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Thursday Blog Links

Funky Flower Vase by ArtSnark

One of the new additions that Amber and I are adding to our Handmade Spark blog is Thursday Blog Links. Coming to you every Thursday (think of it as a handy way to be reminded of what day it is!), Thursday Blog Links will provide inspiration, motivation, and a handy dose of crafty goodness too!

Travel Crafty: Provence’s Luberon Valley [Craftzine]

Go on a virtual tour to the far South of France to learn about this area’s creative history and crafty places.

The Origin of Twitter’s “Fail Whale” [Mashable]

Learn about the artist behind the never-popular “Fail Whale” that appears when Twitter is over capacity.

La Femme – Altered Spoon [Ink Stains]

A great altered art tutorial by artist and author Roni Johnson for those old mismatched spoons everyone has.

Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) Models for Best Friend’s Etsy Shop [People Style Watch]

Seriously, can you imagine having this actress as a best friend AND willing model for your Etsy shop? How cool!

Make Them Love You. THEN Ask For Money. [IttyBiz]

From Naomi Dunford’s popular marketing blog comes this challenge to be awesome for a month, and then ask for sales.

And in case you missed our first Thursday Blog Links post, click here for links to Lark Crafts, the Pioneer Woman, Social Media Examiner, and more.

~Laura Kuhlmann

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  • http://jorpins.tumblr.com/ ejorpin

    A great range of links – I love that Christina Hendricks story! I'd like to see the Google Analytics for that shop after the story went up! I think these kinds of things are good for all of us though – the more Etsy gets featured in the 'mainstream' press, the more it will spring to mind as a legitimate, quality place to shop. Nice!

  • http://www.earthnskystudio.com Diane Smith

    I totally agree with ejorpin about the exposure for we Etsians! Thanks for the links Handmade Spark!

  • http://www.facebook.com/petscribbles Laura

    You're welcome! It has been interesting to see the exposure Etsy is getting – I agree. Did you see my post on the blog about a new nationally-funded research study of the Etsy community and the "World of Warcraft" gaming community? Yep…Etsy is definitely becoming mainstream, and whether people are studying it for creative collaboration theories – or investors are studying it for a possible IPO – the more buzz, the better for everyone! :)

  • http://artsnark.blogspot.com artsnark

    Very cool! Off to check out these links. And thanks for sharing my funky vase, by the way

  • http://jonscreations.etsy.com Colleen`

    Great idea!!!

  • http://www.handmadespark.com/blog/did-you-know-reasons-to-check-in-daily/ Did You Know? Reasons to Check in Daily on Handmade Spark | Handmade Spark

    [...] and like to track who is coming to see us and from where. We love to return the favor in our weekly Thursday Blog Link posts. We like to stay on top of the latest trends in lifestyle, tech, green living, social media [...]

  • Amber Jordan

    LOVE the Travel Crafty link..I actually lived in Aix en Provence, France while taking graduate courses in Marseille. The creative history is amazing!

  • http://twitter.com/samsstuff Shelley McElhiney

    I loved the “Origin of the Fail Whale” story. Her pieces are adorable (even Twitter’s fail whale) Thanks for the link to this story.

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