Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Open for Business!

Project Bag Collage
Hey! Guess what?? I've got an etsy shop! That's right, I finally opened up an etsy shop of my very own! Eek!! I'm so excited! I've been wanting to open up a shop for quite some time now, and had actually made it as one of my 101 goals to do but I just couldn't get enough sewing time in to build up some stock. After some procrastination and getting over the need to have a ton of stuff to offer, I decided to bite the bullet and just try it out with the four small project bags that I had managed to sew up in my (very) limited free time.


Ok, confession time. My shop has actually been up and running for a few months now but I didn't want to say anything until I could sew up more stock. Why? Cause I wanted to do something special for my grand opening! That, and I wanted to make sure I had more than 2 bags to offer! So I've been quietly working away these past few months and I think I have put enough in the shop to make a big deal about it now. So check it out here, or look over on the side bar of the blog and take a quick peek of what's in the shop.


Blue Echino Cameras


I currently have small project bags for sale, which would be great for all those small knitting or crochet projects that you have on the go...like socks, a baby sweater, the start of a cardigan, or even the makings for hexipuffs for The Beekeeper's Quilt!! But hey, don't think these boxy bags are just for knitting or crochet, they can be used for anything! I'm really hoping that I'll be able to get a few large sweater-sized project bags in the shop in the next few weeks, so stay tuned for those!


All my bags are completely interfaced and fully lined, and all seams are reinforced with bias tape to prevent fraying and for added durability...cause who wants a knitting needle poking out of their bag? Not me!


Project Bag Insides


Also in the shop, yarn-y notecards!! These blank cards are another thing that I've been wanting to do for a while now and I finally buckled down and got them made. I've been looking for blank cards that had a simple photo on it with no words or extra decorations. I've searched everywhere but either the quality wasn't there or the card wasn't what I had in mind. I've gotten a lot of compliments on my stash photos and thought about turning a few of them into cards but after that I didn't do anything about it. Then one day while searching for a card to include in a handmade gift I thought back to my idea about my yarn photos and how it would have been nice to include one in with my gift. That's when I decided to get off my butt and get these cards made!


MisoCrafty Notecards


It took me over a week to go through every single photo I had and pick out the ones that were of great quality and didn't have labels or price tags in them. Then it took me another few days to fix all the photos (cropping, rotating, etc). I don't know what was more excruciating - staying up 'til 3am to work on the photos, or waiting for them to arrive from the printers!
MisoCrafty Notecards - Set 1


The cards are professionally printed on a nice weight of cardstock and have a light satin coating on the outsude, but are uncoated on the inside to make it easier to write on. All my cards are packaged by me (yes, I personally hand-folded each wrapper, cut out every little fabric strip, and glued them onto each package!!) and come in a set of 4 in a clear cello bag. These cards seriously make me squee with glee! I am so proud of them! I just hope that I'm not the only one that's in love with them!


Since I'm so giddy with excitement about finally being able to share my shop's grand opening with everyone, I decided to do not only a giveaway but to also give my blog readers a 20% discount on everything in my shop for the rest of the month! Just use coupon code GRAND11 at checkout to get 20% off your order! If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me or send me a convo on etsy!!


Giveaway is now closed!! Thank you for entering!!!


Ok...now it's GIVEAWAY time!!! I'm so excited about my shop's grand opening that I thought it would only be fitting to do a giveaway!! Even more so fitting is to offer one of my small project bags and a set of notecards as THE PRIZE:


Blog - Shop Giveaway


And who knows what else will find its way into the prize package!!


Want to enter? All you have to do is leave a comment with your name, a valid email address, and tell me which item in the shop is your favorite! Get a bonus entry by becoming a follower of my blog and then leave a separate comment to say that you're now a follower. Are you already a follower of my blog? Leave a separate comment too and say so!! Want another bonus entry? If you purchase something from my shop, leave a comment and let me know what you've bought!


Giveaway is now closed!! Thank you for entering!!!
The giveaway is open until Friday August 19th, 2011 at 12 midnight PST. I will be contacting the winner on Saturday August 20th, 2011.


Thank you so much for stopping by!!

45 comments:

  1. Awesome!!! I so want to win a box bag and yarny cards from your shop! My fave thing from your Etsy shop is the Amy Butler Garden Maze Zippered Box Bag.

    janerichmonddesigns@gmail.com

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  2. ...I also just became a follower of your blog!

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  3. HI! I thought this might be your good news. It's about time that you shared your gorgeous sewing with everyone!

    My fav bag in your shop is the yellowy amy butler one. Pretty.

    No email for me--you know it!

    (just)Jennifer/Legerdemain

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  4. ...aaaaaand I'm officially declaring myself a follower of your blog. Even though I have been secretly stalking it for some time now. ;)

    (just) Jennifer/Legerdemain

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  5. Oh my gosh! Look at you! Congratulations on your have your grand opening! You are too sweet to hold a draw. I am so in! I'd love to purchase something too and get an extra draw in there, but sadly I bought too much in Portland.

    One of these days though, I'd love to have a sweater sized project bag. So I can't wait to see what you make for those!

    Mary
    marydotmusic (at) gmail - you know the rest. :)

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  6. Oh crap. Forgot to put in which bag I liked. I actually like the pink and red apples bag. Well, I'd like it even more if it wasn't so pink - you know me! ;) But the pattern is really cute.

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  7. Okay, I really like the bag with the little birdies on it. Aaaannnddd... I like the bright blue one too (because it's blue), but I like the birdies one the most :) So happy for you chicka!

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  8. I am a follower! And, I was a little sad when your internet went down and there weren't any posts for a while :( Glad you're back!

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  9. Congrats on opening your shop! I hope it goes well for you. I am not going to enter this giveaway cause I won your last one.

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  10. Love the bags - they look incredibly well-made! My favorite is the Echino Transportation (I'm a sucker for polka dots!)

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  11. And I've been a follower of your wonderful blog for awhile now :-)

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  12. Congratulations on your etsy store! I like all of your zippered box bags! But if I had to pick a favourite, it would be the black pig enchino bag. However, I certainly would LOVE the green one you are offering as a prize. :-) Please pick me!

    Geri
    inglisg@sympatico.ca
    http://NotJustAboutKnitting.blogspot.com

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  13. I do follow your blog (although I don't see where I can sign up to be a follower on your page) and have you listed on my blog under "Stuff I Like To Read".

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  14. Rats! I hit the wrong button.

    I'll try again...

    I do follow your blog (although I don't see where I can sign up to be a follower on your page) and have you listed on my blog under "Stuff I Like To Read".

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  15. Congrats, Melissa!!
    My fav is the green glasses one you're giving away! (I notice you have a lot fewer up there now than you did when you first opened it - way to sell 'em!!)

    Also, I'm follllllllowing youuuuuuuu... (not on blogger, but still)

    Carolyn
    ndanukiwi at yahoo dot com

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  16. They are all beautiful. My favourite is the Echino Transportation Zippered Box Bag.

    asjknits@sympatico.ca

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  17. I am now a follower of your blog!

    asjknits@sympatico.ca

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  18. I just bought the Echino Transportation bag! Can't wait to get it!!

    asjknits@sympatico.ca

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  19. Hiya, I found you via the beekeepers quilt post.
    Your bags are gorgeous, I especially like the one with the birds!
    Congratulations on opening your shop. Your sewing is lovely.

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  20. I am now a follower of your lovely blog!

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  21. woohoo! i love your etsy shop! and of course i'd love to win a box bag! what beautiful sewing!! i have a few favs. the one in your shop right now of the birds of frippery.. so cute. also love the amy butler fabric one... and though it's not in the shop right now, i love the blue camera one that you've featured on your blog.

    rebeccanook@gmail.com
    gunderson.rj@gmail.com

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  22. also, i just became a follower of your blog!

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  23. Awesome bags, would love to win one, I love, love the bee quilt too fell in love the first time I saw it. I know sounds crazy. The puffs are so fun and portable. Found your blog and will become a follower and saved so I can find it again. I like the birdie bag but they are all cute :P zinnia246@gmail.com

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  24. PS I am a follower now!!! zinnia!!!

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  25. HELLO AMAZING GIVEAWAY!
    I would snap up the Harajuku Fun bag, hands down!

    Smpyndus@gmail.com (but you know better ways of stalking me :p)

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  26. Hi,

    I found your great blog randomly when searching for knitting patterns. You make beautiful things! I would love to win one of your project bags, I love the colorful Harajuku Fun bag. Congratulations on your new shop!

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  27. I also follow your blog....

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  28. So glad I stumbled upon your blog!! Will definitely be following it.
    WoollyMomma on Rav

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  29. Congrats on the Etsy shop!! Can't decide between the Birds of Frippery or the yellow Amy Butler bag as my fav. Thanks for the chance to win one of your awesome bags.

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  30. These are gorgeous, and it's great to have someone local designing them.

    My favorite is the green box bag in the giveaway, but the second fave is the Harajuku Fun with all of the colours!

    anivison@gmail.com

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  31. I have been a huge follower of your blog for the last year.

    I love the amount of blog updates you do, and the colourful photos of projects are my fave.

    I am featuring your blog in my post this week yet to come:

    http://purlypurly.blogspot.com/

    anivison@gmail.com

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  32. Oh, I am SO entering THIS contest!

    My first favorite (pink and red apples) already sold, but my second favorite of your bags is the Birds of Frippery one. I love repeating patterns like that.

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  33. And I'm now a follower of your blog, too! (though "following" via google that will not make me actually come here more, seems funny. I come here of my own volition!!!)

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  34. Couldn't resist any longer. Bought the yellow Amy Butler bag - gorgeous. Good luck with the shop!! Can't wait to see more of your bags.

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  35. Such a great little giveaway - thank you! I love that colourful "haraku fun" bag, but really love this green one you are offering up.

    My email: thepaganknitter [at] gmail [dot] com

    thanks!
    Ursa

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  36. I have been reading your blog for a while now, I love your choice of colours for your projects, and I love the styles/patterns you knit. My favourite bag is the Birds of Frippery one, so cute! My email is padgettknitwit AT gmail DOT com

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  37. Hello hello, I have been following your blog through google reader for a few months now and my favorite bag in the shop is your colorful harajuku bag. So fun! may.emery@gmail.com

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  38. Congrats on your etsy shop! I love all things Japanese so the Harajuku prints are always my favourite.

    wenwoo88@hotmail.com

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  39. Plus I've been been a follower of your blog!

    wenwoo88@hotmail.com

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  40. Congratulations on the grand opening! I've added you to my Etsy favorites so I can keep an eye on your updates. :)

    I think the Birds of Frippery box bag is freaking adorable. It also makes me think of the "Put a Bird On It!" sketch from Portlandia. Why yes, yes I would like to put a bird on it, thank you!

    cory dot boberg at gmail dot com

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  41. I absolutely love the "Pink Echino Pigs" box bag... pigs are my favorite animal!

    lamamarco@gmail.com

    - Lauren

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  42. Ooops forgot to leave my email in my 2nd comment about already being a follower!

    I've been a follower for awhile now!

    - Lauren

    lamamarco@gmail.com

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  43. I Love the pink bag with the pigs! Love Love pigs!

    e-mail is kareno6@telus.net

    I follow your blog secretly so now I will make it official!

    Karen

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  44. theaspeicher(at)hotmail.com

    I really like the colorful city harajuku fun bag and the teal cameras one. Your bags are so clean and fresh! I also like the way you framed the yarn in your note card photos.

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