Saturday, September 20, 2014

3 Things to Think About Before Shipping Your Crafts

Hello!

I did some posts on how to brand your business a month or so ago.  There was the Creative Branding Ideas for Your Business post and the DIY Business Card Ideas post.  Well, I've been trying to work on this with my home based busines: Gina's Craft Corner.  My Etsy shop orders have picked up lately and a few weeks ago I had to ship out 2 packages in one week!  Woohoo!  I know, probably sounds pretty pathetic to some of you (LOL!).

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Eeeeek!! ALL Craftsy Classes are 50% Off!!



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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

5 Great Fall Pillow Tutorials Using Burlap

What says fall more than burlap??  How about burlap pillows!  Not exactly a pillow you would snuggle up with by the fire, but they sure look festive during the months of October and November.



If I had more time I would make pillows to set out for every season!  I just love having a different look in the living room every few months, and pillows are a great way to change things up.  I feed my need for change by simply rearranging the furniture.  (hey-it doesn't cost me anything).  My husband jokes that he never knows what the house will look like when he gets home!  (LOL!!)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Thursday, September 11, 2014

I'm Guest Posting on BeBetsy Today!! + GCC Updates

Hello friends!

First off....

I'd love for you to head on over to BeBetsy today to check out my latest Lombard Street Bag.  I think you are going to LOVE the fabric a client chose for this fabulous bag.  Think....GIRAFFES! :)

What I'm working on...

The weather is awesome today here in MO.  The temps will be in the 50's and 60's!  This is my favorite time of of the year.  I'm a cool, rainy weather type of girl.  I think I tend to be more creative in the fall too, which is helpful when I have SO much I want to get done.

I have decided I need to get busy stocking my Etsy Shop for the holidays.  I'm sure lots of you who own shops do that all year long!  I finally had a few sells on my shop recently and now have some money flow!  I decided to  purchased some fabric the other day to make about 10 bags just like the Pretty in Pink Bag I made a while back.  It's simple, no hardware and will be more affordable than most of the bags I make.

My Conceal and Carry Bag on Etsy is getting lots of hits every day, which tells me that there is a demand for my product.  Now I just need to get people to buy it!  I finally sold my Pink Camo CCW Bag, and also had a custom order request.  For the custom order I let the client choose their own fabric and have a lot of dialogue with them in order to make the bag perfect for them.  I'll be posting about that bag soon b/c I REALLY like this one.  The fabric is just gorgeous!  You can get a sneak peak at it on my Facebook Page: Gina's Craft Corner.

When I'm Not Creating...

When I am not creating/sewing I am homeschooling, parenting, cooking and cleaning.  We all have lives beyond our blogs and our crafts, don't we???  We have been in school now for about 3 weeks, and so my sewing has been relegated to the early morning and late-late evening hours.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Love Your Machine and it Will Love You Back, by Guest Blogger Stella from Purfylle

I’m so honored to be guest posting today at Gina's Craft Corner.  I met Gina on a sewing forum and we discussed the quirks of sewing machines.  When she asked if I would like to write a guest post (umm, YES!) I figured machine quirks was a topic that would fit both our blog styles.

Love Your Machine and it Will Love You Back (Guest Blogger Purfylle) @ Ginas Craft Corner
various brushes, cotton tips, toothpick, mineral oil, screw driver, stitch plate,

bobbin case (with bobbin), bobbin race 


I have more sewing machines than I can fit in my sewing room and find myself having to do machine maintenance a lot.  So if your sewing machine has been behaving a little quirky lately and you'd really rather it wouldn't, these tips might help.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Blog Hop

Welcome!!

This post is part of a BLOG HOP circulating the web right now.  If you are invited to join in, you will be asked to answer four questions about your blog/crafts.

I was kindly invited to join in by Christine from ChrisW Designs.  Christine is my favorite bag designer, so I was so honored that she chose to include me in this fun hop.  You can read Christine's blog hop post HERE.

At the end of my post, I will invite three more bloggers to join in on the fun!

Question #1:  What am I working on?

Right now I am working on filling two bag orders.  The first bag is a Lombard Street Bag (Pattern by ChrisW Designs)


and the second is a Conceal and Carry Handbag.  The Conceal and Carry Handbag is also based on a design by ChrisW Designs.






I am also working on developing a GCC Original Conceal and Carry Handbag.  On Friday I wrote a post on my first attempt at my own CC bag.  I'd love for you to check it out and let me know what you think. :)


Question #2:  How my work differs from others in my genre?

I have been thinking a lot about this lately.  If you type a search into Etsy for "handbags" you will get 250 pages of handbags!  How is a girl to set herself apart?  One thing that really sets me apart is that I make conceal and carry purses.  If you search for a CC purse on Etsy, the list will be considerably smaller.



I've also noticed there are very few bag makers on Etsy who use hardware.  My bags tend to cost a little more than most, because there is a lot of hardware on my bags.



However, to really set myself apart, I am trying to come up with a specific "look" for my bags.  A little something that makes you say, "Ahh, that is a GCC BAG"!  I'm still working on that one.

Question #3:  Why do I write/create what I do.

This question is easy!  I write and create because I LOVE it!


I opened Gina's Craft Corner back in 2001 to sell pressed flower items.






Back in January 2013 I decided that I needed to learn something new, so I made a resolution to learn a new handiwork craft.  I gave myself three areas to explore:
1.  Embroidery
2.  Quilt making
3.  Knitting

I actually tried the embroidery first.  I checked out tons of books and practiced and practiced.  I started working on making a tea towel with butterflies and flowers, but never finished it.  I got distracted with my sewing work, but it was enjoyable and it is a great craft you can take with you (unlike your sewing machine! LOL).

I then was forced to drag out my sewing machine, because my daughter needed a costume for her school. She wanted to be Laura, from the book, Little House on the Prairie, so she needed a bonnet!  It was the day before school, so I had to hurry!  Super Mom kicked in and even though I had never sewn anything, I decided I was going to make her a bonnet.  So, I found the sewing machine my Mom had given me for Christmas about five years prior, and opened it up for the 1st time.  I know!  It was pretty nice to have a brand new sewing machine just waiting for me in my garage.


Needless to say, I was hooked from that moment on.  Since I really wanted to make quilts, I started with two small doll quilts for my daughters to have as keepsakes.  Then, I started making rag quilts for friends who were having babies.  Rag quilts are so easy to sew up!  I have a great tutorial HERE to get you started if you ever want to make one.




I also tried my hand at sewing some clothes for my girls.  I made a skirt, a pillowcase dress and some princess dresses.  I do not really have a passion for clothes, however if I had more time I would love to make more things for my girls and for myself.




I soon found my passion after I stumbled across a free tote tutorial by Noodlehead.  I had such a great time making that bag and was so pleased with the results, that I KNEW this was something I wanted to pursue, so I did!  Here are some of my creations...



 






 As far as the blogging goes, that was something that seemed logical once I decided I might want to start sewing items to sell.  I had no idea what I wanted to sell, I just knew that I might be good enough at this to make some money on the side to help my family.  We are a one income home, so I am always looking for ways to help out.

Question #4: How does my creative process work?

Hmmm.....do I HAVE a creative process???  (LOL!)  I guess I probably do, I just have never really thought of what that is.  I guess I would have to say that my creative process usually starts with other people inspiring me.  I love going to the library with my girls and while they are doing 'their thing', I will have a stack of sewing books beside me, just looking for inspiration.  Pinterest and fashion sites are also a great place to see what styles or colors are in for the season.

After I'm inspired I will either look for a PDF pattern that fits my taste and then it is on to choosing the fabric, which is my FAVORITE part.  However, sometimes I will just pick through the scraps of fabric I have and sit down and just design something as I go.  That is how my Casual Friday Bag came about.  It was a "design as you go" type of bag.



Well, that is for me!  I hope you have enjoyed getting to know a little bit more about me and how I got started making handbags.  Now it is my turn to pass the baton on to three talented bloggers/artists.

*Joy from XOXOGrandma- Joy is a Grandma, of course, who creates the most beautiful clothes for her grandchildren (so lucky!), herself and 18" dolls.  She is a refashion fashionista!  She has such a talent for taking something someone else might throw away and making it into something beautiful!

*Sahana from Vikalpah- (Vikalpah means variety in Sanskrit.) Sahana definitely has variety on her web site!   She has everything from beautiful clay creations, gift wrapping ideas and fun sewing refashions. I think you will really love her fun and energetic personality that comes through in her post.

*Allie from Crafty Allie- Allie has so much going on over at her blog!  She has DIY tutorials, recipes, link parties, blog help, AND she is wonderful at crochet and makes the most beautiful items for newborn babies! Please check her out and don't forget to stop by her stores on Etsy and eBay!

Thanks so much for stopping by!!

Blessings,
Gina

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Black Vinyl Hobo Bag for AG Wardrobe Giveaway!

This is my second contribution to Diana Rambles "A Year of American Girl Wardrobe Giveaway". You can see the post on my first contribution HERE.   This bag is a a cute little black hobo bag with aqua damask print for the lining.  I've always wanted to make an adult size hobo bag, so this is a great place to start!

Vinyl Hobo Bag  by Gina's Craft Corner
Yes, I'm on a vinyl kick lately.  It all started with my women's crossbody I made a few weeks ago, and now I have so much of it left!  I could probably make 20 of these little bags.  I even tried my hand at painting on vinyl, which was a LOT of fun.

Vinyl Hobo Bag  by Gina's Craft Corner
Vinyl is not difficult to sew on at all.  I did purchase a leather needle, but I've read that some think that this is unnecessary for leather, so I'm assuming it might be unnecessary for vinyl??  Just give it a try!

Vinyl Hobo Bag  by Gina's Craft Corner
The lining is a fabric that I really LOVE.  I just can't get enough of aqua this summer.   

Vinyl Hobo Bag  by Gina's Craft Corner
Isn't this little wallet so cute.  I found the chevron felt at Wal-Mart.  

Vinyl Hobo Bag  by Gina's Craft Corner

Do you want to make this bag and wallet set?  You can!  I found all of these patterns for free at Doll Clothes Patterns.  You just have to sign up for their newsletter to receive the hobo pattern.  Three days after signing up they will also send you free printables of the mini money you see in the picture.  To obtain the free wallet pattern, you have to like their facebook page.  I had to do some searching for the pattern link, but I finally found it while looking through conversations on their facebook page.  

My girl's are very jealous of the little girl who will win this bag and the other bag I made for the giveaway.... Couture Fold-Over Bag.   Poor things.  I should always make two of every thing I make for these giveaways and just put the extra away for Christmas presents!  

Be sure to hurry up and enter the giveaway before it is over!!  It ends tomorrow!!  Click HERE to enter and to see ALL the wonderful handcrafted items you could win (a $575.00 value!!).

Blessings,
Gina