just a quick note.... I think I had the best featured day ever on Etsy.
Yesterday about 10 am , my fiesta pedestal was featured in a treasury from a gal from Chicago. What an honor to finally have an item reach the front page. Today when I awoke I checked etsy and clicked on the Front Page...lo and behold my garden claw tool was on the front page. 2 front page items in less than 24 hours after never having one... tonight I arrived home to find 3 of my items featured in the gift guides section,
It was a fun day today... it was" Take your child to work day".. realizing that I was not " working" at my real job today... I wanted my son to have a workday experience so...I let my 12 year old son stay home with me to work on Etsy ... we had to check etsy in the morning, as soon as we woke up. We had sold several items (15 to be exact) that had to be shipped. Before we could ship we had to make the little goodies I put in the boxes. We found the shipping supplies and packed things, Went to ship at the post office, 6 of the items were going out of the country so we had to write out customs receipts, we tried our hand at the automated machine for the others...Then we headed off to the office supply store to replenish shipping supplies, Tape,pens,envelopes etc...Had to stop at kinkos to check the fedex shipping cost as a special request from one of my customers... came home, tool photos of the next items to list (colin was in complete control of the photos today)...We had to come up with descriptions for the items to list. list them on Etsy... in all this... one of my items was on the front page....I realized it when I arrived home.
what a day.... in the life of an Etsian....I LOVE IT!
I have to work my " real job" tomorrow and attend a wedding and sat is my daughters bday. lots to do , there never seems to be a dull moment around here
I really did appreciate his help...he was a trooper.
I have a goal... that is to find a wonderful vintage map of the world and begin to place little markers in the locations I have sold items to.
They would be in , California, Wyoming, North Dakota, Colorado, South Dakota, Arkansas, Florida, Texas, Arizona, Utah, Washington State, Oregon, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Virginia, New york, Maine...Vancouver, British Columbia, Montreal, New Brunswick, United Kingdom, Sweden, Norway, Japan, New Zealand, Australia and many many more.
I have such fun imagining places I hope to Travel to someday.
What a wonderful international community we have on Etsy... thru the Arts , handmade and Vintage ... bringing the world together, as one! Happy Earth Day
This week I am making a change or two to my Etsy Shop...
I have been taking my photos on a stark white surface for a while. This week, I will be freshening up my shop a by adding more natural backgrounds and fresh flowers. I am hoping it will soften up a bit and be pleasing to the eye.
I have my little pixie mascot who will be ushering in Spring by sharing her spot with a little spring chicken and some fresh daffodils.
ok... so after the sweaty palm moment... you etsy treasury people know what I am talking about.... for those of you who don't know... you can not enter a treasury until it falls below 333... I watch the clock... set the timer., much like trying to catch the last second bid on Ebay. As soon as it falls to 332... you have only moments to put your treasury name up. I have seen many successful treasury names that are just three dots... they didn't know what to name it...but it is mysterious so I think folks click on it...
This is a treasury I have been trying to do for sometime now. I love the colors on a vintage map or globe. They are so yummy, pastels in orange,green, blue and pink. I was finally home to put together a treasury today.
My last treasury went to the front page... I ran that one twice... hoping the etsy admin would see it.
This one has already gotten many clicks... Alphabetically it is the first on the list.
I hope you like it as much as I do...when you click on the link... please be sure to visit all of the wonderful shops. I have alternates as well. Their links are in the word alternates in the last sentence... so that you can see their items as well! hope you find all four.
Yesterday, After many trips TO the post office to ship items... I went to PICK UP an item I bought on Etsy several weeks ago. I have been looking for a pair of Vintage cowboy boots. I took a chance with a pair that I had found. The seller was not sure of the size ...it was an estimate. I did a bit of research before my purchase and by some of the stitching I found that they were manufactured in Canada and by the same makers of the Mounties boots. Alberta boot company... I went for it. Waiting with anticipation. I had never bought something that I had not been able to try on before.
I picked up my box... couldn't wait... opened it in the car... took out one of the boots and they looked like they might be too small.
The minute I arrived home... I put one on... they fit like they had been made for me.
I love them ...The price was right! What a find... you never know what you can find on Etsy.
Yesterday I sat down to photograph some of my etsy vintage finds. While I was taking the shots my son arrived on the scene... he is 11 and will be 12 soon. In hand were a pile of his vintage toys that I had picked up along the way...Estate sales, flea markets and the like. He asked if he could set them up and take some shots. I handed him my canon and off he went. Placing them in groupings, focusing in ...in an " Artsy" way... I might add. He asked if I would list them and if he could get a little of the cash for his savings. Of Course I listed them for him...if you check out my listing for vintage toys, you will find them there. I think he took some great shots for a budding photographer. I hope you love them too!Seems he is well on his way to catching the Etsy "bug"....watch out POE... colin is on his way!
Yesterday my Husband , Son (11yrs) and I went out for breakfast at a little pancake house across from our Church.
I believe everything inside was original to the place... I am told it is at least 40 years old...my son, when asked to pass the Cream and Sugar, looked at me with a blank stare ...next to the salt and pepper shakers there were only packets of Equal and Sweet N' Low. I asked my husband to pass the sugar please, he looked at me as well... as if to say... they are out of sugar packets. Clearly on the table next to the packet dispenser was a " vintage" sugar jar. Silver top, filled to the brim with sugar. No paper waste except for the original 5 lb bag it came in, back in the kitchen somewhere. The way it used to be... the way it SHOULD be. Next to it on the table was the little silver cream pitcher, complete with flip up lid.
It was truly a teachable moment. Just a comment on our current " uncultured" culture, that the young ones have not experienced. I showed my son how "in the old days" you would just measure the sugar into the spoon. No need for waste.
I guess that is one more reason I love all things Vintage. Timeless quality, durability... less for our landfills!
A fun way to display vintage ephemera... I love my fuzzy bunny card and it would make a darling centerpiece for your Easter table when you stand it in one of these vintage metal flower frogs. It is such a cute look, using a vintage card or postcard as a decoration... fun under a glass cloche with some green moss and colored Easter Eggs.
Have fun and use a little vintage in your displays!
Today I arrived home to check my Etsy. Hoping, still to find the screen shot of the Front page. I am on a quest. I know I had it as everyone noted it in the comments. Tonight... I checked out my shop and had sold many things while at work. I noticed that I had been marked as a favorite by almost 30 people. I knew, somewhere on etsy I had been featured. my quest began... I found it on the Editors blog. 2nd featured item...the fuzzy bunny. Several weeks ago my shop ,and an irish pin, was featured on the VintageIndie Pulse site.
I have been lucky to be honored by these wonderful Etsy editors and followers of Vintage finds.
bs...( before script as opposed to post script...this photo is my first fp...Jan 09)...still waiting...
Ok... so here I sit waiting for the Etsy Front Page flickr listing so that I can see the fp I missed today. I have been waiting awhile for a front page and today at 5:30 I got it. I had just arrived home from work and, since I didn't learn from last time... to check the fp when I arrived home...I went right to my site bypassing it. Tonight I checked on my Treasury and lo and behold...the comments were all..."congrats on your FP"...ok, I missed it again...so I wait...when it comes up on the flickr site I will post it here for all to see. Some time in my life... I hope to actually catch my frontpage when it is ON the FRONT PAGE!!!
This is my first entry into the Blog world for a while. I have another blog www.auntmarthasattic.blogspot.com where I talk about art and other fun experiences. This time I would like to share some fun ideas, Creative thoughts and my Etsy sites
I am so happy to be writing about my Etsy experiences. I can't wait to promote shops that I love and people I have met through Etsy.