Posts Tagged ‘Etsy

It has always been my custom to give away the first of every new product to someone who is needy, deserving, or just some random stranger.  While life hasn’t always been good to me, I know I am incredibly lucky, very loved, and proud of the person I have become.  I love making someone’s day easier, giving them something unexpected, or doing something for them that puts a smile on their face.

Enter my blog followers…..

I have a new product that’s not even listed on my etsy site yet, and I’m continuing with my custom and giving the first away.  You can win 30 self-adhesive custom photo holiday gift tags like the ones pictured below.   To enter, leave all your comments on this blog post, and don’t forget to include your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.  There are 2 possible entries – 1 mandatory and 1 bonus entry:

1. Follow my blog and leave me a comment telling me that you do. (mandatory entry – click on the gray square in the lower right hand corner that says “follow.”)

2. Leave a comment below telling me about the nicest thing you’ve ever done for someone.

At 9am Central time on Wednesday 10/26/11, I will select a winner from all eligible entries using random.org.  I will email the winner and they’ll have 48 hours to reply.  If the winner doesn’t respond, I will choose a new winner and so on until someone claims the prize.  I will then work with the winner to create their custom photo gift tags. 

Don’t forget to check my etsy site – www.loobielabels.etsy.com – for this and other holiday products that will be added in the coming weeks!

Wishing you a life less ordinary,



So much for my promise to do better at keeping up with my blog.  This summer was ridiculous, complete with a flood and the loss of just about every piece of furniture we owned (as well as a lot of personal items), moving to a temporary place, my daughter starting school, moving again, and a barrage of medical issues.  I can say for certain that we’ve come through relatively unscathed and are now much more aware of what’s important in life and what isn’t. 

With that being said, Loobie Labels is back in business after being closed for 2 months due to the chaos going on.  It has been slow going, trying to re-acclimate myself to including a bit of “work time” in my daily schedule, as well as get my name back out there.  For a small business (miniscule, really) to take a 2 month hiatus, there’s bound to be a LOT of work involved in climbing back up the proverbial ladder from obscurity to being a household name.  I am beyond excited to be getting back to doing what I love! 

My return from oblivion just happens to coincide with me getting ready for my first ever craft fair.  Knowing that I am NOT the pushy salesperson type, I’m a bit nervous.  I’ll admit to that.  But I’m going to do my best and let my products stand for themselves.  I know I do good work and I know anyone would love to receive the items I’m bringing to the craft fair so I’m just going to hold my head up high and be a brave little soldier!  I’ve been working on a lot of new items for the show and I’m slowly getting them listed on my etsy site as well, so check back often over the next few weeks…. www.loobielabels.etsy.com

As always, I wish you a life less ordinary!

Posted on: June 10, 2011

I’ve neglected my blog lately, and for that I apologize.  I was diagnosed last year with Rheumatoid Arthritis and over the past week or so, we’ve had a lot of rain and a major change in the weather so it has been pretty painful for me to get things done.  I’m hoping this lastest flare-up will be a short one.

Anyway, I just got an email that one of the treasuries I was featured in is now listed on a blog.  I’m excited!  The more exposure the better, right?  There are some seriously creative treasuries that were featured and I am honored to have one of my items in one of them.  http://catgirlla.blogspot.com/2011/06/treasuries-of-week_10.html  My treasury is #9 and it’s called How Does Your Garden Grow?  It features my rose petal votive holder on the very first line.  🙂

I actually made those votive holders to use as part of my own garden-themed wedding that’s coming up.  For the life of me, I don’t recall where I got the idea, but it definitely isn’t mine.  lol  They were a lot of fun and I actually have a handful of roses that will soon be turned into votives as well, all different colors.  So watch for the new listings!  To get a better view of the votive, check out the listing in my shop.  http://www.etsy.com/listing/45935764/rose-petal-votive-holder  As soon as I get full use of my hands back, you’ll be seeing votive holders in orange, pink, and white.  Still on the hunt for the elusive realistic-looking RED roses that don’t cost a small fortune.  I KNOW they’re out there somewhere!

Wishing you a life less ordinary,


When my grandma was alive, she used to collect clowns.  Emmett Kelly were here favorites, but I never liked them because they were always so sad.  I remember forking over a small fortune one Christmas for an Emmett Kelly figurine entitled “Smile and the World Smiles With You.”  It was one of the few things I asked for after she passed away because not only was it something that she loved, but it had a smile on it – which is rare for those figurines.  Once again, Gram has come through for me.  Here’s what has been going on at Loobie Labels over the past week.

* I organized and rearranged all the supplies I have on hand.  (This is just a fraction of the organization I’ve done at home since losing my job in April.)  I found that I had a lot more than I thought, and I have supplies for projects I didn’t even realize I had purchased supplies for.  So WOO HOO – I get to create new things after all!

* I’m currently in the process of designing and supplying a local catering company with custom bag toppers similar to the ones I sell in my Etsy store ( http://www.etsy.com/listing/68445194/custom-goodie-bag-topper ) except they’ll fit over food-safe bags that hold some really yummy gourmet cookies.  Huge recurring order where hundreds of people will see my work?  Um, yes please!

* I’ve had a few sales, including an Etsy sale.  I guess my Etsy store didn’t like the fact that I was considering paying more attention to other areas in my life.  Heh…. my Etsy store is a Diva.

* I have a solid lead on a part time job, and part time is better than nothing.  Keep your fingers crossed for this one.

* I just finished sending the last of the information for my very first site review and giveaway.  Good golly, I’m more nervous than a hog on slaughter day.  Hopefully it goes over well.  *fingers crossed*

Now, all I need is to figure out why my ginormous double-paned picture window is leaking, and why I can only seem to get 1 side of my kitchen sink to drain at a time.  I love my fiance’ dearly, but Mr. Fixit he is NOT.  lol  Gotta give a shout out to the DIY network website – they’ve saved my tail on more than one occasion!  🙂

And, of course, a shout out to my Gram for reminding me that it doesn’t matter what cards you’re dealt in life.  What matters is how you play them.  Love you and miss you, Gram!  xoxoxo

Wishing you a life less ordinary,


There comes a time in every new Etsy shop owner’s life that they begin to wonder if it’s even worth it.  Is it worth the time, money, and effort I’m putting into my shop in order to list new things?  Is it worth missing time with my family?  Is it worth the disappointment when, day after day, you check your Etsy store and see no messages and no sales?  I’ve kind of come to that point.

Last month, I lost my job.  And it was my hope that I could add new items to my Etsy shop and at least make enough to tide me over until I found a new job.  Didn’t happen.  Not a single sale in over a month despite the fact that I’ve pretty much become an advertising and marketing person in the past few weeks.  I’ve gone way out of my comfort zone to promote my business and still, my business is failing despite all my efforts.  I’ve read all the articles I can find on Etsy.  I’ve stalked shops that sell similar products.  I’ve joined teams.  I’ve done treasuries.  I’ve participated in discussions.  I’ve offered discounts and networked with the best of them.  I’ve taken my advertising on a local advertising blitz and papered my area with fliers, made dozens of phone calls, and passed out hundreds of business cards.  Nothing has worked.  The only thing I can say for sure is that I probably should have paid more attention to finding a new job, because my Etsy shop has let me down.

I will continue to work on new items for my shop, but my main focus will now switch to finding a full time job that can pay the bills.  I have so many ideas for new items, but at this point, I need to conserve my resources and use them to keep my family going.  But trust me, this is NOT goodbye.  I never never in my life walked away from a challenge and I’m not about to start now.  This is my passion.  This is what’s in my heart.  This is what I was born to do.  And some day, I hope that I’ll be one of those people with a few thousand sales under my belt.  For now, though, I have to shift a little more energy towards my obligations to my family.  It’s a difficult and heartbreaking decision to make, but my family means the world to me and they will ALWAYS come first!

Wishing you a life less ordinary,


I’ve had a lot of people ask me lately how/when/where Loobie Labels got started.

  So without further ado, here’s my “Once upon a time….”

I’ve always had a creative streak in me.  From the time I was about 7 years old, my passion was crafting, especially painting plaster figurines.  Throughout grade school, I continued to enjoy photography, and designed a simple “a bunch of papers stapled together” yearbook for my 8th grade graduating class.  In high school, I moved on to bigger things and became the photo editor for our school’s newspaper.  In college, I took Introduction to Fiber Arts.  (Yes, friends, I took what was essentially a basket-weaving class.)

It wasn’t until my daughter’s first birthday in 2008 that I got into designing labels.  I really wanted to have custom-wrapped candy bars as favors for her first birthday.  But I ran into 2 problems: 1) All the ones I found online were ugly and none of them matched her theme.  And 2) They were insanely expensive.  While browsing the internet, I came across a website that was selling software used to design your own candy bar wrappers.  What a cool idea – I’ll do my own!  They not only included my daughter’s photo (which was pretty rare among the designs I saw online) but they matched her “Under the Sea” theme perfectly! 

The first candy bar wrapper I ever designed


I had so much fun designing these wrappers that I started offering to do the same for friends and family.  Word spread.  Pretty soon, I was doing candy bars for the nursing home admissions coordinator at a nursing home where my friend worked.  I started posting on Craigslist – and that’s where the fun REALLY began.

One of the first emails I got after posting on Craigslist was for a young bride-to-be, who was looking for favors for her wedding.  She had met her fiance’ at a restaurant, when she leaned over and asked to borrow the bottle of hot sauce on his table, since her table didn’t have one.  Their wedding favors were going to be bottles of hot sauce.  (How cute is THAT?)  She wanted to know if I could design a label with their photo on it to put on the hot sauce.  After many emails back and forth, and emails to get permission from the hot sauce company to cover their label with a custom label (surprisingly, a lot of companies don’t want you to cover their name…. which occasionally poses a problem) – I had the design.  I picked up 150 bottles of hot sauce from my local grocery store, and got some pretty strange looks from the stock boy who loaded them into my cart.  Who buys 150 bottles of hot sauce?  I smiled seductively and told him “I bathe in hot sauce twice a week because I’ve heard it attracts wealthy men.”  He had to pick his jaw up off the ground so he could return to his regular stock boy duties.

For a while, I continued to fill orders for friends and family.  I got a few orders from friends of friends, and was content with earning a little extra pocket money, since I was a stay at home mom.  On December 25, 2009, my daughter’s father proposed and I happily said YES!  (Well, actually, I said “thank you” about 12 times before I said yes.  I’m kind of a goofball in that regard.)  Since I didn’t have a lot of money coming in, I decided to push for more sales by advertising locally.  100% of my profits are earmarked to help pay for my wedding.  Two and a half years later, we’re still saving, but things are coming along.  I opened my Etsy store ( www.etsy.com/shop/LoobieLabels ) in the spring of 2011. I FINALLY felt ready to run with the big dogs.  It has been slow going, but I know my day is coming.

I’ve been able to use my business in a lot of good ways, and I’ve had a lot of good Karma come back to me as well.  Because my first project (my daughter’s birthday wrappers) were so near & dear to my heart, I decided that the first of EVERY new idea/project would be donated – either to a person or an organization that would benefit from it.  I’ve donated a candy cake to a fundraiser for a young girl with a pseudotumor in her brain,

Donated to Karing for Kaitlyn

I’ve donated customized candy bars to help offset the meidcal expenses of Juliana Ramos (the fiancee’ of former American Idol contestant and local celebrity, Chris Medina.)  

110 candy bars donated to help offset Juliana's medical expenses

And 100% of the profits from all my sales each April go towards funding for Autism research.  (I was a social worker before I had my daughter and worked for quite a while with the individuals at PACTT in Chicago, who provide services for adults and children with Autism.  It was the hardest job I’ve ever had, but also the most rewarding.)

Most recently, I was given the opportunity to design thank you cards and belly bands for the annual Microsoft Dynamics Executive Breakfast.  I was humbled, scared, and excited all at the same time.  I like to think that good things come to those who have given to others, but maybe it was just the fact that I was in the right place at the right time.  Either way, it is a job that has made me very proud.

About a week ago, I decided to make Loobie Labels my full time job after losing the job that I had held for the past 2 years.  Again, I am excited and scared at the same time…. but it worked out pretty well for me before.

Wishing you a life less ordinary,



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  • loobielabels: Thanks, Madalyn! As a mom, I generally do most of my work after my daughter is in bed for the night. I put in anywhere from 2-5 hours a day, broken
  • loobielabels: This was actually one of the stock layouts, so I didn't pay anything for it. However, I thank the person responsible - it definitely is a nice layout
  • loobielabels: Thanks, Celeste! :-)