Saturday, March 20, 2010


I have always loved buttons and I recently found this great Etsy seller Mr. Button who sells bulk buttons by color.  I ordered a few "scoops from the color jar" and just received them yesterday.  They are a great mix of large ones, small ones, shapes, and unique buttons.

I started making cases with them right away and I love how they turned out!  You can expect to see these posted in my shop throughout the week.



Saturday, March 13, 2010

Giveaway winner!

Thanks so much to everyone who participated in this months giveaway for a custom iPhone case.  Congratulations to the winner Joanne J!  I really enjoyed reading everyone's favorites and suggestions for new designs.  Keep an eye out because you may see some in my shop in the future. 

Monday, March 8, 2010

Giveaway - Custom Gadget Case!

My giveaway last month was successful and a lot of fun so this month I'm going to make it even better!  I am giving away one custom gadget case!  I know that you don't all have iPhones so the winner will receive one case for a cell phone, digital camera or any other small gadget with a design of their choice from my shop. 

To enter:

Be following this blog and leave a comment below with your favorite item in my Etsy shop and a way to contact you if you win.

Additional entries:

One additional entry for leaving a comment suggesting a unique design that you would like to see made into a gadget case.

One additional entry for tweeting or blogging about this contest.

I will randomly select the winner on Saturday 3/6.  Good luck!!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Project in Progress

Today I thought I would share my latest beading project that is currently about 1/4 of the way done.  When it is finished it is going to be a bracelet for my mom.  This bracelet is made using odd count peyote stitch and the different sizes of the beads that are used create this great ripple effect.  I am using size 10 seed beads in light purple, dark purple iridescent triangle beads, and size 8 seed beads in matte purple.  If you want to try making one of these for yourself you can find good instructions for how to do peyote stitch here.   

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

March Goals

My Etsy sales have been slow.... and by slow I mean practically non-existant for the last 2 months.  I'm starting to get discouraged but I know that I should use this slow time to really focus on making new items and improving my shop so that when sales pick up again everything will be smooth and faster than ever.

In order to get focused I have written down a set of goals for March and started making a plan of how to reach them.  Here are my goals:

1.  Make 10 sales.
2.  Get at least 2 new shop hearts each day.
3.  Make 2 new designs.
4.  Stock up on all of my current designs.
5.  Make at least 1 treasury.
6.  Increase shop views to around 100 per day.

How am I going to reach these goals?

- promote outside of Etsy by handing out business cards and posting flyers.
- post often in the Etsy forums.
- twitter daily.
- blog often.
- keep track of that treasury clock :)
- get to work!!

There is lots to do despite things being so slow.  If you have any suggestions for other ways to reach these goals I would love to hear them too.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Lucky Rabbit!

I just found my lucky iphone case in this super cute treasury filled with Irish easter bunnies.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Snowy Photographs

I am very jealous of all the bloggers I follow posting their pictures of the early spring flowers and buds on the trees.  Here in Michigan we still have weeks of winter before any flowers start popping up.   I snapped this picture while I was waiting for the bus this morning.  As I stand in the freezing cold waiting for the bus I have to remind myself that winter can be beautiful too. These absolutely gorgeous photos found on Etsy are evidence of that.

Ice Orchard by CountryDreaming

Snowfall Symetry by CountryDreaming