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I’m back home in Kansas now! That also means that the shop is open again. :D

I’m limiting orders so that I don’t bury myself even deeper, haha. I still have a lot more conventions to get ready for so I’ve gotta keep everything under control! Most plushies only have 1 or 2 available right now. Once they’re gone, they’ll stay sold out until I’ve cleared all my current orders. (or until the end of the month!)

Syppah’s Cute Creations

— 6 days ago with 42 notes
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Well my table isn’t looking quite as bountiful as usual, but I did what I could starting from scratch with two weeks to get ready. (Plus the distractions of doctors appts, Etsy orders, and visiting friends while I’m in Texas)

I hope I sell out today so I can go see Milk perform in Houston tomorrow without having to feel guilty about bailing :P

Well my table isn’t looking quite as bountiful as usual, but I did what I could starting from scratch with two weeks to get ready. (Plus the distractions of doctors appts, Etsy orders, and visiting friends while I’m in Texas)

I hope I sell out today so I can go see Milk perform in Houston tomorrow without having to feel guilty about bailing :P

— 1 week ago with 14 notes
#I tried!  #at least this is a small con  #g33k3 con  #conventions  #con table  #artist alley  #Syppah  #syppah's cute creations  #cute creations 

-RAINBOW COLLECTION-
Bright Rainbow Striped Edition

They’ve finally arrived!! Rainbows for everyone!! Rainbow octopi, squid, turtles, narwhals, and cuttlefish. All these cute, colorful plushies are available now in my shop, made to order. You can find them in the Rainbow Shop Section. I’ll only be taking a couple orders for each of these designs this month, so snag them while you can!

Keep an eye out for the Pastel Rainbow Striped Edition next! They’ll be joining the rainbow collection on April 19th!!

Syppah’s Cute Creations

— 3 weeks ago with 1553 notes
#rainbow collection  #rainbow  #crochet  #amigurumi  #crafts  #plush  #plushie  #handmade  #cute  #kawaii  #colorful  #octopus  #narwhal  #turtle  #squid  #cuttlefish  #bright  #color  #yarn  #etsy  #syppah  #syppah's cute creations  #cute creations  #crafters on tumblr  #artists on tumblr 

The Rainbow Collection has not been forgotten! It’s going up tonight at 7:30PM (central time)!!

Syppah’s Cute Creations

— 3 weeks ago
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heartstringcrochet asked: What made you get into crocheting? :)


Answer:

My mom! We always did a lot of arts and crafts stuff together. She taught me how to crochet when I was like 10. I made a lot of coasters and potholders, haha. She still has my first set of coasters actually. :P Then I didn’t crochet much for a while, but eventually I saw amigurumi stuff online when I was in high school and I knew I had to get back into it.

— 3 weeks ago with 5 notes
for-the-love-of-crochet asked: How do you know when sign ups for artist alleys for a convention are? It seems I've missed so many deadlines for a lot of conventions because I arrived too late to the website to see when their booth sign ups are :(


Answer:

I had this problem too, and it’s still pretty difficult for me to keep up with all of them. Before this year, the most cons I’d ever done in a year was 3, and I was sharing a table at two of them so I didn’t even have to deal with sign ups for all of them..

Pretty much you have to start planning a year ahead of time. There’s no real way around it. Make a list of the cons you want to go to and write down when the cons happen. Check their websites constantly and write down when sign ups will be, as soon as they announce the date. For some cons they really don’t make it clear and you’ll have to email the artist alley directors, dig through forums, or message people that have been to the con before. I wish there were an easier way :[

— 3 weeks ago with 4 notes
Anonymous asked: Hi i am new to doing artist alleys with my crochet work but i just got a table at a local convention and i was wondering if you had any tips to give??? I am so nervous its three monthes away and i have no clue how much to make and of what or even how to set my prices!!


Answer:

I can try to give some advice! No promises that it’s the best advice though, haha.

How much to make / What to make: Well, in my experience it’s best to make as much as you possibly can in the time you have. Don’t be like me though and give up on sleeping so you can work 24/7 as a convention approaches, haha. It’s not healthy. Just try to do your best, and make what you like! If you sell online and you already kind of know what tends to sell more, try to make more of that. Different things tend to sell faster at cons for me compared to Etsy though, so I dunno really. One con to the next can be really different too. Since you’re new to artist alleys, you’ll probably just have to guess at what you should make and then learn from the experience so you’ll know what to focus on next time. If you have plushies left over after the con (I’ve always had plenty of extras until Naka-Kon) you can save them for a later con or list them up on Etsy or where ever you sell online. So, pretty much it can never hurt to have as much as possible!

Setting prices: Ok, this is an area where I know I can give some decent advice. Set prices that are fair to you for your time. No matter how high or how low your prices are, there will always be some people that will be really rude about it and try to tell you that you should charge less. Ignore them. Try to stand behind your prices as confidently as you can. I set my prices using a formula that takes into account time, materials, and sales tax (since people will expect you to eat the cost of sales tax at a convention. instead, just factor it into the price).

Here’s a formula you can use if you want, I’m sorry if it’s a little confusing: 
Price = [estimatedPrice - (estimatedPrice * taxRate)] + materialCost + (hourlyRate * workTime)

You can fill that in with whatever you want to make per hour, what your sales tax rate is in your state, etc. and get a good starting point on how much to charge.

Other advice: Try to have fun! Don’t stress too much! (Though I always do..) Try to find someone to help you at your table so that you won’t be alone and so you can take breaks sometimes. It doesn’t seem like it would be hard to sit behind a table for 8 hours or whatever, but I’m always dead tired after a con day. Also bring food with you! It’s always good to have snacks and stuff in case you are trapped behind the table for a long time. Bring medicine if you might need it. I forgot allergy medicine one time and ended up starting to break out in hives (I’m allergic to literally everything outdoorsy. Mostly grass.) and I ended up having to pay WAAAAYYY too much for some emergency allergy meds from the hotel gift shop, haha. It’s good to have something around in case of headaches too. Hmm.. what else. Keep good records of your sales for tax purposes, and so you’ll be able to see what sort of thing sells best. Keep all your receipts for everything while you’re there too. It can all be claimed as business expenses, like.. if you go out to eat or anything, save the receipt. Same for buying gas, a hotel room, or even other artist’s plushies. Yes, that can count as business expense, haha. Other than that… hmm. Oh! If you have a smart phone, definitely get a Square so you can accept credit cards. That’s something I wish I had done sooner.

I hope that helps some! Let me know if you have more questions and I’ll try to answer as best I can :]

— 3 weeks ago with 8 notes

ETSY SHOP UPDATE:

Hey, everyone! Just a quick warning and explanation about some changes that are going to happen in my Etsy shop starting tonight, because I’ve definitely gotta make a change if I want to be able to handle all the conventions I’ve committed to going to this year. 

Pretty much, I’m going to remove a lot of the made to order listings in my shop for now. I’ve got orders to complete as well as conventions to prepare for and the idea of taking on any more plushie orders is starting to feel a little overwhelming. 

I’ll leave a lot of the smaller plushies up because I should be able to fill orders for those without too much trouble, even if I’m really busy. Larger plushies, however, will mostly just be listed in the shop now if they’re ready to ship.

I think focusing on making plushies for my inventory should actually help my productivity and the amount of plushies I can produce overall. And I’ll be able to work on more new patterns without feeling guilty that I’m “ignoring” made to order work.

Let’s hope I’m right and that this will help!

Syppah’s Cute Creations

— 3 weeks ago with 3 notes
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