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Meet Ally from CrookedSmileCreation


Neon Notepad Holder – $14.99

Can you sum yourself up in 3 sentences? Give it a go!
I am a huge animal lover with a rescued dog and cat running the house. I enjoy selling what I make and being my own boss. I try to be easy-going and take things in stride. It makes your days more pleasant.

Tell us about what you sell:
I sell mostly handbags. I also have some wrist wallets (what, you don’t know what that is?) and some great notepad covers. I do it all, the design, fabric selection, cutting, sewing, photography, and shipping.


Black Shoulder Bag with Green Flowers – $44

What is your favorite thing about creating?
Seeing a full design come through to completion. There are a few that have not worked, but when you see the final outcome and it fits with what you had in mind, then it’s quite satisfying.

Where do you find your inspiration?
Some is from watching the trends in the bag world. I may see some aspect that I think is great and try to incorporate it in my design. Other times, it’s just a late night and things come to me. Funny how a lack of sleep can somehow make your design gears turn.


Animal Print Cross Body Bag – $44

Do you have any advice for other sellers?
Don’t compare yourself to others. I have to remind myself of this frequently, but it really can destroy your motivation.

Do you have a coupon code for us?
MeganRocks for 20% off anything.

Where else can we find you?
I’m on facebook here: www.facebook.com/CrookedSmileCreations
Twitter: @CrookdSmileCre8

I have a website that I’m planning on listing leather goods soon. It’s still a work in progress. crookedsmilecreations.com/


Giveaway Winner

… and big congratulations goes out to Debra (debrajwebb) for being the Random.org winner of last Friday’s giveaway. Thanks to Nicole from Chicago Fine Threads for sharing her incredible online shops with us, and offering this fashionable zippered case set. If you haven’t checked out any of Nicole’s shops yet, you should get on that.

Congrats to Debra for winning this set!

Meet Nicole from Chicago Fine Threads & Enter to Win a Free Zippered Case Set

Happy Friday all! Today I am excited to introduce you to Nicole Helsing from Chicago Fine Threads. Learn more about Nicole and her amazing products below, PLUS, find out how you can enter to win a fabulous woodland floral zippered case set.

Can you sum yourself up in 3 sentences? Give it a go!
I founded Chicago Fine Threads in 2007 after choosing to depart the corporate world. Picking vegetables from our garden, inviting friends over for dinner parties and exploring new cities with my husband are things that bring me joy. My mantra is that we are all unique individuals, so celebrate your individuality through your creativity; personal style is lost when you look like everyone else.

Black Silk Pleated Clutch – $63

Tell us about what you sell on Etsy:
Chicago Fine Threads handbags has two shops on Etsy. Chicago Fine Threads Luxe handbags focus on special occasion, wedding and one-of-a-kind clutch purses. Chicago Fine Threads Studio encompass’ the everyday sporty handbag because every woman likes to look great for their next adventure.

What is your favorite thing about creating?
Creating a new style of handbag from an idea rewards me with pride and happiness. Seeing the idea come to reality a completed design, makes me super excited to share it with fashion conscious women everywhere.

Where do you find your inspiration?
I love to travel. Traveling removes me from my comfort zone and everyday elements. You open yourself to new ideas, new visions and new connections. Whether hiking or sitting at a café people watching, the colors and textures of my surroundings inspire my next designs.

Cream Chocolate Clutch – $50

Do you have any selling tips or tricks for other handmade sellers?
Chicago Fine Threads handbags opened its first shop on Etsy in 2008. Consistency is key. All your photos should be clear, crisp, no distracting backgrounds. Shoppers have a short attention span so keep your descriptions informative without being too wordy. Join a local Etsy group through the forums. I use Etsy as a marketing tool everywhere I go. It is a place where you can showcase your items in an easy to understand format. Many of my sales come from local people I interact with regularly that see my designs in the two Chicago Fine Threads shops. They love that I personally deliver their handbags.

Where else can we find you?
Chicago Fine Threads Website – design your own handbag!
Chicago Fine Threads Luxe Shop
Chicago Fine Threads Studio Shop
Facebook Fan Page
Follow on Twitter

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Nicole is being very generous and offering you all a chance to win one of her fashionable zipper case sets. I’m sure each one of you can think of someone this set would make the perfect gift for. (Or, who are we kidding, you want it for yourself!) You can get your hands on this amazing set for FREE. Check out all of the simple ways you can enter to win below.

Check out all the ways you can win this set below!

1st Entry:
Follow this blog. Leave a comment below saying that you’ve done so (or already do so, since you know are FABULOUS.)
~Required entry before any others can be applied.~

2nd Entry:

Heart ChicagoFnThredsLuxe on Etsy, leaving a comment here afterwards with your Etsy username to let us know.

3rd Entry:
Heart chicagofinethreads on Etsy, leaving a comment here afterwards with your Etsy username to let us know.

4th Entry:
Buy something from either Etsy shop or web site of Nicole’s. Share your choice here!

5th Entry:

Like Chicago Fine Threads on Facebook, letting us know your Facebook name here afterwards.

6th Entry:
Follow Chicago Fine Treads on
Twitter, let us know afterwards with your Twitter ID.

7th Entry:
Blog about this giveaway, leaving us a link to your post afterwards.

8th Entry:
Share this giveaway on Pinterest, leaving us a link to your pin afterwards.

Only the 1st entry is mandatory to enter, you can add as many additional entries up to the 8 as you want to maximize your chances of winning! Your comments do not all need to be separated for each entry as long as it’s clear how many entries you are adding. (Also, make sure it’s easy for me to contact you if you win!) Thank you for entering and thank you Nicole for the great giveaway! You have until midnight Pacific Time on September 12th to enter. Winner will be announced on September 13th. GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!