Two Crafty Ladies

Two friends on a mission to start their own Etsy shops share ideas, inspiration, and encouragement.

Never Satisfied July 17, 2008

Filed under: Business,etsy,Marketing,Projects — ollie & junebug @ 1:20 am
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So…yeah…I know I had decided on a banner.  But I hadn’t even really launched my shop yet and I wasn’t completely happy with it.  So, last night, I started from scratch.  I think I’m almost there.  One more night’s work and I’ll be satisfied with it, me thinks.  But, then again, I’ve thought that before.  I suppose we’re never fully satisfied with things we produce, are we?  There’s always something we want to look better…

Meanwhile, have you all seen this list of the 100 new classic books (1983-2008)?   It’s pretty interesting.  There are things on there that I knew would be (i.e. Kite Runner, The Road), and then there were ones I was rather shocked by (i.e. DaVinci Code, Bridget Jones’ Diary).  I was sad a few of my favorites didn’t make the list.  I think Time Traveler’s Wife and Water for Elephants are definitely some of my favorite books of recent times.  What would be on your list?  Here are the top 20 from the list to get the ideas flowing:

1. The Road , Cormac McCarthy (2006)
2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling (2000)
3. Beloved, Toni Morrison (1987)
4. The Liars’ Club, Mary Karr (1995)
5. American Pastoral, Philip Roth (1997)
6. Mystic River, Dennis Lehane (2001)
7. Maus, Art Spiegelman (1986/1991)
8. Selected Stories, Alice Munro (1996)
9. Cold Mountain, Charles Frazier (1997)
10. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Haruki Murakami (1997)
11. Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer (1997)
12. Blindness, José Saramago (1998)
13. Watchmen, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (1986-87)
14. Black Water, Joyce Carol Oates (1992)
15. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, Dave Eggers (2000)
16. The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood (1986)
17. Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez (1988)
18. Rabbit at Rest, John Updike (1990)
19. On Beauty, Zadie Smith (2005)
20. Bridget Jones’s Diary, Helen Fielding (1998)

I’m going to try to make my way thru the books on the list that I haven’t read yet.  I read Case Histories by Kate Atkinson (#30) last weekend.  It was good…not top of my list though.  Now I’m on On Beauty (#19), which will be followed by Blindness (#12) once Hubby is done with it.  I’m kind of scared to read that one, but the movie is coming out soon and it has Julianne Moore AND Mark Ruffalo….so I’m definitely going to want to see that…and you have to read the books first, right?

Alright, on that note, I leave you with a sneak peak of things to come in terms of my branding.  Night, night!


Ollie & Junebug: Finding Fabric Online April 14, 2008

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I started working yesterday on a pillow using the Amy Butler fabric I ordered from Fabricshoppe.  It’s always hard for me to make the first cuts into fabric though.  Especially beautiful Amy Butler fabric.  It’s an art piece on its own.  Oh, I wanted to ask…does anyone buy there fabrics online?  If so, where do you buy from?  Who has the best selection of fabrics to choose from?  I can find a lot of what I am looking for on Etsy, but there are still a few odds and ends that I would probably need to hit up a bigger supplier for.  Thoughts? 

Alright, well I’m a sleepy girl!  I spent my day with a very active 2 year old, and well, she wore me out!  Hope everyone had a lovely weekend!



Ollie & Junebug WIP: Applique Pillow April 8, 2008

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This is my first attempt at working on an applique pillow.  At this point, everything is just pinned together because I’m not sure about the background fabric.  I’m wondering if another color will allow the applique fabric to stand out more.  Maybe a contrasting color like pink or something?  Or should I stick with a color in the applique flowers?  So many decisions to make!  It’s hard because all of these pillows that I work on this month will be the first in my Etsy shop, so the pressure is on!  Any thoughts?


Ollie & Junebug WIP: Pretty in Pink April 6, 2008

Filed under: etsy,Projects — ollie & junebug @ 11:38 pm
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Here is a pillow I started working on this weekend…in between laundry and cleaning and grocery shopping!  I haven’t sewn it all up yet, because I’m still deciding if I’m satisfied with how it’s looking.  Thinking maybe some darker pink for the flowers or maybe mixing in the darker and lighter pink for them.  Thoughts are welcome!

The fabric:

The pillow:


Ollie & Junebug: Busy April Days April 4, 2008

Filed under: etsy,Photography,Projects — ollie & junebug @ 1:49 am
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It’s the third day of the month, well, getting close to the fourth now, and I can already tell it’s going to be one heck of a month!  Things got busy towards the end of March, and now they seem to just keep getting busier.  Oh well!  Such is life I guess.  I’m trying to fit in all my creative/crafty activities in-between and before and after everything else that life throws my way.  Hopefully that means a lot more time on here, because I still want to share a lot of crafters out there who inspire me.  And, of course, share with you the little things I get time to do, like this little piece, that I created tonight: Flower Burst

Alright, time for busy ladies to get their sleep!  Sweet dreams fellow crafters!


Ollie & Junebug: March Madness March 26, 2008

Filed under: etsy,Inspiration,Photography,Projects — ollie & junebug @ 12:45 am
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March Madness

Using new photos from the D.C. trip this weekend.  I’m in a funky tree phase obviously.  Hopefully I can work on a series using a different focus this weekend.  I got really inspired by some exhibits we saw at the National Gallery.  We’ll see what comes of that…. 🙂


Our Goals: April and May

Filed under: etsy,Projects — ollie & junebug @ 12:37 am
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Hello everyone!  I hope you all had a loverly holiday weekend!  I don’t know about the rest of you, but I soooo miss Spring Break!  I did get a little weekend away to D.C. for Hubby’s birthday, which was wonderful, but it definitely was not long enough!

Anyway, it’s back to business around here!  Satin Taffy and I set some goals beginning March 1st.  Here are the things we are to have complete by the end of this month:

  • Samples of products
  • Spreadsheet for pricing
  • Basic Etsy set up (banner, avatar)
  • Cost for shipping/packaging

Here are the goals we set for next month:

  • Inventory complete with backstock to cover a few weeks of sales.

I still have a few things to wrap up this weekend in terms of our goals for this month.  Hopefully I’ll be able to have a very crafty weekend!  It’s hard to find time during the work week, isn’t it?  I try to sketch, crochet, or work on the computer on the train, but I’m always wishing I could squeeze in more.  When do you squeeze in crafting time?