Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Butterscotch Alley

All I need is one more internet addiction, right? So thanks to everyone's encouragement last month, I decided to make a few purses and open my own Etsy shop. I just started with four and we'll see how it goes before I invest every last penny into this.

I'm not telling you this so you'll go buy my purses...it's almost better that people I know don't buy them. I'm embarrassed by my flaws. I think I'm way better at design than carry-out. Plus...if you made them, I may not buy them either. Mostly because I would look at it and think, I can make that. I just wanted everyone's input and encouragement. I've always wanted to do this kind of thing and I'm always really insecure about it.

I am, however, really proud of my little shop. I even took the pictures myself. Including the picture at the top of my shop. I'm really happy with how it turned out.

I named it Butterscotch Alley. My great-grandma and grandpa Stowell always had this cute red candy dish filled with butterscotch candies. The dish is the one pictured. I named it for that memory. I realize butterscotch has nothing to do with purses, but I may decide to venture outside of the realm of purses at some point.

So without further ado...here it is: www.butterscotchalley.etsy.com. Visit at your leisure.

20 comments:

Traci Elizabeth said...

Adorable!! I am very proud of you. Good luck!

Debbie said...

Way to go! I always want to start a little business and I never do. Your purse and your web site are way cute, not to mention your adorable children. Keep on sewing!

jeanine said...

WAY cute! I love them all... especially the Andee purse. You are so talented!

Cynthia said...

Way, way, way cute. You are so smart to put them on the market. Good luck!

Autumn said...

Visit at my leisure? Yeah right, like I could wait. Congratulations!! What a cute name for your shop with such great meaning. They all look so great. I can't wait to see these sell like mad. I have to say that I could totally understand what you mean about seeing imperfections. Not that YOU should have that worry, but I think I'd have the same feeling. Did you include a darling tag on the inside?

And since I have an opinion about everything, I thought I'd tell you my order of favorites: Andee, Aunt Rose, Heidi, Harmony. You are SO good! Which does Spencer carry to school? Kidding. If you made a masculine bag would he use it?

Lauri said...

Katie, these look great. I can't believe you are worried about imperfections. The names you chose are perfect. Good job!

Kelly said...

You did a great job and I think that your online store will do very well. Your hand bags are one of a kind!

Heidi said...

AWWWW... you named a purse after me! Just Kidding! I love them all! But seriously I really do like the Heidi Handbag! You are too good!
Now I really want my sewing machine!

Sheryl said...

Hey talented woman! The handbags are fabulous! You are your mother's daughter for sure. So diverse in your abilities and humble ta boot!

Kelly said...

I am in love with the Andee bag!! Those will sell like hotcakes!! You are so talented and those are fantastic pics, too!! I am glad you put them up for sale- and at a very fair price- you are one great gal!

Chris and Jenn said...

Katie, those are sooo CUTE! Isnt etsy fun??? I have some headbands listed on there too! Great purses!!

Genn said...

Wow Katie, I am impressed! Look at you setting up your own internet store! I love the name of it too. Cute. I hope you make some money. They are such adorable bags. Good luck!

Kris said...

Katie,
They are great!!! Everyone I know is doing Etsy shops!! I have even thought of it too. Funny you mention purses, because just last night I downloaded directions to make one. It is a small basket type purse, I will post a pic when I finish it. Yours are very elegant. I loved them all, but my personal fav was the Andee. I can't wait to hear how you do! Love the name too. I am all about names with meaning, and I cherish family memories like you mentioned. I love it! Good luck!!
And You SEW girl!!!

Kris said...

Katie,
They are great!!! Everyone I know is doing Etsy shops!! I have even thought of it too. Funny you mention purses, because just last night I downloaded directions to make one. It is a small basket type purse, I will post a pic when I finish it. Yours are very elegant. I loved them all, but my personal fav was the Andee. I can't wait to hear how you do! Love the name too. I am all about names with meaning, and I cherish family memories like you mentioned. I love it! Good luck!!
And You SEW girl!!!

rachel said...

I LOVE IT!!! You are so talented you're totally going to be the next top handbag designer. No joke.

Amanda B. said...

Katie- I am so excited for you! Those are awesome! I love all 4 and would use them all, but my favorites are the Andee and Heidi. You are so talented. I hope it goes well for you! Good luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :):)

Shalece said...

So cute! Love them all. You are so talented.

Stubbart Family said...

LOVE it! You better get busy, because I'm sure they'll be selling like hotcakes! Wish I had some extra moolah to buy one right now!

Ryan And His 3 Girls: said...

Okay, you are probably the most amazing person in the world (or at least the most amazing person who's blog I look at)! YOUR purses are great! I love them! The fact that you can even make those & have 3 kids! And you just sound like a great, fun mom! I am a loser mom compared to you!

melissa said...

GO KATIE!!!!!!! Holy cow. How is one person so dang talented? I love that everyone loves the Andee bag the most...what a great name!!! : ) I love ALL of them!! You seriously are amazing.