Sunday, August 31, 2008

Kitsch time!

Really, what's not to love about wonderful kitschy things? It always brings a smile to my face to see a pair of pink flamingos in someone's yard or a little old lady rockin' a blue beehive like it was 1962. My favorite kitschy place to visit on the web is LaLa Land.

I promise you, your head will explode from all of the fabulously tacky things. And she even has a shop devoted to all things Kitsch! And something else that makes her equally awesome; she loves Blythe dolls as much as I do.

And in my quest to bring more funky, retro items to the world, I've made these two new sets of gift tags for my etsy shop.

Forest Friends gift tags (by glamourfae)
Forest Friends gift tags (by glamourfae)

Kitschy Car & Trailer gift tags (by glamourfae)
Front and Back (by glamourfae)
Two sides of rad-ness!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Small update today & sale

I relisted my black Swarovski bow necklace today. I also added a new bracelet.

Blue Swarovski bracelet (by glamourfae)
Clasp (by glamourfae)

I'm having a sale on my stickers at the moment. They are usually priced anywhere from $3 to $5. Now they are on sale for $1.75 to $3.00! Go check them out!

Silver Star Stickers (by glamourfae) Aged Sheet Music Stickers (by glamourfae) Purple Flower Stickers (by glamourfae)

Monday, August 25, 2008

Another treasury!

Wheee!! I woke up to find that my purple and green garden stickers were featured in another treasury. So far I've been in three but still haven't had any sales come from them! But it's still good promotion!

Treasury (by glamourfae)

I especially love the bookmark from ShopBub and the flower brooch from Accessoire.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Another treasury feature

Being part of the INCrowd Etsy Street Team has really helped to give my shop some more exposure. Still haven't gotten any sales in almost a week but I'm still hoping things will pick up!

Another treasury!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Just a few things...

I updated the shop yesterday with a few new tags and sticker sheets. Sales have been really slow. I haven't sold anything in 5 days even though I've had two batches of updates. Any advice on how to get more sales? I'm trying to promote as much as possible on etsy forums, flickr, and the blog. I've also included my site in some search engines. I still only seem to get about 20 views a day! Everyone keeps saying to give it time and the sales will come. I just hope they're right!!

And so this isn't a text only post, here's a few photos.

Mmmmm... these look good enough to eat!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Antique Cell Phone Charms

I found these wonderful antique style metal charms and thought they would be perfect for cell phone charms. I've uploaded these to etsy today

Swallow and Heart
Key and Locket (by glamourfae)
Antique Key and Heart (by glamourfae)
Antique Dove Cell Charm (by glamourfae)

I've got more styles of these charms so if these sell I will definitely be posting more!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

My first treasury!

Thank you so much to SpiceofLifeDesigns for including my wrist corset in her treasury featuring Indiana Estians!

My first treasury feature! (by glamourfae)

And here is the link:

Friday, August 15, 2008

Felted Wrist Corset!

I began knitting about a year ago and still consider myself kind of an amateur. I can't do amazing color work or shaping like some people, but I am always trying to learn new things and improve. I was watching the Olympics the other night and felt the need to knit. I just casted on without anything in mind and this is what I came up with.

Wrist Corset (by glamourfae)
Wrist cuff/corset (by glamourfae)

Wrist cuff / corset (by glamourfae) Back of wrist cuff / corset (by glamourfae)

I am just beside myself. Even though it's very simple, I think it's totally cool.

Big etsy update

Whew, my hands really hurt after all of that typing and uploading on etsy! I spent most of today crafting and trying to add more diversity to my shop. I am really pleased with the gift tags I made!

Stamped Heart gift tags (by glamourfae) Stamped Heart Gift Tags
Heart Stamped Tags - Maybe it's because I am reading the Twilight Saga that these came about...

Stamped Bird gift tags (by glamourfae) Stamped Bird gift tags (by glamourfae)
Stamped Bird Gift Tags - I really love these stamps and so glad to finally put them to use!

Princess Crown gift tags (by glamourfae) Princess Crown Gift Tags (by glamourfae)
Princess Crown Gift Tags

Retro Owl gift tags (by glamourfae) Retro Owl gift tags (by glamourfae)
Retro Owl Gift Tags - Another great stamp!

Fairy Tale gift tags (by glamourfae) Fairy tale gift tags Fairy tale gift tags (by glamourfae)
Fairy Tale Gift Tags - These remind me of a faraway place once upon a time!

Any feedback is greatly appreciated! I struggled with how to price these as most people won't pay a lot of money for gift tags but a lot of work went in to them. Hopefully they are reasonable and will sell!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Tropic Thunder

Joe and I went to see Tropic Thunder today. Within the first five minutes I was laughing so hard that tears were streaming down my face. It got a little long in the middle, but by the end it picked up the pace and became even more hilarious! The end scene with Ben Stiller and the child had me and Joe in hysterics. And the funnest part about the whole thing... we were the only ones in the theater laughing! This has only happened to us one other time when we saw Team America. There were also two older women who walked out of the movie. I wonder what they thought it was going to be? A serious war movie, perhaps?

In crafting news, I made some new cell phone charms and listed them in my shop

Burton-esque Cell Charm Spooky Skull Cell Charm (by glamourfae) Swarovski Flower Cell Charm Swarovski Stars Cell Charm (by glamourfae)

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Four sales today!

Imagine my excitement when I got to the hotel in New Orleans and signed online to see that I had four sales today! This is the most items I've sold in one day's time at my new shop. I know it might seem small to some of the more successful Etsians, but I was beginning to get a little worried about my sales. I started to think that my shop was useless and no one would really like my crafts. But this has given me a little more hope and drive to keep creating! Mind you, two of my items were vintage photographs, but the other two were new items I made. They were definitely my favorite cell phone charms from the last etsy update:

I really love being a part of Etsy. Crafting has always been a favorite past time of mine and it feels so wonderful to know that others are enjoying my work. Since I am getting overly cheesy now, I will sign off for the night. I have to wake up bright and early to fly all day!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Happy Birthday, Mom!

Of course I can't forget to wish my mom a Happy Birthday today. She's hit the big 5-0!!

Friend Request

I got a request from a fellow doll friend to make the bow necklace in black. I assumed it would be easy to find round black 4mm beads at the craft stores. Five hours and four stores later my search was unsuccessful. Really, who thought it would be so hard to find such a simple bead?! Luckily, my friend was in no rush, so I was able to order some from Ebay that arrived the other day. I quickly got to work and here's the result.

After uploading the photo to my flickr, I had another doll friend ask to make this into a headband for Blythe. That's what I will be working on today and hopefully it will work because I suspect that will be very, very cute. For those of you who aren't familiar with Blythe, here's my flickr Blythe collection.

I have an insanely early report for work tomorrow. I have to wake up at 3am! >_< The good thing about my trip is that I have a 29 hour overnight in Denver so I get to visit with my doll friends Roz and Sher! I believe we're going to the Denver Botanical Gardens so I will be sure to take lots of pictures and post them here upon my return.

And if you've read this far, you may as well comment! ;)

Friday, August 8, 2008

Welcome to my new blog

Hi all! For those of you who don't know me, my name is Rebecca and I live in Indianapolis, Indiana. I've started this blog to discuss my crafts and updates on my etsy shop; Viva Variety! You may also find me rambling about things that have nothing to do with etsy, but I will try to keep those posts to a minimum!

My goal on etsy is to bring you wonderfully cute and useful things! Currently I sell stickers, jewelry, cell phone charms, and various paper crafts. I hope to update with knitted items once the weather turns a bit cooler. I just can't bring myself to knit woolly things when it's so warm and sunny out! Indiana really has the most lovely summers with it rarely going over 90 degrees.

Here is my favorite item in my shop at the moment

An adorable bow necklace made with genuine Swarovski Crystals and Blue Moon faux pearl beads. I also plan to make them in other colors. Feel free to contact me with any special requests.

With that said, I hope you enjoy reading my blog and seeing my crafts. I also look forward to getting to know more people in the etsy community!