Hello, all! I haven’t been around lately because I’ve been seriously considering a name change/rebrand. I’m not as happy with Tiny Sewing Empire as I thought I would be, so I’ve decided to merge TSE with my tolmema blog at the end of the summer. I’ll be opening a new shop on Etsy. I will still be making cosmetic bags, and adding quite a bit of product to my inventory. Expect a more professional, Etsy/Pinterest-esque feel from my products!
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As for the rest of the summer, I will be selling at the Farmers Market at the fairgrounds until the end of the summer. My Etsy store is still open for now, but there’s not much there. You’ll have better luck emailing me for photos of what I currently have in stock.
In the meantime, I am on the search for a local Bozeman photographer who can take photos of my products for my Etsy store. I’m not requiring a professional photographer, just someone who has a better camera than me and a light box. If you know someone or you are interested, please contact me so we can figure something out.
If you are interested in checking out my tolmema brand, I have a Facebook page, a twitter, and a blog. As I mentioned, I will be adding my shop in the fall, plus more new content.
I truly, madly, deeply (hehe), hope to see you guys over at tolmema; I’m really excited about the direction I’m taking. You should stop by and show me some love! 🙂
Ok, so I’ve been thinking: Tiny Sewing Empire is kind of pissing me off. I’m not sure why. I’m thinking of overhauling my name/website/everything about my sewing to something that pisses me off less. I know this doesn’t make much sense, but I’ve been thinking – T is pretty low on the alphabet food chain. For example, when I was doing the Sew, Mama, Sew giveaways, by the time I got to the letter “L” I was getting tired, and it was FREE STUFF we’re talking about here. I can imagine someone scanning a bunch of site links and passing out before they get a chance as to where to start. Also, I want to get little tags for the stuff I make and TinySewingEmpire is just too big.
Therefore, I’m thinking of a name change to something shorter, and earlier in the alphabet. Luckily I have been lazy about branding so it’s not like I’m changing my name from Oprah to Annie or something. What do you guys think?
OK, guys! I have finally made a few video tutorials and will be posting them as they’re ready. This video shows how to make a boxy cosmetic bag. Please let me know what you think of the video. It was my first time doing this, so it’s not super-duper awesome, but I’m still really happy with it.
The materials you will need for this project:
2 fat quarters of fabric: cotton is easiest to sew but you can use whatever you like. I used cotton for the outside of this bag and vinyl for the inside
batting: optional. Makes the bag nice and thick so that it can get knocked around a bit without breaking the stuff inside
d-ring: one or two. D-rings give the bag more utility so that you can hang it up or attach it to the inside of a larger bag.
Fabric: No clue. I picked up both of the fabrics from a thrift store and have no idea as to their origins. However, I am in LOVE with the brown fabric that I used in the tutorial. At first I bought it simply because it was $1.00 for like a bajillion yards, but I didn’t really like it. But once I started using it, I realized that it looks better as a finished product than in it’s boring, basic, yard-y form. Now its one of my favorite fabrics! (P.S. if you recognize the fabric, please tell me what it is so that I can find more 🙂 ).
I used a 16″ brown (nude, if you want to get picky) invisible zipper.
So I FINALLY updated the photos in my Esty shop, and added a few new items. The baby blankies are still missing, but I’m not to worried – I think they will sell at the Farmers Market. Here’s some of the updated photos:
Striped Tote Bag - has pink polka dots on the inside
I have quite a few bag styles in this pattern
See that beautiful straight seam? 🙂
Such a fun and sweet little summer dress!
I’m glad I finally did it. I’ve been meaning to, but I feel like my brain has been muddled because I have so many darn choices to make. I couldn’t decide where to sell, what to sell, what to keep for Farmers Market, etc. etc. etc.. So today I just made some choices:
I pulled my bags out of the local shop I have been selling my bags at. They aren’t selling, and I will get a shit ton more exposure at the Farmers Market. Plus, while I would love to have my stuff all over town, I’d like to sell in places that I’m genuinely excited to work with. While I loved the place before, once I converted from a customer to a vendor, my experience just wasn’t the same. I don’t want to get burnt out on crafting because of strained relationships with owners!
Updated the shop – already said this but it was a big thing for me because I made the decision to keep selling online. I have been a little dispirited because I haven’t made hardly any sales online. Deep down I know it’s because I need to push my product, not just let it sit there and hope that someone finds it. I need to actively promote my items. TSE is my baby and I want it to grow and flutter out of the nest.
I decided to keep freelancing. For awhile I considered quitting so I could craft full-time. Then I realized that I really don’t work much anyways, and that I LOVE the clients I have. I don’t think I really wanted to quit; I was just stuck in a rut, and was clamoring to get out of it. I’m glad I decided to keep freelancing because I have picked up a couple new clients this week (unplanned clients, but hey), and they will keep me busy throughout the summer.
So! If you are interested, please check out my Esty store and tell me what you think. I wish I had a better camera – the pictures seem a little crappy to me, but at least I have my stuff up there. If you decide to buy something, use the coupon code SUNSHINE to get 15% off until…whenever I decide. Probably until the beginning of June. I always offer free shipping, so there’s no surprises with the price. You pay what you see on the listing (and 15% less if you take advantage of my coupon), not a penny more.
I also LOVE custom orders. If you see something you like, but want a different color, or a longer/shorter zipper, just let me know. I usually have a hodge podge of fabric laying around that’s just begging to be used. 🙂
Do you have an Etsy store? If so, leave a link to it in the comments below; I’d love to see the beautiful things you create!
I’ve been sewing like nobody’s business, and have no pictures to show the fruits of my labor. Not that I haven’t tried – I’ve taken tons of photos, but the lighting is always weird, the colors aren’t right, blurry, etc. I’m thinking I might have to either 1) invest in a non-crappy camera, or 2) invest in someone to take some photos for me. I just took a look at my Etsy store and nearly burst into tears, because not only are the photos super lame, I don’t have ANY of my new stuff in there!!
So my goal for this week is to get some better photos to show what I’ve been doing!
The title pretty much says it all. I filled out my application and I’m getting one of the last spots available. 🙂 I can’t really express how stoked I am about it. The farmers market here in Bozeman is one of the most popular summer events, which means I’ll be getting TONS of exposure. Hopefully that will convert into sales. It’s really cheap to get a spot reserved (I was very surprised; I was expecting it to be at least twice the cost they are charging me), and it’s only once a week.