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Green & White

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It has been a hectic couple of days but I did manage to add two new items to the Etsy shop. First up, a pair of earrings loosely inspired by Ireland, Erin, which is another name for Ireland in case you did not know, it's based on the Irish word Eire.

Next is a totally bridal inspired piece, Purity Spring, although this is not strictly for a bride to wear just to make that clear.  :)

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Do anything fun this weekend? I was on the search for new rainboots as my current pair have cracks in each boot and water would seep in.  Am I the only one this happens to?  You know the kind I'm talking about...

Various-styles-of-rain-boots I am now on my third pair and I hope they last a bit. As cute as they are, they are not the most comfortable to walk in but I guess I would rather put up with the discomfort than wet socks.

Anyway, tomorrow is the official start of Indie Business 3.0!  I have my workbook binder all nice and pretty. I'll share my weekend craft project with everyone tomorrow.


Helping The Hectic

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I recently witness an Etsy team form right before my eyes. I was in the Business Forum, or Etsy Business Topics Team, whatever the heck it is now, and there was a very interesting thread about people who juggle their Etsy shops with a "regular" full-time job. It was interesting to see how many people shared their testimonials and how they manage to multi-task. For instance, I am not the only one that does most of my photographing & editing on the weekends and then try to post items throughout the week - mostly during the evenings, I also am not the only one that uses their work computer for Etsy business - mostly promoting (my job is ok with that).  Smartphones are also a godsend when you have longer commutes like I do and I can catch up on convos, emails, etc while riding the train on the way to work.

So, long story short, in this thread Christine from Teener1416 ended up starting the team Helping The Hectic - The Working/Student Crafter Team.  And it's not just limited to people with jobs, being a full-time student is a lot of work too so the group is open to them too. I jumped right on this.  It definitely  has that support group feel to it. I am constantly feeling like I can be more organized to the point where I might be slightly neurotic about it. Hopefully this group can help me get a grip. :)


New Flower Rings

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New Big Rose Rings have been added in the last couple of days.  Now available in Silver, Plum and bright Red.  These rings are so fun!  Big enough to get noticed but not obnoxiously big to get caught on stuff.

Yesterday was a super good day for the Hudson Valley Etsy Team.  The team was featured in the Etsy Finds newsletter, right on top!

HvetsyfindsDon't get the Etsy Finds newsletter, click this link to view it (I hope it works, it's a crazy link).  I've joined a couple of teams but this team is special and dear to me because it's the only team where I can actually see the other members in person and it's really taking steam in the last year and I think 2011 is gonna be a great year for the group.  After the success of the Holiday show back in December - the teams first event, we're now working on a Spring show, hooray go team!

 


No More Ads & Blog Feature

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I recently joined the Etsy Blog Team, WHY did it take me so long to join this team? I am just not on the ball with things sometimes. Anyway, better late than never.  The team is starting to feature members that have "great blogs" (their words, not mine) and I was the first to get featured!  You can check out the post here.  Blogging can be a very useful too in promoting your Etsy shop so this a good team to join if you're new to blogging or just looking to connect with other Etsy bloggers.

 

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Something occurred to me recently, I don't know if you noticed, but I removed my Project Wonderful ads.  I had it set up where I would approve every ad that placed a bid. After a while I got tired of looking at all the emails and the same people bidding over and over and over and for what? 2 cents?  I don't want to have that anymore.  I tried to have sponsors last year and my blog just isn't big enough for that and to be honest, I'm ok with that.   I love my blog and I love writing posts but I don't want to get to the point where it stops being fun because I feel like I have to post daily, multiple times in order to get hits.  I'm not trying to make money off of this blog. Friends? Connections? Sure!   So yeah, no more ads (sorry!) and I moved all of my links to a separate blog roll page

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I love reading blogs and finding new blogs to read, shops to discover, pretty pictures, and overall peeks in to other people lives, I think it's fun!  So if you have a blog you'd like me to check out, leave a comment here and I promise I'll visit!

I finally made a blog button that anyone is welcome to use.


New This Week

Feb2111 Hope everyone had a nice weekend! I am so thankful to have the extra day off today for President's Day.  It still doesn't stop the shop from getting new stuff added.  Today I added a new pair of earrings and yesterday was the Sky Rose necklace.   I'm working on getting more Big Rose rings added this week.

Saturday I visited the loveliest store! Simplicity in Poughkeepsie is a store that I learned about back at the Valentine's Day art show in Kingston.  The store is a eco-chic boutique of fashionable and affordable clothing, accessories and home goods, including vintage and new items, fair trade merchandise and underground labels.  And it is HUGE! It was like walking into a Pier 1 but with nice clothes and shoes.  I see myself spending a lot of time here.

My pictures do not do this place justice. I had to tell the owner Megan how beautiful I thought the store was. I must must must go back there soon. She is expecting more dresses to come in for the Spring. :)


Etsy Photo Shoot

You might have seen it on Etsy recently, but Inc. Magazine was looking for Etsy sellers to feature in an upcoming piece about the website. The photoshoots were held last Friday. When I first heard about it, I thought "Why not?" and told them I  would be there at 9 am sharp. I should take advantage of any free publicity I could get and being in New York and so close to Etsy headquarters is a benefit.

The loft space looked like I stepped into an Anthropologie catalog. I loved it! I had to experiment with my new toy some more and sneak some pictures.

A huge space with gorgeous rustic looking furniture everywhere. Can I move in? But none of it was part of the actual shoot. I got there a little before 9:00 and there was one other person ahead of me.  Basically, I just had a series of headshots taken. I was modeling a pair of my earrings and one of my necklaces.  Thankfully the photographer was SO nice.  I usually don't like how I look in photos which is why you don't see too many pictures of myself posted here but he showed me a couple of shots he took and I was quite pleased with how I looked.  I was so worried that I was going to look like a Cro-Mag.

Ultimately, we'll see what ends up getting used (if any at all). I wonder how many Etsy sellers showed up for this? I guess I will have to wait until April to see!

Happy Friday and have a nice weekend!


Ask And Ye Shall Receive

Let's get right to it!   The winner of these cute Chrysanthemum Stud Earrings is

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Congratulations!  I will send you an email to get your shipping information. Thank you EVERYONE who entered!  That was fun,  I will definitely do more.  :)

Valentine's Day came and went and I didn't say much about it.  But I was *very* shocked when my boyfriend surprised me with a necklace from Pretty Things By Meg

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Totally not planned that I happen to be wearing this color top on Valentine's Day.  I had to get a photo of me modeling this right then and there. It's even more  lovely in person.

 


Fairytale Sunday

Another necklace I added this past weekend is Fairytale Sunday this time using Yellow shell pearls.  Click on the image to see the item not tricked out on my iPhone. I'm sorry I'm addicted the Instagram filters!!!

The Crafting In Color Etsy Team is another team I am a member of, and they have moved their blog to Tumblr which is great since it's such a visual team.   Definitely worth checking out, I'll give you a sneak peak of the great items and talent you will find there.

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Cherries After Midnight

CherriesHappy Valentine's Day! Hope your day is filled with warm fuzzies and yummy chocolate.  The shade of red in my latest necklace (Cherries After Midnight) reminds me of chocolate covered cherries. This is the first time I am using Shell Pearl Beads in an item. A little bigger and heavier than the Jade beads but still just as pretty.

Valentine's Day is actually not that big of a deal for me and my boyfriend.  Sure we exchange cards and go out to dinner but we don't go crazy with the gift-giving.  That's what Birthdays and Christmas is for.   We did have a fantastic weekend though.  We went to Cornell Street Studios in Kingston, NY with some friends for the opening of the art show Romance In Art & Music.  Along with me already selling my jewelry there, my boyfriend had two paintings included in the show.

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I took some more snapshots, it was a very nice time with a huge turnout.  I love that Pulp Sushi is affiliated with this gallery, everything was so well put together.

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I love going to art galleries, especially when there's an opening.  It's even more exciting when I discover new artists to follow.   This particular show will go on for a month before they set up for their next exhibit - which I'm working on more pieces for that too.  I'm very glad that Renee, the curator, found me on Etsy back on October.  Sometimes you just don't know when a great opportunity comes knocking.

Speaking of an opportunity, today is the last day to enter to win a pair of Chrysanthemum Earrings!  Get in on that!  Winner will be annouced this Wednesday.


Earrings Giveaway!!

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Yes you read that right! I'm giving away a pair of Chrysanthemum stud earrings!!! They come in a gloss shade of pink/violet mix.   The Chrysanthemum studs are some of my most popular items and I love wearing them myself.   They're a great size that can compliment any outfit.

How do I win these cuties?  It's simple!  Just leave a comment in this post to be eligible.  You get extra entries for tweeting, including it in a blog post, or sharing on your Facebook and leaving a comment here letting me know.  This contest is open to everyone (US & International) and you have until Monday, February 14, 2011 (Valentine's Day) to enter.  I will annouce the winner next Wednesday - who will be notified by email so *please* make sure to leave a reachable email in your comment.

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