Sunday, May 31, 2009

Can you help with a survey?

I'm doing some research for an article and I'd love some input from everyone here. If you have a few moments, would you answer a few short questions?

I will post the results when I've put together all the info I've collected.

Thank you in advance! Please post your thoughts as a comment, or feel free to email them to me at


The Questions:

  1. What role does your creativity play in your daily life? what percentage would you say?
  2. Do you feel that you are tapping your full creative potential? what percentage do you utilitize?
  3. How does your creativity add to your income? Does your shop(s) play a large role in your monthly income?
  4. Do you feel that you receive validation & support for your creativity from your family & friends? Would you like more? Is this something that is missing for you?
  5. Do you feel you have enough outlets for your creativity? What other outlets would you like to have?
  6. Does your creativity play a role in your 'day job' if you have one?
  7. Do you find that you mostly connect to others through your creativity?
  8. What role has the recent economic challenges played in your creativity?

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Saturday Night Special 5/30

I'm hosting a Saturday Night Special in my shop tonight.

20% OFF your Total Order *

(before shipping - I will issue a refund after payment is completed.)
Now through 6am Sunday

* 13 for $50 & Wholesale Lots are not applicable for 20% off

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Who doesn't love a Destash??

What's a destash you ask?

It's when a seller on etsy decides to clean out their supply stock and sell off all sorts of fabulous goodies! I love shopping for destash items. You never know what I will find...

Today, I have found Art Faerie!

Pink Roses - artisan polymer clay beads

Blue & Purple - artisan lampwork beads

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Traditional Metalsmithing

Studio 618, a fellow etsy artisan offers unique handmade jewelry and accessories using traditional metalsmithing techniques. The jewelry is delicate and beautifully crafted. I am always drawn to rings...

I love these:

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Fabulous Features!

check out these blogs by fellow handmade artists:

Una Tia Especial : spotlighting creative work of Mad Maggie Designs

Canadian Rockies Art: Etsy Finds- 5 hot Picks post featuring creative work by:
Bijoux Boutique : featured Etsy artist TK Designs

Thursday, May 21, 2009

What time is it?

It's time to check out another fabulous handmade artist!!

This time it's : Timeless Inspirations

Look at this beautiful Blue Shell & Pearl necklace-- I love the colors... such depth.

Oh -- there's earrings to match! How cool is that?

You just never know what you might find when you spend a few moments on Etsy!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

We've Got Paper.... well - not me.

I'm talking about "We've Got Paper" etsy shop. They have fabulous paper!! I love this shop!

Look at this great Ivy design writing sheets that come with envelopes. Writing hand written notes or letters is such a lost art. With email, IM chats and forums, etc we write digital notes instead. Having beautiful writing paper like this will make you want to write letters.

Julie, the maven behind all this fabulous printed paper is a 29 year old stationary design. She writes, "I got my first penpal when I was 7 years old, so I've been writing letters for about 22 years now."

Go visit her shop-- it's worth the trip!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Social Media time warp...

WOW! There is not enough time in a day to keep up with my 'day job' and promote, promote, promote.... Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Etsy forum, blog posts...

I supposed I need to eat, sleep and actually create some product in between all those tasks. LOL!

To top it all off, a pre-Mercury Retrograde computer hack problem! I had to save as much as I could to my external drive and then reinitialize my desktop computer. What a mess! I think I managed to save all pertinent info, but who knows until I go looking for something.

The challenge is finding all my photos. I have so many photo folders, even under the main 'My Pcitures' folder, but they don't all seem to be there when I go looking... yuck.

I suppse that's good incentive to take new photos, huh?

Friday, May 15, 2009

I jumped on board and joined Tim Adam's lasted venture:

It's a membership site for info and community assistance to really amp up views and sales. I have done very well over my year on etsy, but would certainly like to do better. I'm looking forward to all the great help & tips!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Get Visible- Be Seen! 18 page report

I recently celebrated my 1 year Etsy Anniversary at Jesse Janes. During that time I have had over 2700 sales and feel great having accomplished such a feat.

How have I had so many sales? First, I believe it is about your product, but it is also about how dedicated you are to promoting your shop outside of Etsy. I have spent a large amount of time planning a marketing approach that I can manage with my time constraints. I’ve decided to put all of my ‘secrets’ into paper in hopes that the information packed in these pages will help you Get Visible – Be Seen!

What is in this 18 page lesson?

1. Having your own business website

2. Optimizing your website for Search Engines

3. Blogging for visibility

4. Using social media outlets

5. Building relationships with other popular sites

6. Using your local connections to build visibility & customers

7. Create repeat customers – keep them coming back for more

With 3500+ words, and numerous screen shot photos, I take you through all the various steps I have taken to advertise my shop outside of Etsy.