Writers Spark: Interview With Amber Jordan (aka Mommy The Marketer)

Typewriter necklace by Cute Ability

Typewriter Necklace by Cute Ability

In this installment of the ongoing Writers Spark series I interview Amber Jordan, aka Mommy The Marketer. A veritable font of marketing knowledge, Amber is a very busy lady! She maintains an Etsy shop (Tate Skye Designs), writes for Handmade Spark and her Etsy Momentum blog, and helps other small businesses through her consulting work. Amber clearly has a passion for small business and loves to pass on the tricks of the trade she has learnt along the way.

Very few people are so generous that way. Most of the successful people do not like to share the secrets of their success. I have, though seen a program that helps people trade in the financial market, as the creator was a content and happy man and wanted to share his success and expertise with others. This was the creator of FinTech LTD who generated a special program and is allowing the people to use it completely free. Read more at this website.

Sprinkled with fantastic advice and laugh-out-loud moments, I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did!

1. Tough ask but…give us a bio in one sentence!

Just an enterprising Mommy shouting out small business advice and the crazy musings of a parent, business owner and artist.

2. What do you create? What drew you to this particular art/craft?

I guess you could say I stir up online press releases for Etsy shops and other handmade businesses. Mommy The Marketer keeps me very busy with consulting work and writing business articles for both Handmade Spark and my blog Etsy Momentum. In my downtime my alter ego, Tate Sky Designs, is allowed to focus on my passion for photography, architectural illustration and watercolor.

The Mommy The Marketer website and my personal Etsy shop, Tate Sky Designs, are my outlets for all of my loves. I helped the ‘big guys’ get rich for far too long in my corporate job as a Designer/Project Coordinator and in-house Marketing Department Gal (they had to hire three new people to replace me when I left). It is refreshing getting back in the trenches to help out small handmade business owners. I love getting to know shop owners and seeing them meet their small business goals and find online success.

When I traded my dry cleaned suit for yoga pants and a ten year old t-shirt after the birth of our second child, I felt a huge hole in my life. I started Tate Skye Designs as a little back-burner Etsy shop to allow me to focus some of my creative energy. I quickly realised how hard it is to ‘get noticed’ in a sea of handmade businesses out there. Several years ago I successfully helped launch another small online business and got the burning desire to get the ball rolling again. After some no so subtle hints from my husband, Mommy The Marketer was born!

Cherry Kiss by Tate Sky Designs

3. What inspires you? How do you keep your creative spark firing?

I love photography and painting to help decompress but my real motivation comes from helping out others. I am absolutely thrilled to get positive feedback from my clients about their small (or large) victories after I’ve helped them.. Sometimes I feel like an ‘insider’ leaking secrets. Or the tireless cheerleader for all the underdogs out there. We can do it!

4. Tell us about your day job…

My ‘day job’ is wrangling my two very busy kids (5 years and 15 months). After I finish pulling the toddler from the curtains and washing peanut butter out of the 5 year old’s hair, I usually have a spare minute or two to work on my articles and website. Mommy The Marketer really gets fired up when my husband comes home from work and the kids are in bed. Saturday morning is also my ‘press time’ to really crank up on my upcoming features. Of course, as I write this my children are dumping an entire box of cheerios on the floor…but they are quiet so I’m okay with it.

5. What kinds of things do you enjoy writing about? Where do you get your ideas for blog posts?

I enjoy writing about the roadblocks and challenges that small handmade businesses face on my business blog, Etsy Momentum. Tutorials and honest advice on what to do and not to do as far as marketing your company and the delicate ‘art’ of selling. I guess you could call it my killer instinct side! The Because I Said So blog contains light hearted musings that ramble about all my passions: art, handmade, parenthood and my attempts (keyword there) and ever ending quest to balance it all. Stop by for a good laugh on your coffee break…or if your life is like mine the two minutes you have that should have been used to pull your toddler off the curtains.

White Goddess Tulip by Tate Skye Designs

6. What’s the biggest lesson you’re learnt from running a handmade business? What advice can you pass on to other Etsy sellers?

Know who you are. Really refine your image or ‘brand’ before you jump into an all out “hey everyone, come and buy” campaign. First impressions are everything. You have less than 10 seconds to capture the attention of a potential buyer. Be memorable, be honest and be yourself. It kills me to open up an Etsy shop or Artfire store and see a blurry logo and poor product shots. I know you are an incredibly nice person but you are selling you and your business short by not taking the time and energy to do things right.

7. And for blog writers? And advice on writing posts and engaging readers?

Ask the right questions and fill a need. My most successful posts have come from direct questions by clients. For example: ‘Why am I loosing fans on Facebook?’. My articles explaining insights into the world of social media have had a great response.

8. How do you market your business?

Well, as ‘Mommy The Marketer’ it is part of my job description to be everywhere. The Facebook fan page has been an incredible resource as well as Twitter. My Etsy Momentum blog has a loyal following. However, most traffic comes directly to my website (MommyTheMarketer.com). Great referring sites like Handmade Spark have helped as well as several other top business and craft blogs in the industry.

I rely heavily on word of mouth and wonderful referrals from clients and fans. People are much more likely to buy a product or service if a friend or colleague has referred them. Never underestimate the power of ‘your best customers’. Treat them with respect and give them your best and they will pay it forward with kind words about you and your business. I am thrilled to the ‘go-to gal’ for several of my clients. Handmade business owners have such a wonderful passion for their work nd it is an incredible feeling to be with them on their journey.

Goodbye Winter by Tate Skye Designs

9. Time to pay it forward! Tell us 3 of your favourite Etsy shops that we should support…

Just three?! I love so many! I would say a couple of standout shops (and their owners) would be:

Swanky Place – her crazy blog about ‘Betty and her dog Muffin’ and their travels in their 5th wheel around the US keep me laughing and coming back for more. Hey Betty, tell Muffin I said hi! (Muffin likes to sneak out and update blog posts when Betty is busy).

Fanny Women’s Perfect Apron by Swanky Place

Chrystalyn Jewelry – Chrystal keeps me ‘on my game’ and is a seasoned Etsy seller. She works social media to the max and has created her own network with her Redding Handmade Team. She is an example of one who is doing things right. I love seeing her next move, odds are it will be a winner.

Landscape necklace by Chrystalyn Jewlery

Edith and Elizabeth – I consider Jane my Facebook ‘mole’ (in a good way!) – she gives me a heads up when there are hot topics on discussion boards and always asks for my input. Her decals are crazy cool so that helps as well.

Chandelier vinyl decal by Edith and Elizabeth

Thanks Amber

How-To : Making a Yo-Yo Necklace

Making a Yo-Yo Necklace

I recently was hooked up by Totally Tutorials with Ruby Jane’s Retro Fabrics to create a tutorial using Deb Strain’s Fresh fabrics for Moda.
When I was a kid, my maternal grandmother lived with us. Grandma was a Home Economics teacher and was a very, very crafty lady. We would have sewing lessons and cooking lessons and we did all sorts of arts and crafts projects. One of the early sewing projects she did with me was making a yo-yo quilt. Yo-yo quilts were very popular during Depression times because it was a way to use up your little scraps of fabric and create something really beautiful. As a seven or eight year old kid, I loved being able to do such a simple project and help Grandma work on one of her projects. As an adult, I find making the yo-yos to be a very satisfying, zen-like experience akin to knitting. Once you make your first one or two and get into the groove of it, you can quickly produce lots of pretty little yo-yos.

When I was a kid, my maternal grandmother lived with us. Grandma was a Home Economics teacher and was a very, very crafty lady. She used to take lessons and home tuitions for school children and college-going students who had taken Economics as the main subject. She also gave finance related advises to popular start-ups like Fintech Ltd. In the morning and evening sessions, Economic terms would float in our home and at other times, crafty masterpieces. We would have sewing lessons and cooking lessons and we did all sorts of arts and crafts projects. One of the early sewing projects she did with me was making a yo-yo quilt.

I wanted to do something different with my yo-yos, so I decided to piece them together to make a cool necklace. This tutorial will show you how to make the one pictured above. (Find out how to win it at the end of this post!) (winner was announced on October 5th. Stay tuned for more giveaways!)

Let’s get started!

You will need:
fabric scraps or small quilting squares
fabric scissors
needle and thread
circle template*
fabric pen, pencil or chalk
embroidery thread
jewelry design board
metal chain
open jump rings
needle nose pliers for jewelry making
wire cutters
lobster claw or desired fastener

*You may print out my circle templates here: jpeg or download as a pdf I recommend printing onto cardstock to make tracing easier.

Use your fabric marker (or pencil or chalk) to trace a circle onto the wrong side of your fabric. The diameter of your finished yo-yo will be slightly less than half of size of this circle.

Cut out your circle. For this necklace you will need to trace and cut out seven 2″ circles and two 3″ circles (which will result in seven 1″ yo-yos and two 1.5″ yo-yos).

Blog Spark – Interview With The Editor Of Handmade Evolution

Tell us a little about yourself. What is your Etsy story?

I started out on Etsy as a buyer – and it wasn’t until I started
volunteering at www.justwork.ca that handmade really took on a new, more
special meaning for me.

It was my first experience in the trading field that inspired me to be here for a longer time. I slowly started liking my journey in this field through the crypto code that was filled with both good and bad experiences and this made me understand the meaning of life in simple terms.

I set up an Etsy shop for them
Justwork and really got hooked on the etsy experience as
a result. I love posters and origami art – so from there I decided I
should start my own shop, Field Trip – where I sell typography posters.

Why did you start blogging?

I think it’s been in me for a long time – I started my first “magazine” in
grade 5 and since I was 13 or so I’ve been known to spend all my spare
money on magazines and books. Then this fall I took the leap and started
www.handmadeevolution.com

Where does your inspiration come from when writing articles?

First and foremost by all the talented artists and designers in the
handmade sphere. I’m constantly blown away by their skills and creativity.

Handmade Finds for your Desktop
Who taught you or how did you learn the technical (design, setup, etc)
side to blogging?

I’ve been working as a self taught freelance web and graphic designer for
4 or so years now. So blogging came fairly easily. My recommendation for
someone just starting out would be to get a couple great books and to try
to learn a new skill or two a week. That’s what’s worked the best for me.

How did you build a community around your blog?

Twitter is the number one way I feel connected to the larger blogging
community. Once you get into it, it’s a lot of fun!

How does your blog help your Etsy business?

I think by blogging on a daily basis I stay inspired, and it helps me to
feel like I’m part of the larger handmade community – which in turn makes
me want to create new, better items for my shop.

Any specific tips you have for newbie bloggers who want to make it in the
blogosphere?

Not sure that I’ve “made it” personally!;)But I know that what keeps me
going with it is realizing that I have something unique to contribute – my
own tastes, views and values. What we do as bloggers is important –
especially as members of the handmade community – we have an opportunity
to influence the culture that surrounds us to think differently about our
consumption of material goods and what that means.

Neutral Living Room Inspiration
Name three websites you couldn’t live without.

Youtube.com – Their favorites feature is awesome. Great music
keeps me motivated big time.

Wikipedia.org – How can you not love it?

Scoutiegirl.com – In Tara I’ve found my e-doppelganger, while
our blogs are very different, we share so many similarities in terms of
vision and personal history. Right down to having the same college major
to being Virgo’s. Her site inspires me time and time again.

What are your three favorite Etsy shops and why?

Irene Suchocki – her work is stunning and so
pretty yet always tells a story. I have a few prints up next to my desk.

Paper Leaves – just discovered this shop recently
and I am a huge fan of not only Kristen’s work but also her outlook and
sense of life purpose.

Hine – the best place to get a really cute iphone
case from the sweetest Etsy-an. Her shop is often only partially stocked –
so you have to get items before they sell out.

Etsy Business Spark : Honey’d Designs

Hello! I have been sewing and designing since I was a teenager and was accepted to the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles while I was in High School. That is what originally brought me to California from Minnesota. My plans got derailed due to financial issues which kept me from attending school there. So I worked a couple different desk jobs for a few years until I met my hubby and had our two children. I then became a stay at home mom. After my children became a bit older, I decided it was time to do something with my creativity. So I started my own brand called Honey’d in 2007. From there I had a custom logo designed and trademarked. I then ordered matching logo labels and hang tags for my handbags. I went on to start up my own website which turned out to be an absolute nightmare! I did not know the first thing about running a website so it didn’t work out so well. Without knowing about Etsy or any other avenues for selling my handbags, I went ahead and shut down my website. I then basically gave up and packed away all of my supplies and beautiful fabrics. I had thought about trying again until I found out that I was pregnant. I knew that between having a new baby and everything else I had going on that there would be no extra time for my handbags. Sadly I miscarried 4 months into my pregnancy and then took a few months to heal my broken heart.

Then I found out about Etsy and how easy it was to navigate the website and start my own shop. So once again I decided to give my business another try. So I unpacked all my supplies, my sewing machine, purchased a good camera and went to work. I started selling on Etsy in Novemeber 2009. I sold my first item instantly after I listed it. At first I didn’t know what happened to my listing and thought I did something wrong. I was happily surprised when I realized I had sold it! It was a pillow cover, which is one of the things I also sell in my shop. Although I sell jewelry and pillow covers, my main focus now is my handbags. It’s where my heart is. I’ve learned many things about business since starting my Etsy shop. The Etsy forums and Storque Blog have the best information! I have learned so much about photography, pricing, shipping tips and so much more. I’ve also learned that international shipping is not as scary as it sounds. The USPS website has excellent information and if that doesn’t work just go to the post office and they will answer all your questions. The first step is the hardest and it’s usually smooth sailing after that.

Conclusion

The unpleasant truth is that nowadays the online market is full of scam and bogus trading platforms. One must strictly stick to the strategic plan of buying low and selling high. If you are buying close to a day’s high, keep a big stop loss and small profit goal or vice versa. Risking a huge amount for a single trade must be surely avoided. People who have a clear vision on money and risk management will never step into a call margin. Bitcoin Code review says so.

Most of them fail to offer something else than losses to their users therefore we are really glad that this crypto robot system review is going to end with a positive conclusion. Our team of professionals is 100% confident in the legitimacy of Bitcoin Code robot, so we would like to advise you to seriously consider joining it. This will be one of your smartest financial decisions.

The best advice I have for new sellers would be about getting your shop exposure. The most important thing is your pictures! Invest in a good camera and don’t have the date stamp on your pictures. The better your pictures are the more visits you’ll get to your shop. I would also suggest not spending a ton of money on advertising. The best money I’ve spent on advertising is simply renewing my items a peak shopping hours. I follow the morning, afternoon and late evening times for the east and west coast. Those seem to be the best hours to renew items. My shop is still a work in progress, but I’m enjoying every minute of it and I look forward to what the future holds. I’m glad I have Etsy to make my business so much easier and fun. You can get to know me a little bit better by reading a recent article I was featured in at http://www.nuok.it/2010/03/today-in-new-york-sahnda-black/. Thanks so much for reading my story and have a great day! ~Sahnda

Handmade Handbag/Wristlet-Scooter Print

Handmade Handbag/Wristlet-Scooter Print

To find more Etsy Business Spark articles Click HERE!

  • http://www.afinetoothcomb.com Julie – Fine Tooth Comb

    That’s a great point about making sure that product photos don’t have time stamps on them. I don’t think I’ve heard anyone mention that before, but it’s a great point! Anything that distracts customers from the product is a no-no.

  • Tim Adam

    Yeah.. I have not really thought about the time stamp…. great point!

  • http://AudreyGardenLady.etsy.com AudreyGardenLady

    Lovely shop. I think I’m in love with your Lotus wristlet….
    then I went to your esty shop and Whoa!!
    Your spring color collections are too beautiful!

    Thanks for the article and advise.
    I’m climbing that learning curve on improving my shop pictures.

    Audrey

  • http://www.etsy.com/shop/emilyorpin Emily Orpin

    As a serious bag junkie I am very pleased to meet you and your shop Sahnda! Hearts ahoy!

    Also – the photo thing is so true. As a writer for this blog I’ll often find the perfect Etsy item to illustrate a story, but I won’t use it for a post because the photo isn’t crisp, clean and clear. So not only do bad photos put off potential customers, they’ll also result in missed exposure opportunities on blogs etc.

  • http://www.wellofcreations.etsy.com robin

    congrats-your hard work definitely shows in the quality and the presentation of your product

  • http://www.honeyddesigns.etsy.com Sahnda

    Thanks so much for sharing my story and for the wonderful compliments!

  • http://www.oceanavenuesilks.etsy.com Ocean Avenue Silks

    Really great article! Nice to know you a little better! Wishing you lots of success!! 🙂

  • http://www.etsy.com/shop/aubepine Jen

    Great feature! You have a lovely shop :).

  • http://twitter.com/Carolinesjolund Caroline Sjölund

    I found the most gorgeous handbags athttp://www.handmadespark.com/blog/etsy-business-spark-honey%E2%80%99d-designs-2/ …. Me LIKE! I WAAANT!!!

Featured Items

SuppliesSee more »

10 Brass Antique Bronzed Adjustable Filigree Ring with 15mm Round Crown Edged Bezel Cup Cabochon Mounting

AccessoriesSee more »

Rainbow cake necklace

ChildrenSee more »

Children art prints set of 4, art for kids, nature inspired kids wall art, girls nursery art, playroom wall decor

HousewaresSee more »

3DS XL White Hard Case Hand Painted with Red Cherry Blossoms

Paper GoodsSee more »

Pretty Pocket Journal Cards Set 5, Project Life Inspired 3×4 Printable PDF & PNG, Digital Scrapbooking, Instant Download

JewelrySee more »

Antiqued Typewriter Alphabet wine charms, set of 26.

WeddingsSee more »

GROOMSMEN GIFTS-Personalized Chrome Lighter-Wedding Gifts-Gifts for GUYS- Great Gifts for the Wedding Party-Great Christmas Gifts

BabySee more »

Custom Listing for–Nicolle–Reserved

ArtSee more »

ORIGINAL Contemporary Metallic Rose Pink Daisy Flowers Painting Abstract Textured Modern Art by Susanna

HandmadeSee more »

Deco Mesh Christmas Wreath

Do You Have it in You? Business Realities Part Three – Opportunity

Having your own business takes some special skill sets that even I am still grasping.  Here is the third in a series of articles that will hone in on those often-overlooked business realities.

Thus far, I have talked about sacrifice and discipline in regards to developing and running your own business.  This week I want to focus on opportunity, because, truly, it can be the best and most exciting part of your business!

Word Art Print - Take Advantage of Every Opportunity

NayArts Shop

Not every opportunity is equal, however, in the beginning I suggest taking advantage of most everything that comes your way.  Opportunities come in many forms; people, events, contests.  This is your time to be a sponge and take it all in…as you develop your business prowess and define your niche, you will be a better judge in how to spend your efforts.  These early opportunities will help define your direction…it is part of the process!

Here is what I’ve learned along the way…

Prepare an “elevator speech” a 30 second to 2 minute brief description of you and your business.  Think of it as speed dating; you want to give them just enough to make them fall in love with you.  I’ve done this in the weirdest places: the grocery line and doctor’s office to name a few.

Although a relatively recent system, BitCoin Code has been developed by the financial guru Steve McKay. His system uses algorithms to analyze the market and locate potential trades. In addition to this, the algorithmic orders can be also employed for effective controlling of execution parameters like

  • Participation rates: To observe time and pacing parameters
  • The threshold on price and limits: To detect the starting and ending time with aggressive or passive settings

You can learn more about these constraints by clicking the suggested web page. The payout rates are set at 95%, which is impressive for any trading system. There are in excess of 90 assets available to trade in and the success rate is currently at 89%.

Hand in hand with your “speech” you should have a business card to give out that refers to a website, blog, or twitter account.  Business cards are easy and cheap and so are websites & blogs.  Give multiple business cards to your friends and family too; my mother is probably my biggest advertiser and you know what…it works.  I’ve had sales just from her passing them out around town!

Get involved!  Find a cause you are passionate about and volunteer.  You are sure to find like-minded individuals to friend and who better to support your business than some more new friends!  And here’s the upside to community involvement…publicity!  I am an avid supporter of local business and joined my local Chamber of Commerce. Just from this one organization, I have been repeatedly in the local paper and radio.

Remember though, the best opportunities are the ones you create!  What is your best advice?

Ever Wonder How Customers Find Your Etsy Shop? Here Is An Easy Answer

This morning I bought these fabulous notecards from one of my favorite Etsy shops, Flapper Doodle.

This trading solution is one of the top available cryptocurrency trading systems. Users should not hesitate to open accounts with it as it will win almost every trade that the auto-pilot opens positions for. Its success rate is among the highest in the Bitcoin sphere – a whole 99.4%. The software even exchanges currencies instead of the trader.

It is developed by an actual person and there is nothing to fear. Our inspection of the trading solution managed to determine beyond a doubt that it is fully safe and secure. The most amazing thing about it is the profits – they can do up to $14,000 daily.

 

A key point to trading victory is about the efficient management of one’s available capital. This fund has been made out of an individual’s continuous profit despite abruptly varying market factors. A person always has to effectively control the losses by consistent assessment of the risk factors involved. You can learn more at Top 10 Binary Demo.

Customer Care

One of the more refined things about the BitCoinCode robot is the fact that all of its customer care team members are considered to be very friendly and treat each customer with care, compassion, and respect. They undergo regular professional training and work 24/7. One can always reach them

 

flapper doodle boxed stationery set - personalized

flapper doodle boxed stationery set – personalized

SassyBelle’s Spotlight:

When I was going through the checkout process, I noticed something in the PayPal part that I had never seen before. There was a one question survey asking how I found Flapper Doodle. I always wonder how buyers have found my shop, SassyBelleWares, so I was almost as excited about this question as I was about my new notecards! Yeah, I know about Google Analytics but that makes my head spin so I was thrilled to find there was a simpler way to get an answer to, “How did you find my shop?”! Of course, getting an answer is dependent on the customer answering the question, but I figured it can’t hurt to try.

So off to PayPal I went to figure out how I could get this question into my checkout process. I found the answer almost immediately and was shocked at how easy it was to implement the one question survey! I realized I couldn’t be the only one who did not know this was an option. After all, this was the first time I had seen it at checkout and I have done lots of shopping on Etsy! Thank you Eloise and Ramona for making me want to buy your notecards thus stumbling upon this helpful feature! In return I will share my discovery with everyone!

The quick and easy steps to add the one question survey:

1) Login to your PayPal account

2) Under “my account” click “profile”

3) Under “selling preferences” click “custom payment pages”, then click “options” and go to “merchant service options”

Ever Wonder How Customers Find Your Etsy Shop?

4) Check “add a customer service survey” and fill in the blanks*

Ever Wonder How Customers Find Your Etsy Shop?

Ever Wonder How Customers Find Your Etsy Shop?

5) Make sure you click “SAVE” before you exit

* I used “How did you find SassyBelleWares” for my question. I thought using my shop name rather than just “us” or “me” might help them remember my shop better for next time. You can ask any question you would like and add any answers for the customers to choose from. For the five answer choices, I used:
-friend/family
-google search
-yahoo search
-facebook
-Etsy

Hope this information is helpful to you!

kidnaroundcreations says:

Just in case you are looking for the survey after a sale…click on transaction details and almost to the bottom of the page it will say ” Survey Details” and the answer will be there if your customer took the survey.

sassyfrass123 says:

Hey Hey! I upgraded to my Paypal account status and now I have the options! I didn’t even know their were different types of accounts. I have now added that survey and can’t wait to see the responses. Thanks so much!

Allison Mooney Design Jewelry

About Me
Simple and modern gemstone jewelry handmade in Chicago. I like unique yet simple designs with a focus on beautiful stones. I enjoy working with color, shape and texture to create jewelry with both personality and individuality. I work with semi-precious stones and a variety of metals including sterling silver, gold fill, vermeil and gold plate. Custom orders are welcome!

See My Items Online
Click photos for more info

Matte Silver Peacock Teardrop Earrings

Avaliable on Etsy

25 USD

Mouseover the photos
Matte Silver Peacock Teardrop EarringsCrystal Quartz and Vermeil Simple Suspension NecklaceBrushed Vermeil Trapeze EarringsSmokey Quartz Large Briolette Marquis EarringsBirds Nest Bangle Set of 6 with 3 BirdsMatte Gold Silhouette Leaf EarringsRose Quartz Drop NecklaceMatte Gold Textured BanglesFiery Labradorite Slab Necklace
Labradorite Lariat Drop NecklaceCarnelian Lariat Drop NecklaceSterling SIlver and Iolite Blue Bird NecklaceFiery Teal Teardrop Labradorite NecklaceCrystal Quartz Chain Drop EarringsZircon Gradient Block NecklaceGarnet and Vermeil Simple Suspension NecklaceBirds Nest Bangles -Set of 3 Silver Bangles and 1 Gold BirdSmokey Quartz Marquis Lariat Drop Necklace
Smokey Quartz Marquis Chain Drop EarringsSuspended Labradorite Oval Pendant NecklaceRose Quartz and Vermeil Simple Suspension NecklacePrehnite and Vermeil Simple Suspension NecklaceMarquis Labradorite Suspension NecklaceGold Cottonwood Leaf NecklaceCrystal Quartz Points NecklaceGolden Yellow Calcite NecklaceLittle Golden Bird Necklace with Smokey Quartz
Birds Nest Bangles -Set of 3 Silver Bangles and 1 Silver BirdTurquoise and Matte Gold EarringAquamarine and Matte Gold Floral EarringsBrushed Silver Trapeze EarringsMatte Silver Willow Branch EarringsLaser Cut Matte Silver Circle EarringsMatte Gold Peacock Teardrop EarringsMatte Gold Long Feather EarringsLabradorite Block Necklace
Little Silver Bird Necklace with OnyxBirds Nest Bangles -Set of 3 Gold Bangles and 1 Gold BirdSelenite and Gold NecklaceCitrine and Vermeil Simple Suspension NecklaceFiery Labradorite Teardrop NecklaceSmokey Quartz Lariat Drop NecklaceSmokey Quartz Filigreed Gold EarringsMatte Gold Modern Leaf NecklaceMatte Gold Cut Leaf EarringsSee more items»
Handmade Spark Blog
Look At Me! How to get on the Etsy Front Page!
Posted on May 24, 2010 | 10:24 pm

Antique Brass Eyeglasses Necklace by NineXMuse We have all seen the beautiful treasuries on the front page of Etsy and thought… I want to be on the Front Page!!!!!!!!!! So off we go taking better pictures, we research tags and make sure our items are tagged perfectly….. and no front page love. What gives??? Well …

MySpark Spotlight : Hand-Carved Lino Block Prints, By Australian Artist Ruby Victoria
Posted on May 24, 2010 | 1:05 pm

I love the feel of letterpress cards. There is something about them that you know there was time involved in making a simple card that may just say thank you. Ruby Victoria an Etsy seller from Australia is hand carving their own lino blocks and hand drawing their art work. …

Friendships and Business MUST Mix
Posted on May 24, 2010 | 10:59 am

“It could be argued that friendship is often the determining factor between a career that flourishes and one that languishes” –Julia Cameron, Finding Water Creativity is something that must be encouraged in order for you to experience a fluid, forward motion into new ideas and successful …

Today’s Spark : Handmade Spark Fans Spanning The Globe
Posted on May 24, 2010 | 10:57 am

We have fans all over the world from, Australia to the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States. Here is a look at the last 1,000 visitors to Handmade Spark. (Click map for larger version) Today we are going to look at a few items from our Fans and Pro Subscribers from …

How To Make An Inexpensive Jewelry Tree
Posted on May 24, 2010 | 7:05 am

I design metal trees to display other jewelry lovers jewelry. I love running across how other people make their jewelry trees. Check out this simple and inexpensive jewelry tree how-to found on Craftzine. From Craftzine: This weekend I went crazy searching for a particular pair of earrings. My jewelry was a …

Raleigh, North Carolina-Based Etsy Jewelry Designer Risky Beads, Hits 1,500 Sales And Tells All
Posted on May 23, 2010 | 3:06 pm

It wasn’t to long ago that I myself hit 1500 sales in my Etsy shop. Raleigh, North Carolina-based Etsy jewelry designer Risky Beads just hit their 1500 sale milestone. They share in the Etsy forums, what they have learned since August 2007. I found these tips to be very …

The Realities Learned About Running An Etsy Business After 1,700 Sales
Posted on May 23, 2010 | 8:15 am

When I started designing metal furniture in 2004, I had no idea it would become my passion and my full time job. Running your own business will open your eyes to a ton of things. Here are a few of the things I have learned …

Etsy Leadership In The Tech Community – Disrupt Hackathon in NYC
Posted on May 23, 2010 | 12:47 am

The Disrupt Hackathon has started, where 300 hackers are competing to create the best and coolest app, robot, or gadget in 24 hours. Etsy is there to lend a helping hand with their API. From Techcrunch: The Hackathon will have experts on hand to help participants with the APIs of Facebook, …

MySpark Spotlight – Decorative Switch Plates By Vancouver Artist, Wallcakes
Posted on May 22, 2010 | 4:57 pm

One place on your walls that may get neglected when it comes to decorating are your light switch covers. It’s just a small rectangle on your wall, but it can really and a pop to your walls! All of Wall Cakes decorative switch plates are handmade in Vancouver from U/L …

The Beauty in a Quilt – Hanadmade Quilts on Etsy
Posted on May 22, 2010 | 11:36 am

The other day I heard that one of my aunts (don’t worry – I won’t say which one and I have 17 so it will be hard to figure out who I’m talking about) say, “I can’t imagine why anyone would cut up a perfectly good …

Warhol Wall Inspired Art How-to

EVERYBODY WILL BE FAMOUS FOR 15 MINUTES (No.2) – Limited Edition Art Print

Do you gather inspiration from words? Andy Warhol said many inspirational words, and turning them into art can create a focal point of interest in any room.

Inspiration is the backbone for many new ventures and found success. Not many are inspirational and along not many are enthusiastic to be inspired.

The whole process needs a different mindset to be impacted and affected. Why are only a few inspired? The reason is that they have seen life from all perspectives and know what it takes to suffer and to live a better life. Just like the people, founders of online trading platforms who got fed up of living a normal life, and got inspired from many billionaires, to reach the high peak of life, before we die; we also must have a reason and a purpose in life.

Well, when someone can create the path, why can’t we walk and utilise it for our betterment? Yes, why not utilise?

Many of us are ‘scared’ of trading, considering it a big hole that swallows the money. But, we fail to understand that we are under-looking an opportunity! Trading when done in a disciplined manner, and with the right plan, can never go wrong.

Can you child misbehave if you have taught them good basics and discipline? Not right? Similarly, a machine that has been designed to give strong success signals to trade, will surely not go wrong. The human mind can err, but not the machine.

The trading robot, which is an outcome of the founder’s struggle is sure to create a new lease to your life. They are completely automatic and require no human intervention, hence it has zero errors in time-lapse, and gives you results that you expect.

You can earn up to 5k$ per day if you have made the right preference settings and taken a small amount of risk in placing trades. You can’t win if you don’t trust and give your full support to the cause. There are many other platforms that claim to give you same results, but beware they are fake systems. They are here to take you for a ride, in their favour. They want to grow their business and not yours. Hence it’s important that you get associated with the right team and gain full control over your life.

Check out this Decor it Yourself DIY where you can learn how to create a Andy Warhol inspired focal point in your room.

here’s looking at me kid
here’s looking at me kid

I Love Lamp : Do It Yourself NYC Skyline Paper Lamp Shade

 NYC Skyline Black Punctured Paper Lampshade

Louise of Warpe Design on Etsy shares how to make an awesome NYC skyline paper lamp shade over on Decor It Yourself.  I will be putting this great how-to to use on the vintage metal floor lamp I bought this week for $3!! Cannot believe it? Yes, you read it right. The exotic lamp you see in the pictures can be seen on your table or hanging from your roof in just three dollars. Frankly admitting, I was also apprehensive about its quality and how well preserved it will be reaching me when the budget is too low.

More than the skyline design, I was attracted to the Overlap design since its color and appearance perfectly matches with the room and curtains where I had planned to place it. Once the lamp was in place, I was thoroughly satisfied with the rich complimenting look it imparted to my room and the house.

Now, whenever I have parties and get-togethers at home, I make the room light dim with this lamp turned. There is not a single guest who was not impressed by this atmosphere and I am sure, many of them would have already got a similar piece at their home. The same look everywhere will be monotonous and so it is natural that you would like to have a change in the decor without losing its appeal. Louise can do that also for you. Convey the changes you want to the team and place your order. You can bring in the same classic look in your home, hotel or restaurant. A very attractive version of the same piece is the hanging lamp. I have got one of that too to enhance the atmosphere in my theatre room.

Now, I am thinking of the same item with a more ‘kiddish’ theme to decorate my kid’s room. Get more information on this crafty visual on the merchant stores and official online store. The material used for making the lamp is economical, pleasing and easy to obtain, but it is very strong in resisting the ‘tough family environment’ in your house and can be cleaned effortlessly. Light metal and punctured paper with the wooden stand for the framework and you can change it into brilliant colors using lamps of different shades. The size is also flexible, you can order it as a bigger piece or a smaller one to fit in just right. Be sure to chesk out Louise’s Etsy shop!

 Punctured Paper Lampshade - Overlap design, white

Punctured Paper Lampshade – Overlap design, white