks and browns lately, so I made her this:

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The other side of the sleeve is striped, like the mat.  I couldn’t just make her a little sleeve, so the mat was a bonus.  Sue already received this in the mail and seems quite happy with it.  Which makes me happy too.

Linda promised to keep her Forever Fabric Flowers dusted and even suggested she might get them to grow.  Here’s how they came out:

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The day I finished this, it was sort of snowing at my house, but more just dark and gloomy.  It was hard to part with these, but Linda was so sweet I couldn’t help it.

Thank you Sue and Linda, for entering and being such cheerful and enthusiastic winners and thank you all, one last time, for sharing the last year with me.  Time to move on to new projects!

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Oval Mug Mat Winner

I promised a drawing and I have a winner!  I know what you’re going to say, and yes, I know about the website that will randomly generate a number for you, I just didn’t use it.  I went old-school.  I printed all of the entries on paper, folded them up and threw them in an old canning jar.  Then I stuck my hand in and pulled one out.  After a Pooh with his hand in the honey jar moment, I’m happy to announce the winner of the Oval Mug Mat and matching Reversible Coffee Cup Sleeve is…

Diane! 

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I’ll be sending them off to her and hopefully she’ll enjoy them!  Diane has an adorable website of her own at All In Stitches.  She’s completed and reviewed several sewing patterns from other websites.  It’s always nice to see a real-world view of something before you make it yourself.  Congratulations Diane and thanks for your entry! 

Diane is still eligible to win the First Anniversary Giveaway drawing on Saturday as well.  Are you?  If you haven’t entered, visit the post here and leave a comment.  There are other ways listed there to gain more entries.  Don’t wait, it’s almost time to draw the winners!