2 New Items in My Shop

I have added two new items in my Etsy shop, although one was actually added before the Spring Break, but with everything going on in the world and the school closures, it took me a bit before I was able to write this post.

The first is a great item for writers…

At the request of a writing friend who wanted a physical tracker for her word count goals but couldn’t find one that met her needs, I created the Printable Word Count Tracker and Graph for Writers to help her out. Both these trackers are useful in tracking word count numbers and goals for each book project. There is a Word Count page and a Word Count graph page for a 30-day month and a 31-day month.

Buy the Printable Word Count Tracker & Graph for Writers for $2.00 at Etsy

The second item is a beautiful vintage placemat-napkin set from Guatemala…

Purchased over 25 years ago by my Uncle during his trip to Guatemala, this vintage napkin and placemat set is created on what looks to be woven cotton cloth. The brilliant white placemat and napkin has a phoenix bird hand embroidered onto them with cotton thread in pink and light teal. The striking border is also stitched in pink and teal. Each set includes a placemat and a napkin. There are 6 total sets.

All the placemat and napkin sets are in excellent condition. There are no pulled embroidery threads. There are no rips or stains. Honestly, they have never been used.

Buy a Vintage Guatemalan Embroidered Phoenix Bird Placemat-Napkin Set for $16.00 at Etsy

Wishing you all the very best at this time,

Stephannie Beman

For those looking for custom ordered items, please visit my custom order page and let me know what you are looking for.

Working on this Beauty

A few months back I started putting together this afghan from hexagon pieces I’ve been creating over the last few years from scrap yarn. I absolutely love the warmth of crochet and knit blankets. They beat my feather down comforter every time. šŸ˜

As of tonight, I’m four rows from finishing this beautiful, colorful afghan.

Sorry about the darkness of the picture. I usually take pictures earlier in the day. šŸ˜

I’m kinda sad that work on this is coming to an end. Not only has it been a challenge to create, but it’s different than anything I’ve worked on in the past.

There are so many memories attached to these blankets. Memories of my mother and grandma teaching me to crochet. Memories of the white haired women sitting outside an old fort, happy to share their knoweledge of crocheting with a 11-year-old me. Memories of smaller projects that lead to creating this afghan.

Part of me is glad to have another project removed from my projects list. To be able to add this blanket to my Etsy shop because as much as I wish I could keep it, I have more than I need at home.

I hope this blanket will find a home with someone who will enjoy it as much as I enjoyed creating it.

Where Did All the Pages Go

Some of you might notice, others might have missed it, and there are probably other who don’t care, but as of Wednesday evening, most of the pages on this website disappeared.

I’ve started the somewhat slow process this week of updating every page on this website because so much has changed and some of the pages haven’t changed with the times. Since I kept loosing track of what I edited and what I didn’t, I decided that it was best to unpublish everything and update and republish each page individually

There is probably a better way to do it, but this way works the best for me.

What some of you might notice later is that some of those pages were combined while other pages will not be returning. I’m not just streamlining my behind-the-scene process, I’m minimizing this website to make it easier to find things and easier for me to maintain. Kinda a win-win all around

So here is a list of changes that you will notice or be noticing soon:

#1 The Book Section

This section was removed because it was in need of an update and it will be the first section that I bring back. I’m starting by removing anything that isn’t physically out on the market. Then I’ll be removing all the pages no one ever visits. After that I’ll add some pages that I think will be more useful for readers. Anything that will be coming out in the future will only be added when I’m ready to publish it and have a publishing date for them.

#2 The Handmade & Vintage Shop

For a while I was tempted to remove this section completely from my website and just focus on putting stuff on my Etsy shop since it is far easier to do so and I didn’t have the time to add items to both shops. Only I’m learning really quick that I’m not a fan of some of the changes that Etsy is making and would rather create a shop here.

However, the way I went about the shop here was kind of messy. I kept adding more and more stuff at Etsy, and even tweaking and expanding the collections over there. I waited to add things to my web shop until I had more time. But that never happened. Now nothing lines up between my web shop and Etsy, which my brain doesn’t like.

With the holidays fast approaching, which limits my extra cash, and since it would cost more to create the shop I would feel comfortable ordering from than I’m willing to part with at this time, it’s going to have to wait until the new year to upgrade my website into a shop, until then though, I will be adding all 30+ items here, plus adding the others before I add them on Etsy.

So those who are more comfortable ordering printables, handmade goods, vintage items, or even custom order a gift directly from me rather than Etsy can contact me with their order.

#3 The Design Service Section

This section will probably be the last one I work on, because I have some research to do first. I have been wanting to offer more services to authors than just the book cover design lately. These services are for authors who need some help with the writing and even the publishing process. Much like an author’s assistant or writing coach.

I do know that I will be downsizing the page and making it look more like a shop page to help authors navigate it easier.

#4 The Blog

I’ll be doing something different with this blog, or maybe I should say that I’m returning to an early time with it. I’m tired of trying to stick to scheduled posts that apparently my brain doesn’t like to do and finds ways to sabotage after a short sprint. There is one last scheduled post about what I read left before I start something else.

So, how long are these changes going to take?

I’m not really sure. This week will be very busy for me with editing, writing, and sewing.

The basic pages that were the easiest to update and add back are already up. The Book section is my next priority and I don’t see it taking more than a week to finish. The Handmade & Vintage Shop will need the most updating and I will have to add more pages for the products. The Design/Author Service page will take the longest time to go through and I don’t expect it to be done until sometime around the first of the year.

The plan is to see how far I can get in updating my website this week as my work schedule is sporadic and I probably won’t get much writing done. Starting next week, I plan to work on a page or two each day until I’m done.

Wishing you all the very Best this November,

Stephannie Beman

NEW! Vintage Garfield Bookmark

As a lover of books and book related bling, I’m really excited to add some vintage bookmarks to my etsy shop. First up is the Vintage Garfield Bookmark. Garfield was one of my favorite cartoon characters growing up.

You can purchase this collectible item for $7.95 (shipping included in the price) from me by commenting below or emailing me.

I hope you are all having an awesome summer!

Stephannie Beman

New! 2 Table Placemats

I absolutely love these placemats!

I made my first set of 4 a few years ago to try them out thinking that everyone was right and that I wouldn’t like them. I have since ignored the naysayers and made 10 more for when we have company for a meal with plans for holiday colors. I prefer them to the stiff cloth ones that I was gifted one year or the plastic ones I bought to protect my table when the girls were little. Neither of them absorbed spills and the plastic ones had a tendency to stick to wooden tables and leave paint behind.

Since I loved these so much, I decided to start offering them to others, both as a pattern for crocheters who want to make their own placemats and as a finished product for those who don’t crochet but would love to have in their home, or give as a gift to someone they love.

Not only are these a lovely, organic addition to any table in your home, these placemats have the added benefit of being absorbent and being made in a wide range of colors, they are also perfect for protecting your surfaces. I don’t just use these as dinner placemats at my table, they have started to find their way onto surfaces around my house.

Initially I was going to make these seasonal placemats, but after making a trip to my local Jo-Ann’s (about the only craft store within a 2 hour radius of my home ) and realizing that their choices for cotton yarn was limited to about 6 colors, I hopped onto one of my favorite online stores to check out their color choices. I was confront by dozens of brands, in dozens of colors. Then there was the choice of 100% cotton yarn or a cotton-polyester blend. So I made 2 listing for Table Placemats with a selection of yarn colors you can choose from:

Cotton-Polyester Table Placemats {Made to Order} for $32.95 each

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100% Cotton Table Placemats {Made to Order} for $35.95 each

Why the difference in price? Well, due to having to order the yarn online which just happens to have a different price then the store I use to buy it from before they shut down, I had to change my initialĀ  price for the placemats. But I also felt weird charging more for placemats that cost me less to make. Since 100% cotton, which is my favorite choice and which I mostly use to crochet with, costs more than the cotton blended with Polyester, I decided that I couldn’t offer one type. Besides the color choices for each type of yarn are so different and fun that it just made sense to have two different listings.

Order 1 Table Placemat or Several

Fill out the order form below and I will send you a invoice for the cost of the Placemat(s) with cost of shipping to your area.

Wishing you all the best!

Stephannie Beman

Birthday Bookmarks (Made to Order)

So I’m adding a third physical product to my Etsy shop. At the moment I have five of the twelve finished and I’ve started work on the other seven. But any of the twelve months may be ordered for me to make.

*This is a made to order item, not a kit for you to complete*

You may order this bookmark from me below or from my Etsy Shop for $16.95!

The Birthday Bookmark might be the perfect accessory for you, your book, or for the book lover in your life. Hand stitched with DMC thread on 18 count Aida Fabric, each bookmark is bound with a coordinating variegated thread for added durability.

SIZES: Approximately 2″ x 6″ (5.08 cm x 15.24 cm).

CARE INSTRUCTIONS: While this bookmark may be machine washed, for best results gently hand wash and laid flat to dry.

Ships in: Made just for you in 2-3 business weeks.

Order the Birthday Bookmark from Me

Fill out the order form below and I will send you a invoice for the cost of the Birthday Bookmark with cost of shipping.

Or order from my Etsy Shop!

Have a wonderful week!

Stephannie Beman

Cat’s Eye Bookmark

I’m so excited to be adding my first physical product to my shop. This is both a finished and made to order bookmark that might be the perfect accessory for you, your book, or for the book lover in your life.

 

*This is a finished or made to order item, not a kit for you to complete*

You may order this bookmark from me below or from my Etsy ShopĀ for $14.95!

Hand stitched with DMC thread on Black Aida Fabric, the edges of the bookmark are frayed with a running stitch along the edges for added durability. Please let me know if you would like a different binding option and I will look into it.

Care Instructions:

While this bookmark may be machine washed when it gets dirty, it will last longer if it is gently hand wash and laid flat to dry.

Ships in:

Made just for you in 7-10 business days

Order the Cat Eyes Bookmark from Me

Or buy from my Etsy Shop!

**All products are created in a pet and smoke free environment.