Facebook auction market – more fabric boxes – and giveaway coin purses

So one more day to go till the end of my Facebook auction – and I’m sad that it’s ending because it’s been so much fun. The original idea was to use fabric from my overflowing piles of scraps, and make one-of-a-kind items not normally sold on my Etsy or madeit shops. I thought having an auction would motivate me to use up those scraps, and have a bit of spring cleaning of my sewing room.

I didn’t anticipate it would be this much fun though. It was fun having that creative freedom – to make whatever I felt like making every day. You’d think I have that kind of freedom all the time, doing what I do, but it’s not really true. Normally, I have a set range of items up on my shops, and I’d make those items over and over again as they sell. Or I make bags to order. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love it, but it often feels like work, which it is. Developing new products is the creative fun part of course. But even there, I need to be mindful of the cost issue, and setting the right pricing can be a difficult task.

But this auction thing totally freed me up from any of those constraints. I didn’t even have to set a price (well, just the low minimum bid amounts), and making irregular-sized items was totally okay. I was crafting for the fun of it, and that was precious. I often stayed up late at night to sew, because I just couldn’t help myself.

And the support and encouragement from the Facebook community has been tremendous! I was paranoid that nobody was going to bid on anything, but I shouldn’t have worried. Bids came in from day one, and it hasn’t stopped. I’m particularly grateful that many of the bids are from fellow crafters and crafty business owners, who can make all these items themselves. Thank you so very much for your support, everyone!

Another wonderful thing about the auction is that I could gauge what items my customers were interested in. Sandwich bags and wraps were so popular, I might have to add those items to my regular shop offerings.

Fabric boxes was another surprise hit. I began making them for myself, but because of all the positive feedback, I’ve made a few for the auction — like these ones below. The apple ones are possibly my favorite. These are hand screen printed fabrics from Blueberry Ash Textiles based right here in Sydney. Aren’t they lovely?

So check out my auction album if you haven’t already, because there is still 24 hours till the end of the auction. By the way, I’m giving away three Liberty of London coin purses to three randomly-selected auction winners. I enjoyed making these coin purses, too, especially the pretty little Swarovski crystal bead zipper pulls. 
pink and green flroal fabric boxes

bright colored fabric boxesbright colored fabric boxes - lining viewLarge and small boxes - bright colorsFabric boxes using hand screen printed apple fabric - greyFabric boxes using hand screen printed apple fabric - greyFabric boxes using hand screen printed apple fabric - pink

 

 

Library bag giveaway

Well the long summer school holiday is finally coming to an end here in Australia, and it’s nearly time to go back to school – or in my kids’ case, preschool.  One thing that was good about this holiday for me was that the kids really bonded with each other. Maybe it’s only natural after spending all those weeks together, instead of going to separate preschool and daycare rooms. But I am truly grateful that they are playing together so well now, with much less fighting and tears.

Anyway, to celebrate the beginning of a new school year – and to thank all my blog and Facebook readers for their support – I’d like to give away THREE library bags to three lucky winners! These bags are my bestsellers, and no wonder, because they are super useful. You can use it for library books, for a sheet and blanket for daycare or preschool, and they also come in handy for keeping your suitcase organised for traveling. It’ll also make a great gift for a new mother, because she can cram a lot of baby stuff in the bag and toss it in the stroller basket, without having to buy an expensive nappy bag.

Rather than picking the three bags myself, I’d like each winner to pick a bag of her/his choice from what’s listed in my Etsy shop (subject to availability). So please check it out.

To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment to this blog post (not on Facebook) with your name and which library bag print you would like to have if you win.

The giveaway is open till Thursday, January 31, at 9pm Sydney time. I will then choose three winners randomly. Good luck!

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The giveaway is now closed. Thanks everyone for entering!

library bags / large drawstring bags