Revelry: February is Party Time!

My birthday is February 10th, so I like to do something to celebrate in my Etsy shop by offering some kind of special deal or discount.  But this year, I have an even better idea.  Let’s have a party!

I’ve been a consultant for Pampered Chef and Stampin’ Up! in my somewhat distant past, so I have some experience doing the “home party” type of thing: someone hosts the party, I come in and demonstrate my products, the guests buy, and the host gets rewarded based on those sales.  I’ve thought about doing something like this for Rewondered, bringing samples and inventory to someone’s home and basically doing a mini-craft fair for their friends.  I’m still interested in that (and if you want to host something like that, let me know) but this is going to be an online party.

Here’s how it works:

  1. If you want to be a host, email rewondered@gmail.com
  2. I will send you a personalized coupon code.  This coupon code is good for 10% off anything in my Etsy shop and expires when I get up to turn it off on March 1st.
  3. You can use the code yourself and pass it along to your friends so they can also get 10% off.  Remind them they need to use the code in order to get their discount and for you to get credit for their purchase, and they need to make their purchases in February.  The code can be used as many times as you and they want.
  4. On March 1st, I will tally up all the sales made using each coupon code (using the amount after the code is applied), then send the host a gift certificate for 10% of that total.  For example, if $100 of products were purchased using the code, the amount after the code is applied would be $90, so the host would receive a gift certificate for $9.  And yes, this works for ALL purchases using your code, even your own!

I’ll be adding new products throughout February, so if you see something you think a friend of yours would like, send them a link and include your code.  Share your code on social media and via email.  Put your code and the link to my Etsy shop on Post-It notes and stick them everywhere.  😛  However you want to promote your party is up to you.

You can sign up to host anytime between now and the end of February, but the earlier you do, the longer you have to collect orders.  Due to limits on the number of coupon codes Etsy allows me to have and my own sanity (don’t laugh, I think I have a few shreds left!) I can only allow the first 50 people who sign up to host.  So what are you waiting for?  Email me now! 😀

Oh, and if you don’t want to host and don’t know anyone who is hosting, but want that 10% off, just use the code FEBRUARY10

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City of Heroes Costume Inspiration and a Chance to Win

I love making and wearing costumes.  I have loved costumes for as long as I can remember and as a teenager I dreamed of opening my own costume store someday.  I’ve always planned to expand my business into creating items for cosplayers and I’m finally making some headway toward that goal.  I’ve already introduced my Straitjacket Hoodies, Tu-Tus, and Freaky Fleece Hats, but I have several more projects in the works.  Today I’m going to talk about my plans to create “real life” pieces from the City of Heroes costume creator.

One thing I loved about the costume creator in City of Heroes was the vast variety and endless combinations.  You weren’t limited to the standard spandex and cape with your underwear on the outside.  And as time went on even more costume pieces were added.  I am especially fond of the Steampunk and Gunslinger packs, and was over the moon when I was finally able to create the vision I had for One Hit Wonder’s costume from the beginning, which included the fishnet stockings and flames pattern on her skirt that I wasn’t able to do when I first started playing the game.

One Hit Wonder's costume

One Hit Wonder’s costume

So what’s really great about my idea to attempt to recreate pieces from the City of Heroes costume creator is that not only can City of Heroes players cosplay their characters, but people who never played the game can use the pieces to create their own costumes, or even just wear as everyday clothes!  Check out some of the costumes I made for my characters in this album on my Facebook page.  As you can tell, I enjoyed coming up with new outfits for my character Stacey to wear when she went to the Pocket D to hang out at a Cape Radio show.

To give you a few other ideas of what types of costumes I am planning to be able to make, I went through and created a few “basic” outfits in grayscale.

Barbarian costume

Barbarian costume

Cheerleader costume

Cheerleader costume

Club Dress

Club Dress

Genie costume

Genie costume

Gunslinger costume

Gunslinger costume

Retro Sci Fi costume

Retro Sci Fi costume

Schoolgirl costume

Schoolgirl costume

Steampunk 2 costume

Steampunk 1 costume

Steampunk 2 costume

Steampunk 2 costume

Steampunk 3 costume

Steampunk 3 costume

Steampunk 4 costume

Steampunk 4 costume

Valkyrie costume

Valkyrie costume

Witch costume

Witch costume

These are just a few of the pieces I’m going to be working on in the upcoming months.  I’ll mostly be making items I can model myself to begin with, so I’m working off the female model here, but there are plenty of nifty ideas for the guys too.  And of course, if any of these give you ideas for something similar, I am happy to do custom orders.  I’m also working on some ideas for period garb for SCA events, as I’ll be a merchant at Birka in January, so there’ll be another post soon with more details on those designs.

Now, about that chance to win… my IndieGoGo campaign ends on December 30th and as of the writing of this post, I am $210 away from my goal.  So I decided to add a little incentive… if I’m able to reach my goal, I will draw a name and that person will get to choose between a full cosplay outfit, a Rewondered wedding dress, or a $500 gift certificate to my Etsy shop.  And if I’m able to raise at least $1210 in the next three days, I will double all the rewards and pick two winners!  How do you get your name into this drawing?  First, each $5 contributed will get one entry into the drawing (in addition to the perks already outlined in the campaign).  This includes everyone who has already made a contribution.

You will also get an entry for sharing the following image:

If you click on the image, it should take you to the image on Facebook, where you can click Share and post it on your own page/profile.  If you don’t have Facebook, you can share the link to this blog post, but please come back and post the link to your share in the comments here so I can keep track… if I don’t know you shared, I can’t enter you into the drawing!

Unfortunately, I can’t hold the drawing if I don’t reach my goal, so please make a contribution and share as much as possible.  We may only have 3 days left, but we can totally do this!!  Thank you so much for your help in spreading the word! 🙂

Five X Fifty: Day 17 – Fancy Ribbon Necklaces

Today is the last day to place an order in my Etsy shop to guarantee it will arrive before Christmas.  Of course, you are welcome to order at any time, I just can’t guarantee I’ll be able to get it in the mail by Thursday (the day USPS says is their deadline for First Class Mail to arrive by Christmas).  Some items may still be ordered through the 19th, such as these Fancy Ribbon Necklaces and most of my Simple Charm Jewelry.  And anything that is one of a kind, since those are definitely already put together.  Sorry, but custom orders are not likely, but feel free to email me at rewondered@gmail.com and ask, or I can make a .pdf card for you to print out and give your gift recipient until the item is finished.  I’ll also be out of town from December 22-25 (yay, vacation!) so I won’t be able to do much of anything with the shop during that time.  I’m still pushing to get as many of these Five X Fifty products and posts up as soon as possible.

So without further ado, let’s take a look at Day 17’s Fancy Ribbon Necklaces:

Silver Saxophone on Blue Fancy Ribbon Necklace - Handmade by Rewondered D225F-00001 - $11.95

Silver Saxophone on Blue Fancy Ribbon Necklace – Handmade by Rewondered D225F-00001 – $11.95

This item can be chosen as your free item with a $10 contribution to my IndieGoGo campaign (plus you’ll get a $10 gift certificate to spend in my Etsy shop).

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Silver Mermaid on Blue-Green Fancy Ribbon Necklace - Handmade by Rewondered D225F-00002 - $11.95

Silver Mermaid on Blue-Green Fancy Ribbon Necklace – Handmade by Rewondered D225F-00002 – $11.95

This item can be chosen as your free item with a $10 contribution to my IndieGoGo campaign (plus you’ll get a $10 gift certificate to spend in my Etsy shop).

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Gold Princess Crown on White Fancy Ribbon Necklace - Handmade by Rewondered D225F-00003 - $8.95

Gold Princess Crown on White Fancy Ribbon Necklace – Handmade by Rewondered D225F-00003 – $8.95

This item can be chosen as your free item with a $10 contribution to my IndieGoGo campaign (plus you’ll get a $10 gift certificate to spend in my Etsy shop).

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Brown Cross with Gold Star on Brown Fancy Ribbon Necklace - Handmade by Rewondered D225F-00004 - $12.95

Brown Cross with Gold Star on Brown Fancy Ribbon Necklace – Handmade by Rewondered D225F-00004 – $12.95

This item can be chosen as your free item with a $15 contribution to my IndieGoGo campaign (plus you’ll get a $15 gift certificate to spend in my Etsy shop).

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Silver Bee on Yellow Fancy Ribbon Necklace - Handmade by Rewondered D225F-00005 - $9.95

Silver Bee on Yellow Fancy Ribbon Necklace – Handmade by Rewondered D225F-00005 – $9.95

This item can be chosen as your free item with a $10 contribution to my IndieGoGo campaign (plus you’ll get a $10 gift certificate to spend in my Etsy shop).

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Don’t forget, if I am able to raise double my goal, all rewards will double!  The $5-$35 contributions will become two free items and twice the amount of gift certificates, the $50 contributions will become $420 in gift certificates, and the $100 contributions will become two City of Heroes inspired costumes.  If just 13 more people get a costume (or subside one for me, getting autographed photos of me wearing it) we’ll just be $5 shy of making it a very Merry Christmas for everyone involved.  So please, go make a contribution!  🙂

Tuesday Top Ten: Favorited Items December 11th-17th

Time for the Top Ten items that were favorited in my Etsy shop over the past week.  Except there’s one little problem… 19 of my items were each favorited once, so this is more of a Top Nineteen list!  In fact, it will probably just be easier for me not to number them, and just post the pictures, which you can click on to go to the listing for more information.

Today is the last day to place your order to ensure delivery before Christmas, and I am no longer able to guarantee custom orders will arrive in time.  However, I am happy to make a .pdf card that you can print out to give your gift recipient which will explain what gift is on the way.

And of course, there are always gift certificates, though I recommend you make a contribution to my IndieGoGo campaign so you can get the free item as well.

So there’s still hope for you last minute shoppers! Check out these items that other people liked last week and see if any would be good for your gift recipients…

Mood Ring Emoticon Glass Pebble Ring with Adjustable Band - Handmade by Rewondered D225R-00008 - $5.95

Mood Ring Emoticon Glass Pebble Ring with Adjustable Band – Handmade by Rewondered D225R-00008 – $5.95

Hockey Wine Charm Set of Four Wine Glass Markers - Your Choice of Team Colors - Handmade by Rewondered D643W-00006 - $14.95

Hockey Wine Charm Set of Four Wine Glass Markers – Your Choice of Team Colors – Handmade by Rewondered D643W-00006 – $14.95

Fire or Three Color Mohawk Fleece Hat - Handmade by Rewondered D201H-00002 - $27.95

Fire or Three Color Mohawk Fleece Hat – Handmade by Rewondered D201H-00002 – $27.95

Two Color Mohawk Fleece Hat - Handmade by Rewondered D201H-00001 - $24.95

Two Color Mohawk Fleece Hat – Handmade by Rewondered D201H-00001 – $24.95

Silver Skull Post Back Earrings - Handmade by Rewondered D225E-55504 - $8.95

Silver Skull Post Back Earrings – Handmade by Rewondered D225E-55504 – $8.95

Ghost Post Back Earrings - Handmade by Rewondered D225E-55501 - $8.95

Ghost Post Back Earrings – Handmade by Rewondered D225E-55501 – $8.95

Black Spider Ring with Adjustable Band - Handmade by Rewondered D225R-00001 - $3.95

Black Spider Ring with Adjustable Band – Handmade by Rewondered D225R-00001 – $3.95

LGBT Pride Rainbow and Gold Pendant Necklace Handmade by Rewondered D225N-00364 - $29.95

LGBT Pride Rainbow and Gold Pendant Necklace Handmade by Rewondered D225N-00364 – $29.95

Rainbow and Button Rain Clouds Handmade Bracelet by Rewondered D225B-00014 - $29.95

Rainbow and Button Rain Clouds Handmade Bracelet by Rewondered D225B-00014 – $29.95

Blue and White Snail Enamel Simple Charm Necklace on Silver Chain - Handmade by Rewondered D225N-00978 - $7.95

Blue and White Snail Enamel Simple Charm Necklace on Silver Chain – Handmade by Rewondered D225N-00978 – $7.95

Red and Yellow Snail Enamel Simple Charm Necklace on Silver Chain - Handmade by Rewondered D225N-00928 - $7.95

Red and Yellow Snail Enamel Simple Charm Necklace on Silver Chain – Handmade by Rewondered D225N-00928 – $7.95

Silver Key on Silver Chain Simple Charm Necklace - Handmade by Rewondered D225N-00512 - $7.95

Silver Key on Silver Chain Simple Charm Necklace – Handmade by Rewondered D225N-00512 – $7.95

Pink Hearts and Silver Music Note Love Song Necklace - Handmade by Rewondered D225N-10311 - $12.95

Pink Hearts and Silver Music Note Love Song Necklace – Handmade by Rewondered D225N-10311 – $12.95

LGBT Pride Rainbow and Gold Necklace - Handmade by Rewondered D225N-00299 - $21.95

LGBT Pride Rainbow and Gold Necklace – Handmade by Rewondered D225N-00299 – $21.95

One of a Kind Blue and Copper Beaded Charm Bracelet - Handmade by Rewondered D225B-00010 - $34.95

One of a Kind Blue and Copper Beaded Charm Bracelet – Handmade by Rewondered D225B-00010 – $34.95

One of a Kind Upcycled Hot Pink, Black and White Beaded Charm Bracelet - Handmade by Rewondered D225B-00009 - $39.95

One of a Kind Upcycled Hot Pink, Black and White Beaded Charm Bracelet – Handmade by Rewondered D225B-00009 – $39.95

Turquoise Heart Charm Bracelet - Handmade by Rewondered D225B-00008 - $36.95

Turquoise Heart Charm Bracelet – Handmade by Rewondered D225B-00008 – $36.95

Pink Butterflies and Cthulhu Necklace - Handmade by Rewondered D225N-99213 - $23.95

Pink Butterflies and Cthulhu Necklace – Handmade by Rewondered D225N-99213 – $23.95

Purple and Silver FIND Necklace - Handmade by Rewondered D225N-99244 - $23.95

Purple and Silver FIND Necklace – Handmade by Rewondered D225N-99244 – $23.95

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Quite the eclectic mix there, huh?  And I need to redo the photos for the last two (and several other listings) but I had wanted to get the items up so I used what photos I had.  That’s another project to add to my Massive To Do List™!

I’m going to be working on adding more items up today too, so keep an eye on my Etsy shop throughout the day.  Oh, and “Order by December 18th” really means order by the time I get up on the 19th to process those orders and get them in the mail.  So you really have until about 7am eastern time on the 19th. 😛

Five X Fifty: Day 15 – Christmas

I had meant to get this post up yesterday, since it was 12/12/12 and there’s the whole 12 Days of Christmas thing and instead of five items I have twelve, but it didn’t happen.  I was busy all day yesterday working on new items, relisting old items in my Etsy shop that had been removed because I took them to the craft fairs instead, and photographing these twelve items.  By the time I started to list them, it was already nearly 11pm and my bed was calling me, so I gave up and got the listings done this morning instead.  So my whole “12” theme may not make sense today, and the special I was running yesterday is technically over, but because you are reading this blog and have been so patient with me, I’ll let you in on a secret:  I have not yet deactivated the 121212 coupon code, so you can still get 36% off your order if you place it before I get up tomorrow morning at 7am eastern time and turn the code off.  Here’s your chance to get your holiday shopping done at a great discount!  You’ve only got 12 days until Christmas… ooh, there’s that number again!

With less than two weeks to go, it’s time to get into the Christmas spirit, and I don’t mean the ones behind the bar… though if you want to indulge, I’m not going to stop you.  I might ask you to share, though!  But before we get too tipsy, check out these festive necklaces, earrings, pins, and hair elastics!

Bronze Angel on Black Cord Simple Charm Necklace - Handmade by Rewondered D225N-00792 - $7.95

Bronze Angel on Black Cord Simple Charm Necklace – Handmade by Rewondered D225N-00792 – $7.95

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Red Christmas Ornament Necklace - Handmade by Rewondered D225N-24243 - $7.95

Red Christmas Ornament Necklace – Handmade by Rewondered D225N-24243 – $7.95

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This necklace has matching earrings:

Red Christmas Ornament Earrings - Handmade by Rewondered D225E-24243 - $8.95

Red Christmas Ornament Earrings – Handmade by Rewondered D225E-24243 – $8.95

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Christmas Ornament Earrings - Your Choice of Color - Handmade by Rewondered D225E-55514 - $5.95

Christmas Ornament Earrings – Your Choice of Color – Handmade by Rewondered D225E-55514 – $5.95

These come in a variety of colors, in either a matte or shiny finish:

Color Choices: Christmas Ornament Earrings - Your Choice of Color - Handmade by Rewondered D225E-55514 - $5.95

Color Choices: Christmas Ornament Earrings – Your Choice of Color – Handmade by Rewondered D225E-55514 – $5.95

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Bubble Christmas Ornament Earrings - Your Choice of Color - Handmade by Rewondered D225E-55515 - $7.95

Bubble Christmas Ornament Earrings – Your Choice of Color – Handmade by Rewondered D225E-55515 – $7.95

These also come in a variety of colors:

Color Choices: Bubble Christmas Ornament Earrings - Your Choice of Color - Handmade by Rewondered D225E-55515 - $7.95

Color Choices: Bubble Christmas Ornament Earrings – Your Choice of Color – Handmade by Rewondered D225E-55515 – $7.95

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Candy Cane Christmas Ornament Earrings - Handmade by Rewondered D225E-55516 - $9.95

Candy Cane Christmas Ornament Earrings – Handmade by Rewondered D225E-55516 – $9.95

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Scribble Christmas Ornament Earrings - Handmade by Rewondered D225E-55517 - $6.95

Scribble Christmas Ornament Earrings – Handmade by Rewondered D225E-55517 – $6.95

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Gingerbread Man Pin - Handmade by Rewondered D225P-00009 - $5.95

Gingerbread Man Pin – Handmade by Rewondered D225P-00009 – $5.95

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Santa Claus Face Pin - Handmade by Rewondered D225P-00010 - $5.95

Santa Claus Face Pin – Handmade by Rewondered D225P-00010 – $5.95

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Reindeer Hair Elastic Ponytail Holder - Handmade by Rewondered D202E-00009 - $4.95

Reindeer Hair Elastic Ponytail Holder – Handmade by Rewondered D202E-00009 – $4.95

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Candy Cane Hair Elastic Ponytail Holder - Handmade by Rewondered D202E-00010 - $3.95

Candy Cane Hair Elastic Ponytail Holder – Handmade by Rewondered D202E-00010 – $3.95

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Red Jingle Bell Hair Elastic Ponytail Holder - Handmade by Rewondered D202E-00011 - $3.95

Red Jingle Bell Hair Elastic Ponytail Holder – Handmade by Rewondered D202E-00011 – $3.95

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I also have a bunch of other Christmas themed handmade necklaces…

I still need to update pictures of some of my older items that I relisted.  It’s amazing how awful those early pictures are!  It took me entirely too long to figure out how to use my camera, and I could probably still use some more lessons, but I’m much happier with the ones I take now and will be updating all those old pictures as soon as I can.

Hopefully seeing all these fun Christmas designs will get you into the holiday mood… and the holiday shopping mood! 😛  Don’t forget, you can use the coupon code 121212 and get 36% (12+12+12=36… get it?) off your order until I wake up tomorrow morning and turn it off.  And if you really want to go on a a shopping spree, head over to my IndieGoGo campaign and make a $50 contribution so you can get a $210 gift certificate to spend in my store… with that coupon code you can get about $328 worth of my products for that $50!  Just choose “other” for your payment method when you place your order in my Etsy shop and leave me a note in the comments section that you got a gift certificate on IndieGoGo, and I’ll verify everything and send you an invoice for anything over the amount of your gift certificate.

I’m currently $405 shy of reaching my goal on IndieGoGo, and $1405 short of doubling my goal… remember if I can raise double my goal, I’ll double all the rewards, so please share this link: http://www.indiegogo.com/rewondered2 and you might just get to go on another shopping spree in my Etsy shop! 🙂

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go work on getting Day 16 up…

Five X Fifty: Day 12 – Tu-Tus

And now for something completely different…

I made a multi-color tu-tu petticoat to wear underneath my wedding dress, and I’ve been meaning to offer them in my Etsy shop.  Finally got around to making enough samples to do so!  They are available in three sizes: Mini, Regular, and Long, but can also be made to any length via a custom order.  But three is not five, and this is a Five X Fifty, so I made five different color combinations with two samples for each size, repeating the Rainbow combination for both the Mini and Long sizes because hey, rainbows!

Rainbow Mini Tu-Tu Tulle Skirt - Custom Made To Fit With Your Choice of Colors - Handmade by Rewondered - $19.95

Rainbow Mini Tu-Tu Tulle Skirt – Custom Made To Fit With Your Choice of Colors – Handmade by Rewondered – $19.95

Fire Mini Tu-Tu Tulle Skirt – Custom Made To Fit With Your Choice of Colors – Handmade by Rewondered – $19.95

Water Regular Tu-Tu Tulle Skirt - Custom Made To Fit With Your Choice of Colors - Handmade by Rewondered - $29.95

Water Regular Tu-Tu Tulle Skirt – Custom Made To Fit With Your Choice of Colors – Handmade by Rewondered – $29.95

Rock N Roll Regular Tu-Tu Tulle Skirt - Custom Made To Fit With Your Choice of Colors - Handmade by Rewondered - $29.95

Rock N Roll Regular Tu-Tu Tulle Skirt – Custom Made To Fit With Your Choice of Colors – Handmade by Rewondered – $29.95

Autumn in New England Long Tu-Tu Tulle Skirt – Custom Made To Fit With Your Choice of Colors – Handmade by Rewondered – $39.95

Rainbow Long Tu-Tu Tulle Skirt - Custom Made To Fit With Your Choice of Colors - Handmade by Rewondered - $39.95

Rainbow Long Tu-Tu Tulle Skirt – Custom Made To Fit With Your Choice of Colors – Handmade by Rewondered – $39.95

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And here’s a close up of the Long one I wore underneath my wedding dress:

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Yes, I wore Converse under my wedding dress.  Outdoor wedding, uneven ground, standing in one spot for awhile… not an occasion where I wanted to wear heels!  And just because this is MY blog, how about another gratuitous wedding pic of me and my handsome husband?

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Okay, now back to business!  A Mini Tu-Tu Tulle Skirt can be chosen as your free item for a $20 contribution to my IndieGoGo campaign, a Regular one can be chosen for a $30 contribution, and if you want a Long one, you might as well spend the extra $10 and go with the $50 contribution and use that $210 gift certificate, leaving you $170.05 still to spend.  So for $50 you could get 5 Long Tu-Tus and still have money left over!

And my apologies for getting the post out so much later than I had wanted… I took the wrong exit, then went the wrong direction, and in the process of turning around managed to completely lose my sense of direction so I ended up going the wrong way AGAIN!  I finally got on the right road going the right way, only to realize as I passed another exit that I probably should have gone that way instead, so I drove through town rather than going around on the highway.  Then I drove right past my destination, so I had to turn around yet again!  As I left there, I realized I should probably stop at that store that was in that same complex, so I ended up going out one exit and back in again the next.  I was doing better for awhile, but on the way home I drove right past the exit I should have taken, so I had to go up to the next one and back around again.  *sigh*  It’s been a “going around in circles” kind of day.

But tomorrow is a new day!  What surprises do you think it has in store for us?

Five X Fifty: Day 10 – Freaky Fleece Hats

I made all these hats today, and they turned out so awesome I just couldn’t wait to share them with you, so they’re moved up in the queue to be Day 10!

Winter is coming (already here in New England, if you ask me) and you’re going to need something to keep your head warm.  But why wear any old boring hat when you can have one of these?

You can show your punk rock attitude with this two-color mohawk hat!

Two Color Mohawk Fleece Hat by Rewondered D201H-00001 - $24.95

Two Color Mohawk Fleece Hat by Rewondered D201H-00001 – $24.95

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It may be cold out, but you can’t really set your head on fire to warm up, so why not just make it look like fire?

Fire Three Color Mohawk Fleece Hat by Rewondered D201H-00002 - $27.95

Fire Three Color Mohawk Fleece Hat by Rewondered D201H-00002 – $27.95

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Oh my god it’s eating his head!!

Monster Eating Your Head Fleece Hat by Rewondered D201H-00003 - $29.95

Monster Eating Your Head Fleece Hat by Rewondered D201H-00003 – $29.95

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Making that monster hat made me think of another one I just had to make…

Cthulhu Fleece Hat by Rewondered D201H-00004 - $27.95

Cthulhu Fleece Hat by Rewondered D201H-00004 – $27.95

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And what do these monster hats remind you of?  Well, if you’re thinking along the same lines I am, then the answer is Muppets!  And what Muppet has crazy hair and a rock n roll attitude that is perfect for this hat style?  Animal!

Animal Inspired Monster Fleece Hat by Rewondered D201H-00005 - $29.95

Animal Inspired Monster Fleece Hat by Rewondered D201H-00005 – $29.95

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I’m actually almost okay with it being so cold, just so I have an excuse to wear these.

And that’s Day 10!  I’m still ten days behind, but my husband will be using my laptop tonight to do his show for The Cape Radio, so I’ll just have to content myself with making more things instead.  Oh woe is me.

I have decided I’ll let you in on what I plan for Black Friday – Small Business Saturday – Cyber Monday, but that will be in a separate post, later tonight after the show.  Suffice it to say, if you can make a $50 contribution to my IndieGoGo campaign so you’ll have a $210 gift certificate to spend in my Etsy shop, you’re going to get a GREAT deal!  Even if you don’t have $50, your gift certificate for the amount of your contribution will go a lot further this weekend, and you still get to choose a free item!

I’ll explain more later, but I need to get offline soon, so I better hurry up and get this posted!

Five X Fifty: Day 9 – Snap Barrettes

I teased you with a possible Monday Musings today, but I’m afraid I’m not going to deliver.  My brain just isn’t on track for doing much reflection or writing, so it will have to wait a bit longer.  I will be sharing the reflection paper I wrote for my Critical Thinking class on Thursday, as it is about why I have a good life, and seems perfect for Thanksgiving.  And it was a comment on this paper that I was planning to address for a Thursday Thoughts or Monday Musings, so it makes sense to share the paper first.

Today I will deliver on a promise, however.  Remember when I said I was going to bring you more snap barrettes?  Well today is that day!  You know I’ve been eying this for awhile…

Eyeball Snap Barrettes by Rewondered D202B-00005 - $6.95

Eyeball Snap Barrettes by Rewondered D202B-00005 – $6.95

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See what I did there?  And there?  😛

Okay, okay, let’s try something prettier.  How about some flowers?

Five Petal Flower with Clear Gem Center Snap Barrettes by Rewondered D202B-00003 - $7.95

Five Petal Flower with Clear Gem Center Snap Barrettes by Rewondered D202B-00003 – $7.95

These are available in ten different colors: Pink, Peach, Yellow, Grey, Cream, Purple, Blue, Teal, Green, and White.

Color Choices for Five Petal Flower with Clear Gem Center Snap Barrettes by Rewondered D202B-00003

Color Choices for Five Petal Flower with Clear Gem Center Snap Barrettes by Rewondered D202B-00003

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But what if the pretty flowers have friends?

Black Spider Snap Barrettes by Rewondered D202B-00001 - $7.95

Black Spider Snap Barrettes by Rewondered D202B-00001 – $7.95

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They’re kind of creepy, but rather cute, don’t you think?  Or not, if you’re arachnophobic.  Maybe you need to signal for help…

Black Bat on Yellow Moon or Batman Signal Snap Barrettes by Rewondered D202B-00006 - $6.95

Black Bat on Yellow Moon or Batman Signal Snap Barrettes by Rewondered D202B-00006 – $6.95

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If that’s not geeky enough for you, how about a single barrette perfect for the gamer girl who knows her true place… as Player One!

Player Number One Gamer Girl Snap Barrettes by Rewondered D202B-00004 - $4.95

Player Number One Gamer Girl Snap Barrettes by Rewondered D202B-00004 – $4.95

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And there we have Day 9!  And today’s the 19th, so that means I’m only 10 days behind… oof.  I spent most of the day playing with glue, so when that dries I’ll have a few more for you.  I still have a couple of hours left to do some sewing, so that should finish up a few more.  Then there’s the photographing, the listing, the writing of the posts… whew!  But I’ll get it all done, eventually.  This week is probably my last big push to MAKE ALL THE THINGS for the craft fairs.  Unless I completely sell out of stuff this weekend (one can only hope!), I should have plenty of stuff for the last two, plus I have the Five X Fifty items I’m still adding as I go.

I am hoping to get several more things up in my Etsy shop  in the next couple of days, as I will be doing a Black Friday/Small Business Saturday/Cyber Monday promotion.  Details of that will be up on Friday morning before I head off to the Cornucopia Craft Fair.  If I might make a suggestion to REALLY take advantage of the special I’ll be offering Friday, November 23rd through Monday, November 26th: go make a contribution to my IndieGoGo campaign.  You’ll have a gift certificate to spend in my Etsy shop, plus you’ll be able to choose an item for free.  Or if you make a $50 contribution, you’ll have $210 to spend!  And if I manage to raise double my goal by Thanksgiving, you’ll have twice as much to spend over the weekend!  So be sure to tell all your friends, too!  Check out the FAQ about the rewards for my IndieGoGo campaign for more information.

Okay, the sewing machine is calling me to get back to work, so I had better snap to it!  😛

Monday Musings: When Several Days Hit You At Once

You know that saying, “I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days hit me at once.”  This weekend was very much like that.  I’ve been burning the candle at both ends trying to get ready for craft fair season, and didn’t sleep at all Friday night as I frantically made sure everything was packaged and priced and ready to go.  I laid down for about an hour and a half, but I don’t think I got more than 20-30 minutes of sleep.  Needless to say, I was pretty exhausted.

Earlier last week, Lorne and I had a conversation that went something like this:

Him: Of course you’re tired, you’ve been working what, 12 hour days?

Me: No.

Him: 15?

Me: More like 16-18.

Him: I rest my case.

Early Saturday morning, we packed up the car and headed to the fair.  My space was in the back corner of the library, which really was a perfect spot for two bibliophiles with social anxiety issues.  It was SO tempting for us to start pulling books off the shelves to read, especially since we were in the Reference section, and I spied a whole shelf full of books on costuming.  I managed to grab some quick pictures of the display while there was a lull in the crowd.

Rewondered Display at John Stark Arts & Crafts Market 2012

Rewondered Display at John Stark Arts & Crafts Market 2012

Rewondered Display at John Stark Arts & Crafts Market 2012

Rewondered Display at John Stark Arts & Crafts Market 2012

Rewondered Display at John Stark Arts & Crafts Market 2012

Rewondered Display at John Stark Arts & Crafts Market 2012

Rewondered Display at John Stark Arts and Crafts Market 2012

Rewondered Display at John Stark Arts and Crafts Market 2012

That’s my wonderful, supportive husband in the last pic, wearing the Wondiosyncra-Tee I made for him (it says “Random” – his nickname).  He is such a good sport with all of this and I am very lucky to have him!

I had the “Hero” Wondiosyncra-Tee and Comic Captions Straitjacket Hoodie that I donated to the Real World Hero charity auction on display and got several compliments on them and all my items, especially my Skirt Bags and Button Rings (need to get some of those up on Etsy).  Several people took my business card and fliers, and I was asked by the organizer of another local event in late August if I’d like to participate.  Of course I said yes and she took my contact information.

Unfortunately, sales were a bust, and I didn’t even come close to making back the fees I paid to participate.  I had hoped to make at least ten times what I did and be able to get some supplies to make more of the ideas I have for my 50 New Products in 50 Days.  So I’m going to make a special deal for anyone who contributes to my IndieGoGo campaign between now and midnight Eastern tomorrow, November 6th: get an extra 50% of your contribution on your Rewondered gift certificate.  So a $5 contribution will get one item and a gift certificate for $7.50 and a $50 contribution will get a gift certificate for $235.  This is a limited time offer, because I need funds now in order to get the supplies to complete items before my next craft fair on November 10th.  And don’t forget, if I reach double my goal, ALL rewards will double!

Double My IndieGoGo Goal and I'll Double the Rewards

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After we got back from the craft fair, I was so exhausted, I went straight to bed and slept until about 9pm.  I went back to bed around 11:30pm and slept in until around 9am, but spent most of Sunday feeling rather brain dead.  I tried to get items listed and blogs posted, but words were completely failing me.  So I gave up and gave myself the day (mostly) off, and worked on a few creative projects instead, again going to bed fairly early and sleeping in this morning.  Apparently I am getting much too old to pull all-nighters!

The good news is that I have most of my inventory for the next show all ready to go.  I’ll just be adding in the new stuff I’m making this week, including the new products I’m working on.  I really want to work on more non-jewelery items and some stocking stuffers and holiday-specific products.  As much as I hate seeing Christmas stuff before Thanksgiving, it’s kind of necessary for these holiday-themed craft fairs.

Now, speaking of several days hitting at once, I am woefully behind on my daily Five By Five posts.  So I’ll be playing catch up and posting Days 3, 4 and 5 later today.  I’m going to change the name to “Five X Fifty” as I think that better describes this promotion, and gives me a little more leeway than a 5pm deadline that is sometimes difficult for me to achieve, depending on what other deadlines and commitments I have for the day.  I also was planning to do Snap Barrettes for the Day 5 product, but I didn’t get a chance to make what I wanted to list, so I will have to postpone that to another day and choose a different item for Day 5.

Also, Etsy now allows listings to have variations, so rather than post five separate items that are extremely similar, I will just post one listing with at least five variations to choose from for some of my new products.  I’ll post individual pictures of each variation here on the blog, so you’ll still get at least five items, but they’ll all link back to just one listing.  Kind of like my Basically Beaded Faceted Bead Necklace where I added it to the Five By Five for each color available: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, or Rainbow.  By the way, additional colors or combinations are available as a custom order. 🙂

So, I’ll be spending today working myself out from under this pile of days.  Luckily, I am feeling much better and much more coherent today.  But now I’m hungry, so I’m going to wander off and find myself some lunch.  Look honey, I’m remembering to eat today!  😛

Five By Five: Post Back Earrings – Day 2 of 50 New Products In 50 Days

It’s Day 2 of my 50 New Products in 50 Days for ReBloPoMo+ and today’s item is Post Back Earrings.

As a Punk/Rock Fairy Princess, I have an affinity for anything with skulls, and silver is one of my favorite colors (but you might have figured that out based on the colors I chose for my business), so when I found these skull charms, I had to get them and make them into some awesome chunky post back earrings.

Silver Skull Post Back Earrings by Rewondered D225E-55504 - $8.95

Silver Skull Post Back Earrings by Rewondered D225E-55504 – $8.95

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Next up are some adorable little brown flower earrings.

Small Brown Flower Post Back Earrings by Rewondered D225E-55505 - $4.95

Small Brown Flower Post Back Earrings by Rewondered D225E-55505 – $4.95

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Continuing with the mini-flowers mini-theme, these tiny red roses are so pretty!

Small Red Rose Flower Post Back Earrings by Rewondered D225E-55506 - $4.95

Small Red Rose Flower Post Back Earrings by Rewondered D225E-55506 – $4.95

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But enough of the flowers, I’m hungry!  How about some pizza?  But don’t actually eat these, they wouldn’t be very tasty. 😛

Pepperoni Pizza Slice Post Back Earrings by Rewondered D225E-55507 - $8.95

Pepperoni Pizza Slice Post Back Earrings by Rewondered D225E-55507 – $8.95

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Would you like fries with that?  (I hope that’s the only time I have to say that phrase…)

French Fries Post Back Earrings by Rewondered D225E-55508 - $8.95

French Fries Post Back Earrings by Rewondered D225E-55508 – $8.95

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Yay!  Day 2 complete, and well before the 5pm deadline!  Now if I can just get all the other stuff done that I need to do to get ready for the craft fair tomorrow.  If you’re anywhere near Weare, New Hampshire and looking for some fun holiday gifts, come check out Rewondered at the John Stark Regional High School 5th Annual Arts and Crafts Market.

In other news, I’m up to $100 in contributions for my IndieGoGo campaign!  That means I’m eligible for the drawing IndieGoGo will be doing, and I could be one of five lucky campaigns to get $500 in matching funds.  Cross your fingers for me!  And don’t forget to go make your own contribution.  I’ll be sending out gift certificates to those who have contributed starting on Monday, but if you’re going to come to Weare, let me know and I’ll have it ready for you to spend at the show if you want.  If you see something in my Etsy shop that you want to claim for your free item, let me know and I’ll set it aside for you.

Also, the items for the Real World Hero auction are up!  I donated two items this year: a custom straitjacket hoodie and a custom t-shirt.  You can go over to http://www.realworldhero.com to bid, but I’ll share a few pics here too.

The Straitjacket Hoodie is black with comic book style captions like “Super!” and “Pow!!”

Custom Made Superhero Straitjacket Hoodie for Real World Hero Auction at RealWorldHero.com

Custom Made Superhero Straitjacket Hoodie for Real World Hero Auction at RealWorldHero.com

Custom Made Superhero Straitjacket Hoodie for Real World Hero Auction at RealWorldHero.com

Custom Made Superhero Straitjacket Hoodie for Real World Hero Auction at RealWorldHero.com

The t-shirt is an example of my new line of Wondiosyncra-Tees: upcycled t-shirts celebrating your wonderful characteristics.  These are made from the letters off old t-shirts and patched together to form descriptive words, and I am happy to do custom orders with any word up to 10 letters.  Look for more of these in an upcoming Five By Five.  For the Real World Hero auction, I decided to make on that says “HERO” on it.

Custom Made "HERO" Wondiosyncra-Tee T-Shirt for Real World Hero Auction at RealWorldHero.com

Custom Made “HERO” Wondiosyncra-Tee T-Shirt for Real World Hero Auction at RealWorldHero.com

Custom Made "HERO" Wondiosycra-Tee T-Shirt for Real World Hero Auction at RealWorldHero.com

Custom Made “HERO” Wondiosycra-Tee T-Shirt for Real World Hero Auction at RealWorldHero.com

The auction ends at midnight Eastern/9pm Pacific on November 10th, so go bid on any of the awesome things they have up!  The charity drive runs through December 15th and you can donate to Child’s Play, DonateGames.org, Operation Gratitude, or Heifer International.
Join the RealWorldHero.com Donation Drive!

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Okay, time for me to get back to work.  Tomorrow’s Five By Five will feature Pins, but may be either very early or very late, since I’ll be preoccupied with the craft fair from at least 6am (getting ready) to 4pm (it ends at 2pm but then I have to pack up, get home, unload my car, have a drink…) or later.  I’m hoping to get it set up tonight but you might just end up getting two posts on Sunday!

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