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Christmas is coming!

18 Nov

Christmas is coming!.


Member Feature: The Felt Collector

25 May

Member Feature: The Felt Collector.


New felt fabric

18 May

New felt fabric

Just wanted to share my new felt fabric sheets in my Etsy shop.:)

Why the name change?

7 Apr

I recently changed the name of my Etsy shop from AnimalPrintsLoL to Hopping the fence. I will be working on improving my store. The name of my shop, Hopping the Fence, comes from my childhood. When I was six, my family lived on base at Makiminato navy housing in Okinawa Japan. Down the hill from our home my brother and I used to hop the fence to the Japanese side. Our favorite adventure was to visit a Japanese shop, buy candy and see all the cool toys. On many occasions we had to write, “I will not hop the fence onto the other side”. As a kid it felt like one hundred times, but it was probably just twenty sentences. We would also meet children at the fence and trade Oreo cookies for baskets of fruit. Those days were unforgettable. My shop today is dedicated to being young. Hop the fence. Enjoy life’s creations. Play all day.

Different ways to display products and photo backgrounds

16 Nov

Fun with displays and backgrounds

As an Etsy and Ebay seller I am always looking to improve my shops. I was on my Etsy this morning and wondered if I had to many different types of pictures. I decided to start a blog hoping for some feedback. I will keep this discussion about my Etsy store since it is most important to me. The name of my shop is AnimalPrintsLOL. Let me chat and show the different ideas I have had for my photos and products. I will start with animal prints because of the name of my shop. This bunny just has a simple background created with white foam board and animal print scrapbook paper. This theme seems to fit very well with my products, being mostly felt bunnies and cats. I also sell hand dyed animal print felt and other felt pieces so this helps also.

My monsters are one of my own creations. I crafted the pattern from scratch. If you don’t know all of my monsters are mostly “good”, I craft each one with a heart.♥

  This room I created with scrapbook paper and dollhouse miniatures. You can also use toy furniture like I did in this photo. One extra benefit of having kids.

 A simple circle of friends is nice.  Humor. Move over Barbie! Lol cat is taking over.Close ups are interesting to me.

Plain backgrounds are simple and clean. Most of the treasuries I have seen are clean backgrounds. If not white then close to it. This to makes me wonder if I am hurting my shop by trying to make my brand familiar. I was hoping to eventually have most of my photos either animal prints, to match my shop name, or in fun rooms or backgrounds. If I have less clean and simple backgrounds, I believe this hurts my chances of being featured and getting into some treasuries. If I am different I may catch some curious eyes, or be recognized for my style of photos. Here’s some more photo fun ideas.

Ninja cat siting in a computer chair. Like a boss. Or peeking down from above.  There is also the pyramid for when your to lazy to take pictures of each one. 😉

Outside with some natural cool background  or inside with the scrapbook paper trick, one grass paper and one sky.

I should mention I have a weakness for felt. There is so many different kinds. Printed, wool, hand dyed, swirl, embossed and more. I collect as much as I can to craft with or to dye. I can turn printed felt into a rainbow of hand dyed colorful fun animal print sheets. 

In my room I try and keep felt in two or three different places so it looks like I do not have as much! Lol. Back on topic a felt background has been my choice for some of my animals like these cute polka dot bunnies. 

 A custom order I did. Simple photo with some of the items I used to create.  With some items you like, simple and fun.

 Using real photos as a background.  Or using paintings. So many different ways to display animals. This last photo I used my desktop background. Since I was working on zombies for Halloween I decided to download a nice spooky desktop theme. This is a bit harder because of the flash of the camera ruins a lot of photos. I finally angled a flashlight, took off flash and came up with some of the ones my camera did not get so well.

Taking good pictures is so time consuming but so very important. I am worried I have to redo my pictures but not really sure how to go about this. More plain for possible features and treasuries? More fun to be different? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. With the new Etsy browse system I feel my sales have already gone down and improving my store might be a good save. Also feel free and visit my shop I offer great Christmas gifts, stocking stuffers, custom orders and more. Or like AnimalPrintsLoL on facebook.

My Etsy shop:


Thanks for reading!:)

Zombies, Halloween and a free giveaway

18 Sep


My very first blog! 🙂 How exciting. With Halloween coming soon I am going to type about one of my favorite things. Zombies. I’m not sure why I like zombies. I can imagine they are quite gross and smelly lol. I have to admit a zombie apocalypse would be interesting in it’s own ways, fighting to survive, shooting zombies, like in a game. For now, I prefer fighting to survive in this world without zombies. Keep the zombies on TV, hehe. Not that I would ever like to be chased by the undead anyways, but if I did, I would choose the slow ass ones. No runners for me! However, I am a big fan of the walking dead TV show and many zombie movies like 28 days later and Dawn of the dead.  I watched Dawn of the dead so many times, one of my favorite movies from when I was a kid. My kids and I have been zombies for Halloween a few times. I would like to have a zombie party someday. That would be awesome. No one gets out alive! Ha ha.


Most importantly I create zombies. I have a shop where I list my creations. I crafted some lol cats, owls, bunnies and of course some gross and scary looking zombies. As gross as an adorable stuffed animal can look I guess.

Cute               Cute?

Mr. Brains is not my grossest example. I do think he is still kind of cute.

Since I am on the topic of the walking dead, I would like to inform everyone of my giveaway coming soon for Halloween. Free, except winner pays U.S. shipping (about 2.00) for one stuffed felt zombie stuffed animal. If you are interested please like my facebook page. and look for the giveaway around Halloween. Also if you would like to join in on the Facebook voting happening now, please do. I am looking for more Facebook comments to answer my question: which one makes the best zombie? Bear, cat,bunny or owl? Or which one is your favorite zombie?

Hope to see you voting and thanks for reading my post, Sarah

Hello world!

2 Jul

Welcome to! This is your very first post. Click the Edit link to modify or delete it, or start a new post. If you like, use this post to tell readers why you started this blog and what you plan to do with it.

Happy blogging!