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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / getting a professional looking blog for your crafty brand on: February 19, 2010 01:11:12 PM
I've been giving a lot of thought these days to what makes some craft blogs (as in, blogs that people run in addition to, for example, their etsy shops) really stand out - great content, professional looking design, good tools. Lately, I've noticed a lot of my very favorite blogs written by crafters are hosted on Typepad, what I used to start blogging at a few years ago when I opened my Etsy shop.

I've been really happy with not only how easy it's been to get my blog looking professional and maintain it. But the community on the back end of Typepad- when you're logged into your account - is really awesome. They make it so easy for other Typepad members to find, favorite and comment on your blog. So not only is there some built in readership / traffic (and in turn my Etsy shop), but also I've been finding really fantastic blogs and content on other blogs in the community (which in turn inspires me and makes my shop + blog better).

Since I've been using Typepad for years for my own blog, if you have any questions about using a Typepad blog to promote your Etsy shop, just ask! I'd be happy to do my best to help you out!

Typepad has recently taken notice of how awesome their tools and community and posted some information - http://www.typepad.com/go/craft-blog/ about their blogs for crafters.

2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's your Etsy shop doing now? on: October 31, 2007 04:10:02 PM
Can you really ever have too much? Grin

...everyone's getting soap for Christmas. Cheesy

sweets, you make me giggle (and how fun to be on your christmas list!)
i'm psyched because it was a  big week in the land of girlscantell- i hit 1000 hearts (finally!) and i finally posted two new diagram designs (like the bike).  the new ones are a sewing machine, and a turntable! 

ps. this thread is moving a *lot* slower than it was two years ago... it got impossible to keep up with then!

3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's your Etsy shop doing now? on: October 25, 2007 02:10:03 PM
yay! i'm still around, sweets... more than ever, in a way, as i work for etsy now! (which is why i haven't been around craftster as much - now i'm not only super busy, but i really like my job!)

the handmade pledge has been super successful so far - over 1,000 signatures in less than a week!
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's your Etsy shop doing now? on: October 24, 2007 03:08:34 PM
hey there! i hadn't been to craftster in quite some time (too busy, too busy) but i peaked over today from the handmade pledge.  it's nice to see this sweet thread's still around!  some familiar faces, and lots of new ones, which is super fun.

i just hit 1000 hearts in my shop, and, as it was the first milestone i've hit in a while, i was just shocked and super happy.  yay!

have a great week, everyone! be sure to check out the handmade pledge if you haven't already, and best wishes!
5  Pennsylvania / Pennsylvania: Southeast / the philly etsy team calendar of events! on: October 24, 2007 02:55:00 PM
live in philly and have an etsy shop?
the philly etsy street team has a lot of activities planned, come join us!

upcoming shows:
oct 27 - whole foods by the art museum (21/callowhill) - handmade market - 12-4pm

nov 1+2 - locust arts walk - penn campus, all day

nov 11 - italian market / mew gallery fair - christian st.

dec 7 - trunk show at the mew gallery (906 christian st) 6-9pm

 - -
we meet on the third friday of each month, at 6:30pm at the mew gallery.  if you live in philly and have an etsyshop, you can join.  our next meeting is nov 16.  email teams@etsy.com with your username and "philly team" if you want to join.
yay! thanks!
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's your Etsy shop doing now? on: December 28, 2006 11:36:01 AM
it's only 2:30 (/me looks at office clock and pouts)?

i have noticed a few craftsters in the showcase and i hope it's working out well for you all!  very exciting! (and i like when i recognize shops as craftster shops... very cool).  my days are jan. 7 + 8, so hopefully i have my trusty powerbook back from the repair place and running by then.

jeweled monkey, sugarmoms is the BEST!  i love sugar moms and tattooed moms, especially their lunch deal - half price sandwiches!  and they have the best veggie BLT's ever, hands down.  i might totally take you up on that one weekend and make you drive in here and we can shop and do lunch.  how fun would *that* be?   Smiley

sweets, i keep thinking of you because i'm about to do another run of the bike stuff (with that awesome diagram) and i keep thinking how you were the funnest person ever to do a custom order for.  i'm thinking i might do some printing just on painted canvas board, since a friend's roommate got a scrap piece of fabric with that bike screened on it and just framed it and it looks kind of awesome just hanging on the wall...  what do you think?  or does it need to be on something functional? 
[i'm itching to get my computer back so i can show you what i mean, in case you can't tell...]

7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Questionable Etsy Shop? on: December 27, 2006 01:50:49 PM
hey - when i was flagging trendygal and her BS line of not handmade crap (sorry, as i know that's harsh and these are somewhat public forums) by emailing admin with the links to cafepress and ebay for *exactly* the same items she was touting as handmade in her shop, i noticed the email address for reporting not handmade items changed to flagged@etsy.com.

so...  flag away, CSI'ers!  i'm all about maintaining the spirit of etsy as a spirit of handmade entrepenuerialism, and not get-rich-quick schemes.

8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's your Etsy shop doing now? on: December 27, 2006 01:31:04 PM
All, so my story has a happy ending after all. The person just convo'ed me again saying she was very sorry and had made a mistake. This is what happened:

I sent her a bonus pair of earrings (I usually do that on multiple orders). The bonus pair were also flowers just MUCH smaller than the ones she had bought. The real pair she bought was still in the tissue paper and she just found them! So we weren't talking about the same pair of earrings and obviously the bonus pair didn't look like the ones in the pictures. So really for them to be as different as the ones she thought she got she was really calm and patient! Grin

oh, jeweled monkey, that makes me laugh.  but at least it ended up working out well.  i just got a pebble ring from the lovely gemmafactrix and she included a pair of earrings as a gift (i've bought quite a bit from her, and recommend her often to friends, so it was sweet of her).  i left the box at my office over the holidays and woke up sunday morning, sat bolt upright and thought "oh NO!  did i throw the packaging / box out with my freebie gemmafactrix earrings in it?" and i was worried sick for two days until i got back here and realized it was sitting on my desk safe and sound. and i'm a lunatic.

i'm worried about some feedback i may get (because i'm a worrywart).  i sold a LOT more than i expected this holiday season because my computer is away getting fixed, so i toned down my marketing and didn't expect to sell much by relisting things i knew i could make more of (fabric i had lots of, basically), since i couldn't list anything new without my trusty laptop.  i got a bit overwhelmed between etsy and working overtime at the office and breaking up with my boyfriend, yada yada yada.  i had the worst time remaking one of the bags that sold, and i felt awful becuase it was taking so long and then i finally made myself put it in the mail when i wasn't happy with it because it was an international order.  then i got an email back requesting a refund (which i instantly gave without question, because i *knew* i wasn't happy with my work).  i just hope she understands that it was not typical of what i do, and that i tried to provide good customer service once the damage was done. 
the other feedback i'm nervous about is because i got something in the mail 2 days after i said i would for one order, but still with plenty of time to get to where it was going (5 days worth of travel time).  i shipped it priority, but it hadn't gotten there on the 4th day.  i guess since it was about a week ago and i never heard from the person again, it got there, but sheesh.  i'm on pins and needles about these things.  i try so hard to do the right thing... ug.

it just makes me a nervous wreck.
have i mentioned how glad i am that the top sellers list as it once was isn't up these days?  that thing stressed me out sooooo much.

9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's your Etsy shop doing now? on: December 12, 2006 04:44:04 PM
*waves to tomate d'epingles - i love getting your e-mailer!  THAT is inspiring to me! 
next year, next year.

my shop's been buzzing since last monday.  i definitely can't complain, especially since i've been just recycling old listings while my precious laptop is out of commission.  it's painful though, just painful thinking of all the sales i could be getting.

thanks for the compliment, jm!  on my site is the view from my old roofdeck, which was also my photo-place in my apt. i've yet to find a good place to photo at my new house.

10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Are you currently a Top 100 Seller? Share the news! on: December 11, 2006 11:55:05 AM
it is a LOT less stressful without it, though....

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