Etsy Experience: Do you Wanelo?

I recently discovered my new, favorite, free place to promote my Etsy shop. It's called Wanelo. (That stands for want, need, love.)

If you've never heard of Wanelo before, let me tell you a bit about it. Wanelo is a social platform similar to Pinterest. The difference is that Wanelo is dedicated completely to shopping, so you aren't going to find recipes, craft ideas, or pictures of cute kittens. Instead, you will be able to browse over 12 million products from over 200,000 merchants.

Yes, there are plenty of big name stores on Wanelo. You'll find Macy's, American Eagle, Anthropologie and more. But, you'll also find many small independent merchants who sell their creations on Etsy or other on-line venues.

My biggest surprise about Wanelo was that  a few items from my Etsy shop made it to Wanelo before I did. (Thanks to whoever has been promoting items from my store. I really appreciate it!) Once I set up my free account I was able to "claim my store." Now I can easily track which of my items are trending.

http://wanelo.com/thechillydog

 So far, I've set up five collections (they're like boards on Pinterest.)

The Chilly Dog: You Can Make It - Knit and crochet patterns from my Etsy shop
The Chilly Dog: Get Organized - Roll-up crochet hook and knitting needle cases from my Etsy shop
The Chilly Dog: From My Hooks & Needles - Knit and crochet creations from my Etsy shop
Crafty Saturday Show and Sell Favorites  - My favorite items from the weekly link party, that's hosted here on my blog (One more reason you should stop by each week and share an item from your shop.)
Created by my Talented Friends - Items created or designed by people I know or have featured on my blog.

I'm sure it will take time to gain followers on Wanelo, but I think this is going to be a useful resource for me as my small business grows.

Learn more about Wanelo for store owners.


Crafty Saturday Show and Sell #12

Last week's party was a little small, but it was still filled with some gorgeous items. The most popular item from the link-up was the Orange Carnelian Necklace by Beechtree. It totally makes me think of summer sun. One of my other favorite items was the Yellow Dahlia Print by EchindaArtandCards. Simply beautiful!


Orange Carnelian Necklace by Beechtree
Yellow Dahlia Print by EchidnaArtandCards

If you'd like to see more of my favorites, check out my Facebook, Twitter, Wanelo and Crafty Saturday Show and Sell Pinterest board.

Now, let's start sharing!





Nifty and Swifty: Sticker Board

Nifty and Swifty: Use bumper stickers and decals on a white board to create an artistic keepsake | The Chilly DogLike many people, over the years I have collected a number of stickers and bumper stickers. Some were from schools my daughter has attended. Yes, I have "My child is an honor student at..." stickers. Some stickers are from different organizations we have memberships with like the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. And some stickers were picked up as souvenirs on vacation. Pura Vida!

Few of these stickers have ever been placed on our cars. Maybe that's because I once heard that the more bumper stickers you have on your car, the angrier you are. Think about that next time you see a car plastered with "Visualize World Peace" stickers ;) Instead, you'll find them in drawers, tucked into travel guides or hanging with magnets on a whiteboard in our laundry room.

How ridiculous! Maybe it's time for a sticker project.

Materials


  • bumper stickers
  • large white board

Directions


This is an easy one.

Gather up all of those stickers and decals.
Clean your white board.
If you need to, you can arrange your stickers onto the board before you stick them down.

Or, just be bold and stick them as you go.

I used a fairly large white board (2 feet x 3 feet) and only covered part of it with stickers. It's my work in progress. I suppose you could leave it like this and use the blank side for dry erase markers. Or use magnets to hang important information to help you stay organized.


Nifty and Swifty: Use bumper stickers and decals on a white board to create an artistic keepsake | The Chilly Dog

Once the entire board is covered, I think it will actually be an interesting and artistic keepsake commemorating some of the things we've done and places we've seen. Where to next?




Sewing Tutorial: Reversible Shopping Bags

Sewing Tutorial: How to make a set of two large, sturdy, reusable, reversible shopping tote bags | The Chilly DogParenting has it's ups and downs. The long term goal is to raise your children to be responsible, caring, productive members of society through love and discipline. Of course, it's also important to model good behaviors.

I was recently encouraged that I am achieving my goal when my teenager asked me to make her some shopping bags, similar to the ones I have handy in the trunk of my car. That way she wouldn't have to use disposable, plastic shopping bags every time she goes to the store. Way to be good to Mother Earth. I'm so proud!

So, I created these reusable, reversible bags for her. I love this set because they are large and sturdy. You can actually fit two gallons of milk into a single bag. When they get dirty, just toss them in the machine to wash and dry.

Materials


  • 1 1/2 yds of 44"wide cotton fabric
  • 1 1/2 yds of 44"wide cotton fabric in a coordinating color/pattern
  • disappearing fabric marker
  • sewing supplies

Directions


Before you get started, wash and dry your fabric.

Cut four 20 inch squares from each pieces of fabric.

Cut two 6 x 20 inch rectangles from each piece of fabric.

This is enough fabric to make two shopping bags.
I'll show you how to make one shopping bag. Then, repeat the process with your second set of fabric pieces.

Place the 20 inch squares of bag fabric, right sides together, and pin.

Place the 20 inch squares of lining fabric, right sides together, and pin.

Stitch around three sides of each with a half inch seam allowance.
Press the side seams open.
This next part is a little tricky. Starting in the bottom corner of either the outside or lining, fold the side seam to the bottom seam of the bag, right sides together.
Make sure that the two seams are aligned. The side seam is shown and the bottom seam is directly under it.
Next, place a ruler or grid so that there is 3 1/2 inches between the corner and the ruler edge that's perpendicular to the seam.
Use a disappearing fabric pen to draw a line along the edge of the ruler.
Pin along the line. Then stitch along the line.
Remove the pins and cut off the corner 1/2 inch from your stitching.

Repeat the process of folding the side seam to the bottom seam, right sides together, with the other corners of the outer and lining fabrics. Stitch and trim off the corners.
This process creates the rectangular bag bottom.
Next, you'll make the straps for your bag from the 6 x 20 inch rectangles.

Place one of the straps, face down on your ironing board.
Fold it in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, and press to create a center line. Open up the fabric.
Fold one edge to the center line and press.
Fold the other edge to the center line and press.
Fold the piece in half lengthwise and re-press the center line.
Stitch 1/8 inch from the edge along both long edges of the strap. Repeat with the other strap.
Fold the top of each of the bag pieces over one inch and press around the bag opening.

Turn one of the bag the outer bag  right side out.
Next, you'll place the straps. Use your disappearing fabric marker to mark six inches from the side seams on the outside of the bag.
Align the outer edge of the straps along the marks. The ends of the strap should go one inch into the bag. Pin.

Place the second strap on the other side of the bag the same way.
Insert the lining so that the wrong side of the lining and the wrong side of the bag are together.

Pin around the top of the bag.
I stitched around the top of the bag twice. Once 1/8 inch from the edge and once 1/2 inch from the edge.

You could also use some sort of zig zag or decorative stitch if you want.



Keep your bags handy so you can use them whenever you go to the store. Mine are in the trunk of my car and I can easily fit a week's worth of groceries into six of these roomy totes. That's much better than the 12-15 plastic bags that I used to need for each shopping trip. And now I can send my kiddo to the store to do some shopping for me and she can use her new bags. Life is good!

Sewing Tutorial: How to make a set of two large, sturdy, reusable, reversible shopping tote bags | The Chilly Dog





Crafty Saturday Show and Sell #11

Black and White Tiger Face by ZarnaviArt
Each week I am impressed by the artistry and care put in to so many of the items that are shared as well as the variety of items linked. In the last ten weeks we've seen everything from jewelry and accessories to sculptures and photography. Amazing!

The most popular item from last weeks link-up was absolutely stunning! When I saw the link from ZarnaviArt, I thought it was a photograph, but it's not. This breathtaking tiger is actually a drawing. The shop just opened at the beginning of March and I can hardly wait to see what this talented artist will add next.

I've been making a number of knit and crochet projects  lately, so I was drawn to these to items. I love the designs and pink just makes me happy!
Crochet Necklace Pattern by BeautyCrochetPattern
Shades of Pink by WeLoveLulu

If you'd like to see more of my favorites, check out my Facebook, Twitter, Wanelo and  Crafty Saturday Show and Sell Pinterest board.

Now, let's see what's in your shop this week.




Crochet Pattern: Boho Backpack

Free Crochet Pattern: Easy to make boho backpack purse | The Chilly DogI love handmade purses and bags! I think they are a great way to show off your personality and tote your stuff around. I actually have quite a collection in my own closet - just ask my husband.

Some of my favorite bags have a simple, clean, casual design. This pattern embodies that idea. It's a great everyday bag and can be worn as a backpack or over one shoulder like a purse.

The bag is unlined, but since the pattern stitch creates a fairly dense fabric, there's no need to worry about small items slipping out.

I used grey yarn because it's neutral and goes with just about everything. If you're feeling bold, the yarn is available in a variety of beautiful shades. You can check out different yarn colors at the affiliate link below.


Materials


  • 3 - 3.5 oz skeins Bernat Satin Solid Yarn - Grey Mist Heather
  • Size E crochet hook
  • two stitch markers (optional)
  • plastic yarn needle

Directions


Gauge: 20 sc or 24 rows = 4 inches

Straps - Make 2

Ch 130

Row 1: Sc in 3rd ch from hook, *dc in next ch, sc in next ch* across, dc, ch 2, turn.
Row 2:  Skip first dc, *dc in next sc, sc in next dc* across, dc in ch 2 of previous round, ch 2, turn.

Repeat Row 2 two more times. Omit the final ch 2 in last row, fasten off.

Bag Bottom

The entire bag is worked with the wrong side facing in continuous rounds.

Ch 30

Rnd 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, (optional: place marker around next sc), sc in next 27 ch, 3 sc in next ch, (optional: place marker around next sc), sc in the bottom of next 27 ch, 2 sc in next ch, sc in first sc.

(Note: To help you keep track of the pattern repeats, the stitch markers are placed in the first stitch after the *.)

Rnd 2: *Sc in next 27 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc* twice.
Rnd 3: *Sc in next 27 sc, (sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc) twice, sc in next sc* twice.
Rnd 4: *Sc in next 27 sc, (2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc) 3 times, 2 sc in next sc* twice.
Rnd 5: *Sc in next 27 sc, (2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc) 5 times, 2 sc in next sc* twice.
Rnd 6: *Sc in next 27 sc, (sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc) 8 times, sc in next sc* twice.

Sc in same sc. Remove stitch markers

Attach Straps to Bag Bottom

Position the straps so that the ch edges are towards the sides of the bag.
Align the first strap, sc in 5 sc working through both the bag bottom and the short edge of the strap.

Sc in next 17 sc.
Align the second strap.
Sc in 5 sc working through both the bag bottom and the short edge of the strap.

Bag Body

*Dc in next stitch, sc in next stitch* around.

After the first round in the pattern stitch you will notice that each dc is worked into a sc from the previous round and each sc is worked into a dc from the previous round.

Continue working the pattern until the piece measures 12 1/2 inches from the beginning ch 30.
Use a plastic yarn needle to mark the center of the back of the bag. Continue in pattern to 5 sts before the center.

Attach Straps to Bag Top

Align the first strap making sure it isn't twisted, sc in 5 sc working through both the bag and the short edge of the strap.
Align the second strap making sure it isn't twisted, sc in 5 sc working through both the bag and the short edge of the strap.

Continue working dc, sc pattern for one round until you reach the center of the back of the bag ending on a dc.

Drawstring Round: *Ch 1, skip next dc, dc in next sc* 52 times.

Next Round:  * sc in next dc, dc in next ch 1 space* around.

Work 2 rounds of *sc in next dc, dc in next sc.*

Sc in next dc, sl st in next sc, fasten off.

Drawstring

Ch 140

Row 1: Sc in 3rd ch from hook and each ch across, fasten off.

Insert the Drawstring

Starting at the back of the bag where  there is a diagonal gap between the drawstring spaces, pull the drawstring from the outside of the bag towards the inside on both sides of the gap to cover it.
Weave the ends of the drawstring up and down through the drawstring round to the front of the bag. Tie a knot in each end of the drawstring.

Since the yarn is 100% acrylic, your bag is machine washable. Just follow the care instructions on the yarn label.

Free Crochet Pattern: Easy to make boho backpack purse | The Chilly Dog

Like the bag, but don't have the time to crochet? Check out my Etsy shop to see what's in stock or e-mail me to request a custom, handmade purse.