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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Great Gift Ideas for Guys

I found all of these awesome ideas on etsy for my little brother's 18th birthday/Christmas.  I think that there may even be a few ideas in here for my other brother.  I am always totally shocked at what is out there.  I LOVE the xbox soap.  Who knew?  I just spent $30 on the stuff for a b-day gift.  I LOVE it.  Can I say it again?

'My Brother's 18th Birthday' by c1h8r9is

Just a little treasury I put together as a semi shopping list for my brother's 18th birthday and Christmas. Teens are hard to shop for. PS - I featured this entire treasury on my blog www.boutiqueit.blogspot.com - good thing that teenage guys are not out reading craft blogs.

The B'etsy rawh...

Tie - Turquoise Men...

Custom Name Beer St...


2GB USB Memory Stic...

Wine and Cheese -- ...


27 Men's Fragra...

ghetto blaster lapt...

Gameboy iPhone Cozy

2XL I Went Outside ...

basic black bearded...


Now I just need to come up with a kick ass gift card holder for the Amazon GC we are getting him and I will be all set.

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Fun Stuff to Make for Dogs

I thought that it could be fun to put up a post on projects to make for your dogs.  Some of these projects are so simple that kids could join in the making fun.  Up above are some great pics of dog treats.  I especially love the boxed treats, which would make a nice Christmas gift for all of your dog loving friends. 

www.Bullwrinkle.com is loaded with great dog treat recipes.  Here is their recipe for fun, flavorful everyday dog treats. 

2 teaspoons dry yeast
1/2 cup lukewarm water
2 tablespoons dry parsley
2 tablespoons minced garlic 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
3 tablespoons honey
1 egg
5-6 cups whole wheat flour

Preheat oven to 350 ° F (180 ° C).

In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Stir in the parsley, garlic, broth, honey, and egg. Gradually blend in flour, adding enough to form a stiff dough.
Transfer to a floured surface and knead until smooth (about 3-5 minutes). Shape the dough into a ball, and roll to 1/4-inch (6 mm) thick. Using small bone-shaped cookie cutters, make biscuits! Transfer to ungreased baking sheets, spacing them about 1/4 inch (6 mm) apart. Gather up the scraps, roll out again, and cut additional biscuits.
Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and turn over. Bake for an additional 15 minutes, or until lightly browned on both sides. Let cool overnight. (After we finish baking all batches of biscuits, we turn off the oven, then spread all the biscuits out on one baking sheet and set them in the oven to cool overnight. The extra time in the oven as it cools off helps make the treats crispier and crunchier.)
Makes several dozen small bones that keep and freeze well. We like these biscuits because they're quick and easy and we always have the ingredients on hand to make them. Our boys like them because they're good!

Dog treats really are easy to make.  Plus, you control the ingredients, so you know what is going in there.  They keep for a very long time.  Let your kids get in on the action.

Make Your Own Dog Bed

Veronica Peterson come up with this awesome idea for upcycling an old suitcase (this actually loves like an old hair dryer case to me - I know because I have one of the shelf right now).  She just crammed a pillow in there and then covered it with a blanket.  What a fun way to have a travel bed if you travel alot with your dog.  Plus, I love the fact that she has the toys stored in there too.  Click for the full free tutorial.

DIY Dog Toy

This great toy idea is compliments of woof nanny.  These toys are made from braided fleece.  I don't think that it takes a tutorial to figure out how to braid some long strips of fleece into a long pull toy.  She also suggested using hand towels for the same concept.  To me, this looks like a great way to use up some fleece scraps.  Also, you could use the parts of the remnants that have marker on them.  That usually makes me crazy, but now I know what I will be doing with something I would normally have thrown out.

Dog Carrier
    One of our customers send us an idea about our baby sling pattern.  She used it to make a dog carrier for her little doggie.  Who knew?

Pet trends even featured puppy slings last year as one of the hot new trends in the dog world

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Friday, October 15, 2010

We Had Our 100th Sale!

Lisa and I finally had our 100th Etsy Shop Sale.  Not too shabby for our first month making patterns.  We are so excited.  You love us, you really love us =).

100 sales

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Halloween Ideas Roundup

 Halloween Tree    Ghost Lanterns   Treat Pillows

Halloween Pops        Pumpkin Tray        Candy corn Treats

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Free Caramel Corn Tutorial

See Margueritaville Caramel Corn and 1000's of others - or share your own on Cut Out + Keep

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Promoting Your Etsy Shop

Lisa & I are so new to selling on etsy that we have been really focused on finding new ways to promote our shop and to ge the word out about it. 

I have to admit that there are so many things that I loved and will miss about ebay, mostly in the ease of listing and creating similar listings, the ability to list so many photos in the listings, and the sophistication of the search engine.

But, I finally decided to do some serious research on how to promote our etsy shop.  So, I decided to actually look at each of the applications available through etsy.  http://developer.etsy.com/applications is where you will find the apps.  The easy way to get there is to go to the bottom left of "your etsy" and click "applications".

Automatically Renew Listings 

With etsy you really are searching by default of newly listed.  So, unless you decide to make the most or least expensive items, you have to make sure that you list often. 

This is a real pain in the rump unless you use the awesome tool called clockbot from statsy.org. 

This tool will allow you to schedule listing renewals.  I cannot tell you how great this is.  We have already seen huge benefits from this is just a couple of days.  Instead of going onto etsy twice a day and renewing 5 items, Lisa is spacing the items out for renewal every hour and it is really boosting sales.  http://statsy.org/clockbot.php will take you directly to the tool.  Statsy also has a tool that will email you if you are featured on the front page of etsy, tell you who your biggest fans are, and track your listing views (you can see how many times each item is viewed and hearted).

Create a Sale
Previously, to create a sale you had to either change the prices manually, create a bogo, or give free shipping.  Now, with this awesome NEW app. you can actually put items on sales for fixed periods of time.

Etsy on sale is AWESOME.  I mean it.  Now shops can actually run sales.  Our shop is having a sale right now that I posted on facebook, our blog, and twitter.  I love this new app.  Finally, etsy fans are coming up with some serious apps to help out sellers.

Email Marketing

Etsy teamed up with mailchimp to create a free promotional emails for your store.  Lisa and I actually used this to create an email promotional flier that we send out with every sale that links to our blog, twitter, facebook, and newest, hottest items in our etsy shop.  I can tell you that this has increased our blog traffic. 
Copy Listings

Etsyhacks has some great tools.   Specifically, there is a tool that helps you copy content from one listing into a new listing.  This is nice if you sell lots of similar items.  How many descriptions can you really write about a paper bag album?  Really? 

Just for Fun
http://www.craftcult.com/ has a fun app, the heartomatic.  It shows you who likes you and what they like.  Which is a great way to determine what listings are going to get renewed by clockbot.  We pick listings that are getting lots of traffic and lots of hearts to draw people into the shop. 

Other Resources
Facebook and twitter are both ways to promote your shop.  For facebook you can install etsy mini on your facebook page (which is a mini etsy shop that shows your items.)  You can also make a page that all of your friends and customers can like.  Maybe Lisa can do a post on this and show you our boutique page on facebook.  I didn't do any of that, so I truly don't know how to, but I do know that it drives traffic to our shop and to our blog. 

Twitpic is another fun app from twitter that lets you tweet a photo.  I like to take pics of our new products from my cell phone when they are finished and tweet about them. 

http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/ is a great way to showcase your crafty skills.  You can list projects you have made, put together tutorials, and enter crafting contests.  I also love looking at the hot 20 on this site to get a feel for what it new and excting in the crafting community.  People like your projects and can share them on facebook and twitter. 


Make treasuries on etsy and share them on your blog.  With every treasury we make we end up with sales and new fans of our etsy shop and our blog.  Lisa had the brilliant idea to let people know via convo that we featured them in an treasury and on our blog.  It is a great way to help other sellers, make interesting blog content, and bring people into your shop. 

Feature the treasuries on your blog with http://www.whalesharkwebsites.com/tools/treasury.php.  It's that app I am using below to feature this treasury of etsy newbies on our blog.

'Pop Their Etsy Cherry' by c1h8r9is

Yes, I know that my title is a little on the vulgar side, but it's also fitting because these are all sellers just waiting, hoping, lusting after that first sale. Since I just did a blog post about using the great tools on etsy to increase shop sales, I wanted to give a helping hand to some newbies. This treasury is posted on our blog www.boutiqueit.blogspot.com as well.

The Element of Wate...

Cherries ACEO Frame...

Multicolor pendant ...


Kerrin Damask

Georgina Brooch

Jean - Save the Dat...

Metal Laundry Cloth...

Vintage Inspired Be...

Cute wool felt red ...

Pinky Promise

10 dollars OFF. Bab...

Mad about Plaid

90-16 Pewter Baby ...

Scandinavian Pewter...



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Altered Canvases

This is a fun little project I did for Kamille's room.  I saw somthing like this on TV and decided to make my own mini version.  To make the project you need:

Doll Hangers ($3.00 for 4)
Mini Canvas - I actually use one of the $1.00 pre-printed canvases from the dollar section at Michaels/JoAnns or the Dollar Store
Scrapbook Paper

The first step is to paint the canvas in a color that coordinates with your theme.  On the right, I painted the canvas black.  On the left, I used a convas that was already painted purple (it had ugly flowers painted on it - from the dollar store).  Once that is dry, I cut a piece of scrapbook paper to fit.  Then I added some title enbellishments from the scrapbook section.  To make the skirt, I gathered a piece of tulle on the sewing machine (But you could just gather with a needle and thread or gather it as you glue).  I hot glued the tulle tutu skirt into the bottom edge of the canvas.  Then, I glued down a piece of ribbon or other decorative trim over the top.  Finally, I added the flower as an embellishment.  

I tacked the straps onto the hanger with a dab of hot glue.  Then, I glue them onto the front of the canvas.  Finally, I covered that up with ribbon bows.

You can put a photo on the scrapbook paper.  I haven't gotten that far yet, but I will probably put a pic of Kamille and a couple of her friends on these little photo frames.  You could make a really huge version of this with a child's hanger.     

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Featured Again! - Thank you

We are very proud to announce that 2 more of our products were included in new etsy treasuries.  See our Scarcrow mini paper bag album and the dino poncho.  There are so many other great finds here too.  I love the tiny treats.

'Halloween' by aquariusbeads77

Boutique Polymer Cl...

Six Witch Hat Cupca...

Dollhouse Miniature...

Halloween Fall Scra...

Jack o Lantern - Ha...

Halloween Finger Pu...

Handmade Ceramic Pu...

Vintage Style Bubbl...

Die Cuts Large Fall...

Skeleton Face Pillo...


'Do Not Meddle in the Affairs of Dragons' by Corkycrafts

For you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup! Enjoy

Dogosaur Pet Hat wi...

Trick or Treat Drag...

Crocheted Amigurumi...

costume de dragon Y...

Set of 2 Cork Drago...

Quartz Carved Drago...

Mystical Dragon Sta...

Dragon - Dinosaur D...

Fantastic Dragon Ha...

Dragon Dreamcatcher...

Violet Pink Cream D...

Grichels leather bo...

Burgundy and Pewter...

Black Long Nose Lea...

Large Sterling Silv...

Stainless steel dra...