Handmade/Hand Painted Rope Baskets

I started a subscription to Creativebug a couple of months ago and boy am I loving it!! I've already taken several classes on there and learned so much. One of my favorites was the rope basket making class. It sounded like fun so I decided to give it a try. Well, now I can't stop making them.

I think my favorite thing about making these baskets is that there's no pattern. It's wonderful to just be creative and experiment with the shapes and sizes. I've also painted some of the rope, which allows for even more creativity. Another fun thing is to play around with the thread color. The possibilities really are endless.


After receiving some really great positive feedback when posting pictures of my baskets on social media I decided to list them in my Etsy shop. So if you'd like to have one of these baskets for yourself, please head on over here and place your order. I encourage custom orders, so think up whatever color(s) you want and let me create a beautiful, one-of-a-kind basket for you. :)

Lady by the Bay - Handmade Hand Painted Rope Baskets

Lady by the Bay - Handmade Hand Painted Rope Baskets

Lady by the Bay - Handmade Hand Painted Rope Baskets

Lady by the Bay - Handmade Hand Painted Rope Baskets

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Print Etsy Shipping Labels *Workaround*

I recently needed to ship a few of my Etsy items to friends, as gifts, without charging them. One of them was to be sent internationally and I really love the fact that with Etsy you can ship First Class International and the customs form is all done up and everything {no need to go stand in line at the Post Office}. I do know there is a workaround through PayPal, and I have used that many times, but you can't ship First Class International with PayPal, only Priority.

I went into my Etsy account to print shipping labels and quickly found that you can't just print shipping labels. You can only print a shipping label for an item that you sell. Well, I don't take no very well, so I dug around online looking for a solution. I found several other people needing to do the same thing as me, but there was no solution. I came up with one though. Here's what I did, and it works perfectly. {I did wonder if it would let me do this more than once, but I made 3 separate purchases with 3 separate shipping addresses with no issues}.

I created a "reserved" listing in my shop and priced it at $0.30. I tried $0.20, and it worked, but when I went to purchase the item Etsy wouldn't let me, saying it wasn't enough. After all was said and done I found that the listing price needs to be $0.26 {that is Etsy's minimum fee}. So create your listing for $0.26. 

Yes, I'm paying $0.26 to do this, but to me my time is worth way more than that to not have to stand in line at the post office.

When you create your "reserved" listing don't use a photograph; create and use something with text that says "Reserved Listing." You don't want to use a photograph because you don't want someone to actually purchase this item. Having it say "Reserved Listing" with no photo pretty much lets people know that this isn't an item that they would want to purchase. This is what I made:



While doing my homework online I found that when you do a reserved listing it's best to put a name of who it's for. So I made one up. As you see it's for Tanya. Make the quantity something like 99. I did this so that it stays there for when I want to print labels in the future. I made the shipping fee $0.00.

Now that you have your listing created you need to create a "dummy" Etsy account. I created mine with another of my email addresses. We all have more than one email address, don't we? If you don't you can get one on Hotmail, Yahoo, Gmail, etc.

Once you create and confirm your new Etsy account just navigate to your shop and add the reserved listing to your cart and checkout. Pay the $0.26 and fill out the shipping address of the label you really need to make.

It will take a couple of minutes for Etsy to complete the transaction on their end and you will then get your email that you have a sold order and you can now purchase and print your shipping label!

It may sound like a lot, but it took me maybe 10 minutes to do all of this, and that includes creating the reserved listing, which is now already done for future uses.

I hope you find this helpful. If you have any questions just comment and let me know.

Until next time...

Lady by the Bay

I Opened an Etsy Shop!!!

I've been participating in a group photo a day challenge for quite a while now, which you've seen me post about here on my blog several times. Well, this group has become like a family to me. The reason I say 'family' is because family supports you and encourages you to do the things you love, and this group does just that. I have made so many friends along the way and they have been encouraging me for a while now to open an Etsy shop to sell prints of my photographs and flower creations. So I finally did it!! It was such a great feeling to click that button to make the shop live and open to the public!

As of right now I have several photographs of nature and flowers, landscapes, city shots, some still life, and my flower creations in my shop. If you're wondering what I mean by flower creations, here is what I'm talking about.








To be able to create something out of flowers and have someone like it enough that they would want to buy it is so amazing and just motivates me to want to keep on creating. It's sort of an addiction now. :)

So I wanted to share the news with you here. Please stop by and take a look at my shop and let me know what you think. Thank you!!

Until next time...

Lady by the Bay