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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Vervaco Four Seasons Winter Cross Stitch, Powerseller

Yay, finally!  The last of the Vervaco Four Seasons kit, Winter.  Another tough one.  But I love how these look.  Listed now on Ebay and Etsy . I will be creating a listing for the entire set, as I think that is a possibility to sell that way.  I would like to do these again, especially since they are so small(3x4.5" on 18ct)  I just don't know when. 

I forgot to mention, somewhere back there, that I made Bronze Powerseller over the fall.  Maybe because it doesn't exactly mean anything, lol!  But I did, and I did notice, actually, for a somewhat dismal year, in some ways even to the end, that I had a pretty good Christmas selling season.  So nice, even that it continued at least half way into January, and I was hotfooting it to make a few more sets of those felt Christmas ornaments, who knew?  I would have gotten the cross stitch here done quicker otherwise!  So it looks like I will still be working on some XMAS stuff, here and there; if I can get some more done soon, I will go ahead and be listing, as it seems relevant completely year-round. 

Anything I can get done and out of the way(early!) is a blessing.  I have been lucky that things have been working, just enough.  For now, the independent dropship site is a little put on hold, as there are plenty of things to figure out.  I had thought I would list several niche type women's items, but I am going to have to launch with less.  When it's ready, I will have the diamond paintings, and some cross stitch kits, craft items.  The general women's categories will have to wait until I get a handle on things, and some time to work with listings. 

Monday, January 2, 2017

Four Seasons Fall Cross Stitch, Numbers, Dropship

Finally!  The Vervaco Four Seasons Cross Stitch, in Fall.  This is probably my favorite, but boy, did it take a long time.  Find it on Ebay  or Etsy .  I will be starting the Winter one very soon, but I have a heart item I am trying to get finished first, somewhat Valentine's Day related.  I think I need to start projects sooner!

I've had a chance to look over my sales number for 2016, and it's not as good as I expected.  I was pretty busy, and I know I increased stock, including some more expensive items.  Kinda scratching my head.  I think I've finally started to move the older, cheaper stock.  While the end of the year kind of went into a tailspin with some personal problems, those were my best selling months.  Eh, I am not really sure what happened.

But, I need a more successful year.  MUST.  I have loaded up some more beads, and have several stitching projects working, but it doesn't look like that is cutting it.  I am still struggling with recovering from mono, as well.  I feel fine, just a mandatory rest period, overall, that is almost done, I hope. No guarantees.  So, I started a dropship account, mostly last year, 2, poking into that, to see if that works.  For now, just kind of a catch all for some different stock, and a few suppliers, on Ebay . I've been dinking around with it for a bit, and I think I need to try some different things, a different website.  Success isn't going to come from the set up I have going there.  So, stayed tuned, in the next few weeks, I hope to launch a full website of my own growing selections of items that all ship straight to you.  More on that next time.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Moon Lake Pixel WIP, Mono

It's been a while since I have posted just a WIP, and since I am behind schedule, I thought this one would be nice.  It's a pixel kit, Moon Lake, a white tiger against a midnight background.  Loving the colors.  Baseplate 1 (2 is also finished) of 12 plates.  I was hoping to be done in January with this, but it's not on track.

I also sold more of the heart ornaments, which I hadn't made....oops.  So I rushed to get those done in one busy night already; nice to know I could get them done that fast. I prefer not to have to work like that, though!   I haven't had a chance to finish others, and since I am behind, I may keep cranking on making them and listing them.  It's very hard to move on to other projects when these were doing so well----and taking up space. I'd probably make a mess putting them away, too, that somehow the beads and sequins would spill, thread would be tangled......sigh.


Mostly I am behind, because I got sick.  I broke out in a bad case of what appears to be mono, right before Thanksgiving.  Ouch.  Not much to do, except rest, and rest, and rest.  The fatigue can last for 3 months, contagious for...oh, who knows, a year and a half.  Sheesh.  I don't know how I could get a dang sickliest type cold to drag me down when I need to be working on things nearly 'round the clock, but that would be typical of me. 

I am slowly back to working on things, so I think whatever I can work on, much less get finished, has to be listed, even if it's off season.  I just feel lucky that so far, the holiday season has mostly been a good one; some very special connections renewed.


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Sold stars, so more felt tree ornaments!

I really am trying to keep busy, and actually get some of those dreaded FINISHES!!  Lol, why is the last step always the hardest?  I sold the star pair from this set, on etsy, so now I made the trees.  These are turning out pretty nicely, so I am pleased.  The other ornaments in the set (Bucilla Nordic Santa) are now different, and a bit more challenging; I've been working on them, but slowly.  So these are now listed, on ebay and etsy .  I did buy more of the kits, so I can still re-make all of them, in pairs, at least one more time.

This is mostly the last week for a real XMAS kick. I have several Christmas things, but the pressure will be off, to finish or make at least anything new.  If I get them done, I might list them, otherwise, if I feel like I can at least let them sit, I will.  I don't know that I will have that luxury, but at least January, perhaps March, before I put new items like these up.  ---IF my other new non holiday things are doing well.  (But then again, there is always stuff now to do for Halloween!!  ha)

Friday, November 11, 2016

Four Seasons Summer cross stitch

This is another of the Four Seasons finished. Summer is also 1x1, 2x1 and some backstitching on white 18ct. From the cross stitch kit of tiny 3x5" set by Vervaco.  Ebay and Etsy  listing of it.

That and everything I need to catch up on is at least keeping me busy, distracted from the news, the dreary weather, and all these deadlines that seem to be creeping up on me.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Four Seasons Spring Cross Stitch, Computer KO

Yay, my computer is back up!  Two weeks of weirdness and waiting for parts in the mail, etc.  Whew.  I was really starting to sweat that much down time.  Looks like I will be buying a new computer soon.  There wasn't much harm done in being down that long, but I can't have that happen again.

At least I got some good stitching time in.  This one is from a Vervaco kit, called Four Seasons.  This is the Spring. (2x1, 1x1 and backstitching on 18ct) For now, I will offer them individually, but I may put them together as a set, once I have stitched them all.  These are tiny, about 3x5".  Ebay and Etsy  both have it up.  I will be adding the other seasons as I get them done, hopefully soon.

****Well, funny(not funny), I was in the middle of this post, when the computer died.  The hard drive gave out, and not quite sure anything is recoverable.  Ouch.  I have been offline the better part of another two weeks or more.  I did get a bit more stitching time in, and some beading, so I will post more finishes, etc. as I get this new computer figured out a bit. 

Monday, October 3, 2016

A bright spot in another odd week, Star Ornaments

So, my cord on my laptop burned out.  3rd time, I knew it was coming, but I didn't order the cord quickly enough, and I have mostly been offline for the week.  I am struggling right now, with one of the other burned out cords, that still had a little juice in it; tired of waiting for the new cord.

Means I have had time to stitch!  I got the next nicer ones in the ornament set done--I know I said I wasn't, but the heart set already sold!   And since I had so much time, I brought out the kits and started to work on a few of them already, when I got the notice that the hearts sold on ebay.  So real quickly, I made the similar stars in the set, and those are now listed, ebay  and already on etsy  as well. 

When I get a chance, I will be working on some of the other pieces in the set.  I have ordered more of those kits, on sale even, so other than the hearts right now, I have time to let that sit before I remake a bunch more, depending on what sells.  (This is the Bucilla Nordic Santa series.)

I started a new cross stitch, medium size magnolia flower that is turning out so much better than the picture.  I hope that will be a finish pretty soon.  This last order of stuff, I got a really cool tiger with a midnight sky pixel kit, huge, I am really wanting to start that.  And it's all about as much finishes as I can get going, the cycle has started, so lots on my plate. I'm excited!