Monthly Archives: December 2008

Top New Years Resolutions from Etsy Sellers

It is that time of the year to start reflecting on the past and plan for what lies ahead. I began to realize that there is a lot of stuff that I want to do differently in 2009. Most things are about my own personal growth and becoming a better person. Part of becoming a better person is being true to myself and truly pursuing my dreams and the things that makes me want to jump out of bed in the morning.

That being said, my blog and etsy shop are top on my list for a 2009 overhaul. I have plans of launching an entirely new collection at the end of January, and hoping having my first sell by the end of January. I was curious if other etsy sellers had similar feelings so I started a few threads on this topic.

So here are the Top 10 New Years Resolutions from etsy sellers:

1. Take better product photos

2. Be proud of shops and talents

3. Rewrite product descriptions

4. Promote, Promote, Promote

5. Add more products

6. Prepare better for seasonal items

7. Create cohesiveness within shop

8. Revamp craft show displays and booths

9. Open a new shop

10. Get Organized

If you have new years resolutions to share please post them in the comments section. Happy New Year!

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Ring in the New Year with Handmade Calendars

I would like to share a few of my favorite handmade calendars from Etsy sellers. Enjoy!

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Daisyjanie Original Illustrations

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Annacote Screen/Gocco Printed Botanical Calendar

DelphineSTUDIO Letterpress Calendar

DelphineSTUDIO Letterpress Calendar

bluetricycle Printable 2009 Calendar- Sitting Pretty

bluetricycle Printable 2009 Calendar- Sitting Pretty

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Get Your Christmas Cards Here.

I would like to share another fabulous artist that I stumbled upon at the renegade craft fair.  AFavoriteDesign doesn’t just create stationary and cards they use a letterpress from 1913!  I might also be a little biased because they have a lot of really cool Chicago themed cards.  I am very proud to call Chicago my home and love to spread it around to everyone that I send cards to.  I bought these cards at renegade and I am using them as my Christmas cards this year.

My Christmas Cards this Year

My Christmas Cards this Year

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Raising the Bar for Etsy Sellers

I have Etsy set up on my Google alerts to keep up on cool stuff that is happening in the Etsy community all over the world. Today I saw something really interesting from the Huffington Post. The article was about “The Hidden Economy of Women Online.” Something particular caught my eye, not just something about how Etsy is a good place to buy in a poor economy, but one of the most creative ideas I have seen come out of Etsy. Little Brown Pen has taken DIY marketing to a whole new level. Little Brown Pen created an adorable video, it reminds me a little bit of the HP commercials, where all you see is someones hands moving around. It is not a video saying hey buy my products, but it is an absolutely perfect demonstration of how easy it is to use the ready to print pdf templates at Little Brown Pen.

To all the etsy sellers out there, we should learn a lesson from Little Brown Pen, it has really raised the bar. I hope you enjoy the video as much as I did.

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Renegade Craft Fair Review Part 2

I would like to share another fabulous artist from the Renegade Craft Fair Chicago, Prologue by Shawna Rose. Prologue is a line of custom purses, sounds pretty normal right? Wrong. Shawna Rose creates one of a kind purses made from vintage books. Talk about original! These are GREAT gifts for teachers, librarians, or just plain old book lovers. Check it out at www.shawnarose.com.

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Renegade Craft Fair Chicago

I went to the Renegade Craft Fair to do a little holiday shopping last Saturday, and I should have brought more money! There were TONS of fabulous crafters and artists. Everywhere I looked I wanted to buy something, unfortunately most of it was for me and not exactly the holiday shopping I was planning on doing. I would like to share a few spotlight reviews with everyone. So stay tuned for a new artist each day.

I absolutely fell in love with everything Swear Jar Design. It was one of those moments when I realized that I couldn’t have custom designed something so perfect for myself. The entire collection of handmade jewelry is completely cohesive but not at all repetitious. An incredible collection of buckles (my personal favorite), cuff links, earrings, and bracelets hand crafted from nickel, how cool is that?? I had to keep myself true to my promise of only buying gifts (for other people) at the renegade fair, but I will most certainly be back to calm my post holiday blues. Check out www.swearjardesign.com for unique and fabulously crafted handmade jewelry.

Swear Jar Design Buckle

Don’t forget a new artist review tomorrow!

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Beware of Pick Pocketers!

This post is completely off topic of what I normally would like to write about but I would like to share it with everyone. I work in downtown Chicago and went out to lunch at Cosi and my wallet was stolen right out of my purse while I was eating!

Never leave your bag on the back of your chair!!! Within hours I had charges racked up from gas stations to Macys and Target. The whole situation is a mess, my credit card numbers were sold online and I have charges all the way from Puerto Rico. So beware, and don’t let these creeps ruin your holidays too.

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