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Jun 28, 2010

The Day of Good News!

My diploma work is finished! It's time for Summer now :)

It looks like my summer is going to be very busy. I'm starting new part time job this week, rearranging my Jewelry boutique next month, going to attend art clay workshops in the end of the month and planning trip to Russia and Netherlands in August!
Why summer is so short? :)

And here are more good news. You can win my classy pearl earrings in E.P.L. Giveaway. You can choose one of these colors: red wine, light gree, metalic silver, navy blue, chocolate brown or light brown.

Also, make sure to visit E.P.L. Summer Cataloque. To browse it CLICK HERE. My pink flower brooch is featured there :)

And here what else: my green sea shell and palm tree earrings were featured on Etsy fron page few days ago :) This lovely treasury was curated by Tanya.

Jun 16, 2010

Have a break

It've been a busy week. I try to finish my diploma work for next week, but there's still a lot of work to do. My life is totally by the watch now. I wake up in the morning, visit Etsy and other online sites and pack things for shipping, make custom orders which had to be done for yesterday, at 2pm I'm in a library for research and writing. Back home about 9pm, dinner, small talks with fiance and I'm deadly tired. So for goodnight I watch this new TV series "The Vampire Diaries". And I really enjoy it :)

Good plot, vampires don't sparkle and most of them are really handsome :) Also "Diaries" have great soundtrack. I discovered this piece in "You're Undead to Me" part. Love it!

Jun 15, 2010


I browsed some old papers last week and look what I've found. Yes, this is me, 20 years ago, the last summer in kindergarten. I started school two months later. And here how I look today. Would you recognize me after so long time if you'd be a friend from my kindergarten? :)

Jun 14, 2010

Monday Moodboard for the 14th of June

Pure summer :) Enjoy!

Jun 13, 2010

How to calculate shipping fees?

Some sellers don't consider shipping price as one of the most important factors in business. But rule is simple - if your shipping price is to small, you pay by your own for shipping. And if this price is too big, it can discourage someone from buying in your shop!

How to calculate good shipping price?

First of all, calculate all shipping expenses:
~ cardboard box/envelope
~ bubble pack
~ post stamps
~ public transport tickets/fuel you use to get to the post
~ the time you spend on packing/in the post

Yes, many factors to consider. But you can cut down some costs. Here's what you can do:
~ buy boxes and envelopes in a wholesale. If you don't need all of them, you can buy bigger amount with other Etsy seller from your city. Just ask in your local groups and I think you'll find someone interested in joining your order!
~ look for bubble pack in a supermarket with building equipment, it's much cheaper than in regular stationer's;
~ if you live far away from any post office, ship items 2-3 times in a week. But don't forget to write about it in your shop policies (e.g. "I ship items on Mondays and Thursdays") and inform your buyer, when you plan to ship his purchase. Some of them are ready to pay more for quick delivery, so stay in touch with your costumers!

Also, don't forget to write in your shop policies, what kind of shipping you offer for regular price: priority mail, registered, etc.? Be ready to offer other ways of shipping for extra charge (some of sellers set up separate listings for tracked shipping or others, e.g. ingermaaike). This way your buyer have a wide selection of shipping ways and prices.

Last but not least - don't forget about shipping price "with another item". Calculate weight and size of your item, but remember - you ship this item with another, so this additional fee has to be smaller than main one! This encurages your buyer to buy more items per once.

Some items from my jewelry boutique I ship for free. Also I offer free shipping for orders $50 and more in my supply shop.

Have you any other ideas how to calculate shipping prices or how to cut down some costs?

Jun 12, 2010

Etsy Promo Love

This is something you should try if you have shop on Etsy! Etsy Promo Love is a new way to promote your favorite etsy sellers and your own work. Rules are very simple and what is important - no compulsory participation, you add and share link whenever you want to!

How to join us?

1. Go to Facebook Etsy Promo Love group and click "like" or "join". Invite all your friends who might be interested in participation.

2. Post an item of yours on our wall and pick up one of the item that already are shown there and spread it to your friends by sharing it (just put the share button). In this way you make "popular" an Etsian friend, while in the meantime
someone else making "popular" you!

3. Post
your latest treasury on our wall and comment on the latest two treasuries that are showing there. In this way you give the chance to your shop to be discovered from other Etsians fellows!!!

4. Every Friday post
your week favorite item from Etsy and we will post an item from your shop in our wall too.

You can participate as many times as you want and you decide, which items to share and when.

So, keep supporting handmade items and be discovered by others!

Jun 11, 2010

Rosemary as a featured seller on a POLetsy blog!

POLetsy blog started their "featured seller" series. I was interviewed by Jonathan and had a great time with answering his questions :) Plese come and see article HERE

Jun 7, 2010

And the winner is...

Thank you so much for entering my first giveaway :) I'm sorry you had to wait so long for results, so I decided to pick 2 winners!

Here we go! At first I wrote down all your names, cut them out and put all of them into a sachet. And then I fished two names out!

And winners are...

Congratulations! I will write you emails soon. All you have to do now is to decide, which prize would you like to have, earrings or supplies :)

Jun 2, 2010

Handmade by Aldona

My guest today is Aldona. She runs Etsy shop with handknitted and felted designs.

Aldona, your shops are full of items made in different techniques (felted, knitted etc.) - which technique you like the best and why?
I can't say which technique I love the best, because it depends on my mood. Sometimes I can't stop felting and I do it day by day, sometimes I knit like a crazy. Very often I can't stop spinning even if it's late night already.
I love all handworks what I do: sewing, felting, knitting, spinning. I put all my love and good energy in my works. I believe that every thing you do, could bring good energy for person who will wear it. It is my credo - do all things only with love and this will return to you in some way.

Have you any "must do" plans for this year?
I have plenty of "must to do" plans :) First, I want to do many things and many changes in my summer house and garden. Also I need to finish some big projects for weddings - dresses for bride and bridesmaids. And of course I wish to do a lot of things in my Etsy shop. I really need a 48hour day!

What book have you read recently?
I love reading, but sometimes I have no time for this. Usually I try to read few pages before sleep. My favorite book which I had read a couple years ago is "Sinuhe the Egypt" wrote by Mika Waltari and now I'm reading his another book - "The Roman".

Aldona, what is the best about Lithuania, country where you come from?
I love everything in my country - wonderful nature, beautiful lakes and forests, fresh air. Sometimes I miss sun, but anyway, it is the best place for me. I grew up here, my family and all my friends are here. I love my garden and small wooden summer house near the Vilnius... Could I wish more in my life? :)

Thank you so much for your time! I wish you good luck!

I met Aldona in Vilnius few months ago and we decided to swap gifts :) I made two pairs of earrings, and she felted for me wonderful flower brooch. This is me and Aldona's brooch :)

Jun 1, 2010

Etsy frontpage by Tonya

Sorry for disappearing, but I've been quite busy lately. Thank you for entering my giveaway, I will announce the winner in few days!

But here're good news: my necklace was featured on Etsy frontpage on Sunday :) Click on a photo to see more featured items. And big "thank you" for Tonya!