Sunday, November 21, 2010

Christmas Contest - A Bit Of Red



Here are the earrings for the new Christmas contest. I haven't got a name for them but they are very elegant and sparkly. Perfect for the holidays. They have red glass beads, amber picasso Czech glass beads, and real silver plated bead caps. The ear wires are also real silver plated. They measure 1 1/2 inches in length. Retail value, $13.99 USD.

As usual, the contest is open worldwide and I will accept only 1 entry per person.

To enter your name for a chance to win just send an email to joanniel.contest@gmail.com - Please include your first name, city/country, and contact email.

I have set up my account so that it sends an automated message, so you know your entry has been received. If this is your first time entering in one of my contests, please let me know if you would like to be added to the mailing list. This way you can stay up to date on sales, contests, and more. You do not need to request to be added every time you enter in my contests. If you have asked to be informed of future contests and/or sales previously, you can be certain that you are already on the mailing list.

Contest ends January 5th, 2011 at midnight Eastern Standard Time. The winner will be chosen at random and contacted via email. Good luck!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Fall Jewellery Contest Winner



The winner of my funky handmade necklace is Jennifer from New Providence, PA. Congratulations! Your necklace is on its way.

I'll announce a new contest in the coming days so stay tuned for that. Thanks to all of you who participated in my Fall contest.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Color your Face


Orglamix Mineral Makeup.
*Colors in photo above are Champagne Toast and Chocolate Chip on eyes and Goji on lips, topped with gloss.



I recently discovered mineral makeup and fell in love with it. It's wonderful for the skin, feels great to wear, and if you forget to take it off before bed you don't get loads of pimples. It's divine!

Orglamix is my favorite mineral makeup line. I'm slowly growing quite a collection and loving it. Orglamix has a huge selection of eye colors, a foundation for every skin tone, makeup brushes, facial glows and bronzers, blush, and more. Though I have only tried the eye shadow and facial glow, I would definitely buy everything else in this line. It is in my opinion better than high end makeup and much more reasonably priced. Every one can afford Orglamix. There's no reason not to buy it!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Fall Jewellery Contest


THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED.

Here is my new original piece for the Fall contest. It is a silver tone, one of a kind, asymmetrical necklace. It has some white, purple, green, and even black. This is a pretty long necklace at 29 inches. It's really kind of funky.

As usual I will only accept one entry per participant and worldwide submissions are accepted.

To enter your name for a chance to win just send an email to joanniel.contest@gmail.com - Please include your first name, city/country, and contact email.

I have set up my account so that it sends an automated message, so you know your entry has been received. If this is your first time entering in one of my contests, please let me know if you would like to be added to the mailing list. This way you can stay up to date on sales, contests, and more. You do not need to request to be added every time you enter in my contests. If you have asked to be informed of future contests and/or sales previously, you can be certain that you are already on the mailing list.

Contest ends November 15, 2010. Good luck!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Now I Can't Wait To Be An 'Older Woman'

Beautiful words about the women we will all become someday by Frank Kaiser.

One of the perks of dufferdom is an increased capacity to appreciate people. Friends. Spouses. And, for me, women. All women. When I was 20, I had eyes only for girls my age. Any woman over 30 was ancient, over 40 invisible. Today, at 70, I still appreciate the 20-year-old for her youthful looks, vigor, and (occasional) sweet innocence. But I equally enjoy women of my own age and beyond, and every age in between. I've learned that each has its own special wonders, attractions, magic and beauty.

As I grow in age, I value mature ladies most of all. Here are just a few of the reasons senior men sing the praises of older women: An older woman knows how to smile with such brightness and truth, old men stagger. An older woman will never ask out of the blue, "What are you thinking?" An older woman doesn't care what you think. An older woman's been around long enough to know who she is, what she wants, and from whom. By the age of 50, few women are wishy-washy. About anything. Thank God! And yes, once you get past a wrinkle or two, an older woman is far sexier than her younger counterpart! Her libido's stronger. Her fear of pregnancy's gone. Her appreciation of experienced lovemaking is honed and reciprocal.

Older women are forthright and honest. They'll tell you right off that you are a jerk if you're acting like one. A young woman will say nothing, fearing that you might think worse of her. An older woman doesn't give a damn. An older, single woman usually has had her fill of "meaningful relationships" and "long-term commitments." Can't relate? Can't commit? She could care less. The last thing she needs in her life is another whiny, dependent lover! Older women are sublime. They seldom contemplate having a shouting match with you at the opera or in the middle of an expensive dinner. Of course, if you deserve it, they won't hesitate to shoot you if they think they can get away with it.

Most older women cook well. They care about cleanliness. They're generous with praise, often undeserved. An older woman has the self-assurance to introduce you to her women friends.

Women get psychic as they age. You never have to confess your sins to an older woman. Like your mother, they always know. Yes, we geezers praise older women for a multitude of reasons. These are but a few. Unfortunately, it's not reciprocal. For every stunning, smart, well-coiffed babe of 75 there's a bald, paunchy relic with his yellow pants belted at his armpits making a fool of himself with some 22-year-old waitress. Ladies, I apologize for my fellow geezers. That men are genetically inferior is no secret. Count your blessings that we die off at a far younger age, leaving you the best part of your lives to enjoy and appreciate the exquisite woman you've become. Without the distraction of some demanding old fart clinging and whining his way into your serenity.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Coral Earrings Contest Winner


The winner of the Coral earrings contest is Jennifer Barr from New Providence, PA. Congratulations Jennifer! Thanks for participating.

My next contest will be announced shortly so keep an eye out for it.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Back To Work



Well, my summer was a good one. Slightly hotter than I had expected, but a good one none the less. I had 3 to 4 months away from jewellery, crafting, and any kind of business oriented paper work. Now I'm recharged and ready to go.

I've enjoyed updating the "face" of joanniel creations and am happy to have a fresh look for my website, joanniel.com. I've updated my blog background and I'm gearing up for a new collection to add to my online store.

I think this could become a habit for me. Taking the summer off from my art to enjoy myself with family is right up my alley. I used to think back on the days of being in school and having the whole summer off. I have missed that greatly and from now on I'll be making it a must to take part of the summer off, if not the whole summer entirely.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Coral Earrings Contest



I've decided to offer a pair of my best selling Coral earrings for my latest contest. They are very elegant and I've sold so many of them that I thought they would be perfect for the new contest. They are made with oxidized brass connectors and coral Czech glass beads. They have surgical steel ear wires and measure 2 inches in length.

As usual, only one entry per person please. This contest is open to worldwide participants.

If you would like to purchase a pair of these earrings you can always visit my shop, joanniel.etsy.com

To enter your name for a chance to win just send an email to joanniel.contest@gmail.com - Please include your first name, city/country, and contact email.

I have set up my account so that it sends an automated message, so you know your entry has been received. If this is your first time entering in one of my contests, please let me know if you would like to be added to the mailing list. This way you can stay up to date on sales, contests, and more. You do not need to request to be added every time you enter in my contests. If you have asked to be informed of future contests and/or sales previously, you can be certain that you are already on the mailing list.

Contest ends on September 15th, 2010. The winner will be chosen at random. The winner will be notified via email. I will post the contest winner here on my blog within a few days. Good luck!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Summer Contest Winner



The winner of my summer giveaway is Doreen Riopel from Timmins, Ontario. Congrats Doreen!

Thanks to everyone who has participated in the summer contest. I will be announcing my new contest within a day or so.

I hope everyone had a great Canada Day!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Summer Jewellery Contest


Here are the new earrings for the Summer contest. I have titled them 'Sparkle' because of how shiny and sparkly they are. Believe me when I tell you these earrings are stunning in person.

As usual, the contest is open to everyone. Only one entry per person please.

These earrings are made with top quality faceted glass beads in light green, opal, and smokey gray. They are adorned with real silver plated ear hooks. They measure 2 1/4 inches in length. The glass beads measure 6mm x 8mm and 8mm x 10mm.

To enter your name for a chance to win just send an email to joanniel.contest@gmail.com - Please include your first name, city, and contact email. If you are from outside Canada and the United States please mention your Country. I always find it so fascinating to see people from around the world participating in my contests.

I have set up my account so that it sends an automated message, so you know your entry has been received. If this is your first time entering in one of my contests, please let me know if you would like to be added to the mailing list. This way you can stay up to date on sales, contests, and more. You do not need to request to be added every time you enter in my contests. If you have asked to be informed of future contests and/or sales previously, you can be certain that you are already on the mailing list.

Contest ends on June 30th, 2010. The winner will be chosen at random. The winner will be notified via email on July 1st, 2010. Good luck!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Easter Jewellery Contest Winner


The winner of the Easter contest is Michelle from Ottawa. Congratulations!

A huge thanks to everyone who participated. I will be announcing my new contest within the next day or two, so stay tuned for my next giveaway!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Meet my beautiful daughter


I became a Sponsor through World Vision to this precious child in October of 2009. Her name is Nzuzi and she is from the Africa. I prefer not to say any more for her own safety.

When I saw her face I just melted. I couldn't really afford to sponsor a child at the time, or so I thought. In reality, I couldn't afford not to. I know I am making a difference to a little girl, her family, and an entire village. There are no words to describe the pride that I feel when I think about the hope and possibilities that I am giving her. She has a very large family and her parents do everything they can to take care of them. Little Nzuzi is not in school even though she is 7 years old. Hopefully, that will change in the near future.

I strongly believe that my son will be a better person just by having the knowledge that some children really do have nothing. Hopefully, he will think of Nzuzi and her family as he grows up and appreciate everything that his father and I work hard to give him.

Nzuzi writes me letters with the help of a neighbor and sends me adorable drawings. She is an adorable little girl who says she loves to eat chicken and rice. She also loves dolls, but what little girl doesn't?

Sponsoring a child is a wonderful gift. In fact, her birthday is the day after mine, which is also part of the reason I was drawn to her. When I think of her I think about my son. What if my son was born into her life? She is as much my child as my own son. She was brought into my life for a reason, and I will help her for as long as I possibly can. Why? Because I cannot turn my back on who she could become.

Sponsor a child if you can.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Mother's Day Gift Ideas



Mother's Day is fast approaching and I've put together a great collection of handmade creations most moms would be thrilled to receive.

My first pick is this gorgeous 'I Love You to the Moon and Back' charm bracelet with a hand stamped sterling silver disc from Frostings. This bracelet also features an elegant crescent moon and freshwater pearl. Simply beautiful! Any mom would look stunning with this on her wrist.

I must admit that I love the idea of having my son's name stamped on a piece of jewellery that I can carry with me wherever I go. I think this would be the perfect Mother's Day gift for moms everywhere.




My second pick is a pair of apple green jade earrings by the talented creator at Splurge. These square jade stones are so delicious. I could absolutely see myself wearing these all year long. I love silver and the shape of these earrings just adds such class and elegance that it would compliment any outfit. Dress it up or dress it down, either way they will definitely get you noticed.




This next pick is a beautiful flower that will last forever. Botanical Theatre is a wonderful shop that is filled with a variety of truly unique treasures. One of these treasures is this hand painted red flower that was painted with artists quality Winsor & Newton ink on Khadi paper. This one is a piece of art that will be admired by any mom who receives it.




Last but not least, choose between various hand embroidered lavender sachets from bstudio. You will be proud to give one of these away. They can be hung up anywhere or placed into a drawer, but I would definitely not want to hide one of these gorgeous creations away. If I had one it would be hanging in plain sight so that everyone could admire it's beauty.

This particular sachet features bstudio's signature silk ribbon butterfly.

bstudio has a new book/kit on how to embroider your very own silk ribbon creations. You can visit bstudio's blog and read all about it.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Tuesday Finds


In honor of the Oh Canada Team on Etsy I have put together a little featurette of beautiful treasures. Firstly, I just had to start with this stunnig photograph by the very talented Ellen at The Eye on Etsy. This is truly nature at its best. She really does have an 'eye' for taking breathtaking photos.





Go green in this very unique and stylish upcycled brimmed beanie by Chriss at The Art of Zen...Crochet. Chriss describes her work as "Earth and People friendly fiber art". I couldn't have put it better myself. You're going to love her shop. You'll find carefully crafted crochet items that are Earth conscious. What more can you ask for?





Get your handmade paper here! This handmade greeting card is made from willow fibres and recycled paper with pressed flowers and ferns. Such a beautiful arrangement created by Liz-Anna's Lakeside Studio. She even makes paper from Moose poo. Bet that got your attention! Don't worry. The moose poo is thoroughly processed to remove impurities, leaving only the cellulose fibres of the plants behind. Visit her shop and check out her beautiful paper. You'll be glad you did.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Easter Jewellery Contest


It's that time again! The new contest is now open, and anyone can participate. Only one entry per person please.

It seemed fitting to select a bead that was somewhat shaped like an egg. These earrings are obviously representative of Easter. For this reason I have named them 'Rebirth'.

Many people celebrate Easter and this day is celebrated in different ways depending on who you are. Whether you will be alone or with family for this celebration, you will surely come in contact with an egg in some form or another. Mine will be filled with chocolate. Lots of yummy chocolate!

These earrings are made with acrylic vintage, light topaz swirls, silver tone flower bead caps, and one seed bead on each earring. They are adorned with real silver plated ear hooks. They measure 1 1/2 inches in length. The vintage swirls are 20mm x 14mm. They were made before the 1980's and are no longer being manufactured. For that reason they are collectibles.

To enter your name for a chance to win just send an email to joanniel.contest@gmail.com - Please include your first name, city, and contact email. I have set up my account so that it sends an automated message, so you know your entry has been received. If this is your first time entering in one of my contests, please let me know if you would like to be added to the mailing list. This way you can stay up to date on sales, contests, and more. You do not need to request to be added every time you enter in my contests. If you have asked to be informed of future contests and/or sales previously, you can be certain that you are already on the mailing list.

Contest ends on May 15, 2010. The winner will be chosen at random. The winner will be notified via email on May 16, 2010. Good luck!

Monday, March 29, 2010

March Jewellery Contest Winner


Drum roll please! And the winner of the March contest is...Eva from Israel! Congratulations to Eva on winning my lovely pair of gemstone and Swarovski crystal earrings!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the March contest. The April contest will be posted here on my blog in the coming days.

Have a great week everyone. Thanks for supporting handmade art.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Confessions of a Paper Addict


Although I have more than 400 business cards left from my Vistaprint order, I've decided to make myself a coordinated set. I couldn't resist. I love paper and I wanted a new look that would be unique to me. I've made myself some pillow boxes, earring cards of various sizes, and business cards to match. I'm very happy with the result, and I'm also quite pleased that it all matches my etsy shop banner. But don't worry, I will use up the rest of my 400+ business cards so they don't go to waste.

Here is a link to the pillow box template I used if you would like to make your own.

As stated in the title, I am a paper addict. lol. I buy craft paper sheets all the time. In fact, I often find reasons to go the the craft store just to look at all the paper designs they have. It makes me happy. I even scan them so I don't have to use the originals. Plus, this way I can change the colors if I want. I always have lots of fun creating paper crafts such as cards and other creations.



Here is a small card I made two weeks ago. The background image is paper that has been scanned and printed on a regular sheet of paper. I also used off-white fibrous paper, color card stock, and lace paper sticker ribbon. The green pattern paper under the lace ribbon is also paper that I scanned and then printed a section of. I finished this card by adding a paper flower. I must say that I had a great time making this card and I am looking forward to making more. As soon as I have some spare time.

Have fun and don't be afraid to get creative when making paper crafts of your own!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Child Crafter Extraordinaire!



I came upon a little shop on etsy a few weeks ago. Annabelle's Art. It is full of wonderful items. So carefully crafted and with such great color combinations. These creations are put together by a very unique little girl who clearly has a gift for art. The incredible part is that she, Annabelle is only 10 years old. To be able to create such lovely items at this tender age is remarkable.

In the photo above is a set of beautiful stitch markers made by Annabelle. You can buy these and many other sets of stitch markers at Annabelleart.etsy.com.

At Annabelle's shop you will also find handmade cards. I have purchased two of these cards and I can say for sure that they are just beautiful, so don't be shy and check out this great shop today! You won't be disappointed.

You might want to hurry. Items are going pretty fast. She has developed quite a customer base, and in a very short time. She has had many sales since I discovered her creations a few weeks back. So you don't want to miss out on a great gift for that special someone! And you might even find a little something for yourself, too.

It seems Annabelle also likes to make jewellery. As a jewellery maker myself I can see that I'm going to be having some great competition here.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Jewellery Contest for March


(Contest is now closed. Thank you.)

Here are the new earrings for the March contest. The contest is open to everyone. Only one entry per person, please.

I am giving away a beautiful pair of yellow stone and crystal earrings. These real silver plated earrings have round swarovski crystals, fancy twisted rings, and genuine rare heliodor gemstone briolettes. The gemstones are wire wrapped in real sterling silver. These earrings measure 2 inches in length.

To enter your name for a chance to win just send an email to joanniel.contest@gmail.com - I have set up my account so that it sends an automated message, so you know your entry has been received. If this is your first time entering in one of my contests, please let me know if you would like to be added to the mailing list. This way you can stay up to date on sales, contests, and more. You do not need to request to be added every time you enter in my contests. If you have asked to be informed of future contests and/or sales previously, you can be certain that you are already on the mailing list.

Contest ends on March 28, 2010. The winner will be chosen by picking a name out of a hat. Okay, not an actual hat, but you get the idea. The winner will be notified via email on March 29, 2010. Good luck!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Jewellery Contest: Results Are In!


The drawing for my turquoise and brass earrings contest took place today. The winner is...Rebecca from Kentucky. Congratulations to Rebecca for winning these lovely earrings.

I am going to be having another giveaway for the month of March. I will be posting it in the next few days so keep an eye out.

Thanks to everyone who took the time to participate in my contest. I invite all of you to participate in my next giveaway. In the meantime, you are welcome to visit my shop to see more of my creations, joanniel.etsy.com

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Showcase or No Showcase?


This is one of the items that sold as a result of my showcase. I am very happy to have sold these beauties and I already have another showcase lined up.

I'm sure most of you etsyans at some point have wondered about the value of buying a showcase. Here's some information that may help you make an informed decision about it.

In my experience sales as a result of showcases are hit or miss. I have never purchased a main showcase. Why? Well, I've never been able to get one. It's always sold out. That in itself is pretty annoying. In all honesty, before I ever bought a showcase I never even noticed the main showcase bar at the top of the etsy site. I assume most people don't know it's there either. For that reason, I wouldn't bother buying one.

My first showcase was for a pendant. I was new to etsy and lucked out on a slot. The fact that they were always sold out was alluring and I just had to try it. Unfortunately, it was in a subcategory of the jewellery section. The pendant subcategry to be exact. At the time I was so excited. I didn't realize I was throwing my money away. I got less than a hundred hearts and one inquiry about my pendant. I replied and never heard from the lady again. A total waste of my time. I wouldn't recommend it now that I know more about showcases. The main category showcases are where the traffic is.

This week I had two showcases that resulted in some hearts and six sales. Out of the five showcases I have purchased since I started selling jewellery, this is the first time I have had sales out of it. This is what I mean by hit or miss. It's a good way to get some attention to your shop, but it doesn't necessarily equal sales.

How do you get a showcase? Except for the main showcase, the etsy storque showcase, and two others all other showcase slots open at 12:00 am eastern time. And I mean 12:00 am on the dot. By 12:05 am there are usually none left.

If you buy a showcase on a thursday then your showcase will be for a thursday. Check the date and keep note of it. If you click on showcase at the bottom left of the 'your etsy' page you will see the showcase you have purchased. You can line up your showcase items there. Just copy the listing number of the items you select from your shop and paste it into the bar and click 'add'.

You can feature as many items in a showcase as you want. That means that if you buy one showcase but want to promote four different items, all you have to do is rotate items every six hours. You go into your showcase. When you want to change the item that is being featured you pick the new item and click on 'move to the top'. After a few minutes your new item will be in the showcase.

I would definitely recommend buying a showcase at least once or twice to see for yourself. My advice is if you do get one, make sure your pictures look fantastic. If not, work on your photos before you invest $7 in a showcase.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Handmade Features: A Star of Handmade Soap

There's nothing I love more than the fresh scent of handmade soap. In fact, I love pretty much everything about it. Nothing screams luxury like treating yourself to a five dollar bar of soap. When I buy handmade soap all I want to do is find an excuse to take a shower, and I love cutting little slices off the bar to put in the kitchen to wash my hands with.

In honor of my love of handmade soap I have decided to feature an etsy seller, who happens to make her own exquisite handcrafted soap from scratch. My first ever featured seller is Soap Star. A talented Canadian soap maker with a unique approach. She is located in Cobourg, Ontario. Pictured here is her Mint Choc Queen Vic bar that looks good enough to eat. Here's a little bit about Vicky at Soap Star.

How long have you been making your own handmade soap, and how did you become interested in soap making?

I guess I first became interested a few years ago after watching a reality TV show in England (of all things!). It involved a team challenge where they had to create soap products along with all the packaging, marketing etc.

I've always loved natural bath & beauty products, harnessing all the lovely good stuff from the wonderful world around us without the use of harsh chemicals - so imagine my delight to discover I could do it myself!

I chose the 'cold process' method because it really is from scratch, and I find the chemistry bit fascinating & exciting (my mum & 2 of my sisters were scientists, so some of it must have rubbed off...)

I've only quite recently taken the plunge in making handmade soap for others, after receiving SO many compliments & requests from friends & family for my creations.

How did you select your name and slogan?

Brainstorming with the family, I wanted something simple that said it all - the soaps are the stars.

I live in the beautiful beach town of Cobourg, on the breathtaking shores of lake Ontario - it's known as Ontario's 'feel good' town. 'act natural * feel good' captures that spirit, along with highlighting the natural ingredients element.

What is your favorite part of the soap making process?

oh, that's a tricky question...but I think I'd have to say the 'moment of truth' - when I remove a new creation from the mold (by mold, I mean a recycled juice carton!) and take that first slice. Hopefully a beautiful interior is revealed, though there's no guarantee!

Oh, and blending the essential oils is also a fabulous perk of the process, all those evocative aromas - heaven...

What would you like people to know about your products?

That they're all made with alot of love, thought& dedication. Each product is inspired by a wonderful neighbourhood that has made me feel good, my hope is that they will pass on a little bit of that happiness to someone else.

I'm committed to using the best natural ingredients I can, and where possible I use organic, and/or locally produced. I source everything including packaging with a conscience. Reduce, reuse & recycle!

What have you learned that you wish you had known at the beginning?

Patience! A really good soap is a bit like a fine wine...it can take a long time (over 4 weeks) to cure, so I've learnt to 'let it be' until it's truly ready.

I've also learnt that the cost of shipping within Canada is kinda hindering a huge wealth of creative talent that should be flourishing as small / hobby businesses. I urge fellow artisans to be positive, inventive and never give up.

What are your favorite materials to work with?

Ahhh, cocoa butter (smells like white chocolate!), olive oil (my father was of Italian descent)
and all those mouthwatering citrus essential oils!

What would you tell someone who is interested in making handmade soap?

Go for it - it's addictive & very satisfying, not forgetting your skin will thankyou...
Read & research all you can first tho, (soapmakers are a very helpful, friendly bunch) there's alot to consider and the right safety equipment is a MUST - 'the science bit' (chemical reactions using caustic soda) can be hazardous. But hey, if you prepare properly there's no reason to be scared - you'll be SO glad you gave it a go!

Some more sellers of handmade soap that are worth taking a look at. Maple Creek Soap, Bovine Bubbles, and SV. Soaps

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Jewellery Contest for February




Here they are! My lovely turquoise earrings, which feature gemstones wrapped in oxidized brass wire, fancy brass rings, and surgical steel ear wires. These earrings measure 1 3/4 inches in length(about 4 cm). The actual gemstones measure 2 cm x 1 cm.

The contest opens right now and closes on March 5, 2010. Don't be shy, tell your friends because this contest is open to everyone.

Here's how to participate. Send your first name and email address to joannielcreations@gmail.com with' contest' in the subject. Please include whether you would like to be notified of future contests, sales, and other events. Your email address will not be sold or shared, and you will not receive any emails from me unless you have indicated as such.

Good luck everyone!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Selling on Etsy

I thought it would be very difficult to get sales on etsy when I started listing jewellery 2 and a half months ago. It turns out that etsy is actually very beginner friendly. As someone who doesn't have an existent customer base, I thought it would be difficult to get people to buy from a new seller. What I didn't realize is that etsy has an existent customer base. As soon as you start selling on etsy you are being seen by tons of potential buyers, and that is wonderful. I have 27 sales so far and that's way more than I thought I'd have by now.

I have recently joined the Oh Canada Team on etsy and have been overwhelmed with how friendly and helpful everyone is towards one another. I am proud to be among such wonderful talented artists. Just search for ohcanadateam on etsy and you will discover lots of beautiful creations from our top notch team members.

If you are considering selling your handmade art online, etsy is the place for you. Shoppers on etsy aren't afraid to spend money because they want to buy top quality handmade creations and that's good news for anyone who sells on etsy. And etsyans take there shops very seriously and work very hard to make sure their customers are happy with their purchase. I ordered beads from Hong Kong a while ago from an etsy supplier. When that order never came, the seller reshipped my $40 order at no cost to me. Now that's great customer service.

I am no longer intimidated by the huge number of sellers on etsy. Everyone sells different items that are targeted at different people. I sell jewellery and there are tons of jewellery shops on etsy. I used to think I had to compete with them all, but the fact is that each jewellery shop has vastly different items for sale and so my target audience is not necessarily the same as theirs.

If I could give someone who wants to sell on etsy any advice it would be to stay yourself and stand out from the crowd. It's great to take advice from others and try to mirror certain aspects of other sellers to improve your visibility and sales. Just don't lose your identity along the way. There's a reason you started doing what you're doing. There's something about you that makes you unique. Remember that. Keep that passion and that joy for your art and work hard. For every person that has something to offer, there's someone out there who wants it.

I have decided to shamelessly plug my shop by posting two photos of items I currently have for sale. Should you happen to click on them you may be redirected to my etsy shop. I cannot be held responsible for what happens next. lol.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Handmade Jewellery on the Rise

There's nothing more enjoyable to me than making handmade jewellery. The beaded jewellery industry is hugely popular right now and I'm not all that surprised. There are some really talented jewellery makers out there that can make wonders with beads of any kind.

Just a few years ago I could only find beaded jewellery in fairs and flea markets, and there were no stores in my area that sold beading supplies. Now there's beaded jewellery at major jewellery stores and malls around the country, and bead shops are popping up everywhere. It's fabulous! The beaded jewellery industry ranges from funky, artisan items to high end jewellery. And as a jewellery designer myself, I can now find suppliers who carry huge varieties of materials. This makes it easier for me to create the designs I think up without limitations.

I recently discovered etsy.com and it is my new favorite thing. I love that everything you find there is carefully hand crafted by artistic people who enjoy working with their hands. It feels great to buy something and support an individual artist instead of a huge store or chain. I have my own etsy shop, joanniel.etsy.com and I love being able to sell my jewellery to a community of people who appreciate handmade art.

I am currently in the process of ordering more supplies and will be adding lots of different handmade items to my etsy shop in the coming weeks and months. I had business cards and labels made and I'm very excited about my new shop. If you're on the lookout for some unique and original jewellery, I invite you to come visit my etsy shop at joanniel.etsy.com

If you have yet to discover etsy.com I'm telling you it's really worth the visit. There are handmade items you never would have thought to look for. It's really quite unique and a very friendly community of people. So check it out. You'll be glad you did.