Sunday, September 23, 2012

New On Etsy 9-23-12

This weekend I have been working on hair accesories.  I have made a little bit of everything!  I have just finished listing them all on my Etsy Shop.  So let's get started with what is new on Etsy this week!

Korkers, Korkers, Korkers!  Some of every kind!

Also, all kinds of headbands.

And combs, combs, combs

That is it for this week!
Happy Shopping!
Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Korker Fun

Korker ribbon is a fun project for a weekend afternoon!  True it is time consuming, but it is also very rewarding!  With just a little patience and a lot of ribbon you can make quite a mound of korkers!  It is like Christmas when I open my oven and see all those wonderful Korker Ribbons!

I know one thing for sure, I am going to invest in a wood burning tool.  Using the cigarette lighter to seal the edges begins to hurt my thumb after a while and with the wood burning tool you can cut and seal all at the same time!

To make korker ribbons you will need
ribbon ( I use 1/8 or 3/8 but you can use any size you choose)
wooden dowels  ( I use quarter inch, but play around and choose your size)
baking pan
scissors or rotary cutter.
something to seal the edges (lighter, woodburning tool, or seam sealant).

Begin by setting your oven to 275.  I use an oven thermometer just to double check my temp.   Begin wrapping the ribbon onto a quarter inch dowel.  I used 3/8 ribbon. I try to keep it strait, with no spaces and tight.  Secure the ends with the clothespins.

Place the ribbon wrapped dowels in a baking pan (I line mine with foil but this is just my preference) and place in preheated oven for 25 minutes.  Be sure to set a timer, you don't want to forget about them ( I am speaking from experience here).

After 25 minutes take them out of the oven and allow to cool.  The magic is about to happen!

After they have cooled, about 5 minutes, take the clothespins off and loosen the ribbon on the dowel.  The ribbon then will slide off in one long curly piece!  wow this is the part that reminds me of Christmas.  I find it exciting every time ( I know, it is possible I need to get a life!)

I trim up both  ends of the ribbon where they were secured by the clothespins and then cut each ribbon 2 1/2 or 3 inches long.  I cut at an angle, but if you are going to seal the ends it doesn't really matter how you cut them.  You can play around with this, you may like them shorter or longer.  It is all up to you.  I seal each end with a lighter so they do not fray.

There you have it, a mound of Korkers!  It is such fun!

Now I am ready for some Korker Bow Fun!

Happy Sewing!
Glo's Crafty Creations

Monday, September 3, 2012

The Etsy Experience

I must say I am very pleased with my experience on Etsy.  I have worked hard to get my shop out in the public eye and it is beginning to pay off!  I have read where you need to un-list and re-list your items over and over again in order to stay at the top of the list, but I have not done that, it has taken a little less then a month but I am a full fledged shop now receiving my first order this week.  The word excitement does not even come close to describing the feelings I experienced when I realized I had my first sale!  What a great way to start a holiday weekend!

I am also trying my shop out on Artfire.  It is listed under the same name as my Etsy Shop GlosCraftyCreations.  I have almost the same items as in my Etsy Shop.  There are just a few differences between the two websites, mostly in the way fees are collected.  Etsy charges by the listed item and takes a small percentage of the sale.  Artfire charges a flat per month fee. I am going to try both for about 6 mos. and then make a decision, but right now Etsy is winning.

I have also been researching licensed fabric and exactly what it means.  I purchased several pieces of fabric to make Christmas pillow cases and one piece was marked "License is required for use beyond individual consuption".  I had no idea exactly what that meant but it sounded scary and just a little threatening.  I never would have bought it had I had known that before hand.  This Website is a great website.  It answered a lot of my questions and made things a little more clear.  Check it out and make up your own mind about the legalities of claims made by licensed fabrics.
New this week in my Etsy Shop.

I have more burp cloths this week, these are made of absorbent diapers folded and faced with a waterproof fabric called PUL.  They are a convenient size and sell as 1 piece so you can get more than one design.

 I also have a baby blanket and changing pad set.  It includes two receiving blankets and one changing pad.  The blankets are a great size, handy for many different task and the changing pad is faced in 100% polyester waterproof PUL which will help protect bedding or other changing area surfaces.

 Also new this week is vintage style braided hair barrettes.  These barrettes were very popular in the 80's and I made them by the dozens for my two daughters and their friends.  They had a pair to match their ball uniforms and all of their outfits! Check them out and see if you remember them.

Well I hope you all have had a wonderful Labor Day Weekend.  It has been a little rainy here, but hey it usually is on Labor Day!  Perfect weekend for sewing!

Happy Sewing!