Howdy! This week brings some Japanese fabrics that have lived in the stash over two years, I think two of them came from Calico & Ivy and the first fabric pictured from Reprodepot. Other stashers and flickr group.
The gocco printed kokeshi moleskine and card at the end of the post are going up in the shop later today.
Just a little snippet from a project that will be published later this year. That's all I can say for now.
Bit quiet here this week. It could be the thought of gearing up to cut out, fuse, sew and stuff 100 apple pincushions for October. Thanks too for those of you that have shopped. Mucho appreciated. I have some new scrabble tile pendants in the works that I'm going to put up at the website first. See what you guys think.
I'm looking forward to getting my mitts on some of Rosalie Quinlan's new fabric range too, delish.
It was a roller coaster of a ride! I had my initial idea and carefully chalked out my square, screen printed the doily pattern on.....here's where it went pear shaped. Went to heat set the ink and friggin' scorched the fabric, badly. I NEVER do that sort of thing. But of course the one time I have ONE piece of fabric I do it. So google I go. Tried various things and well, I ended up with this hot mess, see the lovely white areas around my print. Nice.
Yep, I had a crafty brain fart. So I was about to email Kirsty and say "dude I'm out". But I had a post Perth Upmarket delirious crafty brain wave. A little applique and bob's your uncle. I had to change the screen print and now we have buttons. I ran out of time for photo's and my lighting is bad, these will have to do as I had to put this in the mail yesterday.
Yep, I know it's Wednesday. Anyhow. Try this on for size. All from Reprodepot's awesome collectible section. Thanks to all the peeps that came out to Perth Upmarket this past Sunday, it was a fabulous day! I'm hoping to have an online shop update with some apples and some screenprinted goodies in the next week or two.
Other stashers and the flickr. Ok. Over and out! Have a great day.
I'll preface this post by saying I am by no means an experienced HTML coder and the process I'm about to explain works for me. It's my "fudge, make it work" version. Anything I've shown you here I figured out myself with the help of a couple of friends I asked questions of when I couldn't figure it out. Google helped, as did reading the help documentation and forums at Campaign Monitor, the service I use to collect my mailing list information and broadcast my mailing list emails. This also doesn't cover a lot of little finessing, it would depend on which service you use as to the features available.
Once you choose a service, go find a how-to, read the forums, ask questions. You'll work it out. If I can help I will, but again, I'm a novice. Feel free to comment and ask questions, I'll answer in the comments section so everyone can see the Q&A, if there is any!
Ok. So you have a crafty business and you'd like to start collecting your customers details so you can send them news about your business. First thing, you need to ask their permission to contact them, don't just enter their details that you have from previous sales without asking first. It's against privacy laws (which I'm not going into here) and you'll probably piss them off, some people are pretty twitchy when it comes to adding their details to mailing lists.
1. You need to start collecting names.
I used a very simple form which I generated from the service I use, Campaign Monitor. There are lots of email services out there, you need to find one that is a good fit for you. Example of form below. Note, if you fill this out you will be joined to craftapalooza's general news mailing list, you can always unsubscribe. You can also "view source" from your browser menu to see what the code looks like. I've got my newsletter signup posted here at the blog, see right hand sidebar and also at the shop.
2. So you've collected a bunch of names what now?
You need to create the email template. I'm assuming here that you're a blogger and/or web savvy and have some exposure to HTML coding so you know some basics and can dig around.
If you want a pretty, graphical email then you need to create a HTML file and linked graphics. The way I did it was grabbed one of Campaign Monitor's free templates and customised it with my graphics. It was already set up to the correct dimensions and had a structure I could work with. This way I could dig through the HTML see where images were and replace with my graphics. You'll need access to Photoshop or something similar to edit your graphics to suit. I downloaded a free HTML editor, CoffeeCup, that has a preview so I can see I'm not making a pile of pooh.
3. I've created my template now what?
From here I followed Campaign Monitor's process on uploading my HTML file and image files associated with the newsletter. This process involves testing your files, running a little test yourself so you can check that when you do email it nothing funny happens and then finally hitting send! You can then have fun watching who opens it, what links they click, if they forward it etc, well you can if you use Campaign Monitor, I'm not sure about other services. Here's a link to the web version of most recent mailing I sent.
I figure this is about as "deep" as I can go, I admit it's a little generic, but it's a start. Once you dive in for yourself, you'll be able to work it out, I know it!
BTW, no Campaign Monitor did not sponsor this post :) they just happen to be who I am using, they offer a terrific product at an equally terrific price, currently USD$5 per transmit and 0.01c per email sent. Pretty darn cheap and suitable for small indies that don't have a lot of cash to throw around.
This coming Sunday 13th September is Perth Upmarket. Sondra and I'll be there as well as a bunch of other crafty/creative people. Come on down and support handmade. So I'll try and get back here during the week it just depends how I go on market preparation.
I saw Jenny's Green Tea and Sweet Beans block of the month quilt and knew that I had to join. Complete, hand pieced, madness. I've almost leapt on the sewing machine a couple of times, but I'm trying to persevere and am enjoying the hand piecing for the most part. Below are 3 of 16 finished propeller blocks. Only 13 more to go :)
I figured an undertaking like this needed a kit of sorts. I'm a little like Kirsty and need to have all my supplies ordered for a project. Here's my kit. a folder with plastic sleeves, keeps work in progress in one place, I can store finished blocks, fabric and notes. I think the pictures explain...
This is Miss Piggie on the back of the sofa, her current snoozing spot in the evenings. Sondra and Miss P play "finger of doom", the finger creeps up the sofa and Pigs goes from sweet snoozy kitty to lethal ear flattened super kitty. Hilarious.