Saturday, October 31, 2009

Expanding my horizons!




As you probably already know. I am currently selling my items on Etsy as well as Artfire. At first I thought two venues is more than enough. But today, I changed my mind about that lol. I have signed up for yet another online venue. Yes it may be a bit much, but I am just testing the waters right now to see which venues prove to be the best for me and eventually I will probably cut out one of the venues.
I joined 1000 markets today because I just felt that I wanted to put my eggs in more baskets and give myself more visibility and a better chance at selling. On top of that I reeeeeally like the look of 1000 markets! It looks very clean and polish opposed to Artfire. I am sure that is primarily because it is a juried website. Meaning your application has to be approved before you are allowed to sell there. As with any venue, it has it's down sides. 1 being it only accepts amazon payments which is very limiting for potential customers, aaaaand they do no do international business... meaning I can not sell my things to customers outside of the US there :-/ . But it was free to join and there aren't any listing fees or monthly bills as with Artfire and Etsy, but of course they take out a small comission when you sell something. But that's still very good because there is no upfront cost involved... so i feel I have nothing to lose by trying it out. But don't worry.... I am keeping my artfire for sure! Because I need to be able to accept multiple methods of payment and I need to be able to sell internationally... so having 1000 markets as my main venue is just out of the question right now. But I just wanted to share the news with you all. I am a firm believer in putting yourself out there as much as you can as long as you aren't spreading yourself to thin!!!
As far as the new shop, it is the saaaaaame stuff on all of my sites so no one is missing out on anything by buying from one shop oppossed to another.
But if you would like to take a peak at it visit: wildchilddzigns.1000markets.com

Saturday, October 24, 2009

lol lol hehehe

Soooo I did this video for a class that I'm in, but I figured it was blog worthy so I am sharing it with you all.

New stuff on the way!

I have been soooo busy with school lately and haven't had much time to make new stuff. But I have been able to sneak in a few things here and there. I am hoping to find time to make a looooooot of new things over my christmas break which is over a month and some change away.... but I'm planning ahead and buying new fabric and yarn and coming up with ideas for thing's I want to work on! The other exciting thing is that I will fiiiiiinally be getting a new car during the holidays (hopefully, my fingers are crossed)! I have been without a cr for a little over a year now, and It's been driving me crazy!!!!! lol. But as soon as I get it, I plan to start doing some craft shows and things so I can really try to get my stuff out there to people. The main thing that has been hindering me has been my lack of transportation. So hopefully if all goes according to plan, I won't have that obstacle any longer.

hmmm lets seeee what else can I blab about?.............

Oh! As you may already know, I am still super new to sewing, but I am getting better day by day. Today I made another bag that I absolutely loooove. Aaaaaaand I started working on a ruffle waisted skirt that I think is gonna be hot!!!! (sneak peaks below). Well I think that's all for now! As always I love reading your comments, so keep em coming :-) .

Here is a bag I made last week:
leather1

Get it here

Here is my newest bag:
bluefirst

Get it here

Here is the skirt in progress:

brown

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Getting started with some new stuff!

























I have been experimenting with a lot of sewing lately, and I'm loving it! I have started making a bunch of clutches (many not completed yet) , and they have been coming out nicely! I plan to list a bunch of them in my shop in the coming weeks! They are large clutches with crocheted flap closures! I have been looking around for some fun fabrics to make them. I hope these will turn out to be a best seller :-) ... Most likely, these bags will range from 20 something to 30 something dollars ... depending on the cost of my materials :-) ... I found a fly print that I'm going to use to make a sample for myself.... I like testing my stuff out sometimes to see how it holds up in everyday use... (let me not fake) aaaaand because I just want one lol.
I took the bag with the pink flap to House of Lukaya today (a local shop I do business with). If it sells quickly, I will be taking more. I want to see what the response is like before I go dumping a bunch of bags into the store that wont sell.
The black and green clutch is my favorite so far... but it's not done yet. I'll probably finish it sometime this weekend.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Feeling like a proud mama because.....






I just birthed my very first sewn project!!!!! (machine sewn that is). I have done a few pieces in the past the incorporated sewing (but I did it by hand)... which was a pain, and not as professional looking. Today an idea for a skirt popped into my head.... I ran with it and it turned out great for my first time!!!
I ended up with exactly what I envisioned.... a calf length jersey skirt with a fabulous batik print fabric accenting the waist with pleated ruffles!!! I feel so proud because I did it all on my own through a bit of trial and error. Of course it's not 100% perfect but I didn't expect it to be. I definitely will be producing many more of these skirts with different print options.... i can't wait to get started on them! I am happy that I jumped head first to teach myself to sew.... I am learning slowly but surely and I know I will get better over time.

As much as I love to crochet, it is sometimes MURDER on my hands. Sewing is a welcome change and does not strain my hands. I definitely will continue to crochet but I feel sewing is a great option that will allow me to make cute pieces at a lower price point for potential customers. Many people complain that my crochet pieces are too expensive.
I can understand in times like these. However, sometimes people fail to understand the time, money, and energy that goes into crocheting, or ANY craft for that matter. As much as I would like to appeal to the potential customer, I still need to benefit in the end.
With that being said, sewing some things is not AS time consuming as crochet so I think people will be relieved to see some items from me at a somewhat lower price point. I look forward to presenting new projects, so be on the look out!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The duffle bags are here!!!


I finally completed my first duffle bag, I think it came out great! I am actually going to make a couple for myslelf to lol. I Don't have to much to say about it but I just wanted to show you all the end result. Keep an eye out for more of these! I'll be making some in a larger size as well. So make sure you keep your eyes open for that!
All the things your grandma won't make and more!
One of a Kind Crocheted fashions from Wild Child Dzigns, plus random rants that have absolutely nothing to do with anything lol!




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