Piginpants are here!

I am happy to introduce to you the newest members of the Chickenpants family- the Piginpants! These guys have been a lot of fun to work on. I love their little embroidered tails! There are six in this batch. The first one (Dwight!) is up in the shop right now. I’ll be posting the others each day next week.

Introducing the BMO pattern for hand sewing!

I am so thrilled to be able to share with you the latest pattern I made. Thrilled because of the way it turned out (awesome) and thrilled because oh my gosh it’s finally done and wow was it a lot of work. Ahem: Introducing BMO (or Beemo, if you prefer), the hand sewing pattern: This pattern is frankly HUGE. It clocks in at 16 total pages. BMO however, is quite tiny- just 3.5″ tall. Look, he fits right in your {Read More}

Prints now availiable!

Hey everybody! Just a quick note to let you know that I’ve started listing prints of selected Dailies in the good old shop. (https://www.etsy.com/shop/absolutelysmall) I’m working on adding a few new ones every day. If there are any pictures in particular that you’d like to see as prints, by all means let me know in the comments below. Happy Friday, everyone!

This magic moment.

I love it when random numbers randomly almost line up. And it’s happening RIGHT NOW. Somehow, I have nearly 700 fans on the Chickenpants Facebook page. (696, to be precise.) Also, the shop is at nearly 700 sales. (695, to be precise.) Do you know what this means? FLASH SALE, that’s what! Enter code 700ofsomething at checkout for 20% off your order. My, what an excellent time to stock up on chickeny goodness! Come on over to the Ab Small {Read More}

Squirrels, Woodpeckers, and Treasury HTML-ing Tools

I started this post because I was dying to try out the Etsy Treasury HTML Code Generator made by Whale Shark Websites. (And detailed on the Handmadeology blog. Thank you, Handmadeology!) “Aha!” I thought “What a nice idea for a quick blog post. Surely this will put me back on the path to blogging every single day!” As is my habit, however, I blew this project all out of proportion, and now it’s this monster post. Hi! Okay. So. What {Read More}

5 Great Supply Shops on Etsy

Okay, by “supply”, it turns out I mainly mean “fabric”. These are all shops that I’ve bought from before, and of course would happily do so again. So, in no particular order, here’s a few of my favorites: Scarlet Fig Scarlet Fig sells mainly limited edition fabrics that she designs herself. And oh, wow, are they great. I have a weakness for bright! modern! design!, and she takes that goodness and throws in lambs. And donkeys. And other stuff. Feltgirl {Read More}

3 Steps to Prepare Your Etsy Shop for 2011

2011 is almost upon us. Some of you have been planning how to kick 2011’s butt for months now. However, it’s not too late for the rest of us to get our acts together for the coming year! (And as usual “Etsy” is working as shorthand here for Artfire, DaWanda, etc etc etc.) 1. Get your goals together! Last year, I put up a 3 part blog series called “How to Make 2010 the Best Year Ever”. It included project {Read More}

The Etsy Goal Spreadsheet for 2011

The last two years on my other blog, I’ve given away Etsy Goal Spreadsheets for that year. Keeping an Etsy Goal Spreadsheet remains one of the best things I’ve ever done for my little business. I’ve heard great things from others who have started using it, too. Naturally, we’ve got to keep that going! I’ve been using it for two years now. It’s given me clarity on how much I’ve been selling week by week. I can see on what {Read More}

5 Must Have Etsy Apps

I like Etsy very, very much. However, there are a few little gaps that 3rd party developers have stepped up to fill, for which I am eternally grateful. Here are five of my very favorite, can’t live without, as essential as coffee Etsy applications. Statsy Yes, you know Statsy. Everyone knows Statsy, right? With good reason! Statsy will notify you if you’re on the front page. Statsy can schedule out your renewals for you. Statsy can tell you how far {Read More}

10 Favorite Etsy Shops for Grown-ups

Egads. Grown-ups. I used to hate the term grown-ups. Now I find myself skittering uncontrollably towards the gated community that is being a grown-up. (Baby on the way, mortgage to pay, etc.) But I refuse to go quietly (or with dignity) into that beige night! Grown-ups have serious responsibilities, and therefore need seriously fun gifts. So here’s a list of 10 of my very favorite Etsy shops, guaranteed* to delight even the most grown of grown-ups. 1. Fusion Sweets When {Read More}