Friday, September 19, 2008

Tapestry Bracelet Kits

I spent last evening putting together some Tapestry Bracelet Kits. I have listed two in my Etsy Shop already and will be listing two more later this evening.

I have also been working on developing one of the two new designs shown in previous post. I will soon be starting work on photographing and writing up the patterns for both those two new designs.

I am waiting on delivery of my most recent bead order...come on UPS guy, hurry up!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

One Thing Leads to Another

The last time I ordered beads, I ordered some of these fringe beads. I love these little "raindrops" of glass. I have been wanting to try them for quite some time. Well, I finally got around to using some.

First, I tried them in a variation of my basic "Fans" pattern. Viola! "Frilly Fans". With the cream bracelet, I omitted the row of delicas (in between the rows of Double Half-Hitches) and used hex-cut size 6's seed beads in the corners. I put fringe beads in the two outer strands.
With the green bracelet, I omitted the size 6's and put size 11's in the corners. This brings the "fans" closer together.
As I gazed at the cream bracelet, I wondered how it would look to change the alignment of the Double Half-Hitches...and came up with a new design! "Serpentine".

Yes, I will be writing this one up as a new pattern. However, it may take me a few weeks as I have a lot on my "To Do" list right now.

I really wish I had ordered more fringe beads!

Because, I love these beads so much...I experimented some more and came up with another design. This one is still in the development stage, but I will give you a sneak peek:
This design needs a name. Any suggestions?

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Key Chains Galore

I bought some more of those plastic beads at Walmart yesterday. So, I had to make up some key chains. I love making them as they work up so fast - I get to see results right away! And I do love these fobs. I think they make great fobs for pulls on ceiling fans as well...

Since those nice flat beads are becoming so hard to find, I decided I wanted to show how these fobs can be made with other shapes. You just have to eliminate 1 strand of cord and the Half-Hitch Chains on my original pattern. There are all kinds of ways to vary these fobs, especially in the tassels.

Here is another pic:
Of course, I will be listing them in my Etsy Shop as time goes by. Right now, I am listing some old inventory under a FALL MADNESS SALE. So, if you are looking for a bargain, check it out. I only have a few things in that section right now, but am adding an item or two every day.

Take care and hope to hear from you.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

In Search of the Perfect System

I am ever in search of the Perfect System. Right now the Perfect System I am trying to achieve is the one for listing kits in my Etsy Shop.

I have been working on Standardizing my kits and have made progress on that. Now, when I make up kits, I make up a couple in each color. Then I list one of each and re-list as they sell. That is working pretty good. I am saving some time in photography and in listing.

Today, I worked on Standardizing my system for listing. Previously, I have been posting the photo of the kit's contents as the first photo. But there is nothing to really distinguish one kit from all the rest. No good visual cues.

My Solution:

Beginning with the Diamonds Bracelet Kits I made up this weekend, I am listing them under a new system. I made an "icon" photo (see photo at top of this post). I am using it as the icon photo (first photo in listing) for all "KIT - Diamonds Bracelet" kits. That way, one can see at a glance that the listing is for that pattern. This will come in handy when I begin to make kits for some of the variations like "Frilly Fans" (based on Fans Bracelet Pattern).

I will be incorporating this system as I make and list more kits. Once the new system is fully in operation, it will be easier to browse my "Kits" section and see at a glance what kind of kits are listed. I hope this helps cut down confusion.

Here's another tip for finding a specific kit at my Etsy shop. Once you are at my Etsy home page, find "search" box at top. Type in KIT - Name of pattern (i.e. KIT - Diamonds Bracelet). That should get you a search results list of all "diamonds bracelet"(for example) kits.

I am sure this system will morph as I go along...As always, I am open to suggestions for improving my system. If you have suggestion or if you have a problem I need to address, you may leave your comments here (at end of post) or you may contact me (see profile).
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