Starry Starry Night…

Ooo, the new work just doesn’t stop around here!

Here’s a new riff on my little dip bowl sets  –  a set of five, joined into a star! This was a real pain in the a$& to make, so you can bet you’ll only being seeing one. It was inspired by my popular photo for the original little dip bowls, which I had arranged in a star formation. I think this would make a really fun earring organizer for the top of a dresser.

Hmmm, you know what else just occurred to me? A really hot jewelry craft show arrangement using different formations of these little bowls. Plus a porcelain necklace tree? Maybe I gotta get together with a jewelry artist in the Philly area and make that happen….

Published in: on July 11, 2009 at 11:06 pm  Comments (4)  

Go for a spin

I noticed this awesome ring, by TinahDee, on the front page of Etsy recently. Not only is it easy on the eyes, but it contains three little inner circlets that you can twist around! I love jewelry that doubles as entertainment!

Published in: on June 16, 2009 at 11:04 pm  Comments (3)  

Sea Green


A little ‘dream by the sea’ collage I made today, featuring a gorgeous satin skirt by larimeloom and a a pair of stunning turquoise earrings by yukijewelry.

Published in: on June 7, 2009 at 7:17 pm  Comments (2)  

A little note

Thanks to everyone who commented the other day about my little experiment to spend $50 this month listing.

First, to clarify, my idea with this was not just to relist, but to push myself to add new designs every day, something I’ve notice most successful sellers do.

Second, when I said “try” to spend, I already knew it was going to be a long shot. As a matter of fact, I’m already way behind schedule, and I’m only a week in! I find it very doubtful I will reach $50, unless I pick up the pace an absurd (and entirely unrealistic) amount. It’s one of those conundrums: I can’t “quit my day job” because I don’t have enough time to craft and list – because of my day job!

But that isn’t really my goal anyways, I just want to push myself a bit and figure out what kind of marketing is really going to be successful for me. As someone pointed out last week, what works for one seller may not be right for another person or product!

So I will push on with the “experiment” as time allows and we’ll see what happens!

P.S. Speaking of new listings, I added a bunch of little ceramic buttons! Sooo cute!

Published in: on May 14, 2009 at 10:03 am  Comments (2)  

Fun in the sun

Spring fling2

Out at the ballpark today, so I thought I’d share a little collage of fun spring-time picks from Etsy!

Clockwise, starting in the upper left:

A fun summer dress from Stephanie Teague

A bright happy purse from Plus One Designs

Lots of cute color in a necklace from New Fashioned Whispers

Sweet white nesting bowls from Sara Paloma

Pretty in pink leaf earrings from Jewelry by Allison

Published in: on May 13, 2009 at 9:37 pm  Comments (6)  

Feelin’ blue

The only nice thing about going back to work on a Monday after a three-day weekend was coming home late and finding a beautiful pair of earrings, handcrafted by Lorelei, waiting in my mailbox!

They were her part of a trade for some beads, and I think I entirely got the benefit of the deal! They are deliciously long and dangly and feature lampwork glass beads in exactly the colors of Botswana’s flag (unintentional on her part, I’m sure, but it gave me a tickle since I studied there during school).

But the best part is the little tinkle sound the brass wires make when I turn my head – sure to provide hours of entertainment in addition to style!

Published in: on May 11, 2009 at 11:02 pm  Comments (3)  


Thanks for all the great comments on the last post – I’m going to respond as soon as I get a red hot minute…this weekend is D.’s birthday AND my brother’s graduation, so my schedule is packed to the gills.

In the meantime, head over to the lovely Lorelei’s blog to win a pair of my green connector beads! The possibilities are endless with this funky pair, and I’ve really been loving all the ideas folks have for them! Leave a comment on her post for a chance to win!

Published in: on May 8, 2009 at 2:22 pm  Comments (4)  

Etsy Success

Like many, I get periodic emails from Etsy about success and branding and whatnot. I usually have time to skim though before clearing them out of my inbox.

But this week something caught my attention: a “Quit your Day Job” feature about thepatacakebaby. Like many successful sellers, she talked about the importance of relisting and renewing items. But she mentioned, in a sort of off handed way, that her Etsy bill usually runs around a few hundred dollars.

A few hundred??? Mine is usually between $5-10!! That suggests to me that I am not even in the right ballpark. I’m not even sure I have enough time to list that much (I do have a day job, after all), but I’m making it a goal to spend $50 on relisting this month and see if it makes a difference. That’s about 8-10 listings a day, I figure.

I’ll let you know if it helps my sales!

Published in: on May 6, 2009 at 11:23 am  Comments (10)  

Spring Showers

I’ve been bumping around like a klutz in the rain today.

I got to class tonight (late) and realized that I had lost my flash memory drive somewhere on the way between my car and the building. After scouring the sidewalks back to the car in a light downpour, I discovered the lost item wedged in between my car seat.

In the process of finding it, I unknowingly dropped the student ID out of my pocket and into a gutter and it washed several yards downstream. I noticed it was gone as I was walking back and then had to embark on a second search to find it!

When it rains, it pours…

Can’t wait for the sun to come out again. In the meantime, I posted some new beads at the shop. Love this green and blue seashell bead…the glaze settled into the crevasses and it reminds me of tidal pools…

Published in: on May 4, 2009 at 11:37 pm  Comments (3)  

Contest afoot!

A fun jewelry maker who I mentioned a while back on the blog, Natha Perkins, was recently featured in Parenting Magazine! Very cool, ya?

To celebrate, and in honor of Mother’s Day, she is having a customized necklace giveaway. Check it out!

Published in: on May 2, 2009 at 3:32 pm  Leave a Comment