Pendants with Rainbow Fused Glass

Blogged under Jewelry Designing, etsy by Tammy on Thursday 18 February 2016 at 7:43 am

I made these fused glass pendants using three layers of glass, clear, rainbow, and clear. Then I drilled holes and added wire bales to a few of them. You could also glue on metal bales or create one using seed beads. They have a wonderful glow about them and would look great with your choice of beads or simply added to a silver chain.

They are part of the slashed de-stash and charity fund raiser going on in my Etsy shop right now.

Lampwork Earrings De-Stash

Blogged under etsy by Tammy on Wednesday 17 February 2016 at 12:29 pm

Are they too cute or what? The very talented DD Hess made the cute lampwork beads, and I just whipped them into a pair of earrings with some fiber and ear hooks. They are one of a number of finished hand-crafted jewelry pieces that are part of my crafting de-stash on my Etsy shop. I will donate 100% of the sales of these earrings (excluding shipping) to A Place to Bark.

Bead & Jewelry De-Stash Alert!

Blogged under Crafty Products, etsy by Tammy on Sunday 14 February 2016 at 1:38 pm

My jewelry and beading mojo has increased recently, and this has brought me to decide to revamp my Etsy shop yet again. First, however, I’m going to run a de-stashing through the rest of the month of February (2016) with 50% of sales (excluding shipping) going to a favorite charity of mine, A Place to Bark Dog Rescue, located in Portland, TN.

I reactivated a lot of old listing I had and slashed prices, and I’m going to dig through some of my stash to see what else I can add to the mix. However, the shop is open and full right now. Beaders and jewelry designers will find various jewelry making supplies on sale, and I also have a few finished jewelry pieces in there as well.

Once the shop is cleared out, look for my new shop that will have a shiny, new banner and all new jewelry and a few supplies as well.


Book Review: How to Start a Home-Based Etsy Business

Blogged under Crafting a Career, Good Books, etsy by Tammy on Tuesday 7 January 2014 at 11:52 am

As you may or may not know, I have dabble over at Etsy.com for awhile. I pretty much have lately just tried to sell my pdf jewelry making tutorials, but in the past, I have sold finished jewelry, kits, and supplies. I have found, like most business endeavors, that the more time you put in the more money you can earn. But, “time” is not something I usually have an abundance of, so I tend to spend time on it when I have some and then pull back to just a dabbler when it just doesn’t work for me.

Since I joined Etsy has a seller, lots of changes have happened. They usually tend to be controversial in the crafting world, and so people are not very happy about it. Whatever you say, though, about Etsy, love it or hate it, you have to admit that it is still one of the market leaders when it comes to selling hand-made items, supplies, and vintage products.

In a new book written by Gina Luker, she tackles the what, how, when, and why of becoming an Etsy shop owner, hopefully a successful one too: How to Start a Home-based Etsy Business (Home-Based Business Series) . Unfortunately, as I write this review right now, her shop is closed while she is on vacation, so I was not able to see it. However, her sales are impressive, 4,950.

I received an e-copy of the book, and felt is was very thorough, full of nuts and bolts information. This would especially appeal to anyone who is not very familiar about how the site works. In fact, before I opened my own shop, I have to admit that it took me a long time to get a feel for how it all worked, so this can be a real time saver since she sets it all out for her readers. Generally, I found her approach very helpful, again especially for anyone very new to Etsy or selling on line. One little thing I would have liked to see added were photographs. For example, in the section on “Perfecting Your Photography,” it would have been nice to see examples of good and bad photographs.

If you have been thinking of opening an Etsy shop but had problems understanding where to begin, then this book could get you started in the right direction.

Wholesale Earring Kits Bundle

Blogged under Jewelry Designing, etsy by Tammy on Friday 3 May 2013 at 11:38 am

ONE!

TWO!


Sparkling Star Wire Earrings Jewelry Kit

THREE!

You can now purchase three of my Crafty Princess Earring kits at the wholesale price. I have bundled them together to create this wholesale earring kit package. The three kits include all the materials required to make three different pair of earrings, three full-color PDF file tutorials, and three gift boxes. All of this including shipping for only $30!

These same earring kits have sold retail at a major web-based jewelry supplier for $15 each, and that does not include shipping.

Head over to my Etsy shop now, and take advantage of this limited time wholesale earring kit collection offer!

Christmas Is Here, Time to Freak Out!

Blogged under Crafty Products, etsy by Tammy on Tuesday 29 November 2011 at 6:11 pm

I made a short road trip and visited with some of my family over the Thanksgiving holiday. Of course, Christmas plans had to come up, and as we started discussing who was going where and what and when, I realized that my plans for making all my holiday gifts may have been a tad lofty. A few problems have come up that I had not anticipated.

First, school is ending a lot later this semester for whatever reason. Normally, I would put in grades and be gone for vacation between the 8th and 10th of December. Now grades are due the 12th, and I’ll be hanging around going to meetings (oh, joy) until the 15th.

Then top that with the fact that some of my family is going to leave a few days after this to visit with other family and thus require an early Christmas with them before they go, and I’m shall we say….screwed!

I had the idea that I would have a few weeks before Christmas to crank on the gift making, but I may have two days if I’m lucky. I have to say that I have done some gift making, but I’m not in a comfort zone as yet, so in comes plan B: Etsy.com. If I don’t have time to make the gift, at least I can find some hand-made goodies made by someone who does have the time.

I ended up doing com cyber shopping this past weekend, and now I feel way less pressure. If I make a few gifts to go with my Etsy purchase, great. If I don’t have the time, no biggie. The presents I did get will be great all on their own, and oh, how I would love to show off what I got! But, my lips and blog have to stay zipped for awhile because some certain people on my gift list might read about themselves, and that would ruin the surprise.

Hello Etsy in September

Blogged under etsy by Tammy on Monday 1 August 2011 at 7:00 am

Admittedly, I have not done much with my Crafty Princess Etsy Shop in some time. With summer school here and fall semester looming and everything else I’ve got going on, the store will have to continue to limp along for awhile. However, I still get email from Etsy, and one recently jumped out at me, not because I could actually participate in this event but because if I could I totally would!

In September 17 and 18, 2011, Hello Etsy will hit the Internet via streaming video and, of course, be conducted in the real world at the same time. In fact, “world” is a good location to give it because while the main event will be in Berlin, Germany, there will be similar ones all over the world. The website describes Hello Etsy as “A Summit on Small Business and Sustainability is a hands-on gathering for small business owners who want to connect with their peers, learn the skills to find success and independence, and be part of the movement to build human-scale economies.”

I am always amazed at the cool events and ideas that continue to come from Etsy. This is just another one to add to the list. I’d love to hear from anyone who plans to attending one of these events.

Gift of Crafting for Mom

Blogged under etsy by Tammy on Friday 6 May 2011 at 12:58 pm

I’m not just a seller at Etsy; I very often buy items over there too. And that is right where I went to first when I decided to get mom some crafting supplies. Like myself, my mother is into crafting, and she added jewelry making to her list this past year. This has actually made it easier than ever to buy gifts for her since I know as a fellow jewelry maker that there are all kinds of great gifts to buy for her like tools and supplies. For this Mother’s Day, I purchased a number of vintage charms in lots of 10 to 20 from an Etsy seller called DIY Closet, and I plan to split them up with her, some for me and some for her.

For those of us with crafty mothers, rather than make her something this Mother’s day consider buying her supplies for her favorite form of crafting. Or, you can always get gift certificates too, and those are super easy to mail as well.

Pretty Kindle Cover

Blogged under Crafty Products, Sew Simple, etsy by Tammy on Thursday 4 November 2010 at 4:25 pm

When I purchased my precious Kindle, one item I thought about was the cover. Amazon has tons of them, but they are pricey and boring to boot. I went ahead and ordered my Kindle with the idea that I would make my own cover, but then it occurred to me that I should also check Etsy to see if anyone over there made them already.

Sure, at some point I could make one myself, but right now I don’t have the time, and I wanted to be able to bring my Kindle with me wherever I go and keep it protected. Plus, as a seller on Etsy I also try to support other sellers whenever possible, and voila, I found the perfect Kindle cover over at Dana Designs. I love the material on this one because it has a classic look to it and sort of matches my taste in reading the classics as well. I also like how this has a flap. I saw tons of them over there, but this design stood out to me.

The screen on a Kindle definitely needs some protection if you plan to tote yours around, so do a search on “kindle covers” over at Etsy to find out lots of pretty covers to choose from.

New & Renewed Jewelry Items in My Etsy Shop

Blogged under etsy by Tammy on Saturday 9 October 2010 at 8:52 am

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