Thursday, December 9, 2010

Busy Busy bee!

Sorry I haven't been posting, and just when I was starting to get into the habit! I have moved back to LA and have been helping a friend with the opening of her new boutique. I'm trying to get settled in over here and find a place. I am going to be designing for the store so I need to get started soon on the spring line! I've been watching fashion tv at the store all day! I have so many ideas brewing in my brain! But until I find an apt my design days are on hiatus. But I will try to post something here so I dont leave you hanging!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Grand Opening!!

Today was the opening for Rozsa Couture! It was a good day, we had a lot of fun dressed up in the new clothes and helping customers. Fashion TV playing all day and just loving fashion!!! Im so excited and can't wait to start designing for them!!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

New Business Opportunity

HAHA My partner in crime! Michelle and I have the same taste in vintage fashion. She does the accessories, I do the clothing!

I have been offered the opportunity to work with a boutique and design a line for them. I'm very excited about it and it makes me really want to open my own store! I hope I can sometime in the next year. Until then I hope that our new little venture does well because if so then it means I will get that much closer to my own store! I will get lots of exposure in the least. The grand opening is this weekend. Its a beautiful store, very modern and all the clothes are incredible! Its only the start because once we start on the line for next year it is going to be even better! Live in LA? Come check it out...Rozsa Couture on Ventura at DeSoto in Woodland Hills

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Holding hands


Monday, November 15, 2010

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Revamped and ready for action!

So if you recall my post from Sept 22, I mentioned some goals I wanted to accomplish and I'm checking in to say I'm doing pretty darn good! To start with, this is actually looking like a REAL blog now! Im averaging a post every two days the past three months which is amazing! Im seeing it get more hits, and a few followers. I have changed it around a few times, (please comment if you noticed) and I think that now it looks "clean" compared to before. Thats a little compromise against myself because i want to "spam" it with all kinds of junk but I also want readers even more so...I deleted a bunch and even ditched my logo.

I got my business cards made :

I re-bought my domain (after letting it expire), and I even bought the domain for my blog and a new domain for another business I want to try. Ooh...busy little chica ain't I ? Lets see.... I have been listing, tumbling, tweeting, and facebook spamming. Learning all about this online marketing stuff like SEO and Im feeling really accomplished lately.

I also purchased a new display rack today for only $10! At first I wasn't sure really, how well it would work, though I knew it would somehow. Once I got it home and set it up I was super excited and even came up with the idea to get some pieces of plywood cut the diameter of the circles (it comes apart) and with a hole cut in the center I could slip them onto the top of each "shelf" to give myself extra display space! WAIT!!! OMG, even better I could probably get clear ones made at tap plastics! OMG Im a genius and yes that idea came out of my brain literally as I wrote this. LOL

So I hope you feel proud of me. I know I do! Im getting there little by little. And hey for a one woman show, I think I'm super!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Sweet and Sassy

Its been a while since I've done any card making :( But I can gain loads of inspiration from Sweet and Sassy cards @Etsy. She has a good selection of cards, and tags for both personal and business. There's even special occasion cards, I especially like these:

Christmas is coming up and everyone needs cards to send out to family and friends. This 3 card set is so pretty you may not want to write in them! You can always use a piece of parchment to put a note on and place it inside the card, and hopefully the receiver will re-gift it! I know I would!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Wardrobe Remixx & Todays Treasures

I used to post my outfits to the wardrobe remix goup on flickr, but of course that was when I had a job and had something to dress up for. Now that I work from home I rarely wear any of my huge collection of vintage. But I have resolved that even if just running errands, I shall get dressed "proper", and start posting my outfits again. I was also inspired by Citizen Rosebuds outfit posts cuz she has killer outfits! Heres My outfit of the day

100% Thrifted
Dress by Peppers
Boots: Colin Stuart
Purse: Morris White

So I was all dressed up, wonder where I went? Well the thrift store of course! I got some new fabriics, and scored on some beautiful vintage patterns @39 cents each. I also stopped by Michaels and picked up some speedball inks for my screenprinting adventures. I've started a new company called Hollywood Hottees. I plan to use art from local artists and offer designs on recycled tshirts, as well as new shirts that are made from recycled materials.
See the rest of my thrifty finds in my flickr set

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Product review: I Yudu, Do Yu?

Yesterday was so exciting when my Yudu arrived earlier than expected! Being so busy with other things I dont know how I will find time to use it. But I popped the box open and set it all up. That in itself was a huge task since my studio is sort of in disarray still. LOL! So here's what it looks like all set up:

Now there are many pro's and cons to this machine and there seem to be a lot more cons though I'm not sure why. First there's the price, if you buy it direct from Yudu you will pay a whopping $379 although their infomercial lets you "try it " for 30 days for $30. Well thankfully I resisted that urge to order on the spot.

I opted to research a bit first. Having wanted to get started in screen printing for a long time, but thinking it would cost a fortune and take too much of my already precious space I had put that thought aside, until that sleepless night I saw the yudu ad.

I ended up buying mine from HSN for a deal price of $269 (and found out today that back in April it was $249, so its likely they will offer it at that price again ) Well you gotta love flex pay. The package includes 4 inks, 2 screens, 2 platens extra transparencies and emulsions. They also offer this as a base unit at JoAnns which was on sale last week for $169 and also at Michaels. Word to the wise coupons are not valid on the Yudu Machine. You can however use coupons for supplies. (just bought an extra screen today)

I had the chance to play with it and tried to set and burn my first screen which didnt go over too well on the first try, and led me to understand all the naysayers on this product. But quitters never win, so I just tried again. I will post more details on that in the next post.

Overall, I am very happy with my purchase. Yes the yudu may be just a oversized lightbox and others say you can buy regular screen print kits for about the same cost, but who wants all that bulky stuff taking up space? It has an ease of use once you are over the initial learning curve and if you really want to take it to the next level, there are much easier ways (not to mention CHEAPER) to go about making the most of your yudu. I will cover that as well over the next few posts. My vote is 3.5 stars

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Midtown Bazaar

Saturday I was at Midtown Bazaar in Sacramento. The day was slightly rainy and it wasn't very busy but it was steady. I had a lot of fun chit chatting with my Sac Etsy Team members who I met for the first time. I also met a lot of cool people like Bella over at thecitizenrosebud and was offered the opportunity to place my items in a new boutique! We put on a fashion show and it was a lot of fun, although our makeshift PA didn't work out so I don't think people realized what we were doing at first. There were a lot of good artists some of my favorites were Nora at Transient Treasures and Mary at The Castle Walls
I think the bazaar has lots of potential, and I plan to vend there again soon.

1. 102_4156, 2. 102_4155, 3. 102_4154, 4. 102_4152, 5. 102_4164, 6. 102_4162, 7. 102_4160, 8. 102_4146, 9. 102_4168

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

New treasury tool

I found this new (well new to me) treasury tool made by whalesharkwebsites. No more screen shots and having to make my own code to link back to treasuries! YEA!

'Midtown Bazaar, here we come!' by PrairiePrimitives

This Treasury features items from members of the Sac Etsy Team who will be participating in the Midtown Bazaar on Oct. 30, 2010. Midtown Bazaar is located on I ("eye") Street, between 16th and 17th Streets in Sacramento, CA. Hours are 10am to 3pm, admission is free, and parking is available on the streets or in several nearby lots. Hope to see you there! More info about the Sac Etsy Team can be found on the Team blog:

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Green Man Necklace

Fancy Jasper and antiqu...

Burgundy red wool hand ...

A Touch of the Orient C...

Fall and Autumn Scented...

Recycled Vinyl LP Spin ...

Herbal Bath Soak- Perfe...

Primitive Pillows Antiq...

Dog Dress Country Denim...

Two Sided Red Enamel Co...

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010


So you think its so easy to be an Etsy seller? NOT! Ok, simple yes...easy NO And why do I say so you ask? Well I have been on Etsy four years and pretty much it was "easy", until everyone else thought "hey I should sell on Etsy." Now there's a multitude of factors that make selling on the big E more of a challenge than ever. I'm starting to feel like I need an education in SEO/SEM marketing, web design, journalism, photography, and yes even design school.

The simple thing about it is its easy enough to take a picture of your item and list it, anyone can accomplish that. But to be found in the sea of keywords, ah that is a daunting task that I am learning to navigate through. Take a simple search for handbag. Wow! 37,000+ results. Even if I narrow that down by category its still a lot to search through. So here's where it gets tricky and all that education stuff I mentioned feels like its needed. See searching keywords on Etsy alone is a challenge of itself. Figuring out which ones will get your item listed closer to the top, or what is the most popular for your type of item?

But now if you step outside your little Etsy box, and go to our big G (google), well now your surely going to loose yourself. (or your mind) Because I never realized (until recently) that Etsy works with Google analytics and that Etsy products are returned in google product search results. So now...if you want an even bigger chance at making a sale, you have to also think in terms of google keywords when creating your listings. Yeah, I know its a lot to cram into an already crammed head. :) I barely have the time to design and list let alone figure out all this keyword stuff. I think I remember at some point thinking why cant Etsy be more like ebay in the keywords aspect? Well thats probably another post but it seems uncool to let people pick thier own keywords when the majority likely will tag their items wrong.

Well its not all bad, it is a learning curve but it just seems so daunting when you already have a lot to do. I still haven't gotten to my website yet! EEK! But I have found a few useful links that can help you navigate some of this keyword mayhem.

Quality Backlinks for better SEO
The Etsy Business Tips Blog
50 questions for Etsy Sellers

Friday, October 22, 2010

No power tools needed

So I have this thing for memo boards. I have like 5 of them and always want to buy them at the thrift or yard sales. Two of them were stained and the ribbon on one was falling off. With a few craft shows coming up and the need to find new ways to display my stuff, I decided it was time to make over these bad boys. So, I took a trip to osh to buy staples for my probably only used once staple gun, some little hinges and a strip of base trim.

I recovered the boards in a beautiful floral home decor fabric that has teflon. I guess its waterproof, IDk but its slick like u could use it for a rain coat. Anyway, I love it cause it looks Shabby Chic. I used some vintage buttons too!

So now your wondering what the heck baseboard trim and hinges have to do with anything right? Well, leave it to a genius (like me) to rig up a sort of picture frame type stand for the back, and presto! Instant display board. (ok so its not that sturdy but it works) Go ahead be totally amazed. And its ok to leave me a comment and tell me I'm totally awesome too.