November 02, 2018

Remodelling the bedroom


So I have decided I need to remodel my bedroom. Actually that's long overdue as I haven't done anything in here since I moved in in 2009.
Like I have nothing else to do. My Shopify shop needs work and other things should be more urgent but nooo, I have to remodel the bedroom.
I am sick tired of that stupid flower and butterfly wallpaper (I loved it back then...) and I NEED to declutter too.


My  main problem is that the bedroom is dark, it is North-East oriented and there are a building and high hedge in front of the window.
I have heavily edited the light in these pictures.

 
Also I'd like to move the furniture around...but it's kind of small and haven't come up with a new layout yet.



Maybe I'll put the glass case in another room...


So, colorwise, I want the bedhead wall all gold and the other walls very light pink with golden geometric pattern. I'm trying very hard not to have critter/flower pattern this time...

October 30, 2018

Moving to Shopify



I have started the big move to Shopify.
I figured arther than spending 30 Euro each  month on renevwing on Etsy, I'd rather spend that money somewhere else.
The new shop still needs a lot of work as Shopify is not very intuitive...not as complex as Magento but defintely not as smooth as Etsy.
Still have no idea why tags create new section in your shop, for exemple...and it's hard to find where things are...but I'm getting there.
The pin and patch are already up and you can now buy them there ;)
Here's the temporary link to the shop https://dina-fragola.myshopify.com/  but it will be soon link to my own domain.








October 24, 2018

Pookie, movie star

So the other night I was watching Despicable me 2 on TV. Cats usually ignore the TV but that night Pookie seemed really interested.
Pookie watching Despicable me 2.

Turns out he had a cameo in the movie...that cat has so many secrets ;D

© Universal pictures                                                                                  Pookie

October 21, 2018

Bye Etsy

Last product photo for Etsy
So I had been spending hours each day editing, one more time, my product photos for Etsy. I had been re-writing my tags , one more time. I had just reached 1300 sales in my Dina Fragola Etsy shop, which sounds good but which is not as I should have reached that number during Christmas season LAST YEAR...when it hit me like a brick in the face...I was wasting my time...in a big way.
Etsy telling you that your shop is not working because YOU'RE not doing the right things, not putting enough work into it is total BS.
Their website is not good for little shops, it got even worse recently.
The idea had been in the back of my mind for a while but it suddenly became real. I needed to let those shops go. I was not doing myself any good keeping them.
 I am tired of being told everything is my fault, that  I am not doing the right things (not just on Etsy, but also by the unemployment agency...that is zero help)
It's such a relief in a way. It has only been a few days and I've already read 2 books in my new free time.
I am not closing them cold, I'll just let the listings expire which means my Captain Cosmos shop will be gone by February 17, 2019 and my Dina Fragola Etsy shop will be history on May 1 (because I still have over 8000 free listings I have to use up by December 31 and plan to relist my whole shop in one go on New Year's Eve).
I have not yet decided if I'll reopen them somewhere else.
I'll probably have another site for my pins and patches in a near future.

And don't forget there's 15% off any orders of 10 EUR + in my two shops until November 30, 2018 with code NOEL18
Dina Fragola, kawaii jewelry shop
The Captain Cosmos, quirky plugs, gauges, jewelry and cuff links.

October 19, 2018

October reading list


Not read yet:
Driving blind by Ray Bradbury. 
Could't bring myself to start this one.
The hand by Henning Mankell. 
Another Walldander story.
The unexpected blessing by Yoko Ogawa. 
Just took it from the library without even reading the summary. Favorite writer, blind faith ;)

Partly read:
The smiling man by Henning Mankell.
Still reading it. I like it but I am having a reading block here.

Après (After) by Stéphane Allix. 
Read pretty much everything by that writer. I met him last year. He is specialized in unexplained phenomenons, but, well, he is kind of pushing it this time (as in the previous one). Still a fun and fast read, even if you don't really believe him. 

Read:
Mysterious creatures 
Oddly thorough on some topics and oddly undocumented on others..weird book about world mysteries.
Joyland  by Stephen King. 
A really fun read. Not too scary but still very enjoyable. A perfect October read. Highly recommanded. 

Have you read anything good lately? I am always on the lookout for new stuff to read.

October 11, 2018

My Alice in Wonderland collection- Masquerade Alice


Masquerade Alice figurine by Enesco.
The details on this one are insane as you can see. A beautiful piece.










October 08, 2018

Of patch and pin and whether pigs have wings...


Taking photos of my pin and patch all over the place...
I have postponed the next designs as the lack of sales is not very encouraging. 

 Buy them there:

Cute rainbow cat patch
Cute paw pins
 
Chloé was thrilled to model the pin and patch...

October 03, 2018

My Alice in Wonderland collection



My shops are dead, I am out of ideas on how to promote. I haven't even managed to sell a ***** pin yet and only sold one patch (to a friend...). Morale is low.
Let's focus on some new pieces from my Alice in Wonderland collection.
Not surprisingly this exquisite music box is from the Japanese Disney Store (thanks, Tomoko, for sending me the coolest things). It has a rocking-horsefly and most importantly a Dinah kitten ^_^









Even the packaging is delightful and the music box actually plays Alice in Wonderland music! 


October 01, 2018

Shop early for Christmas! Gift ideas for presents and stocking stuffers!

Christmas is just around the corners so here's some ideas for original OOAK presents.
 The three pink bears bracelet
 The 5 robots geek necklace
 The Alice in Wonderland locket watch
 The cutlery necklace

And if you're looking for Christmas stocking stuffers, what about...
a cute rainbow cat patch
  and a cute paw pins!
All my items are sent wrapped or in giftbox, ready to give to your loved ones!
And don't forget there's 15% off any orders of 10 EUR + in my two shops until November 30, 2018 with code NOEL18
Dina Fragola, kawaii jewelry shop
The Captain Cosmos, quirky plugs, gauges, jewelry and cuff links.

September 27, 2018

My first pin!


My first pin is available in my Dina Fragola shop
It is just as cute as I'd hoped!


But the backing card is wrong. I wrote the company about that but 24 hours later I still got no answer.
I sure won't be recommanding that company LOL. They were not very comfortable to deal with even before that, you know  that weird gut feeling...It's too bad because the end products are really good quality.
I'll be trying  another company for my next patch and pin.





The silver lining of the wrong backing card is that I can promote the pin not only as a cat paw (the design is based on the paw of my cat Diego) but also as a dog and bunny paw (thanks, people for the idea...)
The pin is 8.50 Euro, max 2 euros shipping (depending on where you live), free shipping in Belgium and /or if shipped with another item. Get it here!

September 24, 2018

New in my plug/ gauge shop


Now in my Captain Cosmos plug shop you get a free pair of silicone sleeper plugs with the purchase of any pair of gauges from size  4mm(6g) to 25mm(1").
Offer will most likely last 200 years as my shops seem to have completely disappeared from the Etsy grid :'(

The Captain Cosmos plug, quirky jewelry and cuff links on Etsy.

PS: You can still get the super cool rainbow cat patch in my Dina Fragola shop ;)

September 20, 2018

September reading list

Glow-in-the-dark Mothman pin by Maiden Voyage Clothing

Not read yet:
Driving blind by Ray Bradbury. 
One of my top 5 favorite authors so it's always a treat to find a book I haven't read yet. Collection of short stories.
Mysterious creatures 
Cheap book part of an Atlas anthology. Yeah, OK, not quality work...but it has Mothman on the cover (in case you don't know the Mothman, check my post here). It has no Mothman stories inside though...so seriously disappointed here.

Partly read:
Brain and meditation by Matthieu Ricard and Wolf Singer. Not light reading but it sounds very interesting. Really interesting but it takes lots of concentration to read...so I won't finish it right away.
Miss Seeton by Hampton Charles. 
I hated this one. Supposedly a sort of comedy detective story. Not sure why that series is so popular in the UK. Couldn't get past page 40. 
The smiling man by Henning Mankell.
Reading it right now. Really good. Great characters. Great story. Great writing (even translated). You may be familiar with the TV show Wallander with Kenneth Brannagh. The show is great too. Not very cheerful though.

Read:
Ponyo storybook based on the Miyazaki movie (one of my all time favorites).
Loved it, I discovered all sort of little details I had never noticed.
The art of  My Neighbour Totoro. Making of the movie. 
Wonderful if you're interested in traditional animation.
Man of two tribes
by Arthur Upfield.
This one was really interesting. I picked it because the  main character is part aborigen and the detective story is set in a desert of Australia. I enjoyed this one a lot, mainly because of the desert description and fun(if somewhat caricatural) characters. It was written in the 50's so beware of some not subtle chauvinism ;)


Have you read anything good lately? I am always on the lookout for new stuff to read.

September 16, 2018

Back from the hospital

My cute Marie PJ's 
I finally had my appendix removed, 6 months after that major health scare.
As you can imagine, I was not looking forward to the experience. It was my first anesthesia, my first planned stay at the hospital.
I got there at 7 am...to find out my surgery was planned at 2 pm *cries* . Long day. I was hungry. Desperately wanted some coffee, got a Xanax. That's bitter too.
All went well. The only really unpleasant memory is waking up with the breathing tube still in place (which is normal, by the way) and me struggling to get it out.
I also remember checking if I could still move all my limbs (which is not something I thought about before the surgery...go figure how brains work...).
I was not in  any pain, other than a slight headache. Even now, it's more like having exercised too much.
I was in and out all night...I probably would have slept all through the night if not for a dramatically sick roommate.
I could leave on the following afternoon. I still walk a little bit funny and the stitches are itchy.  I sleep a lot and the compression tights are annoying but I am otherwise OK.
And I am so happy that it is over.

rainbow cat patch

PS: Get your cute rainbow cat patch now!

September 10, 2018

New items, preview and coupon code


I am regularly adding new items to both my shops. Most items are OOAK

For jewelry (and PATCH),  shop here
For ear plugs , shop here


My perfect adorable and ultra cute rainbow patch is available here
Reminder: it ships free with any other item from my shops!
 Also I have a coupon code running until November30, 2018
With code NOEL18 you'll get 15% off any order of  minimum 10 Euros.


And here's a preview of my first pin which will be  added to the shop at the end of the month!