Jan 30, 2009

My Latest Treasury...

What a wonderful collection of talented artists! I absolutely LOVE these colors, I hope it gets the artisans some extra exposure! I know we need everything we can get on Etsy :-)

Jan 29, 2009

A day in the Life..

A Day in The Life of Amber........

That was this morning when the girls were coloring..... on themselves.... I take the markers away and up on the table they go. Well it's been about an hour (I hadn't given Ava a bath yet to get the marker off) and as I'm walking downstairs from putting laundry away, I see Ava looking at me while sitting on the couch, with another marker in her hand!! Where she found it I don'tknow, but now this is what I see.... LOL I had to take pictures of course!

How to Find People on Twitter....

One of the benefits to spending time on Twitter is that it's a great way to network. But if you are new to Twitter, it can seem difficult to find people that are in your industry or that share your interests. Here's some tips to help get you started meeting new friends on Twitter!

There doesn't seem to be any way to "find" anyone unless you already know them from somewhere else. How do you make new acquaintances with similar interests? What's the point in marketing via Twitter if you can't figure out how to get heard?"

This is a real concern, but thankfully there's several resources that can help you expand your network of friends on Twitter.

First, start on Twitter itself. At the top right of your Twitter homepage you will see a search box that lets you not only search for people, but also by location or any other term that might be in their Twitter profile. If you are looking for other Twitter members in Michigan, search for Michigan, and Twitter will give you a listing of all the members that have their location identified as being 'Michigan'. Or you can search for anyone with 'Etsy' in their profile, or 'social media', or any other term you can think of.

Another great way to find people that share your interests is with the Twitter Packs wiki. Here you can find Twitter users by subject matter, you can find companies that have a presence on Twitter, and even locate people by region. If you are interested in meeting other Twitter members that focus on 'jewelry'. for example, you can view the list, and even add yourself to this same list so that other members can find you!

My favorite search tool for Twitter is Tweetscan. With Tweetscan, you can search for topics, people, places, anything. You can also search and make sure that you have seen all the replies to you that other Twitter members have left. Just search for '@YourTwitterName'. Sometimes the web version of Twitter as well as Twhirl will miss some of your replies.

But perhaps the best way to meet new people on Twitter is to follow the people that your friends are following. Watch the conversations unfolding, and if you see that one of your friends is having an interesting conversation and replying to someone that you aren't following, then click on that person's name and check out their Twitter page. It could be that they are someone that you would like to follow.

With these tools, you should be able to expand your Twitter network significantly. And the best part is, your Twitter experience becomes much richer and more rewarding as you follow more people.

List of Jewelry Suppliers

Beads and Gemstones
anybeads.com/index.php ~ great variety & prices
www.beadwright.etsy.com and www.nicolecampanella.com - seed beady supplies and tuts
CrysallisGEMS.etsy.com – really super quality and great service.
DerondaDesign - fabulous lampwork goodness. Great customer service.
www.StudioMarcy.etsy.com - SRA lampwork artist with fabulous and cute works of lampwork art
inmcrystal.com/ GREAT prices on Swarovskis, plus Bali
- free shipping on all sales, regardless of size
www.auntiesbeads.com/ ~ sign up for newsletter on sales ;)
www.beadaholique.com - they have some items no one else does
www.firemountaingems.com - well, really, what can’t you get at FMG?
www.fusionbeads.com - very much like Artbeads, a little different selection, with free shipping
www.gemshow-online.com/ ~ sign up for sales newsletters, free ship over $25.
www.halsteadbead.com - great prices but $100 minimum order
www.jewelweaver.com - gemstones, Bali silver
www.lampwork.net/ ~ Gorgeous Lampworks by Kandice Seeber
www.nilecorp.com - packaging, displays, jewelry trays
Pure Beads great variety of mostly Czech glass beads, fire-polished and pressed glass.
www.riogrande.com - equipment and metal, lots of cool cabs too
www.tammystreasures.etsy.com -
www.theearthbazaar.com – great gemstones
www.whimbeads.com - flip tops in different sizes, plus seed beads and czech glass
www.znetshows.com/ - Wholesale beads and gemstones tins
beadbead.etsy.com/ (used to be bluewater studio)

Brightlings Beads.com


Findings, Wire, Chain
www.monsterslayer.com - lots of cool metal, fine silver, etc, also some stones and other odds and ends. AWESOME service!!
www.azur1.com/ Finished snake chain
stores.channeladvisor.com/accessoriessusan/ brass and silver beads, wraps, finding, and other vintage style and free shipping
http://www.finedings.com- findings, Swarovskis, some Bali, all at competitive prices
www.thunderbirdsupply.com - mostly metal for me
www.tierracast.com - lots of really cool jewelry findings and charms
www.mermaidsdowry.etsy.com - cool brass findings
www.ninadesigns.com - wonderful silver charms
The Ring Lord Chainmail supplies, including jump rings in aluminum too
www.shiana.com/ gorgeous Thai Karen Hill Tribes & Fair Trade silver

Shipping and Packing Supplies
www.royalmailers.com/home.php - Bubble Mailers *Free Shipping* Best prices online. AWESOME service!!
www.fetpak.com/index.html ~ great bulk rates for gift packaging & free shipping
www.skunkgrove.com - flip tops
www.specialtybottle.com/index.asp - Supplier of bottles, jars and tin containers.
Nashvillewraps.com - Great gift boxes, bags, ribbon and paper. Great prices too.

If you are a jewelry artist, I’d love to add your favorite suppliers to my list. Know any more you can recommend?

Jan 27, 2009

TOP 10 TUESDAY for Jan 27th

Top 10 Tuesday For Jan 27th
  1. Fused Glass Candleholder
  2. Secret Love
  3. Felted Tea Cozy
  4. Sterling Silver Button Cufflinks
  5. stick it to the cell dominOh effect pin
  6. Spread the Love Card
  7. Handpainted Purple Tree Resin Pendant
  8. Winter tree Art Photo
  9. Brown and Black Fleck Bag
  10. Copper Tab Earrings
Tune in to my Twitter channel every Tuesday at 1:00 for the top 10...



I decided that I wanted to give some love to my fellow Etsy artists by holding a top ten contest each week. So this is the first week for the top ten! WooHoo!!
Hop on over to my Twitter channel every Tuesday at 1:00 for the top 10, I have over 1,800 followers that are ready to see the top ten!
If you would like to have your Etsy shop considered Leave a comment on this blog post showing me your favorite items!

Also post your Etsy shop in the Forums>
HERE is the Thread for this week.

Jan 26, 2009

My Favorite Search Keywords

I installed Google Analytics on my Etsy site (www.beadinbabe.etsy.com) last month. I sell wire wrapped jewelry, and custom soldered rings and the like. It's pretty funny to see some of the searchwords used to find me.. wierd, but funny!

People have found me through the following keyword searches:

1. Instant Human, Just Add Coffee <-- HAHA, Best By Far!!!

2. Cheap Rabbit Treats

3. Willie Warmer

4. Etsy Sellers Who Have Been Blacklisted <--( what is blacklisted??)

5. Zebra Light Switch

6. Talk Nerdy To me Tee Shirt

7. Cheap, Ugly, Made by inexpierenced jewelry makers <--- Now that's just Mean!! And untrue! LOL

8. Corn Poo Blog

9. Pierced Boob Magnets

10. Thai Fisherman Pants

11. Table Runners, Pinecones

Now That's what I call some crazy search words!! hahaha