Sunday, February 22, 2009

Letter stamps

Just before Christmas, I bought some new alphabet stamps. I made a few items for the holiday craft shows, but really didn't want to get caught up in the whole personalization thing that everyone else seems to be doing. Don't get me wrong - I love some of the personalized pieces. But it is also something that is being done by so many others and I wanted to find a different way to express my creativity.

One of my first pieces that didn't get thrown into the silver recycle pile is my new Faith Necklace. Not because it came out perfectly - quite the opposite. The letters are not lined up perfectly and in a neat little row. I kept it (and listed it in my shop) primarily because of the meaning behind the necklace. Life itself can be a bit up and down - and NEVER (at least for me) seems to go as planned. But you need to keep the faith and you'll get through it.

It was really hard for me not to remake this piece as I tend to be a perfectionist. More silver has been put into the recycle pile just because of some minor flaw that I knew was there. This was a change of pace and I kind of like it. I know it's not absolutely perfect - but who is? What do you think?

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


For those of you who have Etsy shops - did you know about etsyhacks? This has been a topic lately on the forums and I finally decided to check it out. Most have been programmed to run in a Firefox web browser (instead of Internet Explorer), but there are a few you can use with IE.

To find out more information, check out the etsyhacks blog - it notes all of the hacks available, as well as lots of other topics. To find out which hacks can be accessed using IE and Firefox, you can check out the scripts page. There is also a link for installing greasemonkey, which allows the little programs to run.

And finally, if you are just curious to see what is available, you can find that on the latest releases page of the site.

Please note - I have NOT installed these yet myself. I also do not necessarily advocate downloading information from unknown sources. The information noted has been used and tried by many users on the Etsy site and I thought it might be helpful to some of my Etsy shop readers.

Other helpful Etsy sites:

Let'sEts - Googlebase formatter.
The Heart-o-matic from CraftCult - see who hearts your shop and products - just enter in your shop name. No downloads necessary.
Etsyfeeder - allows you to tag and organize your favorite items and shops.
Featsy - send you a notification if your product is featured.


Saturday, February 14, 2009

Hearts for you!

Yup - the picture says it all! Hope you enjoy the day!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Birthstones, birthstones, birthstones!

I've been experimenting with lots of things lately - and one of these is a new setting for stones. I love birthstone necklaces so, once I found a setting that I liked, it seemed a natural path to add them to my Etsy shop. For some color punch (and because I happened to love the colors when I saw them!) a bright orange and a champagne color cubic zirconia also found their way into the mix.

Tangerine Necklace
All birthstones available!

Monday, February 9, 2009

My New PDA!

By my own admission, I am one of the last people to get onboard the technology train. Not that I don't like technology - it certainly makes life easier - but I tend to be a late adopter type of person. A new item needs to be out for awhile and get all of the bugs worked out before I spend my hard earned money on it.

When it came time to renew my cell phone plan, I decided to upgrade my phone to a Blackberry Curve. It was a business decision (or so I told myself!) for several reasons. First of all, I can be notified when a potential customer has a question - it will allow me to respond faster and provide better customer service. AND it has a great calendar and contacts feature - no more having to carry around a pocket calendar and everything is in one nice little place. I can also renew items from my phone without having to log into a computer.

The big day - my phone arrives. It is pink (is there really any other color - LOL! my husband was horrified!) and has all the little bells and whistles. So cool! At least, until I try to access my Etsy account - with no luck. According to Etsy tech support "We've found that mobile devices do not support Etsy very well, if at all." Really? Funny. I would have thought that Etsy doesn't support the mobile technology but hey - what do I know?

I still love my little gizmo though - it's a keeper and I think I'm addicted!