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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

What I've Been Up To Lately...


https://www.etsy.com/shop/HelloCamellia

Hi guys, nice to see you again! I'm sorry I've been a little AWOL over here on the blog these days.
Though I'm sure many of you hadn't even noticed, I feel I should explain my absence over the last couple of weeks. I've been sewing like mad every weekend and staying up late on weeknights for the past three weeks or so, fueled by triple-shot lattes! I've been making it a priority to re-stock my Etsy shop and get my little online business in order.

Over the last few weeks I've made a total of 6 tote bags, 12 zipper bags, 6 sunglasses cases, 5 origami crane earrings, 8 bows, and 3 wall hangings, not to mention many more items that I have in various stages of completion. (You can see a sampling of them in the photos). With all of that, Scavenger Hunt (and keeping up with my favorite blogs) sort of went on the back-burner. Now that I've gotten my shop pretty well stocked, I'm looking forward to getting back in the blogging groove and maybe even sewing some fun stuff for myself!

Growing Hello Camellia is one of the goals I made for myself this year, and another reasons I've been working so hard is that I am applying to sell at a local craft market that seems really cool and modern (a much better fit for me style-wise than anything I've seen). You may remember me bemoaning the lack of "modern" handmade fairs in my area after my last craft fair experience, so you can imagine my excitement about finding this one! I sent in my application yesterday and I'm hoping I get accepted.

Anyway, I wanted to get my shop in shape to apply as well as to try out some new designs I'd been thinking of. I've expanded my appliques into tote bags, made some sunglasses cases, and tried out a few new designs (like the new dog and doughnut). I'm also thinking of trying out an Iphone case and maybe some pillows as well. What do you think?

https://www.etsy.com/shop/HelloCamellia

I've also been working to get the financial side of my business in order. My mom gave me the book Etsy-Preneurship and I read it cover-to-cover. In the past I have definitely been guilty of sloppy record-keeping and guesswork when it comes to pricing, so I'm trying to remedy that. I opened a new business checking account and Paypal, bought this small business planner on Etsy, and bought a binder to keep it all in. Now I'm working on designing some business cards. Baby steps!

I also have a small favor to ask you: since I'm going to be doing at least two craft fairs this year, I'm trying to figure out which items/motifs are the most likely to be popular and therefore I should make more of. Can you let me know which item/s in the photos above you like best to help me find out? 

Thanks for your help! I hope you're all having a fabulous February!

19 comments:

  1. Personally I like the tote bags. I would buy them. But at a craft show I would guess only a few of those would sell but the smaller items would sell more. Just a gut feeling.

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    1. Thanks Kate! I've definitely made a lot more of the zip bags for that reason, and I'm going to make a bunch more bows and origami jewelry too.

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  2. I like the camera motif. I also like the bunting make up pouch. Good luck!!

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    1. Thanks Cathy! For whatever reason, the buntings didn't seem to do as well, but maybe I'll make a couple more just in case :)

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  3. I love anything to do with wiener dogs, cameras, and those origami earrings!! :D Good luck to you!

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  4. I love the camera motif....and anything dog motif is super hot right now too:)

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  5. I especially like the camera design and the totes...love the state idea!

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    1. Thanks Jodie! I'm glad you like the state idea! I'm also thinking of making a California shape with a little heart on our town- it seems like I've seen quite a few of those.

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  6. I really like to tote bags. Right now I tend to use the reusable bags from the grocery store to haul all my work stuff around. One of your cute totes would be way better. I'd love one that says Maryland.

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  7. I adore the camera and glasses motifs. Your shop is really filling up. That's so awesome! Good for you!

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    1. Thanks Melissa! So far the camera is a hit!

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  8. I love food motifs, so I love the donuts!

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    1. Thanks Nicole! I was also thinking of trying out a cake or popsicle design too. Any other cute food ideas appreciated!

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  9. I checked out your shop. Your projects are adorable!!! Best of luck. If you ever have a craft show a lil closer to LA please post about it!

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    1. Thanks Jenny! I will definitely let you know if I end up doing a show down south. I should look into what's going on down there!

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