Thursday, April 15, 2010

All Hearts for MySassyGlass

EtsyTwitter Team's Shop of the Week



This week's shop of the week is mysassyglass run and owned by Susan Buchanan and Emilee. Located in Buchanan Fond Du Lac, WI the girls ship internationally. "I started the business about five years ago after I was downsized out of my fourth job. My plan was to make larger glass pieces to sell, but glass is expensive so I started making pendants to practice different techniques and found there was a market for them. Emilee was drawn to my studio and soon received a blue ribbon at an art show for this piece. http://www.flickr.com/photos/mysassyglass/2243252424/She started helping me sell at craft shows and when I expanded my business to the Internet, she became my photographer, Internet marketer, and technical support."

Within the shop Susan told me your can find the following : "For Etsy we make and sell fused glass slides, pendant and pierced and clip on earrings. When we are selling at art and craft shows we add wind chimes, garden stakes, jewelry dishes, melted wine bottles and table art to draw more people to are booth. In my supply store, I sell some of the jewelry bails, ear wires and display cards that I use for my jewelry. I like to buy my supplies in bulk, so this store allows me to pass on savings to etsy shoppers."

Her twitter tricks of the trade are: "When using twitter we like to limit our direct promotion tweets and sprinkle them in with tweets of miscellaneous information that people might find interesting. We also feel that interacting with people is important so we like to ask questions and try to get responses. We like to select people at random and RT something for them. We find that most of the time, they will reciprocate by RT’ing something of ours. This not only increases the chance that your tweet will be seen and read by your followers but it also now can be seen by people that are currently not following you. You never know from where your next sale will come. I sold a pendant because I responded to a random tweet about a woodpecker. We tweeted back and forth a few times until he got curious and went to my profile page. He then went to my etsy store and selected a pendant for his wife…."

Susan's favorite thing about her art "My favorite thing about glass fusing is that when things go well… you open the kiln its like “Christmas morning”. But unlike other crafts, once the kiln was turned on there is no going back to alter something that doesn’t work quite right. In the kiln, the glass is slowly heated to over 1300 degrees and then slowly cools down to room temperature. This process can take a minimum of seven hours and can be 15 hours or more. When glass is heated it can move or just one layer can slip, bubbles can form and sometimes large bubbles can pop. Glass can also stick to the mold being used to create a shape. When things go unexpectedly, it is important to be able to envision a new plan for the glass. The following image is two pendants that slid together in the kiln, I was disappointed until I rotated the piece and saw this. http://www.flickr.com/photos/mysassyglass/2406866958/ "

Mysassyglass is offering the ETT readers the following deal:
FREE SHIPPING until April 30th on all purchases totaling $40 or more from either of our Etsy shops. Items will be shipped either USPS First Class OR First Class International. Please use code: SOTW in the comments at checkout to redeem this offer. Shipping charges will be refunded via Paypal after payment or you may convo me before payment for a revised invoice. Wisconsin residents - applicable purchase of $40 is calculated before sales tax. Also…..We invite you to check out our facebook pendant giveaway. http://www.facebook.com/MySassyGlass

More links for this shop are as follows:

Thanks to Jen Kubrick, EtsyTwitter Team Leader for this article:

Sunday, April 11, 2010

So Impressed with PurpleLemonDesigns -

EtsyTwitter Team's Shop of the Week!



Put together my favorite color and some lemons and you get PurpleLemonDesigns [sounds like a refreshing summertime cocktail, mmmm]. This shop is one of my faves - rubber stamps galore - many unique custom designs, too ; ) Sb



Kelly Rinehart is the creative mind and designer behind PurpleLemonDesigns, this week's Etsy Twitter Team's Shop of the Week. Kelly's Etsy Shop designs and produces custom rubber stamps and stationery, both printable and professionally printed. Her custom products are designed to complement her customer's personality. Kelly says, "When using my products, I like for my customers to feel as if they are sending a stamp imprint or piece of stationery that reflects them." Customer satisfaction in what drives her: "When I create a stationery or stamp design that my client loves and feels is perfect for their everyday needs, wedding day or other special event, that makes all the hard work worth it."

Her main goal for 2010 is "to get my business in order. I was able to take a fabulous business crash course that helped me write a business plan, marketing plan, advertising plan, and other pieces of my business puzzle. This has really helped me think through my business, and really see what I need to do to move it to the next level." She has a relaxed attitude toward Twitter: "I just like to make connections and converse about a little bit of everything...I just like to make new friends that I normally wouldn't run into everyday." With 548 sales in less than two years on Etsy, her business approach and products are obviously successful!

To celebrate her spotlight as Etsy Twitter team shop of the week, Kelly is offering 10% off your entire order {excluding shipping} if you enter ETSYTWITTER in the "Notes to the Seller" section during checkout. The discount will be refunded through Paypal. This offer is good April 5 - 11th.


Thanks to team member Judy for this article.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Fun Friday Facts...Did you Know???



Yesterday being April Fool's Day - I have a little interesting cultural tidbit about how the French celebrate April 1st. It's called "Poisson d'Avril".

In France on April 1st, the victim of a hoax is called "Poisson d'Avril", an April Fish - which refers to a young fish which is easily caught. The French delight in shouting "POISSON D'AVRIL" at the denouncement of foolery. French children sometimes tape a picture of a fish on the back of their schoolmates, crying "poisson d'avril" when the prank is discovered. Ooooh-la-la, would Pepé le Peux approve....

Above is an A.T.C. { artist trading card } I created for an April Fool's swap with my local swap group. I must admit, it was the most challenging theme for the group, and turned out to be one of the best swaps we've had since we started in 2006. It was quite interesting researching different cultures and how this "all pranks day" is celebrated around the world. I couldn't imagine where would we be without google & wikipedia.

Let's see what I can dig up for next Friday : ) Sb

Thursday, April 1, 2010

April First - Lucky Day!



Was just quickly checking Craftopolis treasury time clock and I found that I am feature in a new treasury "Fabulousness - A collection of bold blues and warm..." by a FABULOUS fellow Etsian PaaPuu who makes gorgeous 100% handmade lampshades and home goods. Please check out the treasury - it's a beauty. Don't forget to sign in to click & comment. : ) Sb

Prettycheap is Pretty CHIC...

EtsyTwitter Team's Shop of the Week



This week's shop of the week is Prettycheap, run by owner and creator Nina Danza. Nina ships her items internationally from Ventura, California.


Nina describes herself and her shop as the follows "I am the Frugal Artisan making many different kinds of beautiful bargains! Look in my shop for classic timeless jewelry designs in precious metal, natural stone, and pearls as well as richly colored original photo cards, pressed flower stationary, and embroidery and needlework cards (all very time honored classic crafts)."

{ I love this card that is part of a Set-of-Three Water Inhabitant Photo Cards. This little guy looks like one of my turtles "Moe" that moved up to my sister's pond last summer. I hope they've survived the COLD Florida winter in Orlando. : ) Sb }

When walking through her shop please remember the following: "Everything at Pretty Cheap is made with quality and sold at inexpensive prices. Once you get past the name, my customers can't believe what a great value they get in their purchases: "These are just as sweet and well made as can be! Thank you for great items at good prices! In the words of my granddaughter, Prettycheap rocks" ... "I LOVE these earrings!!! Even prettier in person. They are gorgeous! I have gotten a ton of compliments on them. Fast shipping and very well packaged too. Thanks so much" are just a couple of the 100% positive feed backs."

As always we here at the etsy twitter team love to share our information about how we work on twitter. Nina would like to continue to inspire all of you to use twitter by using the following trick of the trade: "Focus on following and interacting with those of the same passion. Instead of singing to the choir, figure out what sets you apart (ok, easier said than done) and use http://www.twellow.com to find others of like mind. I am such a die hard saver it was easy to start seeking out other thrifty folks. How convenient to have a recession come along and make frugality a trend!"

Nina's business resolutions for 2010 is as follows: "Last year I did an experiment to see what scale of profit I would earn by selling at an increased number of in person shows. The result was good, and gave me first hand knowledge of what price range and type of items shoppers were buying especially at the year end holiday season. I learned that I want to develop the perfect all around gift, that would fit in a medium 2" square box, for a moderate price, by fall of this year!! (and if so I'll let you all know what it is!)"

Nina is offering our readers for this week only:
Free Recycled Guitar String Bracelet with every order (no minimum purchase necessary). While supplies last. Lots of colors and styles, great environmental fashion statement. Just ask for it at checkout. See examples here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/prettycheap/4368649814/
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Special Thanks to Jen Kubrick of Jenco13 for writing this article : ) Sb
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