For years I’ve carried around a printout of a fabric conversion chart in my purse so that anytime I find a piece of fabric I can’t live without, I could figure out how much I needed to buy based on its width. Anytime I tried to guess I’d end up with way too much fabric and spend a lot more than needed. Now I’m super excited that I can trash the ratty piece of paper I’ve been carrying around and replace it with this simple and FREE fabric converter app for my iPhone! The converter app gives me a simple way to calculate how much fabric I need based on ANY starting length and width – other similar apps are limited to five or even three yard lengths, AND you actually have to PAY for them. Download your free iPhone app from the iTunes store, or check out the Fabric Converter website for more information.
Archives for November 2010
How many times has your sewing machine “konked” out on you in the middle of a major project? Every time it happens I know you’re thinking “there HAS to be a better and easier way to get this machine running again and not have to drag it down to the repair shop”!
Well, the SewMachineRepair.com website is sponsoring a “first time ever” Buy One Get One FREE sale on two of their most popular books – all you pay for the second book is the shipping fee.
For this Buy One Get One FREE – you can mix or match the books (buy one of each or two of the same book – one for you and one for a friend). You pay $24.95 + $3.00 for the first book – the second book is FREE – you just pay the $3.00 shipping (for a total of $30.95 for TWO books). Simply give us a call at 1-800-883-2348 and we have somebody standing by to take your order. (Both books will need to be sent to the same address). You can head over to the SewMachineRepair site to read about these books, then give us a call to place your order. This Holiday sale is good through December 10 — so call early so we can get your books on out to you!
Everybody who has a blog or website knows that one of the measures of success is the amount of traffic that comes to the site or blog. So how can you increase the traffic – or in other words, how do you get people in cyberspace to know you actually have a blog or website.
** We’ve talked before about finding forums within your niche that you can join and then participate in the discussions or begin your own discussion. You will “meet” others that have the same interests as you, and you’ll find that some of the other members of the forum will visit your site, just as you’ll start visiting other sites, and perhaps even be able to leave a few comments on some of the member blogs or websites.
** If yours is the type of business that mails products to people that order from you, NEVER send out a “naked” package — always have flyers or a small booklet or catalog of your other products to stick into the package before mailing. We have gotten many orders from some of the same customers simply because we always send out flyers about additional books or products we have available and each flyer gives our website address for the customer to check out.
** Be sure to have a advertising signature file attached to every email that you send. My signature reads as follows:
Sarah J. Doyle
http://SarahJDoyle.com – Visit my blog
Sewing/craft/pattern making classes held in your home at your convenience. For information http://PatternsThatFitYou.com – http://PlusSizeChildren.com – http://BigBeautifulPeople.com
Your signature file would lead e-mail recipients to YOUR blog or website.
** Make some 2×4 advertising labels giving some brief information about your website and list the URL for the website. These small labels can either be placed on the outside of the package you’re about to mail OR make the labels out of regular copy paper, cut them apart and stick one in every bill you pay and every letter that goes out. You’ll be surprised at the number of employees working in the offices opening power bill payments, garbage bill payments, etc that will see your little advertising label and actually hang on to it so they can call about your products.
Getting extra traffic to your blog or website isn’t as complicated as some would lead you to believe. You can pay for google ads, advertising spots on other people’s blogs, etc which would also direct traffic to your site, but why not go the “free” route to build up your traffic. Do you have any other ideas for free or cheap ways to spread the word about a website or blog? We’d love to pass along any information you might have.
While this may not normally be the time of the year for cleaning out those closets (little late for fall cleaning and a little early for spring cleaning), but after reviewing an earlier post about “National Clean Out Your Closet Week”, I started thinking about some things that could possibly be cleaned out NOW and put to good use. This is the time of year that the lower grades in school (perhaps kindergarten and first grade), as well as the pre-k and pre-school programs could probably put some of your older “time to discard” items to use.
** Old jewelry and beads would certainly be welcomed at your child’s school or your grandchildren’s school to use for making Christmas tree ornaments and decorations.
** If you have a large supply of old or “one or two left from a project” buttons, the children could also use them to glue to construction paper to make interesting designs.
** In line with the buttons, how about extra non used trims and laces. Our 5 year old quadruplet grandbabies and their big 6 year old brother LOVE to decorate construction paper or empty toilet tissue rolls I’ve saved. The buttons and trims make excellent decorations and keep the kids occupied and it’s amazing what they will come up with.
** If you’ve used and have any extra faux fur, the children might even be able to make some furry animals on their construction paper.
Take a quick look around and see if you have some little crafty items that could be used by the schools. If all the schools are like ours, and the economy like it is, any little bit of goodies donated to the classes will be greatly appreciated. If you have donated things to your local schools in the past, let us know what you’ve done, and I’m sure that will inspire the rest of us to do the same.