Not much to report other than my pumpkin patch is doing great! Remember the pictures from last week? Well the transfer to outside was a success! As you can see the vines are growing well! I can't wait to watch it grow and produce awesome pumpkins! The tomato and pepper plants are growing really well too although something has been eating the flowers off of them :(
Congratulations to Jenn of Jennuine Candles!

Jenn has won FREE GOCCO cards
she entered the contest that
started last month.

:)
Every month I like to run a fun series. Every Monday I post a new blog entry in the featured series. Last month, I featured the "Super Resource List Series" which included a current look at my personal bookmarks for Crafty BlogsOther Blog StuffTwitter Resources, and Misc Resources. If you missed last month's series, you missed out on some great resources! Don't worry though, you can follow the links above and get in the loop :)

This month my feature series is called "My Artist Studio Series: A Closer Look at Where I Work". I really hope other people share their work spaces too because I love to see where other people get creative. BTW, Flickr has some great artsy workspaces.

Last week I showed you some of the goodies by my wooden work table. This week (the final post of this series), I'm featuring my drafting table. Yes, it's a drafting table that I don't do any "drafting" on hehe.


Above is a close up of the things on top of the "drafting" table. 



Above are some fun jars that I picked up at the Dollar Store. I plan to sort out my paper craft embellishments into by seasonal theme (Christmas, Halloween, etc).


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I hope you enjoyed taking a peek at where I work this month!

Clearance cards have arrived at the She's Batty Designs online shop! After organizing the studio and sorting through my stock I realized it was time for a MEGA sale! There will be more than 100 cards on clearance arriving at the shop! To get your hands on great greeting cards at a great price, go to the online shop and click on the shop category "CLEARANCE CARDS". Make sure you snag the ones you like before someone else does!
For those of you who don't know, I have AS. Many don't know what AS is. Here's a new video that's been released by the Spondylitis Association of America to help First Responders know what it is and how to help people who have it in an emergency situation. 


This week's Freaky Friday Feature is the "Creepy Crafts" group on Flickr.
Below is a slideshow from the group. Head on over to add your own creepy crafts or get inspired.




Created with flickr slideshow.






"Freaky Friday Feature" is a weekly feature on my blog for all the "Hallo-weenies" out there that share my love for creep-tastic finds! If you have any ghoulish goodies that you'd like to see featured on a "Freaky Friday Feature" post, don't be shy and leave a comment on any of the "Freaky Friday Feature" blog posts. You never know, I might just use your suggestion ;)

Did you know that She's Batty Designs is on Facebook? Yup! It's true, it has it's very own fan page! Although the blog is updated more frequently, special things pop up at the fan page from time to time! If you don't want to miss out on anything first follow this blog then become a fan of She's Batty Designs on Facebook. You know you're checking out Facebook anyways ;) You might as well get in on some promo's, contests and free products from She's Batty Designs while you're at it!

"Once you have been using Twitter for a while you’ll start to notice people talking about the “follow to followers ratio”. Simply explained, this is the ratio between how many people you are following compared to how many people are following you.

This matters because other people on Twitter judge whether or not to follow you by your ratio, and because your ratio is also a judge of how well you’re contributing to the Twitter community. For example, many people will choose not to follow you if you’re following 500 people but only 5 are following you. Likewise, people will feel comfortable following you if your follow to followers ratio is closer to 1 (i.e. you’re following 500 and 500 people are following you).

From a marketing standpoint, you don’t need to stress over your ratio but you do need to pay attention to it every now and then. After all, if you’re using Twitter as part of your marketing plan (under social networking), you want to ensure that you (as a “tweeter”) are approachable and inviting. There’s nothing worse than scaring away a potential customer over something that can be easily fixed......."


Continue reading my article at HandmadeNews.org in the Marketing Department where it was originally posted.


Above: The pumpkin seeds I planned last weekend have REALLY done well inside! I'll be planting them in the garden outside this week because they have quickly out grown the vase I have them. It also looks like the threat of cold weather has passed so they should be ok outside. I hoping they don't die after the replant! I'm worried that they wont get enough sun out in the garden but they can't stay inside forever! Wish my little pumpkins the best of health!



Above: The roots have quickly taken over the vase! I'm so glad i planted them in this clear vase because the roots look so darn cool!!!




Above: You know it wouldn't be a garden update without a picture of the fungi that we don't try to grow but nonetheless it's the thing that does the best in our yard! *sigh*





Above: The pepper plant and the tomato plant are doing REALLY well. I'll be transferring one of them to a different pot this week after I pick the extra pot up from my mom's place. They should thrive even more when they have more space to "themselves".




Above: The biggest pumpkin sprout outside right now. There's only 2 or 3 other ones and they are VERY VERY small. I think the rest really did die. Hopefully these little guys are fighters and will make it!




Above: The peas are doing great as well! They have really come a long way in the past 2 weeks!




Above: The onions are still thriving as well. I don't know how to know when they are ready to be harvested. Anyone know? Please leave a comment if you have any tips! I think I'll plant more this week because the cucumbers are no where to be found. I think I'll use that space for more onions so we'll have a continuous supply :)


featured on cafe handmade

I was featured as the booth of the day at Cafe Handmade! Check it out if you'd like.


Above - A few things that were created in my studio this week :)

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Every month I like to run a fun series. Every Monday I post a new blog entry in the featured series. Last month, I featured the "Super Resource List Series" which included a current look at my personal bookmarks for Crafty Blogs, Other Blog Stuff, Twitter Resources, and Misc Resources. If you missed last month's series, you missed out on some great resources! Don't worry though, you can follow the links above and get in the loop :)

This month my feature series is called "My Artist Studio Series: A Closer Look at Where I Work". I really hope other people share their work spaces too because I love to see where other people get creative. BTW, Flickr has some great artsy workspaces.

Last week I showed you what's next to all the craft supplies in my ikea storage solution. This week I'll be showing you some of the goodies by my wooden work table.


Above is the other bulletin board in my studio. It's a "just for fun" space right now. It has lots of pictures and other goodies (can you spot the spider tattoos?).



Above is a few orders that I was processing when I took these pictures :)



Above is my little stash of post it notes, note cards, markers, pens, and pencils.



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Check out another area of my studio next Monday!

Until then, please share your studio space :)

Important life lessons

1. Wisdom (sharing is a good thing!)
2. Patience (some times you're better of waiting)

For when your pet is still in the "learning process" of these important life lessons....


Pet Deskunker Recipe

1 qt (1L) hydrogen peroxide
1/4 cup (70ml) baking soda
1 tsp. (5ml) liquid soap

Mix ingredients together and bathe your pet with it. Rinse it out immediately!! It's best if the solution is used within 15 minutes of mixing it. Do not store the mixture, the container my burst!

I had the honor of interviewing Shelly of The Lemon Tree Studio. Shelly is a stay at home mom who has a passion for paper and over 2350 online sales since February of 2008! I asked Shelly to share some of the marketing strategies that make her shop so successful! It was clear to see that when it all comes down to it, having stellar customer service and a unique, fresh product line goes a long way!


Here's a peak at that interview....


"What “online” marketing strategies are you currently using?

Right now I do not do as much as I should! I use Google Analytics to observe and "watch" my traffic so to speak, I blog, I cross-market with one other seller on Etsy, I will sometimes visit the forums on Etsy and I do participate in giveaways and promos on other blogs that request so - But that about it for now......"


Read the whole interview with Shelly at HandmadeNews.org in the Marketing Department where it was originally published.

Today's feature is Pumpkinrot.com.

I stumbled across Pumpkinrot.com eons ago and completely fell in love with all the ghastly goodies!

My absolute favourite thing on this site is the amazing scarecrows. The pictures below are a few of my favourite creatures found on the Pumpkinrot.com site. Be sure to check it out for yourself!








"Freaky Friday Feature" is a weekly feature on my blog for all the "Hallo-weenies" out there that share my love for creep-tastic finds! If you have any ghoulish goodies that you'd like to see featured on a "Freaky Friday Feature" post, don't be shy and leave a comment on any of the "Freaky Friday Feature" blog posts. You never know, I might just use your suggestion ;)


If you have purchased or received any of my die cuts or other craft supplies please send me pictures of your creations! I would love to feature them on my blog and inspire other crafters :)


Above is a custom order I did last week. I can't wait to see what they make with all these doves! If you've seen any die cuts at my shop that you would like to get your hands on just contact me! I love doing custom orders! I can use different colours or types of paper .. and even felt.. for most of the die cuts I have. Don't be shy and let me know what you're looking for and I'll do my best to help you out :)


The "Capturing Creativity Sampler" is a sampler project JUST for ArtFire artists!

The goal of this project is to offer people who are interested in handmade goods a quality sampler pack of handmade goodies from ArtFire artists!

Find out more by going to the Capturing Creativity Sampler Blog and chat with other artists about it in the ArtFire Forums!



Every month I send out a funky newsletter with studio and life updates - you never know what goodies will make their way into the newsletter! I always love getting feedback from the recipients! Who knew so many were interested in little ol' me? hehe. 

I keep my updates short, sweet, and include a few fun photos of course - I've even been known to add special deals and promos! 

If you would like to sign up for this monthly update just leave a comment on this post with your email address or send me an email (see contact information on the right side of this blog).  
 The pepper plant (shown above) is doing really well! So is the tomato plant, it's grow a lot since the last update - I even had to "stake it up". 


Progress with the onions and pea pods. The cucumbers are supposed to be where that bare patch is. A few things have sprouted there but nothing has happened since. I'm wondering if the cold weather got to them.


I have two little sprouts like this in the pumpkin patch. I'm glad at least something is growing in there but not as much as I expected. So, just in case I got some more seeds (see below).


Since I think a lot of my pumpkin seeds where killed by the cold we had, we picked another pack of seeds. I decided to go with the pros advice and do some "germination" he he. They are now soaking up all the sun in my studio window for a few days. 

... because my article is *first* on the *front page* of Handmade News today!!!! BOOYA!!! :) 
... now I return you back to your regularly scheduled blog (he he)...

Above is a look at what was going on in my studio on Friday! This is what I saw for most of the day! I got a lot of done though. I can't wait to share all my new creations. Drew is building me a light box so when that is done I'll be sure to upload all my new goodies to my shop ... that is the goodies that all my "offline" friends don't get to first - one of the perks to being an "offline friend" - they get to all my goodies before anyone online ever sees them! ha ha.

Ok, now on with the Monday series...

Every month I like to run a fun series. Every Monday I post a new blog entry in the featured series. Last month, I featured the "Super Resource List Series" which included a current look at my personal bookmarks for Crafty Blogs, Other Blog Stuff, Twitter Resources, and Misc Resources. If you missed last month's series, you missed out on some great resources! Don't worry though, you can follow the links above and get in the loop :)

This month my feature series is called "My Artist Studio Series: A Closer Look at Where I Work". I really hope other people share their work spaces too because I love to see where other people get creative. BTW, Flickr has some great artsy workspaces.

Last week I shared a corner of the studio that holds the majority of my art supplies. This week I'll be showing you what's next to all the craft supplies in my ikea storage solution.


Above is where I store finished cards, die cuts, extra paper, some of my stamps, office supplies, packing supplies, etc.



Above is a few of my "Stampin' Around" stamps and my Halloween take-out containers that hold even more stamps.



Above is some of my promotional supplies and even more Halloween take-out containers! I couldn't just have one - when I found them I had to get at least a few of every design he he.



Above is a picture of my paper punches. They are on the floor because I've run out of room! I really need to get some shelves put up.




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Check out another area of my studio next Monday!

Until then, please share your studio space :)
Here's a look at what I was up to this weekend - You'll notice that I was very busy in the studio! There will be lots of updates to my AF shop in the next little while because Drew finished building the light box for me this weekend! I can't wait to use it and share all my latest creations in high quality pictures! On another note, I had the pleasure of seeing Coraline this weekend. It was no Nightmare Before Christmas, but a keeper nonetheless. :)




I had the honor of interviewing Shannon Ivins of Pigatropia Studio’s. Shannon is an artist who uses her art to help animals all over the USA. I was interested to know what marketing strategies she uses to ensure sales and help those who cannot help themselves.

Here's an peak at that interview....

 "What “online” marketing strategies are you currently using?

I have a couple online strategies going right now. The biggest one would be www.blockheadradio.com ads. Since I stated promoting with them my site traffic has doubled. I also found you have to have multiple shops (it is not a good idea to have all your eggs in one basket). I started off with one shop on Etsy. I found out about ArtFire not to long ago and set up a shop there as well. I soon found myself wanting to set up more shops including shops at DeviantArt and Fine Art America. I soon found out that blogging was an awesome way to promote not only myself but fellow artists. The more I help other artists the better my shop seems to do.  I started trading for items to giveaway on my blog to promote not only that artist but all the artists on my blog. I not only feature other artists on my blog I feature animal rescues and causes that I like. I use byhand.me to promote all of my shops in one place. I use that blog to promote by doing giveaway's....... "



Above: That's me on the left and my baby brother of the right!

Today is my little brothers birthday so I left this date open in my "blog schedule" to dedicate a whole DAY worth of blog posting to my baby brother - really, what kind of big sister would I be if I didn't? he he. 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JIFFY POP!!!!!! 

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