Showing posts from October, 2013

Brave New Worlds

In the interest of trying new ways to expand my business and new places to sell, I've taken some excellent advice and am giving Storenvy a try. You can find my new shop at - though that doesn't mean my main page is going away. At all. Ever. Like I said in my last blog, I've learned not to put my virtual eggs all in one basket again. 
I also started a small shop at Meylah to give that a try, and you can find it at I fully confess that I'm already infatuated with the ease of use on Storenvy. It's nice having a place where I can be part of a full marketplace community and have easy ways to list things, plus the advantage of a tab for Facebook selling. 
Hopefully this will help me have a strong holiday season that sees lots of old items moving out the door to make way for a lot of NEW things (seriously, I have a literal big box full of new things to photograph and list). To a wonderful holiday sales season for all of us!

How I Lost Etsy (And Gained Planning)

A lot of you know that on August 7, 2011, I gave birth to the most amazing thing ever: my son Pike. You can hold your applause until the end of the post, but check that picture out! He deserves it. Anyway, if you want the whole story, it's here, but not only did I give birth the most amazing kiddo ever, I gave birth to him via emergency c-section seven weeks early. Why does this matter? Read on, and all shall be revealed.
Obviously the early birth meant a lot of new financial burdens. I'm thrilled to say that friends and family rallied with supplies and food and even PayPal donations to help us get through things that first couple of really rough months. I kept right on working on my shop, shipping out orders and trying to keep things normal for customers because I needed them more than ever. Then, one morning in November while I was feeding Pike, I noticed something weird: when I logged into Etsy, I didn't see my shop. Thinking surely it was one of Etsy's famous glit…

Beth's Wordless Wednesday


Wilde Does Stuff: DIY T-Shirt Skirt

All of the plans I found for t-shirt skirts seemed to be stuff people made for their kids. Well, my little boy isn't interested, so I decided to make one for myself. Also? It's more fun sewing when you get to wear what you made. I've been wanting a maxi skirt, but even the cheap ones seem to run around $20, which seems steep. Yes, I AM that cheap. So I found this tutorial from Brassy Apple on Pinterest and grabbed some of my old shirts that didn't often get worn anymore. Seriously, the tutorial's brilliant because it's ridiculously simple. It took me longer to (with my hubby's help) figure out how to use my sewing machine than it did to make the whole skirt. 
I'll definitely be doing more of these - probably in different lengths. I have some exciting ideas for other things to try. What was the last thing that you made for yourself?

We have a WINNER!

I am absolutely thrilled to announce that not only do we have a winner, but I'm keeping it in the family - my half brother Thomas has won the FREE print! Whoooo! Keep your eyes peeled because I may well try to squeeze in another giveaway before the holidays... maybe a celebratory giveaway when I totally nail NaNoWriMo this year.