Wednesday, January 27, 2010

This Is My Addiction

Any true crafter is most likely also an addict. Their craft is their addiction. Their supplies are their stash. The need to create satisfies their fix.

I am an addict.

Crocheting is my addiction.

My yarn is my stash. Wool. Acrylic. Bamboo. Silk. Cotton. Alpaca. Polyester. Polyamide. It's just a few of the drugs in my stash.

What I have pictured here is just a small (and I do mean small) portion of my stash. I've outgrown the totes and have moved to bookshelves. So far I have two. I probably need another 2 more.

Actually, I could probably use another room.

I wonder if they have support groups for addicts like me.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Two Seaside Babes Newest Item: Doll Hats for Craft Shows

Two Seaside Babes participates in a number of craft shows, art fairs, and festivals throughout the year. Last year we participated in Carmelfest (Carmel, IN), the Riley Festival (Greenfield, IN), and the Christmas in October Craft Fair (Fishers, IN), among numerous others. This year, we'll be applying to some larger and more well-known fairs such as the Talbot Street Art Fair (Indianapolis, IN), the Fishers Freedom Festival, and the Fourth Street Festival of the Arts and Crafts (Bloomington, IN). **Please wish us luck in getting accepted to all of these!**

Anywho...I digress...the majority of craft shows, art fairs, and festivals are typically held during warmer months. Two Seaside Babes predominantly deals in cold-weather items.'s a problem...we are already aware of this. To curtail the lag in sales that we're expecting in the dreaded hot Indiana summer months, we are adding a few new items to help us. Not only are they warm weather-friendly items, but they are also lesser priced too! A bonus for those spur-of-the moment sales. So in addition to the crocheted flower headbands that I've already posted about, we will also be introducing American Girl (and other 18" doll substitute) doll hats, headbands, and perhaps clothing.

We will be introducing doll hats to match our toddler and children's hats already/will be listed on Etsy. Styles included will be our flappers with daisy flowers, flappers with visors, and mini headbands. And we plan on introducing a few styles that only the dolls will wear (lucky girls). So stay tuned...someone might convince us to start selling them on Etsy too ;-)

Friday, January 22, 2010

Two Seaside Babes Friday Finds

I have been coveting every item in momiboutique's shop since I first found her on Etsy. I especially love the newest item from her Spring line, Tahitian Sunrise. This awwwww-worthy twirl dress would be the envy of all mommy's in your playgroup. Go ahead, show your little one off. The $87 spent on this totally cute dress would be worth every penny (any totally worth all the glares from the green-eyed monsters in the playgroup).

Over the past few years, I've grown to love this yummy color combination. Strawberries and chocolate? Seriously, there is something quite wrong with you if you're not craving it after this delicious and squeezable bear from camilam on Etsy. Yes, I'll admit, I'm a little biased (I already have 2 bears from her). For $14.50, this mouth-watering concoction is sure to satisfy you little one's sweet tooth for chocolate, strawberries, and comforting squishes.

OK, I'm biased about this pick too. I already have some Christmas tree crayons from monsterbugblankets on Etsy. These crayons are wonderful! They are large and chunky, perfect for little hands that can't quite hold onto regular crayons just yet. And they have oodles of colors to them, giving your kiddos an entire crayon box in just one hand. At $5.50 for a set of six, you can keep the little ones occupied for hours! Heck, maybe even you too!

Yes, I've established that I can't sew. But I definitely want to learn just so I can make these bear booties with ribbon ties. This PDF pattern from preciouspatterns on Etsy states "easy to make - even for beginners." We'll see...I'm sure I could mess them up somehow. Now, if I can hopefully keep them from looking like the the spawn of satan when I'M done sewing them. For only $3.99, I am sure willing to try this pattern out though!

I stubmled upon the most gorgeous craft booth setup the other day. The canopy was graced by sheers on the legs and buntings hanging from the ceiling. So it spurred me on an Etsy search for banners that would match my craft booth color scheme. I found this blue and white one by giggleberry that is definitely on my list. Sewn in 5 different baby blue prints, it would match wonderfully with my blue and white beach theme. And for only $30 each, it would definitely make a wonderful entrance for my craft show customers.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Craft Hope on Etsy

I learned of Craft Hope on Etsy yesterday through Heather of Camp Cupcake Designs. This amazing shop, run by Sarah and Jade, is filled with items donated by Etsians. 100% of the proceeds for each and every single item is being donated to Doctors Without Borders in Haiti. You too can help...they will stop accepting donations this evening (20 January) and will keep the store open until everything has sold.

As of yesterday, they had surpassed $10,000 in sales, in just a week! Either way, by donating an item, or by buying these items, you are doing your small part to help. For further information, please visit the Craft Hope website.

Click on the pictures above to be taken directly to our donations on Craft Hope.

Two Seaside Babes HALF OFF SALE

In an effort to streamline our Etsy shop, Two Seaside Babes has a HALF-OFF SALE section in our shop. We will be concentrating on certain styles and colors that have maintained popularity and letting go of some styles that were introduced very early on in our store. Our loss is your gain. Each item has been marked down 50% and prices are already reflected. Almost all items are under $20 with some priced as little as $7.50! Once these items go, they will never be brought back again. Take advantage now before they are gone!
Simply click on the HALF OFF SALE section of our shop to view all these items. Click on any of these pictures above to automatically be taken directly to those listings.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Two Seaside Babes Sneak Peek - Easter Item

I know, I're asking yourself, "that's the only hint she's giving us?" Darn skippy! Sneak peeks are such a tease aren't they? ;-) I've had this idea for quite some time now. But the past couple of months have been so utterly busy for Two Seaside Babes that is was not even feasible for me to start. I'm currently working on the design for this item and hope to get it crochet in about 2 or 3 weeks. I would ideally like to list it on Etsy right before Valentine's day, to give people ample time to view it prior to Easter. And yes, I'll be working on a boy's version too! Keep your eyes peeled in Two Seaside Babes for its introduction! (don't worry, I'll post it here for you too).

Friday, January 15, 2010

Two Seaside Babes Friday Finds

I've been on a kick ever since Christmas to organize all of the toys that Santa so graciously left (darn you Santa!) in the hopes of regaining some of my sanity. It isn't working. But with the help of TerisTreasure's reversible fabric organizing bins, the goal seems just in reach. How cute would these look with My Little Pony's, Matchbox Cars, and Lite Brite pegs inside (darn you Santa!). And for only $16 each, I can finally stop tripping over all these toys (darn you Santa!) and stow them neatly on the bookshelf.

I am a yarn addict. The first step on the road to recovery is admitting that you have a problem right? Lately, my addiction has heightened to include more long-lasting fixes (luxurious yarn). This hearts and sparkles hand spun art yarn by marion on Etsy is definitely a fix I NEED to get my hands on. For $32, I'm sure it's one fix I won't mind shelling my hard-earned money out for.

YUMMY! Do I really need to say more? Yogurt covered raisins, peanuts, dark chocolate covered peanuts, and M&M's make up this indulgent snack mix by nikid on Etsy. It's soooo worth the $8.50 for this all-natural, preservative-free yummy goodness! While you're at it, you might want to check out the rest of her store...ooey gooey Belgian milk chocolate, Italian Rock Road, Baked Apple Granola...excuse me while I wipe the drool of the keyboard.

I'm trying to go green. Trying. Really, I am. My crutch is sticking everything in plastic baggies. With TheStraightStitch's Groovy Hearts Enviro Lunch Set, hopefully I can start ridding myself of the crutch. I particularly like this set because it has TWO bags - a sandwich bag AND a snack bag. But for $12 each set, I'm sure to purchase just more than 1 set. Finally, I may rid myself of plastic baggies once and for all!

I'll admit I really didn't care for abstract art very much. MADART on Etsy may have just changed that for me. With these stunningly bold and striking colors, "Blue Veneer" is a work of art that is sure broaden my artistic senses. And for only $69, it has definitely been added to my Etsy favorites...yes, my favorites are getting quite long. Ask anyone...I'm getting a wee bit tired with waiting to purchase my favorites until I get my new home.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Win a Buckle Beanie from Two Seaside Babes

Yes, you read that correctly. Two Seaside Babes is holding a giveaway for one of our Buckle Beanies. Well, actually a cream adult Buckle Beanie to be more specific. Why cream? Because it goes with everything silly goose! This Buckle Beanie is valued at $35.

Question 1: So what do I have to do to be entered in this giveaway?

Answer 1: Fan Two Seaside Babes on Facebook! That's all.

Question 2: So I don't have to Tweet about the giveaway to earn extra entries.

Answer 2: No, that silly. Everyone gets an equal opportunity to win.

Question 3: But what about the people who are already your fans before the start of the giveaway. Are they eligible?

Answer 3: Of course they are!

Question 4: What if I want a different color or size?

Answer 4:'s FREE. Are you really going to complain?

Question 5: I thought I was supposed to be asking the questions?

Answer 5: Oh yeah, you were. So what's your next question.

Question 6: Can I get the link to the Two Seaside Babes Facebook Fan page already?

Answer 6: Silly me, of course you can! Just click the following link: Two Seaside Babes Facebook Fan Page

Question 7: Is there anything else I should know?

Answer 7: Yes there is. For every 100 fans that Two Seaside Babes receives, we will add an additional item to the giveaway.

Question 8: What the heck does that mean?

Answer 8: It's simple. We already have just over 100 fans on our Facebook fan page. That's why the giveaway starts at 1 item. When we reach 200 fans, we will add another *surprise* item to the giveaway. When we reach 300 fans, we will add another item. UP TO 600 6 items. You get the picture?

Question 9: So the more people I tell to fan your Facebook fan page, the more chances I get to win something right?

Answer 9: Exactly!

Question 10: Free doesn't always mean free. Do I have to pay shipping and handling? What if I live out side of the US?

Answer 10: Hey, one question at a time! Free, in this case, does mean free. No you don't have to pay shipping and handling. If you live outside the US, you can still enter. Your shipping and handling is still free.

Question 11: When does the giveaway end?

Answer 11: January 31. The names will be randomly picked using a random number generator on the first of February.

Question 12: What if I want a Buckle Beanie now?

Answer 12: Of course you do ;-) Then you can simply go to our Two Seaside Babes Etsy store and purchase one.

Question 13: Anything else I should know?

Answer 13: Nope...I think I have it all covered! Good luck!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer Awareness Buckle Beanie by Two Seaside Babes

Two Seaside Babes has joined the Global Breast Cancer Movement. You can too. We've introduced a special color Buckle Beanie on Etsy. For every Pink Silk and Bamboo Adult Buckle Beanie purchased, Two Seaside Babes will donate 10% of the purchase price of each hat to Susan G. Koman for the Cure. A bulk donation will be made in December of 2010.

To find out how you can donate on your own, please click the picture below.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Two Seaside Babes Friday Finds

Yes, I have a sewing machine. No, I don't know how to sew. Yes, I wish I knew how to sew well enough to buy this small satchel PDF pattern from keykalou on Etsy. Yes, for $8, I'm still quite confident that my satchel would end up looking like an avocado. No, I'm sure that's not the look she was going for. Who doesn't have a ton of candy canes left after after this holiday season? What to do with them when your sweet tooth is no longer craving peppermint? Show the one you love just how much you love them on Valentine's Day! How appropriate is this cute photo from levansphotography on Etsy for just that? For $20, you sure won't break the bank by giving them this wonderful gift on that special day. And unlike candy canes, this is one sweet gift you'll be glad to have stick around.

I'm all about cuteness. And I'm all about doing it in a clean and organized manner (yes, I'm a little compulsive...I know this...I've accepted this). FrayBabyBibsandMore on Etsy must have had me in mind when she created this ingenious and uber cute garden of hair bows to display/organize your babe's hair bows. For $25, this is a must-have for mothers looking to save their sanity amongst the clutter that children provide us.

I had the wonderful pleasure of meeting Anita of refindoriginals on Etsy. Pictures do not do her amazing work me, I've seen them in person. Her use of recycled and reclaimed leather is utterly mind-blowing. This leather cuff, for ony $36, is not only a great use of the scraps leftover from making her bags, but it also a gorgeous accessory that I would wear with almost any outfit.

I'm all about cuteness (and obviously repetitiveness). I love fun, funky, and pink. Who would have ever thought, coming from the girl who never owned anything other than black from many, Many, MANY years. Now I have two little girls and I have every single excuse to buy every single thing pink I can possibly get my hands on. This recycled Tshirt sphere pillow in hot pink ($75) by talkingsquid on Etsy is definitely something that I would snag my hands on for my girls. Hmmmm...I wonder if they can be made in black....

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Two Seaside Babes at Enroute Spa

Two Seaside Babes products can now be found at Enroute Spa at the Indianapolis International Airport. This environmentally friendly, holistic health care day spa not only serves as a calming layover for weary and stressed travelers, but also as a place for local artisans to sell their wares. Here, right down concourse B, you can find a number of our best-selling Buckle Beanies and scarflettes.

Our products can also be found at the Enroute Spa kiosk located in Civic Plaza.

Here are just a few of the products that can be found there:

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Crocheted Flower Headbands For Two Seaside Babes

Two Seaside Babes has always struggled with finding a lower-priced item for those spur-of-the-moment sales on Etsy. We've also struggled with finding an item that would help pull us through those "off" months on Etsy when people don't really want to be browsing/shopping for hats. So I've designed our latest item, crocheted flower headbands.

Crocheted in 100% cotton, the triple layer flowers are made with 3 coordinating colors. Each one has a plastic jewel that has been firmly affixed in the center. They are sewn to a headband.

While we are only listing the toddler sizes currently, the headbands are available in newborn through adult sizes in almost any color combination imaginable. Purchase them now for the Spring and Summer for only $14 each!

Click the pictures above to be taken directly to our Etsy store

Monday, January 4, 2010

Search Engine Optimization: Twitter

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the process of driving quality traffic to your website from search engines. Typically, this is done internally on websites. But with sites like Etsy, the control of HOW traffic finds you is SLIGHTLY out of your hands. You need to go to external sites to help direct your website to the search engines. With this and future blog posts, I'm going to show you how I do this. Please keep in mind, what works for me MIGHT not necessarily work for you.

Twitter is a social networking sites that allows its users to send and read text-based posts, known as tweets, with 140 characters or less. Otherwise known as micro-blogging, it's not just about announcing what you're doing personally at the moment. It also serves as an extremely useful tool for those looking to market their business and grow their network. In all simplicity, it's FREE publicity.

Twitter is not a typical SEO tool. What is does is build relationships, networks, and communicates...the core of social media. By reaching out to others in your niche, as well as bloggers and other indivduals, you allow you and your business to be seen by a more broad spectrum. It's all about frequency and reach!

Using Twitter properly to benefit your business is about mixing up your daily activities and your business activities. You don't have to devote a lot of time to Twitter each day, just a few moments throughout the day will do just fine. I typically tweet a small amount in the morning, throughout the day when I'm popping on the computer to list/relist/renew on Etsy, and in the evening. I average less than 2 dozen tweets a day. Which, honestly, is really nothing.

There are certain tools that will allow you to use Twitter with much more ease. There are thousands out there, but frankly I don't have the time to figure them all out.

I use TweetDeck whenever I can. I use Twitter's webpage as my last resort. TweetDeck is wonderful in that it organizes information much more easily than the web version. You can automatically see tweets as they are posted (no refreshing the page), messages directed to you (@'s), DM's (Direct Messages), and many other things. The best thing is that it is all on one screen! It also allows you to tweet directly to Facebook too...another plus for those looking to save time!

Download TweetDeck by clicking on the photo above

To gain followers in the start, I used Twubble. You do need a small amount of friends first to really start using this tool well. It's simple...hit the "Find Some Friends!" button, and low-and-behold, there are some friends for you to follow! It's as simple as that! I try to follow about 100 new people a week. Be careful about following more than that as most people will think that you are just trying to gain followers to spam them. If they are interested in getting followers, they will follow you in return. It's good Twitter Karma ;-)

Click the Twubble picture above to get new followers

Want to know if those people that you followed via Twubble are following you in return? I use Friend or Follow. Just input your Twitter name and there they are...easy peasy! If after a week, those people that you followed via Twubble, or any other Twitter feature, are not following you...unfollow them. Just click on their avatar to do so.

Just click on the funky birdie to go to Friend or Follow

OK, so now you have all these followers, right? Well, what do you do with them you ask! Remember the Twitter etiquette:

1. Remember that Twitter is a conversation. If you have followers, they are going to see what you write. What you write is a reflection of you and your business. On the same note, make sure you pick an avatar that is appropriate. I've deleted many a follower that had an avatar with boobies or badonkadonk's hangin' out!

2. Ask questions. Don't act like a know-it-all.

3. You have 140 characters. Use it wisely.

4. Quality vs. quantity.

5. Post links to interesting articles, information, news stories. Even the best Tweets do this every day. Don't believe me, check out Guy Kawasaki's profile. If you don't know who he is, then you haven't been around Twitter long enough.

6. It's proper etiquette to follow someone that follows you. Also, don't be offended if someone unfollows you. Don't hesitate to unfollow someone that offends you.

7. Be up front about your Twitter aspirations. Again, if someone doesn't like what you have to say or why they are there, don't be offended if someone unfollows you.

8. Be personal, but to a point. Just like any social networking site, Twitter can humanize you in the eyes of your followers. Those followers might thus want to do business with you based upon that human interaction you have had.

9. Reciprocate gracefully. Be interesting, honest, and unselfish. Retweet (RT) those posts that you think are interesting and they might in turn RT your tweets. Don't make it look like a chore though. Also reply to tweets that are interesting in topic.

10. Don't automaticaly direct message your new followers. While you may think this is a way to get your new followers your business information, it is typically a way for you to get immediately unfollowed. If they want to know about you, they'll check out your profile. And they'll read your tweets. They'll find your business that way.

11. Don't be a Twitter addict. Personally, if your avatar is all that fills my screen, it's going to annoy the begeebers out of me. And most likely will get you unfollowed. Followers want to hear about your life. Not that your life is ONLY Twitter.

Now obviously there are a thousand things I haven't approached with this SEO Twitter thing. But frankly, you're not going to read a blog post that long. So go sign up for Twitter. Want a friend? I'll GLADLY follow you!

Click the Twitter Button above to follow me. I'll tweet you later ;-)