Friday 30 April 2010

April Round Up

I feel the need to do a little round up of April.
What a month!
In the past thirty days I have:

  • listed an item a day on my etsy shop 
  • listed an item a day on my folksy shop
  • had a table at a craft fair
  • attended a weekend long course in fingerprint and image jewellery
  • become a registered childminder 
  • got a childminding portfolio, and legal documents together and taken on my first 2 mindees
  • spent a weekend trying to find a way for my Volcano stranded dad to get home from Spain
  • and entertained both kids for the first 3 weeks while  my 5yo enjoyed the super long easter holidays from school
What I haven't done is blogged very much.


At the end of March I somewhat foolishly started a thread on Etsy and folksy to ask if anyone fancied joining me in listing an item a day. Bit of an impulse thread start to be honest, and I didn't expect more than 1 or 2 maybes that would drift away, but the listing clubs were formed. And what a lovely bunch of people I met.

The listing an item a day may not seem like that much effort to the uninitiated, but believe me it was a slog by the end of the month. Making the piece is the easy bit (or at least the most fun), then after doing a sun dance in the garden (which incidentally seemed to pay off most days - phew) there are the photos to prepare, take, edit, resize, the tags to identify, the wording to write.  I think I, and the others who joined me in my little challenge, deserve a medal - though to be fair, I'd be happy with a few more sales, and that is just what I got.

But I'm jumping ahead of myself. I'm going to see if I can figure out whether it has helped me and the others, and will blog about the results of the listing club for both etsy and folksy very soon.....

Friday 16 April 2010

Folksy Friday - Listing club

I am loving the listing club - and it's great that I'm actually getting into the listing groove, I'm pretty sure it is helping my sales and viewing numbers. I might even carry on in May.

Anyway, as you know I'm doing the listing club on both etsy and folksy, and today it's the top picks from the folksy listing club aka the folksy fools.


1) SteamPunk Storm
2) Accidental Vix
3) The Sequinned Sheep
4) NOfkants Curios
5) The Pink Fairy Cake
6) Birgitta Designs

Please click on the pictures and go and have a look through the shops! They have some lovely lovely stuff.

Thursday 15 April 2010

Esty April Listing Club - Week 2 picks!

Yep - I am still completely neglecting my blog - but the kids go back next week so I should be back in action properly then. There will be a review of how the club is going, (i.e. does it make any difference if you list each day) at the end of the month.

In the meantime - here are some top picks from the etsy listing club listed over the last week.

Paniqceramic MidnightCreations
Pamelaquilts Miss Frekkles
EclecticabyJan RingsHandmade

So far the listing club is going really well. I've met lots of nice people in the forums, and we're all helping and supporting each other to keep going. In terms of my shop - I'm definitely seeing lots more views, and some more sales! I'll do a proper review at the end of the month!

Saturday 10 April 2010


(Picture by gorjuss - click to check out the etsy shop!)

I know it's a cliche but I do get alot of inspiration from nature. I am such a country girl, and feel so lucky to live in such a lovely little village with miles and miles of beautiful countryside on my doorstep.

Spring finally seems to have sprung, and I've been out in the garden all day. I noticed that our silver birch is coming to life again - I love it's delicate leaves, and the shade it provides.

I've got a few leaves in my shop at the moment (none of which are birch .....yet);

Fine silver leaf, with rock crystal and freshwater pearl

Fine silver leaf earrings

Other springy leafy finds I love....(click on the pics to find out more)

Thursday 8 April 2010

Etsy listing club - week 1 shop picks

I've not been blogging much recently; the kids are on holiday at the moment, we've been busy doing easter things plus, I've got lots to do with my "list a new item every day" challenge.

I've been spending LOADS (far, far too much time) browsing in my fellow etsy listing clubbers shops, and have the first of my top picks to show on the pictures to go the the shops and have a browse....!

CavemanPottery PaperParaphernalia
ohmrdarcy Miss Frekkles
DeborahJonesJewelry 4getmenottreasures

There'll be more picks to come each week in April (hopefully!!)

Friday 2 April 2010

Folksy Friday

This weeks Folksy Friday is a pick of the listing club entries.... if you haven't heard about this yet, I thought given my pile of stuff that I never get around to listing, that I'd see if anyone else on Folksy and Etsy fancied joining me in a listing challenge - namely 1 item a day for the whole of April.

I thought maybe 1 or 2 people would like to join in, but the response has been brilliant. Loads of people are now attempting to list 1 item every day for a month - I know I'm making it sounds like a big deal, like some kind of everest climb or something, but the fact is it does take a while to list something, and time is something I don't have much of.

Anyway - here are just a few of the April on the picks to check out these folksy fool's shops.

100% delicate Card Making Princess
Gimme That Thing Pants And Paper
Pip Designs Chiyo

And a huge thanks to Haptree for the brilliant tutorial on how to put these mini treasuries together!
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