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February 12, 2012

Tamdoll's Garter Stitch Handbag

In case you needed an explanation for Wednesday’s post, this is the stack of blocks I was working with, and the little doll was only about 1.25” tall.  Will be sewn together, handle added and then fulled/felted in the washing machine to be a nice handbag.

Since I’m making a lot of these one-of projects, and others that are dedicated to a specific gift or purpose before I even finish them, I haven’t updated my Etsy shop in a while.  So, I’m not sure what to do about that.  Of course I still have a few things available at Apotheca, in town, and there is a project I have in mind that I’d like to make a few of, and put up for sale (I just have to make the time to do it!). 

I could certainly postpone the online shop opening a little longer, but there’s the subject of the Etsy groups I’m a part of.  The networking and effort it takes to keep up with each group is, in my situation, very disproportionate to the sales I received last year and the projects I have in mind for the coming month.  The problem is, I love sharing and reading everyone’s blogs… but I have to make creating a priority or I should just drop out of groups.  I feel an obligation to participate in everything, I’ve definitely been slacking, but without anything to sell, it’s all kind of ridiculous.  This week, I’m going to focus on creating and re-opening my shop.  I’ll take it month-by-month and see what I can do and decide before the year is up – prioritizing my time and efforts and deciding what endeavors make the most sense.


  1. I hope you won't leave us! Take time to create and share with us what you're up to :)
    The bag is looking awesome!

  2. Thanks for the visit :)

    I've read "Replay" a couple times ... I loved it!

  3. Dearest sweet tammy, these blocks are just gorgeous!! I love them. :) I am looking forward to see your shop update but do take some time off to rest and relax. Have a lovely merry happy week and love to you!

  4. It's all about priorities. I take time to create for at least half an hour a day, no matter what else is going on, at least 5 days of the week. Even listing one new item in your shop per week can make a huge difference.

    Your blocks looking good. Best of luck with everything.

  5. I know what you mean. It's hard building up your stock. I'm in such a situation myself. I've always wondered how much networking translates into sales. I sell a lot of my stuff to my readers so that's a good indication. I'm always grateful when people bothered to tell me how they found my shop. Good luck to updating your shop.

  6. I do think that building inventory makes a difference but I am also one to loose sight of my priorities. Hope things work out for you.

    Artful Rising

  7. What a cool bag!
    It's OK, Tammy. Take some time to re-group. I totally understand what you're saying.
    I wish you serenity and success in your endeavors. hope you are healing well, too.


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