Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Member Spotlight: KitschenSink

This week we would like to put Rowan from KitschenSink in the spotlight!

Name: Rowan
Age: 26
Shop: KitschenSink

What kind of things do you make? Currently I am making Jewellery, but I like to try my hand at anything creative. I start a sewing class soon so I can branch out into purses which I am really excited about! I have already made a few out of actual comics but they are hand sewn and take a long time to make.

How long have you been doing your craft? I have been crafting since I was very small. My Grandma spent a lot of time teaching me how to draw, sew, embroider, decoupage… all I ever wanted for birthdays/Christmas was those Crayola sets or a fashion wheel or something that I could make things with. Luckily that’s what I got (except the Fashion Wheel, but I had a go of a neighbours and in fact you couldn’t get that creative with it).

When did you start selling & what inspired you to start selling? I have been making jewellery since 2004 when I found myself unemployed. I had spotted some really simple earrings in a boutique and was shocked at how much they were charging for them, and thought I could do better. So I started making jewellery and selling it on Ebay and it sold really well in auctions. I had to stop for a while when I started working, then started again about 18 months ago. I sold at craft fairs to see how people liked my work ‘in real life’, it pretty much sold out, and the buyers were asking for my web address. I didn’t have one…. So Etsy here I am!

Is this your full time job? I wish! I work at a university full time and do this at evenings and weekends. I hope one day I own my own shop and can sack off my 9-5!

What are your hobbies? My craft (of course! And it takes up a lot of my time!), hanging out with my closest friends, going to gigs, shopping,...

What is your favourite colour? Green – I love it and I have naturally red hair so it suits me well!

What is your favourite colour combination? To wear myself, I have a thing about mixing leopard print with any bold colour at the moment.

Which colours do you use most in your work? At the moment I am using a lot of black with red, I’m not sure why. But I love using all the colours of the rainbow!! It just depends what I come across to use in my work.

What is your number 1 tip for success? I am new to this game, so I might not be the best to give advice but I found that getting the photography right really helped me gain more hearts, and listing often.

What do you think is the most fun way to promote? I love reading blogs by similar crafters to myself, and being part of teams is really fun as you get to know other people in a similar position to yourself, all around the world!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

CIC Team Treasuries

Carnival of Color by ISewCute

Tutorial Tuesday: Drawing a Cat Eye

This week's tutorial was submitted by one of our team members, Jennifer from Fuzzy Dragons.

The tutorial will give you step by step instructions (with images) on how to draw a cat's eye, like the one in Jennifer's Clouded Leopard's Eye ACEO, which is available in Jennifer's shop here.

Click here to go to the full tutorial on how to draw a realistic cat's eye on Jennifer's blog.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Multicolored Monday

I have found some fantastic multicolored items from our team members to show you this week!

I hope everyone will have a bright & colorful week!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

CIC Team Treasuries

Red Hot for CIC by NickyBeeShop!

  • Here are the latest CIC Team Treasuries!
  • Listed as they are reported & updated throughout the day!
  • Please take a look at these fantastic treasuries & comment on them.
  • Then be sure to blog about them, Twitter about them, StumbleUpon them or whatever it is you can do to promote them!

Friday, October 24, 2008

I See CIC!

Hi everyone! Marilyn from Pulp Sushi here bringing a new feature that I hope everyone will enjoy. Whenever I am asked what inspires me in my designs, I always give the same answer. Just about everything. When I go out and about my eyes are always on the lookout for something appealing. It could be colors of a flower, the rust of an old street lamp, store fronts, etc.

To show what I mean, I thought it would be fun, and in Project Runway fashion, to find an image and use that as inspiration to showcase individual items from CIC member shops. Maybe it can bring a new perspective on things? :)

This week is an image I found on Flickr.

Pretty isn't it? Here is what I drew from this.

Pendant from Jesse Janes.

Black and Pink Cupcake Charm Necklace from Kitsch-tique.

Red Dress Original Drawing by Linda Boucher

Pink Cherry Heart Charm Ring from PaisleyChainsaw

Fridays Crafting in Color Wheel

Thursday, October 23, 2008

The Storque Supports Color!

Looks like our message of color might have inspired the Storque in today's Etsy finds! "Banish All Winter Blues" is the title, something we of course completely agree with! Bring on those cozy colorful winter nights! Maybe this baby blanket from Atlier XT will help with that?

CIC Treasuries of the Day!

  • Here are today's treasuries!
  • Listed as they are reported or as I spot them.
  • Please take a look at these fantastic treasuries & comment on them.
  • Then be sure to blog about them, Twitter about them, StumbleUpon them or whatever it is you can do to promote them!

Please convo AlwaysAmy if you have a Treasury that needs to be added to the blog!

Thursday Theme: Halloween!

It's time to show that there is more to Halloween than orange pumpkins. Our team members' Halloween creations are a perfect example of that!

Happy Halloween everyone!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

superCOLORfragilisticexpialidocusTreasury by IHeartThatDance

Here is another Crafting in Color Street Team Treasury! It will expire soon but I wanted to save it here because it's so freaking sweet! Thanks to IHeartThatDance for snagging this one!

Member Spotlight: PennyDog Jewellery

Our first member that gets to be in the spotlight is Kerry from PennyDog Jewellery!

Name: Kerry Wilkinson
Age: 22
Shop: PennyDog Jewellery

What kind of things do you make? Resin and acrylic wearable jewellery.

How long have you been doing your craft? Just over a year, but been crafting since I would walk.

When did you start selling & what inspired you to start selling? I started selling my photography work in my other shop first to raise a bit of extra cash and because people liked my work, then I moved on to jewellery when I had too much for my own needs!

Is this your full time job? It is full time, but my main income comes from graphic design and marketing so I have two ;)

What are your hobbies? I haven’t time for much else but I like to walk the dog and go for day trips on the motorbike.

What is your favorite color? Orange easily.

What is your favorite color combination? Oranges and browns with a bit of red, though I like different shades of green together too!

Which colors do you use most in your work? All of the colours! Except green really, I haven’t opened that dye pot just yet.

What is your number 1 tip for success? Promote yourself in as many ways you can and always be courteous, even if people are making you angry!

What do you think is the most fun way to promote? I spend a lot of time in the Etsy forum but I do like going through the groups on Flickr too.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Tutorial Tuesday: How To Make A Pretty Treasury

Tutorial by Tizz from Tizzalicious.

I love Etsy's Treasury feature. For those of you who don't know what a treasury is, this is what Etsy says about it:

"The Treasury is a member-curated gallery of short-lived lists of 12 hand-picked items each. Members can feature their favorite items, items selected on a theme or just whoever they like. The Treasury is not intended for self-promotion, but instead to acknowledge and share the many cool things for sale on Etsy. Admin often choose an exceptional Treasury list to promote to the the homepage hand-picked items."

You don't have to be a seller on Etsy to make a treasury, everyone can make one, and it's a lot of fun! I thought I'd share some tips on how to make a fantastic, front page worthy treasury with you.

Step 1. Think of a theme.
Most great treasuries have some kind of theme. This can be a color, a comibination of colors, or a subject. I personally love color themed treasuries, especially color combinations, because that gives you a bit more to work with, and also allows backgrounds in the pictures that aren't the white that so many people use. Let's say I decide to choose a combination of teal and orange for the treasury I'm making for this tutorial.

Step 2. Start looking for items that fit your theme and add them to your "poster sketch".
Poster Sketch is one of Etsy's lesser known features. It's basically a treasury only you can see. You can think of it as a practice Treasury. You can open and close it as many times as you want, the items you put on there will stay there until you replace them.

Make sure you only choose high quality pictures. One bad picture can ruin the entire look of your treasury!

You will need 16 items. The treasury will only contain 12 of those when it's finished, but you also need 4 "alternatives" to be used when an item is sold. Etsy also sometimes switches it around a bit on the front page.

Step 2. Add pictures to your poster sketch

Step 3. Rearrange the pictures on your poster sketch until it looks good.
Even if all your pictures are nice and coherent, they still might not look too great alltogether. If half of your pictures are one color, and the other half is the other color, try to mix them up a little. Same goes for the backgrounds, if you have some colored and some white backgrounds, or light and dark ones, mix them up, so you have one of everything in every row and column, and they aren't all next to each other.

You can rearrange them by simple dragging an item to a different spot. This makes it switch positions with the item that was in the new spot.

Step 4. Try to grab a treasury!
This has to be the hardest part of getting a treasury. You need to be there right when the treasury "opens", when the number of treasuries drops below 333. Don't worry, you won't have to sit next to your pc refreshing the treasury all day. In fact, it's better not to refresh at all.

Go to the treasury and make sure it's set to be sorted by expire date. Now check the number of treasuries that are currently up and running.

Step 4. Find out when the treasury will open again

As you can see, when I wrote this tutorial there were 544 treasuries. Now how do I find out when it will drop below 333? It's a matter of counting: find out how many treasuries will have to expire before it drops below 333, and just count backwards. If the number that will need to expire, go back a few pages, keeping in mind that there are 20 treasuries on each page. So if 212 treasuries need to expire before it opens (like in this example), you need to be on page 11.

I usually come back a little before it's due to drop below 333 though, because sometimes people delete their treasury early (to grab a new one maybe?), and that would mean you would miss the opening!

Now just wait! Don't refresh or anything, just scroll down the page, and wait. When the treasury drops to 332, a screen will pop up where you can enter the name of your treasury. Make sure you give it a name you want to keep, because you can't change this!

Step 4. A box to enter the name for your treasury pops up when the treasury opens

Step 5. Copy your poster sketch items to your empty treasury.
Once you grabbed your treasury and gave it a name, you can start copying your items to the treasury. Don't forget to include the alternatives too!

Step 6. You are done!
Your treasury is done! You can now show the world your treasury. You can send the link to your treasury to your friends, blog about it, mention it on Twitter, etc. If you would like a picture to go with it, I recomment Thumbalizr or Super Screenshot to take a screenshot.

Crafting in Color Treasury

My most recent treasury, which you can see above, includes the following products and artists:

Mermaid Bracelet
by Pulp Sushi
Sweet and Sassy Hair Flower by Always Amy
Large Felt Handbag by Lusitania
Pool Party Office Set by Start To Finish
Bright Blue Button Bracelet by Kitschtique
Sweet Coral Red Rose Earrings by Baby Loves Pink
Block Party Lego Cube Ring by Kitschen Sink
Any Way You'd Like To Travel - Tractor Print by Goodbloom
Tripple - Sweet UFO - Sprinkles Bracelet by Stoopid Gerl
Fleece Dog Ball by Bentleys Bones
Kitty Cat Double Cards by Chez Larsson
Recycled Shirt Tunic Dress by CourtneyCourtney

A few extra tips:

Treasury West
If you don't have the patience to wait for a "real" treasury, try grabbing a treasury west. Treasury west is Etsy's test treasury, and it a lot less well known and crowded. This does mean less people will see it, but if you tell the world about it, it will be seen, and treasury west's can end up on the front page just like the regular ones.

You can find treasury west here. Or by adding "_west" in the address bar of the regular treasury, between "treasury" and ".php", like this: "".

Street Team Treasuries
If you are a member of any Etsy street team, add items of your fellow street team members to the treasury, and mention the team in the title. This gives great exposure for your team!

Different kinds of items
It's always nice if a treasury has a bit of variety, and it seems like the front page people think so too! So don't fill your treasury with jewelry, but mix it up a little, add a plushie, a bag, some housewares, a pretty dress,...well, you get the idea!

Find the stars!
To find out if another member featured you in their treasury, just find the stars! Go through the pages of the treasury listings, when you are featured you will see a yellow star next to the title, like this:

When are one of your items is an alternative, the star will be greyish blue.

Good luck everyone! I hope this was helpful!
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