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Ready to Ship Sale

I am going to try something – I know Ready to Ship items are popular because they can be shipped out right away and not have the wait involved with something that needs to be made. It’s nice to be able to see what is ready to ship, right? So at the end of each month I will have a sale on the Ready to Ship items on Etsy. Each week I go through and move some things into that category. Some of my favorites currently in the category are shown below. See all options here on Etsy – there is usually only one of each so if you want it, grab it – and I will ship it out ASAP! The sale is Today through Sunday. I will add more in this weekend before the sale ends so keep checking.

Thank you and Happy Thursday!

* If a listing sells and you would like me to resist it as Made to Order just let me know – most can be remade, but if there is a specific fabric background such as in the Hen/Rooster shown below, that will be different.

New This Week 02.21.21

Added this weekend – find them on Etsy, or in the Studio. If you have any checkout problems through the Studio link please let me know!

This weekend I added one bookmark, 6 new Extra Large Snap Trays, some Plant Markers, and several Kitchen Towels. If you are looking for something let me know!

My favorite this week? Probably the Potatoes Gonna Potate and Tomatoes Gonna Tomate. What’s yours?!

All the Bernie

Happy February! We are 1/12th the way through the new year. Is 2021 treating you any better? I’m not sure yet…

I just wanted to share all the fun new Bernie meme items I have been creating recently – getting some good feedback, and I have more coming, just need to find the time to make and photograph and list. I try to create several new items each week – a variety to choose from – but you know, life. Some weeks have more new things, some less. Anyway – here are the fun Bernie items I have created so far, and more to come!

You can find them all at My Rainy Day Designs Studio or on Etsy.

And my favorite, the Soft Mittens design. Original Lyrics by me!

USPS Tracking and Shipping

Hello! I hope you all had a nice Christmas with whoever you were able to spend it with. I am sad to see several of the items I shipped out well before Christmas still have not arrived. I just wanted to give a quick update from the little I know.

As I’m sure you are all well-aware, the US Postal Service is overwhelmed with an unprecedented amount of package deliveries, and understaffed due to Covid. I am not going to reiterate that here, but I just wanted to share a quick example. If you ordered something from me and received a Tracking Number, I PROMISE it was dropped off at the US Post Office for processing, but they don’t scan all the items right away. I have been watching all of the orders I shipped out to see what was scanned, what is still “label created” and allegedly not moving, and what has been delivered. Yes I have been tracking them all for over a month. I think it bugs me even more than it bugs you because I created and shipped as quickly as I could to get the orders in your hands in time, and the Postal Service failed me and millions of other Small Businesses this year.

I checked in on all the packages again this morning, and I have a screen shot of a good example. This doesn’t give away the item or where it is going, but you’ll see in the screen shot below that the label was created December 15th. It said Pre-Transit for 10 days as if I had it still sitting in my office, not dropped off to the Post Office. I dropped it off right away, but it was never scanned. Suddenly (10 days later) it has reached a regional postal processing center in New York. Luckily this package has a NY destination so I am hopeful this will be delivered very soon.

I appreciate that most have been understanding and patient about the delays. Once I mail the package it is at the mercy of the Postal Service, which again, they are overwhelmed and understaffed. I am still working my way through a few last-minute orders that came in just before Christmas. If you had one of those, I am hoping to make them all this weekend and get shipped out early next week. Thank you so much. Hope you are all having a Wonderful Holiday Season!

How to Dress An Elf

‘Tis the Season! Are you elves out yet? Mine are! They always make their annual debut after Thanksgiving – and this year they came with a wardrobe! I am still working on the Accessories and Costumes so more to come, but we are having fun with the Sweaters.

The Sweaters. How to Dress an Elf. It’s tricky at first, but gets easier. I have some photos below to show you what I have figured out so far that works for me.

First – if your elves still have their hands connected you will need to separate those – use tiny scissors so as not to cut their hands, just the thread.

Each Sweater I ship out should have a small slit cut into the back of the sweater. Each sweater has a different shape so they fit a bit different, but I have found a sweater base that I like so those that can be on the basic sweater shape, I will use that – it seems to do a little better with dressing and undressing the elves. If you need to, cut the slit a little bigger depending on your elf.

Go up over the feet – as long as you can get the slit over the body where it meets the feet, you should be good!

On Step 1: Go up over the feet. Stop just below the shoulders.

On Step 2: Tuck the arms down into the sleeves.

On Step 3: Shimmy the arms down into the sleeves as you pull the sweater up. Tweezers may be helpful to pull the arms through.

You can put the collar over or under the sweater:

To Remove the Sweater: Do the same thing in reverse. Pull the arms up a little bit.

Pull the arms all the way out:

And pull the sweater off at the feet.

Now you are ready for a new sweater! I added many sweaters to the Elf Emporium category recently – be sure to take a look. And on Instagram today it is Star Wars Sweater Sunday! A couple of my favorites below. Thanks for stopping by – I hope this helped you and I hope you and your family enjoy the Holiday Season!

Elf Emporium

Good Morning! I know I have been Blog silent lately, but I found the world of making your Elf his and her own sweaters and costumes and accessories – and I have been having fun making a lot of sweaters! More to come, and the costumes, I am excited about the costumes. My elves will have a full wardrobe this year! I am trying to get through all the Sweaters first, and then will move on to the fun Accessories and Costumes, but I have made two accessories – Toothbrush / Toothpaste set, and an Art Easel and Palette set! Some of my recent makes below. And I have created a Holidays section on my new website with subcategories of Christmas and Elf Emporium among others.

Available items will stay on this website as they expire on Etsy. They may or may not become available again on Etsy if they are deemed popular or have a special request to return. Let me know if there is something specific you are looking for that you have seen but can’t find!

Some of my favorite new Elf items below. See them all in the Elf Emporium. Thanks for reading and have a wonderful Thanksgiving Week!

New Finger Puppet Sets + Mint Tin Play Sets

So I have found a new love of creating Finger Puppet Sets. I know kids {of all ages} love to play with them, but they are also cute just sitting there on your desk – brightens your day! There are so many designs out there right now – with favorite series, holiday, even super mini play tins! I have 4 sets that I finished recently. You can see all available sets in the Finger Puppets section – and many more are on their way!

Thanks for stopping by – I hope you are having a wonderful Labor Day weekend – wherever you are in the world. And stay safe!

USA States Collection: Idaho & Montana + More

I know I haven’t been that great at updating lately – too many things to do, not enough time. I will try to be better. This post is just a short update to let you know that I finished 2 more states, Idaho & Montana, and that I think for the time being, I will get the files ready to be stitched, and do a product preview of what the stitching will look like with my selected colors, but I don’t have time to stitch them all out right now, and wrap them all with that much black ribbon – and store them! I am running out of storage space.

I think I will be having a Sample Sale soon of products that have been in storage for awhile. There will only be one of each for the most part. The items can still be made to order – also some that were made awhile ago I may not have the same fabric or supplies available to me, so it could be a Limited Edition! More on that to come.

Below are previews of completed Idaho and Montana, and a preview of Nevada. Still working my way East. You can find these completed and ready to ship designs at my new Shop, Rainy Day Designs Studio, or on Etsy. Nevada will be up soon. As soon as I get the finished piece stitched and hooped, I will update with a finished photo. But looking at the previous 7 states completed will give you a good idea of what your selected state will look like. I hope to have all 50 States available soon.

Thanks for stopping by – I hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend!

P.S. There is a SALE over at Etsy. Put $20 or more in your cart and see your total drop 20%!

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Math Wheels

Just a quick post – it’s not much but I am so happy that I was able to create something from start to finish that will also help my son with math this year! I have more that I am making, but for now I was able to finish the first 5 of many math wheels. I really want him to pop out the numbers and just know them in his head, so I am hoping these will help the end result. From the first placement stitch to the final satin stitches I created the math wheels. It may not be a perfect design, but I think it is a great start for my first design product. I just thought they turned out so cool, I had to share! More coming soon.

New Shop

** UPDATE: I added a coupon code to the site through July. It doesn’t let me put the store on sale all at once so there is a coupon code for all orders. Use Coupon Code DROP15 through July. Have a great week! **

I hope everyone had a happy, long holiday weekend! Among other things, I decided to test out a new online shop. This allows me to have more items, more categories, and a little more freedom with listings than on Etsy, and I’m not sure how people get the Facebook traffic to sell there, so I decided to try this. I imported most products and have been taking the last 3 days to try and clean up a little. I do still have several more items to go through, but I think most things are set up and correct. I will be going through again to double-check and make sure all the photos are there. And I have new (and new OLD items) to add so I will be adding those as soon as I can, once all the existing product updates are complete.

If you happen to see something that is completely wrong, or have a question that I can address let me know – it’s not helpful to anyone if it is wrong or missing information. Also please be patient with any bugs that may arise with checkout or shipping. I haven’t used this eCommerce store before – I think I have everything set up correctly but I won’t know for sure until an order is placed all the way through.

Take a look – and check back soon – if you are looking for something and don’t see it on Etsy, it may show up here soon. And as always let me know if there is something specific you are looking for!

Home Page is rainydaydesigns.studio

And find all products here. I will be updating the Categories soon, adding some, organizing. It will be a constant work on progress.

Thanks for stopping by – have a great rest of your weekend!