Thursday, February 25, 2010
There are a ton of Etsy forum posts that discuss branding or creating an image for your shop. In addition to having a coherent look, banner and avatar there are plenty of blogs that you can place ads on to get your name/image out there. One of my fav's is Project Wonderful because it allows you to place bids for the amount you would like to spend and many sites even offer FREE spaces (great while you are learning the ropes). There are oodles of crafty bloggers that have spaces to advertise on and I find it easy to use. Not sure how to get started with Project Wonderful? Feel free to send me an email and I would be happy to send you a set of step by step instructions at no cost to you. Need an ad designed? I'd be happy to help out with that as well. I have a super deal in my Artfire shop right now so stop by and check it out!
Sounds like alot more fun than shovelling doesn't it?! More tips/tricks next week so stay tuned!
Monday, February 22, 2010
Whether you are a crafter yourself or just enjoy shopping for unique handmade gifts you are sure to find a treasure you enjoy at Colleen’s Custom Sewing. Located at 2 Cameron Street @ Laidlaw (behind the Village Bulk Foods store) in beautiful Cannington, Colleen’s store is your one stop shop for alterations, handmade gifts, fabric, buttons, notions and more! Colleen is extremely excited to announce that she will begin carrying Gutermann all purpose sewing thread starting in March. On a recent visit I was astounded at the treasure trove of buttons that she has begun to display and couldn’t resist bringing a couple home to use in my own projects. Not local to the area? Never fear, Colleen also has an online Etsy shop where she showcases a selection of her handmade items and supplies. Sometimes the greatest finds are “just around the corner!”
Friday, February 19, 2010
picnik-a great site for photo editing and other fun picture treats!
craftcult-if you are an Etsy shop owner and have yet to discover this site you need to stop by. Check your shop and item hearts just by entering your shop name. Be careful, it's addicting!
craftcount-check out Etsy top sellers in handmade, vintage and supplies.
project wonderful- a great tool for placing ads on blogs. Allows you to bid on ad spaces from $0!
meylah-lots of fun reading here including business tips, tutorials and more
These are just a couple of sites to explore that I enjoy. What are some of your fav's?
Monday, February 15, 2010
I’m a positive person, have a great sense of humour, love the world’s wild places and won’t live long enough to explore all the things I’d like to. I’m always learning about the natural world and use my art to express that.
Tell me a bit about your art and your products? What inspires you?
I’ve been an artist ever since I was a child and have explored many different mediums from painting to stained glass to woodcarving, quilting and even making teddy bears. I’m a huge animal lover; if I ever won a lottery I’d go see great white sharks off the coast of South Africa, Orcas in BC, lynx and owls in northern Ontario…I’m constantly working out designs in my head to put subject matter into my jewellery. So far, I’m having more luck with oceans and landscapes than animals!
How do you share your creations? Where can find you?
Word of mouth; I always show my work to my friends and coworkers to get their input. I’ve only recently begun showing online. Find Agawa Canyon on Etsy or Shop Handmade
What is your most important lesson since starting your craft/ business?
You can’t allow yourself to get discouraged. You must do your market research but don’t get lost in the pricing trap. Know what your work is worth, charge a fair price and stay focused. And, don’t take offense when people offer constructive criticism; it helps you produce top quality work.
Some fun tidbits:
-Coffee, tea or hot chocolate?
Always coffee, preferably Timmys
-Your favourite candy?
Those chocolate orange balls you have to smash to eat!
-Your favourite colour?
Deep forest green
-Your favourite movie?
The Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy
-If I were to catch you grooving it would be to this song….
Full Moon from the movie Twilight
Friday, February 12, 2010
*Follow the hostesses for today (the first 3 links in the list)
*Link up your blog name and URL using the MckLinky below. Only need to add on one blog to be seen on all the blog hops.
*Comment/follow/enjoy as many other blogs as you like!
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Keep in mind that I currently don't have anything listed in Kawartha Beads but do have experience with Bijoux Designs For You and Rouge River Beads. When we spoke on the phone this morning I mentioned that I had been doing a lot of promotion yesterday for Rouge River Beads and she said she didn't have the faintest clue where to begin.
I thought it might be helpful to share a couple of little pointers that are part of my daily routine. She found them helpful and I hope you will too:
*Did you know that you can search the Etsy forums? Click on forums and then type in key words such as "looking to buy", "looking to feature", etc. If you are busy mom this saves you having to wade through oodles of posts to try and find people in search of products or looking to feature shops on their blogs. I also type "twitter" in the search function to find new and fun people to follow.
* We also built a light box. Yep, the poor mans version but WHAT A DIFFERENCE. Find a cardboard box, cut a big rectangle in the top, cover the rectangle with a double layer of white tissue paper or even wax paper if you are stuck. Place light source above opening and click away. I love the way Colleen's Flower Hair Doodle turned out!
I'll save some more tips for tomorrow including a little bit about Project Wonderful. Most of all, we both felt rejuvinated and inspired! Take some time today to share a moment with a crafty friend or leave a comment here for all of us to enjoy!
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Monday, February 8, 2010
Friday, February 5, 2010
Bring the beading wire back through the crimp bead and crimp with a crimping tool, or flatten with pliers.
Add your beads in whatever order you like.
Add another crimp bead. Thread wire over the jump ring then thread the tail of your wire through your crimp bead and a couple of beads.
Crimp or flatten your crimp bead. Trim excess wire.
Open your jump ring and add the bookmark. Most bookmarks have a hole through which you can thread something. I find it easiest to attach everything to a jump ring. It's easier to turn around if you happen to have your charm backwards!
And voila! You now have your own bookmark to enjoy or give as a gift
For supplies you need to make your own beaded bookmark stop by Rouge River Beads.