A Heart “Felt” Gift

Ever since I started making my hand cut felt sets, I never had the best storage system. To be honest, I didn’t think they would be such a hit in my Etsy Shop and at Market House. I thoroughly enjoy creating these sets so I’m very glad they took off so well.

When I started, I was also living in a tiny 2 bedroom apartment with no storage. All my sewing and felt supplies were boxed up after each use. When we moved to our house, I suddenly had so much room. The fabric took priority over the felt when I started using Erin’s old dresser and changing table for storage. The felt just stayed in the same box. It was hard to keep it organized and very quickly, the box came to look like this:

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Ugh!!! So embarrassed to show you my felt box!

Yeah….not good. And yes, the pile has toppled over a few times.
Last month, I came across an inspiring photo on Pinterest
for organization in a closet. All done by the container store materials. I knew I needed something exactly like it. Yet the sticker shock ($900) from The Container Store brought me to tears. I posted on Facebook asking for my friends to help me find a cheaper solution with the same look. My good friend who lives literally on the other side of the planet found a very similar item at Ikea and suggested it to me. Thanks Ashley!!!  It was a no brainer to add the Algot system to my Christmas list. I put three down each at around $50-60 and waited to see if it ended up under the tree.
Well, I’m so pleased to say that I received one of them from my blessed sister in law!

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ALGOT organization bin system from IKEA

It was a breeze to put together and each bin slides out easily. So, that pile of felt in the brown box was given a new home this afternoon:

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My organized felt!!!!!!!

OMG!!!! THANK YOU ARIANNE LEE!!!!!! YOU ARE TRULY THE BEST SISTER IN LAW EVER!!!!!!!
All of my felt supplies are right in one spot….ORGANIZED!!!
I put two colors in each bin:

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Red and orange felt

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Yellow and green felt

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Blue and pink/purple felt

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Black, Grey and Brown felt

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Cream and White Felt

As you can see, the basket pulls out far enough for me to easily see and reach the back color of felt. I didn’t even know I had that much felt! I always feel like I’m almost out of a needed color! This will definitely help save me some pennies when supply shopping!
As you can see, I put my pre cut felt sets, patterns and embroidery supplies in the bottom basket easy to grab in the same location (they used to be in 2 different rooms)

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Felt patterns and embroidery supplies!

This system will eventually be put in the office closet once someone with a newborn on the way wants the dresser/changer combo. For now, it’s in a great spot too!

Well, I’m off to work on some felt set orders!! Some of my sets are Limited Edition, so act fast as new sets will be introduced soon!

It Never Hurts to Ask

A link I am constantly trying to teach Erin is that it never hurts to ask. Ask to hold the other child’s hand first. Ask if you can borrow something, have something, share something with them. Ask if you can play with them, hug them etc. Erin loves to play with other kids, but tends to shower them with hugs, kisses and hand holding without asking. And frankly, so kids get freaked out about it. Makes sense. So, we are working on it! 🙂 Well, I have a question now, that I’d like to ask.

As many of you may know, I’ve been working hard a adding a new line of travel art activities to my Etsy Shop. I love creating my hand embroidered felt pieces so much! (you may remember me posting a photo of my monsters?) It’s so fun to see a shape of colored felt come to life with personality when I add embroidery floss to it!

Well, I’ve been playing around with my photography for my travel felt boards, and would LOVE an opinion/comment if you can take a moment to do so. I have narrowed down my first photo (I’m allowed up to 5 for each Etsy listing), to two options. The first photo is crucial as it is the one that appears in searches when a shopper is looking for an item. If it’s bad or doesn’t look appealing, the shopper won’t click to find out more regarding the product. They will move onto the next photo. So, here are my two options:

Felt board 1st photo option

So which one are you more likely to click on to view the product in more detail, photo 1 or 2? Your opinions and comments mean so much to me and would be of great help!!