Monday, December 29, 2008

Storque Linked. Etsy Statistics Coming!!!

Sweet! I sure wish there was a way to know when Etsy featured us in the Storque. Currently, it's luck to run across an item. Statistics would help us determine this.

Ironically, this Storque article about Etsy Statistics forthcoming is how I found out that I have my spreadsheet featured. :) Ha ha! How funny!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Weekly Topics Pulled From FAQs

*gasp* Yes, the blog lives. And since a couple of parts really live, I thought I'd expand on the helpful portions.
The FAQs is one of the most popular pages, as is the Links page, so I'm going to pick out parts of those to discuss a bit more.

Which parts would you like to learn more about? Do you have any additions? Leave a comment here if you do.
(I have to work long shifts the next few days, but check back for the expanded version...)


Thursday, July 10, 2008

Fallout Art Fest - July 19th - Minneapolis

Come see me on Saturday! :)

Fri July 18: Indie Film Fest: 7pm. Saturday July 19: noon-10pm
Come be part of our block party/art extravaganza! The Art Fest features indoor and outdoor music stages, an indoor art gallery, and interactive art booths.

The Art Fest is on the 2600 block of Stevens Ave S and 2nd Ave S (near MCAD and the MIA).

4 stages indoor/outdoor stages, Interactive art booths, Gallery, Drum Jams, Free Food, Kids Activities, 30 bands/performers & 50+ young and local artists, 2,000 attended & took part in the unique atmosphere of interactive stations, workshops, art displays, & performances.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

So long, Etsy. (For now.)

So, what has Etsy meant to me? It's meant a place to sell my art. It has meant being able to participate in a community of like-minded artists, and some not so like-minded. :) It's meant learning a LOT and then sharing that with others. It has meant growing to know some pretty spectacular people. Oh, and it has meant addiction.

Yep, addiction. My personality type is a helper, a mediator. I'm an INFP/INFJ and a 9w1, Myers-Briggs and Enneagram respectively. Recently, for a new job, I tested quite high in customer service skills. In past jobs, I've been a techie, helping via phone and in person. And a software analyst. So along come the Etsy Forums. Lots of people have questions. I either know or have learned the answers. So I share. I gather information of oft asked questions and chart. I make note of answers not in the Help section and links touted but not on the site. I read and learn and write and teach. This is such a big part of what Etsy is about. It's a great part. Great.

Great. Yeah. At 10,000 topics posted in, I am generously asked to write a Storque article. Wow! Threads are posted asking how many topics people have posted in and I always "win".

Well, at 16,340 I decide I need to step away for a while. I tried to just step away from the forums, but going to my shop led me back in. So now I shut down my shop for a while to assist in breaking what feels like an addiction. If I got paid for it, I would feel differently, but it doesn't pay the bills and has become a black hole for my time. Oh, I LOVE it and it feels so rewarding to me, but I need to pay more attention to the rest of my life for a while.

So, I'm starting a new full-time job soon and will be focusing on craft and art fairs. Maybe now I'll take the time to get my work into more Brick and Mortar (B&M) stores. (Learned that on Etsy.) Maybe I'll check out some of the other sites more thoroughly, though I know they pale in comparison to Etsy. Maybe I'll build a stronger connection with more of my friends. Ah... saying this makes me realize I will miss the friends I've made on Etsy.

So, wish me luck. I wish you luck, prosperity and all the goodness life has to offer. We all deserve this.

Remember to keep Etsy kind and generous. Don't let the nay sayers take over! In one of my last posts, I said this and I fully believe it:

"I think it's more of a challenge to be truly compassionate in life than to go around ranting about the wrongs of the world.

Both can be effective, but the experience is wholly different."

(You know I'll be back...)

Friday, June 6, 2008

Saturday Sale - Recurring!

In the spirit of SNS (Saturday Night Specials), I'm going to start a Saturday sale. Since I am now working a job on Saturdays and am unable to effectively participate in SNS, I'm going to have a recurring sale this day on my own. :)

Each Saturday, look for the item that will be on sale. Or items. Occasionally, I'll have a full shop sale, but this will be rare.

This week, I'll have one of my more popular items, my Copper Hammered Domes. They come with a solid sterling earwire. These are cut, hammered and formed by me from a large piece of copper.

Sale runs from Midnight to Midnight, EDT. (Etsy time.)

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Etsy Helpful Links - Not Found Via Etsy (and now may be out of date)

THIS IS A COUPLE OF YEARS OLD AND QUITE OUT OF DATE! There may be something to learn here, but much of it is no longer valid. Please check or ask in the Forums for more recent links. Things are a changin'! :) Thanks! I guess this has become a bit of historical reference.

Thanks to all of you who contributed to the list in this forums thread:

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Accumulated wisdom from seasoned sellers. Treasury tutorial. Test Treasury. Prepare a treasury. Tag Fractal Etsy Search. Cool! The old Resources page, which has the postcards. One more postcard from Jellibat. (Thanks!) Where to go if Etsy is down. See hearts and views in one place. By Lots of other ways to search Etsy. Secret Paypal shipping link. Fees calculators. Alternate payment option. Propay discount link. Alternate payment and means to take credit cards at fairs. TheBeadingTree's international rate chart. International Postage rate chart. (Has not been updated.) Cross platform means to screen shots. Another screen shot capture. (thanks hippyofdoom) Make long links short. How to make those little characters. Conversions. Pic site. Convert any document to a PDF! How to make your own banner. And lots more! We love etsy shops directory.
mini blogs:

Gift Certificate knowledge: Consumer's Union PDF document chart You can also check out your attorney general's website

Business: Labeling requirements for cloth goods, info about selling jewelry, including appropriate wording to use for silver vs silver-colored jewelry...

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Red Hot Art Festival Matchboxes

So cool! My next festival uses matchboxes to get the word out on the street. :)

The Red Hot Art Festival happens annually in Stevens Square Park. In its seventh year, it offers local, emerging artists the opportunity to display and sell their work in a community-based environment. Red Hot Art’s mission is to celebrate the artistic diversity and urban vibrancy of Minneapolis and the Stevens Square-Loring Heights neighborhood. This year the festival will be taking place Saturday, May 31st (11am-7pm) and Sunday, June 1st (11am-5pm), and will be hosting a kick-off party and gallery show at Stevens Square Center for the Arts on Friday, May 30th (7pm-11pm).

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Are You Right or Left Brained?

You Are 40% Left Brained, 60% Right Brained
The left side of your brain controls verbal ability, attention to detail, and reasoning.
Left brained people are good at communication and persuading others.
If you're left brained, you are likely good at math and logic.
Your left brain prefers dogs, reading, and quiet.

The right side of your brain is all about creativity and flexibility.
Daring and intuitive, right brained people see the world in their unique way.
If you're right brained, you likely have a talent for creative writing and art.
Your right brain prefers day dreaming, philosophy, and sports.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Etsy Postcards

These are not my design, but I'm posting them here in the event they are no longer available on Etsy. Three of them are currently available here: .
It's a link that is not found on Etsy, but used to be.

These are the direct links, which are valid now, anyways:

Friday, April 11, 2008

Rob Head

Happy Birthday Rob Kalin! :)

Monday, March 10, 2008

What Days of the Week Are Best For Sales?

I've updated my spreadsheet that examines your seller Etsy Statement information!
Answers these questions, for your own shop, with NO MANUAL ENTRY of any information.
It uses the information already provided for you by Etsy. Just Copy and Paste.
(Assumes you have and know Excel.)

>What day of the week is better for MY SHOP for sales?

>Do Showcases work?
>Is renewing increasing my sales?
>Does listing new items help sales?
Examines the above questions in $ and # formats.

>How does the overall money I pay a month on Etsy relate to my number of transactions?
I'm asking for a few testers of this before I offer it in my shop. Just drop me an Etsy convo with your email address and I'll send it your way
Thanks for your help!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Metal Price Calculator

With the cost of silver what it is, I needed a way to figure the price of what I needed. Here's a snippet of my spreadsheet. What you can't see is also a calculator of how many headpins per foot, how many feet needed based on this. And then the price of sheet metal per inch.

I just plug the current price of metal in to the top and the rest is calculated for me. Or I enter amount of feet desired and the cost is there.

It's saved me a lot of time and questions!

If you'd like a copy of this, just drop a comment here or send me an Etsy conversation with your email address. :)

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Riveting Abalone

Riveting Abalone
Originally uploaded by
Over a year ago, I made this design and decided to make a go of it again. There's a lot of work that goes into this prior to bending the tabs and if one of those babies snapped off, all that work would be for naught. It ends up a unique and sturdy design. One of my favs. :)

Monday, January 7, 2008

Examine Your Etsy Billing Information - Cheap!

This is now available in my shop CHEAP! I began offering it as a PIF, but realized I'd go broke paying .20 with each one. So, it's only a little over a buck!

Instructions for adding your Statement Data to Etsy_Statements_Summarization.xls. From now on, I'll call this the Statements File.
PC Instructions only. I'm sorry, I'm not familiar with Mac. This assumes you have Microsoft Excel 95 or greater.
  1. Open your new Statements File,
  2. Login to Etsy
  3. Click on Your Etsy
  4. Under the Money section, click on Your Etsy Bill (
  5. Click on the month you wish to begin with. I'll choose Dec 2007
  6. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the link "Download this entire montly statement as a CSV file".
  7. You'll receive a choice to Open or Save. Choose Open.
  8. Select OK to any other prompts you may receive until the data opens up in Excel.
  9. Now you should be in Excel, with the data viewable.
  10. Select all of the data. One way is to hold down the Ctrl key, while pressing A.
  11. Copy the data. One way is to hold down the Ctrl key, while pressing C.
  12. Now navigate to the new Statements File.
  13. Click on the Dec tab.
  14. Click on the cell A11 and paste the data. One way is to hold down the Ctrl key, while pressing V.
  15. Voila! The data is automatically totaled on the Dec tab and on the Totals Tab.
  16. Continue on with the other months.
Hope this makes sense. Thanks and have fun!