Dec 27, 2010

The new winner for the giveaway is...

The new winner for my Christmas giveaway is Jessica. Congradulations!!!

Jessica said:
"I love the Silver, black leaf, bubble, jade and green agate asymmetric necklace. :D"

Thank you to everyone who participated!

Nov 30, 2010

Christmas giveaway


Win a pair of moonstone earrings
The draw for this giveaway will be held on December 20th.




















To be eligible, visit my etsy shop and then come back here and post a comment saying what is your favorite item. For a second entry to the giveaway, post this giveaway on your blog or on facebook with a link and include the link to your post here in a second comment.

Please make sure to leave an email so I may reach you if you win. You will have up to one week to reply or another winner will be picked.

Thanks and good luck!

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Gagnez cette paire de boucles d'oreilles. Le tirage aura lieu le 20 décembre. Pour être éligible, rendez-vous à
ma boutique etsy et revenez ici laisser un commentaire disant quel est votre item préféré de ma boutique.
Pour une deuxième chance au tirage, inscrivez un lien à ce tirage soit sur votre blogue ou sur facebook et laissez un autre commentaire ici avec le lien.


SVP laissez-moi un courriel ou un endroit ou je pourrai vous joindre si vous gagnez. Si je n'ai pas de nouvelle après une semaine, je choisirai un autre gagnant.

Merci et bonne chance!

Nov 11, 2010

Growing your business

One of the most important aspects to growing your online business has got to be content. Concentrate on efforts that will consistently grow your brand and your business and don't obsess with seo too much, use it reasonably. Search engine optimization should always be planned.
SEO marketing can often times make website owners obsess over certain efforts causing more harm than good.
Dont obssess over Google Pagerank either. People tend to get so focused over increasing that little number in the tool bar that they lose focus around actually growing their business online. Google Pagerank sometimes makes people try to cut corners which eventually will come back to bite you. There is no reason why you should submit your company to thousands of directories. There are some good quality directories and that's all you really need. Chances are the search engines won’t even recognize all the others. Too many directory submissions is a waste of energy so don''t put alll your focus into this practice.
One more thing, don’t worry about what your competitors are doing.

Oct 29, 2010

Oct 22, 2010

More on keywords

Page Titles and keywords.

When planning your titles for your shop, think carefully of what words you put at the front of your title. The very first thing that someone will see on a search results page are those words. Do not start with your name or your shop name, anyone who types your name or your shop name will be arriving at your site anyway. Begin with the most relevant keywords to your item.

Once your titles are well-optimized do not reuse your titles on other websites. If you should list your same items in another shop, reword things so that you don’t have five pages with the same name. If you have many pages around the same keyword, think about variations or other words that may fit better, this should be more interesting to your readers, as well as to search engines.

Oct 15, 2010

Emi from mehartgallery shares her tutorials on various crafts





Tell me something about yourself, your name and where you are from?

My name is Emi Harrington, I live in Nova Scotia, Canada on the outskirts of Halifax, the capital city.
Not being right in the city gives me the freedom to walk in the woods behind my home. I can meander in my back yard, and find all forms of flora, such as mosses, lichen, woodland ferns, as well as a babbling brook. I was born in the country, so I need to live where there is a minimum of forest or woods nearby where I can photograph nature. I use these images to create jewelry, or to frame as art. When you enlarge an image of tree bark, for instance, it becomes a lovely texture which no one can identify immediately, but once glued to a pendant, or made into beads, it becomes a conversation piece!


How did you get started in crafts? Is this your full time job?

I have always been interested in the creative side of life. I can remember as a young child of 2 or 3, playing with soap bubbles in the sink, and admiring the irridescent nature of all the colors they reflected! I have always loved art and I can't imagine my life without being able to create. Crafting has always been part of my life. My mind is constantly developing new ideas, new technique and new designs! There are times that I don't leave my home for days, because I have so many ideas that I must bring to fruition, so the other ideas awaiting may also be fulfilled and materialized.

I am retired from the business world now, but I always was involved in some form of art in one way or another in my spare time, weather it be teaching, creating or even selling my art. Now, I have the time to totally immerse myself in the creative development, so I could affirm that it has become my full time job!

My mind is always filled up with designs, I can see the crowd of ideas. As I develop one idea, there are always many more popping to the forefront. It never ends!

What inspires you to create? Why did you decide to sell tutorials instead of creating and selling your own designs?

If I could channel my creative interests into one category, my life might be more calm... but I am interested in everything creative. Over the years, these are some of the things I have been involved in: sewing, knitting, crochet, papier mache, photography, sculpture, ceramics and so much more
.

Teaching art and craft classes has also been a blessing to me because I want to spread my ideas around, so people can make use them. For me, designing comes easy. I can see how things are made in my mind and then it's just a matter of making a physical replica.Many years ago, people would ask me to show them how to create certain things. At that point I had been selling my designs to magazines and then I began to teach courses on how to make the items I was designing.


I did begin selling wooden buttons made from branches from my back woods, and selling finished knitwear, but people began emailing me, asking if I would sell them the pattern, and so that business evolved from the requests for patterns. When I received a request for a pattern on Christmas Day, I had the intuition that there was a reason for this and that I must listen to what people were asking for and that there was a demand for patterns. Offering tutorials for flower making, jewelry making, card making, and knit and crochet patterns just came as a natural conclusion.


How do you get the word out about your shop and your work, publicity, etc?

I actually am not very computer literate making it more difficult to get word out about my shop, or my work. I don't use facebook, twitter nor do I have a blog. I am too old to start learning about computers now. The only thing I know how to do is navigate on Etsy,(with great difficulty in the beginning). But things are getting easier as I go along. I wish I did know how to advertise or to attract people to my shops, but I don't. I rely on Etsy and search engines to do it for me, that's it!

Where we can find your work?

Emi offers her tutorials on flower-making, jewelry-making, and card-making in PDF files ........
so you can now make your own!!

http://www.etsy.com/shop/mehartgallery
http://www.etsy.com/shop/Hectanooga

You can also find her knit and crochet designs in her daughter's shop:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/ashton11
http://www.etsy.com/shop/FleeceForAll

Oct 1, 2010

The winner for the September giveaway is...

The winner for the September giveaway is NGS, CONGRATULATIONS to you.
You have one week to contact me.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this giveaway and who visited her shop

Lynn
Les Bijoux Crea-Lune

Sep 13, 2010

September giveaway



THE SEPTEMBER GIVEAWAY DRAW WILL BE HELD ON OCTOBER 1st.

This giveaway is for a set of 4 beautiful blank 5 X 7 greeting cards of your choice from Shirley Levie.
She has been painting for over 50 years now.

To be eligible for her giveaway, please visit
her shop and come back and post a comment saying what your favorite item in her shop is. It can be a card, a painting or a print, whatever you prefer.

(All the paintings are oil. The cards and prints are either images of her watercolors, oils or china inks with mixed media).

Please make sure to leave an email so I may reach you if you win. You will have up to one week to reply or another winner will be picked.

Thanks and good luck!

Sep 9, 2010

SEO and Key Words

The first steps on how to optimize one page of your website very quickly with seo

1) Find keywords.
Pick a list of words relevant to your business. Think about which words are most likely to get people to find you. Then pick one word (or phrase) to use on one page of your site.


2) Put keywords in Page Title.
The Page Title is one of the most important things that Google and other search engines evaluate to determine what is on a web page. Put your keyword or phrase in the title, keep it short.


3) Put keywords in Page URL.
Google and other search engines also use the text of the URL of the page to determine the content of the web page. You should use your keyword or phrase in the URL of the web page


4) Put keywords in Meta Data.
While the page metadata (Page Description and Keywords) are not nearly as important as they used to be, they still count. Take advantage of them by putting your keyword or phrase there. The description should be readable by a person and make sense and the keyword metadata should focus on your keyword or phrase - do not make it long, less is more.


5) Put keywords in your H1 text.
The H1 text is usually the title of an article or some larger bold text at the top of your page. Google and the smaller search engines can see this and they put extra importance on the words in the H1 text. Make sure your keyword or phrase is there.


6) Use keywords in the page content.
Putting the keyword in your page content also signals to search engines that the page is actually about the keyword and should show up in search results. I have heard from "experts" that you should use your keyword anywhere from 4-10 times. Just put it in naturally as often as seems natural.


7) Monitor your rank.
Give the search engines some time to do their thing (a few days) and then keep checking your rank to see what happened and track your progress.


In conclusion, the first step is all about keywords.

From an article by Mike Volpe

Aug 20, 2010

New artist on etsy





Shirley Levie has been an artist for over 50 years and has opend a shop on etsy, http://www.oilpaintingsandcards.etsy.com

Her shop consists of:
A few of her original oil paintings
(Her oil paintings are all made with a trowel ((palette knife)) and no brush.

She has also included cards and prints of her oils, her watercolors and her china inks.

One of each is pictured above,
a china ink reproduction print with watercolor wash.
The second is one of her original oil paintings and the third is a watercolor reproduction card.


Aug 15, 2010

The winner for my August giveaway is....

Thank you to everyone who participated in my giveaway!

The winner for my giveaway for August 15th is AIK, Congratulations!!!

You can view her blog here.

Please contact me within one week to claim your $20.00 gift certificate from my etsy shop.

Jul 11, 2010

Giveaway for a $20 gift certificate on August 15th

Giveaway for a $20 gift certificate from my shop with free shipping.
To be eligible for the draw you must visit my shop and post a comment here saying what jewelry you would like to see more of in the future, your preferences, etc...
If you are a follower of my blog or become a follower, you will have an extra chance at winning. (please leave a note saying if you are following)
The giveaway will be on August 15th..

Please leave a website or email, so I may contact you if you win. If I don't hear from you within a week, I will pick another winner.

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Gagnez un certificat cadeau de $20.00 de ma boutique avec expédition gratuite. Pour être éligible, rendez vous à ma boutique et laissez un comentaire ici de ce dont vous aimeriez voir plus dans mes items, vos préférences, etc.....
Si vous suivez mon blogue, vous serez éligible pour une chance supplémentaire de gagner (svp laissez moi un mot ici à cet effet). Le tirage aura lieu le 15 août.

SVP laissez moi un courriel ou un endroit ou je pourrai vous joindre si vous gagnez. Si je n'ai pas de nouvelle après une semaine, je choisirai un autre nom.

Jul 6, 2010

The July feature seller is Julie Rose from meiguidesigns






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The feature seller for July is Julie Rose and her shop is called Mei Gui Designs, Mei Gui is chinese for "rose". Julie creates a variety of items such as shoulder bags which are hand knitted by her and jewelry. She lives in Dayton Ohio with her husband and two daughters which they adopted from China. This adoption has brought them a very special connection with China.



How did you get started as a designer?

I work full time as a reading specialist in the public school system and have my Etsy shop on the side. It fullfils my need to express myself creatively. I have always wanted to have a little shop of all handmade items and Etsy has made that possible for me. I love making things and working at various crafts. I got this mostly from my mom who was very crafty.

What inspires you to create?


I would be miserable if I was not able to create. I need it in my life. It's part of who I am. However, being with other artists and seeing beautiful art (no matter what kind), does inspire me. It makes me want to learn more and get better at it.

How do you get the word out about your shop and art?

I spend a lot of time promoting in the forums on Etsy. I love to make treasuries and feature other sellers/artists. It's great to connect with them and let them know they have been featured and I get featured in others' treasuries as well. I also use Facebook to post my items and network.

Julies shop is at
www.meiguidesigns.etsy.com and you can also see her art at www.craftjuice.com

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Jun 22, 2010

LINK BUILDING

Your link building should always be methodical and planned out correctly to acquire a diverse group of one way links pointing to your website. Social media activity is starting to show up in Google webmaster tools so having a focus on branding your business in the social space will be just as important as anything else. Your in-bound link structure should be diverse and robust.

Your links should also be targeted so a link sitting on a completely unrelated website will not give you any link building benefit. It will most likely just hurt your websites power if you attempt to connect with an unrelated website simply to acquire a link pointing to your website. Building up your website links is very important to the overall success of a business online. Treat each link as an actual pathway that could deliver a website visitor and not as much as a link to help you increase your rankings. The rankings will happen over time and you can’t speed up the process or you will find yourself cutting corners to get the job done. The search engines need to see a natural type of growth for things to work exactly how they are supposed to. Take a tasteful business branding approach to your link building and you will grow as a business online with a very strong foundation in place.

One Way Links:

A one way link is a link that only points to your website. A good example of this would be putting a link in your social profile, an article or a press release assuming that you don’t link back to them would be a one way link. The big thing that I always preach about one way link building is that relevant link building is marketing. It is about building your brand and reputation in the eyes of the search engines and your visitors. As far as I am concerned a great link source is any type of link that could potentially generate visitors to your website. This could be a press release, article, blog comment, blog post, directory, social networking, natural type of one way link source.

Internal linking:

If you are new to SEO or even a seasoned professional and you have never really dabbled with internal link building it is probably time for you start thinking about interlinking your pages and your posts to help with your long term SEO efforts. Interlinking is just as important for rankings as building external links so it is ideal that you start sooner rather than later. Internal linking offers a web user little portals to travel through to get to other important pages very quickly.

The whole goal of linking between pages is the ability to pass link juice to other pages of your website that could benefit greatly from it. Your natural website copy is littered with great potential areas to really increase the power of your internal website. Naturally the content of your website already has keywords throughout the text giving you great opportunities to link to some really nice and powerful anchor text throughout your website. When you link throughout your website to other pages always make sure you use beneficial keywords that you are already targeting in your ongoing search engine optimization efforts. Internal linking helps you balance out the power of your website quite a bit. Naturally over time certain pages of your website will build significantly more power than others so it is important to try and create a balance. Internal linking will allow you to drive extra power to other pages so that your website does not become top heavy with just a certain group of pages.

Nick Stamoulis

Jun 1, 2010

The winner for the giveaway for the turquoise and silver necklace is...

The winner of the June 1st giveaway is Jasmine1485, here is her blog.
http://ntfancy.blogspot.com/
I will send her an email and she has one week to respond or I will pick another winner.

May 12, 2010

NEW GIVEAWAY for June 1st


GIVEAWAY FOR ONE OF MY ITEMS, THIS BEAUTIFUL TURQUOISE CHOKER NECKLACE .

To be eligible for the draw you must visit my shop and post a comment here saying what your favorite summer item is (the name...not the url). You may indicate, a necklace, pendant, earrings...anything you would love for summer. The giveaway will be on June 1st.
For an extra entry go to this thread and leave your comment on your favorite item there.

Please leave a website or email, so I may contact you if you win. If I don't hear from you within a week, I will pick another winner.

GAGNEZ UNE DE MES CRÉATIONS, CE MAGNIFIQUE COLLIER EN TURQUOISE.
Visitez ma boutique et inscrivez ici votre bijoux d'été préféré de mon site pour une chance de gagner, vous pouvez inscrire l'item de votre choix, collier, bracelet, etc... Le tirage se fera le 1er juin.
Pour une chance supplémentaire, allez ici et inscrivez votre commentaire sur votre item d'été préfère.

SVP laissez moi un courriel ou un endroit ou je pourrai vous joindre si vous gagnez. Si je n'ai pas de nouvelle après une semaine, je choisirai un autre nom.

Apr 29, 2010

Jade

“Jade” is the generic term describing two distinct stones: nephrite and jadeite. While the two are visually similar, they are different in mineralogical characteristics. Nephrite and jadeite are both white in their pure state, with all colors caused by inclusions of other minerals. Jadeite is the harder and denser of the two, with a richer, more brilliant range of colors. For these reasons and because of its scarcity, jadeite is the most precious and sought-after type of jade. Guatemalan jade is jadeite.

That jadeite in serious quantity and in a rainbow of natural colors (no heat treatments or other enhancements are used in the Guatemalan jadeite) is being mined in Guatemala comes as no surprise to researching geologists and archaeologists who have long believed that all the native Central American ancient cultures - Olmec, Toltec, Mixtec, Zapotec, Aztec, and Maya - got their jadeite from Guatemala. In Jades of Mesoamerica, author and jade expert Fred Ward has compiled exhaustive research on Guatemalan jadeite used in the ancient Maya culture. He writes that discoveries of jadeite in the Motagua Valley area of Guatemala (also known as the Motagua Fault Zone) confirm the country as the source for most if not all of the jadeite used by Mesoamericans for three thousand years.

There are some visual differences in the jadeites of Myanmar and Guatemala, the most obvious of which is color. Although some individual pieces of Guatemalan jadeite cannot be separated from their Burmese counterparts (particularly after they are worked into jewelry), the majority of materials have distinct color and often textural differences. For example, the intense and highly saturated Imperial green of Burmese jadeite is not often found in the Guatemalan material. This does not mean it doesn't exist in Guatemala, rather it simply means that at this time, ongoing exploration has failed to produce any sizeable quantity of this highly desirable color.

ANNA M. MILLER

Apr 21, 2010

SEO 101 Rules to Follow NOW!

Here are some SEO 101 rules you should always follow:

1. Keywords – Identifying keywords is most likely going to be the first step with anything you do. I always hear from people that they already know their keywords and then generate a list for me that have 10 or so relevant keywords. I then take that list and generate a few hundred or so. Don’t assume you know your keywords because there are always different variations that people are using and if you miss out on those words you could end up missing out on a lot of valuable traffic. And ALWAYS make sure the keywords you select to target on each page of your website are 100% RELATED to the great content you have written for that page.

2. Patience – If you are looking for results tomorrow I wouldn’t even try to attempt search engine optimization for your business. SEO is something that requires a great deal of time and effort. Results are carefully monitored over a certain period of time. Generally it takes 6 months of aggressive search engine marketing efforts to start seeing some sort of positive results. Anyone that tells you otherwise is lying or trying to pull a fast over you.

3. Rankings are Not Everything – Sure the end game for your SEO is to get your website ranking for your popular industry search terms but don’t be discouraged when your website is not number 1 in the search results. Rankings are not the only byproduct from search engine optimization. There are many other positive things that occur from conducting search engine marketing efforts. You want people to bump into your articles and press releases and not just your website.

4. Don’t Cut Corners – If you think that an effort you might be doing might raise an eyebrow with Google or any of the other major search engines avoid doing it at all costs. General rule of thumb is that if you think it might jeopardize your website’s rankings it could very well affect you down the road so you are better off just avoiding the situation.

5. Content, content and more content – Content is probably one of the most important factors when it comes to SEO. Good content will always go a long way. Whether it is content in an article, press release or even a profile it is always important to put 100% into any content you are writing.

These are just the basic SEO 101 rules to really always keep in the back of your mind. As your business grows you will learn other basics that you will end up carrying throughout the lifespan of your search engine marketing campaign.

By Nick Stamoulis of Brick Marketing



Apr 15, 2010

The winner for the $15.00 gift certificate is...

After a random draw from your entries from my blog as well as the thread, Julia ( sugareaterATgmailDOTcom) is the winner for the $15.00 gift certificate from my etsy shop with free shipping.

This was her response.
"I like the Classy black leaf and jade necklace - Romancing the stone best, I love green things, and plants especially! "

She will be contacted and if I receive no response within 1 week, I will pick another winner.

Mar 18, 2010

My next giveaway will be on April 15th is for a gift certificate


A $15.00 GIFT CERTIFICATE FROM MY ETSY SHOP WITH FREE SHIPPING

To be eligible for the draw you must visit my shop and post a comment here saying what your favorite necklace from all categories is.(the name...not the url) The giveaway will be on April 15th
For an extra enty go to this thread on etsy and post your favorite necklace there.


Please leave a website or email, so I may contact you if you win. If I don't hear from you within a week, I will pick another winner.

GAGNEZ UN CERTIFICAT D'UNE VALEUR DE $15.00 DE MA BOUTIQUE AVEC LIVRAISON GRATUITE, inscrivez ici votre bijoux préféré de mon site pour une chance de gagner. Le tirage se fera le 15 avril.

Mar 8, 2010

Robin from Robin's flight and her terrific purses and bags



For my next feature, I found some great hand bags, purses and wallets on etsy that are
all hand-crocheted by Robin. Here is her story...

1-Tell me something about yourself and your art + your full name and where you are from

My name is Robin Flatley, and I live in Livonia (Detroit area), Michigan. I'm a stay at home mom of two beautiful children.


2-How did you get started as a designer?

My grandma taught me to crochet when I was 8, and my mom taught me to sew not long after that. As an adult, I started to crochet again and switched to bags and other small projects . I slowly started designing my own patterns, and lining my bags to make them more useful. I love combining the crochet with fabric, as well as zipper pockets and multiple sections to make the bags more handy.


3-What inspires you to create?

Often, my inspiration will be a nice fabric or set of fabrics. Or I'll see a nice handbag that will give me a design idea. Or, as with my forsythia tote, it's nature itself that fuels my imagination.


4-How do you get the word out about your shop and your work

I'm not very good at that, I'm afraid. I try to make connections on the etsy forums, and I do have a facebook page. I carry business cards and hand them out if people notice my own bags. My mom's probably better at that, she's one of my best advertisers!


5-Where we can find your purses and wallets

My items are found on my etsy website!

http://www.etsy.com/shop/RobinsFlight

Mar 1, 2010

The winner for my March 1st giveaway is...

The winner for the March 1st giveaway is Martina (avalonne83)
This is her blog http://avalonne83.blogspot.com/
She has picked the 'full moon' earrings and will also receive free shipping.
Congradulations!!!

Feb 12, 2010

Searching Google with more accuracy

While surfing on the net I found some very useful information on how to search on google with accuracy.. I'm certain this should be of use to anyone who uses google for searching the net. Here is a list to help you out.

  1. Explicit Phrase:
    Lets say you are looking for content about internet marketing. Instead of just typing internet marketing into the Google search box, you will likely be better off searching explicitly for the phrase. To do this, simply enclose the search phrase within double quotes.
    Example: "internet marketing"
  2. Exclude Words:
    Lets say you want to search for content about internet marketing, but you want to exclude any results that contain the term advertising. To do this, simply use the "-" sign in front of the word you want to exclude.
    Example Search: internet marketing -advertising (with the -connected to the following word)
  3. Site Specific Search:
    Often, you want to search a specific website for content that matches a certain phrase. Even if the site doesn’t support a built-in search feature, you can use Google to search the site for your term. Simply use the "site:somesite.com" modifier.
    Example: "internet marketing" site:www.smallbusinesshub.com
  4. Similar Words and Synonyms:
    Let’s say you are want to include a word in your search, but want to include results that contain similar words or synonyms. To do this, use the "~" in front of the word.
    Example: "internet marketing" ~professional
  5. Specific Document Types:
    If you’re looking to find results that are of a specific type, you can use the modifier "filetype:". For example, you might want to find only PowerPoint presentations related to internet marketing.
    Example: "internet marketing" filetype:ppt
  6. This OR That:
    By default, when you do a search, Google will include all the terms specified in the search. If you are looking for any one of one or more terms to match, then you can use the OR operator. (Note: The OR has to be capitalized).
    Example: internet marketing OR advertising
  7. Area Code Lookup:
    If all you need to do is to look-up the area code for a phone number, just enter the 3-digit area code and Google will tell you where it’s from.
    Example: 617
  8. Calculator:
    The next time you need to do a quick calculation, instead of bringing up the Calculator applet, you can just type your expression in to Google.
    Example: 48512 * 1.02
  9. Word Definitions:
    If you need to quickly look up the definition of a word or phrase, simply use the "define:" command.
    Example: define:plethora
Hope this list of Google search tips proves useful in your future Google searches.

Jan 19, 2010

Please see my next giveaway below


Giveaway for one free pair of earrings of your choice and free shipping.

Please read the post below to see how to enter.

My next feature is ChrissyAnn Ceramic


Etsy
Buy Handmade
ChrissyAnnCeramics

I found her shop on etsy and I would love to share it with you!



Tell me something about yourself and your art


My name is Chrissy Ann Feiteira, I am a ceramic artist living in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, a lovely small town by the sea. My clay studio is located close by, about a fifteen minute bike ride, in a small city called New Bedford. I have been working there since 2002 after finishing college and moving back to the area from Providence, Rhode Island, and began Chrissy Ann Ceramics.

How did you get started as a designer?

As an artist, I was nurtured creatively from early childhood. My family always encouraged my sister and I to create by supplying us with plentiful art supplies, and new craft projects. It was a way that our family spent time together, and socialized.

I began my studies as a sculpture student, but clay was always my real love. So, I enrolled in a ceramics class and when I mixed up my first five gallon bucket of glaze, I knew that was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. After graduating in 2002, I began renting my own studio, and slowly purchased my own equipment.

What inspires you to create?

I get weird unexpected inspirations at really random times. Certain seasons really do it for me, like spring time makes my creative mind go wild! I love making early spring discoveries watching things as they grow. It's a really great moment to sit, reflect on, and sketch.

Once I had collected rocks that had a deep glow of burnt colors and I thought "Oh, this would be a great new palette for some vessel forms I can make for the fall." I love those moments of inspiration because it gets you out of your head for a moment, and into that very moment of time with fresh uncluttered eyes and heart. It is refreshing! Inspiration just happens sometimes when you least expect it and you just have to try and hold on to it before its gone.

How do you get the word out about your shop and your work?

Most of my advertising comes from the many shows I participate in within my local community. I've grown to love outdoor markets, I love meeting the locals, and forming relationships with my buyers. I love to hear the stories of where my pieces have gone, and how they are being used. I pass out many postcards with my Etsy shop and contact information as well as traditional business cards, show schedules, and workshop info if I have one coming up.

Where we can find your items?

You can find my work in my Etsy shop of course, www.chrissyannceramics.etsy.com. I am trying to be better disciplined this year with regular new Etsy listings, and updates.
Our studio building has a website that we've been slowly getting together. You can find me and my studio mates at www.hatchstreetstudios.com.
You can find my blog, facebook and twitter here:
www.chrissyannceramics.blogspot.com
www.twitter.com/ChrissyACeramic
www.facebook.com/ChrissyAnnCeramics

Jan 15, 2010

Help the population of Haiti

After the terrible disaster that struck Haiti earlier this week, human rights conditions are now worse then they have been in years. The people face an immediate critical need. Indie Fix is coordinating a silent auction of items that have been donated by indie crafters, artists and designers.
Please consider bidding in the auction. Every little bid will help!


All information regarding the auction can be found here:
http://indiefixx.com/images/haitirelief/index.html

I so wanted to donate some of my jewelry for the auction, by right now they have received so much that it's alot of work on their hands, they are not accepting more art.

I have decided to donate 50% of my sales on etsy until January 20th to the Red Cross for Haiti Relief.



Jan 11, 2010

MY NEXT GIVEAWAY ..

A FREE PAIR OF EARRINGS OF YOUR CHOICE FROM MY ETSY SHOP WITH FREE SHIPPING

To be eligible for the draw you must visit my shop and post a comment here saying what your favorite pair of earrings are. The giveaway will be on March 1st.


Using a new marketing strategy

*Track what you are doing and find out where your traffic and sales are coming from.

*Start a mareting calender before starting new mareting strategies. If you track your activities on a marketing calendar, you can quickly refer back to specific dates and figure out what could have contributed to the increase in traffic or sales.

*If you start a marketing strategy that is costing you money and/or alot of time, make sure you’ve researched it enough to know what the odds of it working for your are. There is enough cost-free information on the Internet to get you started in the right direction. If you are well informed of a strategy before you try it, you’re more likely to succeed at using it effectively. You should also figure out who your target audience is and focus your efforts there.

*Set up Google analytics, if you haven't already and
track the traffic coming into your shop. Google analytics contains valuable statistics such as where your traffic is coming from, how long pople stay on your site, and what time of they day they visited your site. Alot of useful information for tracking your traffic can be found here.

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Give your marketing strategies enough time to work effectively. The typical turn around time for most marketing plans is 3 months. Make sure you give your strategies at least this amount of time to work. It may take a while before you start to see an increase in traffic or sales, but hang in there to know for sure if your marketing strategy is working.

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If you have a steady increase in sales, you can assume something is working for you. To find out what that something is do a bit of research by checking your marketing calendar and your Google Analytics stats.

Some of the information used in this write up was taken from an article by Jamie on handmade news

The winner for my January 10th giveaway

I have picked a new winner because I have not had a reply from fivelittlegems, nor from Vasillas Pasparas, so the new winner is Vikki from the quiltingV



Jan 2, 2010

Best greetings for 2010

Happy New Year to everyone!!!