Saturday, December 29, 2007

Well, Christmas is over and New Year is just on the horizon. Time to take stock of what is working in our shops and what needs tweaking. I hope our businesses grow and bloom in the coming year just like this Amaryllis has started to do :)

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Storm on the way!

Are you guys ready? Batten down the hatches. There's going to be some messy weather! Stay warm:)

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Welcome to La Paperie!

APSTers, welcome La Paperie and Cozy of Nova Scotia, who has just joined the Atlantic Street Team. Bev sells homemade soaps and will soon offer handbound blank books and art work in her brand new Etsy store. Check out the store here!

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Resources List

Hey, guys, I thought we could start a resource list for artists and craftspeople in the Maritimes -- so that we can share great local shops or online sources with other East Coasters.

I though we could organize them into categories, eventually.

Here's a few of my favourites:

Have a Yarn, Mahone Bay, NS -- one of the best local yarn shops I've ever seen, this store on Mahone Bay's Main Street is packed full of the best handcrafted local and imported yarns, plus some great commercial lines, patterns, accessories and more. Run by VERY knowledgeable people, too.

Java Bead, Bridgewater, NS -- no website yet. Java Bead has just opened on Bridgewater's main street (conveniently located next to the pub!) and has a lovely selection of top quality beads and semi precious stones. They have some wonderful sterling fittings, crystals, lampwork beads and offer a series of classes in jewelry making. Recommended!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Welcome to Mingling Threads and Hello Pineapples!

We have two new Etsy shops joining us today at APST: Mingling Threads and Hello Pineapples, both from Nova Scotia. It's great to have you with us, guys!

Mingling Threads

"I’m an equal opportunity crafter; I can weave, crochet, knit, and sew. I love learning new things. When creating, I enjoy working with natural fibres, I love playing with colour, and I like to add special details to make each item unique." This crafter sells a number of beautiful handcrafted items, including adorable dog sweater modelled by the cutest dog known to man, Robin.

Hello Pineapples

"Hello Pineapples! is a full time grad student and a part-time artist/crafter/knitter. She likes to think of her work as folk art on crack - maybe what Maude Lewis' paintings would have looked like if she had gone insane. Most are based on drawings made with MS Paint and Photoshop. She has done a workshop on how to make sock monkeys for the IWK Children's Hospital Telethon, where she was interviewed by a muppet."

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Congrats to Dangerous Mezzo...

If anyone missed it this morning, this gorgeous ACEO by DangerousMezzo was featured on the Etsy homepgae! Hurray! DangerousMezzo also recently gained approval for her work on the Trunkt website, well-deserved for sure, congratulations!

Trunkt is a curated buyer's guide to the best of independent art and design, supporting independent artists and designers by providing online portfolio space to showcase their work. You can see DangerousMezzo's work on Trunkt here:

In other news...
Stewart has arrived.
Stewart is one half of Stewart and Annabelle, two female (don't ask) rabbits of a friend. They sometimes come to stay for the weekend. Annabelle is all right but less lovey than Stweart, who has become a star for his love of massage and fancy ways with the tupperware containers.

His quality is such that I have begun to feature him in my cards.
Here we have his first offical appearance, as the Don.

I like this for invitations. To see more of Stewart in his guise as the yodeling rabbit just stop by my shop!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Welcome to The Woodwright from Cape Breton!

Les handcarves beautiful pendants and lapel pins, inlay work, and items highlighted with intricate filigree, and we're just tickled pink to welcome him here to the Atlantic Provinces Street Team! The Celtic Knot pin, above, is one of my favourite things in his shop.

Speaking of which, do check out his Etsy shop ...

Monday, November 26, 2007

New Street Teams Thread

Come on out and participate in the new APST forum thread, started to mark our 15th member shop!

Welcome to Shelagh!

Welcome, Shelagh, to the Atlantic Provinces Street Team of Etsy. Shelagh is a painter and photographer, and she runs two shops on Etsy: Alice in Paris (see above) and Broom Hill Pictures (see below) . We're glad you could join us, Shelagh!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Another APST Treasury

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Welcome to Chocolate Lollipop!

Chocolate Lollipop is our latest member, lucky number 13! She's from New Brunswick, and sells lovely baby things from her deliciously-titled Etsy shop. Greetings from the Atlantic Provinces Street Team!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Christmas already?

It seems so soon but I guess if you intend to sell Christmas cards (as I obviously do), you have to start now.
So here is a quick sample of my cards - they are 4.5x3.255 on very nice crisp card stock, with matching envelopes.
(all designs are original)

Drop by the ScotiaMade Etsy shop to see more!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Welcome to Gifts by Nadine!

a.k.a. pixel8ed ... Nadine is based in NB, and specializes in cards, photo albums and recipe and address books. If you'd like to check our her work, you can see it at We're thrilled to have her and her shop as part of APST. Thanks for joining us, Nadine!

Welcome to Born Again Purses, our first member from New Brunswick!

Welcome to our newest member of the APST -- Born Again Purses! Allison is our first member from New Brunswick and makes wonderful bags and purses that you can find at her Etsy store.

Our First Treasury

Our first treasury created by MyHandboundBooks, featuring the current members and some who have expressed interest in the team. Thanks to all who stopped by and left comments!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Easy Marketing for Etsy Sellers

Last Week, Etsy asked their members and street teams to promote the Buy Handmade initative by adding the logos and buttons to websites and telling all our friends about it. With that done, now they have offered some super easy suggestions for marketing our Etsy shops for the holiday shopping season.

On the Etsy Teams website, you can find the full descriptions for these marketing ideas. This is the Ten Minute Marketing plan for Etsy sellers to do each day this week. Here is the summary:
  • Monday: Add your Etsy shop URL to your email signatures

  • Tuesday: Add an Etsy Mini to your website or blog

  • Wednesday: Spam your friends and coworkers with an email about the buyhandmade pledge, links to etsy, etc.

  • Thursday: Print some of the postcards or other promotional graphics and distribute them to your friends, leave them in the break room, etc.

  • Friday: Tell a stranger about Etsy while you're waiting at the bus stop or buying your morning coffee.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Let's welcome our first member from PEI, cavendishsoapworks!

Welcome to the Atlantic Provinces Street Team, Kathleen! Kathleen makes some pretty luscious looking soaps and soy candles, and we're really glad to have her with us.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Atlantic Craft Trade Show

Cavendishsoapworks posted some information about the ACTS in the APST thread (too many acronyms, there, sorry!) Here's the link -- I think it sounds really interesting:

It runs the first weekend in February in Halifax. It's juried and open to all artists and craftspeople in the Maritimes.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Promoting the Pledge

To help promote this idea of buying handmade, I made these bookmarks and printed them to give out at craft sales and to include in the packages I'm sending to my online customers.

So far, I've been giving them to people who are already buying handmade! But it's still worth the encouragement it might give them to buy MORE handmade. If you can find a way to distribute them to others, use this graphic if you want to make your own bookmarks. (Click on it to see the full size version then download it. If you import into a word processing software package, you should be able to fit five per page.)