An Introduction to TheRaisinFairy

At last, after much cajoling from my blog collaborators, I shall at last post! I just have to remind myself that blogging is supposed to be fun, and doesn’t have to take that long. Brevity – that is the goal! Brevity, and lots of pictures:

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Woodland Flowers: Something I don’t carry in my shop!

So:

A little about my shop, TheRaisinFairy. I have big dreams for it; one day, I hope to shape it into a reflection and extension of my many writing projects. For me, stories are never just about the words on the page: They are also the music that inspires and accompanies them, the flavors of the foods which sustain the characters, the images that they conjure, the treasures and objects that are connected to them. So one day I intend to have different lines of products connected to different novels: For a Victorian sci-fi, I might put out Steampunk accessories; a YA thriller could be accompanied by trendy fingerless gloves; a fairy tale might inspire customizable wall illuminations. And so on.

For now, however, my shop is a place for play and experimentation. I’m learning what I like to make, what people like, and what customers might buy. Could I design and sew simple garments, for instance? Crochet elegant delights? Create cards and stationery? Etsy seems to be a great place to spread a little and see what works.

A selection of some of the items in my shop
Woodland Ornaments, in a nutshell: A selection of some of the items that actually are in my shop!

The result of all this experimentation, however, is that my shop shelves are a little chaotic at the moment! I have miniature woodland creature ornaments (charming for Christmas or anytime!), crocheted accessories (best for cold weather, but why not plan ahead?), and a few cards (hard copies, and downloadable). These are all forays into fields I hope to explore extensively in months ahead!

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A Nontroduction to My Work Space

There’s a way to have pictures of your shop, or where you work, on Etsy. It can give your customers a nice view of where you work and what the process is like. Well, our sewing area is partially in the computer room, a little in the kitchen, and a good portion in the garage. My work space is my life, actually.

In my life, all the hobbies get mixed up together. And not only that, but also the pets.

Annie naps while I sew
Annie naps while I sew

And so far I haven’t worked on any skills to use for my Etsy shop but because I wanted to make something for my fellow seamstress

I want to make more of these!
I want to make more of these!

Or, of course, for myself!

Yes, I want to include embroidery on my Etsy creations
Yes, I want to include embroidery on my Etsy creations

Well, I am actually trying to experiment more, so I can include interesting sewing techniques that I can sell on Etsy. Embroidery was among one of them. Covering a journal was before I knew I was going to try selling things on Etsy, but I really enjoyed it!

So, what I can learn from this post is that the next thing I need to work on is getting my work space into order!

A new item in my shop

Newest on my Etsy Shop, as green and fresh-looking as the new leaves of spring
Newest on my Etsy Shop, as green and fresh as the new leaves of spring. Modeled by Sarah.

A few days ago I posted a new hat onto my Etsy shop!

This one is a lot like my other hats, but it’s a plain, no filet-crochet hat, with pretty scalloping on the edge. Multi-colored – light greens and emerald greens – and a little smaller than my other ones (it would actually fit most head types, since my head is rather large), it’s a fun hat to wear for the spring time, since it invokes the new colors and new growth of the season.

I will be putting up more hats soon on my Etsy shop, but if you want to check out the other ones that I already have there, you don’t have to wait but you can go right away to The Work of My Hands.

Strawberries in the Summer Time

Strawberries, a favorite treat in the spring and summer
Strawberries, a favorite treat in the spring and summer

I love having the in-season fruit, and one of my favorites is strawberries! Just thought I would post a picture of the fruit I had today – it looked so pretty in the colander.

What’s you’re favorite springtime fruit?

Projects Underway

Plenty of projects underway… too many, actually!

Just now, I punched the bread dough, getting it ready to bake later on this afternoon. I love to make bread – there’s pretty much nothing else like the wholesome, simple pleasure of this activity, and equally nothing like eating a freshly baked slice, with the butter melting delightfully into it’s depths.

But today, I was also planning on working on a commission I’m doing for a friend of mine, a fellow artist, who got a couple of yards of hand dyed silk which she wanted made into a simple, sleeveless dress. She gave me another dress that will be the blueprint for the one I’m working on. It was interesting measuring it – length, width, length of darts, shoulder seams, and everything else, getting ready to cut it out and make it.

But I also am doing a few other things now. For instance, I’m in the middle of a short knit scarf; an almost complete wool hat (same pattern as my other hat https://www.etsy.com/listing/220305002/star-burst-black-crochet-hat?ref=shop_home_active_5 ); a lace scarf, and of course several paintings.

And that is just the short list. Plenty of things to do, and plenty for my creative mind to dabble in and enjoy. A problem with the creative mind, though, is that I don’t always know how to make everything go into its neat and tidy little box – a place for everything and everything in it’s place – and all my little projects start to spill into each other, figuratively and actually.

But for now, I go off to shape the bread into nice, plump loaves, and tonight we shall have bread!

Innovative Undertakings

And so begins a new chapter of my life.

Actually it’s more like a new novel in the library of my life, and everything that’s been leading up to it- at least 2 years of working up to putting things up on Etsy- was just the prologue. A very long prologue.

But, here I am, and I am happy to be where I am.

One of the things I really want to do is be sure that I know more about the people I hope to sell to. That’s something my sister and I were talking about; that we don’t want to just be selling something to someone and they’re just a walking dollar bill. That’s just rude, and people matter more than money.

Here’s a link to my Etsy shop (https://www.etsy.com/shop/SallySewing) and I’d like to give you a quick tour of my items. The first item, and the latest uploaded, is the crazy pink bag with highlights in jeans. We had the pink fabric in our collection for a while, and I brought it in to make it into bags. Then my siblings insisted that I make into a skirt first and, when that was finished, I made the bag, about half a month too late for Valentine’s Day.

I’m really pleased with the way it turned out, especially sense it was part experimental. The jeans fabric is similar to the godet technique, and I think it came out pretty well. It certainly looks like it would be a good, sturdy bag and I’ve been tempted to use it, except that I don’t want to use the things I want to sell.

The second item (or items) on my shop is the purple flower napkin rings. There’s nothing really extraordinary to talk about for them. I did learn that I’m not a huge fan of making napkin rings, but I’m really pleased with the way the flowers turned out.

The third and final (hopefully not for long) item on my shop is the red and white and white and red bag. This was made from leftovers of a dress I made, out of the red and white fabric. I had a lot of fun with the big bow and I am pleased with how this came out, kind of classy, kind of playful, definitely hand-made looking (which is either a good thing or a bad thing)

And there’s a quick tour. I will be working on uploading more items, and taking pictures of the things I have finished.

The First Post

Welcome to Ribbons in Our Hair!

In this, our very first post, we all would like to introduce ourselves and talk a little about what we want to do with this blog. As a sisterly group collaboration, there are a few things we don’t always agree on; but purpose is clear and our hospitality for our readers is abundant. We hope that everyone who comes by can get to know us and join us on this journey!

Abigail

My problem has always been that I have too many hobbies. So many different things interest me! I walk into a craft store, look around, and feel like trying anything and everything that I can see. Woodcraft? Sewing? Painting? Crochet? Knitting? Those little twizzly bracelet things made out of rubber bands? Beading? Rug making? Sure! Anything!

Of course, I can’t actually do everything. So I have gotten pretty good at a few: I can sew well (especially garments for myself), I crochet, and there are a few card designs that I’ve come up with that are actually quite pleasing. Just so long as I try to master one thing at a time!

What I hope to do is apply some of the things that I have mastered to make products that I like and that I can produce on a wide scale to sell on Etsy. My Etsy shop is currently well stocked, but the variety is wide. In the next few months, I’ll be experimenting – figuring out what I want and what potential costumers might want. It might be a wild ride – but if I can hang in there, perhaps I can turn a habit of hobbies into a career!

Visit Abigail’s Etsy shop by following the link: www.etsy.com/shop/TheRaisinFairy

Hannah

Creativity runs in the blood! It has manifested itself in many different ways in my life; some of them never quite took off, but most of them I just love to do! Trying to harness my creativity, and make it productive is my current goal, and with this blog I hope to show the first steps on this journey, the journey of being a creative person, working for myself (instead of at some big corporation, myself located in a little cubicle), a journey of doing everything for the honor and glory of my Lord, and aiming for excellence in everything I do.

first and foremost, I am an artist, a realist painter to be exact. I want to show some of my paintings and maybe some sketches and drawings here – in progress, studio painting stuff. I will also be doing lots and lots of crocheting and knitting! I can turn out quite a lot of hats and scarves if I put my mind to it.

Also, we will showcase some of our creative endeavors in the kitchen – another creative passion for our family!

Visit Hannah’s Etsy shop by following the link:  www.etsy.com/shop/Annavania

Sarah

I have lots of things on my Etsy shop- lots and lots of things! You can find bags, napkin rings and placemats, stuffed animals, mug warmers, wall décor and many more things people have probably never heard of.

Actually- I don’t. I probably have about four things on my Etsy shop, which is actually pretty pathetic. But I imagine that I have lots and lots of things, because that’s what I am planning, so I imagine it’s there, and unfortunately that doesn’t make it a reality. But I’m going to work on that.

Starting this summer, my Etsy shop will become a reality, and I will be taking it seriously, because this sewing hobby of mine is not just a hobby, it’s something I love to do.

Visit Sarah’s Etsy shop by following the link: www.etsy.com/shop/SallySewing