Want to stay Up to Date?

21 Sep

After a long time of thinking… I decide to push more efforts more on promoting my Etsy shop and personal portfolio. In case you haven’t already noticed, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted.

But if you still want to stay up to date and follow what I’ve been up to, please check out some of my social media outlets!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Simplisticreations

Instagramhttps://instagram.com/katkmeow/

Etsyhttps://www.etsy.com/shop/SimplistiCreations

For those located locally in Milwaukee and you want to see some of my products in person, stop by and visit these shops to find my products! Otherwise, follow my FB page to know any upcoming craft shows and festivals I’ll be attending!

Fine Fox in Neenah, WI
https://finefoxneenah.wordpress.com/
Orange Gallery in Bay View, WI
http://orangegallerymke.com/
The Village Good in WinneConne, WI
http://www.thevillagegood.com/

 

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Upcoming Giveaway

15 Apr

My lovely friend from MySoCalledChaos is doing a hugeeee giveaway this weekend for her 29th birthday this weekend and I wanted to help out, along with a bunch of other cool bloggers.

Here’s a little snippet!
“I don’t want anyone to accuse me of not being able to throw an awesome party, and since it’s my 29th birthday this weekend, thus marking the last year of my twenty-something kind of life, I wanted to party and invite all of you!  Well a party that big requires a lot of planning and help, so I’ve asked these lovely ladies to help me host this party in order to offer all my attendees some fabulous prizes!  Are you ready to party?  You had better be..”

$100 PayPal Cash & $50 Target Gift Card (Open Worldwide) Provided by:

 

1 Winner – $50 Credit to Homespun Happiness – Provided by Busy Being Jennifer – Worldwide
1 Winner – $25 Gift Card to Parlo Cosmetics – Provided by Parlo Cosmetics – Worldwide
1 Winner – $25 Credit to Polish Alcoholic – Provided by Beauty Expression by Luchessa – Worldwide
1 Winner – $20 Credit to Firecracker Lacquer – Provided by Firecracker Lacquer – Worldwide
1 Winner – Pink Beaded Domino Necklace – Provided by WiReD Boutique – USA Only
1 Winner – Quartz Point Necklace, 4 midi rings (2 Chevron, 1 Hug, 1 Simple) – Provided by Vanilla Shimmer – Worldwide
1 Winner – Any 3 Soaps (Winner’s Choice) – Provided by Cheaha Soaps – USA & Canada

Prize locations vary eligibility based on location, and those are listed above with the prize.  Entering below agrees to all terms and conditions within the Rafflecopter.  Giveaway ends 5/1/15 at 12AM MST.

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New Feature @ My So Called Chaos!

19 Mar

One of my blogger friends, Angie from My So Called Chaos, and I are working together to do a freebie giveaway!  I’m offering to give away one pair of laser cut wood earrings of your choosing! Check out her feature post here to find how how to enter and please share some social media love!

 

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How I got started: Opening an Etsy Shop Checklist

9 Mar
Have you always been a crafter and have been creating things for as long as you remember? What’s the next step from here? Are you looking to do more than just craft for your friends and family members? Unsure if you should take the leap and open an Etsy shop to sell your hand crafted items?
I’m preparing for a course through WWBIC (Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiatives Corporation), specifically covering How to Open a shop on Etsy and other Etsy Know-Hows in April. And I made a quick checklist for those who were curious if they have everything they need to open an Etsy and I wanted to share it with you!
Check out this quick checklist of things to prepare for before you start opening your Etsy shop!
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Done is better than perfect! Don’t wait until everything is “perfect” before opening a shop! You can always re-iterate and continually to make it better!

 

 

Additional resources that would be helpful!

And just for kicks -Fun Quiz- “Do you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

 Are there other resources you’ve used that you’d like to share? What is one advice you wish someone told you before you opened your Etsy shop?
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DIY Valentine’s Day Scratch Off Gifts!

6 Feb

The first week of February is almost over. Time flies by and before we know it, it’ll be Valentine’s Day. For those who are looking for gift inspirations that are budget friendly or more creative than just a card you picked up from Hallmark, I’m here to share my latest project! Now this isn’t ONLY something you give to your significant other or lover, it could also be gifted to a best friend or for kids valentine’s day exchange. It’s always fun to have a little interactivity with cards, especially from the receiving end! I made the phrasing a little bit more fun and quirky, from a bunch of our favorite shows and movies like Harry Potter, The Big Bang Theory and Parks and Rec. Here’s the best part – I’ve attached blank downloadable versions at the end of this post for you to make your own!

The theme of these DIY scratch off Valentine’s Day card are “I Love you like…”.
Some of the sayings include:
I Love you like…
          – Leslie Knope Loves Waffles (Parks and Rec)
          – Khaleesi Loves her dragons (Game of Thrones)
          – Sheldon Loves his spot (The Big Bang Theory)
          – Snape Loves Lily (Harry Potter)
          – Marshmallow Loves LilyPad (HIMYM)
          – Dobby Loves his socks (Harry Potter)
          – Zombies Loves Brains (The Walking Dead)
          – Walter White loves Chemistry (Breaking Bad)

Materials:

  • This downloadable template (see end of blog)
  • A silver ring (You can buy these at Office Max)
  • Contact Paper (sold at Walmart or Target)
  • Dish Soap (have around the house)
  • Hole puncher
  • Paint color of your choice (I used metallic gold acrylic – sold at Michaels)
  • Paint brush

Time it took me to DIY: less than 30 minutes.

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Not only is this easy to put together, it’s super fun and creative! I followed the DIY Scratch Off tutorial (or for the visual learners, here’s a video) to make the scratch off boxes. So what are you waiting for? Go customize your own set! There’s plenty of other DIY Scratch off tutorials out there as well, so if you feel there’s a better tutorial out there, please do share in the comments! **Side note- please be patient as these are higher quality files- so it might take a second or two to load.

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^^Download the SimplistiCreations_ScratchOffCards_boxes here.

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^^Download the SimplistiCreations_ScratchOffCards_blank here.

Thanks for stopping by and until next time,

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Small Business Tips & Know Hows

26 Jan

I’ve been looking at ways to further promote my items on Etsy and share new ideas with some new customers. But as I started researching Etsy shop tips, I figured, this might be helpful for a lot of other artists out there who were pondering the idea of expanding or how to further grow their online shop! So here are some articles and sources that I found useful!

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^^ Handmadeology features other Etsians and fellow bloggers who share their experiences and what they’ve learned. The articles that stuck out to me the most were:

Tips to be successful on Etsy

and Create Visibility this Season

 

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^^ This list alone has more than 300 marketing tips and useful advices to think about when considering how else to promote your shop!

These are some of my favorite tips thus far:

1. List only items you love or Make only items you love.

2. Answer their questions before they ask. This can be done through accurate photography and detailed product descriptions. Of course, it never hurts to have wonderful customer service as well!

3. Never give up. Keep adding products – it may take a few tries to find what works for your line.

4. If you want your Etsy shop to be successful, treat it like a business, not a hobby.

5. Work in multiples! it’s easier to create in an assembly line than recreate one at a time!

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^ Moo also has a list, broken down to specific categories you were thinking about for a small business.

 

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^Etsy is always offering resources for business owners. Here are two of my favorite links. One and Two.  They ask a list of rhetorical questions for you to consider before even thinking about expanding your Etsy shop. It’s a great way to determine if you’re mentally ready to expand and if your resources are ready.

And of course- be constantly inspired by others who are there to share with you their journey via Etsy’s Featured Shops and take note of what makes them successful. Eventually, you’ll pick up a pattern!
**Additional business talks like Taxes we don’t really think about. Etsy provides a detailed list of items you could tax deduct from! You can see that list here.

 

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Laser Cut Wood Jewelry!

17 Jan

This past few weeks, outside of my new crochet adventures, I also started exploring lasercutting with wood. As you all know, I’ve been doing some laser cuts with paper for skylines and such, but I wanted to see what additional materials I can make fun projects out of. So I ended up designing a few pairs of wood laser cut earrings! As always, you can see more via my Etsy, here’s just a sneak peek! I’ve provided direct links below the image of where you can see more details about the earrings, or if you just click the image, it’ll take you directly to my Etsy shop for you to browse!

Check it out and please share what you guys think!

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1 Boston Terrier Earrings | 2 Nuts about You Earrings | 3 In a Nutshell Earrings| 4 Foxy Studs |5 RainDrop Earrings| 6 Vintage Scissors Earrings| 7 Sugar Skull Earrings| 8 SHIELD Avengers Earrings|  9 Cute Raccoon Earrings

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Latest Obsession: Crocheting!

6 Jan

I recently picked up new obsession… crocheting! I’ve always wanted to learn but I keep putting it off, thinking it was more complicated than it really is. Granted, I’ve only mastered one stitch, haha, so it’s still too soon to tell.

Check this out! I totally “cheated” and got extra chunky yarn and a super thick crochet needle to speed up the process! Maybe someday, I’ll try out the smaller crochet needles and see a different result! But for now, I think this is the perfect weekend project to work on while watching a movie! This completed crochet measures approx. 12 inches and I started with 46 chains using a 19 mm needle (which is the biggest one they sell at Michaels). In hindsight, I should have probably used a 10mm needle…maybe for the next project!

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My lovely model :p

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Click the image below to see the youtube video I used as a resource! I’m more of a visual learner, so reading instructions about crochet stitches were not helpful. I went the route of watching videos to learn and it was super easy breezy!

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Future Projects I want to tackle:

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Additional resources/ links that would be helpful!

Crochet Tips for Beginners

Scarf patterns for beginners

Crochet FYIs For Beginners

 

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What do you guys think? Was there something that you wish someone told you when you first learned to crochet?

 

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DIY Picture Frame with a Unique Twist

29 Dec

I couldn’t post this until after Christmas because I didn’t want to spoil the surprise! Check out this DIY picture frame with a unique twist! I was inspired by this post to create my own photo frame as a gift, but I wanted the option and flexibility to keep changing out the photos without all the hassle. So I decided to use 2″ blocks and a very cute custom breakfast dish tray as a frame! Now this frame can also be used as a tray to bring breakfast in bed! I bought this adorable tray from Sue via Etsy! She was extremely accommodating and her product is BEAUTIFUL! Definitely check out her store!

I think the most tedious about this project was just finding the right photos and hand cutting all of them to the right size! Check this out! It’s definitely a good thing I’m such an Instagram addict, because this size ended up being perfect for Instagram photos! Now this is a perfect gift that stands on its own on a book shelf or next to other frames!

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DIY Mason Jar Gifts!

27 Dec

On a budget or just don’t know what to get a friend or a family member that already has it all? What about a homemade gift that’s from the heart? Especially when it comes to food, even those who have it all would still love it! Sorry I had to post this after Christmas, I couldn’t spoil the surprise that I made these for some of my friends by blogging about it! It was super simple and only took a few hours.

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Here are some helpful tips!

1. Make a paper funnel to help you pour all your ingredients perfectly into your mason jar and not all over your kitchen floor!

2. Plan ahead of time and trial and error to see what color combination you want to see in the jars!

3. Line up your ingredients on your kitchen counter so it’s easier to put into mason jars, instead of scrambling around for the right ingredients.

->> Ingredients <<-

1/3 cups brown sugar

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/8 tsp baking soda

1/3 cup + 1 tbsp flour

1/2 cups oats

1/2 cup white chocolate chips

1/2 cup dried cranberries

 

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**If you want your mason jar to end up the same order as pictured below, this is the order I poured!

1. baking power, baking soda, salt, flour

2. brown sugar, cinnamon

3. dried cranberries

4. oats

5. white chocolate chips

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I also made little printable booklets to send with the mason jars so my friends know how to bake the cookies. Along with that, I also provided ways they can reuse this mason jar after the cookies are baked! I’ve attached a downloadable pdf version of my booklet here. (Click on the image below and the pdf will download!) Hope this was helpful! Happy Holidays!

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