Friday, April 30, 2010

Flickr Flavor: Love

While on a search for love over on flickr, I found this little gem titled:

Heart On The Line

She has a ton of great shots... you should check her out for sure. Just click the link above.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Green Thumb

I've never been able to grow things. My grandmother can, my sister can, even my 7 year old can. But it missed me somehow. UNTIL this year!

All of a sudden, this year I've been growing things. My goal for next year is to have a garden.

In my garden I want flowers, veggies and recycled record pinwheels!!!!!

Don't get excited just yet, that is just the back of the pinwheels. The front is hand painted.

These pinwheels are handmade by Christine Claringbold of ::Eye Pop Art::.

They are also in the new Uncommon Goods Mother's Day Catalog! (there is also a video of the pinwheels in motion over at UG... just click the link to redirect)

And seeing that my husband is a record collector, I have no excuse not to buy one!!!

Follow the Eye Pop Art blog by clicking ::here::... or by clicking the new widget to your right!

The Power of Three

Throughout time, the number three has been said to be a "magical number". I believe!!
My daughter was born on the 3rd month of 2003 and I think she's pretty magical. :)

You can find the important symbolism of three in everything from the holy trinity to the three wicked step sisters.

Today I found it on etsy...

This little squirrel has his nuts in a row! The acorns are made of fresh water pearls! I love the asymmetry if this little brass necklace!!

Reclaim, Reuse, Recycle: Reiter8
Handmade in Brooklyn, this pillow is made from upcycled sail boat sails!!

Available in Red, Green and Blue

I'm in love with this necklace!!
Made from a vintage brass hotel room number.

The artist says:
"The drop of the T-bar and number 3 is about 3 inches (naturally!)" <-- Now that's symbolism!

You can also check out these items from Whisper and Hush:

And feel free to link to your favorite number three items in the comments!

**As always, click the links below the pictures to redirect to the artists store.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

What to Wear, What to Wear???

It's not Monday... but it's not the weekend either. You're caught up in the middle of the week. Probably working or something. And who needs that?? Let's shop!!

Do you have a date this weekend (no... me either)?? Maybe going to your local handmade market (I am!)?? Or just a day at scooping up fresh goodies from the local farmers market (I'm doing that too!!)? Whatever your plans, your going to need something completely original to wear.

I found this designer over on etsy last night... ::THIMBLE and ACORN::

"Wendy gave Peter Pan a thimble, when he held out his hand for a kiss (she did not want to hurt his feelings). Peter Pan then gave Wendy an acorn as a "kiss" which later saved her life..."

*never grow up*

Eve has a passion for sewing and uses a combination of high quality fabrics (both new and recycled/upcycled) to make unique tops, skirts and dresses for women.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

A Little Trashion for your Tuesday Night...

I opened my craft cabinet today and was attacked by a down pour of tin cans. I've collected a variety of coffee and tea tins... vintage tins... mint tins... I always think I'll find a use for them at some point.

Here are a few crafty candle ideas I just might try to duplicate this weekend.

Decorative and vintage coffee and tea tins make great candles! It's as simple as gluing a wick to the bottom and adding some wax.

I like to use the wax from old candles... just scrape the wax out of an old jar... melt it in a pot and pour into the tin (after adding the wick of course)

*Click the link below the picture to redirect to a much better tutorial that originally appeared in the book Country Living Homemade Candles

You can also make a travel size versions using old mint tins and a very sophisticated technique we like to call... decoupage.

*Click the above link to redirect to full DIY directions from Kate over at Design*Sponge.

My favorite just might be the pierced tin garden lantern.

via ::Fine Gardening::

*Click the link for a step-by-step video tutorial!!

You can even use the same technique (with a little paint) to create unique table numbers at your next event.

This is a great idea for the green bride!

*Again... the link above leads to an easy how to!

Monday, April 26, 2010

I Wrote You A Love Letter

This Love Letter necklace from ::The Ardent Sparrow:: has got me feeling all mushy and stuff!!

Makes me want to fall in love or something.... eww. ;-)

Seriously... how beautiful is this??

R.I.P snail mail!

Monday Morning Vintage Mugs

I don't think it's a big secret that Monday mornings are a draaaag. You always need that extra cup of energy to get you going.

If you're like me... you feel the better the mug, the better the coffee... therefore... the better the Monday!!

I found some pretty good vintage mugs over on etsy that I wanted to share with you!!

Taste of Love Vintage Milk Glass Mug from ::VintageVotary::

How great would this one (below) look on your desk holding pens and pencils?? The seller had the idea of using it for a brush-soaking mug!!

Japanese Artist's Mug from ::OhSydney::

My husband is on some serious fitness kick right now... I thought this would be a great mug to sip from while I sit on the curb watching him sprint past the house (i'm not so much on a fitness kick right now).

Protest Flab Mug from ::DandelionGirl::

All this vintage mug browsing left me with a serious need to buy one for myself. I bout the one below just because I absolutely can't live without it in my life!!! I think this could be my new favorite mug of all time, ever!!!

Rock 'n Rolla Mug from ::RiffRaffReview::

Treat yourself to an inexpensive gift this Monday morning and go get a vintage mug!! etsy, thrift stores, flea markets, ebay... they all have great mugs that will instantly become part your favorite ritual of the day!!

Too broke to spend a couple dollars on an old mug??? Rummage through your grandma's storage shed... I found this one (below) hiding in a basket for free!!! And it has my name on it... imagine how excited I was when I uncovered this little find!!

Tip 13 | Etsy Hacks

I was scrolling though my twitter feed one day and I see one of my tweeples (thats twitter for peoples) comment that they were upset that the changes to Etsy had messed up their Etsy Hacks. I immediately said “WHAT IS AN ETSY HACK?!?” I then googled it.

Maybe you’ve heard it mentioned and you’re just not exactly sure what it is or what it does. Maybe you think “hacks” are a bad thing. Or maybe you’ve never heard of it at all.

So what is it?? Only the best thing to ever happen to Etsy!!!

Before we get in depth on how they work and why I love them let me first say that right now they only work with the browser Firefox. Which you can download here. Ian is working to make it compatible to other browsers but right now you will have to download Firefox to use it - IT IS SO WORTH IT!

Ian’s wife runs her own Etsy shop and in order to help her business run a little more efficiently he created Etsy Hacks and then released them to the public. Since then Etsy has adopted some of his hacks, thank Ian for the bulk uploader, and then they adopted him. In August of 2009 they hired him as QA Engineer, responsible for testing the site and any new features as they come along.

Now that we have all the background out of the why let’s jump right into the fun stuff!!

EtsyHacks is a collection of tips, tricks, shortcuts and links that makes your Etsy experience… buying and selling… faster and more efficient. They will allow you go directly to a listing and edit, copy, delete. They will allow you to convo right from a transaction order. They will allow you to delete a convo while in the message. They just cut out a lot of searching your listings and orders which in turn costs you valuable time!

I really love them all, but I do have 3 that I used EVERYDAY and can’t even imagine life without them now.
Copy Lisitng: create a new listing based on an existing one.


Edit This Item: edit or delete a listing from the View Listing page.

Relisted Items: Track which items have been relisted when viewing sold items.

Your etsy” page navigation
Adds page navigation to the top of your Your Etsy pages.

Sold orders plus
Search sold orders and see when buyers have bought from you before

Unheart and reheart favourites from the shop and listing pages, and unheart and reheart favourites in the Favourite Sellers and Favourite Items pages more quickly.

Fast tagger
Add all your listing’s tags at once.

Section counter
Looks for uncategorised listings in your “Sections” page.

Copy listing
Adds a link to copy an existing listing to the View Listing page

Forum navbar
Adds an extra navigation bar to forum pages

Fast batch feedback
Quickly set all the fields on the batch feedback page

Item zoom
Adds a zoom icon to images in search and shop listings

Shop tools
Adds a links to shop configuration pages to your shop and listing pages.

Forum permalinks
Adds a link to make it easier to link to specific posts in a forum

Treasury window tweaker
Makes it easier to open multiple treasuries in new tabs.

Forum user links
Adds links to a user’s profile, the ‘heart this user’ function, and links to send them a convo and see all the convos you’ve had with them.

Cancel transaction
Adds links to cancel transaction from the sold orders and view transaction pages

Printable receipt enhancer
Adds IDs and class names on the printer-friendly receipt, to make it easier to customise

Buyer info
Add extra information to the “buyer” box on a receipt page - a link to convos with that user, a link to their feedback page, a link to send them a convo, and a link to their email address.

As I said there are soooooooo many, head over to Ian’s site and check them out for yourself. If you have one you would love to see shoot him a message. Not only will he create it but he will put your shop name on it.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Weekend Workspaces

Growing up, there was always a craft room in our house. My mom called it either the "sewing room" or "the upper room"... it was upstairs in the center of the house with a huge window.

I, like most women, have a dream for my very own workspace. Actually, in my dream, my space is more than a room. It's a shed, out back... with tons of inspiration hanging from the rafters and stuck to the walls!

I've decided to share a little workspace inspiration with you now.... hope it inspires you!

Ok... too much inspiration... must. go. make things!!


For some reason I'm just now stumbling onto this blog. I feel like most of you have probably been aware of it for a while.

Every time I think about the Handmade Revolution that seems to be going on these days, I can hear my mom saying "I told you so".

My mom was a master crafter... taught by her grandmother. She could make every and any thing you could and couldn't imagine.

She made everything from our prom and Sunday dresses to homemade and crocheted gifts for friends and family. She'd take us shopping and we'd buy nothing because she could make everything in the store. "I can make that" was the dreaded phrase.

And now... here I am... with a daughter of my own finding myself saying "I can make that". And my mom walks with her head held just a little higher... because she passed along to us, what her grandmother passed along to her... Handmade is just better!

I added their badge to the featured links section so you can just click on over anytime you feel like it :)

Friday, April 23, 2010

☮ Earth Day Freebie ☮

Get these charms for FREE!!! (keep reading to learn how)

available at ::RELISH::

Be the first to click on over to ::RELISH::. Purchase ANY ITEM in the shop. Attach a note to your purchase with the code:

and receive these Peace Charms for FREE!!

Thats it! Buy one item and get these FREE!!!

**this offer is only available to ONE customer and it ends May 1st.

Wild Blueberry FEATURED!

Our friends (and family) over at ::Wild Blueberry Ink:: got a little feature in an etsy Earth Day treasury by ::JANSUE::

Click on over to the treasury to see all the listed items and visit the shops. Leave a comment if you see something you like!!

Thursday, April 22, 2010


Since today is Earth Day... I've decided to have a little sale!!!

I love little jars... and putting things in jars! But I've never liked putting living things in jars... however... I've always wanted a pet butterfly.

All that being said, I found these itty bitty feather butterflies at a local store a few years back and never could think of a way to use them. UNTIL... I found these itty bitty apothecary jars at the same store just a few months ago!!

So... I created these little charms:

available at ::RELISH::

I loved them so much I had to make a necklace. I added a little bit of moss to add a bit of color. There are two different styles of brass chain and a silver colored faceted bead.

So here's where the money saving comes in!!!

You can purchased either of the above items in my etsy store (just click the links under the picture).

Once you purchase the item... before you pay... convo me with this coupon code:


I will then send you an invoice and mark 50% off the item.

Then you pay... then I ship it to you... then you wear it... then you become the envy of all your friends and live happily ever after!!

**This coupon code is good till May 01, 2010

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

3 Wishes Apothecary Jar

I've had a great response to my 3 Wishes Jars. Which makes me happy, because I thought they were so simple and beautiful... so I'm glad other people thought so too.


There are currently two listed in the store. One is on reserve... and the other is there for the first person to get to it.

After this one, there will be no more!!!! I only made a total of 5.

::CLICK HERE:: to get the very last one!!

At A Snails Pace.

I would just like to say...

I've finally added a followers widget. I was told by a slightly more advanced blogger that I "really must" have this.

So... there it is. Over there... to your right.

If you've already subscribed... you can also now follow.

What the diff??? I honestly have no idea.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Tip 12 l Blogvertise

by guest blogger, Shirley of ::Wild Blueberry Ink::

*Be sure to read to the end I am offering a great prize*

Before any business is successful an investment has to be made. Money has to be spent to make a business profitable. Today I want to introduce you to one very popular way you can invest your marketing money - Blog Advertising.

| What is a Blog? |
A blog is usually short. A blog can range anywhere from a couple of sentences to a couple of paragraphs or even pages. When someone posts a blog it is open for comments. People can then visit that website, read the blog, and post a comment about the writing. Anyone can ask the blogger ( or person who is writing the blog) any question that they deem necessary.

Blog advertising is becoming the choice for online advertising because of its many advantages such as link building and generating more visits to your site and, therefore, higher chances of your products and/or services being known.

| Planning A Campaign |

Honestly, one ad on one blog for one month is not really going to get you the results that you are looking for. Keep in mind the more times your banner is seen the more times it is clicked. The more times people visit your store the more likely they are to buy your product. Here are a few steps to help you plan your online campaign.

1. Determine how much money you want to spend.

2. Determine your target audience.

3. Make a list of your favorite blogs and other places you would like your banner to appear.

4. Contact the list and get price quotes and traffic statistics.

This information is vital to planning a successful campaign. Once you have these 4 items you can sit down and determine where you money is best spent and then budget it out so you can get more bang for your buck.

| How To Get The Most Out Of Blogvertising |

1. Make sure you ad pops. Why even advertise if your banner is going to get lost in the crowd. If you have no Graphic Design experience I strongly urge you to contact someone who does and hire them to create you some online banners. Be sure to get a varitety of sizes, one animated .gif, and a couple of design styles. The most popular sizes are 150px x 150 px, 150px x 60px, and 150px x 200px.

2. Make sure the audience fits your goods. This goes beyond who reads the blog. Yes that is a very important factor to keep in mind but make sure the content of the blog addresses your target audience. You may not necessarily want to advertise on a blog who provides tutorials on how to make your product, or lists where to get the cheapest supplies. Those readers may feel as if they can do it themselves.

3. Know the lingo. Make you sure understand what the terms unique visitors, pageviews, page rank & more before you go asking for stats. You need to know what the numbers mean, so spend some time researching these terms first.

4. Get the facts. Any blog worth advertising on will be more than happy to provide you all their stats. If they don’t NEVER be afraid to ask for them. This is your money!

5. Barter. It never hurts to ask if someone will trade a month of banner space for a piece of jewelry or a gift certificate to your shop. Just keep in mind that if it’s a popular blog then most likely they get that offer a lot and may not be willing to trade.

6. Free Advertisement. If you have a blog of your own put your own banners on your ad and ask your readers to spread the love by placing them on theirs.

7. Track It. Note when you kick off your campaign and keep track of your sales that follow. If you really want an accurate count of where your traffic is coming from have your banner advertise a special for those readers only with a code just for them. When they make a purchase they will use that code and you will know just how much ban you are getting for your bucks.

| Where To Advertise |

There are so many great blogs out there and it could be hard to find some that work for you. Here are a couple of ways to find the best ones.

1. Your favorites. What blogs do you follow and read daily.

2. This site allows blog owners to register their blog and then allows readers to search blogs by topic, popularity and they even tell you often the blogs update!

3. Blog Advertise Store. This site will actually allow you to pay some of the top bloggers to review your product. They even offer a directory for you to research blogs and costs first.

4. Ali Edwards. I love Ali Edwards! The last time I heard she gets over 10,000 hits a day to her site. While she is mainly a scrapbooking blog keep in mind that she has a huge following. What I love about her is she does sponsor giveaways and at least once a week she tweets about her advertisers. PS - she has close to 6000 twitter followers.

5. Indie Fixx is a lifestyle blog and is partly a personal blog with a very healthy mix of indie design love, crafting and diy, some gardening and cooking mixed in with plenty of commentary and a healthy dose of joie de vivre.

6. Readership consists of both Etsy sellers and those who just love all things handmade, indie, and artsy! As such, Everything Etsy is a great advertising opportunity for a wide variety of businesses and organizations.

I hope this information has been helpful to you all. If you have any questions about anything mentioned above please feel free to comment or email me. Please keep in mind that marketing is truly a trial and error process. There will be some that will generate hundreds of dollars of sales and there will be some that are complete duds. Never get discouraged and never be afraid to try!!

Now for the Giveaway

I am going to be giving away a custom designed banner package. This package will include 3 banners in the most popular sizes: 150px x 150 px, 150px x 60px, and 150px x 200px and 1 animated banner. Also in this package you will receive a month’s FREE ADVERTISING on my blog. The banners to the left were created by me along with my logo, header and of course all the designs in my shop. This is a good representation of my style and design skills.

I will randomly pick a winner on April 31st at Midnight. The winner will be chosen randomly from the comments to this post. The more comments the more chances you have to win. However there is a catch. . . . the comments have to be one of the following types of comments:

1 | feedback on the blog post

2 | link to where you tweeted about this - comment on the blog post at Wild Blueberry Ink everytime you tweet it for more chances

3 | link to where you posted this on facebook - comment everytime you post it for more chances

4 | you followed this blog - I have 3 ways to follow this blog choose all 3 for more chances

5 | you fanned me on facebook

6 | you followed me on twitter

7 | you blogged about this post

*please limit your tweets and facebook posts to 4 per day*

Thanks and good luck!!

***be sure to leave all comments on the post at ::WILD BLUEBERRY INK:: for your chance to win!!***

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Tip 11 l Twittermania

by guest blogger, Shirley of ::Wild Blueberry Ink::

What is Twitter? Twitter is a free service that allows you to communicate with friends, family, and even co-workers about your day to day experiences and activities. Twitter gives you a place to answer one simple question, “What are you doing?”

Don’t understand what all the Twitter fuss is about or why you might want to use this social networking tool? You’re not alone, but you may be missing out on useful information and professional connections.

I am pretty new to twitter myself and as I write this I am amazed at how much I DID NOT KNOW! I am going to introduce you to the basics - trust me baby steps will make it so much easier. I have decided to totally skip the signup process. It’s pretty easy to create a Twitter account but if you do find yourself with questions here is a great tutorial.


Twitter has quickly become the third largest social networking site in the world and as the service grows in popularity, so does the vocabulary. Words used on Twitter can refer to an action, a convention or a tool. Most of the terms used center around adding “Tw” as a prefix to existing words or around variations on the word Twitter.

Here is a quick explanation of the most used terms. I urge you all to bookmark the Twittonary link, yes I said Twittonary and trust me you will need it :)

Twitter always asks the question, “What’s happening?” Each answer to that question is considered a Twitter status update, or what people often call a “tweet.” Each update is 140 characters or less. Once you’ve signed up, just type your first tweet in the update box. They’ll even count the characters for you! Click the update button to post the tweet to your profile.

To Follow refers to the process of signing up to receive someone’s Tweets, therefore making anyone who is following someone’s Tweets their Followers. The number of Followers a Twitterer has, as well as whom and how many they are Following appears on the user’s profile, with high numbers usually reflecting a popular Twitterer.

Twitterers use the shorthand RT (Retweet) in front of something they are reposting or repeating from another user, usually an interesting link, quote or request.

FollowFriday is a tag used on Twitter as a way to tell your followers about other Twitterers that are worth following. This is done most often on Fridays. Put the #FollowFriday hash in your message to let others know you’re sharing knowledgeable people that they should follow.

Hash tags or pound signs (#) were invented by users as a quick way to follow all conversations surrounding an event, a topic or a brand. You add a hash tag simply by prefixing a keyword with a hash symbol: #keyword. tracks the conversation for you.

You can send someone a Direct Message. This is a message that only the recipient will be able to see. It is also subject to the 140-character limit. Either use the direct message link via the interface or type d followed by a space in front of the user name at the start of your message. For example: d kimvallee How are you doing?

You can Reply to another Tweeter by answering to one of its tweets. This is also how you engage in a conversation with someone. When you wish to reply to someone you either use the reply link or you can type @ before their Twitter user name.
Note that replies are public message (can be seen by everyone).


TweetLater- An essential service for many Twitter users. This site is all about automation. With Tweet Later, you can automatically 1) send ‘thank you’ and welcome messages to new followers, 2) “return-follow” your new followers and 3) schedule tweets to be delivered at a specified time in the future.

TwitPic lets you share photos on Twitter. You can post pictures to TwitPic from your phone, the TwitPic home page or your Twitter account.

One of the most common uses of Twitter is sharing links. But you only have 140 characters to work with, so instead of sharing a long URL, use one of several URL-shortening services to shrink that link. Some of our favorites include,,, and


If your site’s not working or you’re suffering from another problem, give updates on Twitter so customers know what’s going on.

Hold a contest using Twitter: it can spread like wildfire.

Respond to tweets talking about you and your brand.

Publish your Twitter ID on all marketing collateral, including business cards, email signature, email newsletters, web sites and brochures, so prospects can learn more about you.

Share what you’re doing so people learn about the type of work you do.

Mention when you’re attending or speaking at an upcoming event.

Announce the publication of your newsletter’s latest issue, along with a brief description.

Post discounts, coupons and package deals.

Discover trends

Spread your tweets throughout the day, rather than posting the all at once, as people check Twitter at different times of the day.

Grow your network: Join industry and topic groups related to your business, Get referrals, Give referrals, Recommend other Twitter users to your network including reasons to follow them — by sharing goodwill you will encourage others to reciprocate.

This does not even scratch the twitter surface. However, I do believe that it will give you a good start to tweeting and developing a following. As always I would love to hear your feedback or if you have a tip or two about Twitter PLEASE comment with it. I am new to Twitter myself and need all the help I can get :)

Happy Tweeting

*Icons used in this post are FREE and were downloaded from the following sites:

Top 10 Internet Marketing Tools

Neuro Software

Graphic Leftovers


Monday, April 5, 2010

Tip 10 l Doubling Your Chance at a Sale

by guest blogger, Shirley of ::Wild Blueberry Ink::

Have you ever seen a photograph and just fell in love. You think to yourself what a shame for it to just sit in my Den on the wall, we never get visitors no one will ever see it. I wish I could just wear it and show it off. Well why dont you?

Etsy is a never ending carnival of talent. Most artists are willing and eager to expand their work into other fields. You could do the same simply by contacting an artist and ask permisson to use their designs for your jewelry.

The locket below is a collaboration between Jewelry Maker Polarity and Artist Jessica Doyle

The original artwork by Jessica (seen below) is available as notecards and prints in her store.

I have one particular jewelry designer that I provide custom artwork to. As part of our deal she is the only one who has permission to use these images to create jewelry and in turn she pays me a set amount every time a piece sells. In my opinion this is one of the best set ups. It allows her to price her pieces and factor in my fee, she receives custom artwork, and in her description she gives me credit (which is always a must) and directs buyers to my shop.

If this is something you would be interested in doing, the following tips may be helpful to you.

Things to remember:

*Contract! Because you can never be too safe.

*Always be very clear that you want to be the only one selling the artwork on jewelry. Otherwise, you’ll have those copycat artists making the same designs as you and calling them their own.

*When you list your item be sure to state that this piece of art is available exclusively to YOUR STORE for use as jewelry.

*If they sell the piece of artwork ask them to state in their description that the piece can be purchased as a pendant and link your shop.

*Work up a payment plan, will you pay as they sell, will you pay monthly, etc. Which ever works best for you and the artist.

*When posting your photos online always be sure to watermark them so that no one can swipe the artwork and use it.

*If you plan to modify the artwork always ask permission first.

Why it works:

*One of a kind product that can not be found elsewhere. And how much do we love that???

*Not only will your customers see your product but the collaborating artist will introduce you to their customers as well!

*If they get featured you get featured!

What type of artists should you look for?

*Pick an artist who markets their store.




*Graphic Designs



*Think outside the box and think how you can add a little something extra to your pieces.

*Metal Workers can create charms

*Pottery Makers can create beads

*Glass Makers create custom glass pieces.

*Clothing Designers - you can take extra or scrap fabric from them and make matching accessories

*Bead Makers

Etsy is full of amazing photographers, illustrators, graphic designer, metal workers and many other types of visual artists. Why don’t you reach out to them and ask them if they would give you permission or commercial license to use their work on some of your jewelry? Talk to them and find out what they would like in exchange and see if it works with what you are willing to do. Some will just want a one time commercial license fee. Some will want a free piece of jewelry in exchange. Some will want a piece of the sales. Some may even say no, but you will never know if you don’t ask.

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