Thursday, January 29, 2009

Etsy Bloggers Street Team - Trunk Show

YOU are INVITED!! Come see a LIVE virtual TRUNK SHOW this Friday night!! On Friday Jan. 30th @ 9PM EST, where twenty-six talented Etsy shops from all over the world will be showcasing a select few of their items ONLINE in the GALLERY of the EtsyLabs! Sales and special offers will apply only to the EtsyBloggers TRUNK SHOW attendees!

Everyone is welcome to attend, so come and join the fun here on Friday Jan. 30th @ 9:PM EST.

In addition, the below 26 participating shops are having a SALE in their shops on Friday night in honour of the EtsyBloggers TRUNK SHOW!
Specials for trunk show - 10% off
20% off Valentines Section 1/30/09 ~ mention "Trunk Show" to receive discount
Handcrafted soaps, toiletries and crochet bath accessories
One of a kind handmade lampwork beads
Free US Shipping
Handmade handbags and accessories
10% discount and free USA shipping on any item $50 and up
Handmade Women's Jewelry
Free US shipping
one-of-a-kind jewelry and original haiku with each necklace

15% Off, valid 1/30/09
Mention "Trunk Show" in note to seller for discount
Messenger Bags and Accessories
Visual, wearable and practical art
10% off all prints, valid 1/30 only
handmade felted bags, bowls and other goodies!
For free US Shipping and surprise gift! Just quote "trunk show" on 1/30 only.
10 % off everything in my shop!
Memories for Life Scrapbooks-Scrapbooks and More
10% OFF before shipping
Eclectic accessories and vintage goods
Free shipping on orders of $40 or more
Cards, prints and one of a kind gifts from Becky Kazana!
15% off every item in shop, and with purchase, you will receive a coupon for 10% off next purchase. Buyer please put "TRUNK SHOW" in notes to seller.
10% Off and Free U.S. Shipping
"Fraternal Earrings" and other beautiful beadwork
10% OFF with code "trunk show", valid 1/30 only
Hand-crafted jewelry, decor & more. Many OOAK.
10% off
Digital Art, Photography and Note Cards
10% off
Doll Clothes and ACEOs
I will be offering Free gift with purchase - when mentioning "Trunk Show" in note to seller.
Two free apple scrubbies with any order!
Free shipping worldwide on any item from 1/29/09 through 2/1/09
Put TRUNK SHOW in the message to the seller to get the free shipping.
Free Priority Shipping Upgrade & Valentine's Gift Wrapping..... Upon Request Please!
Mention Trunk Show in customer comment box.
Free US shipping, and I'm offering 10% off on Jan. 30th
one-of-a-kind jewelry and original haiku with each necklace
free shipping with code "trunk show", valid 1/30 only
free shipping with code "trunk show", valid 1/30 only
free shipping with " trunk show" code in order

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Do You Love Chocolate?

Enjoy this sample post from my new blog: I love Chocolate ...

Do you love chocolate? I sure do!

Welcome to my blog about chocolate. It isn't just about any ordinary chocolate but honest to goodness, guilt-free good for you chocolate!

You and I love chocolate. And we are not alone. Did you know that 9 out of 10 people crave chocolate? And 1 out every 2 people eat it every day? Outstanding!

But I promised to tell you about chocolate that was guilt-free and good for you too. First though I'd like to talk about something called antioxidants. Perhaps your healthcare professional has talked with you and suggested that you might need more antioxidants in your diet?

What are anti-oxidants? Antioxidants are molecules which prevent the damaging effects of free radicals in the body. The damage caused by the oxygen free radicals is called oxidation.So what is oxidation? Have you ever seen an old car with great chunks of rust on it? That rust is oxidation. Or think of a banana that has turned brown. That too is oxidation.

Less than 10% of North Americans are consuming enough of the fruits and vegetables recommended to obtain the necessary recommended amount of antioxidants that our bodies need to fight off the effects of oxidation.

Did you know that heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer and other age-related diseases have been linked to free radical damage?

Cacao (cocoa) is the highest antioxidant food in the world!

Yes, that right! Unprocessed raw cacao (raw chocolate) is the highest source of antioxidants in the world. Cacao beans contain over 300 chemically identifiable compounds making it one of the most complex food supplements in the world.

Unprocessed raw cacao is packed with potent antioxidants called flavonoids. Research has demonstrated that flavonoids play an important role in protecting the cacao plant. Further research has concluded that these same natural protective compounds in cacao beans when consumed by humans improves health by protecting cells from the damaging effects of free radicals

More recently recognized, also, is the importance of the Acai berry found deep in the Amazon jungle. The Acai berry has been described as nature's most complete food not only because it is bursting with antioxidants but also because it is loaded with omega six and omega nine fatty acids, eight of the nine essential amino acids, calcium, iron and it has a protein composition similar to eggs. The Acai berry is the second highest source of antioxidants in the world. It has over 14 times more antioxidants than raw spinach.

The combination of the world's two greatest super foods, the raw cacao and the Acai berry which are found exclusively in all Xocai products is the MXI Corp. soluton.

Xocai products are produced with rich unprocessed non- alkalized, non-lecithinized cacao powder that is high in antioxidants due to a closely monitored fermentation, drying and roasting process.

Xocai products are the perfect delivery system for the antioxidants your body needs while eliminating almost all of the fat and sugar typically found in other chocolate products.

Now you can eat chocolate guilt free.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Etsy Twitter Team Featured Shop of the W eek Paw and Claw Designs

Die, Die, My Darling - Scarab Scarlet

Nichole Jeske of Paw and Claw creates a mix of many different types of jewellery from traditional earrings to fun, geeky necklaces for “one-of-a-kind people with one-of-a-kind taste”. Her shop Paw and Claw Designs is filled with necklaces made from 20-sided dice, stamped sheet metal earrings, wire and beaded pendants, and earrings.

There is something for everyone can in her shop which has been open on Etsy since October of 2006. Paw and Claw Designs offers free worldwide shipping on all her items.

When asked where she gets her inspiration from Nichole said, “I'm most often inspired more by the materials than anything. I'll see a beautiful die, or notice a random bend in some scrap wire, and just run with it. I'm a bit of a ‘geek’ and I love to incorporate that into my work. Little elements, 20-sided dice, and other obscure pop culture references make me happy. Since making jewellery makes me happy, too, it was only natural to me to mix the two.”

“When you buy something I made, you are essentially buying a part of me. I would never sell something I was not 100% in love with. If I wouldn't present it as a heartfelt gift to my best friends, you won't see it in my shop. I pour my heart into every piece, and I think it shows in each and every item.”

Nichole was asked how she makes Twitter work for her and her shop and she replied: “I'm a HUGE fan of TwitterFeed. I have it set up to automatically tweet when I list an item in my Etsy shops, upload a new image to flickr, and post a new blog post on either of my blogs. Basically anything I can RSS gets put onto TwitterFeed. This frees me up to tweet about ME. The ‘promoting’ is automatic.”“On Twitter, everything has ‘been done’. I worry less about getting people to look at my shop and more about making friends.”

When asked how Nichole promotes her shop, she pointed to an Etsy forum thread where she outlines her daily, weekly, and monthly promotional plans. If you need some promo ideas, read this thread for some great information.
Paw and Claw Designs’ Special for this week:

Use the coupon code "Twitter” in "Notes to Seller" for an upgrade to free gift wrapping with every order.
Order and shipping deadlines for Valentine’s Day:

Domestic - February 6th;
International - January 31st

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Friday Top 10 on the Handicrafter (1.23.06)

Fridays Top 10 Picks on the Handicrafter have been posted. Go take a look now -

There are several extremely unique and beautiful items this week. For example, there is a knitting pattern for a dissected rat including all the innards (sold) that would be perfect for a little boy's room. Just perfect for Valentine's Day is the bracelet of hearts made from a pepsi can! Oh so cute is the crochet pattern for the wee fairy doll. All of these among others.

Such beautiful work abounds online so go browse. Gather ye gift ideas while ye may.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Etsy Twitter Team Featured Shop of the Week

Each Monday a different shopkeeper from the Etsy Twitter Team will be selected as the "shop of the week". This week's featured shop is none other than Flying Zoo Toys.

Please visit The Handicrafter Featured Shop of the Week to read more.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

I love chocolate

Xocai products are produced with unprocessed, non-alkalized, non-lecithinized cacao powder, combined with the Acai berry and blueberries. The combination of these ingredients, in their natural state, provide a product that is packed full of the most powerful antioxidants! Chocolate products on store shelves use processed cocoa powder and sugars, along with bad fats, fillers, waxes, preservatives, and they contain a high amount of calories!

Sunday, January 11, 2009


I am now offering advertising on my blog to artists and handicrafters. Ads will run in 1 month intervals. The ad size will be between 125 and 220 pixels wide x 125 high. Taller ads are available. The price per month is based on banners 125 pixels high and are prorated from there.

Ads begin at $5.00/month.

My page views and visitors are increasing exponentially every day rising by between 159 to 259%.

If you are interested in advertising on this site please contact me.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Cool Lunch Ideas

Are your kids sick of eating the same old sandwiches for lunch? Here are some ideas for cool lunches your kids will love:

Fruit And Waffle Brunch

When it comes to lunch, think outside the box and pack your child a brunch instead. Simply heat some frozen waffles, cut into strips, and place into a container. If your child likes maple syrup, place that into a separate small container to avoid getting the waffles soggy.

Then, slice up your child’s favorite fruit (may have to put some lemon juice on top to avoid browning). Need a fun dip idea? Peanut butter makes a great dip for many types of fruit and is packed with protein.

Party Platter Kids

Mini love to eat snacks, so why not create a healthy lunch that looks like a big snack? To assemble, cube turkey or ham from the deli, slice up some cheese and don’t forget to add some mulit-grain crackers. Add in some baby carrots along with some celery and bell pepper slices and you have a great lunch!

Not Your Average Sandwich

Instead of using bread, make your child’s sandwich with a bagel. All you need to is spread each side with cream cheese and top with your favorite lunch meat. Add some veggies for extra credit.

Wrapped In Style

Why settle for a standard sandwich when you can wrap it in style? Your choices are limitless, as any sandwich can be turned into a wrap. For starters, here’s a quick and easy BLT wrap:

Spread some cream cheese on a whole wheat flour tortilla. Top with some sliced tomatoes, mixed salad greens, cooked and crumbled bacon, and some low fat ranch salad dressing. Roll the tortilla up tightly. To keep the wrap fresh, place some frozen juice boxes in a sealed plastic bag in the lunch box.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Quote of the Day

"A subject that is
beautiful in itself gives no suggestion to the artist.
It lacks imperfection."

- Oscar Wilde

"Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you
have one"

- Stella Adler

Want More Traffic to Your Handmade Shop?

Do you have a handmade shop on Etsy or Artfire? Would you like to have more visitors to your shop? I'd like to help if you'll let me.

I write a weekly post on my new blog, The Handicrafter. The post is my top 10 craft picks of the week. The first week I ran the column 3 items on the list sold.

I'd love to feature one of the items from your shop and help spread the word for you.

How does this work? Very simply. To enter the draw for next week's column just leave a comment on this week's column about any one of the 10 items on the list. That's it. Too easy!

Remember it is a weekly draw so check back each week and re-enter.

The link to this week's current column is

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Quote of the Day

When one takes a broad survey of the country, he will find that the most useful and influential people in it are those who take the deepest interest in institutions that exist for the purpose of making the world better.

Booker T. Washington

Quote of the Day provided by The Free Library

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Scrapping the Holidays

By the time the holidays are over, you may be feeling pretty overwhelmed… with pictures! Scrapbooking all of those memories may feel like a daunting task, but it can be done.

If you have a lot of photos to scrapbook, the easiest way to get them done quickly is by using clean and simple layouts. Instead of adding lots of embellishments and complicated side projects, let your photos speak for themselves.

To give your album a cohesive look, use a few main colors throughout each layout. This can also save you money. Simply buy a pack of cardstock for the background on each page, and then a few sheets of holiday themed paper and use it as accents and borders on your layouts.

Using simple fonts and titles will also save you time. You can create them on your computer and then print them. If you use one 12x12 piece of paper to make several titles, you will again be saving lots of money!

Another option is to buy premade kits. These can be found online as well as in your local scrapbook store. These usually contain several pieces of coordinating paper and embellishments. All you need to do is add your pictures and you’ll have several layouts completed.

Be sure to save wrapping paper, gift tags, cards from family and friends, as well as any other keepsake items, such as ticket stubs, your child’s letter to santa, the recipe for the cookies you made, etc. These items make easy embellishments and help tell the story of your holiday season.