Posted on August 18, 2011
…does that creep you out?
For a while CourT has been talking about Google Analytics and how exciting it is to monitor information about visitors to our store and blog. Although I was very pleased to hear about all the views we were getting, I wasn’t all that interested in even taking the time to log in. Today I finally did and… I’m actually quite surprised I was able to pull myself away from it long enough to type this. (The map to the left is a visual representative of the countries (in green) that have visited our store, Coffee & T. )
It’s not just the numbers CourTney found intriguing, but rather the ability to personify them through sites of origin and maps, detailed enough to provide the city in which they were viewed. (Hello Diamond, Ohio and Austin, Texas!)
With that said, we would like to say, “Cheers!” to our viewers across the world by offering you international shipping. I don’t think we expected such a diverse geographical interest in our items when we opened and we would like to share a little of our CoffeeAndT!
Posted on August 17, 2011
I love crocheted and knit washcloths. The idea of using a sponge to do dishes grosses me out. Maybe it’s because of all of the male roommates I’ve lived with who would pollute the sponge with meats and fatty junk; or maybe because sponges at work in the kitchen ALWAYS reek. One time, while having dinner at a bosses house, his wife told me that using the same towel more than once irked her. GERMS….That got me thinking and I have permanently switched over to washcloths.
Tara prefers to use her washcloths in the bathroom, rather than the kitchen. She thinks they are too pretty to waste on dishes, but why not have both! Make washing your face AND your pans prettier. I think I got her with the eco part (reusable/washable). She’s very good to the environment.
My friend, Christine, always has the cutest things in her kitchen. Embroidered dishcloths, adorable dishes, pretty cups. A cute kitchen is one you want to be in.
Now that my home drawer is full of them, I want to share the love! Tara and I have both been putting some sets together for our store, Coffee & T, but I want to go one step further. I want to learn to make soap!
I’ve been searching the web for good recipes and fun methods for a one girl kind of operation (two girls when Tara moves to NYC 🙂 ). I found one person’s blog that I think is a LOT of fun: Soap Deli News. There are link for shopping for homemade soaps, such as: Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen. She sells beautiful soaps! Soap Deli News also has a blog on packaging and some recipes! I think this may be a new weekend project for me!
So, if anyone out there makes there own soap, wants to partner with some washcloth makers for gifts or has some good recipes to share, feel free to comment below and we can help each other out!
As for now, I will be making more washcloths. We go through a lot in my house with a husband who likes to cook as much as mine! (This is worshiping, not complaining!)
Posted on August 16, 2011
Since this is my first solo post for a while, here’s what I’ve been up to:
I am in one of those strange transitional periods where I don’t know where I’ll be in six months, so there’s been lots of “figuring out” to do. “Figuring out” doesn’t leave much mental capacity for creativity, but the trip to Jersey and seeing CourT was a much needed respite from the stress. CourTney is my viagra for creativity (sorry, Grandma). I wonder if insurance would cover the next trip…?
Now I’m getting back into the swing of things, just in time to join in on the excitement over our new baby vegetable hats! CourT made the most adorable baby tomato hat (I would link to it but it already sold!) and soon-to-be listed pumpkin hat, and we’re working on many more! Keep checking our store if you have a baby, know a baby, grow a baby, plan a baby, or act like a baby. We’ll make those babies hats. Babies love hats.
Posted on August 11, 2011
Some days you just need instant gratification. Working on a sweater, blanket or shawl is nice, but some days you just need to feel accomplished.
Welcome to my week.
The good part about making a cowl is that they are simple, you get to use fun, colorful yarns and try out new stitch patterns.
I just bought the new (to me) Vogue Knitting Stitchionary 5, “Lace.” I’ve been dying to try out and experiment with some of the lace work, so my current cowl is made of a lightly variegating yarn in a nice mesh pattern. You can buy it soon at Coffeeandt.etsy.com. Right now, I have a handful of cowls and shortie scarves posted.
The second thing I like about making cowls, is they are perfect train company. Mine are done on circular needles that are very short. I tried knitting a bag once on the train with very long metal needles. My neighbor was not happy and after a few stitches, I realized it was not a smart choice to have long pointy needles so close to other people’s faces. I got the “New York” glare. (Traditionally, I find New Yorkers to be passive aggressive, “huffer and puffers” and eye rollers; not outwardly aggressive…BUT there is always an exception to the rule. And you don’t want to be sticking pointing needles on a moving train in that person’s face…)
The final part about this cowl fever is it’s been a great stash dash. I have been using up a lot of random arty yarns that I got because I loved, but “didn’t have a project” for yet.
A lot of the yarns in my stash that just aren’t right for clothing articles that you would wear as a main piece, but they are perfect for cowls. They will add that pop of color you need on a dreary winter day, is solved. It’s sad when your stash becomes so big that going through it is like going to the yarn store and discovering “new” treasures… Trust me, it’s a good thing for me to use some of it up.
For example: While on my honeymoon in Amsterdam, my HB picked out a yarn he wanted for a scarf….Little did we know, it knitted into a rainbow! Now, he’s all about fun colors and crazy yarns, but it was a little too much. So (in the picture above) I finally knitted it up this week into a fun cowl. I am sure there is someone out there who loves rainbows! I got Brian a nice tan yarn as a replacement…
So, if you need some instant gratification, I suggest a cowl! (Or if you don’t knit, pick one up at CoffeeandT.etsy.com!)
Posted on August 9, 2011
For the past few weeks, I’ve been very involved in crafting. I worked on sewing all of the crochet hook and knitting needle bags, Tara and I prepared in Ohio. I have been doing great with my finishing up my knitted UFOs (unfinished Objects). I am almost done with the summer vest I talked about in the last post (FO Joys), I finished 3 cowls (which will be posted on Coffeeandt.etsy.com soon!) I just got a delivery of 1000 new buttons to press! On top of all of this exciting crafting, I’ve been trying to keep our store’s stock current. I just added 6 new items to the store: An Autumn Cowl, A baby Tomato Hat, A new Button Cowl, Our Market Bags (that we started at my grandma’s), a beaded bracelet, a new new “shortie” scarf (designed a little longer as created via request from my mom and grandma.)
(And did I mention I have a real world job, that seems to collide with knitting time…)
I actually had a great weekend that wasn’t fully knitting. I met two girl friends for brunch, Kaitlyn and RBK. We continued on to a local yarn shop, Patricia’s Yarns, in Hoboken. It was the store’s 7th birthday. It’s run by a young married couple. It’s nice because even the husband, who doesn’t knit, is totally into their shop and helping you pick out yarn.
RBK bought her first skein of yarn to learn to knit. She has moderately expensive taste (and good taste!) right off the bat, but it was on sale…So that makes it ok, right? She choose a nice Alpaca-Wool Blend in a super bulky. Her goal: To make a cowl. I found a couple of random colored balls that I also thought would make nice artsy cowls. (One of them is the Autumn Cowl)
On Sunday, I taught her to do a knitted cast-on, K2 P2 (knit 2 purl 2) ribbing and then stockinette stitch. She did great!
Though I love to lose hours in knitting, it was a great weekend that was out and about.
This morning, I like to think because of the good karma I received from spreading the gift of knitting, we made our first sale in our shop Coffee & T! I was so excited, that when I got the email at 6am, I bounced out of bed and began to put together our packaging.
I made washing instruction tags and I wanted to attached them to the item, without harming the item.I just bought new package of clothespins, so I added my favorite stamp, “knit happens.” Our packaging has been born.
I also made new shop labels to sew in the items. I used printable fabric sheets to print our logo on. I then infused the fabric onto a nice thick ribbon. The HB said it was still missing something, so I added some stitch work around the edges. It looks just crafty enough, but I like it.
Hopefully this is a blooming beginning to our etsy store!
Posted on August 1, 2011
So, during the past few weeks, there has been a crafting frenzy: bags, tomato hats, hair pins, pressed flower pins and necklaces…The list goes on.
But now I am coming to a new dilemma. Making a sale. I am hoping that our store will catch on once it’s a shopping season. The only problem is, the listing we pay for on etsy are only good for 3 months, and then we have to pay again, to re-list it. So, Is it worth listing now, when everyone is really out enjoying the sunshine and not internet shopping or is it a good investment to list items as soon as possible?
Obviously if I don’t list anything, nothing will sell. Then our apartment will get more stacks of items. (On chairs, in baskets, under pillows, in closets, on desks, on counter tops…) So profit will automatically =$0.
But on the flip side, I list now, say 10 new items. That’s 10 new chances of making a sale and keeping our store on top, with new items. However, that’s fees on 10 items and they won’t be new at potential shopping season.
So the thought remains….To list or no to list?