Announcements · Swaps

The Swap is Out There

I've had this idea for a while and decided now is as good a time as any to host an X-Files craft swap. According to my social media feeds that David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson arrived in Vancouver to start filming Season 11, and this particular fangirl is pretty thrilled we're getting another season of a show I've loved for more than 20 years.
This swap is going to be small and relatively short, only about 2 months and limited to 50 participants. It's open to all craft types and will require one medium and one small handmade craft, shipping on 10/13. You can find all the details and signup information here. Signups are open until August 10 or when we reach 50 participants.

Announcements · Swaps

Multi-Holiday Charm Swap Info

I am hosting a quick (hopefully) holiday charm swap. This will be different from my usual charm swap in that it will be more of a grab bag, you’ll get back the number of charms you send, between 20 and 100. The goal is to build a fun, festive charm collection for hexies, patchwork and iSpy projects.
Signups open now through August 7. Fabric will be due to me by August 15 and back to you September 15.
Details and signup information

#swapaddict · Announcements · Giveaway · Projects

I Wrote a Book!

This is a kind of a big deal, I am even dusting off this old blog to announce that I wrote a book. It’s called #swapaddict and I am really proud of it. When I started doing craft swaps I searched Google and Pinterest and was not able to find much information to help me learn more about swapping, so I wrote one myself! After a couple years and several dozen swaps, I hope someone will find my experiences valuable. I have gotten so much from this online swapping community, I wanted to contribute too. This was a major undertaking and a lot more work than I expected, but it’s done and out in the world and I am doing a giveaway to celebrate!

#swapaddict: A Guide to Online Craft Swaps By Jen Wood

The book includes chapters on swap basics, etiquette, hosting a swap and several links to templates to help you stay organized. It is available now for $2.99 from Amazon and Kobo, Google Play, iBooks and Barnes and Noble.

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Get it on Google Play

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Announcements · Holidays

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas?

Custom Christmas Pajamas by Just Joshin

I am taking preorders for Christmas Pajamas in the month of June. I realize it is just finally summer and some of us had snow less than two weeks ago. (Mother Nature clearly lost her mind!) I intend to enjoy this summer and warm weather, right after I plan what my kids will be wearing on Christmas morning. I offered these pajamas last year and got great feedback from customers. They are thick, soft, and so adorable! My boys enjoyed wearing them to the Santa train, a party at school and many many nights since Christmas. They are so cute in Christmas morning pictures, too! In addition to the kid’s PJs offered last year, sizes 6M to 12Y, they have added Adult sizes, Doll PJs, and Infant gowns for size 0-3M. Colors are Red/White, Green/White and Red/Green. Adult PJs are only available in the Red/Green combo. (Please see sizing charts below for both kids and adult sizing.)
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Prices (Includes custom embroidery/appliqué design of your choice.)

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(Order 4 or more sets and you will get the discount price for all 4 items.)

 
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  • Orders due by June 30, 2014
  • Deposit of 50% due at time of purchase via paypal. (You are free to pay the full amount and estimated shipping costs instead.)
  • Balance (and shipping) will be due November 1, 2014
  • You chose your design
  • Pajamas will be shipped to you by December 1, 2014 so you have time for Christmas card photos, visits with Santa, and all the fun December family activities.
Here are samples of last year’s pajamas, and this year’s offerings. Please contact me if you have any questions or would like to place an order.
 
justjoshincreations at gmail dot com.

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These UNISEX pjs are made using premium 95% cotton and 5% spandex providing a soft comfortable feel that holds any decoration nicely. They are available in three different colors which are red with white, green with white and red with green. They are sold and priced as sets which include one top and one matching bottom

Custom Christmas Pajamas for the Whole Family

Custom Christmas Pajamas for the Whole Family

Custom Christmas Pajamas for the Whole Family

Custom Christmas Pajamas for the Whole Family

Custom Christmas Pajamas for the Whole Family

Custom Christmas Pajamas for the Whole Family

Sizing Info:
The pjs are available in sizes 6M-12Y and a size chart is provided below with the exact specificationsOur Size Chart is measured in inchesThe length is for the length of the shirtThe waist is measured from hip to hipCompliant with all CPSC regulations for snug fitting sleepwear

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Announcements · Giveaway

500 Fans Giveaway!

Giveaway

My little Facebook Page has (almost!) reached 500 Fans! Please join me in celebrating with a giveaway! I have teamed up with some talented and crafty ladies to bring you some fun prizes, check it out and enter to win. Giveaway runs April 10-14, winners will be announced on my Facebook page. Good Luck!

Enter below to win one of five winners of these fantastic prizes!

  • A Custom Shirt from Just-Joshin. Your Choice of design. Includes short sleeve shirt and shipping
  • One pair of Superhero Cuffs From Just Joshin. Use for dress up and pretend crime fighting (not to be used in actual crime fighting) of your choice of color or design.
  • A Custom Home or Car Vinyl from Personally Yours by Dory
  • A Custom personalized Tooth Fairy Pillow from My 3 Little Monsters
  • A Chunky Bead Necklace from Pixie Twist Designs

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Announcements

Sewing Summit

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In a month, I will be traveling to the Sewing Summit conference. I am really excited to go. I wasn’t sure I would be able to, but ultimately decided that sewing isn’t something I am likely to quit anytime soon. One of the things I like about the Sewing Summit is their initiative to Travel Handmade. Last year when my family went to Disney World, most of my kids’ outfits were handmade by me, as well as a set of shirts for all the adults in our group and lots of embroidered t-shirts. I am hoping I can make myself an outfit for the opening night mixer, and I made this bag for carrying my stuff around the conference. I have never made a bag before and this one whipped up faster and easier than I imagined. I used leftover fabric from another project, so I had to modify the directions a little. But I LOVE the results.

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Announcements

A Different Direction

I started my etsy shop almost a year ago, and at the end of June I shipped my 200th order! This started as a little project while my kids napped and has exceeded my wildest expectations. Most of the orders I get are for sibling sets, 2, 3 or more shirts that go together, so I am doing at least 100 shirts a month.  I am thrilled that so many people like what I am doing, it’s exciting and humbling.

The past six weeks, though,  I have been struggling with many challenges, and it is causing me to rethink my business. I have had an ongoing machine malfunction with my newer embroidery machine which has rendered it unusable since late May. I have been getting by using the smaller machine, but have had to turn down requests, spend countless hours troubleshooting and driving to and from the repair place. It has taken a toll on me physically, with daily migraines, and the stress from the demand and my inability to complete things as promised has been unpleasant for me and for my family. It is evident that if I cannot rely on this machine I use to create these embroidered shirts, I can’t run my business in a way fair to my customers. I am not writing this to air my grievances with the business who sold me the machine and has failed repeatedly to fix it,  there is plenty of that going on in my life as I am seeking a resolution. I want to be open and honest with myself and my customers. I can’t run the type of business I want mine to be, a business that exceeds expectations, delivers ahead of deadlines, and meets the demands of my products. I cannot do this with a sub-par machine, poor, unreliable service and hours of wasted productivity. Truthfully, I also cannot afford to replace the machine since it was already a huge investment and it’s not paying for itself packed up in a box. It is beyond frustrating.

Each embroidered shirt takes about an hour to complete. This does not include time spent marketing, creating and testing designs, packaging, shipping, etc. Now my kids are threatening to give up napping, which greatly reduces the hours I have to work. The newer machine was faster, when it was working, and I was able to get more done in a shorter period of time. Without a nap time break, I lose at least two hours of time I can work on my orders every day. Paying someone to watch my kids so I can work on Etsy orders would not make sense financially, since I would essentially be working to pay someone to watch my kids (which is why I quit my job to stay home in the first place)  I would have to charge $40 for a t-shirt.  My main job is to care for these two little boys who deserve a Mommy who can be there for them, not stressed about meeting the demands of my business and dragging them to and from a deplorable business who has failed time and again to provide me with a reliable machine. 

So what does this mean for Just-Joshin? I am cutting back, refocusing. I started this venture when I started making custom clothing for my boys to go to Disney World. We are planning a trip back again this year and I have a list of new outfits I want to make for them. I have been asked to make items for friends for their Disney trips this fall. I have a ton of fabric I bought at various times with grand plans and I would love to actually complete some of those ideas. I will still be taking custom orders, but they will be more limited. My Etsy shop has been thinned out significantly, and I am carving out a schedule for custom stuff. I will be taking orders through my website and Facebook, and will offer ready-to-ship items as I finish them. Right now I have two quilts in progress that have been in progress way too long, and those are a priority. In the next week or two I hope to have a storefront option added to my website, and a price list for custom items. 

If you have already ordered shirts, Christmas PJs, dresses or outfits for Disney World or a quilt, your project is on my schedule and will be done ASAP. If you are interested in any custom orders, please contact me. I will still be happy to do t-shirts for your special occasions too, but will be cutting back on paid advertising and marketing through etsy. I am going to rely on friends, family, repeat customers and word of mouth. If you have requests for the holidays, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, let me know now. Look for a new product list and ready-to-ship items for girls and boys coming to my shop soon.

And always, thank you all for your support and for your business.

Jen