Thursday, September 06, 2007

Bye, bye plastic bag. Hello, gorgeous!

This blogging thing is really working out.

Look at this delicious and super-glorious bag, handmade just for me by Ashley of Dogged Knits:

Oh, I own this bag. It's mine. Can you believe it?

It's got the perfect innards -- pretty blue and perfect pockets. (Pretty Blue and Perfect Pockets are best-sellers in my line of dolls for young girls. They're adorable.) This is some serious quality, dudes. Ashley is not kidding around.

And it's soft and beautiful and look at that fabric!

The best part? It was part of a swap! She asked if I'd make her a card like this one, and she offered to make me something in return.

I'd never done a swap before, and I didn't want to blow it by sending one little card in exchange for one big bag. Since it was impossible to find a currency conversion chart for handmade cards to handmade bags, we just did our best. I made her a little handful of cards featuring pigeons, and she made me the bag to replace this foolishness.

So here's the audience participation portion of this post:

At one point Ashley suggested that my Pidge for All Seasons card collection (Get Well, Congratulations, Happy Birthday, and blank inside pidge) might be reason enough to start an Etsy shop. For those with Etsy experience, what say you about this? For those of you who would buy something from Etsy, what do you think? If I started an Etsy shop, which of my things would people be interested in buying? Handmade cards? Embroidered items? Sewn things? Anything?

Discuss.

Also? Please give Ashley her well-deserved props! I lovelovelove my bag!

12 comments:

kim said...

When I'm not blowing my money at my LYS, I'm blowing it at Etsy! I have found some of the best items there that I could never have made myself. I say "go for it!" -- cards, embroidery, why decide?

Ashley, the bag is adorable in your signature colors! But what I'm really drooling over is the STR wool you are using for the Drunken Bees. Just yummy!

Kirsten said...

I would absolutely buy your pigeon cards. I am a big fan of etsy. Any money I make from selling patterns usually goes right back to etsy vendors. I agree with Kim, I think the beauty of etsy is that you can throw it all up there and see what sticks.

Now I wonder what I could swap with Ashley to get one of those bags. . .

Ashley said...

ETSY ETSY ETSY. Really. For cards first and foremost--I buy a lot of notecardy things on Etsy. But come on--some "hello bed" pillowcases? I would be all over those.

Meanwhile, I am all over making myself one of those bags. It's purty. Why, it's almost as purty as a pidge card!!

tiennie said...

You both do such lovely work! Enjoy your bag!

BigAlice said...

It's a fabulous bag! So much better but than toting plastic around. Mmmm, pockets.

Rose Red said...

Great bag!

I think you should go for it on etsy. And I would also totally buy the Hello Bed pillowcases (white case, red embroidery, in case you are wondering!)

jygreen said...

I've been waiting to see you sell your stuff for years now, Dr. B! I think the time has come. The time is now.

Nora said...

Ashley's fabric and colour combinations are amazing! I swoon each time she adds a new creation to Flickr!

Re Etsy: Cards - definitely : Pillow cases - yes please! You could even do baby size...

Stacey said...

Both of you are so talented! I love everything! I'd say go for a shop - if you want to do some research, cruise Etsy for the handmade cards to see what your competition may be....you are both so talented!!!!!

heather t said...

So CUTE BAG!!

Also, sorry for not mentioning it in the appropriate post, but I love the pillowcases you embroidered. Very nice.

Cactusneedles said...

I love that bag! She did a great, great job! Pockets on the inside, my favorite!!!:)

maryse said...

i'd be very interested in shopping your wares in an etsy shop.