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I am a mom of two. I love amigurumi and colorful yarns. I will try to help you as much as I can if you have questions about plastic safety eyes and noses. Have fun knitting and crocheting!! The HEART behind the Eyes - Clara
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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Amigurumi Panda

A few days ago I saw a pattern from Lion Brand website. I was really interested in it. My daughter Katie did too, so picked up my crochet hook again to crochet another amigurumi! I can't help it, it's too much fun! I have tons of Caron Simply Soft Brites yarns, I picked up black and mango (like orange) and started my new project. It didn't take long for me to crochet all the parts but it took me forever to sew them up. This is the worst part of amis. I just don't like sewing much! :P Details: Crochet hook: F/4mm Yarn: Caron Simply Soft Brites Eyes: 9mm hand-painted eyes (hot pink color) Nose: 10mm oval eye Pattern: Click here please

18mm Hand-Painted Pearl Cat Eyes

Since I have decided to hand paint my safety eyes with pearl colors, they are really popular. It's not easy to find pearl eyes in the market. Pearl eyes really give lives to these hand-made animals. The pearl shimmering effects on eyes make the animals so real looking! You can find these in my etsy store: 6060.etsy.com. These beautiful cat eyes are 18mm in size. Colors include Pearl Hot Pink, Pearl Copper, Pearl Forest Green, Pearl Periwinkle, and Pearl Purple.
Friday, January 23, 2009

Artfire.com Dec. Site Statistics

ArtFire - Buy Handmade - Sell Handmade Visits Dec. 184,068 Nov 62,151 196% increase Uniques Dec. 83,648 Nov 32,482 157% increase Page views Dec. 1,953,583 Nov 730,975 167% increase % repeat visits Dec 57% Nov 50% 7% decrease in repeat traffic I don't have past numbers on members, items and sales so here are those as of today. *(1/14/2009) Total members, buyers, basic and verified is 9,582 (working towards 10,000 trees!) Total items listed 49,327 Total items sold 1495 Edited: 2009-01-14 10:05am My thoughts: Looking at these numbers I am really happy because Artfire is a fast growing site and numbers just keep moving! The staff constantly working for better solutions. They never deny any possibility of building a better community. They are working so hard for their customers. I just love their attitudes of never give up! Now in this world, when everybody is upsetting something, this site keeps cheer you up! Love you Artfire! =)
Sunday, January 18, 2009

9mm Red Pearl Ghost Zombie Eyes

This morning I really got into mood in painting something! Good thing is I don't have my kids around me, they are all sleeping! Yeah! This early morning was gray, cold, and very unhappy kind of feelings! However, because I was in mood, I decided to paint my eyes a little special. I have these transparent red eyes and I knew that they are kind of scary looking, so I am thinking to paint them into lovely looking instead. After all, they are not very scary, but definitely beautiful! I love the pearl effect in this eyes. Am I like a crow only like shiny and shimmering things? :P Anyway, here they are. You can find them @ 6060.etsy.com ! *** they can be used in any soft toys project like monsters, zombie rabbit, zombie bear, teddy bears, or even reptile! :D ***
Saturday, January 17, 2009

Pink Queen Anne's Lace Scarf

I crochet this with Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted, I really like it, it's really forgiving, very smooth and soft. The color is quite beautiful, it's variegated slightly and very subtle. This one is for my friend, hope she like it! :) Crochet hook: 5.5 mm (I)
: Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted Skein: 1 full skein - 216 yards (197.5m)
Colorway: 17 Pink Frost
Pattern: 1craftyboy
Thursday, January 15, 2009

New Listing in my store!!

Tonight I put up a new listing for my customers to make cute animals / soft toys! This listing is 9mm in sizes, including 3 kinds of eyes. They are round eyes, cat/fish eyes and also hand-painted round eyes. Later on when I have more time to do more photograph, I will have cat/fish hand-painted safety eyes too. However, if you want to have a special request, please let me know, I will be happy to put your order together for you! :) In this listing, customers can choose either: 10 pairs of commercial eyes - or - 2 pairs of hand-painted eyes + 8 pairs of commercial eyes You can MIX and MATCH round eyes or cat eyes. Please check out my store: 6060.etsy.com I want to put together a listing like this for a long time, however, I have been doing a lot of online marketing and I just don't know where the time goes!! *Don't we all?* Also I have put together a new logo / graphic for my store, what do you think? I like the colors, it's so bright, it looks like scrapbooking design! lol! I don't want to lose my original design, which is 3 cats in a picture, but I want to show some eyes, so I come up with this, hopefully it will draw more attention to my store! I have been selling in Etsy for over a year now. Thank you very much for checking and supporting my etsy and artfire store. I really appreciate your business. ♥♥♥ For my customers, I really thank you for your kind words, your supports, your regards, they all mean so much to me. I can't thank you enough! Love you all!!♥♥♥ xoxo Clara 6060.etsy.com 6060.artfire.com
Wednesday, January 14, 2009


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When I first visited 7Polkadots.etsy.com, first thing came to me is "What does she sells?" [ #:^} ] <--- This is my face looks like when I am thinking! My brain kept turning "Does she sells fabric?" "Does she sells ribbons?" It's funny that all I was thinking about was everything related to "dots" . 7Polkadots to me is very interesting name that it sticks to me for a long time! When I looked clearly, she has the interest similar to mine! Crochet!! Yes!! I love crochet! I love amigurumi, scarfs, bags, everything with a beautiful crochet touch! How wonderful!! Her shop is full of cuteness! She has these Cupcake Babies that you can design your own, choose from 3 skin colors, 6 cupcake flavors, and 8 icing and clothes flavors. Now you can have different colors of cupcake babies according to your very own choice!That's a great and cute idea!
In her shop, she also has Hamburger Drawstring Bag and Strawberry Drawstring Bag. They are fun to look at, and cute to use! She also has some amis patterns too! Now she is having birthday sale until Jan 16th. If you are interested, please check out her store @ 7Polkadots.etsy.com.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009

EtsySupplyStreetTeam's Favorites

Yeah, I am in Team ESST's Favorites!!!

Etsy Crest Team Inauguration Sale

Etsy Crest Team is having a sale between 1/17 - 1/25. Etsy Treasury Link : please click here
Monday, January 12, 2009

9mm Safety eyes Plastic eyes Animal eyes Sampler

Today I have a list listing of 9mm animals toys eyes! 9mm is a very popular size if you like to make amigurumi or knitted animals! Mostly 9mm and 12mm eyes are always recommended in amigurumi and animal knitting books! If you are making medium size stuffed animals, about 4 to 5 inches high, or big animals with small eyes. Then you may want to consider to get some of these! :) This custom sampler colors include: Clear, Translucent brown, Pearl Green, Gold, Pearl Silver Blue, Translucent Red, Neon Orange, Neon Yellow, Neon Green, and Dark Blue. Safety eyes are hard to find, so get it while you can! ♥ To get eyes in my etsy shop: 6060.etsy.com To get eyes in my artfire shop: 6060.artfire.com
Sunday, January 11, 2009

I am not a tech person!

After Artfire.com and Etsy.com launching statistics capability by using Google Analytic, I felt like a little overwhelming with all these data! I have been watching all sorts of information how to use Google Analytic. For example, videos from Youtube.com and many others people, so called experts, experts writing about how to use and interpret Google analytic. OLD DAYS: I remember the time when I was studying in college. I always read different journals for different subjects, I read books, magazines, financial times to enhance my knowledge and references in order to finish my papers! After I graduated, I swore to myself no more journals, papers, textbooks to read for the rest of my life! Indeed, I didn't read anything longer than a page for a long long time. NOW: Guess what just happened? I started to read all these different people's writings about how to interpret the statistics collected by Google!!! OMG!!! I broke my words! It has been 2 full days whenever I have time to sit in front of computer, I tried to read more about Google Analytic! Enough is enough, I think I should try to get away from computer and try to create something instead. Otherwise, I think I will go crazy by no time! :) Off to go to have some tea and ice-cream!
Friday, January 9, 2009

How to exclude yourself from your own visits from Google Analytics

I found this post from Etsy forum, but I think it's very useful for us to get the real statistics without us going in and out our own studio. This post is original posted by FrucciDesign from Etsy! (((( This post is not written by me! ))))

If you want to exclude your own visits from GA you need to set this up on your GA account and here is how: SHORT VERSION read this: http://www.google.com/support/googleanalytics/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=55481 find your IP here: http://whatismyipaddress.com/ STEP BY STEP: ►go to the homepage of GA, ►find on the bottom right of the page FILTER MANAGER ►click it ►in the new page click on the gray tab "+ADD NEW FILTER" ►in the new page add a name (what you want) in the blank field "Filter name" ►in the "Filter Type" drop-down menu select EXCLUDE ALL TRAFFIC FROM AN IP ADDRESS ►choose which website you want to "Apply Filter to Website Profiles" (i.e. yourshop.etsy.com) and click ADD ►in the next new page the IP address field will be already filled in (be careful that is just an fictional IP used as an example for the right formatting of the number) ►enter your value that can be found here (►http://whatismyipaddress.com/" href="http://whatismyipaddress.com/" class="linkification-ext">http://whatismyipaddress.com/) *REMEMBER* the right format for the IP number has a \ before each dot, example if you have then the IP address value will be:176\.168\.1\.1

Etsy Statistics is ready!

We have been asking Etsy to give us shop statistics for a long time. Finally today Jan 9, 2009 they have announced Statistics is ready! Hurrah! Forum post please click here. -------------------------------- RELEVANT LINKS: Your Etsy > Shop Setup > Web Analytics : http://www.etsy.com/shop_analytics.php Etsy Web Analytics FAQ : http://www.etsy.com/faq_selling.php#ga Google Analytics Help Center : http://www.google.com/support/googleanalytics/ Read the article here : http://www.etsy.com/storque/article/3141/ Have fun, the statistics will not work until 24 hours after you have set it up. Please be patient! lol WHAT? I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!!!!!! •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Turns out: You don't have to wait 24 hours, once you install the UA code in Etsy, wait a few hours, then go to Google Analytics, and then click the date from 12/8/2009-1/8/2009 to today's date, e.g. 1/9/2009-1/9/2009. Then you will get the data!!! ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
Thursday, January 8, 2009

7.5mm Animal eyes Safety eyes Pastic eyes

Recently I have these 7.5mm beautiful eyes and I finally got them listed today. These are very beautiful eyes. It can be used for small to medium size amigurumi, stuffed animals. If you are looking for decent eyes that are colorful for your soft toys, click here to get it! The 3rd picture is not my picture, it belongs to my dear friend, Lucy! She knits a lot of animals for fund raising. Some people have told me it's very hard to use colorful eyes because it's hard to match the colors of the soft toys. Now with the picture from Lucy, you can see all these eyes will match your knitting/crochet fabric, just be brave and creative, yours will turn out just as great!!
Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Early Dismissal Day

Since my kid goes to Pre-K. I build up a love-hate relationship with this Early Dismissal Day from her school! I love that my kid will not be home until 2 pm just for that day (not everyday, I will miss her so much). I hate the fact that since her cousin is at the same bus with her, they would like to play together for another 3 hours in my mother-in-law house (she just lives next door). You may think they play together is a good thing, but what about everyday? Today it's just a little longer! I don't have time to finish my houseworks, cooking, re-listing in my store. Everything I have to do is quite in hurry to get done! Yes, we all live very close, my mother-in-law lives next door, and my sister-in-law is living adjacent opposite house to my house. We all trying to take care of each other and it's very nice. No, I don't hate that at all. We all give each other privacy a lot. My mother-in-law would not come to my house before she calls. She would not come and check everything I have in the house. She is the best mother-in-law you could imagine! OK, go back to the story. I will let her play and stay. My 2nd child would stay there too, of course. She wouldn't let herself getting left out from the crowd. Thus I have to stay there too! I don't mind to stay, but my mother-in-law got so many cats in her house that since I married to this family, I build up an allergy to cat gradually. (No, can't get rid of cats) Now from time to time, I have to use inhaler to help myself to breathe. I don't have asthma, I just can't breathe easily. My dr. said once I have trouble breathing, use that! I did and I felt so much better! Since I have 3 hours to stay in my mother-in-law and have nothing to do, I finally decided to run back home and get some of my eyes photographed in her house. I am so happy that I get it done. I haven't been able to do that for months! Now I got some new pictures! Hurrah! But when I think of it now, I should grab my yarns and needles instead, what was I thinking? Well... if today we have sunshine, even though in 30s I will let my kids to run in the yard, at least they got some exercise, they love to run around non-stop! lol I can't wait for spring to come!
Monday, January 5, 2009

Stitch 'n Frog

You know how much I love eyes! When I see some big eyes, small eyes. beautiful eyes, ugly eyes, even horrible eyes, I will pay some attention and research them a bit!! Am I sick? I think not, at least I am not the only one! :P I found a store in Etsy who sells Bloodshot Eyeball Pattern!! Who have thought that you actually could find a pattern for that! It's creepy, but I like it! The horrible thing is you can even crochet the eye blood vessels to go with it! Now you can call it you are truly have "eye" on somebody! LOL This seller is not as sick as me, she got some pretty patterns, e.g, Dish and Bath Scrubbies Pattern and Crochet Stitch Sampler Hat and Scarf Pattern Etsy shop: StitchnFrog's shop
Saturday, January 3, 2009

Adopt An Alien

I came across this shop a few months ago! This shop's a little unusual because of the nature of this shop! How often will you think that "humm.. today I am going to adopt an alien!"? However, when I got a chance to look through the ALIENS inside this shop! Each of them looks so tamed and well behaved! These aliens are actually kind of cute and they are truly one-of-a-kind! ^^ They came with different sizes, colors, or should I say "different planets"! LOL The best thing is you will get a "Birth Certificate" of the adopted alien! Wow! That's what I call value-added services! Lindsey will give you alien's birth certificate when you adopt these adorable aliens! That's so awesome! Don't you think? More information please visit this alien shop: adoptanalien.etsy.com Lindsey has another shop selling very cute handmade beads, earrings and dollhouse miniatures: SilverFairyCreations.etsy.com. I have purchased her beads before for my little girls. They love them so much. It's the right size for little girls to put beads together by themselves, and it's sturdy and beautiful! :)
Friday, January 2, 2009

RedSkins scarf

I made this scarf for my hubby's little cousin! He is a 7 years old RedSkins's fan! Before Christmas I asked him, what do you like for Christmas! He said " I wanted a scarf with burgundy and gold! I at once knew what he wanted. I have heard about burgundy and gold 1000 times since I married to this family! LOL Yes, my hubby is a RedSkins's fan too! Anyway, once I got the hint, I at once started at that night, fortunately a kid's scarf wouldn't take long to crochet, 4 hours later, wola! A burgundy and gold scarf is born! (silly me)

Resolutions or Plans for 2009

It is tough for me to make a plan! I want to do so many things, but I know I will not be able to do it all! Aren't we all like that? Making plans of many things and eventually nothing get done! haha! This year I am trying to be easy on myself! I want to get them done and look back 2009 in Dec. and feel good about it! Wow.. I am super easy or should I say lazy? Here we go! 1. Blog, Twitter, listing everyday! 2. One handmade finish object every month. 3. Try to cook better, learn better technique/ skill to cook, afterall, I love to eat, I should be able to cook tasty food for the family. 4. Make and save enough money to buy DSLR 5. Make and save enough money to go visit my mom (this is real tough, plane tickets are so expensive and I have to pay for 3 ppls at least) OK, these are my goals!! Cheers! Clara
Thursday, January 1, 2009

Cuddlet ... because everyone likes cuddles

Are these little critters cute? I think Etsian artists really rock! Etsy is full of talented people indeed. Now these bunch of critters are all handmade by Nina! Isn't she great? These are all original designs by her. She sell these in her etsy store. These animals are so cuddly, I think that's why her etsy store named cuddlet.etsy.com. She is not only selling animals, she has these PDF tutorials about making these lovely soft toys too!! I like her creatures. They are very colorful. You will smile and happy when you are cuddling these animals I am sure! :) More information you can go to her website directly: Cuddlet.com.

Twitter Traffic Tricks and Tips

Forum post I found in Etsy's Forum. I think I should make a blog for this and also share this with my blogger! from 6060 Forum post: --------------------------------- Hi everyone! Here is a list of Twitter tips for generating more traffic and followers (I didn't compile the list myself, credit belongs to http://www.traffic-generation-explosion.com/) Setting up your Twitter profile page properly. 1. Add a nice background picture will help. 2. Use a profile photo will help get more followers, people will follow people not objects and logo's. 3. Check your messages, @replies and direct messages on a daily basis, start building relationships, people hate to be sold but love to buy. 4. Set your Twitter up with a seperate gmail account, this will help for future applications. 5. Make sure you have your URL in your profile and that it's working. Setting up your Tweetlater account. 1. Go to www.tweetlater.com and follow the step by step tutorials. 2. You will use the same email that you are using for your Twitter account. 3. Set up your message for your new followers to receive, make sure you put your url in this message. Note: use the http:// when inserting your url, this message can only be 140 characters in length. Use keywords to try and get people to take a look at your website. 4. Check the auto welcome to the (send private direct message). 5. Scheduled tweets lets you send out auto messages while you sleep or are away. Just be careful not to send out to many, this will look like spam. Note: tweetlater has several functions you will enjoy using, these are the ones we started with. Using Twellow to generate followers. 1. www.Twellow.com is a great way to find people in the same business or niche you are in or looking for what you have to sell. 2. You can use the search bar at the top of the page to search any topic, country, person, niche etc. that you want. 3. There are several categories to choose from also which bring up people with the most followers at the top of the page. 4. Once you find the person you want to follow simple go to their page and click on their followers and start following them. 5. Make sure you are logged into your twitter account and as you start to follow people you can click on the home icon at the top of the page, hit the refresh button and the new people will be added. 6. I usually only follow people with a photo, this will increase the number of people who follow you back. Note: You can follow up to about 400 people at a time, some people have problems when they get over this number and receive a warning message from twitter. Simple wait until the next day and repeat the process. I followed 900 people the other day with no problems, just be careful your twitter account doesn't get disabled. Tweetdeck is a great fun tool. 1. www.tweetdeck.com is an application where you can view all messages from one screen. 2. Send back messages with and built in shorten url tool. 3. You can delete people that you don't want to follow. 4. Put people in a group where you can view all there messages as they come in. 5. Now what the number one words are being used on twitter. Note: I am conducting surveyey for my Twitter hand book and guide and so far this is the number one tool people like the most. Using Twittercounter. 1. This tools is like google analytics. www.twittercounter.com 2. This tool will show you how many new followers you have since yesterday. 3. Provides you a track to follow and shows how many you will have next month at the current rate you are growing. Karma is a must. 1. http://dossy.org/twitter/karma/ 2. Once you reach 2000 people your following, twitter will not let you follow more people until you reach 2000 followers. 3. Karma will let you go in a delete the people that are not following you so you can start to follow more people. 4. Once you hit 2000 people you are following wait a couple of days and delete those that are not following you. 5. Once you get over 2000 people perform this task every couple of days. Person who posted this: briaberger.etsy.com Forum post link: Click here


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