Thursday, January 28, 2010

Thursday EART blog ring: How do you freshen your shop?

Happy Thursday! This week's EART topic is How do you freshen up your etsy shop?

For me, I suppose the actual question is How would you freshen your shop if you could manage to get your act together and find some time... Febreze never seems to work.

Lately, the being a musician part of my life has been taking up most of my time, but when I'm managing to keep up, here's what I do.

First, I've noticed that the best thing to do is MAKE NEW STUFF! New stuff in the shop seems to garner the most new interest, which makes sense. I'm sad that I haven't made any new stuff in weeks, but see above, re music taking over. (Not a bad thing, by the way. My choir went from 43 singers to 60 singers this season - holy cow! And I've added several new private students - yay!)

Another option is to renew items to put them at the top of the search. However, with etsy starting to move to a relevancy-based search engine, this method may become obsolete. To which I say, it's about time!

One other great, and relatively new, etsy feature is the ability to rearrange the shop. Now that we can drag and drop items, it's much easier to change up the shop's appearance without having to spend relisting fees.
I like to arrange my shop in rows of similar items to give it a bit of organization, like this.
To read more EART answers to this question, check out the EART blog.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

trunk show coming up in february - oh the fun!

Attention, all you lovers of love. And all you lovers of shopping... :)

The Eclectic Artisans team will be hosting a Valentine's Day trunk show and sale on Monday evening, February 1, 2010, at 9:30 PM etsy time, in the etsy virtual labs.

What's a virtual trunk show? It's where you come to our online sale from the comfort of your own computer, and our artisans and crafters show you our latest goodies.

The EART ladies will be offering Valentine's Day items and all sorts of other handmade wonderfulness for sale, and each seller will have special deals and sales for this event only.

So mark your calendar for February 1! Hope to see you there!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Storage - yikes!

The EART Thursday blog topic is How do you store your finished items?

And the answer is shelves, shelves and more shelves. I've got an upstairs office laden with shelves and boxes, and the theory is that everything is labeled, you know with all the buttons together, etc. Sometimes that happens, sometimes not...

Wall art I make just gets hung on the wall - that's handy storage :)

To see how some of the other ladies store their fabulous handmade stuff, continue the blog ring at purplesparkle's blog.

Monday, January 11, 2010

tv tv tv, january 2010

OK, so Chuck is back. Yay! Plus 3 episodes in 2 days - double yay! Chuck is not something I would buy and watch repeatedly, but it's a great Monday night break for sure. Missed it? Don't worry, it's online :)

The 4400. We have about 6 episodes left. Why do so many of these brilliant sci-fi shows turn all religious and strange?

The Wii is officially fun. Got it for Christmas. Have been religiously doing 30 minutes or more of wii fit exercising each day. And yes, I know it's not really exercise for normal people, but for me, well, it's a good start. How is this tv-related, you ask? Well, we made mii's for all the Buffy characters. Oh please, don't act surprised.

I watched the movie Up last night, and I just don't get it. Everyone I know loves it, and I was completely nonplussed. Seriously, an old guy, an annoying little kid and and the whole middle half has a pack of dogs? Whatever. Sorry, I tried, but I just couldn't care.

Anxiously, well actually, no, not anxiously at all. But nonetheless awaiting Castle in 20 minutes. Ah, Nathan Fillion, you are so fabulous.

Just started Torchwood - not much opinion yet.

Have The Plan from Netflix waiting to be watched. Also can't wait for the next seasons of Big Love, Weeds, and True Blood to be available.

And last but not least - Charmed. Oh, yes, I am. Charmed, that is. Will be renting the next 7 seasons of that and probably skipping a lot of sleep to watch.

Wow, I watch a lot of TV. Huh.

Thursday, January 7, 2010


Er, how did it get to be Thursday again??

The EART blog ring topic is shop goals for this year. So here they are:

1. Get on a schedule of blogging, listing items, and oh yeah, making stuff :)
2. Improve photography.
3. Start making prints of polymer clay wall art for cards.
4. Fill up thepaperwhisperer shop.
5. Get a couple of new ideas from my head into production.
6. Make enough etsy shop money to make loans to craftspeople at kiva.
7. Get holiday stuff made way ahead of time.

Keep reading at pnkgeeni's blog to see what the rest of the gang has for shop goals this year.


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