Thursday, October 30, 2008



How did you get interested in what you do?

I've always been a crafty person. As a kid I always liked to make things. One of the first things I was complemented on at school was how neat my colouring in was. Soon, all the kids in my class wanted me to colour in their stuff for them!
As I got older I started to take up cross stitch. Then when I was in high school I got a weekend job in a craft store. It was the best job in the world because I got to be around everything crafty all day, and get paid for it! It was at this job that I learned alot about rubber stamping and card making, and I was soon passing this info onto inquiring customers. Ever since then I've been making cards in my spare time.

How long have you been doing your craft?
Pretty much for 6 or 7 years, but only started to do it frequently in the last year. Before this past year I made cards mostly for family occasions. I have moved around alot since the age of 18, which has not been compatible with stockpiling card making stuff. But right now I am settled in the US for the near future, so have started to increase my inventory of supplies. In July of this year I found out about Etsy and couldn't wait to open a shop selling my cards.

Do you sell anywhere besides Etsy?
Yes. I also have a shop on This is my shop

Where else can we find you?
I have a blog:
I am on Twitter:
I am on Flickr:
I also plan to make a facebook site soon.

Always look at your old items.

Always go back and look at your first 5 listed items in your shop. Do they own up to your standards now?
My first few pictures to me are horrendous. So before you go and renew those, update those pictures and revamp those descriptions, would you buy them?

I'm planning on making a list of pictures I need to retake and descriptions that need to be redone.

This is also a good way on seeing how much you've improved on your work, descriptions, pictures and tags as well.
Before taking that stop to the Critiques section, critique your shop yourself. Go to your shop in the shoes of a buyer and ask yourself: Would you buy it?

Wednesday, October 29, 2008



How did you get interested in what you do?

I have been a woodworker for over 35 years and I started making spoons as a way to use leftover scraps of wood that would otherwise be discarded or burned.

How long have you been doing your craft?
I've been making spoons for at least 15 years.

Do you sell anywhere besides Etsy?
I sell at a local gallery called Lucky Dog in Rockland, Maine and I occasionally do craft fairs.

Where else can we find you? (Social networking sites, etc)
At the moment Etsy is the only place I sell online.

Monday, October 27, 2008


I've been tagged by JeweledRabbit.

  1. I am of European descent.
  2. I've been in the United States for 18 years.
  3. I have two children.
  4. I am currently going to college.
  5. I am hopelessly addicted to beads. There is no help for me.
  6. I usually start more than one project at a time.
  7. Many of my designs come in my sleep. Crazy, huh?
I tag EVERYONE who reads this! :)
Have fun!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Well congrats to me.

I made it to 500 hearts today! (503 in total).
What I did was hang out in the Chatroom and Forums in Etsy. :D
That's the best advertisement, I swear!

503 hearts
10 people are new
within the last day

I also have 8 different item hearts, which is awesome!

I just hope some people are looking towards my stuff for Christmas ;)

New this week:

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Helpful things to use.

Google Reader?
Do you use Google Reader?
Google Reader is a way to keep up with everyone's blog. This could help you snag that special blog deal, or read up on some really helpful tips.

There are other ways to use Google Reader. You could use it to keep up with Etsy Alchemy.
This way, you are updated on Alchemy whenever someone posts a request. I keep up with the Storque on my feeds, and alchemy. How do you add a feed?
This is usually indicated by an orange button that looks like this:

Click it, select 'Google Reader' and it's added.

Email updates:
If you use FireFox, you can add a notifier to popup when you have an email. I use one for my Yahoo! mail to notify me every 5 minutes of any incoming emails. The mail button turns orange and makes a noise, which you can turn off, or change the noise.


Do you use twitter and have FireFox? TwitterFox is a FireFox extension which updates you about incoming Twitterers' tweets however so often you calibrate the notifier for. This helps with staying up to date, but not having to stay on the site 24/7.

That's all my tips for now!

Saturday, October 18, 2008


Just updating from my long hiatus from blogging here :)
If you'd like quicker updates, look for me on twitter!!

I made a few sales this month, which makes me very happy :D
I listed a few things, worked really hard on trying to get myself out there.

Here's my list of places I know I got a sale from:

Etsy Forums

So, some things work, others don't. My advice, is to try a little bit of everything, because I hear people get a lot of sales from places I don't see me ever getting sales from. The key is just trying. Try to get your name out there as far as you can. :)

New things on Etsy:

I know, too much :P

I also had a custom order for a brooch that I really like: