Tinley Tee by GYCT Designs – Bettie’s Pattern Swap

GYCT Designs Tinley Tee

{I received this pattern for free, we traded! All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links, indicated by an asterisk*. Please refer to ‘legal stuff’ in the top menu for more info.}

I’m a part of a pattern designers group on Facebook called the Swhetty Betties that supports and encourages new designers, and we’ve all swapped patterns to try out! I sewed up the  Tinley Tee* by GYCT Designs as a Valentine’s Day shirt and love how it turned out (see last year’s Valentine’s shirt here!). Check out the Little Artist Palette that Chelsea sewed up from my pattern!

The pattern is marketed towards girls and fits sizes 12m-12y, with additional flutter and gathered sleeve options, but I think it works for boys too. See loads more pattern tester pictures with the different design features on Chelsea’s blog, Get Your Crap Together. If you’d like to see more from the other designers there is a public group you can join for sales, tester calls, and sharing called Bettie’s Basket Sales and Promotions, in addition to links to others’ pattern swap projects at the bottom of this post!

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“Fabric-by-Fabric One-Yard Wonders” – Book Review

One Yard Wonders Sewing Book Review

One of my goals for 2015 is to have a sewing or craft book review up each month – which in turn means I have to actually make something from one each month instead of just looking at the pretty pictures! This month I’m sharing my thoughts on a popular sewing book,”Fabric-by-Fabric One-Yard Wonders: 101 Sewing Projects Using Cottons, Knits, Voiles, Corduroy, Fleece, Flannel, Home Dec, Oilcloth, Wool, and Beyond“*(affiliate link) by Patricia Hoskins and Rebecca Yaker.

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My Crafty Heritage – I Didn’t Throw It Away

Are you a pack-rat? A minimalist? Somewhere in between? We’ve moved 4 times in the past 5 years for my husband’s job (finally settled for a little longer now, I hope!) and packing/unpacking all of your Earthly belongings is a great excuse to evaluate what is worth saving. I thoroughly enjoy cleaning stuff out and am not prone to sentimentality but I do have one big tote of ‘Memorabilia’.

Agatha Lee of Green Issues by Agy emailed me inviting me to a blog train on “I Didn’t Throw It Away” and I had to think a few minutes. I’m 27, so I don’t have a ton of things that I can say for certainty I’ve kept for 20 years. But when I thought about what I did have, there was a definite theme – handmade! I hope my kid(s) end up saving some of the things I make them.

As a part of the blog train, thinking about: “We have become such a throw-away society, but there are some things in our households that we still keep. Why is that so? Perhaps this blog train can unlock the reasons behind it! Follow the daily posts on this blog train and read about the stories behind the things we have kept for many years and why we didn’t throw them away.”

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Quarterly Report – October, November, December

Quarterly Blog Traffic and Earnings Report

Time to share numbers! As I’ve said, I really enjoy reading similar reports and figured sharing my own would entertain someone and also keep me accountable to keep track of these things. You can read my first 6 months of blogging post here, and third quarterly report here. I am looking at average daily visits, income/expenses, subscriber & follower counts, traffic in/out, & goals.

If you’re a creative blogger yourself, be sure to check out my list of links for affiliate programs, networking opportunities, and places to submit your work! I also have a free blogging calendar and check-list printable, and would love your input on the best WordPress plugins for creative bloggers.

Four major changes at Swoodson Says this quarter were:

1. I started writing as a contributor for Deby at Sew So Easy; in 2014 I shared these posts over there: Piggie Pacifier Clip, Hammerhead Shark Pillow Pet, & Modern Holiday Tissue Box Cover.

2. I added a mobile-response Google adsense ad in each post, after the “more” click through. I know ads are a very heated discussion point and tons of people hate them, but thus far I haven’t heard any negative feedback. The bulk of my readers are reading on a phone and never even saw my ad on the sidebar; so my earnings were very low. Since moving the ad, I’ve gone from an average of pennies per day to about $2 and I find it to be much less irritating than the over-image, pop-up, or banner ads that you have to X-out of.

3. I started a newsletter! Subscribe here. I stopped promoting direct email subscriptions and Bloglovin in the hopes that people will sign up for the newsletter instead. Replacing my Friday Favorites posts, each newsletter goes out on Friday and contains:

  • A picture, brief description, and link to the blog posts from the week
  • Links for things to Read / See / Shop that I think are thought-provoking, interesting, & unique
  • The week’s updates for the Social Sewing Calendar

You can see past newsletter emails on the archive page here!

4. I opened up my pattern shop!

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