Saturday, February 20, 2010

Etsy Says

Good morning, it's Saturday! If your week was anything like mine, you're probably still curled up in the fetal position on your couch, muttering incoherent nonsense to yourself. But relax! Let go of your knees, grab a cup of coffee and start your day with a smile. Why? Why not?!

So, I have this new idea and I want to see what you think... I'm going to start a weekly section called Etsy Says, where I take the weekly advice of Etsy and actually do it.

Why the hell is that interesting to you? For starters, you'll get to vicariously live through me reaching outside of my comfort zone. Together we'll learn what works and doesn't. And, by the end of it all, we'll have some real qualitative answers to the question everyone asks: does anyone really sell stuff on Etsy?

Monday, February 15, 2010

Add some sparkle to your Monday

I have been craving some luscious sparkles for to brighten up my workweek. There's nothing like a big, vintage, rhinestone piece to add that level of Fancy.  So, while I head out to the antique stores to find some of my own, check out these amazing ready-to-wears from Etsy.

Mmmm... Sparkly things... Wish me luck at the antique store!

Now go, dear invisible reader! Go and spend your Monday as you really want to; on your couch!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

By the way...

Did anyone else know that Chico's has really cool jewelry?


The key to a good brand is to be thorough and thoughtful.  Carrying a consistent identity throughout the process (from introduction, purchase, all the way to receipt) is hugely important.  I certainly lay no claims that I have mastered this art... In fact, today's post comes from my own research.
In short, I need to work on my packaging. While Lovely Package doesn't have an abundance of (or really, any) jewelry package examples, they do show how graphics and thought can differentiate your brand from everyone else's.
Here's a few I'm digging...

Created to act as a reminder of those less fortunate at Christmastime.
Designed by Dorothy
Artel Artyomovyh graphic design bureau designed a set of coasters “Made in Ukraine” for Chiga-biga™ designer gifts on-line store. The package and coasters are decorated with traditional ukrainian ornaments.
Designed by Artel Artyomovyh 

A line of animal food
Designed by Sara Strand

Biodegradable dog poop bags!
Design by Nate Williams

Tough to compete with...
Well, wish me luck!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Recipes! Key Lime Pie

Hungry? Go make yourself something delicious... How about aKey Lime Pie recipe... 

via Happy Lady Eats

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Sunday: Etsy findings.

Some splendid findings for you to enjoy.  Happy Sunday :)

Oooo... A giveaway

Yes! Cute.Little.Disaster is giving away a lovely necklace, and you (yes, YOU!) have the chance to win it.

Go here. Win. Wear. Be happy.

Just so you know...

The fashion show went very well. And although it was very low-key, I really couldn't have done it without all the help of my friends, my boyfriend (who sat by himself for two hours, without complaining once), and a very talented jeweler who showed me the ropes.
And, I sold one of my necklaces to one of the models! Which means that I can now go buy more supplies to make more jewelry. And, it means that The Mighty Sprout has its first donation for the Amos House!