Thursday, May 31, 2007

Accepting Credit Cards

Alright, so Purl Boutique is headed to a craft fair on June 9th. With new products, including the designer's products, I had to come up with a good way to display it all. I do not necessarily have a "theme", but more of a color scheme: pink, black, and white. So my fiance found an old door and shutters that he is painting pink and using crackle paint on. These will become backdrops for the purses and jewelry that I am bringing. But there were so many other things to consider than just the of them being, what payments do I accept?

I signed up at to allow me to accept credit cards. It works a little differently than you would expect however. I do not have a credit card machine, I just call the card number and other info in and it accepts/denies the card and then applies the charges. Another alternative would be to write the info down and then when I am back home to enter it on the internet. I do not know how I feel about entering info on the internet, so I am going to call the cards in.

For my website, I use This allows me to have inventory.........meaning, I can say I have only one of a certain item available and it allows it to be sold only one time. This is very important as all the items are handmade and most are one of a kind! I have been very happy with this service.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Breakfast anyone?

Well, maybe not a knitted plate of eggs and bacon!!! Yeah for Wordless Wednesday

Monday, May 28, 2007

MeMe Monday

It's MeMe Monday on Link and Blog Challenge, so here's all about Purl Boutique. For this MeMe Monday you will learn about Purl Boutique's crocheting....

1. I like to crochet in the car when I am riding with my fiance. He is definitely not a bad driver, I'm just a paranoid passenger. Just recently I made these washcloths during a car ride.

2. My favorite yarn to crochet with is cotton -- specifically sugar 'n cream. Some may think this is boring, but I am a simple girl!

3. My favorite thing to make are washcloths (very much related to #2). I like the fact that what I am making is practical and has a million things that it can be used for.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

A Fun Way to Build Links to your Blog!

One of the best ways to get your blog noticed by the search engines and to bring in more traffic is to have other sites linking to you. Trying to find sites to do this is usually not a fun task unless you are doing link and blog challenges. Not only are they fun and toggle your brain for fresh new topics, it is 100% completely and truly free to register and become a challenger.

Basically, you participate in what are called challenges. The challenge is to use a keyword in a post on your blog and then link that keyword back to the challenger’s post. In return, the next challenger will link to your site. The great part about this is that the links are one-way links which search engines value higher than reciprocal links. To read more about the Link and Blog Challenge, just go to this page. Purl Boutique would love to be your first challenger!

Friday, May 25, 2007

Tetris + Bike = Fun

My fiance and I just bought a stationary bike and the main reason: it has Tetris! It is such a fun workout, I can't help but ride........on the days I do ride, I go for about 7 miles, go me! My goal is to be up to 10 by the end of next week.

Hold onto your Wedding Dress if off to Spain!

I frequent the "Odd News" section on Yahoo! and came across an article about lost luggage in Spain. Apparently if you lose your luggage in Spain, their law states it can be sold at auction such as a wedding dress and another choice item as the article explains! Check it out for yourself and be warned if off to Spain!

I'm a sucker for sweets....

I am notorious for collecting change in a cup at work so that I can visit the vending machine. My favorite candy choice: peanut M&Ms! For some reason, eating the M&Ms with peanuts makes me feel somewhat better than just eating the plain chocolate ones!

Take the Link & Blog Challenge and write about your favorite candy!

New York Yarn......Better than Wisconsin Yarn?

I went to New York City about a year ago. When I was there I stopped at a yarn shop (of course, why wouldn't I go there). I was actually walking around Central Park and trying to find a show that I would like to see when I stumbled upon this shop. It was on the second floor of a building in a quaint little studio. People were knitting and laughing, which made me smile.

However, I felt as if I absolutely needed to buy yarn. I was in New York City, of course this is going to be original, stylish yarn I would not be able to find anywhere else. I had never heard of Manos del Uruguay yarn (fairly expensive too). That is what I decided to purchase. But behold, upon returning to the Midwest, I discovered a yarn shop about an hour away carries this same yarn in a million colors. This is a good thing too as it has become my favorite yarn:)

There are many reasons why this has become my favorite yarn. Not only does it come in beautiful hues and is amazingly soft, by purchasing it, I am helping women in need. Manos del Uruguay yarn is dyed by a cooperative of women in the rural villages of Uruguay. This cooperative provides much needed income to approximately 350 women working in 17 locations. The yarn is made from soft Corriedale and Merino wools. If you would like something made in this yarn (a scarf, hat, afghan, etc), please contact me for a custom order!

Thursday, May 24, 2007

My Fabric Lovin' Cat

I have a cat named Algebra who loves fabric. Wherever fabric is, he is there. It has come to the point where I have to isolate him in one room while I work so that he does not get on the fabric I am using. Watching my cat the other day made me wonder........why do cat's tails always stick up? So I did some research and came across the following information......

A tail swishing from side to side indicates anger, discomfort, and frustration. A tail held high up means it is happy. A puffed up tail is a sign of fear or that the cat is trying to scare someone.

Luckily when I was pondering this thought, Algebra's tail was raised up high. Now, whenever I see his tail sticking up, it makes me smile knowing he is happy.

So you think you can crochet?

I have been crocheting/knitting for years now. I have even become arrogant with it (but more so just in my head than out loud). I think that I can do a pattern from memory once I have already completed the project one time. Take for instance a simple washcloth. I did two of a particular washcloth (with a repeating pattern mind you) and I thought, "what do I need the pattern for, I should be able to remember this...."

Boy was I wrong. However, I hate having a million piles of paper with patterns on them laying around with crumpled up corners. So I have a trick to my madness so that I do not attempt to crochet a pattern from memory. I copy patterns onto index cards and store them in index card boxes. Then I only need to have one card out while I am working on a project and I do not have to rely on my memory!

A Pink Door to the Boutique

My fiance is helping build a display for my shows. I wanted it to be unique and boy will it ever be! He found a door that he is painting pink and white, then sanding to appear "rustic", and it will be a backdrop for my jewelry table. He is really excited about it and so am I! He also found old shutters that he is going to make into a folding/stand-alone wall to hand purses on. I also think that is going to be really neat.

Speaking of shows, Purl Boutique will be doing her first show of the season on June 9th in Sun Prairie. Come and check it out if you can!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Purl Boutique is published!

I have a published article! It is about the benefits of using lavender in aromatherapy. One of the upcoming products I will offer is eye pillows and the first essential oil I used was lavender. All of my articles are located as links on the side for easy viewing!

Welcome to the New Blog for Purl Boutique

Welcome! Please go ahead and bookmark this page and come back often. I will be posting all the things about Purl Boutique that you need to know -- show dates, new and upcoming products, and much more! I will also have other useful articles and reviews, the day-to-day in the world of Purl Boutique..........