[Manic Mondays] You Spin Me Right Round, Baby

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So, as a crafter, hands down my biggest challenge is photography.  I was an admin to a recruiter and she was always willing to educate me about networking, I’ve got that down pretty well.  Finding shows “outside the box” but for my target audience?  Not a problem.  Branding?  I need to do some touch ups with my League of Spinners, but it’s in the right direction.  Pricing?  Got it.  Pay me what you owe me for all the years that you ho’ed me.  It’s French merchandising from here on out.  Wholesale suppliers?  I spent Beltane in Maryland at the Sheep and Wool, yo.  Copy, packaging, shipping, craft show bunny trail, table layout?  Check, check, check, check, check.

But photography.  Oh photography.  How I loathe thee.  You are the bane of my existance.  Nothing I do is ever good enough.  I was honestly desperate enough to start contacting photographers for lessons.  They were like, girl just fix your lighting.  I was like, I KNOW BUT IT IS STILL TERRIBLE.  I AM TERRIBLE.  I WILL NEVER SELL ANYTHING ONLINE EVER.  (Which is not true with over a hundred sales, but still, oh the feels)

However, I pulled myself together and finally, FINALLY got some really good pictures of yarn.  Yarn is the most tedious thing to shoot ever and updating yarn is equally tedious.  So.  Boring.  It’s why I’ve been all, OMG, guis!  I have just been way too busy at physical shows to update!  Lulz!  But this is the quiet season so it’s time to get my Etsy game straight.

Today, I bring you yarn updates.  All of my yarn is now accounted for and pictured.

All my yarns are:

* Handspun and Hand Dyed by me on my spinning wheel like the fairy princess of Bridgewater, New Jersey in her luxe <strike>castle</strike> condo.

* 100% natural fibers.  Some have Firestar accents which is nylon.

* I have started offering my yarns in dye lots for larger projects

* Each listing includes Ravelry patterns for each skein’s yardage

* Each yarn has its yardage and weight (for needle/hook sizing)

* Fiber is sourced locally from local farms.  I always get asked if I have my own animals, the answer is always that the condo association frowns upon that.


And now, yarn!

yarn collage


p.s. All summer, I’m going to have Full Moon sales from sunset to sunrise for La Sirene et Le Corbeau and The Glamoury Apothecary for 20% off everything with a special code I’ll be giving the night before each full moon.

Deborah Castellano
Deborah Castellano's book Glamour Magic: The Witchcraft Revolution to Get What You Want is available for purchase through Amazon, Llewellyn and Barnes and Noble.
Her frequently updated catalogue of published work is available on Author Central.

She writes about Glamour Magic here at Charmed, I'm Sure. Her podcast appearances are available here.

Her craft shop, The Mermaid & The Crow specializes in old-world style workshop from 100% local, sustainable sources featuring tempting small batch ritual oils and hand-spun hand-dyed yarn in luxe fibers and more!

In a previous life, Deborah founded the first Neo-Victorian/Steampunk convention, SalonCon which received rave reviews from con-goers and interviews from the New York Times and MTV.

She resides in New Jersey with her husband, Jow and their cat, Max II. She has a terrible reality television habit she can't shake and likes St. Germain liquor, record players and typewriters.  


2 Responses

  1. Gorgeous update! And that is the perfect song for spinning. 🙂
    Beth recently posted..My Loki yarn arrived!My Profile

  2. You have such pretty yarn. 🙂
    Also: I love the Full Moon sales idea. That’s glorious. 😀

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