Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Fun giveaway! how to make a Mermaid Pendant

Here is my latest video tutorial, just in time for Valentine's Day!
I am selling a kit with all the supplies needed to make this beautiful heart shaped necklace on my Etsy site. To order visit http://www.etsy.com/shop/debisdesigndiary or enter to win this one by subscribing to my youtube channel, subscribing is free and easy just hit the subscribe button embedded in this video.
Have a great day everybody!

Monday, January 16, 2012

 Happy Monday everybody!
I have a new video that I want to share with you.
I have made thousands of these seashell covered letters! to find out why watch the video below and go to my design blog at http://debisdesigndiary.blogspot.com

 Hope you all have a great day!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The balance between selling your handmade stuff like crazy and creative burnout!

Way back in the day before I opened my shop, I was making my handmade crafts and selling them to gift stores across the country, I had a whole line of handmade gifts that I made and sold, to 300+ accounts... this was the 1980's long before there were blogs, Youtube, Facebook or Etsy. It was fun!... but after making hundreds of the the same thing, over and over,... not so much.
 It was the creative process that I loved and craved, coming up with an idea and then perfecting it, seeing others respond, that was the thrill!
One of my accounts was a chain of 11 stores in Hawaii,  I would get a big order from them, work like a banshee to fill it, and as soon as I would come home from the post office, my fax machine would screech out a new order from them. yay! combined with a heavy sigh....
I was super grateful to be making a living doing what I loved, but I struggled to find balance between mass production (I was a one man band) and my passion for designing new things. I kept my business open for 7 years and then opened my own shop, this months marks the 15th anniversary as a store owner.
  Although I no longer make hundreds of the same thing at one time, it is still a challenge to carve out time to create new things, If I do get into my studio to create, it is usually between the hours of 10pm and 2am.
As many of you you may already know, I have always wanted to share my ideas in a big way, get them out there and inspire others to create! Our world has changed a lot since the 80's and there are so many ways to connect and share!
Last month I started my youtube channel, DebisDesignDiary.
 I have posted six craft videos so far, the one above is a DIY on how to make Seashell Candles, these candles are one of the many things that I made thousands of,... to the point of tears.
 My hope is you will watch my videos and they will  inspire you to create, then all the tears will be worth it!
 I will be posting a new video to youtube every week, so please subscribe if you like them, subscribing is free!
If you do,  make one of my projects, please post a picture on my Facebook page!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Two new videos and Two Giveaways!

Watch this fun and easy video, How to make Seashell Curtains and you could win the curtains I make in this video!
Watch this video on how to make these super pretty seashell pillows using pillow covers from Ikea!
Subscribe to my Youtube channel and you could win these pillow covers too!

Happy new year everybody!
yay 2012!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

A New video! How to make a Seashell Table with a crinoline skirt...

Hello Everybody!
I am super excited to tell you that I will be posting 9 new videos this month! Here is the newest one, How to make a seashell table! You will be amazed at how easy and affordable this is!
I also have Three more BIG giveaways coming up, to be entered into my giveaways just Subscribe to my youtube channel (shesellsseashellscom) you can get there by simply watching the video above and hitting the subscribe button!
Happy 2012! Wishing you the most creative year ever!