Pin’d: After the Vino is Finished

I’ve recently fallen in love with the online inspiration boards over at Pinterest. Check back here often (or follow FrostedTreats on Pinterest) to see what’s inspiring me!

Pinboard: After the Vino is Finished

For some reason I’m drawn to projects that give new life to empty wine corks and bottles. Have a look!

(Click images to go to Pin and Source)

How to Make Wine Cork Magnets

How to make Cork Handled Cheese Knives

Wine Cork Monogram

Wine Cork Keychains

Happy Pinning!

-Jessica

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Lia’s Summer Finds

Every year, usually in March, when the snow finally has completely melted and the sun’s rays filter through the clouds, you can find me in flip flops without my coat, and picking out what bathing suits I should buy. Keep in mind, in New Jersey in March, it is still about 40-something degrees and it’s more likely than not we’ll get another flurry or two.  So then, I have to pull my coat back out of the basement and polish up my boots because I’ll get in at least another month of wearing them.

What never fails to surprise me though, is after so many months of waiting for summer and 2 months of delicious heat, why on earth are they showing khakis and thermals at the end of July?!

This makes me want to lash out at the media and marketing companies- don’t they REALIZE how frustrating it is for people like myself who are finally just getting into the slow summer rhythm to go shopping for a pair of short shorts and are instead overwhelmed with sweaters? I like to go shopping for summer clothes IN the summer. And I like to go shopping for fall (which happens to be my favorite season) IN the fall.

In an attempt to fight back this saddening marketing ploy, I will list some GREAT summer finds for those of us who still want to shop for summer during the summer.

This metallic bathing suit handmade by carolinebenoit11, may be a little pricey for my pocket (because I’m a poor graduate student), but it’s PERFECT for a warm summer night. One pieces are very in this season and I love LOVE the one shoulder.

(gold one piece bathing suit | link)

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Oh how I wish I had a little girl to dress her in this! CharmingNecessities is one of my favorite shops on Etsy. I love frills, lace, floral patterns, and little girls outfits that look like they’re made for little girls. If you need a gift for your child, your friend’s child, your grandchild… look at this sweet bubble romper. This picture alone will melt your heart!

(vintage beauty sunsuit in English rose | link)

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Ahoy there! This tiny keepsake bag made my ZiBagz is ADORABLE with a nautical color palate that I love. Again, the nautical theme is very in this season and I love the red and navy blue together :)

(ahoy sailor mini keepsake bag | link)

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And last but not least, this is for the little man in your life! This cute, fully lined swimming trunk made by PigtailsandPatches pulled at my heartstrings. With another few months of warm weather, I could just imagine this bathing suit getting tons of use. I love the plaid! (and the fish!) And the best part? Everything in this shop can be personalized. I am a sucker for personalized, embroidered, initialed items because growing up the unique spelling of my name could never be found on bracelets, cups, or keychains. My poor future children are going to have their name on everything!

(little fish boys | link)

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On that note, I hope all you happy readers are having a wonderful summer and enjoy the rest of the warm weather while you can!

-Lia

Shop: My Favorite Etsy Purchases

Since I spend my days making things, I often find I troll around Etsy.com for supplies rather than taking advantage of the amazing handmade goods. Certainly other makers out there get the same flash of, “But wait, I can make that…” instead of adding something to their shopping cart. Sometimes,  however, we need to realize that in order to really support the handmade community, we need to give credit where it is due and make some purchases. Here is a quicky list of a few of my favorite handmade shops on Etsy that have provided amazing customer service. Check out these fabulous shops and enjoy!

My Little Chickadee Creations

For this past Christmas, I tried to get as many gifts as I could handmade for my family and friends. I came across My Little Chickadee through the EtsyTwitter Team and ordered a set of custom stamped coasters to give to my father. Needless to say, they were very well received! This shop also offers save-the-date magnets and ornaments. The quality is fabulous and the service is superb.

Sweet Petula

I. Love. Handmade. Soaps.

When I saw this shop featured on Heartsy, I jumped on the deal! I was able to order a bunch of wonderfully unique handmade soaps. The soaps came individually wrapped in charming papers, perfect for giving. Though I mainly purchased this for myself, I suppose I’ll end up gifting one or two… Or not. More for me!

What’ve been your most favorite Etsy purchases?

Etsy Shop Reading List

Lately I’ve been overwhelmed and overjoyed at the number of friends of mine who have taken on the challenge of opening up their own Etsy shop. I’ve had my own shop, FrostedTreats for almost three years. It was the best decision I could have made.

Originally I set up shop to thin out the ridiculous stock of charms I had made for fun. Then came the realization that I could also help fund my creative hobbies with the proceeds from my sales. From there my little mini business has continued to grow. Not only am I able to showcase the nifty little trinkets I make to the world, but I’ve also been able to answer questions and illuminate the online craft marketplace for my real life friends. How to take quality image photos, shipping dilemmas, custom order etiquette, and beyond.

 

The best bit of advice I can give anyone just starting out with an Etsy shop is to READ UP! Find resources everywhere. Don’t assume that you know exactly what you’re doing. There are tons of experts out there who can point you in the right direction – don’t neglect the wealth of information around you. Here is a quick list of recent articles around the Etsy-verse.

Starting an Etsy Shop from the Bottom Up by Handmadeology

Though I’ve only highlighted one post from this site, Handmadeology is a terrific resource! Look through and try to absorb all of the wisdom and knowledge available! This article here isn’t quite a step-by-step look at setting up a shop, but more of a “get your head right” pep talk. Valuable advice right there!

Photography Tips for Crafters by Elizabeth Carls

Since your potential customers cannot touch, hold, examine, or try on your creations, the only way they can fall in love is through photos. The perfect product photos are hard to come by if you don’t know what you’re doing. The biggest tip I can give is to use natural light. Set your photo shoot up outside or in a bright room with big windows. Indoor lighting and your camera’s flash result in pretty bland, poorly lit photos. Other than that little tidbit, read through Elizabeth Carls’ article and find out other ways to enhance your images!

Etsy Checklist – Tips to Sell More by Handmade Marketing

Another great seller resource with a myriad of articles aimed at Etsy success. This post gives a brief but well-rounded look at the basics of online craft selling. Photos, SEO (search engine optimization), networking, tagging, social media, etc.

20 Tips for Selling on Etsy by Everything Etsy

More brief snippets of advice on set up and success. Everything Etsy is another good resource to dig through… This site also features Etsy finds, giveaways, a shop directory and sales on occasion. The biggest tip here? Whatever you plan to do with your Etsy shop – have fun with it!

The Great Pricing Debate by IndieFixx

Sooooo, you want to sell your creations. Good – now how much should you charge? This question is one that everyone who endeavors to market their crafts has to battle with. You don’t want to charge too much and scare off buyers, but you don’t want to charge too little and end up broke. This post helps to calm some fears and steer the would-be entrepreneur in the right direction to find that delicate pricing balance. Bottom line – be fair to yourself. If you cannot support your hobby/business with bargain basement type prices – raise them! Don’t feel bad about it either. If you’re creating quality items, higher prices are not unreasonable. Take into account the cost of materials, time and labor, and your talent.

The Etsy Seller Handbook by The Storque

This link will bring you to more links – tons of links – wonderful links. The Storque is run by Etsy itself and posts a number of helpful articles on how to succeed with your shop as well as adorable tutorials and DIY projects! Definitely a must-read.

 

I hope these resources help calm your nerves and answer some questions. Feel free to ask questions here, too! We will gladly impart some of our knowledge :) Take a look now at some wonderful Etsy shops run by some wonderful people!

 

Adina and Gem

High quality jewelry made with colorful beads, sterling silver, and a keen eye for style.

 

Yardsale Press

Funky art prints, cool coasters, and LOTS of great color!

 

Enjoy, makers!

 

 

Roses are Pink

I hope all of you makers out there had a fabulous Valentine’s Day yesterday!

While I didn’t have a Valentine of my own, I did snap a photo of the pretty pink roses my Dad brought home for my Mom. So sweet :)

Seeing these lovely roses and then stumbling upon a box of crepe paper has given me a goal for this week:

Rose Kissing Ball

from heart-hands-home

(photo from heart-hands-home)

 

I plan to make two, one pink and one white. Normally something like this would be perfect for Valentine’s Day, but personally I think these are adorable all year long! Photos of my attempt will be coming soon, I just gotta go out and get some Styrofoam!

What?! National Chocolate Cake Day?!

So, I was going to post something completely different for you today, makers. I felt it would be completely inappropriate, however, if my blurb today was about anything other than chocolate cake.

 

You see, today is NATIONAL CHOCOLATE CAKE DAY!

(Yes, the whole phrase needs to be capitalized.)

 

Most self-respecting, warm-blooded people I know have a special connection to chocolate cake.
Here are a couple links to some decadent chocolate cake recipes.

(note: All photos and recipes belong to their respective authors.
These were just too delicious looking to keep to myself!)

 

Mile-High Chocolate Cake

from epicurious.com

*****

 

Chocolate Clementine Cake

with Hot Chocolate Sauce

from myrecipes.com

*****

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

from javacupcake.com

(I hope this makes you feel better, Liz!)

*****

 

Guinness Cake

from designspongeonline.com

(You’re welcome, Pandah!)

*****

 

No need to thank me… Just save me a slice.

Happy National Chocolate Cake Day :)

Valentine’s Day Quickie

Happy Saturday, Makers!

Here’s a little weekend reading material to get you prepped and pumped for Valentine’s Day. Take a look at these fabulous projects from around the internet!

(Oh, and don’t forget to check out our own ‘lil project – Valentine’s Mini Mailbox!)

Decorate: Valentine Pillows

Felt So Cute has a great project idea for some fun (and eco-friendly) decorative pillows featured at Blue Cricket Design. I don’t know about you, but I’m thinkin’ these little guys would look great all year ’round! LINK!

Devour: Oreo Kisses

Warning: You WILL want these treats.

Warning: You WILL try to read ALL of Bakerella’s recipes.

Okay, now that you’ve been warned, check out my *hands down* favorite super-sweet treat blog! Bakerella is best known for her Cake Pops, but WHOA. These Oreo Kiss Truffles make my mouth water and my sweet tooth ache. LINK!

Delight: Sweet Valentines Printables

Looking for adorable Valentines that you can print at home? These strawberry and cherry love notes are so stinkin’ cute, I can’t handle it. I know I may be a grown woman, but I just might have to give these out to my friends. Whatcha think? Tricia-Rennea Illustrations also provides tons of other adorable (and high quality!) printables and images to use. LINK!

And now, for our Question of the Day –

Plain fruit, Chocolate covered fruit or Chocolate covered chocolate?

Have a great weekend!