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If You’re Looking For Me Here, You Should Find Me Over There…

So it’s been a long while since I’ve written anything here at Pixie Worx with any regularity.  It’s not that I don’t write.  In fact I write quite a bit.  It’s just that I have found myself struggling more and more with splitting my attentions across multiple blogs and other places that I write at.

You see, some years ago I used to think I needed multiple blogs and spaces to cover all my writing interests.  I mean, that’s the way it was supposed to be, right?  Particular subjects for particular blogs?

But I find today I’m not so sure anymore.  In some cases it makes sense, in others… sigh… maybe not so much.

I used to think that people liked to read what I write because of the subject material. And I think that’s still true to a degree.  However, I’ve come to realize it’s not really what I write as much as my style, friendliness and way of looking at the world that draws readers.  So in that case, it doesn’t really matter if each blog is perfectly themed or not.  If I will just naturally be me, that’s all anyone really cares about, no matter where I am.  And splitting my focus and attentions at this point only serves to water down what I do.  Better to have the one main punch I think.

And so instead of writing on four different personal blogs all the time, and instead of trying to keep TDBAD as my “writing personality” only and PW as handmade only and FQ as family only, I’ve pretty much now consolidated anything related to my quirky personality, loves and way of looking at the world over to my blog at Aberrant Crochet during the last year.

Now, I’m not saying I’ll never write a post here again.  I reserve the right to follow whatever whim I might.  Who knows what the future holds?  But for now, the way my life is stretched, I’m consolidating Pixie Worx, The Difference Between A Duck, Family Quirks and Aberrant Crochet all over at Aberrant Crochet.  In fact, when I do NaBloPoMo every November, that’s the blog I enter now.

So if you’re still subscribed here, you might want to mosey on over to Aberrant Crochet, if you haven’t already.  I’m also pretty active at micro-blogging over on Twitter as @AberrantCrochet52 as well.  So if you’re on Twitter, follow me there – and say hello if you do!  I love real peeps who actually interact and will follow you back if you do.  I don’t follow linkers though (people who only post links) so keep that in mind.  Twitter is truly social and it’s about developing relationships.  But more on that in a new blog post over at Aberrant Crochet.

So here’s the deal.  The articles already written will stick around (I’m not taking down these other blogs at this point), but if you want to find me where I’m most active now, head over to Aberrant Crochet and subscribe there.  It’s a lot more interesting and a lot more fun and with my schedule, that’s where my focus is now.  Way simpler to just be myself and write what I love all in one place.  Gee, what was I thinking after all?  Perhaps someday it will be conducive to write so much that I’ll need these other blogs again, but for now, one will do.  😉

Catch you on the flip side and thanks for following me there!

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Red Hot Hooker Night April 28th: 5-11pm CT – Etsy Sale 20% off tonight!

Etsy Sale from EtsyHookers Crochet Team! 20% off anything in my shop, 5-11pm tonight! http://www.etsy.com/shop/PixieWorx

Red Czech glass 6-Pointed Star Flower Choker - Comfortable Fine Crocheted Jewelry - Exclusive Aberrant Crochet Original Design

I am participating in Red Hot Hooker Night (meaning CROCHET y’all) on Etsy tonight – Wednesday April 28th from 5-11 pm CT.

Flaming Crochet Hook Bag for CLF Book

Gothic Turquoise Crochet Necklace

There will be a lot of sales in the RHHN category and I’m personally offering 20% off anything in my Etsy shop from 5-11pm only.

Not a Joiner - Outrageous Ski Hat

I just picked up the last of my designs from consignment and want to make room for new designs coming out this year.Toddler Bear Hat with Pink Bow

I’ll be working on loading more into my shop today in preparation for the sale. Working on the photos now. Most of my work are OOAKs, so if you like something get it while you can.

Spring Goblin

The official RHHN announcement doesn’t go out until tonight, but figured I’d share with my friends in advance so you can plan.

Modified Railroad Choker with Sun Motif - Czech Glass

"Sun Cherries" Squiggle Hat

Help me ring in the new and let your friends know?

Max the Goblin

The Bubblegum Goblin

Spirit Jumpers get discounts for their Spirit Jumps.

"Vail" Ski Hat with a Squiggle

Contact me directly if you are interested in something for a Spirit Jump.

Again, the sale doesn’t begin until tonight: 5 – 11pm CT!

http://www.etsy.com/shop/PixieWorx

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There’s a New Handmade Market in Town!

If you are thinking about selling handmade or vintage, you might want to give Zibbet a look. And if you’re like me and sell on Etsy and have noticed that it seems to be over-saturated, just like eBay became, then you might be interested in trying something at an earlier level – before they get too big for their britches down the road.

I’m picky, but Zibbet impressed me enough this morning to sign up and the basic store is completely free of all fees eBay and Etsy would charge. And it was very simple process to set up, I’d say even a little easier to put a listing together than Etsy is. You do have to have a Paypal account though. 

The premium store package allows for unlimited listing and customization. You can try it free with promocode “FREETRIAL.”

Anway, if it helps anyone, especially right now with the holidays – pass the info link on: http://www.zibbet.com/AberrantCrochet/sell

Added content:  Hey – also, I found out they have a referral program.  If seven folks sign up for a store through my link, I can get a free premium account.  You can too!  I don’t know how long the referral offer is good for, so if you’re interested, get it done!

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Halloween 20% off SALE! Time to Move On to Gifts!

As you guys already know: It’s Hubby’s and My Birthday Week! In celebration, enjoy 20% off discount on Halloween items! Go check it out! But hurry – this sale will end soon! I don’t do clearance! www.PixieWorx.etsy.com

OK – that’s it now! Custom Halloween orders are cut off and no more Halloween items will be created for 2009. If I get a chance, I will list the last of the Halloween items left in my Etsy store. Or, you can always give me a call!

For next year, I have some great ideas in mind, including a special spider web design to be hung around a ceiling fan! It’ll be great! And I’ll be spending many months planning it out. Due to the intricacies and time involved, I expect that only a few will be made. But I think it will be so much fun to work on!

Now it is time for me to dedicate my full attention to my truest crochet love – designing hats and the stuff people like to go with them! Don’t worry – there will still be some jewelry! Watch my store and blogs for updates!

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Giant Crochet Spider Web Pattern…

UPDATE:  I have migrated most of my crochet designs and writing over to http://AberrantCrochet.wordpress.com.  You can find the current giant spider web pattern for sale at: http://AberrantCrochet.etsy.com and on Ravelry here: http://www.ravelry.com/stores/aberrant-crochet-designs.  To find the spider web parasols, please visit my other etsy store here: http://PixieWorx.etsy.com.  What you see below is a very old post!  Enjoy!


I am currently working on my Giant Crochet Spider Web pattern for you folks. This is the kind that can be made up to many feet wide to display in your yard, or a large space. I hope to have it ready to list in my Etsy store this weekend.

Advantages to this design are it’s durability over most crochet designs, while at the same time, not becoming too bulky or using mass amounts of yarn to achieve this strength.

This spider web pattern utilizes unconventional stitches outside mainstream crochet, which will likely cause it to have an “advanced” crochet skill rating according to the international standard guidelines. However, I believe these unconventional stitches will be easy enough to learn for most folks and are somewhat repetitious.

So stay tuned for photos and the pattern listing!

Also, watch for a series of spider web umbrellas to be released as well! These umbrellas are a limited run. (I only have so many umbrellas to make these with and only so many webs can be made per week anyway!) So once they are up, grab what you want, because they will be all there are this year. Price range for spider web umbrellas depend largely on complexity of the web design and time involved, after consideration of supply cost for the umbrellas themselves. Average time to create a single fairly straight forward spider web umbrella is about 3 hours. Careful handwork in securing the spider web to the umbrella and weaving in several feet of ends is a significant portion of the time in my process as well, again depending on complexity of the design. I like to leave several feet for the tails to add to the durability and long-term strength of my crochet webs.

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I’ve been playing with a new toy called Animoto….

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* Fair warning, I’ve noticed that the Animoto videos sometimes play the music twice in a row, even though the video portion is done. So wait for the music to stop before clicking on the 2nd video, or they’ll both play at once.

10 foot Spider Web attached to the side of my tent

10 foot Spider Web attached to the side of my tent

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Thinking About Advertising with Craft Cult….

So I’m thinking about buying some advertising with www.CraftCult.com. Craft Cult has been a great service for Etsy shop owners. One of my Spider Web Umbrellas was chosen for a treasury created by Etsy and I wouldn’t have known it had happened if it hadn’t have been for Craft Cult, alerting me when I checked on my shop. It was also via Craft Cult when I found out my item had been chosen for a Halloween Costume Gift Guide as well.

Craft Cult is a fantastic service with great tools – all for free. If you have an Etsy store, do check them out. And me? I might just thank them by taking out an advertisement on their site. I’m also thinking I’ll likely benefit from it too.

However, I’ve never taken an ad out on someone else’s website before. Heck, I only just heard about something called Google Base, which I haven’t figured out how to really use just yet. Learning all this online marketing stuff is sometimes a bit overwhelming. All too often I’d rather just pay for a show since I prefer talking to folks one on one and do my usual demos and help folks out. After all, that’s what got me into all this in the first place.

Still, I enjoy learning and playing around with digital work on Adobe. In fact, I did a much better job than I expected with our old wedding photos and my grandmother’s damaged old farm photos too. And I’ve some particular ideas about things.

The CraftCult ad space has to be 100px X 150px. So I’ve been working up an image to help promote my Halloween items, since they have a short shelf-life each year. I’m using the Spider Web Umbrella photo as the background.

I haven’t tweaked it all out quite yet, but so far – what do you think?

Pixie Worx! Love's Halloween!

Pixie Worx! Love's Halloween!

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