Friday, December 17, 2010

Its All In The Packaging

I love, love to shop online. I always check the mail to see if my package has come in. Even though I know that it will take longer than a week! When my package finally arrives, it feels like my birthday or Christmas. I can't wait to open it up and take a look at my new goodies. I love it when sellers take the extra time to package items nicely. I get extremely disappointed when things are just placed in freezer bags and toss into a bubble mailers. I expect more, especially for Etsy sellers.

If you sell items on Etsy, you are running your own small business. You represent yourself through the quality and packaging of your item. It doesn't cost a lot to package your items with a little love.

Here are a few ideas in no particular order:

♥ Mailers

Depending on how you send your packages you have several options. If you are in the United States and send your items via USPS you can go online and order your boxes free of charge. They will even deliver them to your doorstep. If you rather use mailer you can use anyone of these online shops to purchase them in larger quantities for a good cost. or

♥ Packaging

Do you sell jewelry? If so do you place your item in a jewelry box or plastic bag? Do you sell clothing? Do you place you clothing in a shopping bag, freezer bag or gift box? Whatever you do think about presentation. Your customer is going to open their box and in front of them see.... what? I sell clothing. While I don't put them in gift boxes I do gift wrap them. You can purchase colorful tissue paper from the Dollar Tree along with ribbon. Not a huge investment but makes a big impact on how your package looks. Be creative, add your own touch.

♥ Hand Written Note

With every item I send a small handwritten note that I purchased from this lovely shop PeculiarParchment. There's something very personal about a hand written note. Etsy customers are purchasing handmade and supporting small businesses so they expect more.

♥ Invoices

I can't tell you how many packages I have received without invoices. Maybe it’s because I spent so many years as an EBay seller that this bothers me. Whatever the case I feel including a copy of the customers' invoice is an important step in running a business.

♥ Business Cards

Now that Etsy has coupon codes I think providing your business card is a definite must. I have recreated a special 10% off code just for business cards. I placed a label on the back of all my business cards. What an incentive for customers to come back and shop with you again or better yet share your card with friends!

♥ A Little Something Special

Who doesn't love freebies? Well your customers do! This is a perfect opportunity to send out a sample size of something you’re working on. For the last three months I have included a small Breast Cancer Awareness key chain free with every order. When I am out of those I might crochet some headbands or something small like that to include with my orders. If you sell soaps you can include a small bath sponge. If you sell prints you can include a small postcard size print. You don't have to spend a lot just be creative.

I am by no means an expert. These are just a few ideas that I have tried and they have helped me along the way. I would love it if you'd share some of your ideas with me.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Twitter Love

Welcome to MyHobbyShop Blog!

Not long ago I joined an Etsy Team called Team Discover. Their mission is to find and promote undiscovered shops and new sellers because everyone needs a break once in a while, a leg up, a helping hand, and a friend! Marketing and networking are just a couple of the ways we help each other and promote ourselves. Twitter is a perfect way to do just that.

So let start by sharing our twitter accounts with each other, "follow" each other, and support and be supported.

The rules are simple:

  • Follow my blog.
  • Follow the Team Discovery blog:
  • Add the URL (link) of your Twitter account to the list below.
  • Follow as many fellow sellers as you wish.
  • Send them an @ message to let them know you found them here!
That's it! Thanks so much for stopping by and helping us help and support you!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Giveaway: Purple Cowl Scarf by MyHobbyShop

I found this wonderful purple Caron yarn and just knew I had to make something beautiful and here is what I came up with.

This is the perfect gift for someone special or just to treat yourself to something nice. Visit my shop to purchase this wonderful item. If you would like it in a different color just let me know and I will do what I can do for you.

I have put this wonderful item in a Team Discovery giveaway. So for your chance to win this cowl visit their website for more information. Pass this along to all your friends and family - share the good news!!

Please visit the Team Discovery for more information on this giveaway:


Friday, November 19, 2010




The spider may have eight eyes, yet many spiders can barely see. What makes it an avid hunter is that the hair follicles on its legs are full of sensitivity and it can discern everything that's going on around it. What's the message of the spider? Use your God-given sense of discernment! You can discern more with your spirit than you can see with your eyes. 'Ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things' (1 John 2:20). God will let you know things you can neither prove nor explain. Jesus said that he would show us 'things to come' (See John 16:13). But He won't do it so that we can ego trip or run around acting flakey. No, 'He shall glorify me: he shall receive of mine, and shall [show] it unto you' (John 16:14). God gives 'inside information' to those who seek to glorify Him. So stop living beneath your spiritual privilege. The old country church folks used to sing, 'The Holy Ghost done told me, everything's gonna be all right.' That may not be good grammar but it's sound Bible truth. Can't you remember a time when your eyes told you, 'You're not gonna make it,' but your spirit kept telling you, 'Everything's gonna be all right?' A time when you met somebody who looked good, too good, and your spirit warned you that something was wrong with them. 'His anointing teaches you about all things...that anointing is real, not counterfeit - just as it has taught you, remain in him' (1 John 2:27 NIV). The way to walk in discernment is to stay close to God.

(borrowed - not an original!)


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Recycle or Reuse

Did you know that yesterday, November 15th was America Recycles Day? I will be completely honest, I didn’t know until I saw random people at work walking around with big green pins! So what exactly is this day all about? According to their website: “America Recycles Day is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to the promotion of recycling programs in the United States. One day to inform and educate.”

So now my question to you is do you recycle? I don’t. Sure I have my reasons but they sound more like excuses. There really isn’t a good enough reason for us not to do our part.

While I don’t recycle - I do reuse. I love using everyday items that would normally end up in the trash for my art projects. I am not the only one. If you do a search for recycle or upcycle on you will find over 50,000 search results! You will find some extremely cool items.

Like this laptop sleeve by NottyPooch made from recycled billboard banner.

This lovely art collage by cindycolumbia1958, she used corrugated paper and buttons among other things.

What about these unique postage stamp earrings by withaflourish?

I bet if you take a look around your house you can find quite a few items you can use for that next art project. Here are a few of the ones I came up with.

Coasters/Trivets using old unwanted CDs. These are easy to do and everyone had CDs lying around the house that you don’t want or need.

Fabric Covered Bracelets. For these I used cardboard tubing and scrap pieces of fabric.

How about plarn coasters?

What is plarn? Well its yarn made out of plastic grocery bags. Its time consuming to work with but if you have the patience you can make just about anything. This blog has great examples: .

Whether you recycle or reuse we all need to play a part in ensuring that we keep this earth beautiful and vibrant for the upcoming generations.

So what do you do? Do you recycle? Do you reuse? Do you upcycle? Please share so we can all learn from each other!


Friday, October 8, 2010

Etsy Holiday Boot Camp Week #1 - Pledge

I Lily pledge to participate in the Etsy Success Holiday Boot Camp to the best of my abilities. I vow to check in every week, do my homework and support my fellow Holiday Boot Campers. I will read the weekly newsletters and blog posts, check in on the weekly forum thread, read the weekly blog post, check off the checklists and salute the mascot. I promise to share what I've learned with those who need it, I understand that together we can spread the word about our handmade and vintage goods, making this holiday season a more unique and meaningful one to givft givers and give-ees everywhere!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Etsy FP - Sept 10, 2010

I absolutely love Etsy. I have made it a priority to be more active in my shop. I have joined Twitter and started posting everyday, I have seen a noticeable difference in my site hits.

When I am not listing items regularly. I am actively involved in several Etsy teams and its been great. A good part of some of these teams is to show other shops support, one way to show this is to create treasuries with their items.

With all of this I have also seen a jump in how many treasuries I have been featured in. April - 1, May - 1, June - 4, July - 7, August - 13, September -34!! And one of the treasuries in September landed me on the Front Page of Etsy with my item selling.

Its a lot of hard work but I am confident it will all pay off very soon. Thank you everyone for your support.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Amariah Naturals

I have the privilege to meet some very talented people in my life. It is always wonderful to see people put these talents to work.

Below is a brief interview of my friend Tracy Turner who makes and sells her very own line of skin care products called Amariah Naturals.

Where are you from? Tell us a bit about yourself.I grew up in Northeast Ohio, but have lived in various places around the country.

How did you decide on your business name? How did you originally get into starting you own business?The name of the business is actually a combination of my children's names that my husband came up with. After further research, we also discovered that the word Amariah means "God has said"

I got started doing this as a result of my children's bout with Eczema. Both my husband and I have it, and we passed it on to our children. My oldest had mild bouts with it, but when I had my daughter, at 2 weeks old she had a horrible outbreak all over her face, neck and chest. The pediatrician told me it was eczema and said that the only thing he could do is give me a prescription for a steroid cream. Even though I had used the cream on myself before, I was too afraid to use it on a brand new baby, and I began to research things that I could do that would more naturally help her.

I found through my research that most commercial products exacerbate dry skin issues like eczema, and the synthetic ingredients often keep moisture from helping the areas. I learned that most commercial soap is not actually soap at all, but detergent in bar form and this detergent are drying to skin. The first two things I learned how to do was make soap and body butter, so that I could bathe my children and moisturize their skin. In the beginning I only did it unscented, but being the "girlie girl" that I am, I had to have something that smelled pretty too, and began looking for fragrance suppliers that would not compromise the mildness of the soap and butter. My sisters began "taking" them from me, and letting their friends use them. We got so many requests for soap and skin care items that the rest is history.

Please describe your creative process. I can't say that I necessarily have a creative process. I love developing formulas and so I often can't sleep thinking of things that I want to try.

Which item do you enjoy making the most and why?I absolutely love making soap. It is fascinating to me that I can combine these fantastic ingredients, and through a chemical transformation can have an awesome, useable soap!!!!

What are the most effective ways you have promoted and marketed your business? What's your best marketing tip?Word of mouth works, and if you offer a good product and good service, people WILL promote your business to other people. Likewise, if you provide bad service, they will tell that too! I am very conscious of providing the best service possible at every opportunity.

Please show your support by visiting Tracy's sites below.


Saturday, July 17, 2010

Fretting is Futile

Fretting is Futile
Max Lucado

"You cannot add any time to your life by worrying about it."
Matthew 6:27

No one has to remind you of the high cost of anxiety. (But I will anyway.) Worry divides the mind. The biblical word for worry (merimnao) is a compound of two Greek words, merizo ("to divide") and nous ("the mind"). Anxiety splits our energy between today's priorities and tomorrow's problems. Part of our mind is on the now; the rest is on the not yet. The result is half-minded living.

That's not the only result. Worrying is not a disease, but it causes diseases. It has been connected to high blood pressure, heart trouble, blindness, migraine headaches, thyroid malfunctions, and a host of stomach disorders.
Anxiety is an expensive habit. Of course, it might be worth the cost if it worked. But it doesn't. Our frets are futile. Worry has never brightened a day, solved a problem, or cured a disease.

Thursday, July 15, 2010


**Republished for your reading pleasure :-)

Written by: Lily Robinson
November 7, 2008

Here is a small challenge. Ready? For 24 hours don't complain – about anything! That means NO verbal or written complaints.

What is complaining? In general complaining is an expression of displeasure, pain, or dissatisfaction or resentment. Complaining is the outward expression of discontent within. We may know it by different terms -- such as griping, grumbling, whining, or belly-aching. In the King James Version of the Bible, the common term used was "murmuring."

Regardless of whatever circumstances may cause discontent or dissatisfaction, complaining is always an expression of unbelief toward God's order in our life. The whole premise of Christianity is that Jesus becomes the Lord (boss) of our life and our circumstances. We are in his hands. Thus, if believers complain, it really becomes an accusation against our Lord, in whom we've trusted our lives.*

"Now when the people complained, it displeased the LORD; for the LORD heard it, and His anger was aroused. So the fire of the LORD burned among them, and consumed some in the outskirts of the camp" (Numbers 11:1).

"...for the LORD hears your complaints which you make against Him. And what are we? Your complaints are not against us but against the LORD" (Ex. 16:8). (See also Ps. 106:24-26)

Yes it will be extremely difficult. But it will also make you realize a couple of thing. First of all it will consciously make you aware of how much you do complain on a daily basis. Secondly, it will make you go to God. You will need to look to him constantly to give you strength and guidance. It will make you change the way you think of a person or situation.

I have been working on this for a while and believe me it's difficult and I have yet to fully succeed but I am more aware of my attitude. I am normally really good while I am at work mainly because I don't talk to anyone! But when I get home I typically go on and on to my husband about this and that and blah, blah, blah. It's horrible! I am also recognizing people in my life who bring the worst out of me. We all have them friends or family who just suck the life out of you. You get caught up in their negative vibe and soon enough you are caught up. If I take time out of my everyday life to realize how blessed I am - I wouldn't let the little things get in my way.

Complaining is unbelief in God's Word which says "...all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose" (Rom. 8:28). If as a Christian I really believed that the Lord is in control of my life, and is working "ALL THINGS together for our good," I would stop complaining and start thanking the Lord for the plan He is working together for me. * I must remain steadfast in faith. God has a plan for everything.

So, my challenge to you is that when something happens or displeases you, instead of complaining, simply notice what's happened. That's it. Don't judge it as good or bad, just notice it, and pray about it. Be grateful and thankful for the things that you do have and are good. Thanksgiving is the expression of gratefulness and faith in God, and is the very opposite of complaining. Giving of thanks expresses appreciation for what God has done what He has promised, and the confidence that He is directing our life with His order and provision. God will answer prayers and work in the behalf of the thankful (Ps. 50:14-15). *

We all have heard the Law of Attraction, what you focus on or put out is what you will receive. It's true, no matter how you look at it. We all know people who complain all the time. Nothing is ever going well for them, and probably nothing ever will - as long as they keep complaining and putting their energy on what they really don't want. Take a moment and think about someone you know that always complains or always has a negative attitude or just plain nasty. Now how often do you want to talk or be around that person? Or are you that person? That person is projecting a negative vibe and most likely people who approach that them have their guard and defenses up. Now think about someone who can always find something good to say about something or someone, someone who is just a joy to be around and truly enjoys life. How often do you want to be around that person? Do you want to be that person? So yes what you project – via verbally or physically is what you will receive in return.

Some people complain because they have a lot of problems. But maybe they have problems because they complain. Complaining doesn't change anything or make situations better. It amplifies frustration, spreads discontent and discord (which God hates - Prov 6:16-19), and can invoke an invitation for the destroyer to cause havoc with our lives. *

How important it is that believers guard the words of their mouth! The scriptures tell us that our words are literally the basis for whether we are justified or condemned. Realizing this, we should eradicate negative words, griping, or grumbling, and fill our mouth with praise and thanksgiving! *

"But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned" (Matt. 12:36-37).

So are you up to the challenge? Make everyday count. Don't take for granted what God has blessed you with. Enjoy life. You can do all things through Christ!


Complaint Free World:
The Secret:

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* Complaining Only Makes Things Worse:

Monday, May 24, 2010

How Did You Get Started

I am part of a wonderful Etsy team called Create Crochet. Every Sunday they ask us a question and encourage us to blog about it. The idea is to help bring traffic to our blogs as well as get to know each other as team members. So this week’s question is:

When did you start crocheting? Did you teach yourself or did someone teach you? Tell us the story of how you became a hooker.

When I was little my grandmother use to crochet, she also did embroidery on pillowcase. As she got older her eyesight got worse and her arthritis got to the point that she had to stop working with her hands. My mother has crocheted for as long as I could remember. She crocheted almost everything in our house from the table runners to the plant hanger. One of my favorite items was the old fashion doll dresses she used to make. They reminded me of the old southern dresses, big and colorful. What I admired the most is that she never used a pattern; everything she made was from the top of her head.

I learned how to crochet when I was 13 years old. It was difficult for my mom to teach me because she was is a leftie, but once I got the hang of it I was hooked!! As I got older I wanted to learn different patterns and different stitches. I bought a book and taught myself how to read patterns.

I enjoy crocheting and for many years have told me I should sell my items. So when I found out about Etsy I decided to open a shop of my own After being open for about 18 months my shop has done pretty good on sales thanks to my friends, family and the support of other Etsy shops.

Crocheting is something I enjoy doing very much and I look forward to one day teaching my daughter.

So tell me your story - How did you get started?

Monday, February 22, 2010

A Husbands Wedding Vows

My husband's cousin is extremely talented and she write poetry. She is praying for the opportunity to be able to publish her book of poetry.

A Husbands Wedding Vows

I look in the skies every night,
watching the stars in Heaven shine bright.
Each star represents the love of my life.
The depths of love, I have for my wife.
This love I have is an infinite amount,
love with no boundaries, unable to count.
To love and to cherish, to honor and obey.
In my heart you will live, my love will never fade.
God saw my life, my empty vessel, my heart withdrew.
Therefore he kissed my ribs, and with my heart, he sent me right to you.
You are what I pray for, yes you have blessed my life,
God knew exactly what he was doing when he made you my wife.
As we continue to pray together,
so that in Christ we can stay together.
We will Thank God for our union.
And know I will love you until the day I die,
because until you my life had never began.
My love is forever yours,
so for you scream Thank you Lord!

Sherritta Lenice Woods

Sunday, February 21, 2010

The Meaning of Peace

There was once a king who offered a prize to the artist who could paint the best picture of peace. Many artists tried. The king looked at all the pictures, but there were only two that he really liked, and he had to choose between them.

One picture was of a calm lake. The lake was a perfect mirror for the peaceful towering mountains all around it. Overhead was a blue sky with fluffy white clouds. All who saw this picture thought that it was a perfect picture of peace.

The second picture had mountains, too. But these were rugged and bare. Above was an angry sky from which rain fell, and in which lightening played. Down the side of the mountain tumbled a foaming waterfall. This did not look peaceful at all.

But when the king looked, he saw behind the waterfall a tiny bush growing in a crack in the rock. In the bush a mother bird had built her nest.... a perfect picture of peace.

Which of the pictures won the prize?

The king chose the second picture.

Do you know why?

"Because," explained the king, "peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. Peace means to be in the midst of all those things and still be calm in your heart. That is the real meaning of peace."

That is the REAL meaning of peace.

~Author Unknown~

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Where the Wild Things Are

Growing up one of my favorite books was Where the Wild Things Are. My sister is a fanatic when it comes to this book – she can’t get enough. So when we found out that they were coming out with a movie we were too excited! Unfortunately due to our busy schedules and all of our children we haven’t had the opportunity to watch the movie yet. So we are patiently waiting for the DVD to come out.

In the meantime I thought I’d shop Etsy and see what I could find that was related to this movie. It’s amazing the amount of talented people that are out there. I had to narrow my choices down to just a few…. and believe me it was hard!!

All of the can be found at just put in the shop name.

Amigurumi PATTERN by CraftyisCool

Scrabble Tile Pendant by GoldenImpressions

Personalized Chocolate Lollipop or Cookie Favors by favorsgalorenmore

Max's Crown Ring by phrynemetal

Vans shoes by stabbyvonkillerstein

Max Tote Bag by PaulaAndErika

Light Switch Cover Switchplate by WrongSauce

8in X 11in Art Print by DannyRoberts

Scrabble Tile Art Pendant by CuriousCharm

Max Shoes by weelittlepiggy

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Funky Stripe Scarf Free Pattern

After completing a custom order I had some left over yarn. I decided to play around with the leftover yarn and see what I could come up with. It was my plan to try a plaid type design but it didn’t come out the way I had pictured it. But I think it’s nice and funky! It’s a really easy pattern than anyone can do so I thought I’d share. Now I don’t normally write patterns for anyone other than myself so if you don’t understand something let me know. A picture of the scarf I created is at the bottom of this blog.

Funky Striped Scarf: I used Worsted Weight yarn & a H hook – but you can use whatever works for you.

Ch 202
Row 1: dc in 3rd ch from hook, *ch1, skip 1ch, dc in next ch* repeat from * across end with dc in the last ch, turn
Row 2: ch 3 (will count as first dc), *skip ch, dc in next dc* repeat from* across end with dc in the last ch, turn
Repeat row 2 to make scarf as wide as you want.

Pick two or more colored yarn you would like to use to weave into your scarf. Measure and cut two strands of yarn. The length should be about 6inches longer than the scarf. Take the two strands of yarn and weave it through the “holes” (made by the chains) of the scarf. There is no right or wrong way to do this. Just use your imagination and make it as funky as you want!!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

New Treasury

For those who don't know what an Etsy treasury is - it is an opportunity to list a group of your favorite items. It can be anything you want. I listed handbags. For those of you who know me that's not to suprising! So because its cold outside I was able to catch a treasury. Please take a look at it and let me know what you think. Dont forget to leave a comment! I am off to look for more items :-)

Wednesday, January 6, 2010


Instead of making new year’s resolutions I try to set goals for myself. One of the many goals I have set for me and my family is for a healthier year. I don’t have a lot to change. We don’t keep anything sweet or sugary in the house. I don’t allow the kids to have caffeine and try to promote healthy snacks. But I have realized in looking at my budget from last year is that we ate out A LOT! So the challenge is making home cooked meals that are tasty, quick and somewhat healthy! So the last four days I have cooked! I even whipped out my old school Betty Crocker cook book and made some meatloaf. Yummy! So I need to keep at it and broaden my horizon by cooking more meals. Any suggestions are greatly welcomed. I was also thinking of splurging and going to one of those Dream Dinners place – just not sure yet. We have reserved no more than two meals a week for dining out. Let’s be realistic I’m not gonna want to cook everyday!

Also as a part of our healthy new year we are going to continue to focus on exercising and sports. My hubby has been dedicated and working out since August. It’s time for winter sports and instead of basketball the boys have decided to try something different, with a little encouraging from me! They will start Tae Kwon Do (spell check?). Due to an ankle injury my daughter has she has been forbidden to participate in sports until she’s done with her Functional rehab. With that being said I think she and I will start doing Yoga. I have my own yoga mat and Dennis Austin DVD which have been collecting dust! So I am going to break it out tomorrow and see how it goes. I loved it when I use to do it. Its great for your abs! It doesn’t require any weights, which is just down my alley.

I am trying to set good habits for my kids. Eat healthy and exercise. It’s not a lot but with Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Cancer, Obesity & a list of other illnesses that run in our families I want to be able to start them off on the right foot. I also plan on being married to my husband forever – forever is a long time!! It would be great if we could enjoy our “golden years” traveling and enjoying our lives.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Busy Times

It seems that no matter how much time I have it’s never enough. I promised myself that I would take time to publish a blog every day. I’ve been finding it very difficult. Not only because I am new to blogging but also because I cannot think of what to blog about! So here I am with five million project ideas written down and floating in my head but no time to work on them. Maybe it’s because I am completely addicted to Etsy’s forum and Facebook fan page! Or maybe it’s because I am blogging!?

I opened my Etsy shop at the advice of my family and friends who love my crochet items and suggested I should sell them. I have been on Etsy for a year and have made four sales. I think it’s great but now I am obsessed with making another sale. I am so stressed about it that I am overwhelmed with ideas on what to make so “people” will buy my items. So I need to slow down and focus on one thing at a time. I have special orders from friends and family I need to work on. But I really need to figure out what I want to focus on for my shop - any ideas please help a giel our! I need to slow down so I can continue to enjoy doing what I do. I don’t want to turn this into another job – I already hate the one I got!

I am not sure what I am going to do when I start classes – now that ought to be interesting. Between a full time job, marriage, 3 kids, church events, sports, family events and then adding school – is there enough time in the day? When I get home I have to stay away from the computer if not I am on facebook – chatting away with old friends or searching the web for another “idea” that I will never get to. So here goes to trying to stay focus and enjoy what little time I do have, doing what I enjoy the most - - crocheting

Friday, January 1, 2010

What's Your New Years Resolutions or Goals

Its New Years DAY! Sitting at home with the family and relaxing. We are anxiously awaiting the big game to come on so we can support our OHIO STATE BUCKEYES. Its great that they made it to the Rose Bowl this year. I just pray they can pull it off and bring home the win.

I am still new to this whole blogging thing. Its my goal to write something at least once a day. We will see how it goes.
So what are your goals for this new year????

Thanks for the support

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