Sunday, December 26, 2010

Featured Shop - Nadelwerk Unique Handcrafts

Hello world!!  Stitchy is pleased to bring you a review of Etsy Seller Nadelwerk Unique Handcrafts.

Nadelwerk sells great pincushions but what Stitchy really appreciates about this are the hand made sewing pins that Nadelwerk offers.

These pins are absolutely beautiful and very, very unique.  Included are everything from the beautiful flowers pictured to happy faces, roses, calla lillies, hearts, toadstools, and more!

These pins are a definite treat and can "cutify" any pincushion. 

Nadelwerk is located in Hillsboro, Oregon and according to her Etsy bio she started making her pincusions while looking for a gift for her mother who had taught her to sew.   Be sure to stop by and view Nadelwerk's fantastic Pins and Pincushions!


Sunday, December 19, 2010

It's Been About a Month Now on Artfire

So here are Stitchy's thoughts and opinions on the Artfire set up.  Stitchy's going to view this whole thing as a product review so those of you who have Etsy shops but are not on Artfire yet may benefit from a bit of insight from a new user.

Lets start off with the Pros before we get to the Cons:

1.  Artfire has almost as much traffic as Etsy has so it is growing considerably.
2.  Paid membership accounts have the option of setting  their shop colors as well as getting up to 99 shop categories to organize their products.
3.  Everything is added to Google Base within minutes of posting. I'm sure all of us on Etsy are familiar with the whole "Syndication" situation and how long that takes.
4.  Even free members can have as many items as they want in their shops.
5.  You have the option of your Collections being reviewed to be featured for the front page and emails. 
6.  You have the ability to embed widgets of your collections.  Going to try one for this week's :-) The Etsy Treasury widget is made by a third party.

Now for the Cons:

1.  Basic members show up last in searches as opposed to the paid members who will show up first.  This con was blown out of the water yesterday however when I was making this week's Collection and found one of my own items among the Pro Seller's items.  Thank you Artfire!
2.  The main con is just the frustration of not having access to everything without the Pro Membership.
3.  The membership itself is also a con.  It's quite the Catch-22 in that they want you to pay a monthly fee which will help you make sales, however, how can you pay a fee without funds from sales??

So I hope you've enjoyed this review of Artfire and for those of you out there considering another venue to sell, Artfire overall is a great choice.


Saturday, December 11, 2010

New Items at Stitchy Impressions

Greetings from Sunny Bakersfield!  Stitchy would like to take the time this week to mention some new items to keep an eye out for coming to Stitchy Impressions

After taking a brief hiatus from crocheting to focus on knitting, Stitchy is back with some new crocheted items and a new line.  The newest items, seen here to the left, are actually a line of washcloths.  Why washcloths and who in their right mind would use a washcloth made from yarn? 

Good questions.

For starters there are many many uses for a washcloth from bath time to dish washing.  Secondly, they are actually very eco-friendly in that they are machine washable and reusable and made from very durable yarn.  And thirdly, if you were going to buy someone a gift and you were going to get them towels and washcloths, wouldnt hand made washcloths be nice? Stitchy thinks so too which is why the Grand Washcloths are starting to slowly make their way into Stitchy Impressions!

Also coming into the shop are some awesome hair scruchies designed and made by Stitchy's sister.  These will be sold in pairs so that pig tails will make much better sense.  They will also be known as Curly Ques.  Importantly, these are also machine washable and there are two sizes as well as many different colors so be sure to keep an eye out for more. 

There are also a whole passle of keychains making their way into Stitchy's shop as well.  At this time, there are currently two up, but many more are just waiting to be added.

Also coming soon will be some very unique and very vintage silverware.  However, time has tarnished them so once they are cleaned and polished they will make their appearance. 

On an interesting side note - if something is only mildly tarnished rubbing white toothpaste on the item works wonders.  You can also make a paste out of baking soda and water that should work well also.  These are some very useful and money saving home remedies for your tarnished silver, however, if it's a large peice or very very tarnished then the store bought cleaners will likely be best.

And here is a peak at this past week's Treasury and Collection:

Until next week...


Sunday, December 5, 2010

Featured Artist - Bagatelles & Co

Greetings from Sunny Bakersfield!  This week Stitchy would love to feature Etsy Seller Bagatelles & Co.  Lately Stitchy's been in the market for a small old fashioned coin purse and was absolutely delighted to find Bagatelles

Bagatelles has been an Etsy seller since 2009 and is from London.  Not only does this shop include some beautiful hand made coin purses and handbags but all of the 127 items are beautifully photographed.

Be sure to check out Bagatelles' Etsy Profile for an interesting read on how Bagatelles came to be!

And now after this breif review of another wonderful Etsy shop here is our last week's kitchen themed Etsy treasury!

And also as an added treat, here is the Stitchy Impressions November 2010 Catalogue!  Complete with all the BRAND NEW items for November 2010!