Thursday, November 27, 2008

Turkey Day is Done, Time to Shop til You Drop

Here we are, in my favorite season, finally. The time when you see happy faces and poeple just smile more and act friendly. I love it.

Will you be going out braving the crowds at the 5,6 and 7AM sales? I plan to go as early as possible. I am going shopping for myself. Yep, for me. First stop JoAnns, then ACMoore and maybe Michaels. I saw a post in Twitter that Michaels was open tonight. I was unaware of that. Oh well, I'm all geard up for tomorrow. I will report back with any great deals that I was able to get and I hope you will stop back and make a post on your best deals. For those that may remember, as Betty and Wilma used to say "CHARGE IT!!!!"

Thanks for stopping by here are a few new items posted to my ShopHandmade and Etsy Shops.

Its been so cold, all I can think of are hats and scarves. For more information about these items, please click on the picture link in the column to your left.

Don't forget, post a comment and enter my Christmas Tree Earring contest.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Promote, Promote and Promote

We are now in the middle of the holiday shopping season. This is my favorite time of year. It has always seemed magical to me and being a crafter, it has always been very hectic. More so this year as having a web presence requires constant promoting of ones site or sites. I have been on the Etsy forums non-stop learning about different areas to promote and I thank all of the posters for their input and knowledge.

So far, I have used Own the Hour, Twitter (which I love and has become addictive), Google Shopping Results and I just started a Flickr page today.

Own The Hour is a brilliant idea and great way to advertise. I have not had any sales from the ads but I plan to continue to advertise with them because of the low cost and the exposure. I see Own the Hour growing to great heights.

Twitter already has exploded and for me is one the best free advertising I've seen so far. Although I like it as an interesting, instant conversation area, it also is great to announce when you just listed or renewed an item on your site.

I've also listed my shops in Google Shopping Results and I hope that is produces results for me. GoTo, a seller on Etsy posted really good information on how to sign up for Google Shopping Results in Etsy's business forum. Although alot of my items have cutesy titles, I am not sure that will work well with Google Shopping Results. I am not able to make the titles more generic right now, that will take too much time.

I'm just learning about the benefit of a Flickr account. Dottyral, another Etsy seller submitted this informative post on the Etsy forum. I'm learning the more exposure, the better.

So today will be another day of crafting and promoting. Happy Crafting and Happy Holidays !!!


Christmas Tree Earrings

This contest begins Today, November 23rd and ends Friday, December 5th.

The wininner will be posted on Saturday, December 6th.

Cute and adorable handmade wire Christmas tree earrings. Green aluminum wire with Swarovski crystals at the top of the tree with sterling or gold filled ear wires.
I can't wait to give away these cute holiday earrings!!!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

All Saints and All Souls Day

November 1st is all All Saints Day, November 2nd, All Souls Day and I am dedicating this blog to my Father, friends and family who, to me, were Saints in this life but are now gone.

My Father was, for all my life, the most important person to me and the one I loved more than anyone. He's been gone 10 years now but I still miss him so very much.

Leon Guisburg
1926 - 1998

I also dedicate this blog to the memory of both my Grandmother's who gave me the creative genes, my favorite Aunts, Laura, Cinnie and Aunt Cleo. My Grandfathers, Aunts, Uncles and Cousins that I never met and those that were in my life for a short time. My friends that are gone too soon, my best friend Bernice, a true Saint and Rita too, Ernestine, Ann, Sherri, Debbie, Ozzie, Dave and sooo many more that I can't think of because I'm being overwhelmed with sweet memories.

Please feel free to leave a memorial comment about your loved ones. If you would like to post a photo, email the photo to me at and I will post the picture.

***************Good Luck!!!***************