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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: People With Etsy Shops... on: March 16, 2006 12:01:25 PM
Wow! Tvtrayart, that's awesome!  Grin I joined in Jan. but only sold about 10 things so far. You were the one who told me about craftster! Thanks!  Wink
I don't advertise on Myspace either. I have a friend whose into it (for ferrets, not crafts) and every time I check out her latest posts, it's like walking into a dance club - music pumping, lots of flashing stuff... way too much! Not my style at all!
I had a great week on Etsy when my leg warmers were featured - topped 1000 views (500 on the leg warmers alone!) but it's been very quiet since.
Sockdiva, I love your socks!!! They're so colourful! I knit too tightly to change colour mid-row so it always looks pulled. Stripes only for me! I envy those of you who can do fairisle, intarsia, etc. and make it look *good*!
I joined a business card swap with a few other sellers and bought some postcards from Kircaldy that I send out with purchased items. Of course lots of friends & family to brag about the shop! My sister & her friends are avid eBayers (especially for jewllery - they're crazy about it!) so I'm trying to convince them to try Etsy instead! 
I hope to do some craft shows later into the fall but need to build up some stock first. That being said, ta ta everyone! Good luck with your shops! I'm going back to my sewing (more sock monkeys!  Cheesy)
2  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Latest News / Re: 12/20/05 - Hot new topics on: March 16, 2006 11:33:17 AM
Cool! A new toy!  Wink
3  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Latest News / Re: 3/14/06 - Smited Again! on: March 16, 2006 11:31:44 AM
Hope you feel better soon! Thanks for fixing Craftster - we truly appreciate your sacrifice!
Not much you can do for a cold except plenty of rest & fluids (ginger tea is great!). Remember to wash your hands, eat well, and get plenty of fresh air & exercise to stay healthy in the future. We don't like to hear that you're sick (hugs)!  Cry
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: The Boy's Birthday - Ideas for Cash/Gift Certificate? on: March 16, 2006 11:23:54 AM
Hmmm...
1. You could decoupage pictures of sheet music, guitars, his favourite bands, etc. on a wooden or papier mache box (sold in most craft stores). Or...
2. Insert an appropriate picture or hand written message into an empty CD case to make a unique card with the gift certificate inside. Or...
3. Fold & glue a picture (perhaps from a music magazine) into an envelope shape. Following Vixen's suggestion, if you're afraid he will be upset at the wrecked picture, you could use a photocopy. Or...
4. Guys always like food. Put it in a package of homemade cookies, fudge, or other goodies.  Tongue
Don't know what else you could do... this one's tough!

5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: HELP! Can't lose ETSY "virginity" on: March 15, 2006 11:59:46 AM
Congrats, Moxierings!  Cheesy
Sales for me have been up & down. Had a good week when my leg warmers were featured, but the shop has been suffering a slow decline into oblivion ever since. Even the forums there have been eerily quiet lately! My last post only had 4 views in 2 days! Sad
Hopefully we'll all get rolling again soon! Good luck to all of you!
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Canadian Etsy Crafters? on: March 15, 2006 11:49:41 AM
I have bought & sold through Etsy, to and from US & Canadians. (I'm in Canada) A lot of US sellers will actually ship to Canada, often at or close to the US rate, but you have to contact them first. The only reason they do this is because of the varied costs for shipping internationally, depending on destination. Having domestic include the seller's home continent might make things easier for us North Americans, but I don't know about the rest of the world.
What I find really weird & confusing is that it's usually cheaper to ship parcels to the US than it is to send them within Canada! Even shipping within Canada, there are several rates depending on which region you are sending to/from. And occasionally the express rate (which includes insurance in the price) is cheaper than regular + insurance!
That VentureOne card is a joke - you might save a few pennies, but nothing truly noticeable.
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's Your etsy Shop Doing? on: February 09, 2006 12:08:46 PM
As for photography, I signed up for the critiques and people seem split on whether I should use plain white background or my usual scenery. Personally, I like small things like jewlery on a plain background, but larger items in a more realistic setting. Plain paper or fabric allows tiny details to show up better. Like Jennaappleton's; I think she has some of the most beautifully photographed jewlery. And I want it! I want it all!!!!  Grin ( but gotta make a few more sales of my own first  Wink
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's Your etsy Shop Doing? on: February 09, 2006 12:02:31 PM
Yeah, me too! I usually go into the forums while I have lunch but it's totally wonky right now! Also wanted to buy something from Norththreads to help get her going. (She told me about Etsy and we joined about the same time but the poor girl hasn't made a sale yet!  Cry She's a busy mom with a new baby and not much time to promote her stuff.)
BTW, Nice to see everyone!  Wink Thanks Tvtrayart for recommending this site. I joined up just a couple of days ago and it's great to see so many familiar faces!
Well, back to the sewing...
See you around!  Smiley

 
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: seam ripper love on: February 07, 2006 01:48:01 PM
I couldn't live without my seam ripper, either but I learned the hard way not to use it to open button holes. It slipped and tore about 6 in. right up the shirt!  Angry Good thing it was mine and not a customer's! Embarrassed
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: OMG Tit on the Floor!!! on: February 07, 2006 01:42:04 PM
I was checking out Craftster for the first time last night, came across this story and had to sign up. It's the next day and I'm still laughing!  Grin 
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