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Monday, November 24, 2014

All Business Monday---Zibbet

Zibbet has been around a few years yet many seem to have never heard of it before.   Zibbet is a lot like Etsy.  A place to sell handmade items, craft supplies, and vintage items.

It was founded by Johnathan Peacock and has evolved in many ways since it's beginning.

It used to be totally free to list up to 50 items.   There was an upgrade to list more as well as offer sales, have more than one photo etc.
You can still list free on Zibbet, but only up to 10 items now.

I debated with myself on upgrading, but did decide to go with the basic membership and am paying $5 a month to have up to 50 items listed.   I currently have 42 listed.

Promotion, promotion and promotion is what I need to keep on for myself if I expect to be a successful seller.  After 3 years, I've not sold even one item there.
So here, I am to promote the website as a whole, as well as myself.

I was using Zibbet as an alternative to paying to relist items as they expired in my Etsy shop.   I will still list them on Zibbet as they expire in Etsy and work towards always having my limit of 50 items listed at all time.

Here is a breakdown of the Zibbet memberships:



Here are just a few of the items that are in my store:

https://www.zibbet.com/marsha32/toothbrush-rug-26963


https://www.zibbet.com/marsha32/colorful-quilt


https://www.zibbet.com/marsha32/hot-pad-and-coaster-set-in-yellows

You may find my store HERE.

 








Friday, November 21, 2014

Frugal Friday with Marsha-- Craft Gifts for the Children


This week I am writing about some of the different things that I've made for the grandchildren.  I have shared some of what I've given them, as well as all of the pillowcases last week.


This baby set I found in the One-Yard Wonders
book.   I had never made anything like this.  A lady at church helped me when I couldn't quite understand the instructions.  Since then I have made lots of the bibs.  The lighter colored bib is an extra to the set.  The set was made for Zelda when she was born.


One year, the granddaughters, Ariel, Willo, and Araya all received a doll quilt and plarn jewelry from me for their birthdays.   The plarn bracelet and necklace are laying on the doll quilt.

This little Minnie Mouse hat was also crochted for Zelda as a newborn.  It was so small that she only got to wear it like 2 days, literally.   It was might cute through!


This sock family went to Jacob for his first Christmas.  I actually got the idea from the church nursery as there were some in the toy box.      I have well over 200 mismatched socks in bags, plus I have plenty of stuffing.  It's time to start making a LOT more of these.   I do plan on making a family for Killian this year.

 This cute little cat with it's blanket was made from the Crafty Creatures
book and was a gift for Zelda this past Christmas.   She loved it!  It was so so cute.  There are lots of creatures in the book that I yet want to make.

That's it for this week.  Since Thanksgiving is upon us, I want to wish you a
Happy Thanksgiving Postcard
Happy Thanksgiving Postcard by touchministry
Find other Happy Postcards at zazzle.com





Thursday, November 20, 2014

Writer's Unite--11/20/14

Curiously I decided to search Writer's Unite instead of just coming to my blog.  Sadly, my blog wasn't shown even on page 12 of the search.   I do put writers unite as a tag.   Suggestions on other tags so that it will show up?
I should have searched BEFORE choosing a name since there are already tons of Writer's Unite websites and social media groups!

I have 2 open days each week where I don't have a regular weekly post.  That's Tuesday and Saturday.  Why can't I get in to the habit of writing posts on those days?  Tuesday is a busy day for me, but I have no excuse for Saturday.  Saturday is generally the day that I actually don't have somewhere to be away from home.
I need to work on this!

I would like to throw a reminder out that I have linky's to share your work in my Super Sunday Review posts, All Business Monday posts, and my Frugal Friday posts.   Those are specific---share your review posts on Sunday, Business type posts on Monday, and frugal type posts on Friday.
Writer's Unite is anything goes---whatever posts you choose to share.

Just a heads up---since next Thursday is Thanksgiving, there won't be a weekly Writer's Unite post.  I will be busy ALL day with family as I suspect many of you will be.




Wednesday, November 19, 2014

WIP Wednesday 11/19/14

So many projects!  So little time!    I don't want to do anything but just sit and sew.  Other things get in the way.

Friday evening was sit n' sew at the quilt shop.  I finished 7 more Christmas bags.  Just 10 more to get made to use in my gift giving.

I squared up a couple hundred (so it seems) smaller 4 patches.


I didn't get in much work on my light blue hexagons for the soscrappy challenge, but did get a little done.


My biggest work in progress right now is inventorying my crafts and getting things listed in my shops online.  I still have an over flowing tote of things that aren't listed yet, but if you are interested, you can find my shops here:

Marsha's Spot on Etsy
Marsha's Spot on Zibbet
Marsha's Spot on Shophandmade


Here is my current list of UFO's:
Rectangle quilt
challenge wall hanging
GoodNight Irene quilt/wall hanging
Yo-Yo Table runner
Emerald Island Fusique table runner
Five and Dime quilt
Fractured Pineapple quilt
Christmas bags (total of at least 25) (15 done)
Charming Stars quilt
Brown half square triangle quilt
? sets of doll blanket, pillows and rug
Hexagon flower table runner
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer quilt


I am linking up with the following blogs:
 WIP Wednesday at Freshly PiecedWIPs on Wednesdays
Soscrppy

Monday, November 17, 2014

All Business Monday--Shop Hand Made





This week I am highlighting Shop handmade.
It's like etsy where you can list your hand made items, supplies and vintage items.
One difference is that shop handmade it totally fee free.
Another difference is that your items don't expire.  They stay listed until sold, or you delete them.  I do like this feature.
Another difference though seems to be promotion.  There are the usual social sharing options, but they don't offer any pre-made banners.
 I need to work on making my own banner for various web advertising.


When you go to the main page of shop handmade and look at the bottom, there are nice widgets for recently updated stores.  I wish we had a code to put that widget on our own pages.  

I will be adding a lot more to my store as well as start to do a lot more promoting of it.  I have yet to sell anything there, but I feel it's more lack of promotion than anything else.

Here are a few of the items I do have listed in my store:
http://www.shophandmade.com/Item/Colorful-Coasters-Set-Of-8-from-Marsha-s-Spot/H62XDWA


http://www.shophandmade.com/Item/Cotton-Crocheted-Washcloths-Set-Of-3-In-Billowing-Blues-from-Marsha-s-Spot/H81PF49

http://www.shophandmade.com/Item/Soap-Saver-Including-Bar-Of-Ivory-Soap-from-Marsha-s-Spot/H069281





Sunday, November 16, 2014

Super Sunday Reviews --Will It Waffle?



I attended a Test Kitchen event last night at our local Bluebird Bookstore. I couldn't help but want to buy this cookbook---Will it Waffle? Yes, it will! by Daniel Shumski

We were served the Toasted Cheese Wavioli. That isn't what sold me on the cookbook. It was looking through it after the taste event and seeing several foods that looked too good not to try.

There are 53 recipes included and I can't wait to try lots of them!
Just some of the ones I want to try are:
Crispy Waffled Bacon and Eggs
Waffled Hash Browns
Truffled Eggs
Waffled Macaroni and Cheese and
S'moreffles

I could take up half a page with all of the recipes that I want to try. While reviewing, there are recipes that I won't have anything to do with as well. This doesn't have anything to do with the recipe itself, but foods that I don't, or won't eat. These include the recipes for mushrooms, calamari, crab and such.

Our waffle maker hasn't left the top shelf or it's box since we bought this house 3 1/2 years ago. With Will It Waffle? I have a feeling it won't ever be put back on that high shelf!





Friday, November 14, 2014

Frugal Friday With Marsha 11/14/14--Making Pillowcases

Continuing on sharing crafts that I have made for gifts, this week I will show you the pillowcases I've made.
I actually made a pillowcase for each of the 10 grandkids last year for their birthdays.   I take that back, 9 grandkids, as Killian wasn't born yet.  I did make 10 as I made one for my youngest daughter as well.
I also made a set of pillowcases for my son and his girlfriend and my oldest daughter and her boyfriend for Christmas.  Part of their gifts were also pillows that I bought at Walmart.
I appliqued the grandkids' names on all of theirs.

I don't know if I can round up all of the pictures from around my computer, but there will be a lot of them to share.
I have step by step photos taken too that I plan on posting a tutorial on how to make them.










Seems I am only missing one pictures and that's the one that I made for my grandson Cash.  It was a Hot Wheels one.








Thursday, November 13, 2014

Writer's Unite 11/13/14

Welcome and we have made it to another Thursday!

How many of you have joined TSU?    I wasn't going to, then talked in to it, and glad that I did.
I've been doing a lot of sharing of my writing there.  It seems to be a great place to share and earn at the same time.
If you have joined, feel free to add your profile link to the linky this week if you would like.  Mine will be the first one that I add.

Busy busy as always here.   I'm not writing blog posts as I should, but the last couple of days I've written more on bubblews instead.
I did 'get hit in the head' yesterday with something I should have been doing all along in my blog posts.   That is linking up key words in my posts to products and such elsewhere.  No, I won't go overboard with it, but why did it take me so long to learn about that?!

Onward!  Keep writing and sharing!



Wednesday, November 12, 2014

WIP Wednesday 11/12/14

The retreat was awesome!  I really got busy sewing for 12 plus hours 2 days in a row.

I will start with a picture that I took from across the room.  I couldn't quite get all of the tables in.
The first thing I worked on was working on my Five and Dime quilt.  One of the gals who came let me borrow her Loose Change ruler.   I worked on it until I had all 40 of my blocks made and cut, then I put 2 blocks together to see what they would look like.
I then got started on my Charming Star quilt top for the sewalong with Terry's Treasures. (see button on the right).  I ran out of one color for my cream border, but one gal had some close enough in her stash.  Thanks to her I was able to complete the top.
I then moved on to cutting up some Christmas panels that a gal at church had given me.  I got the Christmas songs one cut and squared up, then it was time to leave for day 1.   I came back in the morning and got right to work squaring up the pictures from the Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer panel.   These panels are made to be made into the soft books, but I always prefer to make them quilt tops instead.   I completed the Rudolph top.
Next I got out my fractured pineapple blocks.  I finished the 3rd one and made 2 more.
I got bored of those and moved on to making 4 patches with the 2 and a quarter inch squares. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of my progress with those.
Since being home I tried to get back to my lighter blue hexagons for the rainbow color challenge with the soscrappy blog.   I admit that I'm having a problem getting motivated to make these with so many things to get made.  I need to find a project other than just making the flowers.
Finally this week, yesterday was sewing club at church where we meet once a month to sew quilts for charity.  I'm just working on simple 4 patch tops now with larger 4 patches.   I had a goal to get my whole pile made into 4 patches.  As you can see by my picture, I didn't quite make that goal.





My current UFO list:
Rectangle quilt
challenge wall hanging
GoodNight Irene quilt/wall hanging
Yo-Yo Table runner
Emerald Island Fusique table runner
Five and Dime quilt
Fractured Pineapple quilt
Christmas bags (total of at least 25) (9 done)
Charming Stars quilt
Brown half square triangle quilt
? sets of doll blanket, pillows and rug
Hexagon flower table runner
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer quilt

I am linking up with the following blogs:
WIP Wednesday at Freshly PiecedWIPs on Wednesdays

Soscrppy






Monday, November 10, 2014

All Business Monday--Etsy



This week I want to talk about Etsy--the site to sell your hand made items, as well as supplies and vintage items.
I've had an etsy shop for a long time.  Every year I make a goal that I will at least list one new items each week.  Every year I don't maintain that goal.

Still, etsy is the place where I have sold the most of my crafts, which is a variety of items.  I have plastic canvas, quilts, table runners, baby bibs, fabric bags, crochet items and more.
I don't have a niche.  I am more of an all around type of gal.
Often I learn how to make something new and you will then see a lot of that in my shop.

I've had luck with special orders here and there.  Someone sees, say one of the fabric bags, and wants a certain color or print, and will order it special.  I love those!

I have found that even with the fees, etsy is still the best place to list your items for sale.


This morning I put off my procrastination and went in to my shop.  I renewed several listings that had expired as well as added a new item.  I WILL keep my goal from now on of listing something new each week, which can include relisting an expired item if I don't have anything new made.

Let's craft on!

Feel free to link up any of your blog posts that have to do with your business, but if you have an etsy shop, please do link it up.  Thanks!







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