Monday, June 29, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
You never know who will be featured next, it could be you! So let's support our team.
(I've seen bns treasuries fill up with comments the first day! Lets try to beat them as the best Team out there!)
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tricia of handmadewhimzy has contributed and participated in ETC behind and in front of the team's activities. In addition to being coordinator of the 1st Monday ETC sale she is the team gift swap coordinator. She also actively promotes ETC with team shop tags, in etsy forums, steering customers towards our newsletter and letting them know how to subscribe to it . Tricia participates in both our team's promo and gift swaps. She supports Monday team activities. These are only some of her contributions and we are glad to have her as featured member. Many thanks to Tricia.
Read her interview to find out more about her.
Tell us a bit about yourself (where you live, affiliations, achievements/awards, and any personal stuff you want to share). I live in Tyler, Texas with my hubby and son. Professionally, I'm a nurse (RN, BSN). One day I hope to go back to college for my Master's and to become a Nurse Practitioner. However, I haven't worked in nursing for about 9 years, since my son was 1. I recently worked for 3 years at a local nonprofit in their medication assistance program. I am currently being a SAHM and artist/crafter.
Are you an Etsy Buyer, Seller, or Both? I'm a buyer and a seller! You can find almost anything on etsy!
What is the first thing you can remember making by hand? How and why did you make it?Outside of school crafts (I still have the plaster handprint we made in 1st grade!), the first thing I remember making was doll clothes. I think my mother gave me some scraps to make them with. I'm sure I hand sewed them. I do remember getting a small sewing machine from S&H Green Stamps that I was really excited about but it didn't go in reverse so there was no way to "finish" a seam. I was very disappointed. I think I was about 8
Why do you create? Because it's fun! And I want to get all these ideas out of my head!
What inspires you? Where do your ideas come from? Everywhere. Usually I just start putting things together, like beads, and moving them around until I get an idea of what to do. Some are inspired by nature or color combinations I see different places.
What are your favorite materials? I love beads, fabric, paper, ribbon, wood, and paint.
What is your favorite color? Turquoise/aqua, tiffany blue.
What are your two most and least favorite films? 2 Most Favorite: Love Actually, Pride and Prejudice 2 Least Favorite: I don't like "guy" movies with all the shooting and exploding. I don't know the names of them because I don't watch them.
What are you reading right now?A book by Sophie Kinsella (an English writer) - it's one in the Shopaholic series - which I was reading LONG before the movie.
What is your favorite item you have purchased on Etsy? HMMMmmmm! I've liked everything I've purchased on etsy. I can't pick just one.
Any tips on selling handmade stuff?1. Always be upbeat at Arts and Crafts shows even if sales are slow. 2. Never smoke in your booth even if you're outdoors (my personal pet peeve!) 3. It takes time to build an online business, don't expect it to happen overnight. 4. Always be willing to try new things.
Apart from creating things, what do you do? Laundry!! LOL I also like to read, do yoga, take walks with my family, eat sweets (my downfall), help out at my son's school, and swim.
To visit Her blog Tricia's blog Tricia is going to have a featured sale: 20%off total purchase in HandmadeWhimzy.etsy.com and PinkPearDesigns.etsy.com. Please put "ETC Featured" in notes to seller at time of purchase to receive the discount. Can not be combined with any other ETC promos
Monday, June 22, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
What things can you absolutely, positively CANNOT resist?
Createsomething to show your poison!!!! Just remember - IT MUST BEHANDMADE BY YOU!!!
All entries must be posted here by 12:00 midnight Saturday, June 20 inorder to participate.
That is THIS Saturday--tomorrow! Voting will begin at 12:01 AM, on Monday June 22 and end Wednesday,June 24 at 7:00 PM.
If you would like to donate a prize for this or any other challenges,please contact the coordinators: Holly (http://HeavenlySentiments.etsy.com) or Kate (http://KateCotten.etsy.com)Questions and comments go to them too!
Here's the link to the Sign-Up Thread: http://etsytx.ning.com/forum/topics/design-challenge-june-2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Google Analytics is a useful tool for tracking what goes on in our Etsy shops. After I started a blog on blogspot earlier this year, I decided it would be good to have GA tracking my visits. I wondered how difficult it would be since Etsy does a great job of making it easy to set up GA on our shops. Everything seemed fairly straight forward until it came time to post the GA code into my blog. GA tells you to “Copy the following code block into every webpage you want to track immediately before the tag.” How do I find the tag on my blog? I hadn’t seen that tag on my blog when I was setting it up. The hunt was on. My first try at accomplishing this was to paste the code that GA provided into an html widget at the bottom of the page and hope that would wind up where it was supposed to be. No luck.
I was not the only one that this sounded reasonable to, because Kelley with Tattered Tapestry tried that too in her attempt to install GA for her blog. I knew to tell her that wouldn’t work but I’d have to look to see where I had pasted the code to finally get GA to work with my blog. There were two places that I needed to look. I found GA code in the first one, so I told her to put the code there. Unfortunately, what I didn’t realize was that the second place that I was going to look actually placed it in that first place.
To make a long story short, I did something stupid at about this time and lost my GA code on my blog! So I thought, no problem, I’ll just reinstall it. Once I finally retraced my steps, I was able to tell Kelley where to correctly add the code. It worked! Both of our blogs are now being tracked by GA. As a help to anyone else out there that wants to add GA to their blog, I am providing a step by step list of what to do to add it. (I’m sure it works the same way for other blogs, you just need to find out how to access your blog’s html code for it.)
Ok, so are you ready? Following is the list of steps and tips that I wrote down when I reinstalled GA on my blog. If you are not already using GA on your blog they should work for you too.
1) Sign in to or sign up for a Google Analytics account.
2) (You should now be on a page that looks like the first screen shot.) Click on “Add new profile” in the dark gray bar near the top of the page. (circled in red in the screen shot)
3) On the page that comes up, click the “Add a Profile for a new domain” button, fill in your blog’s URL (without the http://), choose from the pull down menus, the two time zone related entries requested. Click the “Finish” button.
4) This will bring you to a page that says on it “tracking not installed”. It will also include a box of code for you to add to your blog, with the instructions to “Copy the following code block into every webpage you want to track immediately before the tag.” Copy the code provided before leaving this page.
5) In a new tab, go to http://www.blogger.com/ and sign in.
6) This should bring up your blogger dashboard. Click on “Layout”.
7) Click on “Edit HTML” as shown in the second screen shot.
9) Click “Save Template”
10) Go back to the tab that has the GA page with the code that you copied. Click finish at the bottom of the page. (This will take you back to the page in the first screen shot.)
11) You will probably see a caution sign under status for your new blog tracking profile. To check if tracking has been installed properly, click the “edit” button on the same line and to the right of the caution sign.
12) This will bring up a page like the third screen shot. If the code was installed correctly, the area circled in red will have a check mark and say “receiving data”. If not, there will be a yellow circle with an exclamation point and it will say “tracking not installed”.
Hopefully, if you followed these instructions, you are receiving data and within 24 hours your caution sign should turn into a green check and you will be able to view all of the great GA information for your blog. Good luck. (Article written by Cathy of EDCCollective and edited by Kelley of Tattered Tapestry.)
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Berrybluecreations.etsy.com. Post back here with your favorite item of hers. Friday I'll pick a new team member to feature.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
For the month of June ApacheMoon is having a "celebrating Texas" promotion. All items in the shop are 10% off. write TX in message to seller and a refund will be given through paypal.
~would you like to be a featured team member? First fill out the membership survey where you can tell us what you do to participate and promote the EtsytexasCrafters. Not all applicants will be selected as "featured member"featured member application link:http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?key=pnTCbpcGtQAe-2hfZhCgYEA
Monday, June 8, 2009
Punch several circles for each flower. I used 5 different punches ranging from 3" to 1". Some scalloped, some not. If you don't have punches you can cut them out, or even tear them. It just takes longer.
I think I'm going to make some flowers and glue magnets on the back for my fridge. I need new magnets. :-)
1. My name is Wendy and I have a wonderful husband and 5 little helpers who assist in the sorting and packaging of my candles and soap. I began Besem Natural Scents when we were in the process of adopting 2 of our children from Kazakhstan. I now donate 10% of profits towards orphan relief and offer fundraisers for families who are in the adoption process.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Cheri, from ItsMeCheri.etsy.com, did a marketing experiment and posted the results on her blog. I have copied an excerpt from her blog for a tease:
"I decided to do an experiment. I decided to purchase an Etsy Showcase. I heard pros and cons to the Showcases. The biggest con being why market to fellow Etsy-ians? The pros--exposure!
So after reading the how to's, I committed to buy. Which Showcase to join? I choose the Ceramic & Pottery Showcase as I am known as a Polymer Clay Artist who also has expertise in Jewelry Making, Excellent Quality, and Superior Customer Service.
Now......to the choice of the Day to have my Showcase. I looked at all the options. I figured that it would be best to have the Showcase on a Saturday--most people were home and would be on the computer. Also, I would choose a day that had the least amount of spots open as that would be indicative of a good day -- it must be good day 'cause more people chose that day for their Showcase.
After seeing my results, I realized that my thought processes were wrong and the results were disappointing:"
She has some very interesting results. Go here for the results of her comparisons. It is helpful to us all.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
I mentioned a few posts back about a new item I've listed in my shop, and I'd love to share my pattern with you!
I made these sweet little mice from reclaimed fabric scraps, some rescued embroidery floss, cotton cord, catnip and polyfil.
You can download the pattern for these cute little catnip mice here (free and safe.) Or, just transpose it from the 1-inch grid below:
Details for how to sew these wonderful Mice can be found here. Oh, I almost forgot -- please feel free to make these mice for yourself, your friends, your kitties, and even to sell in your shops. Just please don't sell my pattern -- that wouldn't be very cool.You can read the story behind this fun craft here as well as see more pictures. Check out her entire blog. It's full of good stories, interesting happenings and fun things.