December 23, 2008

Etsy Forums, The Easy Way to Promote

How long is too long to be spending on the computer learning about new ways to promote yourself? If you are like me, your soaking up all this FREE information that the Etsy forums has to offer. Thank you VieleraDesigns for starting this thread about promoting, advertising, and selling online, . I feel like some days I'm doing nothing but trying to promote my shop, and then thinking to myself was it worth it sitting around on the computer all day? You just need to find the right balance of promoting and crafting. I stick to one or two days on the computer and the others creating.
The time spent online is well worth it! After opening up on June 18th, 2008 I was featured on the Front Page of Etsy June 30th. Although I'm not sure where or how I was found, I do know that most likely it was from the forums since that was the only place I new of at that time. Everyone who spends time in the forums knows that there is always more to learn. From promoting your shops, to how-to's for photographing like a pro, the Etsy forums is a great tool to use.
Now if you aren't familiar on how to find the forums, sign in to your shop, click on Community(middle top of page) and then click on the Forums. Once in there you will see lots of different topics, choose one and see what there is to offer!

December 19, 2008

Gift Ideas, One Of A Kind Watch

Looking for a unique and stylish
one of a kind watch?
Then I invite you to see my shop
for a wide selection of beaded and leather watches. Ranging in colors like this Maple and Plum Spice Beaded watch with purple and copper findings for $35 to the popular leather cuff and cotton fabric watches for $45. Since opening shop in April of 2008 I have sold to Australia, Norway, and many items to the US. I enjoy making watches but my shop has other goodies to look at as well. With the Holidays being close by my little gift pouches have been a hit. These re-usable pouches are great for small items like soaps, pendants, and earrings. Perfect for craft shows or just for handing out as a gift. Happy Holidays!

December 12, 2008

It's that time of year again that families get together and cards are needing to be sent out for the Holidays. Here are 5 blank note cards that have a picture that is inserted into the card to keep for later. A great gift and a great way of saying what you need to say during these cold winter months. Happy Holidays!
For more information on this card set and others go to

December 6, 2008

Work Spaces

We've been moving into a house over Thanksgiving weekend and it's been a bit stressful. I'm still trying to find our cutting boards...not sure if they got left behind at the apartment or are just sitting in a box that is waiting to get unpacked. Here's a tip I've heard before, make sure your boxes are labeled! If I had done this maybe the cutting boards wouldn't be missing.
Having a house means more space. Everyone knows that you can never have enough space for all the projects yoru wanting to do. I was working from the corner of a living room on a small table in my old apartment. One night I was trying to download pictures from my digital camera to my laptop when my camera fell from the table onto the floor. I felt like crying! I thought it was broken when I saw the lens had popped off. After inspecting it, and making sure my baby was ok, I picked it up and said, "I need more space for all my stuff!" I now have my very own studio and no more being cramped in a corner. I have tons of storage, shelves, and even a closet to keep the mess hidden. I can't wait to unpack and get my studio set up. Now just if I could find...
I would love to hear about your craft area/studio. What is your favorite thing about your workspace? What color is your room? I will be posting a photograph of my new studio in the future. But here is where I was making all my purses and watches you can find on