Thursday, December 31, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
makes me smile when he hugs so tight! The little boy that always brings me an ice cold bottle of water while I was recovering from surgery. I hope that yesterday and today and the rest of your life bring for you the miracles, blessings and wonderfulness that these past 4 years with you have brought me. You are a ray of sunshine in my everyday life, your imagination, brain power and complexity amaze me daily and I hope that your future is as bright as I see it for you. May you always be happy and healthy and know that you will always be loved. We named you Gabriel after an Angel of hope and we know you will make the best with what is given to you! You already do!! I love you, my little Angel! I hope you had the Happiest of Birthdays!
Friday, December 25, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
*Go to my shop: http://MichellesCharmWorld.etsy.com and find your favorite item, post back here in the comments with a link to that item & write 1 thing you wished I made in my shop!
That gets you 1 entry into the contest.
*Do the above & blog about my contest with a link to this blog. (Post the blog link here)
Doing both those items gets you 2 entries to the contest.
*TWEET about my contest with a link to my blog & the other 2 things above, get you 3 entries!
(Post your twitter url herE)
GOOD LUCK!! The contest ends December 26th!
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
I sit here on a frigid Midwest Saturday, trying to finish up errands and editing photos and cleaning house. I'm in my snuggly warm leg warmers, chunky purple sweater, black leggings and thinking up my blog post. I am in the middle of a social networking series, that I was not able to finish up this week, due to a busy schedule. On Monday, I go in to have my tonsils removed and can only hope that I will at least be able to blog, since I will not be able to talk! haha!! I hope to be able to blog about shop keeping, social networking and also my tonsilectomy. Lots I have in mind, but I wanted to challenge my readers to begin to blog about their goals for 2010! I have several that I have been working on and I will share those as the time comes. I wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas, in case I am in too much of a drug induced haze to come back!!
Friday at my childrens' school was Pajama Day & the kids had a blast being snuggly all day!!! I went through alot to track down new pajamas for everyone for the occassion! I loved seeing all the little pre-k kids snuggly and sweet!!!
Thursday, December 17, 2009
I have a TON of favorite Esty Sellers and in fact have purchased from many! I will share some hidden gems that have snuck onto my radar recently! I am going to hit 1 shop from each of the main categories! Handmade, Vintage and Supplies!From the Handmade Category, I must tell you I have FALLEN IN LOVE with Maybe You Should Die and her cards. They are witty, funny and totally original. You should definately send one of her cards if you are ever feeling snarky! I have a couple of occassions hopefully coming up that I will send these for! hahahaha!! They are just too perfect! I have a couple favorites, but you will have to see for yourself!!
Popping over to the Vintage Category, I find myself constantly oooing and aaahhing over Fancy Pants and More and her amazing selection of lingerie! Each time I peek into the shop, I find something else I totally want. If you love vintage pieces and just don't like looking through all those places yourself, this shop is the place to go!!!! Strolling into the supplies category, I find mysself drawn to the awesome photography stylings and bright, bold colors of School Locker and the amazing amount of supplies they have!! So many times I want to just buy loads and loads of stuff, but I just have no clue what I would use it for, so there it sits as a favorite shop until I figure a use for all these amazing goodies!! Peek in and you won't be disappointed, in fact, you just may buy something!!!
Enjoy reading on my Team Members blogs about their favorite Etsy shops!! Start with Indigo Orchid and work your way around the ring! Keep in mind our team members are all in different time zones, so they may not all be ready at the same time! http://theeclecticartisansteam.blogspot.com
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
There are always places you MUST be online popping up ALL THE TIME! When I first started here, it was FLICKR that was the be all end all to online advertising. What many people didn't tell you when toting this site, was to stay AWAY from:
Monday, December 14, 2009
I would like to take a quick moment to thank my friend Beckie at BirkzWorks for the AMAZING work she did on one of my Christmas presents to my Mother. They are truly wonderful and I know she will love them!!!!! check out her shop for more amazing work by a super talented and sweet woman!
Sunday, December 13, 2009
This is the Daddy Snowman pulling a cart with the Baby Snowman, you can't really see his arms, but the Daddy Snow man does have some! haha! I fell into the snow trying to bend the branches off the tree! heehee!!! This was also after his hat had blown away! The Snowman kit on the Daddy is all plastic pieces from Hallmark you get it free from purchasing 3 cards I believe it was.
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Saturday, December 12, 2009
I know when I meet my husbands co workers, they just see right through me, since I am 'just a mom' with no career. When I meet new people, they see the lady with 3 kids and nothing else. I want them to see I truly love my life, that what is boring to them, is wonderful, warming, excellent and a dream to me. Not only that though, I want them to see that I too had my moments.
Did they know, that I have Traveled the World? Studied Abroad? Went to College? Did they know, that articles I wrote had been Published? My jewelry has been published in Magazines, Style Blogs and is sold in actual stores worldwide? Did they know that I speak 2 Languages fluently and can stumble through Japanese and French as well? Did they ever take the time to learn that the very minute I walked into a room at a party 9 years ago, I fell in love at First Sight, a feeling I had never felt before, to a man that has made me feel more whole than anything I had ever done before? Did they know, that the night I came home from meeting my husband for the very first time, my father met me at the door and I said to him: 'Today, I just met the guy I am going to marry?' Did they know, that I cam capable of carrying on a conversation on Politics, Religion, the Economy and anything else that they want to talk about. Before I even get the chance to begin speaking, they hear 3 kids and stay at home mom and their ears may as well have been turned off.
Didn't they know that just because I am choosing to raise my 3 kids at home and be there for them, that I can be smart too? That I can be someone too? That I am Someone? Yes, I've had my Moments, but you know what? These are my Days in The Sun. When my baby looks at me with his big brown eyes and says 'LOVE YOU'. When my oldest gets out of school and runs to me and gives me the biggest hug and says 'I missed you'. When my little boy wakes up every morning and comes right up to me and says 'Good Morning Mommy, I slept good.' When our family sits together at dinner every night and we say what we are thankful for and what made us happy that day. Those are boring and not-so-glossy to many, but to me? Those are my Moments. Those are my times to shine. When I see how well they are growing up, how happy and healthy they are, I know I'm doing something right. If they can't see, at least I know it...
Friday, December 11, 2009
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Thursday, December 10, 2009
It's quite obvious in all I do that my favorite colos is forever PINK . I obviously don't hide that fact and you can definately see it in ALOT of my work. It's difficult to NOT put something pink in everything I do, so sometimes I have to actually hide my big drawers of pink beads, charms, bits and baubles to churn something out without any shade of pink at all. I tremble, I shiver, I shake and I am tempted to add at least a little pink bead at the end, but I force myself to 'man up' and leave it be! haha!! Once I started doing other colors and other things besides necklaces, my shop started to open and up and have a real vibe to it. It was open to people of different types now! Lolitas, Emo kids, Serious Adults, Kids at heart and the like. Except in one place, for the longest time I knew I would stay away from any shades of gold at all! I HATE browns, oranges and GOLD! YIKES! NO! I'm the Platinum wedding ring, Silver jewelry only type of gal, but I decided it was time. I was excluding customers that only wore those shades and now it was time to be brave and put myself out there...What happened?? More Customers! More Sales! And now I'm guilty of sitting here typing this while wearing a pair of tiny gold hoop studs in my ear that I asked my husband to bu me when we saw them in the jewelry store! So go ahead and take that leap! Try something new! You never know, it could lead you to be the Next Best Thing!
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ENJOY THE DAY READERS!!!!! MUCH LOVE!
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Today I was lucky enough to be featured in a Treasury! My Gingerbread House Brooch from MichellesCharmWorld and my Peppermint Candy Necklace from the EclecticArtisansTeam shop. A way I like to make it work for me is to enhance the exposure a treasury I am featured in gets. I like to Tweet about it on Twitter, post something about the treasury on my blog, comment in the treasury itself with a link to my blog (gets more traffic here too!). I like to post a photo of the treasury to the Eclectic Artisans Team Flickr Page. I also like to go to my Facebook Fan Page and post about the treasury and offer some kind of discount, free gift or code for something! I also try and post a thread in the Etsy forums in order to get clicks and comments. I make it an exchange of sorts. You click and comment on my treasury and I will do the same for you! Finally I put a link and a little blurb about clicking and commenting in my NOTE TO BUYERS transaction notice & Annoucement section. This way it gets the attention of anyone that buys something or pops into my shop! It really seems like alot to do, but if you have the links to everything bookmarked, you can get it all done within 30 minutes! I try to do it all at once, but on busy days I have to do it one at a time. It really does help to bring in traffic to the Treasury (Raising your chances of the TReasury making the Front Page) and into your shop!
Stop into my Shop today and purchase either the Peppermint Candy Stick Necklace OR the Gingerbread House Brooch and get a free Peppermint Swirl Ring with your purchase! Just use the code: Treasury Free and I will include a ring in your order!!
UPDATE: The Gingerbread House Brooch Sold last night!
In this study, I focused on pure renewals, as my time was tight and I did not have much free time to create. I would spend the entire day renewing ONLY 2 items throughout the day. (Usually each item was renewed 3 times). I did this only 3 times a week and on the other days just renewed items randomly. EACH AND EVERY TIME I did this, I sold 1 of the renewed items. I renewed 1 lower priced item (5-10.00) and 1 pricier item (15-40.00). You shouldn't have to worry about spending .60 to renew a 5.00 item, because renewals should be built into your advertising budget and the fees should come out of there as opposed to your profit margin.
I also pad the price of each item I make to cover 2-3 renewals as well. I keep track of each item I have listed in shop AND the dates of renewals. Now I know when an item sell with only 1 renewal or none, that I have a few extra renewals I can spread around :) It sounds more complicated than it really is! Hope this helps you guys!!!
and we recently opened up a team shop where a few fabulous members have donated items, I fell in love with the collaboration a bunch of us have going on where we donated items and put together a grab bag and now I have to have one! haha! I also have been looking for some new designs for my stickers and such, so I figured I would try out the templates from SimplyBanners and see how that works out for me! The less time I spend at the computer the better, so templates could be the way to go! I have also been on a huge lifestyle overhaul and I have been eating better, exercising and losing weight. Those last 2 are gifts to myself when I make it to my goal weight, which I am hoping to make by my 30th birthday in March!