Thursday, January 28, 2010

The fabulous folks at have just blown my socks off with their amazingly simple and completely necessary Etsy seller tools, designed by Etsy seller Tronahue.

While touring their site today, I took a few of their tools for a spin; shop hearts, view statistics and most impressive, a flyer generator. This baby takes info right off of your Etsy site and arranges images and copy into a preset format.

I do believe that I will put a gallery package together using these sheets, slightly tweaked, with credit to Cr8tivity intact.

By the way, the revolving widget at the top of this blog is also courtesy of Cr8tivity.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

More Etsy Relief For Haiti

Thank you Galit from Slow Lane who introduced me to Handmade For Haiti on Etsy. Check these awesome sellers out!

Etsy, Have I Told You Lately How Much I Love You?

Oh Etsy how I have loved you over the past years. Ever since I saw that first advertisement in Craft Magazine, Volume 6, February 2008. To be honest, I was in it for the feature article "DeCorrugated" with links to Foldschool's DIY folded cardboard stools.

Sure, it started as an innocent love affair - just a little peek now and then, leading me on to committing my time and inspiration to you. But now - NOW - its for real. Thank you for inspiring a trans-national legion of artists and crafters to get together and help Haiti pick up the pieces right here and now.

Etsy, your Storque blog post today, entitled "Etsy Finds: Our Hearts Go Out to Haiti" is like an answer to my prayers - had I not only a few days ago been musing that I wish we (the Etsy community at large that is) could all give just a little bit more?

Thank you, thank you for stepping up and taking a leading role in inspiring us to lend a hand. And thank you for including me along the way.

The photographs to the left are on sale at RCA 102887's shop and available here. All proceeds go towards

Re:Design Technologies' Paper Clip Chandelier Frame Tutorials can be purchased here for $14.40 or $6.50 with 50% proceeds going towards the Yele Foundation.

The Single Minimalist Bare Bulb Pendant Light by the kamlampcompany (one of my favorites) can be purchased at Hearts For Haiti on Etsy with 100% of proceeds donated to Doctor's Without Borders.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Etsy Sellers Unite!

Through the magic of technology we are all aware of Haiti's recent earthquakes and turmoil. I'm inspired by the level of commitment shown by so many people around the world, including Etsy's handmade community!

Just search "Haiti Relief" at Etsy's main site and watch the donations pop up before your eyes! So many folks are digging deep, just check Craft Hope out - this Etsy shop has so many donations for Haiti (via Medecins Sans Frontiers) that there is a two week waiting list for sellers to donate. Way to spread the love Craft Hope!

Taking a look at the bigger picture, there are about 300,000 Etsy sellers making all kinds of transactions from the miniscule to the major. I think that the handmade community is doing a great job and that we can do even better. I bet that if we try, we can transform the world by donating even 1% of our profits for 1 day. Of course 10% is better. Or 50% or 100% - whatever you can handle.

I have chosen to donate 50% of my Etsy transactions, not including shipping fees, to The Yele Foundation because I believe that Yelé can gather talent and manpower to relieve major logistics issues which are causing bottle necks in aid efforts.

Not sure how to get involved? Start by searching Pay Pal/e-Bay's extensive list of charitable foundations and take it from there. Good luck, and dig as deep as possible wherever you can!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Happy Spring!

Its been too long since my last post, but I am back with a new line of bubble jewelry and a an upcoming line of sterling silver and gold rings for Birch Beer Boutique.