Monday, November 9, 2009

My Wheels Have Been Turning.....

Hello all!
As promised here's another sneak peek of what will be available in the shop next Monday when we RE-OPEN! This cupcake sculpture is OOAK (One of a Kind)!

Now on to some really big news:
Hubby and I had a big discussion last night about the future of Pinks & Needles. It seems like we talk a lot about it all the time but there's always been so many unanswered questions that have been lingering for about 2 years now!!! Kind of frustrating....... but last night we got some clarity on a few key issues! This was exciting!
From the very beginning of me opening my Etsy shop (February 2008) I didn't have a clue about what I was doing or if what I was selling was going to be something people liked or not. I just put on my "Wing It"  face and moved forward. I will never forget the first week my shop went live. I was so excited about it that I was literally getting out of bed in the middle of the night to see if items were selling! And the good news was that they were! I wasn't sleeping much the first couple of weeks and I never left the house either! I had to get myself organized and quick! So to make a long story's been almost 2 years of making pin toppers pretty much every day (give or take).
Now back to getting some "clarity" on a few key issues. It kind of just came to us last night that things have to change some how in order for me to keep up with this pace and I think we found our answer!
First off I would like to offer a "Pin Topper of the Month Club" to the first 50 people who are interested ~ where people can subscribe to receive one pin every month! Each month will have a different theme and I would like to ask all of you to cast your votes as to what themes you would like me to offer. It doesn't matter to me if you cast your vote for 1 theme or 12 - it's up to you! The goal is to have all 12 themes picked by mid December. I am limiting the "Pin Topper of the Month Club" to the first 50 people that contact me via email or here on Pinks & Needles blog. The pins that are offered in "PTMC" will not be sold anywhere else and would be considered Limited Editions. I will continue to sell the subscriptions until they are fulfilled. For example: say the 50th person subscribes in June they would receive January through June's pins all at once. They won't miss out on any pins! Also we will hold a drawing once a month for all subscribers to win a FREE pin topper too!
We (hubby and I) are still working out the details such as cost etc. but wanted to post this right away since time is of the essence. Our goal is to keep this very affordable! Somewhere in the ball park of $10-$12 a month shipping included.
I would like to offer "The 4 Seasons Club" too! Instead of 1 pin topper every month it would be 4 times a year and the pin toppers would be "seasonal". For the folks living in the Southern Hemisphere I would accommodate to your seasons accordingly : )
PTMC will mean BIG CHANGES for my Etsy shop. For those of you who shop with me on regular basis, I am sure you are used to my shop being OPEN on MONDAYS ONLY. I would like to change this and have my shop OPEN 24/7! I will be offering a wider selection of items other than pin toppers. I guess what I am trying to accomplish by making these changes is squeeze in time for all my other crafty passions and share my handmade goodness with all of you! In turn creating more "One of a Kind Items" too.
I could go on and on about tons more stuff but will cut this post for now. Please stay tuned for more updates!
I really look forward to hearing from all of you about theme ideas for PTMC! Please post your ideas here or shoot me an email.
Have a great week!
Oh I almost forgot....if you live outside the US shipping might be just a tiny bit more but not much : )

P.S. if the email link doesn't work above (which it may or may not depending upon your own computers applied applications) then just comment below. I check my blog throughout the day!


PunkiePie said...

PLEASE! Count me in!!! I'm very interested in a whole year's worth.

Gigi Minor said...

Thanks Jen I appreciate it so much!!! I've got you down! If you can think of any themes please post here : )

PunkiePie said...

Summer (July or August) - beach ball, hot dog or hamburger (in honor of all summer barbeques), pail and shovel, sandcastle, shell or sand dollar

January - snowflake
February - Valentine or Cupid
March - shamrock
September - apple for the teacher, box of crayons, pencil, school bus

That's all I got right now for ideas. Rest of everything going through my head are "typical" for the seasons/months but I'll keep thinking!

Gigi Minor said...

Thanks for your suggestions! I have them all written down : )Love the shamrock and sand dollar and shell!

jqline said...

Oh Gigi i LOVE this idea! Love to be part of this. :) I will have to think this thru....will post back here when i come up with some themes!

Have a lovely merry happy day and love to you!


Gigi Minor said...

Great J!!! I look forward to your theme ideas : )
I'm heading over to your blog right now!

{Candice} said...

Oooh, lots of exciting things to look forward to!

Count me in for PTMC, I'll do a bit of brainstorming and get back to you with my ideas :o)

I will be first in line on Monday to see all your delicious new creations - see you then Miss Gigi!


Gigi Minor said...

Oh Wonderful Candice! I am so happy you'd like to subscribe! I will put your name down and look forward to hearing your ideas!! This should be pretty fun!

Carol in E TN said...

I just sent you an email to sign up for the monthly club. These will be "sew" special!

Lulabell said...

Count me in please! I would love to join

Gigi Minor said...

Thank you Carol!
Thank you Hayley!
I have put you both on the list : )

Barb said...

I tried to send you an email to sign-up for the Pin of the Month, but it was rejected saying it did not exist. So, I am leaving you a comment for it. Let me know! Thanks!

Marilyn said...

My friend Vickie told me to check out your blog. It is great! I would love to be counted in with your whole year's worth of fun. Please tell me how to do this. Marilyn

Gigi Minor said...

Hi Marilyn~
Thank you so much for your interest!
I have put your name down on the list : )
I will be posting next week with an update here on my blog. If you would like to email me directly I can then send you an invite to our PTMC Google Group.

Have a lovely weekend,

Gigi Minor said...

Thank you Barb for your interest : )
Please try emailing me again at so I can send you an invite to our PTMC Google Group! I have put you down on the list : )

Sandy said...

Yes, count me in for the year as well. It sounds like fun! Thanks!

Carrie said...

Sign me up!
Count me in!
Don't leave me out!


Gigi Minor said...

Yay Carrie! I'm signing you up right now. I'll be sending you an email to join out PTMC Google Group too. Please accept the invitation when you get it : )

Erica said...

I sent and e-mail too, but want to write here... I would love, love, love to get in on the fun if there is room. Your work is amazing.

I would love to see some cherries... my sewing room has lots of cherries, so they would be fun to have in my cushions! I look forward to finding out if you have any slots open yet!

CJ said...

Sounds like fun! I would be interested in either the Monthly or Seasonal.
How about a cute paisley shape one month??
a piece of pumpkin pie?

CJ said...

I am not able to email you. I am interested but need the details before final comittment. :D

MichelleB said...

I would love to be in this club, if you still have openings!

Patti Stelzer said...

Please let me know if it is too late to sign up. I would be interested in any of the 3 options.

Gigi Minor said...

Hi Patti~

Yes there are still memberships available - please email me directly so I can give you more information. I looked up your profile page to see if I could leave you a comment on your blog but your profile page doesn't have any info listed. I am looking forward to hearing back from you!

Thanks for contacting me!

Janet said...

Hello!! I just want to confirm that I am on the list for the PTMC when I emailed you, I got a reply stating I would get an email to confirm. I have not gotton it yet. Are we supposed to send our Jan. payment yet? Please let me know! thanks- don't want to miss out!!! I think you have my contact info- we have "talked" before! JLBW

Gigi Minor said...

Sorry Janet!!! I just sent you all the info you'll need via your regular email address : )