Monthly Archives: April 2013

50 days before departure! Here are my plans…

In 50 days I’m going on a massive South American adventure! ACE! I have so much to do before then but it’s all worth it to have an excellent break!

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I’m always guilty of having a few too many ideas for what is practical/financially viable. I’ve had to divide my Cumulus Factory Plan into PRE-travel and POST-travel. Here is what I’m thinking at the moment…


  • Take custom cushion orders until May 16th (1 month before leaving)
  • Fill all these orders as quickly as possible
  • Possibly 1 more Spoonflower order
  • BREAK EVEN! I’m coming pretty close to this target!
  • Find better ways to organise and store my materials
  • Visit Finders Keepers markets in May
  • List all made items on Etsy (and hopefully sell a bunch!) – on that note, this week all pre-made items are 20% off in my Etsy store – use the code: SALEFORNOREASON

During travel:

  • Find inspiration, ideas, creativity and hopefully FABRIC while I’m travelling
  • Keep blogging/snapping photos of inspirational craft-related things
  • Find someone who can ship out any Etsy orders while I’m away (or pause the shop)


  • Look into selling through Hard to Find
  • Approach local shops about stocking my wares
  • Apply for Finders Keepers Market in December
  • Consider holding other market stalls
  • Learn about screen printing…
  • Learn about laser cutting…


sale for no reason


Three exciting things to note.

1) ETSY SALE! 20% off all ready-made cushions, tote bags and stickers in my Etsy shop. Use the code: SALEFORNOREASON – Valid until Sunday 28th April.

2) I hit 500 instagram followers!!! THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!

3) I’ll be taking custom cushion and bag orders until May 16th – 1 month later I’ll be heading off on a giant long-awaited trip to South America! If you’ve been thinking about ordering a custom cushion, have a look at my Etsy shop or instrgram account for some inspiration! You can use the custom order form.

These facts may or may not be connected.

Very exciting times over here in The Cumulus Factory 😀


☁ A



Freebie Wednesday! Hummingbird pattern backgrounds

I recently whipped up a hummingbird pattern based on this very old drawing by Gould. It’s his drawing of the Hummingbirds ‘Amazilia yucatanensis’, a.k.a. the Buff-bellied Hummingbird.

Amazilia Yucatanensis - Gould

Amazilia Yucatanensis – Gould

I’m having it turned into fabric with Spoonflower (exciting!) and while I’m eagerly awaiting the fabric arrival, I thought I should do something a little productive… Desktop/ iPad / iPhone backgrounds!

I love hummingbirds, and all birds really. It just so happened that this mirrored/repeated pattern came up SPLENDID-LIKE! I can’t go keeping a thing like that to myself – Below I’ve included the various sizes of patterns – feel free to share/download/use/enjoy!

Hummingbird pattern tile - 884 x 1458

Hummingbird pattern tile – 884 x 1458

iPhone 4 Background - 640 x 960

iPhone 4 Background – 640 x 960

iPhone 5 Background - 640 x 1136

iPhone 5 Background – 640 x 1136

iPad Background - 768 x 1024

iPad Background – 768 x 1024

iPad Retina Background - 2048 x 1536

iPad Retina Background – 2048 x 1536

Desktop Background - 2650 x 1920

Desktop Background – 2650 x 1920

If you want any other sizes, let me know!

☁ Adina

World maps heading to Spoonflower HQ!

This morning I whipped up a print of the world map in 3 colours. I’ve always been inspired and excited by maps, and it wasn’t until this morning that I worked out a way to get maps into my cushions. I can’t wait to see how the fabric turns out!

world maps x3 small

Which colour do you prefer?

Spoonflower order v2.0

I ordered 3 yards of fabric from Spoonflower a few weeks ago. One of those yards (the Pineapples) is almost gone! So I decided it was time to place a 2nd order. It COULD have got out of hand but I was fairly restrained…


I re-ordered the pineapplesSwallows Pattern based on Gould's drawings Bird pattern tiles
Swallows pattern I whipped up

Vintage photos 3 small

These 3 excellent vintage photos will become cushion panels

Coloured pineapples small

And finally… I’ve ordered 3 colours of pineapples on white background. So many pineapples!!!

That’s what’s going on in the Cumulus Factory! I can’t wait to get the fabric order 😀

Do you have a favourite?

Etsy joy and Custom goodness!

The other day I had my very first Etsy sale! What a rush! It was a custom request for Teal/Grey cloud cushion. The customer was kind enough to send me a photo of her stunning apartment, with the cloud cushion in situ.

Etsy customer's lovely photo of a Cumulus Factory cloud in her stunning apartment.

Etsy customer’s lovely photo of a Cumulus Factory cloud in her stunning apartment.

I’ve also had a word-of-mouth referral for 2 cushions, from a friend of a customer in Melbourne. Very excited to sew up these custom orders!

Which leads me to my next point… I’ve been imagining a kind of ‘visual custom order form’ for a while but I didn’t quite have the technical know-how to make one myself. I stumbled across 123 Contact Form  and found exactly what I needed… Free! Booyah! So I now have a fancy custom order form which can be accessed here (through Facebook) or here (non-Facebook).

Any feedback on the form is greatly appreciated!

Happy Sunday!

☁ Adina

Learning about Etsy

Dear internets,
I’m pretty new to this Etsy thing. I’ve got things to sell and I know they’re excellent, but I just think I need more exposure. I’m mostly writing this post to track what I’m up to and hopefully someone can learn from this one day (most likely candidate: Me!) Here’s how I’m getting my things ‘out there’ at the moment:

☁ I am pretty active on Instagram – nearly 450 followers now!

☁ Facebook page has a little under 100 followers, most are people I already know. They’re my best customers til now!

☁ Adding listings almost daily to my Etsy shop

Recently added to the Etsy shop

Recently added to the Etsy shop

I just wasn’t conviced this was enough, so I’m trying out paid Etsy Search Ads. Maximum of $7 per week – I’ll trial it for a couple of weeks and see what happens there.

I’ve also been making fancy spreadsheets to track all my spendings and profits – I’m yet to break even but I’m working towards that fast!

I wonder if I’m missing something! I’ll just keep chugging away sewing cushions and seeing if anyone wants to hug and hold those things 😀

☁ Adina