Monday, February 18, 2013

EtsyMom Team Valentine's Treasure Hunt Winners!

And we have 3 winners!!
Congratulations to Maite, Amanda and Toni!
They were the first people to found the hidden icons in our EtsyMom Team Valentine's Treasure Hunt.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the hunt - we hope you enjoyed the challenge. Special thanks to the team members who donated the fabulous prizes. We will be in touch once the winners decide on their prizes.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Featured Etsy Seller - Renewed Upon A Dream

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This month’s featured Etsy seller is the amazing and talented artist behind Renewed Upon A Dream (http://www.etsy.com/shop/reneweduponadream). Read about her life and art here, then visit her Etsy shop to see all of her beautiful hardbound creations. :)

Tell us a little about yourself

Hello! I'm Sarah. I'm here in Michigan dealing with our two seasons (winter & construction) while developing my Etsy business. I live with my pediatric resident husband & our dog Mojo in a fabulous little condo. I love my Etsy shop in which I sell my handbound books & journals. I also love all kinds of other crafts as well, particularly building & refinishing furniture & crocheting.

What do you create/offer in your Etsy shop?

Handbound books. I use a variety of methods to bind books in many different sizes, using beautiful materials.

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How did you get started in your line of business?

I've been creating books for as long as I can remember for myself, but I got serious about bookbinding about a year ago.

Describe your creative process

I usually will have a picture in my head of what I want to create before I purchase a new material. I love window shopping for cover papers & leathers. When I find something that I'm drawn to, I get really excited to get it home to get to work right away!

Where do you find your inspiration?

I am often inspired by color. I will find a new pretty paper or a new color of leather & be inspired to create something new. I also am inspired by clothing and fabric, I love lace, which I found a way to include in my products. I really like girly colors like pink peach & purple, but I love browns & neutrals for when I'm thinking about making a product for guys.

What is your favorite item in your shop at the moment?

Right now it is this suede notebook (www.etsy.com/listing/118798070/brown-suede-notebook-small-handbound). But this one is one of a kind because I made it with some leftover suede pieces. I'll probably be jealous of whoever gets it :)

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How do you promote your work?

I purchase about 1 ad per month on a popular blog I like. I like to choose a new blog every month so that my product is viewed by different audiences. I also have giveaways sometimes on other blogs & also on my own (www.reneweduponadream.com) I have an email list & I send shop updates to those on the list every couple of weeks or so (you can sign up at eepurl.com/mC3sL & get a coupon code for free shipping!) I also have started selling my work at various craft shows & become more known locally. I also have a twitter account (@RUaDSarah) and facebook (www.facebook.com/reneweduponadream).

What is one of the most important lessons you’ve learned since starting your business?

Don't put too much money into something you don't know will be successful. For example, I have a new idea for a type of book for my shop. Instead of offering it in 20 different sizes & styles, I'll be offering it for the first season in 2 sizes, with 6 cover styles. This way, I can see if there is a market for that product & what people are liking before buying a ton of materials that I may end up not using.

What advice would you give someone, like you, who is just starting out?

Try to have really great photos. Photos are so important. So much so that you're going to see this advice all the time. Also, I think it's best to have a good number of products ready when you open your shop. Probably at least 25 or so if you can. It just makes you more visible and look like a serious seller.

What are your other sites (facebook, twitter, blog, etc.)?

Facebook: facebook.com/reneweduponadream

Twitter: twitter.com/RUaDSarah

Pinterest: pinterest.com/sarahlrc/

Blog: www.reneweduponadream.com
 

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Book Review - Pinterest Savvy: How I Got 1 Million + Followers

Are you using all the social media tools available to you to grow your business? Well, here's one I missed. I just finished reading Pinterest Savvy. It's short and sweet, but it packs a real punch in terms of ideas, tips and examples for how to use Pinterest more effectively to drive traffic to your website. If you are looking for ways to boost your Pinterest account, this is the book for you. If you are new to Pinterest, this is the book for you. You can buy the Kindle version on Amazon for less than $5.

Now. The down-side. Not to the book, but because we're Etsymoms and our businesses are on Etsy: Pinterest and Etsy have not yet worked out a way to verify our shop links so that the link to our shops can be on our profile on Pinterest. This is explained in the book - so read it! We can do something about that. We need to politely send a message to Etsy, asking them to please find a way to help us verify our shop links on Pinterest. Or, if you're super tech savvy, maybe you can think of a way to make it work and suggest it to them. You will see that there is a tiny little Etsy discussion thread on subject of verifying etsy address. We aren't the only ones wondering about this.

If you decide to read the book, here's one more thing you should know. The author is hosting a giveaway. If you read and review the book and do a couple other things, you can be entered to win a Kindle Fire. Drop by Imagination Soup to learn more about it.

The Treasure Hunt is On!

Ready, set, go!!!

We have 7 shops that have hidden a Valentine's themed icon in ONE of their listings. You will be looking for the following icons:

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The first 3 people to find all 7 hidden icons (their listing URL) correctly will win a fabulous prize so generously donated by some of our terrific team members. The hunt runs till Midnight on Saturday so feel free to come back and search again when you have time. When you find the listing, submit the URL's here. You can submit all of them at one time, or come back each time you find one.

Here are the shops -

www.CreativeArtbyME.etsy.com

www.handmadewhimzy.etsy.com

www.littleBnme.etsy.com

www.petitetuques.etsy.com

www.sassafrassaige.etsy.com

www.starknits.etsy.com

www.thebirdandelephant.etsy.com

ANYONE is eligible to win – not just EtsyMoms! So tell your friends, family, and make sure to promote it on facebook, your blogs, twitter, wherever! If you are having trouble finding the icons, check in the sold items too! The icon may be hidden in one of the listings that sells before the hunt is over.

Winners will be announced and notified next week.

Now - would you like to see what you are eligible to win? Check out these prizes!

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As always, if you have any questions, please contact us. We will answer you as quickly as we can. Good luck and Happy Hunting!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Get Ready...EtsyMom Team Valentine's Treasure Hunt Starting tonight at 8 pm EST

Okay ladies, we had some kinks to work out with our treasure hunt and weren't able to start it yesterday. So... The Etsymom Team Valentine's Treasure Hunt will start tonight at 8 pm. We will do a blog post with the names of the shops participating and instructions. The first 3 people to find them all correctly will win a prize. Get ready!!!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

EtsyMom's Valentine's Week Treasure Hunt

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Get ready to sharpen your detective skills. Starting February 10th, we'll be hosting a Valentine's Week Treasure Hunt. You'll be able to search Etsymom listings from participating shops, for hidden Valentine's themed icons. Prizes will be awarded to the first 3 people to find all the items correctly. If you would like to join the fun and be one of the shops to hide icons in your listings, please fill out this form. You have until Feb. 6 to get signed up and must have your listing live by Feb. 10. We will contact you with instructions.

We are still looking for donations for prizes. If you donate a prize you can have your etsy shop featured on the EtsyMom Team's facebook cover until April. To sign up to donate a prize, click here, or send an email to etsymomteam@gmail.com.

Stay tuned for more details...