Thursday, November 12, 2009

A few notes of interest



  1. OK guys! I'm all set up now to add new members, and do updates, so if you need me, let me know!

  2. I've added the Member-to-Member trade & discount offers on the right, if you'd like to offer something as well, let me know and I'll update the list! Thanks to those who've already started offering!

  3. Canada Post's shipping deadline to the US in time for Christmas is December 4th! Only three more weeks!

  4. Hope you are well!



Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Sea Pottery Happiness



We did Christmas at the Forum on the weekend, which was a great show. We met lots of people, sharing their sea glass stories.  One lovely lady and her daughter studied our sea pottery collection and casually mentioned that she recognized the patterns of some of our floral pieces, and that she had the china at home in her attic! The china belonged to the Victoria General Hospital, back in the day when hospitals served patients on real china and not styrofoam and plastic.  The VG has since been amalgamated into a larger Health Centre.






I was so excited that I rambled on to everyone who stopped by the booth for the rest of the day (sorry people, but thanks for listening). And thank you to the kind lady who rescued the saucers from her attic, you made my day!






Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Etsy Atlantic Trades & Member Discounts


Good Morning everyone!

It is a gorgeous day already. I had to leave work early yesterday as my babysitter and one of her little girls may have H1N1 and my kiddo couldn't go there after her preschool. We made the most of it by heading to the park with friends and a mug of peppermint tea. The sunshine felt glorious and the kids had so much fun. We've been heading to bed earlier than usual lately, I find the dark coming early has us going into hibernation mode. I've got to snap out of that! I've got a lot of Christmas gifts to finish up.

On that note, I thought I'd follow up on Ashton's trading offer. I'd be open to trades as well, if anyone is interested just send me an email and let me know. I'm always looking for extra special goodies to add to my gifts, and for the last two years we've managed to give 90% handmade! I'd also like to offer 15% off my shop to any Etsy Atlantic members! Would anyone else like to offer? I was thinking I could start a list on the side bar of member to member offers and those open to trade. Could be a great way to find to get your Christmas shopping completed!

I've also been made admin. Back a few years ago, DangerousMezzo and I were some of the original members who decided to start the blog, and she is taking a break from etsy and artfire. If you have any questions, suggestions or would like to be added to the blog, just let me know.

Hope you are all enjoying this beautiful week!

April

Sunday, November 8, 2009

It's beginning to look a lot like...

Hello! It's nice to see people posting on this again! Some people e-mailed me awhile ago trying to add them to the list so they can post, but I can't do it since I didn't start this blog? Or i just haven't figured it out yet. Can anyone speak up to who's the one who can add people? I think having the new people will be great!

I still have the money. I've been trying to see what people want done with it, so please please PLEASE write me so we can figure it out. Etsy wants the receipts, but i can't send them because I don't have any! So $200 people we can spend on whatever! If i don't hear back soon from anyone I'm going to send it back to etsy. :(. Please e-mail me at: thejumpingcrow@hotmail.com with your suggestions. I live in Dartmouth, so i'm thinking people from the HRM area can get together and do something? Thoughts!

Also... I'm open to trades this holiday season! I'm excited about having a 100% handcrafted Christmas. I have a group on facebook The Jumping Crow, so check out my photos and all that jazz there if you are interested in anything send me an e-mail :)

Looking forward to hearing from some of you! <3

Thursday, November 5, 2009

The Holidays are coming!













Well its been a while. I've been married, changed names and emails and have been unable to log in to post. I resorted today to using my old email to catch up.


The holidays are coming on etsy and I've been busy getting ahead of the rush, stocking up on boxes and bows and pretty packaging for my orders. The rush has already begun!

What are your plans to keep up?

I've been advertising (Check out project wonderful!) and was featured in the Gift Guides twice in this past month which both help draw people in. We've also started printing poster sheets to take to our day jobs, and each year we receive nearly as many orders from the men in the office looking for something great for their wives :) Early this fall I set up my fan page on Facebook which has generated a number of sales (although to my dismay, in my distraction I misspelled my own name... which, sadly, is a permanent mistake haha)

I hit up the Dollar Store and got some Christmas tissue paper, and headed to Michaels for some pretty ribbon. I often get requests to gift wrap items and ship directly to the customer's recipitent. I wanted to be more than prepared this year.
Let us know if you have any great marketing tips and ideas for promoting! I'd love to hear some new ones and what works for you! Hopefully someone can help me set up my new email so I can post from there, let me know if that's something I could help with so we can keep the blog current!
April


PS--as always I'm coveting more than a few Alice in paris prints and I love this one for Christmas! The black kitty looks like our new kitten Felix :)