Saturday, July 31, 2010

Treasury Challenge Featuring EllaBelleBoutique

Well beautiful LDS Etsy team members, EllaBelleBoutique has been featured as the weekly challenge this week and for this monday we should all enter.
Why? you can win real money, that's why. Also to support each other.
Let's all make a treasury with this item and at least 5 other LDS Etsy members!

Because that's how we help each other- get on the front page and get more exposure.

enter the challenge HERE (you won't be able to leave a comment on this post so there is no confusion)

>> Saturday, July 31, 2010

Well this week I decided to use an item from someone who is doing the month challenge. And is always nice and entering my other challenges. And we are on a team together. And I just like her. Also her three month old weighs 18 pounds. I bet that is one cute cuddly baby.
we are etsy best friends these days.

Her earrings are adorable! you should check them out and buy some. if you want to buy me some I like the ones with little flowers on them. Just a simple post with a pop of color.
I picked the Grace Dangle Earrings for the challenge. My niece is named Grace and this blue is so beautiful.

first off, please follow my shop blog. now for the official rules:
  1. Go to the Treasury page of Etsy HERE and make a treasury with ANYTHING, as long as the Grace Dangle Earrings are included in the first three rows of the treasury.
  2. Put "Treasury Challenge" somewhere in the title of the treasury.
  3. Link Back to this blog post- that way people can find the challenges and you can get credit for referring them!
  4. Tag your treasury "treasury challenge"
  5. COMMENT with your link to the treasury- BUT YOU HAVE TO COMMENT HERE.
  6. Please refer people- tell them to say you sent them. If the winner mentions your name you will also get a the same prize they do.
  • I am super excited to see what people will come up with. I contact the winner through etsy. Sometimes I am slow. It can take up to four days after I post the winner to contact you- what can I say, my kiddos are crazy right now. If you see that you have one sent me a convo with your address and I will send you a prize.
  • if your treasury makes front page you win a ten dollar gift card in addition to other prizes from this competition.
  • MULTIPLE TREASURIES ARE ALLOWED. and encouraged. You can feature this item to your hearts content.
  • if the item sells out just pick a different item from the shop- as long as you link back here and write a comment you are good to go.
The prize this week? a 10 amazon gift card. I can send it right to your email address which I LOVE. Or a target gift card in the mail, which is slower. TREASURY CHALLENGES GO FROM SUNDAY TO SUNDAY from now on. You have a week, please spread the word.

Spiritual Thought on Work

Here is a spiritual thought from President Uchtdorf:

“I have seen enough ups and downs throughout my life to know that winter will surely give way to the warmth and hope of a new spring. … I am optimistic about the future. For our part, we must remain steadfast in hope, work with all our strength, and trust in God.

“The Lord doesn’t expect us to work harder than we are able. He doesn’t (nor should we) compare our efforts to those of others. Our Heavenly Father asks only that we do the best we can — that we work according to our full capacity, however great or small that may be.”

- Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “Work, Learn, and Love,” New Era, Nov. 2009, 5

Giveaway Saturday: Just Enough Style

This week's giveaway comes from our fantastic member JustEnoughStyle
I want to win.
You can win any pair of her stud earrings from her shop. I love these flower ones.
I really think you can never have too much jewelry. She has offered to give away a beautiful pair of stud earrings of your choice!
Thanks so much-


BUY IT- go to her etsy shop to support her.

WIN IT!- there are a few simple steps to entering this great giveaway.

  1. Leave a comment with you favorite item from her shop (this is required)
  1. Follow our blog and leave a comment that you do (with google friend connect- if you already follow the blog you can leave a comment saying you already do. and you are awesome.)
  2. Follow and leave a comment that you do.
  3. Buy something From Just Enough Style's store and leave a comment here.(3 entries)
  4. Follow LDS ETSY on Facebook and leave a comment here.
Don't forget to leave a seperate comment for each of the above steps. Thanks and good luck!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Our Fantastic Members: Congratulations FloresDelSol

One of our fantastic members was featured in an Etsy article today about handmade weddings. Floresdelsol lives in New Jersey and her blog inspired me to make more beautiful planters for my front yard.
Check out the Article about handmade weddings HERE.
You can get these beautiful craspedia flowers in her etsy shop HERE.


Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Month Challenge

I was doing a little month Challenge on my blog and I thought I should have one for the LDS Etsy team. actually I think we should all participate in more challenges. If members are having challenges on their blogs, let me know and I will post about them here.
Here is the entry about entering the Month Challenge on the Claireandjanae blog:
you should enter there because you can win things, which is AWESOME.


>> Thursday, July 22, 2010

Here you can enter the official Month Challenge with Claireandjanae. Do you make things? Do you want to make things? This month we are hosting a month challenge where you make one thing every day. Maybe you sew an apron or make some custom drapes. Maybe you do an illustration, or make a beautiful necklace. For the next 30 days make a consecutive item and you will be entered to win a gift card to

YOU HAVE 14 days to sign up for the month challenge- just leave a comment on this post. In you want you can comment on my daily posts with pictures of your items, or a link to your etsy shop or flikr or whatever. I want to see pictures!

want to donate a prize? contact me!

Making things every day has been interesting so far. It has only been six days. I always feel like I have so many projects- home, church, and I don't always make things for Etsy or for my kids. I was looking at my stack of fabric and it is a bit overwhelming. I thought one item a day would be more manageable, and so far it is going well. I even made an item while I had the flu last week. It was simple, but I couldn't just quit! Every night I make the item and then in the morning I snap a few pictures with my daughter during babies nap time and post what I made.

I am still hoping to make a few quilts this month- I thought if I just did a little at a time I could finish them.

Of course my sister in law asked if making food counts- yes it does, especially if it is a dessert and you shared it with people you love.

What did you make today? enter the challenge today!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Monday Treasures

My Heavenly Father Loves Me
Whenever I hear, the song of a bird
Or look at the blue, blue sky,
Whenever I feel the rain on my face
Or the wind as it rushes by,

Whenever I touch a velvet rose
Or walk by our lilac tree,
I'm glad that I live in this beautiful world
Heavenly Father created for me.

He gave me my eyes that I might see
The color of butterfly wings.
He gave me my ears that I might hear
The magical sound of things.

He gave my my life, my mind, my heart:
I thank him reverently
For all his creations of which I'm a part.
Yes, I know Heavenly Father loves me.

Children's Songbook, #228

Navy Petal Flower at BabyByBrooke
Orange and Tangerine double rosette headband at Miss Marci Designs
Behind the Waterfall at Katria's Creations
Colorful Butterfly at Beans Things
I am a Child of God Vinyl Wall Art Decal at Kids Corner
Shelly/Sheldon Turtle Pillow Toy at Kid Giddy
Decorative Pillow Covers - Carnaby Street in Red at The Pillow Barn
Dance Away the Blues Earrings at AmbreRose
Unstable an Original Painting at Art by Bryan Zingmark
Tangerine Happy Bobby Pins at ShelleAnne's Splendor
Mary Jane Baby Slippers - White with Turquoise Flower at Sweet Melly Jane
Black Eyed Susan Seeds in Autumn Colors at flowersforusall
Lonely Girl Necklace Pendant at Sleepy Dreamer
Forest Fun In Wonderland Reversible Pinafore at Twigs
8 x 10 Count Your Blessings Warm at Persimmon&Pink
RUSTIC ROSE - Porcelain Ceramic Cuff Links at GemmaBeads
This week I picked beautifully represented items. Keep up the good work!

**Add the "LDS Team" tag to your items to help be included in team treasuries!**

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Spotlight Sunday: KaceFace

a happy bright studio
How did you get started on etsy?

I had been making purchases on etsy since 2008, but never thought I'd be a seller. In 2009, I decided to quit my day job and open my art shop KaceyKendrickWagner where I sell various sundry doodles and collages. In February of this year, I started sewing and making my own hair clips and headbands. I was reluctant to attempt sell hair accessories since it's such a saturated market, but with some encouragement from my husband, I opened Kaceface Sewing & Accessories. (Turns out he was right...I sold my first 2 items within 10 minutes of setting up shop!)

Tell us a bit about yourself....

I am a 26-year-old "stay-at-home artist." I earned a BA in Art Education from BYU and taught public high school for three years. I married my favorite guy in 2008 and quit teaching shortly thereafter so I could stay home to create, teach private art lessons to little kiddos, and take care of the house.

Apart from creating things, what do you do?

I'm a big reader. I looooove books and hope to have a library in my home one day. I also enjoy trying new recipes, blogging, watching BYU basketball, and spending quality time with the hubby.

What first made you want to become an artist?

I've always been good at drawing. In fact, I think I got my start as a preschooler doodling all over my dad's legal pads during sacrament meeting! My parents and teachers really encouraged me to develop my talent and I ended up studying art in college. Since I've been married, that artistic talent has morphed into all kinds of crafting as well.

Describe your creative process.

I make what I like...which is always changing! It can be detrimental--my art shop is SO random--but I try to stay really true to who I am. All of the hair accessories I make are something I would totally wear myself. I generally start with a color or print or shape I find interesting and run with it. I don't plan my designs ahead of time, they just come together as I go.

What handmade possession to you cherish most?

Hmm...I have a quilt my mom made us for our wedding. She spent over 200 hours on it. I also pieced my first quilt top a few months ago...I'm pretty proud of it!

How do I promote my work?

Blogging, posting pics on facebook, wearing it, doing giveaways, etc.

Top 5 books, movies, musicians, and websites.

I don't know if these are top 5, but here are a few favorites...

Anne of Green Gables series
Harry Potter series
The Poisonwood Bible
The Grapes of Wrath
Agatha Christie mysteries

Taylor Swift
old school Goo Goo Dolls
Carrie Underwood
songs from Glee
Wicked soundtrack

Big Fish
Emperor's New Groove
P.S. I Love You
Notting Hill
Alice in Wonderland

All kinds of blogs...

How does your faith influence your work?

Pres. Uchtdorf's talk "Happiness: Your Heritage" is one of my all time favorites. He talks about how we all have the power of creativity and reminds us that the things we create don't have to be perfect. It inspires me and keeps me from getting discouraged even if things aren't selling. Creating things makes me happy and brings me closer to Heavenly Father.

Where do I want to be in 10 years?

I want to be a mother more than anything!

What is your favorite item in your shop?

My favorite clip and headband sold last week (which is always exciting but a little sad too!) so my new favorite is the little girl's purple/black rosette headband. If I had a daughter I would have kept it for her! Haha.

Top 5 shops on etsy.

I don't have steady favorites, I like to scout out different shops. (I'm always looking for good deals on fabric if you know of any!)

How has selling on etsy changed your life?

When I was teaching, school consumed my life. I never made time to just sit down and draw or paint or anything. Now I have a million projects going on at once and I create literally everyday, either for etsy or for myself. It makes me happy and keeps me sane.

shops: kaceface, KaceyKendrickWagner

Monday, July 19, 2010


AnnaVirginia asked me when we would post a winner. I apologize! Here we are
and we will return to our regularly scheduled giveaways this Saturday I promise!

Kelly@seeitandmakeit!, June 29, 2010 7:57 AM

My favorite favorite is the HOBO bag, but I also LOVE all her flowers, but the baby shoes are so cute too! It is very hard to pick just one. I love her shop, and she is a doll!

Monday Treasures

Little Wonders

Our lives are made in these small hours
These little wonders, these twists and turns of fate
Time falls away but these small hours
These small hours still remain

~Rob Thomas

The Chunky Chain Me Up by Zig-Zags
White Fringe Crocheted Cuff Bobby Sock by Slade Made
Baby Sleeping Sign by Sweet Melly Jane
Custom Photo Celebration Invitation by Sugarhouse Ink
For You ACEO by Oh Hello, Dear
Heart of Brass by SylvieGirl2
Girl's Flowered Headband by Yours Truly Dear
Baby Cocoon Knitting Pattern by Yarnlovertn
25 Vintage Scrabble Tiles by Sweet Old Stuff
Hot Air Balloon Necklace Pendant by Sleepy Dreamer
Pretty Lady by Time Captured
The Hamptons by Lush Boutique
Beanie with Huge Carnation by SchierKnits
In a Nutshell Wreath by The Chic-Adee Shop
1970s Vintage Off White Gunne Sax Maxi Dress by Sassy Sister Vintage
Creative Cards - Set of 4 Stamped Birthday Cards by Cute N Creative

Giveaway on Dandelion Wishes

Check out the giveaway Dandelion Wishes is hosting for our team member Kelly Kruner
Enter by clicking HERE
I quoted the giveaway but you can't leave comments here- go to Dandelion Wishes.

seriously, stop...I know she is stinking CUTE, but the point of posting this picture is to show you the super adorable headband I am wearing...don't you love it?

You want one of your own huh?

How about this one? Cute right? It's called The Alice Beautiful Garden Colors
It was created by Kelly from the Etsy shop The Pink Elephant Shopby kellycrunner.

So let me tell you how you can win THIS adorable headband AND choose a pair of earrings from The Pink Elephant Shopby kellycrunner. ANY pair...suhweet right?!

Mandatory Entry:
visit The Pink Elephant Shopby kellycrunner take a look around and come back and tell me what you fell in love with.
Extra Entries
(leave ONE comment for each one you do, I will do the math)
1 Follow ME
1 Follow Kelly on her blog See It and Make It!
2 become a fan of Dandelion Wishes on Facebook
2 become a fan of The Pink Elephant Shop on Facebook
2 become a follower of LDS Etsy Team
1o entries for creating a post on your blog about the giveaway
(be sure to add my cute button and link The Pink Elephant Shopby kellycrunner to your post)

So there ya go...lots of ways to build up those entries and WIN a darling headband AND a pair of cute earrings of your choosing.

Contest ends Saturday July 24 Winner Announced July 29


Sunday, July 18, 2010

Spotlight Sunday: Persimmon and Pink

One of my favorite Lds Etsy sellers is Persimmon and Pink LOVE her shop. now we can get to know her a little better.

I can be contacted at

The Interview: Persimmon and Pink

How did you get started on Etsy?

It seemed all the world was a buzz about Etsy so I checked it out. I thought it was a wonderful resource for selling handmade items and thought I would give it a go. I made these embellished kid hoodies and listed two of them. They never sold. I finally unlisted them and then used them for my own daughter. So was it the best intro to Etsy success? No. But I after feeling a bit sad and embarrassed I got over it and gave it another try.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I'm a thirty-two year old woman, wife and mother. I have red hair, but my natural color is a beautiful mousey brown. I use the red to amp it up as well as cover my lovely patch of early grays. When I'm not mothering and taking care of my home I love to read and create.

Apart from creating things, what do you do?

As seen above, I am a mom. Creating (and surviving) an entertaining day with two young children is a success in itself and by the end of the day I'm wiped! Sometimes I work for a bit in the evenings but often I relax with some lovely TV with my husband after the little ones are in bed.

What first made you want to become an artist?

As a child I loved to draw and create and did well in art classes. It wasn't until I'd bombed out of Chemistry in college and realized that being a nutritionist wasn't going to work for me that I thought I'd turn to my backup—an artist!

Please describe your creative process.

Usually I get an idea in my mind of something that I want for myself or something that I think would just be cool. I stew on it for a while thinking of how I want it to look in style, color and typography and then finally I get it created. I often am harboring ideas for a good six months before they ever are made a reality.

Also, I would be a real low person if I didn't mention my amazing husband Marc who is a big part of my success. My computer skills are abysmal and I'm lucky to be married to a graphic designer and techie. Part of the design process is refining it in my mind or through sketches and then sweet talking my husband into sitting down with me for an hour (or four) until we have the design just so. I tell him the font I want, colors, where I want things moved, move things back, etc. He is so great to be humble to just be there for me and follow my vision. He is my creative partner.

What handmade possession do you most cherish?

I try not to get too attached to things because with small children everything is bound to get dinged, scratched, chipped, busted, stained and flat out ruined. One thing that came to mind are the quilts I made for my children. Many hours went into them and they were made while waiting for my children to join our family. I suppose a lot of hopes and dreams were stitched into them as well.

How do you promote your work?
I wouldn't consider myself a natural business woman and don't think I do the best job at promoting my work. I do have a few blogs that I pay for sponsorship on and host giveaways on other's blogs occasionally.
Name your top five books, movies, musicians, and websites besides Etsy.
• The Good Earth
• The Seamstress (my most recent read)
• Scriptures (Bible/Book of Mormon)
• Summer of the Monkeys
• Sense & Sensibility
• Danny Deckchair
• Pride & Prejudice
• The Road Home
• Matilda
• The Bourne Identity
• She & Him
• Neil Diamond
• Adele
• Beyonce
• Corrine Bailey Rae
(I don't want to admit to and

How does your faith influence your work on Etsy?

The whole reason that I started making prints with religious and upbeat sayings was because I felt guilty. Besides a print of Christ hanging in a hallway I had no religious artwork in my home. If someone was to walk into my home could they tell my love of Christ and His teachings? Were my children seeing images of the temple? Where were the little reminders to help renew my faith? While such products existed they did not fit my personal style and decor, so I made my own.

What advice would you give to artists who are new to Etsy?

Don't be afraid to try, don't be afraid to fail. Just give things a go. Doesn't sell? Switch up your prices or make something else. And above all to be original in your work.

In ten years, where would you like to be?

I'd like to have another child or two and be done building my family and onto the adventure of growing old together. I would like to get back into doing some fine art. I have all these blank canvases stashed away that I'd love to work on. I hope to have gone to India by then, to not have excessive wrinkles—just an age appropriate amount. Still very in love with my husband and hopefully not still making the same old things for dinner. I better have some new stuff in rotation by then.

What is your favorite item from your shop?

My favorite is the 'Love One Another' print in green. They don't sell as well as my other designs but if I and everyone else would just try harder to do this, our relationships within our families and the world over would be better. Plus I love the Archer font and am a sucker for a map.

What are your top five favorite shops on etsy?

There are loads, but here are a few:

How has selling on etsy changed your life?

It has made me feel successful in a way I never anticipated. I never thought I'd run a small business like this. It's such an honor that people choose to have my designs in their homes—to spend their hard earned money on my work. Its something I'm very grateful for.

I was also contacted through my little 'ol Etsy account by a major gift company to design a line for them that I'm just finishing up. Being creative and selling your work requires you to really put yourself out there, and that can be scary, but also very rewarding as well.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

How-To Wednesday

I've been keepin my eye open for more photo hints - many of us have various types of products, so this suggestion is for smaller items. I believe, however, that these ideas can be applied to bigger items (like a full woman's outfit, etc). But it is catered to work for smaller objects. So pay attention, because this advice is great for:~Jewelry
~Purses/Bags (handbags, pencil pouches, wristlets)
~Small articles of clothing (baby clothes, shoes, gloves)~Small objects (camera, stuffed animal, seashells)~Soap, candles~Accesories (watches, headbands, hair flowers)and the list goes on. I think this advice works for most of our shops, and can be helpful for many of our items. I'm thinking about going out and buying and Ott Bulb!!
Here are some hints from Bomobob on taking photos indoors. Especially when the weather outside isn't condusive to photographing! You can find the full forum entry here. I'll quote and include some of his photos, but I'd also recommend reading his words!
He says rather than buying a "Lightbox," a

"piece of cardboard and light bulb have always served me just fine. Here’s what I call my 50 cent lightbox:"
Doesn't look too expensive... Just a nice piece of poster board or cardstock. He tapes it to the wall and the floor to hold it in place. He said that the weather was dreary outside; making it perfect for his makeshift Lightbox.

Next, he says,

"Yup, a sheet of Bristol board taped to the floor and wall. And today was a perfect day to demonstrate; cold, cloudy, blustery, and quite dark. What you see there is what you get. Not very good light. Big deal.
"Enter the light bulb, or to be precise, the Ott bulb. These are cheap, easily available at hardware stores, and the best lighting invention since sliced bread. Even better in fact, since sliced bread has very little to do with photography.
Take one table lamp, remove shade, screw in Ott bulb, and put on stairs. What a difference!"
He also compensated for the darkness by changing the F-stop exposure on his camera. If you don't know how to this on your camera, you can take care of it after the fact, in a Photo Editor, like Google's Picasa (which is free - so affordable!), or Adobe Photoshop. **In Picasa, you would adjust the light-exposure by clicking on the Tuning tab, and increasing Fill Light and Highlights.**

Here's a sample of how he used his easy-peasy light box:

Isn't that camera look stunning? On this photo, he used the Macro setting, which looks like a flower. Here's someone's close-up of their macro button on their camera:Macro allows your camera to focus up-close and to allow the background to blur a little. You can increase the amount of blur in your photo editor. ** In Picasa, you can select Soft Focus under the Effects tab. It's not the most fancy way to blur out the background, but for some pictures it's the perfect touch.**

Another Etsy Storque article (part 2 of the article I shared last week, I believe), shows some great images that may inspire you on new, exciting ways to present your items. Remember to avoid using flash, as Janae said, using flash is a great way to murder your photos.

Here are some more great ones from our own team! Thanks for presenting your images so beautifully! These are the kinds of photos that work for Etsy's Treasuries and Front Page and Storque articles:

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Spotlight Sunday: Melissa of The ChickadeeShop

I love the chickadeeshop- she has great pictures and I've just looked at her blog. It is distracting- so go check it out and be prepared not to get anything done for a while.


Melissa Clark

My Etsy shop was about 2 years in the making. I had been mulling over scared feelings of opening a shop and finally after a long time I realized I haven’t really got anything to loose so I went for it. Oh boy and it has gone so well for me from the get go!

I am 25 years old and was born into a family strong in the gospel. I got married in the Salt Lake City Temple to Brian Clark when I was 18 years old. Ahhh! I know, 18! But you know what? It has been 7 wonderful years and we have 2 beautiful energetic boys. Ethan is 4 and Jackson is 2.
I have always been an artist. I have studied dance since I was 12 and had the opportunity to study in NYC which was my dream. I have also had some of my paintings featured in the DC Capitol, traveling showcases, and local art galleries. I was Sterling Scholar in Art at my high school and received a scholarship in modern dance at the University of Utah. I quit dancing when I had Ethan and have had the wonderful opportunity to stay at home with my children. Currently I run my Etsy shop and am helping my husband through Graphic Design School at the Uof U. It’s a charmed life and I love it!

The spark of artistry runs through my veins. My father is the Art Director of Deseret Book. So pretty much any book you buy from there he has overseen. So I get the wonderful opportunity every now and then to do a freelance job for them, and my book covers are sold world wide even though they are very few. :) I have always had a sketch book in my pocket and when I head out into the world I always view things, people, and places as inspiration.

My creative process for my wreaths is most inspired by magazines I look through. I like to find rooms that are designed well and then I create a wreath to go into that room. But sometimes I see a cupcake, dress, or a painting and the colors, patterns, and decoration get my brain moving and I pump out at least 20 designs a day into my sketch book. As far as actually creating them takes me a while because of budget and my helpful children. :)

I most cherish my wedding quilt. My mother is a very talented quilter and the shop she works in and her recent quilts were just featured in The Quilting Magazine. My wedding quilt was her first quilt she ever made. We didn’t know anything about batting and we doubled the batting and her hand stitches are about 1” wide. Ha ha ha! We have a good laugh about it every now and then. But every stitch was made with love (and maybe a little anger ha ha!) But it is beautiful antique reds and creams. It completes my room and reminds me of a mother’s love.

As far as promoting goes, I haven’t really dove in head first. Just merely dipped my toes in. I am currently working on fliers to send out locally but as far as online it has been word of mouth, I have created lasting friendships in loyal customers, and I have had a handful of wreaths featured on Etsy’s from page. I think it helps though to renew a listing or a handful of listings every day. I also find that the more product I have the more views I get.

My very favorite 5 movies are Emma with Gwyneth Paltrow, Charade with Audrey Hepburn, The Secret Life of Bees, National Treasure, and the 1945 version of State Fair. My favorite 5 books are The Secret Life of Bees, The Book of Mormon, Cold Sassy Tree, The Awakening, and Garlic and Sapphires. My favorite 5 songs are Til Kingdom Come by Coldplay. Love in a Home by Doris Day, 1234 by Feist, The House that Built Me by Miranda Lambert, and all the Hymns! :)

I find that my faith shines through me as I converse with people from all over the world form every kind of religion. If I make sure to emanate Christ’s love in everything I do I know somewhere out there I will touch a life and change a heart.

If I gave advice to new artists on Etsy I would say patience is a virtue. It took me a while to get featured and noticed. I also just put myself out there and made friends on Etsy that I keep in touch with, I also made sure to take the time to make my messages meaningful and cheerful. I spend a lot of time putting my heart into what I do so that when people see my art they smile and say, now that is different and I like it. Make sure to research, I researched wreaths to see what was selling out there, what wasn’t, and what my competition is. I noticed pretty much all wreaths have the same thing on it. So I challenged myself to create wreaths with items on them that no other wreaths have. Also if you are new you can experiment. Right now I am experimenting with a high price and so far I have had one sale with listing the price high for only a week. So take risks while you are new. Most of all value the people you meet through Etsy.

In 10 years I want to have graduated from Design School, have built my own home, and hopefully be in the process of having my own design show or have my design articles in magazines. I know, big goals but I am not afraid of anything, even failure.

My favorite wreath is The Old Fashion Christmas Wreath
It is me through and through!

These are my top favorite shops on

Selling on Etsy has brought up my confidence to a level of dangerous measures. :) I realize that the skies the limit. There is nothing I can’t achieve with confidence. Also, I have connected with people who will influence me for good for the rest of my life. It has opened doors for me to a new world of friendship. I have loved every outcome since joining Etsy and I am truly grateful for listening to that gut feelilng.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

ClaireandJanae's Treasury Challenge

Have you seen the Treasury Challenge on my shop blog? A Team member is featured this week and you should all enter! Go Here to post your entry.

I quoted the post but you have to post here.

Treasury Challenge Week 8

I have been so excited about the treasury challenges on etsy lately. This is our 8th week picking a challenge and people are really talented! I feel like i am getting better at making treasuries just being involved. I like to mix up how I pick the winners- sometimes others vote, sometimes I pick, last week I asked the person featured to pick a winner. As always if you get featured on the front page you automatically get a prize.

Here is the Item this week.

This week The treasury item is from Shelleanne's shop. She is actually my sister but she is also the person who introduced me to etsy. I can't believe I had never heard of it and she showed me how to set up the shops and even featured me in a treasury that got on the front page. My big sister has always helped me out. She doesn't tell many people on etsy this but she actually has some health problems and has had multiple brain surgeries in addition to Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. It affects her ability to work but she always has great ideas for making things.

Rachelle makes hair pins and I am probably her number one customer. I just like having a little color- especially since the great debacle where I decided I should get bangs. Big mistake.
You can follow her on twitter :
I love her new hair pins.

first off, please follow my shop blog. now for the official rules:
  1. Go to the Treasury page of Etsy HERE and make a treasury with ANYTHING, as long as the Mermaid Antique Brass hair pins are included in the first three rows of the treasury.
  2. Put "Treasury Challenge" somewhere in the title of the treasury.
  3. Link Back to this blog post- that way people can find the challenges and you can get credit for referring them!
  4. Tag your treasury "treasury challenge"
  5. COMMENT with your link to the treasury- BUT YOU HAVE TO COMMENT HERE.
  6. Please refer people- tell them to say you sent them. If the winner mentions your name you will also get a the same prize they do.
  • I am super excited to see what people will come up with. I contact the winner through etsy. Sometimes I am slow. It can take up to four days after I post the winner to contact you- what can I say, my kiddos are crazy right now. If you see that you have one sent me a convo with your address and I will send you a prize.
  • if your treasury makes front page you win a ten dollar gift card in addition to other prizes from this competition.
  • MULTIPLE TREASURIES ARE ALLOWED. and encouraged. You can feature this item to your hearts content.
  • if the item sells out just pick a different item from the shop- as long as you link back here and write a comment you are good to go.
The prize this week? a 20 dollar Amazon Gift Card. I can send it right to your email address which I LOVE. Or a target gift card in the mail, which is slower.

Facebook Favorites

Hello Team!
For those of you who are on (or thinking about joining) Facebook:

Facebook has updated the way that you Add a Page to Your Page's Favorites! I wrote them an email, requesting a change, and although they didn't do what I had in mind, it's still better than the way it was!
Now, go to a page that you already LIKE. Underneath the Profile Pic there is a link that says: "Add to My Page's Favorites." Click the link, and ta-da! it's in your faves. So simple!




I suggest that we each add LDS Etsy Members to your page's favorites. I'd also like to see us link to each other that way as well! Start by adding the pages that are easy to find right there on our wall, and then we'll be adding team member's pages to this page's faves. Then go through the list and add them to your own!

Let me know if you have any questions!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Photography Ideas: Use a Model

One of the hardest things to do is get good photos. People are actually buying your photo since that is all they see. I love the photos from DollfaceDeville's shop. How could you do that? Just get some good looking friend and take a photo against a white wall in your house. Of course you would have to do it in GREAT lighting. I feel like if you really want to murder your photos take them with a flash. Death to all product photos!

there is something awesome about this photo and it makes you want the scarf more.
I wonder if they are also selling this girls hair, which I love. Will I look like that? GardenofWhimsy has a great looking shop- the colors are consistent and the background is simple-a beautiful baby or model will help sell your product.
which is why I always use my nephew when I can. I love my baby but WHAT AN ADORABLE KID.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Photo Focus

How is the best way to use your 5 photos-per-item in your Etsy shop?

Focus your first picture on the item itself, or (depending on the type of item) get a close-up on a detail of the item. Etsy's administrative team, buyers, and sellers love for this picture to be stunning, ethereal, and compelling.

The easiest way to get good lighting on a tight budget or limited resources is to be out on a sunny day. However, having the item in direct sunlight will over-expose its color, so find a spot with sufficient light, but in the shade. I don't recommend the shade of a tree, though, because trees let little bits of sunshine through that make it hard for a camera to focus. Just find a spot outdoors in shade and click-away!

If you are running into the problem of cloudy days, rainy days, etc., Etsy has suggestions on taking photos in other conditions here (
“I prefer to photograph outside, but it’s often too dark or raining. Help!” Low-light or dull days don’t have to equal dull photographs. Excellent photography doesn't have to be bright.).

The rest of your photos should show some detail, such as (depending on your type of product):
~Suggestions for use
~Customizing ideas or options
~Other angles or views (ie: inside of a purse)

The Princeton by Cherry Blossoms

Depending on the item, you may have a few picture slots leftover. At this point, it's customary to use a Team Badge. Members of the LDS Members of Etsy have a Team Badge, which can be copied from the image below. Save it to your hard drive and upload it to your pictures. It a great way to network, advertise your fellow team members, and/or just show that you're involve in Etsy communities.