What do a Mouse, The Color Pink and Great Looking Kids have in Common? Great Fashion

1:43 PM Tammie Rampley 1 Comments

PINK MOUSE KIDS

Boutique Kids Clothing for Girls and Boys


ALL THINGS ETSY Series Vol 7 - GIVEAWAY

I would like to introduce you to Karyn Milner from Pink Mouse Kids. For a while now, I have been seeing her incredibly cute photos popping up everywhere on social media channels. I can always tell which ones are hers. When I see them, I wonder to myself how in the heck she was able to get the kids to do that? I remember that every single time I took my child to get photos taken she would either spill something on herself or start crying just before time to shoot. Karyn obviously has some very talented and willing participants at her ready. My daughter still shoots me a nasty look whenever I pick up a camera and she will be 24, tomorrow actually, Happy Birthday Babygirl, she won't read this, they think I am nuts for blogging.

This week, we are going to start a new feature with our ALL THINGS ETSY Series. Each Week, I will hold a Contest and ask a question of some sort. You, the reader, will be asked to 1. Subscribe to the Blog, if you aren't already. You MUST be a Subscriber to Win. 2. Leave a Comment Below the Post. At the End of Each Week I will Pick a WINNER... I will give away a $20 Gift Certificate to the Featured Shop Every Week. Soooo, that means, this week you can win $20 to spend at Pink Mouse Kids just by answering a simple little question in the comments. You have until October 30 at 12pm to enter. So KEEP READING....


I find it funny how as I write these interviews I find myself relating to each individual artist. Karyn suffered a major car accident in 2009 and really wasn't sure she would ever be able to do much after that. During this time she developed a passion for sewing and creating. She had always known how, but the drive came to her like it had not before. When her mobility returned, she began making clothing for her niece and nephew, which turned into much greater things, as you can see in her beautiful pieces.


When Karyn speaks of her passion for sewing and creating, I can completely relate to that. I feel the same way when I am making my own creations. I see her love in her work. The blends of colors and fabrics. The risks that she takes with colors dares you to challenge your senses. She makes clothing that children will love wearing and have a blast in. I can just imagine kids running around in open fields, wind in their hair, sun shining on their faces wearing these clothes. These designs and patterns are so amazingly fun.


I asked Karyn what gets her through hard times and being a truly creative mind, she said, "creating". I had to laugh. I get that. When things get rough for me, I want to make something new. I can imagine her, like me, being stressed to the nines and sitting at a table with a pile of fabric matching up pieces to see what will go together. Life can be challenging, sometimes, we have to see how much we can challenge ourselves. My challenge for you, is. Go to Pink Mouse Kids and pick out your favorite item, tell me in the Comments which item it is and why you love it so much. You could be this weeks Winner.


Karyn would like to see Pink Mouse Kids grow and possibly work on another kids fashion line with her daughter over the next few years. I see great things for this kids clothing line. She has incredible models, a great look, super photography and has really worked hard to get herself "out there". I can definitely see her hard work paying off.


You can connect with Karyn and Pink Mouse Kids via PinkMouseKids.comFacebookTwitterPinterestInstagram or contact Karyn through email PinkMouseKids@gmail.com


I would like to remind everyone that the ALL THINGS ETSY Series is Dedicated to the Contributing Members of the Pinterest Board ALLTHINGSETSY . 
If you are an Etsy Shop Owner and you would like to Contribute to this Board, Please Follow the Link Provided, To be Featured you MUST be a Contributor 

Please take the time to Stop By TRAMPLEEDESIGNS and see what is new in the Shop this week..

KEEP CALM and LOVE ON

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What does the History of the World Look Like when Spun to Perfection? THIS....

1:36 PM Tammie Rampley 0 Comments

PINARADESIGN


Boho Chic Fiber Art Jewelry & Accessories


ALL THINGS ETSY Series Volume 6

This week, I would like to introduce you to N. Pinar Kamaci, originally from Istanbul, she now resides with her husband in the seaside city of Antalya in southern Turkey. The rich history of Turkey is brought forth in the beautiful jewelry that you will find at PinaraDesign. She tells of drawing her artistic inspiration from some of the greatest sites in history, locations that some of us will only dream of. Places that empires were built on. I can only imagine living among such beauty.




Pinar visits historical sites where civilizations where built and soaks up her desire to create. Can you imagine standing on the ground where the beginning of the Lycia, Hittite, Pamphylia, Byzantine, Seljuk and Ottoman Empires where built? I can see why she feels so inspired there.




She grew up in an artistic family. Both of her parents had art backgrounds and she went on to study art herself. She became and art director with Degrees in Graphic Design in Print Technology. It wasn't until she and her husband decided to move away from the hustle and bustle of city life that they chose to open their Etsy shop and sell such beautiful jewelry.




PinaraDesign came about from her own love of jewelry. She says that she cannot imagine leaving the house without it on. Sometimes she will mull over her pieces in her head for as long as a week before she even begins to create them. I can relate to that. Getting them just right is very important. The end result is absolutely breathtaking. The gorgeous way that she is able to take fiber art and turn it into a statement bracelet or necklace that will blow you away is fantastic. Every piece of her jewelry is amazing.




The fiber flower rings from PinaraDesign will make everyone ask where you got them. Her beautiful fiber art hair pins and brooches are so intricate and unique. She also makes those amazing barefoot sandals that are so awesome for beach weddings.






It is clear that Pinar is very dedicated to her craft and her wonderful life with her husband. They seem to enjoy life and each other very much. She mentions and speaks of him fondly. You can always tell how close someone is, each of her sentences was a "we". I definitely appreciated the closeness. I myself recently engaged, hope to one day have that kind of relationship. Who knows, maybe in a seaside town in Turkey.




This isn't going to make a lot of sense to anyone that isn't from Etsy. But, to those of you that are, you will understand. Pinar makes the most amazing treasuries I have ever seen. I personally don't make them very often, because I am not that great at it. I like to do the things I am good at. She however, has an eye for it and does an amazing job. You should really follow her and see how well she curates her collections. Check out her Beautiful Curations.




Please remember, the ALL THINGS ETSY Series dedicated to the members and contributors of the Pinterest Board AllThingsEtsy
IF YOU ARE AN ETSY SHOP OWNER AND WOULD LIKE A CHANCE AT BEING FEATURED HERE, PLEASE FOLLOW THE LINK TO BECOME A CONTRIBUTING MEMBER OF ALLTHINGSETSY


By the way... NEW BAG DESIGN IN THE SHOP THIS WEEK AT TRAMPLEEDESIGNS I have listed a few, bunches more to come.. Stop by and check it out...

Have a wonderful week..

KEEP CALM AND LOVE ON...



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HALLOWEEN GIVEAWAY 21 SHOPS

4:07 PM Tammie Rampley 0 Comments

HALLOWEEN GIVEAWAY


AzJewelry Halloween Giveaway

WIN PRIZES FROM 21 DIFFERENT SHOPS
The Dreaded RULES!!!!
1. Must like each vendors page.
2. If outside of the USA you may be responsible for shipping.
3. Once winners are announced you will have 48 hours to claim prize.
4. Reply here with what your favorite thing to do in October is.
5. If you do not follow these rules you will not be able to win.

This giveaway has nothing to do with FaceBook.

FOLLOW THE LINK
COME JOIN IN THE FUN

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ETSY HELP - SETTING UP SHOP

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ETSY HELP 

SETTING UP SHOP

HOW TO START/RUN AND ETSY BUSINESS WITH LOSING YOUR MIND, AND ALL OF YOUR FREE TIME



Let me start by saying, I know that your items are beautiful. I know that your family and friends love them. I know that they do well at craft shows and local events in your area. That does not mean that you can plug them into an Etsy Shop using the template and they will sell like hotcakes. The buyers on Etsy are a very particular bunch, and worldwide. So, when posting your items, you must be very meticulous in making sure that you do it correctly to maximize your exposure. I am going to do my very best in this post to save you as much time and effort as possible. You will have to put in time and effort, but, the research has already been done for you. You won't have to do what I did and read each and every article on the internet to determine which has the best and most useful content or advice. I have broken down for you the locations of the items you actually need to get your items up and noticed, not only by those shopping on Etsy, but also by Google. Which should really be your ultimate goal.

First and foremost, BEFORE you touch anything or name your shop, give it a title or description, go to Moz Academy. Scroll down to the SEO videos and watch EVERY one of them from the beginning. Once you have done this, you will be ready to create content for your title, shop description and about page. This will prepare you for what is to come when creating your item descriptions. I suggest that you now create a Gmail account specifically using the name that you will use for your shop, you will need this later. Use it as the email address when you open your shop.




When you first create your shop account, you will need to create an awesome about page, tell your story. Let those that visit your page know what it is that makes you passionate about your craft and your process. Tell them about your journey that has led you to where you are as an artist. Make sure and add an image of yourself in this section. Let them actually see your face so that they can relate to you personally when they read your story. Include in this section images of your work space. Readers like to see where it is that you create. Make sure that the space isn't unusually messy. A little clutter is alright, if it has to be that way for you to work, but not trashy looking. They want to see that the items they are purchasing are kept and created with care.

When you create your shop you will need to add a professional looking banner. There are many choices for purchasing one on the internet or obtaining free ones. My personal suggestion is that you use Canva and create one that is unique to you. I would create an image that you can somewhat replicate. I personally use the a similar image on all of my social media networks. My FacebookTwitterGoogle+Shop and Blog all have very similar designs. This makes it so that when someone sees them, they recognize them as being a part of the Trampleedesigns Brand. This is what you will want to do for yourself. Once you start playing around in Canva, you will see that it is incredibly easy to use. You will use a custom design setting for you Shop Banner at 760px x 100px. Throughout this post I am placing different items that I have created in Canva to give you an example of what you can create.



One of the biggest mistakes that I see new shops, well, a lot of not so new shops as well, making is photo quality. I am going to make this as painless as possible for you. Follow this Link for a DIY light box. For a couple of dollars you can make one at home and it works perfectly. YES, you need one. It will make your life so much easier in the long run. Save yourself the time and energy and just make one. It is incredibly difficult to always find the "right" natural light. You cannot always schedule the weather around the days that you need to take photos. You do not have to buy expensive LED bulbs, I use flood bulbs from the hardware store in regular household lamps. I spend about ten dollars a year on them. They work perfectly. When I am finished, I do a slight brightness, contrast adjustment in Windows Photo Gallery. I am sure that there are Professional Photographers that could critique my photos. But, for the purpose I am using them, it works perfectly. Make sure that you have five good shots of each item. You want to make sure and give the consumer a variety of different angles to view your item from. They cannot touch your item, so your description and your photo is all that you have to offer them, make sure you really sell it with your photo. Make sure that you name your photo when you save it. This is how Google will find your photograph. The same way that you use keywords to identify your items inside of Etsy, use keywords to name your photographs when you save them and upload them in your listings. This will help Google to identify them and place them in the proper search query.



Now that you have your pictures taken and they are gorgeous and you have watched all of your SEO videos. You are ready to enter your items into your shop. One of the biggest mistakes that new shop owners make is that they only list a few items and then expect people to buy them. Seasoned Etsy Shop Owners will always tell you that 100 items is the magic number. A lot of them do not even begin to see sales until they have 100 items in their shop. I know that being a creative mind, all we want to do is just make beautiful things, unfortunately, you have to get them listed just right to be able to do that. 



Most Etsy Team Leaders and Shop Owners will suggest that you list one item per day to bring the maximum views to your shop. This is very difficult to do when you are first starting out. I would suggest a few a day, but not all at the same time. I personally have noticed that peak hours in the US are early in the morning and at dinner time. Friday and Saturday evenings seem to bring a lot of traffic. If I am to venture a guess, most people are off work and those that do Etsy part time are at home during those hours. I would never list many items all at once, you are hurting yourself by doing this. Spread them out, gradually list them and check every few items to make sure they are showing up in Etsy search where you would like them to. Play with each listing until it is exactly as you would like it. Take your time with these. It is important that you really get the hang of how a listing should be done correctly.




Using the provided item template list your items one at a time at first. This is my suggestion for an item listing. 
1. A good detailed description of your listing, making sure to use your SEO techniques here - including size
fabric - any special qualities or techniques used
2. A list of any special policies that your shop has that the buyer needs to be aware of
3. A brief description of how the buyer can fave for later viewing or buy your item if they choose - I include a help guide link in my listings
4. A list of 2 or 3 other items from your shop that the person might also enjoy viewing
5. A link back to your shop so that no matter where on the internet your item ends up, it will always have a link back

There is a wonderful site called Craftcount. On this site you can search for particular sellers in your genre. I like to look at the Top Sellers that make items similar to mine and see what it is that they are doing in their listings, keywords, photos, etc... This gives me ideas and pointers of things I can improve upon. I suggest that you do the same periodically. 



Let's talk keywords. The Moz Academy videos gave you some ideas about Keywords and how they work for Google. Lets discuss how they work for Etsy. When I first used keywords in my shop, I listed things like, purse, clutch, bag. I had no idea that I was getting lost in a sea of 200,000 other purses, clutches and bags. After much research, I realized that if I lengthened my keywords and used up as many characters as possible, I could actually make my bags appear in every search that I used a keyword for. When I use, blue flower purse, I come up on the first page of a blue flower purse search. It is very important to use each and every keyword and use them strategically. Look at your item as if you were a consumer wanting to find your item. If you wanted a bright pink clutch, that is what you would type in. So, that is the keyword that you would use. At first, it will take some practice to get used to using the larger, multi word keywords, but you will get the hang of it. After you have done this, go to the sections that your items will come up in and search for your items and look at how quickly they will appear. You will be amazed.

Shop listings loaded correctly, pictures taken, it is time to get yourself some exposure. You will want to set up FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogle+StumbleUpon, and Instagram accounts all in the name of your shop. Once you have done this, link the Twitter and Facebook to your shop. 



I personally use a program called Around.io. Yes, there is a small charge for it per month. The traffic that it drives in and the time that it saves me, is well worth what I pay. I have looked at ALL of the programs available, the free ones and the pay ones. This is the easiest and the most efficient out there. It will post to Facebook, both your page and the groups you have selected, Post both product tweets and quotes if you like all day if you choose on Twitter, and pin your products to the boards you choose on Pinterest all day with the simple click of a button. It is very simple to set up and takes no time at all to set up your whole week of Social Media Marketing. 

I would definitely suggest joining a Team or two on Etsy and becoming active in there. When you participate in a team and their games, the other members share your items on their feed and you share theirs. This can tremendously help with your exposure. Your interaction in teams will completely depend on how much time you have or want to devote to it. Some teams encourage you to buy things in order to get people to buy from you. I don't personally encourage this. I do however encourage the making of treasuries. The creation of treasuries by those that have the talent to do so is a wonderful way to gain exposure for your shop and your talent. If you have the time and the inclination, you can really draw attention to your artistic ability and yourself for that matter by highlighting someone else's items in a wonderfully curated Treasury.

You will soon settle into a routine and find people that will interact with you regularly. You will learn which people will help promote you and which ones to follow. It is as important to share as much as it is to be shared. Say thank you and be gracious. People notice that and remember it. It always comes back to you. I am not saying and would never say that it will be easy, but, it does not have to take up all of your free time. You have to put yourself on a schedule. Make time for creating, time for your family and social life and time for promotion. Stick to it. It is very easy to get online and get absorbed in promoting. Before you know it, you have been online for six hours. Don't allow it to become an obsession or your family and friends will quickly notice. Trust me on this. 

If you follow these steps, you will be up and selling in no time.. If you are a shop owner and you have found some great tools that work for you, please feel free to share them in comments, I would love to check them out and work them into a later post. I love finding new and exciting ways to promote and build business. Good Luck on your new adventure.. Please Feel Free to contact me with any questions... 

If you find the time, stop by and check out my New Bag Designs @ Trampleedesigns.

I do an ALL THINGS ETSY Series featuring Etsy Show Owners that contribute to my ALLTHINGSETSY Board on Pinterest. If you would like to contribute or follow this Board, just follow the link. Who knows, it might be your shop that is featured next week.


Keep Calm and Love On...











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Wrap Your Favorite Painting Around You While You Sleep... Dream on a Pillow of Roses...

11:35 AM Tammie Rampley 0 Comments

EBIEMPORIUM

ALL THINGS ETSY Series Vol 5


I would like for you to meet Julia from EbiEmporium. I am completely blown away by this shop. Each and every page brings you more and more excitement. Her unique designs are right up my alley. They explode onto the page and keep you looking for more. The best part, the medium, you can get them in so many different forms. If you want a painting, a print, a blanket, a shower curtain, a throw, a pillow, a cell phone case or even a pair of leggings, she has them all. You have got to see these beautiful designs.


Julia cannot remember a time that art wasn't a part of her life. She recalls entering every coloring contest and art competition she could possibly find. She would also take whatever private or community art classes were available. This afforded her the opportunity to learn to draw, paint and sculpt, all at a young age. 


To further her art education Julia attended a specialty "School for the Arts" High School. She very much believes that Art is at the core of who she is and it only made sense that she would end up making a business out of it. When seeing her work displayed, I completely agree that she should be sharing it with the world. Her cheerful and bright display of color is enough to make anyone joyful. Being one that loves the bright and bold, I am definitely a fan. 


I love the enthusiasm that Julia has for her Art and for EbiEmporium. I am constantly running into her online. She promotes as much as I do, and that is saying something. When she talks about her job, you can hear her passion, and how much she loves what she does. She emphasizes that she stays very busy, but finds joy in it as well. And, also like me, loves that she can go to work without having to put on make-up. Now that, is a girl after my own heart. Some days, I am sewing in pajamas. 


As a part of this series, I ask each of the participants to tell me what it is they do in times of struggle. Each of us, as creative minds, have times when, things are slow, we lack enthusiasm, sales are down, whatever. Julia obviously have a very creative mind. Her reply was to explain that when business gets a little slow, or sales are down, she tries to think of a way to maybe bring in more income. My initial thoughts were, something else she could possible print her work on. How genius is that? Some of the things she has come up with to put her beautiful artwork on, I would never have thought of.


We all have to make sure and balance our time. Like the rest of us, Julia makes a point of noting that she has to make a point of taking time away from EbiEmporium to do that. To give attention to friends, family and pets and make them an important part of her life as well. Without that, none of this would matter. 


As a 5 year goal, Julia would like to see EbiEmporium grow to the point where she can have an employee do the day to day business so that she can spend more time creating. That is a wonderful goal and one I would love to achieve myself. She also mentions that she would like to have things set to run electronically, if she figures that one out, I am coming over to see how she gets that done. 


Please stop by and check out Julia's  Amazing Artwork over at EbiEmporium. You can also find her on her own website at http://www.ebiemporium.com/, or on FacebookTwitterPinterestTumblr, or Instagram. Keep an eye on this one.. She is going places..

This week, the new cross body bag design with matching zipper pouch will be released at Trampleedesigns. Taking all the photos today. Please keep your eyes peeled. Stop by, check out what is new in the shop.

Remember, this series is dedicated to the members of ALL THINGS ETSY , the Pinterest Group Board. If you are an Etsy Shop Owner and would like to contribute to this board, you can follow the link on the blog or find it here > ALLTHINGSETSY.

HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEK

KEEP CALM AND LOVE ON









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