Thursday, April 29, 2010

Etsytwitter Shop of the week….

Shop of the Week: SouthPawStudios

Our EtsyTwitter Team Shop of the Week is South Paw Studios, which offers handcrafted jewelry by Toledo, Ohio artist Katy Mims. She not only makes necklaces, bracelets and earrings, but she has a unique bridal line. Her styles incorporate faceted gems, Venetian glass, pearls and precious metal. As she puts it, it "brings the jewelry to life."
Here is my interview with Katy!
Me: What do you want your customers to know most about your products?
Katy: I feel that I offer functional jewelry that you can wear everyday with jeans and a simple white t-shirt, yet you can wear it to a formal function if preferred. I don’t want my customer to seem pressed on the thought of “I love this necklace, but where am I going to wear it?” I want them to be more, “I love this necklace, and I can wear it with anything”. I want there to be “No Fuss”. Jewelry shouldn’t be complicated, it should be enjoyable. That is why I feel I create jewelry that is much more appealing and affordable to a wider range of woman, from the younger jewelry lover to the seasoned shopper.
Me: What inspires you to create?
Katy: I get inspiration from everything from a shower curtain, to sunsets. I know that sounds cliché, but really there are great color combinations in sunsets. I also get my muse from new supplies. I really have an addiction to beads and gems. I buy way to much stuff, but I just cant help myself. Having new supplies really keeps me excited to sit at my work bench for hours on end.
Me: What is your favorite thing about your craft?
Katy: This question is tricky, but when I sit down and think about it, one of my favorite things about my craft is it is very competitive, but that keeps me on my toes. I like a little friendly competition. With jewelry, I love that everyone can take part in this particular medium. It is a little piece of wearable art that you can take with you and wear with pride every day, to work or even the grocery store. It makes art become functional. I love that it is an appealing part of the art world that seems to be able to survive even in the hardest of times.
Me: What are your Twitter tricks of the trade?
Katy: I really don’t have time to log in and out of all the accounts I use online on a daily basis, so I use Facebook, primarily to twitter from. I used to use Tweetdeck, but it started to have some glitches a little while back, and I just couldn’t seem to find the right patch. I am sure it is fixed by now, but again, TIME! So anyways, I linked my Facebook fan page to my Twitter account and “whola” I get two birds with one stone (no birds were actual harmed in this sentence) and only have to type something once. I may not seem like much, but it is a time saver for me and works just great.
Me: What is one of your business resolutions for the New Year?
Katy: I really want to beat each month’s sales, compared to last years, and have my profit margin higher as well. To achieve this I feel a combo of getting more money per piece, and as well as tighten down on my expenses / cost of goods sold (COGS) will help me reach my 2010 business new year’s resolution.

This week, Katy is offering a special Etsy Twitter Team Shop of the Week Discount! 15% off all regularly priced items, now thru May 2nd. Enter code “Etsytwitter15” in message to seller during checkout. Discount will be refunded via Paypal.

ALSO: special promo item, these earrings will be on sale for only $7, regularly $16, no code necessary.

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Written by Judy

Monday, April 19, 2010

GO GREEN WITH THE ETSY TWITTER TEAM! April 15-22, 2010 post title


I am please to announce that the Etsy Twitter Team is throwing an eco-party, and everyone is invited to celebrate Earth Day / Week!

From April 15-22, 2010, the Etsy Twitter authority for online and handmade products, will be offering a multitude of green handcrafted products, tips, and ideas at

Members of the Etsy Twitter Team will offer giveaway prizes, discounts and eco-friendly tips on ways to reduce, reuse and recycle in creating handmade items and shipping them.

Come back here to our team page: for participating shops/giveaway information every day from APRIL 15-22 for your chance to learn and win amazing eco- friendly prizes!

This Going green tip has been provide to you by Linda of LindaB142 shop on etsy!

Going green tips:

1. Recycle glass bottles by re-using them to hold pens, beads, buttons, or other craft supplies.

2. Use smaller bottles to make candles using a combination of old and new wax.

3. Recycle packaging materials that you receive by reusing bubble mailers, bubble wrap for your outgoing orders.

This week when you enter our giveaways please keep in mind the following-->

How to enter the giveaways:

~Please leave individual comments with a shop name and/or email address I can contact you if you win! Each entry counts as one entry and I will use a randomizer to pick the winner.

~Only 3 entry's per giveaway. (per person)

~Don't forget to come back and enter each one of our giveaways

1. Leave a comment on our blog at

2. Tweet our Event: “The Etsy Twitter Team is throwing an eco-party for Earth Day from April 15-22, 2010 #etsytwitter #gogreen” *

You also must put @etsytwitrteam so we can track it and/or a link with your comment.

3. Leave a recycling tip on our blog for another entry.

The winner will be chosen by and you have one week from the original post date to enter!

Good luck in Going Green!

Special thanks to Linda (LindaB142) for organizing this blog and giving us a beautiful way to help our earth.

Special thanks to Jessica (frostedtreats) for the beautiful job on our graphics for this event.

Posted by: ♥Jen

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Etsytwitter Shop of the week………….

'Oyster' Necklace (Gold) by pretty_cheap_jewelry

This weeks shop of the week is Prettycheap, run by owner and creator Nina Danza. Nina ships her items internationally from Ventura, California.

Nina describes herself and her shop as the follows "I am the Frugal Artisan making many different kinds of beautiful bargains! Look in my shop for classic timeless jewelry designs in precious metal, natural stone, and pearls as well as richly colored original photo cards, pressed flower stationary, and embroidery and needlework cards (all very time honored classic crafts)."

When walking through her shop please remember the following:

"Everything at Pretty Cheap is made with quality and sold at inexpensive prices. Once you get past the name, my customers can't believe what a great value they get in their purchases: "These are just as sweet and well made as can be! Thank you for great items at good prices! In the words of my granddaughter, Prettycheap rocks" ... "I LOVE these earrings!!! Even prettier in person. They are gorgeous! I have gotten a ton of compliments on them. Fast shipping and very well packaged too. Thanks so much" are just a couple of the 100% positive feed backs."

As always we here at the etsy twitter team love to share our information about how we work on twitter. Nina would like to continue to inspire all of you to use twitter by using the following trick of the trade: "Focus on following and interacting with those of the same passion. Instead of singing to the choir, figure out what sets you apart (ok, easier said than done) and use to find others of like mind. I am such a die hard saver it was easy to start seeking out other thrifty folks. How convenient to have a recession come along and make frugality a trend!"

Nina's business resolutions for 2010 is as follows: "Last year I did an experiment to see what scale of profit I would earn by selling at an increased number of in person shows. The result was good, and gave me first hand knowledge of what price range and type of items shoppers were buying especially at the year end holiday season. I learned that I want to develop the perfect all around gift, that would fit in a medium 2" square box, for a moderate price, by fall of this year!! (and if so I'll let you all know what it is!)"

Nina is offering our readers for this week only:

Free Recycled Guitar String Bracelet with every order (no minimum purchase necessary). While supplies last. Lots of colors and styles, great environmental fashion statement. Just ask for it at checkout. See examples here:



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Written by Jen