Monday, November 29, 2010

Calling All Bargain Hunters!

The Tradeaholics Team $5 SALE has begun! If you are still looking for that perfect holiday gift (or maybe a special treat for yourself) be sure to check out these amazing deals. You can find lots of great deals in my own Etsy shop by typing TRADE5 or check out a full selection of handmade delights here. If you prefer to shop on Artfire or Zibbet I have also added a special SALE section in each of my shops there. Happy shopping!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Featured on the Front Page of Artfire!!!

This amazing collection which includes Kawartha Beads was featured on the front page of Artfire this morning!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Holiday Shipping Deadlines for Kawartha Beads!

Thank you to everyone who stopped by and visited me at the Moose Lodge show over the weekend. For those of you shopping online please note the following shipping deadlines for Kawartha Beads:

♥Within Canada: December 11th, 2010
♥To the U.S.: December 8th, 2010
♥International: November 29th, 2010

If you are local to the Lindsay area I am willing to hand deliver your goodies up until the week of Christmas. Another note, my shops will be in vacation mode on Monday December 6th until sometime on Tuesday December 7th for a home party. If there is something you have your eye on be sure to snatch it up before then!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Shop will be in Vacation Mode Nov19-21

If you are in the Lindsay area on Saturday I hope you will join me at the Moose Lodge from 9-2 for the Christmas Crafts & Collectibles Show. As a result of the show my Etsy, Artfire and Zibbet shops will be in vacation mode from noon EST on Friday Nov.19th through Sunday Nov.21st. If you have had your eye on something from my online shops be sure to snatch it up before the weekend!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Front Page Themes and Tags Nov. 7-12

Just a quick update today, busy helping my parents move (which includes our Rouge River Beads supplies shop). Hope everyone has a great weekend and enjoy some of this week's front page themes/tags from Artfire and Etsy:

  • Leather and Lace
  • Shabby Chic Gifts
  • Australia
  • New Treasures on Artfire
  • Blueberries
  • Crows and Clay
  • Artfire Beauty
  • Modern and Minimal
  • Lets Face It
  • Neckware Ala Rainbow
  • Chocolate Gems
  • Classic Christmas
  • I've Got the Blues
  • AJDJSS Jewelry Suppliers (Rouge River Beads is featured in this one!)
  • Royalty INSPIRED (purple, yellow, art, sewing, fall colours, gold)
  • Rustic Christmas Gift Guide (rustic, primitive)
  • Cold November Rain (grey, blue, cold, rain, soft, clean)
  • Cozy Winter (let it snow, hot chocolate, winter, snowflake, snowmen, snow, winter wonderland, cozy, warm, sheepskin)
  • A Pinch of This and a Dash of That (autumn, fall, harvest, gifts, caramel, felted, eco-friendly, seeds, candle, wine, lotion, bar, soap, charm, message, paper)
  • It's Only LOVE- Gift Guide (romance, love, gift guide, her, soft, colors, pastel, pink, green, wedding, romantic)
  • A Little Lumberjack in Everyone (lumberjack, plaid, wood, winter, beard, bear, forest, pine, tree, pine tree)
  • Take a Gander (red, goose, gander, Christmas, teal)
  • A Winter Walk Through the Forest ( winter, woodland, forest, moss, green, Christmas, birch, white, snow, brown, acorn, holidays)
  • Red Gifts Guide (Christmas, red, gift guide, holidays, woman, snowflake, place card holders, white, Christmas tree, ornaments)
  • Shitake mushroom (taupe, brown, sepia, tan, beige, green, rabbit, snowman, donkey, november, gloves, Christmas, old fashioned)

Monday, November 8, 2010

Special Announcement from our Rouge River Beads Supply Shop

Rouge River Beads shipping headquarters will be moving this weekend! All orders placed by noon EST on 11/10/10 will be shipped that day. Our Etsy, ArtfireZibbet and .com will remain OPEN FOR ORDERS during moving. Any orders placed after noon on Thursday through Monday will be shipped on 16/10/10. We hope to resume normal shipping on Tuesday. Thanks for your understanding!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Front Page Tags/Themes for the Week of Nov1-5

Welcome to November! Holiday season is now in full gear and we have already begun to see some amazing Gift Guide ideas and winter/holiday themes. Here are some of the themes/tags that appeared on the front pages of Artfire and Etsy over the past week:

  • Metal Work Wonders
  • Wrapsody
  • Hosting the Perfect Thanksgiving Celebration
  • Classic Colors to Ponder
  • Gifts for Him
  • Wild Zebra
  • Artisan Soapcrafters Collection
  • Metal Flowers
  • Luscious Lampwork
  • For those cold days...
  • Warm, rich browns
  • November Gift Ideas
  • Bee-utiful!
  • I'm in the Mood for Orange
  • Pinks and Greens
  • Autumn Fabulous (brown, autumn, fall, fashion, jewelry, home decor, art, leather, handmade)
  • Dreamy Blue (blue, light blue, night, dream, dreamy, white, winter, cold, handmade)
  • Celebration of Fall (autumn, fall, red, rust, green, apple, yellow, orange, gold, acorn, flower)
  • Winter Mice, a Polar Bear, Snowflakes and a Cozy Sock Monkey (holidays, Christmas, gift ideas, winter, snow, gray, ornament, red, green, white, art, accessories, felt, jewelry, fashion, cozy)
  • Gift Guide for the Geek (in all of us) (geek, nerd, hipster, argyle, techie, gadget, gift guide, hard to buy for, digital, dork)
  • Gift Ideas Under $35USD
  • Holiday Hostess Guide (holidays, Christmas, gift guide, hostess gift, wine marker, coffee, housewares, gold, white, gift tags, candle, red, green, pine, wine, winter)
  • Buzzzz with a drop of honey (bee, honey, yellow, gift guide, sister, calender, gift wrap, gray, winter, december)
  • Tealicious Plum and Mustard Sorbet (teal, mustard, plum, purple, gift guide, gift ideas, november, december, christmas gifts, holidays, christmas, berries, ornaments, home decor, accessories, ring flowers, citrine)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Getting your Business Ready for the Holiday Season

Wow....November already! How time flies when you are having fun! With the busy holiday season now upon us I have been working hard to get my business organized, have you? Here are a couple of tips that I have gathered that will hopefully help you survive the flurry!
  • Make a list- I made a list day by day for the entire month of November of what I would like to accomplish including # of products in my inventory, updating tags in my shop, listings, shopping needs, blog updates and promotion and even the housework and some fun family events. Some people don't work well off of lists but I feel it will help me to stay focused and not spend time doing things that aren't as productive as I'd like.
  • Stock up on supplies for products AND shipping NOW!- I have all of the supplies either here or on their way that I think I will need to get me through the end of the month. I also stocked up on envelopes, tissue paper, customs forms, etc so that I am ready to ship and don't have to spend time running out to get these items in order to send a parcel. With the postal system already at its peek I want to make sure every package gets out asap!
  • Take some time every day to relax- Yep, that's right, relax! I know that it seems hard to do but whether it be a nice long shower, relaxing with a magazine or in my case having a power snooze when my toddler naps you will feel more energized and motivated than pushing through it and getting burned out.
  • Ask for help- If you can't afford to hire someone to help out then suggest to a friend or family member that you will "pay" them in product if they can come and help you for a couple of hours. Have them put return addresses on envelopes, help you package your products, pick up some things from the grocery store or maybe just keep your little ones company so that you can get some extra things accomplished. 
  • Remember to have fun!