Monday, May 31, 2010
So where are we headed for June?
I have some new goodies ready to photograph and list and I can't wait to share them with you. Also be sure to watch for more new supplies to be added to our supply shop. I'm very excited to be participating in TWO fabulous giveaways. You may have noticed the button on the left hand side for WIN YOUR AD HERE. Blogger Chix Designs has put together a wonderful opportunity to win ad space on several blogs and it is a great chance to find some new blogs, learn a bit about the bloggers AND win some ad space. Your chance to win ad space on Kawartha Beads is June 9th but I will keep you updated about all of the ad space giveaways. I am also thrilled to be a part of the Spring Bling Jewelry Event at Simply Stacie. Her blog is simply stunning and she offers great giveaways and reviews all year long! Beginning June 7th you will have a chance to win some fabulous new additions to your summer wardrobe. I will be giving away a pair of my Lavender and Lace Pearl Earrings to one lucky Simply Stacie reader so stay tuned for your chance to win.
What are your plans for the upcoming month? Sure to be a busy but exciting one!
Friday, May 28, 2010
I have also been getting organized for the upcoming Supplies Sellers Marketing Exchange. I now have two girls with "buckets" of jewelry selling on my behalf and they are keeping me busy! This is the first official month for my "sales representatives" so I can't wait to see how it turns out. In case you missed the original article you can catch up here.
This week's Etsy Front Page Tags is quite reminiscent of last week's, relying heavily on the marketing desk article. We have seen many front pages featuring Father's Day gift ideas, gifts for grads, and summer weddings. I did catch one that was found using the search term rustic, one inspired by the French Open and one featuring Undiscovered Shops.
Have a great weekend everyone!
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Last fall and again this spring I organized a marketing exchange for handmade goods. The shops that signed up were all sent a list of who was involved and their shop link and what their feature days were. Then on a shops feature days everyone involved would promote that shop through their shop announcement, blogs, twitter, facebook and whatever else they could think of. I know that I found many wonderful new shops this way and we did see an increase in both traffic and sale at Bijoux Designs For You which I was running with my mother at the time. It is a bit of an honour roll system and you have to have faith that the first shops to be featured will still help to promote the last. Admittedly it does take alot of organization but its a great way to meet some new people, discover some new shops and help to promote handmade!
Currently I am putting together a marketing exchange through Rouge River Beads with some fellow supplies sellers. I can't wait to share their stories starting June 1st so stay tuned!
Friday, May 21, 2010
You can check out the June merchandising article here. Most of the themes are ones that you would expect, Father's Day, weddings, bbq's, etc. Etsy also celebrates its 5th birthday in June so I'm sure we will be having a big party!!!!! Since June's birthstone is the pearl I'm certain that there will be many beautiful pearl items featured. They are also perfect for the summer bride and one of my fav's all year round! My mom is also a big fan of pearls and you can find many of them in her creations over at Bijoux Designs For You including this pretty Filagree Heart and Pearl Necklace. I recently created a Pretty Pearls treasury and would love it if you had a chance to stop by and check it out! I'm always most interested in the forcasted colour trends and of all the ones they have listed I'm most excited to see some citrus's (lime, lemon, grapefruit, blood orange, tangerine).
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Legend and Folklore:
I should run out and get some chalcedony as it is believed to be beneficial for business! It also is said to bring love and comfort, promote good health, relieve nervousness, increase vitality, endurance and emotional balance.
Native American Indians believed chalcedony was a sacred stone and used in the spiritual ceremonies of the tribe.
Monday, May 17, 2010
I listed a couple of new items last week that I haven't had a chance to share with you. I am celebrating the beginning of the summer season (starting with a long weekend coming up...whoo-hoo) by offering these lovely Red Maple Leaf Earrings for $5 until Victoria Day (Monday). A perfect way to show off your Canadian pride! have some more new items to list this week so I do hope that you will stop by for a visit!
What did you do this past weekend? Any upcoming plans for summer?
Friday, May 14, 2010
*inspired by natural history
*inspired by summer gardens
*found using search term mod
*graduation gift ideas
*home decor in calming shades of blue
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
1. Turquoise Snag Free Stitch Markers by Forest Creations
2. Silk Headband - Belt - Choker in Sapphire Blue by KOOP de grace
3. Scrapbook Supplies Handmade Paper Embellishments--Beloved-OOAK by Queen of All Trades
4. LARGE PLEATED BAG IN SPRING BLUE by Handbags by Daphne
Monday, May 10, 2010
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Friday, May 7, 2010
*inspired by summer travel
*inspired by Seersucker
*found using search term bohemian
*found using search tem meadow
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Coming in a variety of colours Jasper is a variety of Chalcedony. The patterns and bands resembling landscapes with mountains and valleys are a result of the stone containing organic materials and mineral oxides, lending the name "picture" to be associated with many jaspers. It was a favorite stone of ancient times, often mentioned in literature with a variety of attributes associated with it.
*Helps to bring joy into life (Poppy Jasper)
*Aids in sleep (Opalite Jasper)
*Thought to drive away evil spirits
*Protects against snake and spider bites
*Thought to bring about rain
*Stabilizing and healing
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Monday, May 3, 2010
When I first began promoting the supplies shop I run with my mom and Bijoux Designs For You (which my mom has taken over), I signed up for anything and everything that I thought would give us some recognition. I quickly learned that meant WAY TOO MUCH TIME on the computer and that certain aspects of networking I didn't enjoy at all. Through trial and error here are some of my favourites:
*Twitter- share your thoughts in just 140 characters. Quick and to the point I ♥ twittering. You can tweet with me here.
*Blogging- Not for everyone, especially if you don't enjoy writing. I instantly fell in love with blogging and have enjoyed learning about how to build, design and grow your blog. For me personally it is another way to focus creative energy, just in a different format!
Join a team/guild- I have met many great people and learned and shared with them through joining teams/guilds on both Etsy and Artfire. Teams help to promote each others work and share ideas. If you make jewelry and sell on Artfire be sure to check out the AJDJSS guild and if you are a mom then you will definately want to check out the Busy Moms Team on Etsy.
These are just a couple of ways to begin to promote and grow your handmade business. What are some of your fav's? Anything you have tried that you didn't care for?