Thursday, May 21, 2009

My First Treasury on Etsy

Treasuries are member-selected collections of neat items that fit either a general or specific theme. They're meant to be generous, not self-promotional, and treasury makers are asked not to list more than one of their own items. There are only so many treasuries allotted at a time, and one has to be quick to nab one. Today at 4:30 pm, I finally got my shot. I grabbed a treasury slot, named it "A Story, A Story" (after the book by Gail E. Haley) and selected 12 favorite listings plus 4 alternates. You can view the treasury here until Saturday morning at 9:49 am (either Etsy's Eastern Standard Time or my Pacific Standard Time). I also have a screen shot:


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I met my personal goal of 2 sales a week with three sales so far: Hellebore, Galadriel Fuchsia and Crocus. Believe it or not, Galadriel Fuchsia is an actual name of a Fuchsia, and not my coy attempt to cash in on the Lord of the Rings. I wanted to contribute a prize to MotherReader's 48 Hour Book Challenge that was somehow book-related, and so I sent MR a similiar-but-different Galadriel Fuchsia sister.

My latest listing is a Buttercup Root Child from a friend who sent me a "wishlist" note (by which people can recommend dolls without committing to custom orders). I don't often make blonde-haired dolls, but yellow hair was fitting for this one. I completed my Strawberry Child and am currently at work on the companion Blueberry Child. These dolls are a little bit bigger, more intricately embroidered, and will end up costing just a tiny bit more. However, they come with baskets filled with fruit. It's pretend fruit, but I trust you to use your imaginations effectively. I know. For those prices you expect real fruit. Here is your exclusive sneak peak, as Strawberry Child has not yet been listed:



Thank you for your continued encouragement and support.

10 comments:

tanita davis said...

You know, you could make a Cornsilk Doll. Of all the New World summer foods I miss, corn, squash and beans lend themselves, in my imagination, to dolls -- mainly because we MADE cornsilk dolls when I was a kid with actual cornsilk for their hair. You'd have to use something shimmery for that, but it'd be fun. Also, squashblossom dolls come to mind. (Not sure where to go with beans, unless their Sweet Pea dolls...)

I am playing with dolls vicariously through you...

Saints and Spinners said...

Those are good ideas, Tanita! Paintingpixie has made both cornsilk and squash-blossom dolls with her fabulous embroidery... I'm particularly intrigued by the idea of the squash-blossoms, as they would employ yellowy-orange hues.

I thought of you when I was making the Strawberry Child.

abcgirl said...

congratulations on getting in on the treasury window! i still haven't had the patience to jump on that train yet. nice work!

Lone Star Ma said...

Lovely!!

Schelle said...

pretty choices :) and YAY for sales!

adrienne said...

Is Tanita saying she cannot get beans? Really? That just seems so unacceptable.

I LOVE strawberry child AND her little basket of pretend fruit, although at this point I am counting the days until I can find freshly picked strawberries again.

Vivian said...

She is BEAUTIFUL, Alkelda! You are a true artist and have a fantastic eye for detail.

Lone Star Ma said...

Oh, my! Your store has grown since I saw it! The poppies are so poppy-like! And I love the buttercups! Sometimes Firefox tells me that it cannot find the server at etsy and I miss whole days. But then the surprises are legion! So Lovely1

KateW said...

You know, I hate to gush, but honestly, I cannot believe you can make such little gems. I can't wait until your shop returns!

Saints and Spinners said...

KateW: Thanks! I appreciate the good words. I'm looking forward to having some time to make more dolls in these next few days. I'm hoping that the fairy tale characters will be versatile, too.