Friday, March 16, 2012

Handmade Cute

Here's an introduction of Handmade Cute - one of the cutie-iest store of our team!  Don't forget to check out her blog:

-How did you get started on Etsy?

I started my first Etsy shop in 2007 after a friend introduced me to this site. I needed an outlet for my crafty creations and I thought selling online would be something I could do at my leisure while enjoying the process. I took a break in 2009 and in March of 2010, I reopened as Handmade Cute

-What kind of products do you sell?

I focus my work on beadwoven charms, ornaments, earrings and bookmarks. I like "cute" and "colorful" but if I can create a pattern out of the image floating in my head, I will try to bead it. 

-What are your favorites in your store?

My favorites are the animal charms such as those shown in the photos.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

(Please convo me your email address so I can email you this newsletter (at most, once a week).

The big announcement this week is our Team Directory (! Before you buy, please check to see if one of our team member is selling what you’re looking for. Let’s support each other! Also, please check to see your links are working and everything is correct. If not, please let me know. If you haven’t signed up for the directory, do so in this thread:

Now that our directory is up, what else do we want on our website? I’ll post our treasury giveaways there as well. Anyone else have/seen a team website? Let me know if you have ideas.

Our March Treasury Giveaway ( is coming to an end on 3/15. Also our St. Patrick’s Day Treasury Giveaway ( will end on 3/17. Now is the time for us to do some last minute promoting!

Jacque is organizing our Spring Treasury Giveaway. It will run from 3/20 - 4/8 (Easter). For those who participate, please make sure the participating item is not due to expire during the treasury. We have had issues with items disappearing from other treasuries. To join the giveaway, post in this thread:

One last thing... remember to promote our team! We would love to expand our active membership.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Team Newsletter #2

This week we featured Nicole in our team blog: We’re still looking forward to introducing more members! To be featured in our team blog, email me an introduction of you/your shop. Include links to a few items you like in your shop. Pictures are better than words! Here are some ideas to write about:

-How did you get started on Etsy?
-What kind of products do you sell?
-What are your favorites in your store?

We’re in the process of creating a team directory for the team. With the directory, hopefully members would look there first if something needs to be purchased and support each other’s business! Also we can advertise the list to our customers to increase each other’s business. If you want to be in our directory, please provide:

- your shop's name

- your first name (want to be personable, but you can skip it if you want)
- a category that fits your items
- link to your Etsy shop
- link FB fan page (if you have one)

The directory will be posted in our blog and/or a webpage for our team (probably on If you have suggestions on where to host the directory, let me know.

Yesterday, I started a social thread. I intend to start a social thread everyweek for us to just chat. When you’re ready to take a break from all these business related discussions, come over and just talk about anything! Here’s the thread for the rest of the weekend

I posted a special offer in our advertising thread. I’m offering a special rate for the Treasury Giveaway Team members for my custom Youtube video: $15 ($10 off regular price). Just convo/email me and I'll make a custom order w/that price!

Custom video to use on YouTube

Finally, here’s an inspiration w/tips to read about!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Nicole - SayItWithPaper

Here's another member introduction!  Nicole is an active member of our team and she's our "pin-master".  Check out the team board she created for us!

"Hey everyone!  My name is Nicole, I'm 29 and am originally from Sydney, Australia.  I currently live with my Texan husband in South Carolina, but are moving back home in April. SO excited! I'm the owner of the SayItWithPaper Etsy store.

I'd been interested in opening an Etsy store since about late 2006.  I umm and ahhed a bunch about what I would sell, what I thought I was good at, whether it was worth it.  And then for a little while, I think I gave up on the idea.  Christmas 2009, we hadn't had any income for about a year, but I still wanted to send something home to my family as presents. I ended up coming up with some Christmas banners and was shocked by how well received they were. My brother, voiced that he and his family hadn't really been in the Christmas spirit that year, but when my banner arrived a couple weeks before the 25th, his family got excited about it and about decorating the rest of the house. That made me feel wonderful, to know that something I made with my own two hands got such joyful reactions.

It wasn't until early 2011 that I made the connection that I could possibly help other people's
events be just a little bit more joyful as well.

I spent much of 2011 trying to make stock, whilst simultaneously second-guessing myself.
I saw that there were a lot of people selling banners on Etsy and thought that nobody would
care about mine. But then I realized that most of those shops used shape punches and stamps
to make theirs, and me doing everything by hand - as well as my slightly askew point of view -
just might set me apart.

I just started joining teams, and this is definitely my favorite so far. I'm not sure if it's because
we're only a small team right now, or because we have two great leaders, or a combination of
both; but I definitely feel way more supported here. And hope to return that support to my fellow
team members. It may be cheesy, but I want to see us all succeed and be able to continue to
do the things we love."

Here are some of Nicole's banners: