Being BLITZED by the Daily Dose of Handmade Team

Last week I was selected by the team “Daily Dose of Handmade” to be BLITZED in Team Treasuries on Etsy. A very excited announcement that ended up in 8 treasuries that CandieInk was featured in during a week. I am truly honored and very excited to share with you the treasuries made.

What is an Etsy “Treasury”?
A treasury is a list of 16 items (or less) selected by the Treasury creator. Anyone with an Etsy login can create a Treasury. It is a great way to feature items you really like, or help other shop owners get more exposure. We are after all a community with very talented artists who supports each other reach the goals we are dreaming of.

To see the full treasuries (16 items) click the Treasury Titles and you will see how fantastic they all are 🙂 The creator of the different treasuries are also listed under the picture – click on their links to take a look at some other great shops!

Chocolate is Addicted to ME!

chocolateaddictBy Julie @ Julie Ellyn Designs

Sweet and…

SweetAndJrBy Julie @ Julie Ellyn Designs

Minty Fresh

LovetheMostBy Julie @ Julie Ellyn Designs

Music

Music3By Julie @ Julie Ellyn Designs

Summer Love

i missed youBy Amanda @ Electic Nesting

Oh I love my CandieInk!

LovetheMostBy Cylene @ The Lovely Smith

With Envy

humankindtankBy Allison @ Daisy Lane Design

Monochrome

sheSaidYesBy Helen @ Helen Kilsby Studio

Thank you to all Treasury creators!!

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Grey & Yellow – So IN!

As my fingers have been itching for months now to start decorate my own house we bought a little over a year now I gather inspiration from everywhere. Grey and Yellow have been on the top of my color schemes for a while for at least one of the rooms and it really took a turn when a friend of mine ask me to create some wall art for her and her husbands bedroom…

Here is what I found much inspiring and something I would want to incorporate into my Grey and Yellow… so steal away my friends! Hope you enjoy!

YellowAndGrey11. Flower Abstract Wall Art, set of three 8×10 prints from Candie Ink — $55 for all three (frames not included)
2. Lamp I found online. Made by a yellow vase with a white top. No seller found.
3. Letter it up! Everyone has a letter they can relate something to.. Put yours up on the wall. Prices around $50 per letter from Dragonfly
4. White and Yellow curtains to make it bright and light. Starts at $39 from The Land of Nod
5. Decorate with some fresh lemons in a vase you have sitting around! Cheap and fresh!
6. Yellow and White decorative pillows that will go great with the grey sofa. Two 18×18 pillows for $30 from Castaway Cover Decor
7. Stunning Grey sofa! I want one!! $1,500 at My Loft Lifestyle

For those beautiful little souls…

angelpaintSince Friday I have not been able to close my eyes without feeling somewhat lost. What is really going on when a semi-adult person goes in and brutally kills 20 children and their teachers? I cannot understand, nor do I want to. I think about the fear the children must have felt before they went to heaven. I think about their brothers and sisters who will never understand why their role model and best friend is not coming back. I think about their parents who will never kiss their children goodnight again…

Sadness is not a word strong enough. Strength is a must.

I created an Etsy Treasury today with tears in my eyes… For the Children of Sandy Hook Just to do something to honor them and their short lives. May their souls become angels!

One of the sellers, after telling her about the treasury she was included in, she said she was going to send an angel to each and everyone’s family… what a sweet thing to do!

greenangelGet an angel for yourself at The Captain’s Wife

Other beautiful items that are included in the Treasury are:

noah childrenofgod  braceletGo to treasury for the full list of beautiful items For the Children of Sandy Hook

Donate a little. Give a lot.

When I originally started the previous post I was going to write something completely different but my emotions took over…
What I wanted to say is that this month of October I have decided to donate to causes that are a lot smaller and closer to heart. I am not donating to Cancer research, than my own… but I can help someone who have lost their mother to the disease and that is what I am doing. I am donating:

Go to Courage for Kristi to help raise money for her three children’s college found. The store is getting filled up by donated hand made items from around the world of Etsy.

One Colorful World

Some people have a gift to capture your attention; either by words, looks, creativity, or any other form that is like love potion to the eye of the beholder. I was hooked, in love, at first sight with one of the most beautiful world maps I have ever seen the moment I came across Paz’s Etsy shop: Sunny Champagne and it is a TRUE honor to feature him here on my Blog.

As it turns out; I seem to be one of many that have fallen in love with this amazing map as Paz tells me: “The ‘One Colourful World’ print is my best seller. It’s affordable, with vibrant colours and reminds us of all the beautiful places we’d like to visit someday.“

How would you describe your selling experience on Etsy?
“Sales have been pretty constant since starting my shop. A few pieces have been getting more attention on blogs lately and this helps a lot. I notice that good product pictures also attract more people. To stand out I try to putting more emphasis on quality and less on quantity. The vibrant colours and positive words also help to make connections.”

What got you started?
“I’ve been working as a freelance graphic designer/illustrator for the last 12 years. I started SUNNY CHAMPAGNE to express myself in ways I didn’t in my day to day work. I also had a goal (and still have) to be able to create while travelling the world with my wife and kids. It’s very possible with a successful online business. I’m still working on it!”

Where do you get your inspiration from?
“So many things and places. It can be a piece of music I listened to that popped an idea in my head or a quote I saw somewhere or a pattern I observed in nature. Taking some time off helps me the most by taking all that junk out of my head. Good ideas are born this way.”
What is your personal favorite item in your shop and why?
The “One Colourful World” print is my favorite. Probably for the same reasons other people like it. It keeps me dreaming of travelling the world. I also had a lot of fun creating it!

What’s new?
I’ve been posting affordable canvas prints recently and I’m happy about the way they come out! The Sun Salutation and  One Colourful World (yellow)

The Sun Salutation

A Colourful World (yellow)

Any tip you want to share with fellow Etsy sellers?
“Finding what you love and doing it is probably the best tip I could give. It’s not that easy though but people notice when you like what you do. It shows up in your work.

Also, make every customer feel special.”

Thank you so much for your time and beautiful art available to us. I wish you much success and that you will be able to travel your colorful world with your family very soon.

To visit Paz’s shop click the link SUNNY CHAMPAGNE

Indulge in some AMAZING bath and body products

If I could pick ONE seller on Etsy.com that I could switch place with it would be with Kathleen of Tucker Hill Designs. I simply LOVE her sugar scrubs and recently bought a whole bunch to use as Wedding Shower Favors – but wish I could use them all for myself.

So, let me introduce Kathleen, owner of the Tucker Hill Design store – a Store full of amazing body care products.

I am guessing that everyone that buys the sugar scrubs loves them (including me); is it your most sold item?
Yes, my most sold item(s) are my sugar scrub cubes (although my new bath melts are giving my sugar scrubs a run for their money). I think the sugar scrub cubes sell well because they are attractive and make unique gifts. I do have quite a few repeat customers for these cubes because of their consistency and exfoliating ability.

How was it to get started on Etsy?
It did seem like it took a long time for my products to get “noticed” on Etsy. There are a lot of shops making and selling similar products in my category. I think it took at least six months for sales to increase – last Christmas was my first Christmas on Etsy and I was quite a bit busier at that time. I think also that feedback is a huge driver – after accumulating a number of positive feedbacks I think my sales started to increase also. People have comfort in knowing that others liked certain products.

What do you do to stand out here on Etsy?
There are a few things. I extensively research and experiment with my products before offering them for sale – hopefully the quality and care comes through in the final product when used by my customers. I try to take good, clear pictures of my products and write appropriate, and sometimes entertaining, descriptions of my products. That’s all the customer has – they can’t pick up a jar of scrubs and examine it and smell it. Another thing that is very important is customer service. I try to communicate quickly and clearly to my customers or potential customers – I think this communication makes a big difference. It is important to me that my customers feel a bit special – you don’t get that treatment at most stores or by ordering online from major companies.

What got you started?
I “retired” from being a paralegal in 2009. A good friend of mine has a gift shop and wanted to offer reed diffusers to her customers. So researching and crafting reed diffusers started me off, but it wasn’t long before I moved into skin care items and then bath items (being a bath junkie doesn’t hurt LOL).

Where do you get your inspiration from?

Constant research! Now that I have this business, when I shop, that is research, too. Looking at labels, fragrances, styles, etc. My husband told me recently, your business is all you talk about. It was then that I realized that handcrafting these items is my passion.

What is your favorite item in your shop and why?
I can tell you what it is now, but that may change – I love the new bubble bath bar stacks that I am making. They are unique and so cute.

Other amazing products from Kathleen’s store are her body lotions in so many different scents. And her bath melts – if I only had a big bath tub…. 🙂

Any tip you want to share to fellow Etsy sellers?
Yes – be patient if you are a new Etsian. It takes time to get noticed on Etsy simply because there are so many shops and creative artisans. I realize that some of the sellers have “day jobs” and cannot spend full time creating and selling. However, the person sitting at their computer at home doesn’t know that – all they know is that there is something they are interested in buying. Communication is key – let them know when their item is being shipped. Answer any questions they have as soon as you can. It takes time to develop a reputation and the reputation will bring you additional and repeat customers through word of mouth.

  • Take clear pics of your items and tell your potential customer as much as you can about it.
  • Use Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook and your blog to drive people to your Etsy shop.
  • Join Etsy teams and create treasuries to gain exposure.

So, so many great tips and ideas from a clearly PASSIONATE creator!! Thank you SO MUCH for sharing your perspective on how it is to be an Etsy shop owner and how to expand and keep improving your line. Have a wonderful summer with some time off as well as many sales! 🙂

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Tucker Hills Design on Etsy

Julie Ellyn Designs – Jewelry for the Fashion minded

To get sales numbers up many Etsy sellers try to trade with other sellers to both give and receive public feedback. Feedback and number of sales is what makes an outside buyer that doesn’t know you; more comfortable buying from you. My next featured seller is someone that I have done such trade with! Julie gave me a pair of gorgeous earrings (that one of my colleagues is trying to steal from me) and I gave her a print from my shop.

I have nothing but love and appreciation for Julie of Julie Ellyn Designs as a shop owner, artist, Team Leader of the Etsy Team: Daily Dose of Handmade  (where I first got to know here), and as a person – kind, passionate, and a true Etsy soul!

Julie makes earrings for a trend-aware crowd with a clean silver look and some fun sparkling crystals, her bracelets are just as trendy with an exotic urban feel to them.

On the question “What is your most sold item?” Julie answered: “The Cameron Earrings have been my top seller over the last year, but my new big sellers are the gemstone and leather wrap bracelets.”

Many new Etsy sellers have a fear of not getting any sales, what would you say to them, looking back at your own start? “My shop had a very slow start, until I joined an Etsy team. My first team was Etsy Tradeaholics, a fabulous group. My “sales” grew from there as I traded wares with other fabulous shops. Each trade event brought more attention to my shop and other sales began to trickle in.”

Tell us how you try to stand out from all the other jewelry creators on Etsy
“There are a lot of jewelry designers on Etsy. I try to stand out by staying up to speed with styles and keeping my price range reasonable. With the major down turn of the economy over the last two years, I retired a lot of my gemstone designs for more affordable simple sterling pieces. Now that things are looking up, I have brought back my gemstones with full force! 🙂

What got you into Jewelry making?  
“I started making jewelry after I had so much trouble finding the perfect necklace and earrings for my wedding and gifts for my bridesmaids. After attending a gem and jewelry show I had custom necklaces and earrings made for my friends and they were a big hit! I realized that jewelry making was something I really wanted to try! Here I am today!

Inspiration is a big thing among designers and creators, where do you get your inspiration from? “My friends are my inspiration. I love talking to them about what is “missing” from their jewelry box or what they saw a celebrity wear.”

What is your favorite item in your shop?
“I have two current favorites…this amber wrap bracelet that I just made:

And these gemstone earrings”:

Other AWESOME Items from Julie’s Shop

Any last word to other Etsy Sellers? Join teams; I have made some of the best friends on Etsy. They keep me strong and keep my urge to create alive.”

Thank You Julie for sharing your experience with us as well as letting us know you a little bit better. I wish the rest of 2012 will bring you awesome inspirations and new customers.

VISIT JULIE’S SHOP HERE: Julie Ellyn Designs