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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Unconfirmed Address on Paypal? on: November 29, 2009 05:06:05 PM
I just made my first sale on my etsy shop, which makes me so happy Smiley

Anyways, I messaged the buyer and told her that I would be sending the item tomorrow (Monday) morning. After looking at the PayPal notification closer, I saw that it was an unconfirmed address and sent the buyer a new message (to both her etsy account and email address) saying that she needed to confirm the address, but I was still planning to send the package tomorrow morning. Dumb of me!

After doing some more research/ weighing the risks, I read some horror stories and immediately emailed/ convo'ed her back basically saying "Please disregard the previouis message/email. For both of our safety/comfort, I will not be sending the item until the address is confirmed. Sorry for the confusion." The buyer also has no feedback, but neither do I! She also only joined etsy the same day she bought the item. Is that something to be suspicious of? I may just be being wicked paranoid.

I haven't heard from her at all, the first message was sent Saturday morning, and the last two just now.

So was this totally unprofessional and have I blown any chances of decent feedback? Or am I wise in being careful. I would just hate my first sale to be a hoax/ end in negative feedback for having conflicting messages.

Thanks for any advice!

I heard back from her and it is her address! Should I be worried about something like this in the future though?
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Watermelon Pouch on: August 29, 2009 02:09:59 PM
Similar to the Taco Pouch, but a watermelon! Yum!
It's felt and unlined and has a zipper. About 8in x 5 in. 
Sorry about the picture quality, I usually borrow my brother's digital camera, but since going to school, all I have is a cheap, $30 digital camera. I honestly didn't think there'd be that big of a difference. Oh well. Enjoy!

Thanks for looking! Comments/ criticism welcome.
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Rubik's Cube Wristlet on: August 17, 2009 04:45:38 PM
So after making the dice wristlet, I decided to make a Rubik's cube one.
It is 4in x 4in x 4in with a metal zipper I took out of an old pair of jeans. It's made of felt and the strap is cotton.
The handsewing is so tedious! I handsewed the little squares on at the corners, and it took me forever. Just the yellow side took an entire viewing/ listening of "Titanic" to finish. I guess I'm just a really really slow handsewer. Oh well.
It's made to look like a solved Rubik's cube. The side with the zipper is blue, but it looks kind of greenish in some of the pictures.
I wish I could solve a real Rubik's cube!

On the grass.

On my hand.

In a tree.

Thanks for taking a look! Comments and criticism welcome!
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Upcycled Gift Card Bag (3 imgs) on: August 11, 2009 10:46:34 AM
So I used to work at this toy store (it should be obvious which one), and I always thought the gift cards were really cute and that it was a shame that we would just throw them away. So for a few weeks I just saved a bunch of empty ones that were just being thrown away.
I've had this idea in my head for a few months, and I finally started it about a month ago.
Basically, I punched holes in the gift cards and then bound them together with some ribbon. I then made a lining and attached it to the cards with ribbon, too. The lining is removable for washing. I remember seeing a belt kind of like this years ago in a magazine. It was made our of bus passes I think, so I suppose that inspired me. I still have some gift cards left, so I think I'm going to make a smaller version at some point.
I don't think I've ever seen anything quite like it, so I'm very proud. The hole punching through thick plastic hurt, though.


At an angle.

Lining and pockets.

Thanks for looking! Comments and criticism are very welcome.
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / I Love Coffee; I Love Tea. Tote Bag! (3 imgs) on: August 07, 2009 12:26:43 PM
I found about 3 yards of this cotton fabric in one of my piles of fabric a couple of months ago, and I've been trying to get rid of it. So I made a bag out of it, and I am planning on making a skirt with the rest of it. The funny thing is I don't even like coffee, and I only drink tea occassionally. Oh well, I still think it's cute, and tote bags are so fun to make!

Kind of up close.

Front. Boo wrinkles.

Pockets. The lining is unbleached muslin.

Thanks for checking it out!
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Dice Wristlet (3 imgs) on: August 04, 2009 03:34:57 PM
I made this this weekend. It's made out of felt and bias tape and has a zipper. I made sure the sides were all the same as on an actual die. I think it would be cute to go as Lady Luck for Halloween or go to Vegas and use this as an accessory.

On some planks of wood.

On my hand.


Thanks for taking a look!

Thank you for all of the lovely comments. If you make one (for personal or gift purposes only), please post. I'd love to see them!
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Taco Tuesday Pouch on: July 22, 2009 11:31:00 AM
So back at school, we have this amazing thing called Taco Tuesday, where every Tuesday night from 8-midnight they serve delicious tacos at one of the dining halls. My friends and I would go every Tuesday night, and often make pigs of ourselves, but it was ok because that's what Taco Tuesdays are for. Now it's summer and I haven't seen many of my college friends, but I decided to make one of them a felt Taco Tuesday pouch for her birthday
It's really simple, basically a yellow circle (the  shell) and brown rectangle (meat/beans) sewn together with a sewing machine.
The toppings are cheese (orange/yellow), tomatoes (red half circles), and lettuce (green) and were all handsewn on.
I plan on sewing on the word "Tuesday" out of felt towards the bottom, but I'm slow at handsewing and couldn't wait to post this.
Oh, and this was where I got the idea:  http://www.modcloth.com/store/ModCloth/Womens/Accessories/Bags/Nacho+Wallet
I saw theirs and decided it would be easy enough to make, and it was!
The top- lettuce, zipper, and cheese.

The side- shell and toppings

Yummy toppings! Lettuce, tomato, cheese

Thanks for looking!
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Plastic Animal Figurine Picture Frame on: July 22, 2009 10:31:27 AM
This was a fun, quick, and very simple craft to make a picture frame a bit cuter.
There's no before picture, but the frame was one of those plain wooden frames you find at a craft store.
I just painted a couple of coats of red paint on an old picture frame, and then glue gunned some old, plastic figurines I found in the basement on. Super easy and quick! I'm giving this to a friend who has an internship at a zoo!

Taken outside on a very convenient, flat rock.

Thanks for looking!
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