Follow my blog with bloglovin Linda B's Blog: June 2011

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Events

I’m participating in a HUGE Giveaway and voting contest – See more information at http://galla15.blogspot.com 
Please like our PromoFrenzy team on Facebook and comment on Galla’s blog to enter the giveaway.

 

Works in Progress – Coming soon

Red White and Blue Wire Wrapped Ring

Pandora Laugh Bracelet

r_red_wh_blu

pandora

Chakra Ring

Chakra Earrings

chakra ring

chakra earrings

Peridot Green Ring (August Birthdays)

ww_peridot

July is
Customer
Appreciation Month

   

Watch for details of Customer Appreciation Month!

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

6.29.11 Linda’s Top Etsy Finds

It’s my favorite blog post, looking through items you share with me and on shops on Etsy to see unusual items. Then, you vote for your favorite. Why? The winner gets a solo blog interview feature on my blog – a little extra oomph of free publicity. I also post it on FaceBook and Twitter to help you get votes.

This week’s finds are:

Perfume Spray Bowl
perfume bowl
Sock Monkey Caterpillar Bracelet
sock cat
Shoe Clips Owl Pincushion
shoe owl
Bridesmaids Candleholder
brides candle
Poppy Mug Loofah Soap
poppy loofah

Hope you get a chance to check out these handmade items from Etsy sellers. Remember, if you’re shown here, vote for yourself and ask everyone to vote for you. If you’re not listed, type your best item in the comments after you vote.

Vote once only and add comments if you’d like, showing me your best item. Include your shop name and item URL.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Tuesday Twitter Tree - the BlueBird Team




The Twitter Tree© will be hosted by a different shop each business day.


Instructions:

You tweet the item(s) for me and all the posts above yours, along with your twitter account so we can follow you, and list 1-3 items (clickable links) from any of your online shops that you would like for all those posting here to tweet for you. ( No "mature" items, please). Be sure the item is twitter ready. (See below) Check back throughout the day and tweet all the new items posted from other online shops. Etsy, ArtFire, Zibbet, Bonanzle, ebay, your own website, etc.. 


Please add this tag to your tweets. " #BlueBird" This way we can Retweet later in the day, simply by searching the hash tag.  Thanks!


By reaching out thru blogger and blog follower's twitter accounts, we will reach a new audience of viewers




Tuesday: http://linorstorecom.blogspot.com

Be sure and stop by and be a part of the twitter tree each day.


Here are my items:


Pink Dahlia Ring http://www.etsy.com/listing/51879454/ #bluebird #jewelry #cabochon #handmadebot



Basketball Charm Earrings



I may not be able to tweet until the early evening so please bear with me - work is changing. 

Add your twitter ID in the comments in this format so we can add you:
http://twitter.com/lindab142

Thanks in advance for tweeting!

Red White and Blue Treasury

My 2-strand patriotic red, white and blue bracelet is featured in this Treasury.


'Red, White, and Blue for You!' by DianesDangles

Patriotic Handmade Etsy artists showing their colors.


Cloth Napkins, Whimsica...
$12.00

USA Patriotic 4th of Ju...
$20.00

DIshcloths/Washcloth Se...
$16.00

Fabric Flower Brooch, P...
$65.00

Patriotic Americana Tap...
$24.95

Red White and Blue Patr...
$27.00

Americana Series In God...
$6.00

Fourth of July Patrioti...
$6.00

Red White and Blue Bead...
$20.00

Red White and Blue 4th ...
$16.00

Star Spangled Garlic Ja...
$25.00

Old Glory - Patriotic C...
$30.00

Patriotic Paper Art Dol...
$25.00

Origami Fabric Star Orn...
$5.00

Americana Star Coaster ...
$19.95

Heart Face Pendant - Re...
$15.00



Matching earrings














Thanks for looking.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Etsy Promotional Frenzy Team is in the Top 10 Handmade Votes

One of the teams that I'm on, the Promotional Frenzy Team is going all out to win items from Handmadeology (Tim Adams, you may have heard of him. He's having this voting contest and we've entered.




This is 1 of my entries and another team member's entry.



We sure would appreciate it if you'd vote for us! 

The Mod Podge Bookshelf: 1,000 Mod Podge Books

The Mod Podge Bookshelf: 1,000 Mod Podge Books

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Blog Feature Interview – Crafty Creations

Let’s get to know Jess of Crafty Creations.

Tell us a bit about yourself My name is Jessica Malloy. I live near Buffalo, NY & Niagara Falls, NY. I have lived here for all but one year of my life when I taught art in North Carolina. I have an Associate's Degree in Fine Arts and Bachelor's and Master's in Art Education K-12. My goal is to teach art someday and if I can't manage to get a job doing that I would want to make a career out of selling my art through Etsy and/or other ventures. I have one sister who is younger than me and just got married a few weeks ago.I have been married for almost 3 years to my wonderful husband.

I love art and my favorite place to shop is art supply stores even though I never buy anything for myself! I love to make things for others and every time I have a sale in my shop it makes me happy to know my art is bringing smiles to people's faces :) I am a part of a variety of teams on Etsy. You can see all of them if you look at my Etsy profile :) A few include CAST, TEAMCAC, and Promotional Frenzy Team. :)

> What is your favorite color combination? I would have to say the colors of a peacock feather are my favorite combination :) They are SO beautiful!

Peacock Feathers Hair Clip Doodle Flower
peacock doodle


What is the first thing you can remember making by hand? How and why did you make it?
Oooo this is a tough one... well the first art I can remember doing is looking at a picture in a Lion King coloring book and free hand drawing Simba :) For the first handmade thing I'll go with the first thing I ever started selling that was handmade. That was hand painted frames and custom light switch plates. I made handmade because it was just something natural to me. I was always coloring or doing something artistic. I have loved art from a young age and it has become a huge part of who I am :)


> What inspires you?
Everything really. I love peacock feathers and I have many items in my shop that are made with them. I think they are gorgeous and can be worn with anything! I wear my clips all the time!! A beautiful sky, a great piece of music, or an inspirational movie can all be inspirations for me to create art :)

> Where do your ideas come from? Many come from things that I like and would want to purchase. Since times are hard nowadays I just learn how to make them myself and then often spread the love and sell them at a very good price in my shop :)

Owl Always Love You Cake Topper
owl_cake

 


> What are your favorite materials?
Peacock feathers are a great material! As are feathers of any kind and all the hand painted items I do are with acrylic paint which is my favorite painting material! I am also a big fan of beads of all sizes, shapes, and kinds. I will be listing many earrings in my shop soon!


> Why should people buy handmade? Any tips of wisdom on selling handmade items?
People should buy handmade because you are getting a way better deal for your money. For one you are helping out someone's shop who is creating these pieces because they LOVE to instead of it being some assembly line job in another country. Secondly they are most likely in need of the money so why not spend the money and give it to them rather than some huge corporation? Third think of all the passion and joy that went into creating each handmade piece. I would rather have a made with love handmade item then something mass made. Go original and get yourself something unique and handmade and filled with love!!

Photo Print
photo


> What have been the most valuable lessons learned from other artists?
I would have to say patience. I am lacking in that department and I know that an artist has to be patient before their items start to sell. Also I have learned about hard work and promoting! It is so important to have all three things as a seller on Etsy! I did a blog post on how to increase your Etsy sales recently check out my blog below!

Name/Baby/Child Sign

name


> Apart from creating things, what do you do?
I went to school to be an art teacher. I have not had a job teaching art sadly for over 5 years. Currently I am a substitute teacher.

> What’s your favorite movie or book or both? Why?
Oh wow that's a rough one! I am a HUGE movie buff! I have a movie review blog too :) haha! Let's see the most recent book I really liked was “Water for Elephants” which just came out in theaters as a movie too (the movie was also good – but the book was better). As for the most recent movie I would suggest I would have to say Arthur! I loved the original 80's version too but this one was SO funny. Also it was a movie that I think anyone could enjoy! I loved Russell Brand in it !

> What are the Web addresses for your work? 
Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/craftycreations81
Blog: craftycreations81.blogspot.com/
Twitter: my username is JessMalloy (not very original I know lol)
Facebook: www.facebook.com/thecraftyartist
Website: Currently under construction it contains a link to Etsy) The Crafty Artist Website coming soon


> Are you offering my readers any specials?
Absolutely!! Please use this code for 15% off your ENTIRE order of anything in my shop!
Coupon code: Linda15

Please visit Jess’s shop and tell her I sent you.

Tuesday Twitter Tree - Etsy Bluebird Team


The Twitter Tree© will be hosted by a different shop each business day.




Tuesday: http://linorstorecom.blogspot.com

Be sure and stop by and be a part of the twitter tree each day.


Turquoise & Black Onyx #Bracelet 
http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=Shop&op=listing&product_id=3145595
#bluebird #jewelry @lindab142
Turquoise and Black Onyx Gemstone Bracelet

Lucky Green Aventurine #Necklace
#bluebird #jewelry @lindab142http://www.etsy.com/listing/45057245


Emerald #Green Swarovski Crystal #Earrings
#bluebird #jewelry @lindab142 



Instructions:

You post the item(s) you tweeted for me along with your twitter account so I can follow you, and list 1-3 items (clickable links) from any of your online shops that you would like for all those posting here to tweet for you. ( No "mature" items, please). Be sure the item is twitter ready. (See below) Check back throughout the day and tweet all the new items posted from other online shops. Etsy, ArtFire, Zibbet, Bonanzle, ebay, your own website, etc.. 


Please add this tag to your tweets. " #BlueBird" 
This way we can Retweet later in the day, simply by searching the tag.
Thanks!



By reaching out thru blogger and blog follower's twitter accounts, we will reach a new audience of viewers and hopefully land some sales. Afterall, we all have our online shops to make money.

The Twitter Tree©  

We have a team of Tweeting peoplehttp://www.etsy.com/teams/7199/bluebird

Team Members Twitter Accounts
Our links:
http://twitter.com/christiecottage
http://twitter.com/waterrox
http://twitter.com/sweetybirdo9
http://twitter.com/crochet18purple
http://twitter.com/lindab142  

Please add your twitter account with your items under comments, and I will add them here as clickable links!  Thanks for tweeting! 

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Fathers Day

Happy Fathers Day to all the dads out there.


Miss you and love you Dad. RIP.

I remember going for the long Saturday rides and going to the lake for light dinner picnics after your work in the summer. 

The vacations to New Jersey every year to see your side of the family were always fun. Have pillow will travel. 

I know you're watching over us, and are busy being a guardian to others ... Thanks for everything, Dad. Wish you were still around.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

6.14.11 Linda Bs Top Etsy Finds Vote for Your Favorite

I’ve been sick so I haven’t done my favorite blog post, showing 1 item from Etsy shops and having my readers vote for the favorite. The winner of the votes gets a solo blog feature interview right here on my blog. I love doing this! Voting ends 6/16 at 11 pm

Wedding Cake Topper - Vote for the Dog on the Left

patriotic
petals
swallows
frame
patriotic digital
Linda’s Patriotic BraceletLinda’s Earrings
 brac
pat ear

Now, Vote in the top left sidebar for your favorite.

If you have NOT been featured, type your best item URL in the comments section, and include your shop name. Both must be done to be considered for my next blog.

Thanks for reading and come back often!
Linda B.