I’m in THREE BEAUTIFUL treasuries!!!!

Yippee!!!  This is so exciting!  I hope it helps drive sales!  Yippe!  Yippe!  YippEE!!!

 Here’s what got featured in the treasuries (Pretty, pretty, pretty!) 

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Here are the treasuries, care of excely , CurlyGirlCrochet  and Rittenhouse.  Thank you so much!  They are absolutely gorgeous!  Before they die, you can view them by clicking on the images.  When they die, the images will stay for posterity!  :O)

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Work in Progres…Seeking Opinions!!!

So, I’ve put this bracelet together, but don’t want to complete it until I’m certain of the design.  Could you please give me your feedback?  Here’s a pic. 
img_1518.jpgThoughts?  Suggestions?

Necklace News.

I posted a new necklace today and sold one too!  Yippee!

Here’s the new one….I hope someone falls in love!  I think it’s so cute!
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and here’s the one that sold:
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Since I got some helpful suggestions for Jill, I dare ask…
With regard to jewelry, what would you like to see?

Out On the Town!

I went walking around town today.  My goal – to find shops and boutiques who are willing to purchase my jewelry and other crafts for resale.  I passed out business cards like they were candy and I’m hoping that I can find at least TWO interested shops from my efforts.  Keep your fingers crossed!

Since I mention my other crafts, I will let you have a peek at what else I do…

Hand Painted Wine Glasses – I do a variety of designs, but I am particularly in love with my “stems” collection!  I’ve got some in a local coffee shop now and I’ve had one sale so far this year.  I’ve been thinking of making an Etsy storefront for these.  Here’s a selection of what I have.  I’d love to hear what you think and what you would suggest for prices? 

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Premade Scrapbook Pages:
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Well, good night for now.  Tomorrow, I have an Etsy friend who is seeking ideas…I’m hoping I can help gather opinions for her.  :O)

WHAT HAPPENED???

While sitting at my computer, I see something and it immediately takes my breath away!  I squeal with excitement, start dancing around the room and squealing some more.  At this point, I’ve got the dogs excited and they have NO idea why I’m acting this way.  BUT, they are excited with me!  We are all jumping around, I’m squealing with joy and galloping through the house with high steps, (looking like the Music Man from Gary Indiana!) light footed and my arms in the air!  I can’t contain my joy!  Why, you ask?  Why am I am SO excited right now that I cannot contain myself?  Well…

for the first time…

 EVER…

 I…

 AM IN A TREASURY!!!!!

I hug my husband in my excitement.  We are laughing.  He tells me he’s happy, “congratulations and good job hun!” (as his eyes search for the sky because I’m just such a goober) and we laugh some more as I hug him like an idiot.  I am a total goofball!  (Thank heavens for my husband still loving me despite my being a totally rediculous moron at times!  I love him SO MUCH!) 

It may not be the BEST treasury in the world, by a critic’s standards, but I AM IN A TREASURY!!!!  My jewelry could be seen by LOTS of people around the world!  That is HUGE!  

I call my parents and my father answers.  God bless him, I make up for what he lacks in enthusiasm…he is not sure what a “treasury” is but he can tell I’m ecstatic and he says, “Well, that’s good!”  in a calm, but cheerful voice.  I am so excited!  He just isn’t sharing my level of enthusiasm and so I giggle and ask if my mother is home so I can tell her.  As he proceeds to pass the phone to my mom, he is trying to prepare her for my squeals and tries to explain that I’m in a “treasury” and that it’s something really good because my jewelry is on the front page and can be seen by people around the world. 

My mom gets on the phone and is certainly more excited.  She is very, VERY happy for me and I can tell she is smiling by the tone of her voice.  She is excited about the future and what it could hold for me.  I tell her that I will send her a link so she can view it.  I am grateful for my loving parents and that I have them to share life’s precious moments with.  Yet, I am still so much more excited than anyone else, because they just don’t know what it means to me.  Jeesh!  I just want SOMEONE to jump up and down with me!

I get off the phone and I look down.  THERE…in the darkness of the room I’ve run into that has no lights on… is our bulldog, Bam.  He is sitting quietly beside me, waiting for me to acknowledge that HE is there to SHARE my JOY!  Hahaha.  So, I put down the phone and I tell him I’m in a treasury with GREAT, high pitched excitement in my voice!  He leaps up and is jumping with me, with the biggest smile that could ever be on a bulldog’s face.  :O)  Thank God above for DOGS!  They are there whenever you need them, for whatever you need, ready and waiting to give you whatever you want from them.  

I then call my friend Jenn – FINALLY, a human who nearly shares my joy!  She probably would have, were it not for the fact that she was with her family – dining out for dinner.  Yay!  Yippee!!!  I feel like I am the happiest person in the world at THIS very moment.  :O)

So, all that said…It is a good night.  No.  It’s a great night!  No.  It is a more than great night!  I’m in a treasury…for the VERY FIRST TIME!  And, hopefully not the last!

I took a screen shot to keep it for posterity, but have also provided the link, for as long as it will last (which is until Wednesday, March 5th.)

Here is the URL:
http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list_west.php?room_id=3088

and

Here is what it looks like:
Top of treasury
TreasuryMiddle with ME!
Treasury comments

Hahaha!  Yippeee!!!   On top of that…I was about to log off of Etsy and OH MY GOSH!  I got a treasury too!!!  I AM HAVING SUPER LUCK TONIGHT!

HERE’S THE LINK: http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=31812  

Day 6 of 30 Days to A Better Shop Series

It’s Day 6 of “30 Days to a Better Shop Series” by my buddie Christina Purdue and it’s going to be split up into two days.  First part of task is to UPDATE ITEM TITLES AND DESCRIPTIONS OF HALF OF MY LISTINGS.

Christina provided some quick tips:

  1. Make your titles descriptive. For example: “Stairs to Nowhere – 8×10 Fine Art Print” or “Sterling Silver Lovebirds Necklace” or “Lovebirds Necklace – Sterling Silver”.
  2. Include specific information about your product in the description – include measurements, colors (items look different on different monitors), and what’s included in the listing.

With that, keep in mind, that if you are editing a portion of your description that is the same for most all items, copy & paste to avoid typing the same words phrases, greetings, e-mail addresses and URLs.

So, let’s look at one of my listings.  I’ll start with my most recent: “Blue Cluster Earrings”
Here they are:  (Click on the image if you want to vist the page)

Blue Cluster Earrings

Here is the current item name: “Blue Cluster Earrings”

Here is the current description:
“A variety of clear and blue frosted, fired and iridescent glass rounds and silver cast metal beads are hand wrapped and cluster together on sterling silver french wires.

Length: About 1 1/8 inches or 2.8 cm

My thoughts…
     Well, I have been reading a lot on listing descriptions in the forums lately and I think this one is pretty basic.  I didn’t write anything personal and it’s all that a buyer would really need to know about the earrings.  I have included the length in inches and centimeters so it is useful for both U.S. buyers and international buyers.  Some of my listings have personal information in them, but yesterday I was in a hurry and didn’t really feel inclined to add anything special to these.  Perhaps I should.  Hmmmmm?  Ok – here’s how I’ve  changed it:

NEW ITEM DESCRIPTION (additions in blue)

For the girl who likes more than a simple post earring or a single dangle – these blue clusters are fun, feminine, very cute, are sure to get compliments and bring you happiness!

A variety of clear and blue frosted, fired and iridescent glass rounds and silver cast metal beads are hand wrapped and cluster together on sterling silver french wires.

Length: About 1 1/8 inches or 2.8 cm

MY THOUGHTS ON REVISIONS:  I like it!  I think it did need something a little extra and the little blurb before the basics is perfect.  :O)  So now, I need to go through the rest…ugh!  Well, that will likely happen later and then more tomorrow, because I have a lot of other things to attend to right now.  At least I got that task started!  I’d be glad to hear what you think of the changes.  :O)  Feel free to post comments.

Items at Etsy from NLA and Other Artists too.

I can’t seem to figure out how to add my etsy mini to my blog and it’s a bit frustrating.  So, at this point, I’m just going to have to upload pics and post them individually – more time consuming, but oh well…Here are some new items in my shop and below are some of my favorite items from other sellers.  Be sure to browse through the rest of the shops once you’re at their page – everyone has a lot of wonderful items aside from the ones I’ve showcased. 

NEW ITEMS from NLA – http://nicoleleeartistry.etsy.com
(CLICK ON ANY OF THE PICTURES TO GO TO THE SITE PAGE WITH DETAILS)

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Whimsy Mimsy BraceletBlue Cluster Earrings

My favorite ITEMS from OTHER ETSY SELLERS:
(CLICK ON ANY OF THE PICTURES TO GO TO THE SITE PAGE WITH DETAILS)

White Flower on Turquoise by SylviaC’s shopil_75x75_15258402.jpgantique-lace-3_4-length-ladies-tee.jpg
demask-turquoise-and-chocolate-bag.jpgOatmeal, Milk and Honey Mini Soap Loaf

what a day!

The hubby is telling me to break away from Etsy and the computer, and it’s been a busy, busy day!  I can’t seem to find enough hours to get all that I want to do done, but I DID do a lot…alas – I don’t have time to blog.  :O(  

I didn’t even get time to attend to Day 5 task for my 30 days to a better shop…well, I’ll do it tomorrow…Friday – EVERYBODY DO THE HAPPY DANCE!  Anthony and I are going to Longhorn Steakhouse with some friends tomorrow!  Mmmm!!!  Mmmm!  Good!

Two great simple things to mention before I close – I’ve got more hearts on Etsy and I got another sale tody!  My pretty, pretty “Tranche De Vie” Earrings that were featured in the Chittum Files blog – SOLD!  YIPPEEE!!!!  Here they are…on their way to a new happy home!

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The Hooters are a Hit!

My little Hooters were sold when I logged on this morning, so YIPPEE!!!  I’m so happy!  It was an eventful evening too, as Anthony and I got locked out of the house – I’ll talk more on that tomorrow – but it was really getting hilarious when the locksmith told us he thought he locked HIS keys inside HIS van!  Oh yeah…fun!

I went to my class tonight – very exciting!  My small jumprings are all soldered together!  One step closer to a complete piece!  I’m going to go get a bastard file at Home Depot so I can work on my S-Hook at home before our next class, which is two weeks from now.  It will also be our last class.  :O(  But, the good thing is that I’ve LEARNED how to solder my own metal and I am soooo excited about that!

I’d write more, but I’m tired.  I’ll close with pictures of my two latest necklaces.

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