Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Where have I been?

Well, I'm still alive! I have been so EXTREMELY busy these last few months that I'm lucky I've had time to breathe and sleep! The Holidays are slowly creeping up and we are less than three weeks! As for new designs, boy have I been busy!! I have so many new things flying out of my shop that I am having trouble keeping up. My newest promotion is the 2 for $6.00 special I'm running on my Mary Janes.

This one is by far by best seller of the season. I'm hoping to roll out a couple new hat and shoe designs before the end of 2010. I'm just trying my best to keep up with my current orders. My other best seller so far is my improved "Give a Hoot" Owl Hat:

Available in so many colors, this hat is absolutely adorable!! Available in sizes from Newborn - Adult. A possible new addition within the next week or so is:

The "One-Eyed" Monster Hat! This was a bit of an organic creation. I had a client request something "Monsters Inc" related and all I could think of was Mike W!! So here it is. Also available in sizes Newborn-Adult.

I'll post a little more this afternoon and this week as we continue our busy streak. As of today, I'm sorry to say that we will not guarantee delivery by Christmas for any order that is placed after today at 6pm. Realistically we can accept orders for Christmas delivery for those electing Priority Shipping until Friday of this week, 12/10/10.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

New Listings!

I finally added some new items to my shop! I'll also be updating my website over the next two days and adding some new, professional pics too! Pardon my odd images, but I'll edit my listings a little later on in the next day or two with the more professional pictures.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


I'm trying to find inspiration for more projects but if I use my daily life for inspiration, I think my creations would come out strange and LOUD!!

I think I need to focus more. I'm getting into a rut and I HATE that! I've been spending a lot of time with the kids the last few days, giving my hook and yarn a much needed break, but in spending time with the kids, I feel the urge to create things that are colorful. Bright pinks and blues and greens and purples. Girly girl stuff (for my daughter of course) and little boy things (for my little man). I'm thinking maybe a princess mirror? Or maybe some colorful blocks? Or maybe even a sweater or skirt? Even a dress of some kind. I think I might be coming out of my rut. Time to check out what materials I have in the closets and under the bed. I'm sure I can come up with something!

Stay tuned. I'll post pics as soon as I can of whatever I come up with...

To be continued..........

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Another teaser...my yummy yummy candy corn Mary Jane's!!!

coming soon! sizes available-newborn - 12/18 months.
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Teaser-Franken baby Beanie cap

this particular Beanie cap will be available in sizes Newborn -12 years. I'm still working on it but this particular one is almost finished. Its made of 100% cotton and features black, green and purple colors.
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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Halloween is now in FULL SWING!

My favorite! These are my Halloween Theme "Franken-Baby" themed shoes. Tri-colored, these shoes are made of 100% cotton and are super comfy. I think I need to make myself a pair! Sizes available are Newborn-12/18 months.

My Lil' Ladybug Hat. There are also matching Mary Janes Available for this hat. Sizes available for the hat are Newborn - 12 years.

I've added so many things to my Etsy shop and I'm hoping (and hopefully my internet connection will be back up and running at home) to add even more items to my shop within the coming days. I'm working on new Beanie Caps to match my newest Mary Jane Shoes and there are even a couple of other things that I'm hoping to unveil as well (new patterns to try!) which will given even more of a variety of items to my shop.

Friday, September 3, 2010

I've added new items to my Etsy Shop!!

I added new things to my Etsy shop! I've added new Black and Cream Beanie Hats and I'm starting to add my new Halloween themed items. First up is the new Halloween themed Mary Janes!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

A new week and new beginnings

This weekend was one for new things. I tried out a few new patterns and I've decided to add bags to my shop listings. This week I'll have new photographs and new items up in my Etsy shop, hopefully. I took some time to pack up some of my clutter (bottles, clothes, toys, etc) and donated it to various people in need. Unfortunately this leaves a gaping amount of space (what to do...what to do???)...What better way to fill it then by crafting up a storm!!! LOL

With back to school, fall and Halloween around the corner, this opens up an huge window of opportunity for Halloween themed hats, mary janes, bags and even a few crocheted costumes. I'm hoping to finally finish my sample tutus and get those up there. Halloween is a mere 10.5 weeks away and I don't know about everyone else, but I like to plan early. I'm hoping to roll out my very first giveaway before the end of August, but we'll see how it goes.

Live, laugh, love and craft!! It's Wednesday...only a mere two days before the start of another weekend!

Monday, August 9, 2010

The last few weeks...

It's been an exciting couple of weeks since I launched my Etsy shop and began displaying my items for all to see. My Etsy shop blew up within the first few days and I received one order after another after another. I even had a couple of wholesale orders that monopolized a lot of my time. However, here we are into the second full week of August and the momentum has died down a bit. I'm kind of glad in a way, but I know that I need to introduce new items and build up the momentum again. I want to have a good following, but I can't do that with only two of three items to sell.

I've decided to introduce a couple of new hats but I'm having difficulties getting the right one and in the right colors. I've changed up my original Spring Fling Beanie and I'm trying to create my own "Summer Love" beanie. I've got my "Bella Beanie Cap" down pat...I've been making that hat since FOREVER!! Hopefully I'm out of my funk and I can already feel a new surge of inspiration. I'm thinking that this week will be a week of new beginnings and new offerings. It's already looking that way!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

My first official sale!

I'm so jazzed that it happened so quickly. I've gotten so many compliments and requests from people I know, but to actually have someone see my items online and purchase them, it's a bit surreal! I'm so excited and I'm halfway through making the requested item. The sale literally came about ten minutes after it was posted. I had to check and recheck to make sure I wasn't seeing things. Hopefully this is a sign of good things to come!


Friday, July 9, 2010

Weekend plans

It's Friday!! I'm so looking forward to this weekend. I have so many things I'd like to do and of course it includes a weekly pilgramage to the craft store. I really wish they would bring Hobby Lobby up to Massachusetts. I feel like I go to AC Moore and JoAnn's so often that it seems that there is never any new selections! I guess I could always visit Michael's as well. I haven't been there in forever.

On my shopping list? Sugar n' Cream 100% cotton yarn. I LOVE this yarn! It's great to work with, comes in lovely colors and it's 100% cotton. Can't go wrong there. What else is on my list? Buttons. I definitely need to go to JoAnn's for that. I'm adding buttons to some of my crochet flower hairclips and to my crochet Mary Jane shoes. I definitely need to head to AC Moore though...they are having a manager's special on the JetMaxx cube system again (I'm not sure it ever ended, lol!) and I need to get the bookcases. I'm in the process of setting up my own craft space in my basement and the book shelves would look great. They are only $25.00 so I might get one for me and one for the kid's room. They are basic white, so I'm thinking of picking up some Krylon spray paint and giving them a pop of color. That would mean a trip to Home Depot as well!

I'll post pics of my latest creations soon!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

I've done it!

I've FINALLY completed my first three listings for my new Etsy Shop!! I feel somewhat accomplished, but considered I've done so much crocheting, photographing and writing to prepare for these listings, three listings seems so...so little! I have several more items in the works and I'm hoping to photograph these items in the next day or so. I've posted only one hat style and a headband. I've gotten a few other hat styles in the works and also some infant Mary Jane shoes in a variety of colors and also lots of crochet flower hair accessories. Hopefully I can get a move on and increase my listings. Check back soon!

visit www.bellabooandajtoo.com or www.ajandbelladesigns.etsy.com