So, I'm sure that all of you who sell on Etsy are well aware of the new changes (specifically one) that have taken place this last week. Some of you (those who have 100's of items that are now everywhere within the search listings) are probably overjoyed with the new change but me...not so much!
Prior to the 10th of August the item search was set to Most Recently Added. Not that I was a gigantic fan of that either but at least I knew that when I renewed my items they would move to the front of the page listings so that when someone did a seach for "Rag Quilt" mine would be at the front for at least a little while. But as of August 10th, they have changed the automatic search to Relevancy. The problem is that I don't see how they are figuring the relevancy. And for my little store that only has 10 to 15 items at a time (and that's on a lucky day), I feel like it gets swallowed up by all these other stores that mass produce their items. What happened to the one of kind, ready made items that made me want to sell on Etsy?
Granted, even with the "most recently added" search, there are a few stores that seem to renew EVERY single item in their store 15 times a day (which is also very annoying) but at least I had the option to renew as well and get mine closer to the front if I wanted. Now, the same items stay at the front of the relevancy page for DAYS and they haven't renew those items for weeks! I've tried to figure out the keywords that will move mine closer...and some of my items are close to the front but I don't want to spend half my day guessing what will work! UGH...
Okay, sorry for my ridiculous complaining...it's just that it has eaten up my desire to create for my store. So much so that it took me 4 days to list my newest item.
Speaking of my newest item...I.AM.IN.LOVE! It's a rag baby quilt using the lovely new fabrics from the Ruby collection by Bonnie and Camille.
Check her out:
Isn't that the most beautiful fabric?
Okay, so I'm pulling up my Big Girl undies and I'm going to learn to deal with these new changes...I do NOT like change! ;-)
If any of you have any ideas as to what keywords will work...let me know. I've been researching for days now!
Thank you all for reading my boo hoo's and still liking me afterwards!
While I have got lots of sewing done these past few weeks (adding new stuff to the store right now...woohoo), I've been much more busy with 3 little somebodies who keep me on my toes every minute of the day!
Being the proud mama that I am, I had to share a few photos from our Little Dancin' Queen's recital!
Love this kid!
(All those curls took HOURS!!)
She had a moment of tears but became a fearless superstar moments later.
So I added a couple of rag quilts to my store today and before I knew it...I had already sold one of them! I did a little happy dance at that point. When it comes to me and my work...well, I'm not always confident in myself so it's nice when I find that other's really like my stuff, too! In fact, I thinks that's why I don't always blog...because really, who cares what I have to say?
Anyways, enough about my weirdness! Here are the two new rag quilts!
Oh wait...I think I just took one...(from my blog, that is)!
Out of the 5 members in our family we almost have a birthday a month from December through May (maybe we should have one more baby to fill up the February slot...um, nope)...and let's not forget Baby Jesus' big birthday day right in the mix of all that! So by the middle of April I'm pretty much just done with thinking. Not to mention the end of the schoolyear/beginning of summer craziness that makes me feel like I'm running a marathon in flip-flops. I know that all of you mama's out there feel me on that one! With all that said, don't mind me and all my update posts these next few days/weeks (whenever I get to them)! So let the updating begin...
Here a little "Work in Progress" and finished product I just fell in love with!
Doesn't my Bliss pincushion by Warm n' Fuzzies look lovely with the Strawberry Fields fabric?
And after lots of cutting, sewing and snipping here the finished rag quilt ready to go:
I've been wanting to post these AMAZING photos for the last week but between signing up my oldest for her first year of high school next year, 3 dentist appointments, a soon to be 3 year old who has decided to test out what it's like to be in the "Trying Three's" club and me just not having the mental capacity to attempt to think...I am just now posting them! This last week has just not been super swell.
Anywho, on to better things! The wonderful Miss Ashley of Mud Goddess is now using two of my rag quilts as part of her props in her photo shoots. Can I just say that I LOVE the way they look in her photos! So exciting and I am truly honored to have my quilts used in her beautiful photography.
Here are a few of the photos:
And look at that baby... ADORABLE! Makes me want another one. April Fools!
Like most people (at least I think most people...I mean there are 31 flavors at Baskin Robbins), I'm a fan of variety. Of course, I usually want all the varieties that are available but none the less I love variety. With that little rant of blah, blah, blah...let me intoduce you to my newest style of rag quilts. The Traditional Collection...
While I LOVE my Minky Collection of rag quilts, I wanted to create something a little more traditional with the rag quilts of yesteryear being my inspiration. I also wanted to give my customers a variety of prices which led me in the direction of these lovely creations...
So here ya go:
(You can find them in my Store...yep, I'm shamelessly promoting my store! And all in parentheses...I'm pretty cool like that, yo!)
The front of the quilts are made with designer fabrics. The back has a solid muslin backing. Kind of like a mullet...except it's party in the front...business in the back!
Alright, I'm done with this silliness...Peace Out! Okay, really I'm done....
So, I really have been sewing a little! These past few weeks...okay MONTHS...have been so busy that I find myself only dreaming up new rag quilts and not really having much time to get behind the sewing machine to create them!
I have gotten a few new quilts in the store including the new Darla Baby Rag Quilt Blanket that I am pretty sure is now one of my top 3 favorites ever!