Monday, September 28, 2009

Interview on the DaWanda Blog

A few weeks ago Azra from DaWanda contacted me and asked if I wanted to be interviewed for the DaWanda blog. The seller interviews are a new feature on the blog, and I am honoured to say that I was the first interviewed seller!


This is a screencap of the interview. To read the full interview, click here.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Cute Craftster Of The Week: Swiedebie

I have some cuteness from The Netherlands for you today: Swiedebie! Her plush dolls and monsters are adorable.


Visit Swiedebie for more!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Stationery Saturday: Ilovedielines Studio

Every Saturday is Stationery Saturday here at the Tizzalicious blog! I find a stationery and/or paper goods store, and share my favorite items from that store with you. This week I picked Ilovedielines Studio.


Visit Ilovedielines Studio for more!

Friday, September 25, 2009

In Print

Seeing myself in print never fails to make my day. Not that I have been featured in magazines a lot, until recently, a feature in a South African newspaper was the only "seeing myself in print experience" I had.

CosmoGIRL

Then 2 months ago, the owner of Open Shop Amsterdam e-mailed me, saying one of my necklaces was in Cosmo Girl (Dutch Edition), but that it was accidently credited to her own brand. I contacted Cosmo Girl about it, and they told me they would fix it somehow. I expected a tiny little mention saying "Oops, we made a mistake", but they actually printed my e-mail (though slightly edited) and a picture of the necklace in the letters section of the magazine!

Tizzalicious in CosmoGIRL

It brought me a whole bunch of new Dutch customers. Thank you Cosmo Girl!

There was more Tizzalicious in Print fun this week though. The Crafty Market I attended last weekend printed a booklet to send to the press, and for the sellers to hand out. It's a really cute little booklet with recycled products from lots of great artists.

Plastique Fantastique Booklet

Plastique Fantastique Booklet

Now I think about it, I actually had some magazine experience before I even opened my shop. Back in 2000 when my best friend Sillee and I met our favorite band, Hanson. We sent a picture of the event to 3 different magazines, and coincidently they all printed it!


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Crafty Market in Amsterdam (Part 2: Lots of Pictures!)

As promised, more about the Crafty Market I sold at last Sunday!

This was my first market, and I was incredibly nervous. I spent all week before the big day preparing, testing out the setup for my booth, etc. On Saturday evening I was still busy with it! In the end, I got everything to look the way I wanted it to though, and I was ready for the market.

Craft Market Amsterdam

Craft Market Amsterdam

Craft Market Amsterdam

A few pictures of me setting up my booth. Setting up took foreverrrr. I expected it to be much faster!


Craft Market Amsterdam

Craft Market Amsterdam

Craft Market Amsterdam

The finished result! What do you think? Very pink, right?

Craft Market Amsterdam

Chatting with Maartje from Mamutopia who I shared a booth with. Our stuff looked so great together! It really is the same style but totally different items, which I think makes us perfect booth-sharers! Besides, we Maartjes gotta stick together.

Craft Market Amsterdam

Maartje and her cuteness! My mom kept calling her "other Maartje", teehee.

Craft Market Amsterdam

Craft Market Amsterdam

That's my mom in the orange top! My enthusiasm about the market made her decide to go with me, which was nice for various reasons: 1. She's nice company, 2. A shop assistant is always nice 3. We could go by car! It was car free sunday in various cities in the country, but that wouldn't start until 10 am, and we had to be there by then to start setting up anyway, so there was no problem at all.

Crafty Market Amsterdam

Craft Market Amsterdam

Craft Market Amsterdam

And last but not least, my customers! They were all great! I got such great reactions, people kept ooohing and aaahing over how cute everything was, and how they couldn't choose. A nice ego booster!

The funniest reactions I got though were by kids:

A little girl, who can't have been more than 4 years old:

"Mom can I have these?"
"No honey, those are earrings, and you don't have pierced ears."
"Oh? *very cute sad face*

She seemed very dissapoined (and surprised!) to hear that here ears weren't pierced. So cute.

And another one, from a few girls who didn't have enough money at the moment to buy what they wanted:

"Will you be at this market again next year?"

Selling in person is so much more fun than selling online! Maybe I should bring back the dream of having my own B&M store some day?

P.S. Those last 2 pictures are by Katinka, who organized the market. She did a fantastic job!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Crafty Market in Amsterdam

Tizzalicious at Crafty Market in Amsterdam

Here's a quick picture that organizer Katinka took of me, my mom and my booth at the craft market in Amsterdam yesterday! I had a fantastic time, and it was a huge succes!

I will post more about the market later this week, with more pictures too, of course!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Crocs Biggest Fan Vote (For My Friend)


Crocs, you either hate them or love them. I am afraid I fall into the hate them category, but my friend Nathalie from Dina Fragola is a big fan of them. Such a big fan, in fact, that she participated in the Crocs Biggest Fan Photo Contest, with the picture above.

I think Nathalie really deserves to win, because despite my Crocs hate, I think she took an amazing picture. She is currently in the lead, but the number 2 is close behind, and the contest is ending on the 15th (tomorrow!).

Do you want to help Nathalie win 52 pairs of Crocs? Voting is easy! You can do it here, by clicking on the "vote" button. That's all! No need for registrations or filling out e-mail addresses. Just hit that vote button. Nathalie would be super thankful!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Cute Craftster Of The Week: Adventures of Jessica Rose

Spotted on the Etsy front page this morning, a perfect cute craftster of the week: Adventures of Jessica Rose. Her warm and woolly scarfs, hats, gloves and arm warmers are a must have for the upcoming fall!


Visit Adventures of Jessica Rose for more knitted pretties.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Creative Mess & Craft Market Preparations

My creation

Iiiie, what a mess!

This is basically what Casa Tizzalicious looked like the past few days. I have been working hard on my inventory for the Plastique Fantastique Crafty Market in Amsterdam on September 20th, where I will be sharing a stall with Mamutopia. It will be my first market, and I am super excited about it!

My original plan was to only make extra inventory of the items I already have in my shop, but once I took my supplies out I just couldn't resist the urge to create some brand new things.

My creation

I'm really pleased with how everything turned out, especially these gingham hearts! I made brooches and hair clips of them. I also made a whole lot of magnets, because they're always popular, and I think they will be nice little impulse-buy-thingies.

What are your experiences with craft markets? Are you usually succesful, or do you sell more online? Any tips or things I must know or think about? What should I definitely bring along?

I wish I had a large mannequin to show of some of my pieces, and attract customers. I really want one of these smiling ones, but the shipping to Holland is insane. Does anyone know where I could get a mannequin like this, or something similar, in Europe?

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

DaWanda Wednesday: Vintage Picks

DaWanda is a European based shopping platform for handmade products. Every wednesday I pick one of my favorite DaWanda sellers, and share some of there items with you. This week I decided not to pick one seller, but several. I browsed through DaWanda's new vintage category, and found these nice things for you:


Enjoy!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Shopping Outfit

My friend Sarah from Sweden visited for a few days. She is a fellow lover of cuteness, so despite out mutual lack of money, and the pouring rain, we went shopping.

Shopping!

The rain gave me a good opportunity to wear my super cute raincoat though. It's not really clear in this picture, but those dots are actually apples. Looooooooooove! Onfortunately the hood ruined my hairdo!

I bought the bag during the shopping trip, and believe it or not, that was the only thing I bought!

Here's a close up of it:

Matryoshka Shopping Bag
Shopping Bag from Søstrene Grene

I guess you see why I love it?

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Cute Craftster Of The Week: SpiceRak Designs

I spotted SpiceRak designs on On The Dot Creations (a blog you dot lovers should definitely check out by the way!) earlier this week. I love the cute retro style of their aprons.


SpiceRak designs aprons are also available in plus sizes!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Stationery Saturday: Letterpress Delicacies

Every Saturday is Stationery Saturday here at the Tizzalicious blog! I find a stationery and/or paper goods store, and share my favorite items from that store with you. This week I picked Letterpress Delicacies.


Visit Letterpress Delicacies for more gorgeous cards.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

July & August Stats & September Goals

I accidently forgot to post my July stats! So this month I will post both my July & August stats, and my September goals of course.

Books I finished (July):

1. "Getting Rid Of Matthew" - Jane Fallon
2. "The Girls' Guide To Hunting and Fishing" - Melissa Bank
3. "JPod" - Douglas Coupland
4. "Nieuwe Buren" - Saskia Noort
5. "Wuthering Heights" - Emily Brontë
6. "Godiva" - Nerys Jones
7. "The Virgin's Lover" - Philippa Gregory
8. "The Constant Princess" - Gregory Philippa
9. "Small Is The New Big" - Seth Godin
10. "The Eye Of The World (Wheel Of Time Book 1) - Robert Jordan

Books I finished (August):

1. "Tipping The Velvet" - Sarah Waters
2. "The Great Hunt (Wheel of Time Book 2) - Robert Jordan
3. "Wideacre (Widacre #1) - Philippa Gregory
4. "The Favoured Child (Wideacre #2) - Philippa Gregory

Due to trying to catch up with everything else in life, I didn't get to read a lot this month. Hopefully I will have some more time again in September!

Movies I watched (July):

1: Goodfellas
2. Crank High Voltage
3. Harry Potter 1
4. Harry Potter 2
5. Harry Potter 3
6. Harry Potter 4
7. Harry Potter 5
8. Harry Potter 6
9. Indiana Jones 2
10. Indiana Jones 3
11. Factotum
12. Idiocracy
13. Timeline
14. Choke
15. Taken

I would like to recommend Taken. It is absolutely fantastic and easily one of the best movies I saw this year.

Movies I watched (August):
1. Gladiator
2. Pineapple Express
3. The Hangover
4. I Love You Man
6. Burn After Reading
7. Repo! The Genetic Opera
8. Dirty Harry: Magnum Force
9. The Memory Keepers Daughter
Annoyance of the month: Non-stop migraines!
TV Show Of The Month: Project Runway! Yaaaay, it's back!
Drink Of The Month: Malibu & Coke. I'm lovin' it.
Activity of the month: Getting caught up with everything.Food of the month: Chocolate cookies from the gas station.

Items sold on Tizzalicious.com: 13 in July, 15 in August
Items sold on Tizzalicious.etsy: 16 in July, 14 in August
Items sold on Tizzalicious.dawanda: 51 in July, 23 in August
Total items sold this month: 80 in July, 52 in August

Yikes, my sales were way down this month, especially on DaWanda. They changed their tagging system, and I think that has something to do with it. I now fixed & changed all my tags, so hopefully sales will pick up again.
My July & August Goals were:

♥ None!

Goals for July:
♥ 80 sales total♥ Fix return links on www.tizzalicious.nl