Packaging My Etsy Items

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I try to buy Etsy when I can – it’s always when I need something special, like a gift or something unique that you couldn’t buy in a store. I am a sucker for handmade jewelry, there’s something about it that draws me in. So what makes me come back to buy again? Handmade notes add a special touch, and I’ve gotten stickers and coupons – and if it feels like i’m opening a gift to myself, I’ll want to make another purchase when the timing is right. I’ll be the first one to say, Etsy is expensive. I know it’s handmade, I go there to support small business owners, but it is not affordable for everyone. But when you buy handmade, you’re supporting someone’s family directly.

 

My Etsy orders have been gift wrapped in tissue, tied together with twine or decorative ribbon. I always find handwritten notes, or a tea candle or cute stickers. I’ve also got tiny tumbled crystals, I always feel pretty good with my purchase when I get a cute rock to add to my collection.

I noticed that you want something that helps you stick out from other shops – Jasper n June help the bees, and I have bought from her shop twice. As an Etsy Owner, you’re package needs: cute wrapping, business cards, logo that communicates your style/brand, a little something that your customer can remember you buy, a handmade thank you note, care instructions (if needed), if you are making clothes, you need to think about sewing labels with your shop name on them. I’ve also started thinking about the box – and plan on ordering corrugated packaged boxes.

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Every order has a matching yarn pom – pom. I snuggle the crochet bra or leg warmers with colorful lace ribbon, with matching tissue paper. There’s a thank you note scroll tied with a yarn bow, and my business card with a handwritten coupon code for their next purchase. I use heart stickers to close it, and put heart stickers on the address.

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I’m missing a label for garment care, a logo. If you guys have been reading my blog, I’ve been trying to think of a different shop name. Here is what I’m leaning towards:

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What do you think?

Please favorite my Etsy store it helps a bunch. Crochet bralettes and crop tops, and amigurumi https://www.etsy.com/shop/HeartoftheHealer?ref=l2-shopheader-name

 

 

 

Make Up Haul

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My eyeliner didn’t hold up too well in the sun! But I think the primer and make up worked well and take into consideration I haven’t splurged on make up in a year.

I waited until I ran out of everything – I didn’t have a morning routine any more. That’s all changing with the promise to take care of myself.

Below is a picture of all the goodies, I spent over $40, but did get $11 back in coupons. I also dyed my hair burgundy. What do you think? For foundation, I chose from Physician’s Formula a BB correcting powder, Maybelline’s Fit Me! in Porceline, an E.L.F. fluffy powder brush, Nyx Conealer. I chose a Physician’s Formula highligher which I love. For eyeliner, I chose E.L.F. gel pot in black. It came with a tiny applicator. (I need some new mascara!) For eyebrows, I got Nyx kit and I adore this. It’s the best brow kit I’ve ever invested in and I’ve tried lots of different eyebrow tools. I couldn’t help but snag that cute red lipstick, it stood out like something from a chemistry set. It was also my first matte lip color, in Red. I usually don’t do red, more coral and berry colors. But this was about stepping out of my comfort zone. This was about loving myself without limits.

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Anime Character Spotlight – He’s a Dandy Guy In Space – Space Dandy

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I haven’t written an anime post in a long time and I’m antsy for another anime. This one on adult swim I actually watched in English a few months back and I haven’t had time to post about it. It’s actually from the same illustrators as Cowboy Bepop.  I love bounty hunters and space exploration, and this one was so funny. I don’t like animes that make me feel uncomfortable, but this one was an exception! The writers were thoughtful in each episode. I adored Honey the waitress at Boobies, my favorite episode was probably when the robot fell in love with Coffee Maker. Yes, there is an adorable robot named QT and you’ll also love Meow. Although a comedy, there are some episodes that show deeper sides of the characters. The ending, everything came together like a Chuck Palanuik novel.

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“Every booty deserves respect.” I think Dandy says that in the first episode. He just a dandy guy in space. I loved him in every episode.

They had a high school musical episode which I liked, because the ginger with the glasses was as awkward as me. I would recommend it, and something else I watched that is comedy but isn’t anime was Rick and Morty. Go watch it it is hilarious.

 

Spring Cleaning – Depop Finds – Eco friendly Fashion

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I am in desperate need of cleaning out my apartment and finding new homes for things. I want to branch out and grow and you can’t do that holding on to everything. I posted a bunch of my things on depop – Sweetheart_Sam. I’m still waiting for one of my orders to get here which was a large Thank you   stamp- which has been sent already I’m just waiting for it to come through the mail. It was $5 but then i realized I’d rather write thank you notes but concluded it was still useful. Depop is heaven you just type what you’re looking for and BAM! a list of joy just pops in your feed. Another good this is you are saving the planet! How cool is that?! I can’t wait to show you guys what I hauled in – I’m experimenting with my look so I had a lot of fun picking these out. I really want to write a post when I get my items from the 3 different sellers and fill you in on the details – will it be worth the buy? Let me know if any of my old threads interest you! Only ships within the U.S. Everything is under $15.

I think my look is 90’s grunge. Flannel, denim, and tye-dye. There’s more in my Depop. I’m just trying to embrace a new persona, and these are clothes that don’t fit me any ways. Comment below if any of these catch your eye! Most are medium or large.

https://www.depop.com/sweetheart_sam

 

 

Etsy Haul, Clothing Haul from Etsy Seller Heart of the Healer

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I wanted to put together one blog post with all my Etsy finds. I love supporting small local shops. My boyfriend would argue that the margin I am paying for a bar of soap or a candle is significantly higher than store bought by such and such percent. The way I see it, Walmart doesn’t make a happy dance when I purchase something. When people are buying something from me, they help support something that I love but also helps treat my depression. Some people sell handmade items in order to donate a portion to their beloved charity of choice. Handmade is better. Each Etsy purchase is a gift to yourself, or even your friend. So without further ado, here are the items I have purchased off of Etsy recently.

You can purchase second hand clothes off of Etsy if you’re like me and like eco-friendly fashion. Here is a cute moon and sun crop top that ties in the front and looks so good with high waisted jeans. The flower crop top is one of my favorite pieces its very flowy. The grey sweater i wore the most this winter, it was effortlessly chic. The granny cardigan was in this pretty wine color I feel like wine looks good on me. Then there’s the black and white long sleeve which is something that is so easy to look polished in. This quarts stone crystal choker has a lovely shade of purple I wear a LOT, I got all of these from Luna’s Esoteric Emporium.

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Not only can you thrift, you can buy materials. I purchased these bra hooks and clasps for my bralettes  from 2 Etsy sellers – Arte Crafts & Agora Supplies. Seeing a handwritten “thank you” on my package always brings me a fuzzy feeling.

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Next, I won two giveaways on Instagram how cool is that?! CoOpOfCreation hooked me up with scented candles. A MUST HAVE for me. I light candles every day.  It instantly changes the mood in the room. The jars were so pretty, they came with quotes from poets and writers. She also gave me a large red mushroom candle which is completely adorable in my room for decoration.

La Loba Lovelies had a giveaway and I won a petrified shark tooth necklace. I love how dainty it was!

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I also started using stone hearts in my pictures – I feel like this is a great way for people to remember my brand. I loved getting my packages from Jasper In June. I suggest her shop if you want to buy crystals. I loved getting these cut – out affirmations- and she also threw in some free crystal gifts. I love Etsy it can be so much fun. I also got from Jasper In June some organic coconut oil chapstick, I love organic products and I really want to start finding more Etsy shops with perfumes, oils, body lotions, so if you like this post so far give it a like and I’ll be sure to share my next haul whenever that is – I typically do not make purchases over $25 without seriously consulting my expense reports.

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To continue with my organic theme, I have this goat milk and honey body lotion from Robin’s Essentials that smells like oatmeal cookies. It smells so yummy, my boyfriend just wanted to eat me up! I love to put it on before I crochet or after I’m typing.

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I also purchased a puffy heart and organic local honey from Tampa, FL, a crystal shop called aLunar. I use honey for my face – it helps with itchiness, redness, and acne.

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The next thing I should mention is my yellow hula hoop from Cresent Hoops – I don’t dance as much as I used to (which was EVERYDAY.) I don’t have too many hoop tricks under my belt but I got it at a discounted price, it came in super fast because it was ready-to-ship, and sometimes I find that I can’t stop myself from picking up my hoop, turning on a song, and hooping like I’m in my own music video.

One of my first purchases was a mini zine about bento boxes which I don’t have with me. Another early purchase was this amazing jewelry – I thought the price was unbeatable. It is a Tiger’s Eye and arrow head necklace and it came with arrow head earrings. I also bought from this shop, now named Asabobbinsewbelow, a cow bone key chain.

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Those earrings, whenever I wore them waiting tables, would get me so many compliments. Waiting tables made me learn that a piece of jewelry like a hair piece or a necklace or even your rings said so much about how you wanted to be seen. The cool thing about Etsy is there one-of-a kind jewelry.

On my wish list is some bullet crystal jewelry, a rose quartz choker, more rose quartz, more heart stones, natural oils for my skin, body scrubs, soaps, bath bombs, and maybe  and some more electrofoam jewelry from Baily Bee. She is from Florida I believe, and one of my most worn necklaces is a seahorse with blue quartz. I got 2 for the price of 1 during a sale.

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I think that about does it. I have inherited a ton of vintage sewing books, bargain bin thread, and a sewing machine at a really discounted price of just $40. It even had the manual. I think I talked about it already in a previous post. If you guy know an easy sewing project let me know. I’d really like to make pillow cases and some simple, cheap alternative curtains.

I hope you liked my haul post, I’ve been wanting to post this forever. I’m in the process of cleaning out my closet – which I’ll write a whole separate post if you want me to. I started a Depop and I’m already finding cute stuff and will be posting my used clothes for sale.

https://www.depop.com/sweetheart_sam

 

 

 

 

Strappy Bralette, Caged Crop Top, Crochet Bralette handmade by Heart of the Healer

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Happy St. Paddy’s Day! I woke up this morning to a special surprise – a model I met on Facebook who has supported my work for a year now sent me pictures of a product photo shoot featuring my crochet bralette. Elvis Marishine is pretty intelligent, atomic, and fierce. She’s passionate about a lot of world issues and would never settle for anything less that what she deserves. I made this crochet bralette using one of my FAVORITE crochet bloggers at Crochetology –  Fatima’s pattern, free formed the metallic black outlines and the strap. I take custom orders!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/463647313/navy-blue-strappy-crochet-bralette?ref=hp_rv

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Order your own: https://www.etsy.com/listing/463647313/navy-blue-strappy-crochet-bralette?ref=hp_rv

 

 

Crochet Bralette in Red & Black OOAK handmade by Heart of the Healer

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I really want to learn to love the skin I am in. I know so many women don’t like their body – I shake my head if I could give you a hint at how it much it hurts. If I could have a resolution this year it would be to be kind to myself and get healthy. I love reading cooking blogs and mean to nominate The Lovely Blog Award when I am not working so much.

Photo dump. I love editing photos and  listing to techno.

Size small available with a free crystal gift<3

https://www.etsy.com/listing/517460907/retro-stripped-crop-top-festival-top-red?ref=hp_rv

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Over The Knee Blue Leg Warmers OOAK Handmade by Heart of the Healer

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Did I leave a photo dump of all the pictures I took for the blue leg warmers? I love how cozy these leg warmers are. I literally wore a pair every day this winter. I’d love to hear what color do you think I should make next? I can also make you a custom pair if your in the US or Canada!

 

Ohhhh  I forgot to mention the person who buys this particular set of leg warmers receives a special crystal surprise gift!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/489933139/light-blue-over-the-knee-womens-leg?ref=hp_rv

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One of a Kind Stripped Crochet Bralette made by HeartoftheHealer

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I enjoy sitting down listening to techno trance music while I edit these photos. I’ve FINALLY leveled up and have a better phone. Between you and me it is very hard for me to take photographs. I always feel like I’m not good enough, or that I need to have a certain look, however, I was born with red curly hair, an oval face, and bad smile. As I was growing up I was always bullied, I can remember hearing mean things being said about me when I was little. I am envious of pretty girls sometimes because they never had to endure the amount of self-loathing I’ve suffered. Having low self-esteem makes it easier for people to take advantage of you – so I’ve learned it’s best to keep my distance from most people. I came off pretty intense but this is my blog and I’d like to keep it a place away from everything (I don’t tell any one about this blog, I think it’s good to keep some things to myself.)

Here is FIRE from my new FIRE & ICE collection, crochet stripped bralettes. They are only available in size small which fits a – b cups. It hooks in the back like a bra. I had fun picking out my outfit and can’t wait to show my next crop top, ICE.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/517460907/retro-stripped-crop-top-festival-top-red?ref=hp_rv

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Wisteria:Learning How To Photograph

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I never imagined all the photography work that goes behind an Etsy store. There is a lot of pressure to come with timeless, elegant photographs but I hardly ever use a camera. I am so shy in front of one. On Sunday, my day off, I scoured the neighborhood for a visually appealing spot to photograph my legwarmers. I climbed over floorboards of vines and fallen tree trunks to grab wisteria, hanging like grapes in the distance. Then I found some wisteria growing behind the abandoned asbestos house (that’s what I call the old place that will never sell across the street) and brought a mirror, hopping I can take a reflection of myself with the immortal flowers in the background. This was the first sign of spring! This was also my new iphone camera. Anthony, my husband, later came by to see what I was up to and saw me wrestling with flower vines and offered to get the right angle. He is an amazing photographer, and I really have a lot to learn. Even with a stellar camera, my pictures haven’t improved – I need to find better lighting, and a clean background. But here’s the legwarmers I have ready to ship in my etsy shop! https://www.etsy.com/listing/489933139/rib-knit-extra-long-ribbed-leg-warmers?ref=hp_rv Thank you so so so much for stopping by and supporting something I love so much. I’m about to have chocolate chip cookies in a bit so I hope everyone is having a lovely week so far!

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