Thursday, January 28, 2010

Thursday Theme - Bugs

I hate insects, and I personally would not be disappointed if I never saw another fly, spider, or other many-legged, flying creature out in nature.

But there are so many awesome bug-themed items buzzing around by CIC team members!  It's almost enough to make a bug lover out of me!  (Almost.)




Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Member Spotlight: TheArtOfJoy



Name: Joy
Age: 33
Location: Upstate, NY
Shop: TheArtOfJoy.etsy.com

What kind of things do you make?

Illustrated Paper Goods






How long have you been doing your craft?
For a long time... I used to do more paintings, but switched to paper after my little guy was born

When did you start selling & what inspired you to start selling?

July 31, 2009 - A friend of mine told me that I should try etsy and the rest is history...






Is this your full time job?
Nope (I wish), I work as a business manager for a public library.

What are your hobbies?
Mainly Doodling





What is your favorite color?
Brown
 
What is your favorite color combination?

Brown and Blue




Which colors do you use most in your work?

Wow, a lot of colors... Reds, blues, pinks

What is your number one tip for success?
Enjoy the whole creative process and not to be so bogged down with the business side.

What do you think is the most fun way to promote?
Teams and forums.


Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Color on Etsy

Believe it or not, the Crafting in Color Team is not the only place to find beautiful, bright color on Etsy!

Here are some colorful, handmade items from non-members for you to enjoy.
(We hope that being featured on our blog inspires them to join our team!)



Thursday, January 21, 2010

Thursday Theme - Birds

I've been feeding the birds off my apartment balcony for a while now.  Every morning, I toss a couple fist fulls of birdseed out on the patio, and when I come home from work, all the seed is gone.  I figured I just had really REALLY hungry birds living in my area.

Then, the other day, a few minutes after I had put the birdseed out, there was a rustling on the balcony and my cats started to flip out so I went to investigate.

PIGEONS!!!

Big stupid filthy pigeons have been devouring my birdseed and leaving none for the poor hungry little cute birds!  I was completely horrified and have thus stopped feeding the birds because I'm afraid my neighbors are going to be annoyed that I've been unwittingly attracting sky rats to our apartment complex.

And that story is what inspired this week's Thursday theme!  Enjoy these bird-themed items by our fabulous Crafting in Color members!



Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Member Spotlight: Glass House Jewelry




Name:   Hope
Age:  42

Shop: Glass House Jewelry - http://glasshousejewelry.etsy.com

What kind of things do you make?
Glass and silver jewelry, fused glass barrettes, wine stoppers, dishes




How long have you been doing your craft?
Over 10 years

When did you start selling & what inspired you to start selling?
Everytime I wore something I made, several people asked about where to get one. Then I was approached by a local gallery. After that it just blossomed.




Is this your full time job?
Mostly yes. Though I help out a bit with my husbands business and I am also a stay at home mom.

What are your hobbies?
My daughter and I love collecting sea glass on the beach.




What is your favorite color?

Cobalt blue...there is something about blue glass!

What is your favorite color combination?
Blues and greens




Which colors do you use most in your work?

Definately I use lots of blues but I try to always have a good variety.

What is your number one tip for success?

Never get stuck in a pattern. It can get boring and you lose some of your creativity. Also, it is important, especially in an online jewelry business to always be unique in order to stand out from the rest of the crowd.

What do you think is the most fun way to promote?

Word of mouth. I love selling directly.



Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Color on Etsy

Believe it or not, the Crafting in Color Team is not the only place to find beautiful, bright color on Etsy!

Here are some colorful, handmade items from non-members for you to enjoy.
(We hope that being featured on our blog inspires them to join our team!)




Sunday, January 17, 2010

Guest Blogger - Becky Kazana's Tips for Making Prints of Your Work


The following blog post comes from fellow CIC member Becky Kazana.  She was generous enough to share her tips on how to make prints of your work.  Make sure you check out her blog for more fabulousness!






To welcome the new year, I thought it might be fun to share some of the questions I receive as a member of Sellers Assisting Sellers. I'll include my answers and hope that all of you will share your advice and experiences as well. Whaddya say we start today?

(A beautiful photographic print from Ninainvrom)

Q)Do you have advice about making prints of my work? I am super confused about what type of paper, ink, printing method, printer, archival quality, etc I need to have for my prints. Can you offer some suggestions? A) There are lots of ways to go about making prints of your work. I have invested in a very nice Epson printer and scanner so that I can print images and cards as needed. After my watercolors are complete, I scan them, color correct them in Photoshop and then format them to fit on an 8.5 x 11 piece of acid free 100 lb paper.
(An Epson Printed Greeting Card by yours truly, BeckyKazana) If you are just beginning, I would suggest having some prints made at your local print shop. They will be very knowledgeable about paper types and printing techniques and you can see the difference in quality and make the value judgment about what you want to offer on Etsy. (Frida print on polycanvas by AFancifulTwist) Another fun way to answer these questions is to go shopping! Poke around on Etsy and look carefully at the work of an artist you admire. Pay special attention to how they describe their prints. Look at artists that are selling lots and lots of prints- that's the goal after all! Also, look at sellers who are making the same kind of work as you are and how they are printing it.
(Gocco printed greeting card from TwoGuitars)
Try searching for key words that you use frequently in your own listings and see what other shops come up. If you like what they are doing, poke around their shop. In the right hand corner of their shop you can see how many sales they have. Read through their listings, see how they are describing things and what their store policies are. Strike up a conversation with them and ask if they have any suggestions or advice for newbies! The best thing about Etsy is the community. Check out the forums and the pounce tool for more fun ways to meet and learn from successful sellers.

Good Luck and Happy Etsying! Becky
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