New Items at the Store!

Gold Unicorn Beanie

Blue Unicorn Beanie

Twilight Sparkle Unicorn Ski Mask – My Little Pony Headpiece

The nights are getting cooler and winter is around the corner– ok, maybe around a few corners. My handmade unicorn ski masks are hilarious for Halloween but also make weird gifts for snowboarders, cyclists, Minnesotans and your most-fashionable-than-average hoodlum. Check out the Jumbo Jibbles store today to see what’s in stock!


Underpricing Creativity, or, How to Use Your English Degree

I was trolling Etsy on this lazy Sunday, looking for ways to respectfully, but efficiently, sell my Sky & Light pendants to the same sex wedding market, when I came upon a listing for a love spell. “A spell?” I wondered aloud, “How can you sell a spell on a handmade marketplace?” Well, it seems you can sell just about anything if you know your audience (and have no scruples about stealing images from DeviantArt.com).

This post will be a quick primer on pricing your items for success.

Make someone love YOU forever – Real Spell Cast Just For You – Amazing results – from MYMAGICFRIEND on Etsy

Fall in Love Forever Spell $9.99

This is cheaper than a Slanket, and a sleeve blanket definitely does not last forever. What makes you think this spell will hold sway over a non-consenting adult for the span of their natural lives? When I buy eggs, like a fool I buy the most expensive ones because I let myself think that means the chickens had premium TV channels.  On that note:

Haunted Love Magick, Triple Casting for A Variety Of Love Issues – from INVITINGANGELS on Etsy

HAUNTED LOVE MAGIC – $137

Now, I can only imagine what that extra $7 is for (candle trivets? fashion tape? crystal cleaner?) but with a price tag over $100, this is a seller who respects her ability to steal from people. And you want to give your money to someone who respects herself.

When pricing your work, think of these tips from top Etsy seller Kelly Rae in her post titled “Pricing Tips for Your Creative Business“:

    1. Challenge yourself to charge a price that makes you feel slightly uncomfortable.

Bingo! I definitely feel uncomfortable.

       2. When you underprice your work, you’re sending the message that it’s not the best quality; that’s it’s cheap.

If you can put a price on dreams and lies, go big. No one likes a cheap dream or a lackluster charlatan. Are you one of the many 20-30 somethings with a mouldering English degree and a father who loves to ask you how you’re using it?  Tell him you’re writing people emails about how you may have sat in a circle of crystals and meditated on their Atkins diet progress- and that you’re getting paid $49 bucks a pop.

 


The Horror! The Horror! Unicorn Ski Masks now available!

Unicorn horn ski masks are definitely the most frightening thing I’ve ever made (maybe more so than the 1st draft of the mushroom cloud puppet, eek!). So much, that I’ve kept them “in the back” at the last two fairs, afraid I’d scare off my cutesier clientele. But they’ve gotten me a lot of attention lately. Behold!

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This is the first picture I sent out onto the interwebz. Each ski mask comes in a one-size-fits-all adult size, fitting a little more loosely than an adult beanie. If you have glasses, you can still wear them but I think it makes the creepy-level go up 50%. The above mask has a custom horn and ears attached to it. You can get this new horn-upgrade for $9.

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Or maybe you want a more classic look– black with a white horn. Now please, I have heard people make jokes about robbing banks almost 100 times now. Please do not do anything bad while wearing this! Not only are crimes, well, criminal, you would likely be caught very quickly if you were so unwise as to wear a unicorn costume while robbing someone. So please do not do that. These are great for face-warmth while snow-boarding, playing pranks on friends or doing things at FurCon that we shall not discuss here.

Also available in pink! Like I always say, if you have any anxiety about Halloween costumes, my unicorn horns are a wonderful antidote for HAD (Halloween Anxiety Disorder).  But get them soon! Supplies are limited.

 

 


Not too late for Halloween! Order by Friday!

Order by this Friday to get your costume in time for the 31st!

 

Still need a costume?  It’s not too late to order a $15 Halloween Cure, that is, a unicorn horn!  But for $15 on Jumbo Jibbles, you can also now get an easy Fruit Hat, to become one of many fruits!

Eggplant? Strawberry? Tomato?  It’s up to you.  Pair this with a solid colored top and you’re all set, or go a little nuts and paint your whole face.

Not feeling fruity?  Go with a classic horn.

My husband, modeling the new sweatband.

These new sweatband horns will fit heads from toddlers to adults, and are even stretchy enough to fit all the way around a bicycle helmet!

Order by this Friday to get your costume in time for the 31st!


The $15 Halloween Cure

Unicorn horns!  It’s a fast, easy way to answer the Halloween costume question.  Do you get Halloween Anxiety?  We’ll call it HA.  I get  HA like crazy, with symptoms showing up as early as September 1st.  It starts when someone, quite innocently, asks me, “So, what do you think you’ll do for Halloween?”  Poor friend, who thinks she’s just small-talking or starting a genuine conversation about creativity and holiday spirit, has opened a can of worms.

Could I be a can of worms for Halloween?

In my my, there is an expectation to top last year’s costume.  I lived in one town for 10 years, and felt like I had to keep one-upping myself.  When we moved to San Jose, there was a bit of relief knowing that no one here knew if I was a Halloween savant or not.  No expectations!  That’s when I came up with the unicorn horns.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above are small, medium and large unicorn horns.  The large horn was the one I originally made last October and wore to a tremendously fun Halloween karaoke session (that included my parents).  It’s a great costume for people who don’t like costumes:  it’s light, inexpensive and you forget you’re wearing it.  A headband requires very little preparation or perspiration (of course, if there is perspiration, it will help with that.)

Speaking of sweat, after Halloween is over, why stop wearing a horn?  I’ve made sweatband versions that you can wear as you go along your daily activities.  Mow the lawn, go for a jog, swagger on the treadmill.

Bonus: they will fit over a bicycle helmet.

Don’t see what you want?  I also do custom horns, which can vary in the color of the felt (the horn fabric), spiral stitch, headband/sweatband color and length.  Go with a  tiny baby nubbin of a horn, or a somewhat-NSFW javelin.  Custom horns from 3-10″ are just $20.

And Heaven forbid we forget the narwhal, unicorn of the sea.

Visit Jumbo Jibbles– The Store! for a fine selection of Halloween wearables, all for the low price of $15.


Halloween Hats!

Satisfied customers: Mary and Jerry take a stroll in their Halloween hats.

One of the skills I’m honing are odd hats (see above).  I made my first costume hat for a cupcake costume for Aprilween, but it didn’t make the cut when we had our first moving yard sale.  I was surprised that someone would buy a hand-made hat, and they went on to order two more.

Aprilween 2010: Betsey Johnson cupcake!

One day, I promise I’ll make a better tutorial for one of these.  It’s pretty much cover a balloon in paper mache, then go crazy.  I can’t get more specific than that.

The hat helps you communicate with other pointy plants. Photo by Chris Clanton.

Justin sports a fashionable chapeau.

Cactus tutorial: Part 1!  Part 2!  Part 3!


Halloween! In 2011!

It’s the Halloween of the future! I decided to go as a unicorn, because I really didn’t feel like dressing up like an entire cake or entire whale this year, and who knows what I would have been? An entire city? An entire iceberg? Unicorn horns were splendidly easy to make, and I’ll devote a tutorial to them later. My husband also was a unicorn, so we made a cute and horny pair.

New friend! Loves Hyperbole and a Half. We have bonded over shared internet fancies, and I made her a hat to complete her “CLEAN ALL THE THINGS!!!” costume. Here we are, looking awesome:

Coupla broads in San Jose

I realized later that the wonderful creator of HAAH, Allie Brosh, actually did a comic about a unicorn, so I could have hung on my friend’s coattails.

The greatest love of all is easy to achieve.

Being in a new place for my favorite holiday was great.  I’d met enough awesome people to go to a karaoke bar and make a fool of myself, in costume.  I didn’t have to top last year’s costume, which I’ll admit made the whole thing much more fun.