I ran out of tiny mailers!
This has been a lesson in supply-and-demand.
Unfortunately, I have to go back to work on the first of August. That means I’ll have to close the store for sales of Evelyn’s hats and other items which require me to make frequent trips to the post office.
I live in a rural town in Idaho, and our post office closes at 4:30. School gets out a 3:40, but the library usually stays open after school for both students and teachers to use it as a study area/meeting space until about 4:15 or 4:30, depending upon school-related after-school events and the amount of homework kids have.
So trips to the post office won’t be possible after August 1st, except on weekends. (We have one post office in Twin Falls that’s open from 10 AM to 2 PM on Saturdays.)
I would like to continue to generate income through my website though, if possible. I’ve looked at my second quarter 2023 budget for running this website, and it looks like I could use more cash flow to keep on top of things.
If you want to know what costs so much and why, take a look at my budget related blog post from earlier this year. I don’t want to spend the whole blog post talking about it, but it does cost money to keep this free pattern website afloat.
So I’ve added a few affiliate marketing links to my online store. I will add more later on.
When you click on an affiliate marketing link, like this one for Dritz snaps, it takes you to Amazon. If you then buy the snaps, using that link, I get a small commission as the person or business that sent you there. That’s what’s meant by the term, “affiliate marketing.”
It doesn’t cost you anything extra, so please keep that in mind.
When I build a link like this in my online store, I’m not allowed to test the links out myself, so if a link doesn’t work, please let me know. You can leave a comment under any blog post, submit a contact form, or (I think this is right) leave a comment in the store item listing.
I want to send out a special thank-you to those of you who have bought physical products from my store since I opened it! You have taught me some valuable lessons about marketing, sales, shipping fees, product quality, customer service, and so much more!
So here’s a special shout-out of THANKS to BetteAnn, Linda D., Patricia R., Margaret H., and Jeretta!
As it says in that “thank you” note, your purchases of my physical products (Evelyn’s hats, my own fabric quarters, etc.) have helped not just me, but everyone who uses this free doll clothes pattern website!
At a later date, I do plan to add more physical products to my store, but for right now, with school about to start on August 1st (for librarians anyway), I’m going to take a break from the physical products and just offer affiliate links, with a few exceptions.
I’ve actually made some really neat vintage-style doll clothes that I’d like to sell, and when I think I’ll have time to make more trips to the post office, I’ll post those, along with more of Evelyn’s little hand-knitted hats, my dress form pincushions, and a few other things.
It may be next summer before I get another opportunity to offer physical products in my store, but for now, I will certainly have plenty of affiliate marketing links to keep you supplied with all your doll clothes sewing needs!
So please think about bookmarking my store today!
Have you been browsing through my doll clothes patterns, but wishing a certain pattern was slightly different? If so, my Creative Spark class, “How to Alter Doll Clothes Patterns” may be just what you need to make these patterns into the pattern you see in your mind’s eye.
I also have a class called “Design Your Own Doll Pants Patterns from Scratch.” In this class, which costs only $19.99, you will learn how to create your own pants patterns, including leggings, fly-front jeans, elastic-waist pants, and overalls.
With any class on Creative Spark, you don’t have to follow a schedule. Just sign up when you’re ready.
It’s a one-time fee for the course, and there’s no specific time limit to finish your course. You can just take your time and learn at the pace that suits you. So go check out my paid courses on Creative Spark, using this link!
To read more about my free sewing patterns and tutorials, please visit the “Helpful Tips” page.
Disclaimer/Credit/Affiliate Marketing Link:
To honor the trademark rights of the doll companies mentioned in this blog post, I am including links to their websites here. Please feel free to visit their website and consider purchasing one or more of the dolls mentioned.