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The Package

1 Nov

One way to make an impression on your customer in an online business is the way your package looks.  I’m not an expert, but I have always tried to make my packages look as neat as I can. You never know what it’s going to look like once it’s been through the mail, but I figure if it starts out nice it won’t be as bad!

My packages are all fairly small because my items are small and flat, but the general ideas can be used on any package.  So this is where I start:I have all my things gathered up: envelope, packing slip,  tract, business card, Thank-you Card, and the hair net. I get it all folded up to a size that will fit in the envelope I am using.  Right now I am trying to use up envelopes we have around here that aren’t being used.  When I buy envelopes, I buy the 6×9 brown ones.  I can get them at Wal Mart, but they are a bit cheaper from Office Depot. Then it is ready to weigh so I can print the mailing label.  I don’t know how other people do this part, but I use a scales that my Dad uses in his appliance business to charge refrigerators. It is a fairly accurate scales and works really well for my small packages.  The picture turned out dark, but right above that white part on the right it tells me how much the package weighs and I then type that into PayPal where I buy my postage.  There are some orders like foreign orders from etsy.com that I have to purchase the postage from the PO.  Those I just print out the address, or write it, and tape up the package.  Once I have the label printed, I cut it down to the size I need to fit the envelope.  I lay it on the envelope to make sure it fits:Then it’s ready for tape! I use wide clear packing tape and tape the flap down and then start on the front and tape all around the edges of the label. It ends up with a bunch of tape on the back, too, which is fine because it will make the package sturdier.  So there you have it! Ready to go out the door:And when you receive it, you will find your beautiful hair net!Hopefully it won’t be squished too flat.  They fluff up pretty good though if it is.  I have gotten a few returned to me so I have an idea what they look like!

As in any business, there is always paperwork, too.  I take the receipt printed with the postage label and staple it onto the paypal record that I print out.  That is what I keep in my file as record of the transaction.This makes it seem like a long drawn out process, but it doesn’t really take long.  Especially after you’ve done it awhile.  I did realize how much work it is when Mom shipped orders for me this Summer.  I was on the phone telling her how to do it and wondering why I hadn’t taught her before I left?! I didn’t make her do the fancy packing slip and I hadn’t started doing the thank yous back then.

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Flea Market

25 Sep

Although I haven’t been very active on my blog lately I have been quite busy here at home! My recent ‘big event’ was the flea market here in Congress. I wasn’t sure how that was going to go, but it turned out really good! For some reason, my online sales did really good that weekend, too. It was a good weekend all the way around!

I had been thinking about doing the flea market for quite awhile, so I worked at slowly building my inventory up the last several months. And of course, the last two weeks I jammed everything in that I could -between doctor appointments! (It just so happened that I had like 4 appt. for tests, doctors, ect right in that time frame!)

I sewed Hand Towels and Gift Bags down to the hand sewing. Sewing goes faster for me when I work on the multiples of the same thing for awhile. I packed my bag full of hand sewing to take along to my IV appointment, but it just so happened that they started my IV on my right hand that day! I got a nap instead. 🙂

The flea market was held in the parking lot of the Congress Depot Marketplace. They have a marketplace inside for vendors to rent spaces to sell their things. It’s nice stuff, a lot of antiques. They have a bit of produce and baked goods, too.

I don’t think I could have asked for a better spot for my space. It was right up front where people walk in. They ‘had to’ walk right past my tent to get to the food! 😉  While we were setting up the manager told us to leave Dad’s truck parked behind the tent so people would see the signs for his appliance business.  That was nice of them, although we weren’t expecting that. Mom and Dad set up the tent for us. It actually didn’t take that long. It got a little breezy at times during the day, but the tent seemed pretty stable. My gift bags kept blowing away and then I realized I had laid them on the table so they were open to the wind.

It was cold in the morning when we left the house, but it really got warm during the day. Mom & I both got sun burns. There was quite a bit of traffic through the flea market until a little after noon. It really dropped off then and we were home around 3:00. I didn’t think I really sold that many items, but when I sat down and added things up I was pleasantly surprised at how much I had made. The very low entry fee ($5) helped a lot too!

So now I am quite excited to come up with things for next month! My towels sold pretty good, so I will just re-stock those, but the gift bags didn’t sell well at all. I think I need to figure out how to display them different.  While selling online has a certain appeal, I really enjoy selling local. It is so much more interesting to be able to see your customers. And maybe if I keep practicing, I won’t be such a shy saleslady! 😦  Have you had any experience with a flea market? I’d love to hear about it.

 

New Hair Net Listing

6 Sep

I created a new listing for my large hair nets on eBay. After getting several requests from customers about other colors and/or quantities, I wondered how many customers didn’t buy because they didn’t want to bother with a special request.  Now it is very simple to order your large hairnet through a fixed price listing offering the choice of net style or flower style. You can also choose from one of the basic colors: black, brown, natural, and white.  I will still continue to list auctions for the large style, to gain more exposure.

Check out the new listing here!

Talents

4 Sep

I have crocheted so many hair nets sometimes I seldom think of it as anything special. Anyone could do the same.

Today I saw someone on eBay left this comment in my feedback: praise God for your talent.

That simple statement made me stop and think awhile. Actually I thought about it several times today.

It was a great reminder to me to remember that anything I can do is a talent from God and I should always praise and thank Him for it!

Thank-you to my customer who gave me this reminder! (even if unintended)

Sales! Yay!!

25 Apr

I have been excited this weekend because I got some good sales! Yay!! That is always exciting. Someone bought a bunch of my gift bags on etsy.com and I sold some hairnets on www.ebay.com! I hope they keep rolling in, but you never know!

Repurposed Denim Rug Mat Frayed Look

14 Jul

A new item for my Etsy shop this week!

This is how it started out:

Photography tip: When standing on your bed to take a picture don’t forget the ceiling fan! Fans make pretty good headaches even on low speed.

End results:

This rug is 33″ x 24″ and is made of upcycled (recycled), re-purposed demin. All the peices were cut from used jeans. The blocks are carefully sewn together and will last a long while!
The backing is a light blue knit. Repurposed Denim Rug Mat Frayed Look Sale 10% off entire store use coupon code JULYSALE

Holiday & New eBay listings

4 Jul

Hello! I hope had a great weekend and are enjoying a relaxing day! I had a nice weekend. Yesterday was a blessing to be in church and to fellowship with Christian friends. Last night we were also blessed with a wonderful rain shower!! We here in AZ love rain showers as they don’t come very often. When we saw it was probably going to rain, my brother and I took our hammocks out to the front porch (it has a roof over it). It was so much fun to lay there and enjoy the rain and the lightening. It did get really windy though and we came running in when we started getting soaked! I realize though that many parts of the US won’t call a rain shower a blessing as they have ‘too much’ water.  

I didn’t do anything to celebrate the holiday today, but I did have fun working on different projects around the house in a relaxed frame of mind. Unfortunately, I didn’t get my projects done, so I can’t really say I did much! I cut out a bag I’ve been wanting to make. Actually, I cut out a practice, because I don’t want to use the material I have picked out until I know if my idea is going to work.

I have really been into bags lately. I made one for my sister-in-law for her baby shower. I planned to do a game involving a diaper bag, however I had no diaper bag to use!! So I quickly threw together a simple bag here about the day before the party. Then I made her little girl a matching one for her 5th birthday. Sorry I don’t have pictures to show you. I will take pictures of this one I am making now, if it turns out ok. 🙂

When I was done with that, I sat down at my sewing machine for about 2 minutes and decided I didn’t feel like sewing. Does that ever happen to you??! Hmmm. Now to come up with another project….

Someone told me recently I should crochet baby blankets. I don’t know about that as I haven’t done too well with afghans. But that is what I started this afternoon. I have 3 or so rows done and it is going very well. The pattern I decided on though has quite a few ‘holes’ in it for the poor baby to get his fingers caught in so it might just turn into a wrap or lap robe of some kind. I am using small yarn: baby weight or sport weight whatever it’s called. And a large hook: size I. So hopefully it won’t take too long to get it done!

Tomorrow I will probably go back to normal projects again. It has been fun though to spend a day doing out of the ordinary things.

One of the ordinary things I did do was get more listings on eBay. You can see them here.

New Towels in mydesertdeals Etsy shop

1 Jul

Here are the New Hanging Hand towels I listed in my Etsy Shop.

They don’t look too bad in our blue bathroom!

Floral Double Hand Towel with Cotton Fabric Hanger Top

These are my favorite!

***SALE***SALE***SALE***

1 Jul

!! 🙂 TO GET 10% OFF YOUR ITEMS USE CODE: JULYSALE

I am running a sale in my Etsy shop right now. To get 10% off your items all you have to do is use the code JULYSALE at checkout. This applies to all items and doesn’t affect the shipping.

Crocheted Traditional Hair Nets / Bun Covers Amish Mennonite

29 Jun

I also have hair nets available in the traditional net style. They are the same size as the flower style and they have the same style elastic in the back. I can also make these in any of the other colors I use. I just don’t have them all made up right now. It doesn’t take long to make them. You can find these hair nets in my Etsy Shop.

Sz Large Crocheted Brown Hair Net / Bun Cover Amish Mennonite

The smaller size is here Crocheted Brown Hair Net / Bun Cover Amish Mennonite or here Crocheted Black Hair Net / Bun Cover Amish Mennonite 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Large Black and White Hairnets

28 Jun

I got the large black flower style hair net/bun cover listed in my Etsy shop yesterday. I was feeling kind of out-of-it so I didn’t get much listed this week yet. I got the large white flower hair net listed this morning. This is now all the colors in this style I have available. The others were the brown and light brown.

If you have long and or thick hair and need a hair net with plenty of room, these large nets would be just the thing!

Sz Large Crocheted Black Hair Net / Bun Cover Flower Style Amish Mennonite

Sz Large Crocheted White Hair Net / Bun Cover Flower Style Amish Mennonite

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Sz Large Crocheted Light Brown Hair Net / Bun Cover Flower Style Amish Mennonite

24 Jun

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Here is another large size hair net / bun cover from my Etsy shop:

Sz Large Crocheted Light Brown Hair Net / Bun Cover Flower Style Amish Mennonite

The smaller size light brown flower style is here: Crocheted Light Brown Hair Net / Bun Cover Flower Style

The large size hairnets are made the same styles as the smaller ones except they are larger. This style has two scallop rows on the top, giving the ‘flower’ two rows of petals.

Sz Large Crocheted Brown Hair Net / Bun Cover Flower Style Amish Mennonite

24 Jun

I finally got my large size hair nets listed on Etsy today.
These hairnets / bun covers are about 5 1/2″ across when laying flat. They will fit most large buns. I use this size myself and it is a little too big. (That’s no problem though because the extra just gets tucked under the bun with hair pins.)

Sz Large Crocheted Brown Hair Net / Bun Cover Flower Style Amish Mennonite

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If you like this style and color but would like a smaller size, check out this one

Crocheted Brown Hair Net / Bun Cover Flower Style

Why I make Hairnets

22 Jun

I began making hairnets for myself. While I enjoy making pretty things such as doilies, coasters, ect, I have always had had interest in making useful things. To me, a hairnet is something useful that I can make for myself instead of buying them. The real bargain is that the homemade ones last way longer, too!
After I began making them for myself, I thought others could be using these too. When I first started selling them, I had no idea there is such a market for bun covers.
I believe in the literal translation of the Bible in 1 Corinthians 11 where it teaches that Christian women should cover their hair with a veiling. I do not believe and do not promote that the bun cover/hairnets that I make should take the place of the veiling. They only cover part of the hair, and do not provide an adequate covering of the hair. The hair net is to keep the hair in place so that a veiling can be worn neatly over it. If the bun cover is someone’s first step towards wearing a veiling, I do not condemn you in that, but I do pray that you will continue to learn and grow to an understanding of wearing the headship veiling.
I know that many people use bun covers for a variety of reasons, some of which, I would not encourage. I do hope to be a witness to my customers of the principles taught in God’s word.
Wearing a veiling has long been a practice of the Mennonite and Amish people and is often associated with them. That is one reason why I put the words Amish & Mennonite in the title of my listings. I hope that draws the attention of those honestly seeking a method of Biblically covering their hair.

 

Floral Double Hand Towel with Cotton Fabric Hanger Top

21 Jun

Update 6/24: this item sold today!! Yay! I plan to make more asap. I will probably work on the tops today and tomorrow so they are ready when I get more towels next week.

Listed on Etsy today:

Hand Towel with Fabric Top for Kitchen or Bathroom

 Add a touch of beauty to any room in your home with this floral hand towel. It is double so you won’t have to change it so often!  Floral Double Hand Towel with Cotton Fabric Hanger Top 

Navy Blue Crocheted Hair Net Bun Cover Amish Mennonite

20 Jun

Another auction on eBay for this week.

I have here a hair net/ bun cover for sale. I love to crochet and here is a finished product of my work for you to enjoy.  I crocheted this hair net by hand using navy blue size 10 cotton crochet thread.  The outside round has an elastic pony tail holder (no metal!) crocheted into. This helps the hair net to form around the bun.  This hair net will fit most average small – medium size buns.  If you have thick hair you will probably need a bigger size.  If the hair net is a little too big, it can be tucked under with hair pins.  Read full description

Burgundy Crocheted Hair Net Bun Cover Amish Mennonite

20 Jun

I renewed the auction on eBay for this item today. It will run a week. Here is some info on it.

I have here a hair net/ bun cover for sale. I love to crochet and here is a finished product of my work for you to enjoy.  I crocheted this hair net by hand using burgundy size 10 cotton crochet thread.  The outside round has an elastic pony tail holder (no metal!) crocheted into. This helps the hair net to form around the bun.  This hair net will fit most average small – medium size buns.  Read full description.

History of mydesertdeals and it’s owner

20 Jun

The history of mydesertdeals actually started quite a long time ago. Many years ago a little girl was born to…. Just joking. 🙂

Since my main line of products has to do with crocheting you might find it interesting to know when I started crocheting. In grade school, I can’t remember what grade exactly, probably 5th or 6th, our teacher taught us girls how to crochet. I made a blanket for my favorite doll, Becky, which I still have. I never again crocheted anything until I was 20 or 21 years old, I met a lady who crocheted very well and made beautiful doilies and throws. I determined then that I was going to learn!

I found a old ‘how to’ book Mom had and I practiced until I made a doily. At first I only made doilies. It took me a while, but I did eventually get into making a few aghans. I made one for each of my parents and sister & brothers and a few others and that is as far as I got!

Although crocheting with yarn is a bit easier than thread, I still don’t enjoy doing aghans much. I have a very short attention span and if the project takes more than a couple weeks… You can’t imagine how many unfinished projects are in my closet!

Through the next years, I crocheted when ever I had spare time and learned to really enjoy it. I mostly used patterns, but I did experiment abit at adjusting them.

A couple years ago, I found a pattern on Candle on the Hill for a hairnet and immediately set out to try it. I loved it right away! About 6 months later when that one started getting worn out, I made another one for me and one for Mom also. That is when I started experimenting and making my own pattern. That was the first time I made my ‘flower style’.

About that time I got interested in selling them. I had already been selling stuff on www.eBay.com and www.Etsy.com so I listed one or two on those sites. That was in August 2010. They sold sporadically until November & December, then is when they picked up very well.

Several times I wondered if it really was worth trying to sell them. They were a lot of work and didn’t seem to be making much. While I was still experimenting with the pattern, I didn’t make them very fast! I got really excited when they took off over the holidays in 2011. That is when I decided to beef it up and give it my best effort.

The Lord has really blessed! I am not getting rich on selling hairnets! But it has given me something to do and does provide a bit of extra income.

History Part 2

Set of 3 Crocheted Hair Net / Bun Covers Flower Style

20 Jun

Set of Three Hairnets

I just listed this set of 3 hair nets in my Etsy Shop.  Here is part of the description of them:

 
When laying flat the hairnets are about 4″ across and they have about 5″ of elastic.

These hairnets have a “flower” design in the center.

You will get one each of Brown, Light Brown, and Ecru.

I have here a set of 3 hair nets/ bun covers for sale. I love to crochet and here is a finished product of my work for you to enjoy…

 
 
 

Hand Towel with Cloth Top

16 Jun

A New Item just added to my Etsy Shop:
Spice up your kitchen, bath, or any room with this Apple Hand Towel. It is double so you won’t have to change it so often! The top is made to conveniently keep the towel in place on a range handle or a rod. It is made of 100% cotton and has a button to fasten the towel where you want it.
16″ total length from top of topper.
 
 
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