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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  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

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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!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / need a needle keeper? on: March 03, 2006 10:19:48 AM
i've been making these knitting needle rolls for my friends:

this doesn't do the great animal print fabric justice - it's really good upholstery fabric in the cutest animal print. i couldn't believe how great it was when i found it...
and this is a peek inside.  there are 18 needle pockets, made of a really soft corduroy, with contrasting blue and brown lining.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / who loves BYO's!?! on: February 09, 2006 01:27:58 PM
i absolutely love BYO's - little restaurants that allow you to Bring Your Own ___ (wine, etc).  but i hate walking in with a paper bag (um, ug.  they're crinkly and ugly and embarrassing...).  so i knitted a lovely little sleeve for my wine, and was quite pleased with the results...  and i've made a couple as hostess gifts, and they were *really* well received...


what do you think?
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / what do we think of "alchemy" on etsy? on: January 23, 2006 09:44:33 AM
hello, fellow etsy-ers!
i was away over the weekend, and logged onto etsy this morning to find "alchemy" - a place for people to post things they'd like made...
i think it seems like a really cool way to strum up business on a slow week and also a great new way for etsy to attract people - hopefully, word'll get out that you can simply place an order and wait for some crafty person to whip it on up and send it over...  this could be great for not-so-crafty brides-to-be or for really personalized gifts. 
is anyone else as excited as i am?
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