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.)

Monday, November 5, 2007

Take the Handmade Pledge

sarawearsskirts has some great ideas for Team and Shop promotion this Holiday Season, and she's got a thread going at the Etsy forums about it. See the thread here.

It's Ten Minute Marketing, and it's all got to do with the Handmade Pledge -- and she's got some great suggestions for all teams to capitalize on this movement. You may have seen the Buy Handmade badges and icons floating around -- well, I hadn't really checked it all out until I saw that thread.

I knew I wanted to email my friends and family with suggestions that they consider buying gifts from Etsy this year -- well, the Handmade Pledge gives me a great "hook" for that email.

Maybe other APST members would be interested in checking this out, too?

Buy Handmade

Saturday, November 3, 2007


It is a great pleasure to be involved with the new Atlantic Provinces Street Team. I have been enjoying the Etsy life greatly, but it will be nice to connect with Etsians on a more local scale. I am a bookbinder in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Here are some recent listings.

As I say in all my listings, I try to make each of my books unique so if you have one of my books, you can be pretty sure that nobody else has one quite like it!

ScotiaMade's stuff


I am ScotiaMade aka Cheryl. Crafter by night researcher by day. I do stained glass mosaics on wood forms that I cut, but also like to sew and far!

A lot of what I am doing right now is sewing for babies - my only child-like dependent has a tremendous amount of furry and drool a lot, but I am not much for dog clothes (neither is he), so I am working on baby items.
Here are a few of my recent items:

double sided felt bib

seahorse mosaic wall hanging

I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone else has!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Two days, eight members!

We're off to a great start! As we add members to the Street Team, and authors to the blog, let's start posting some of our work so we can get to know each other. We're all from Nova Scotia, for the moment, but I look forward to welcoming some of the folks from other Maritime provinces.

I'll kick things off with one of my most recent collages, an ACEO sized work entitled Dance Caprice, which features a little reproduction of a bird layered over modern and antique paper, text and acrylic paint. (The acronym ACEO, for those unfamiliar with the term, stands for "Art Cards, Editions and Originals". They are miniature works of art the size of a trading or playing card, in any medium. People collect them and trade them. They originally started as ATCs or Art Trading Cards, only exchanged between artists, never sold.