Sunday, June 6, 2010

Lands End $50 Gift Card Giveaway by Coupons Are GREAT

One of my favorite sites is giving away a $50 Lands End Gift Card. Go to their site and follow the easy instructions for your chance to win!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Happy Birthday Treasury

So, my 30th birthday is coming up in a couple of days and I decided I'd create a Treasury featuring a very SMALL number of things that I love on Etsy. I could look all day and fill many Treasuries. Until you really get into Etsy and browse, you just never know what you can find! Such a wide range of things and so many talented artists.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Rocking Italian Scooter Deluxe

Created by TheatronItalianArt

I saw this on the front page of Etsy this morning and fell in love! It is absolutely adorable and I just wanted to share it with you all in case you missed it.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Who wants to see my newest product?

I finished up the sponges and thought I'd post some pictures of them. I really am quite pleased with the way they turned out. I think the colors are really nice and compliment each other well so they will coordinate with your kitchen/bath decor!

Upper Canada Soap & Candle Kitchen New Caddy Set with Dish Soap and Hand Wash, Meyer Lemon with SageStonewall Kitchen Dish Soap, Grapefruit Thyme, 17.6-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 3)Earth Friendly Products Natural Spa Dish Soap, Lavender, 17.5 Ounces (Pack of 2)

Friday, February 5, 2010

Clean up, Clean up

So I came up with an idea and I've been testing it out for the last few days. I created a reusable sponge/dishcloth. One side is cotton and the other is a mixture of cotton and plarn (plastic yarn, made from plastic grocery bags! Earth-friendly? YES!!!) The plarn side is a little bit abrasive but not so much that it will scratch any surface. I have been using it like crazy and have washed it and dried it to see how well it will hold up. It's awesome! I'll be making a lot of them and placing them in my shop for sale. I'm really excited about this one, I know I really need to get a life ;~), but I am so tired of buying sponges and tossing them. This way, I can use them, wash them and reuse them! What's not to love about that? Save money and do my small part for the environment? Score and Score!

I haven't taken any pictures yet but I will and post them here as well as on my Etsy site:

Stay tuned...

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Deals Galore!

I know this has absolutely nothing to do with my Etsy shop or my business but I really wanted to pass along this website. I visit daily and have found SO many awesome deals and FREEBIES! I'd say on the average day there are 8-10 really great freebies listed. I have gotten things like t-shirts, coffee, razors (the nice ones, not cheapos), garden seeds and SO much more. You can look for coupons or just browse the deals they have searched for and listed in one place just for us. You can find awesome deals on computers, gaming consoles, games, movies, blurays, clothing, etc. Please take a minute and check it out.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Win a FULL size Sentsy warmer and 3 bars!

One Lucky winner will win a full size Sentsy warmer along with 3 bars. Three other lucky winners will win a Car Candle. and follow the easy instructions to enter the giveaway! Many chances to win. 

Saturday, January 23, 2010

ShabbyKat Primitive's Sundries 'n Such GIVEAWAY!!!

I've run across this awesome giveaway on ShabbyKat Primitive's Sundries 'n Such's Blog! Take a look and follow the instructions to get your chance at winning the following items:

~A small bag of Orange Chiffon Cake tarts
~A Nutmeg Vanilla Candle
~Two grunged up battery votives
~Two old grungy hang tags

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Green With Envy!

Some very talented members of the Etsy CreateCrochet Team have been featured in a really nice Treasury! Please take a look. Crochele's Pear Coasters have been featured! Yay, what a compliment. Thank you so much Ben!!

Just click on the picture to go straight to the Treasury.

Want to know more about CreateCrochet? Check us out here:


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Today's A New Day

Today I've been looking into new ideas for my business. I'm excited and hopeful that they will turn out to be great ideas!

First idea is to include Adult sized items in my Etsy Shop. I already carry items for the home and will be expanding that line as well. I think that I will close my CrocheleCouture Etsy shop. It's just too much to keep up two shops and really be able to focus on them both as much as is required. I just haven't put any time into it and find it's worked out fine having more than just baby items in my Crochele shop.

Second I am going to be doing more wholesale orders. In searching through the Etsy Alchemy I found a request for shops that offer wholesale. I was contacted by the person that started that request and she was interested in several of my items. I'm doing research to find out how best to go about this. I've found that charging the standard 50% of the retail prices with a minimum order amount is most favored by wholesalers. I previously have carried items in a local children's boutique and they did pretty well. I didn't do wholesale pricing, I just did consignment. That seems like it works if you are local and can check out your own inventory as needed.

Off I go to do some more research! Wish Me Luck :~) Hopefully I won't need it.

Monday, January 18, 2010

She's Batty Designs

 She's Batty Designs (SBD) has eco-friendly, unique handmade greeting cards and adorable accessories that everyone will love! The SBD studio is located in London, Ontario, Canada and is an earthy friendly place. Check out my shop policies for more info on my eco-friendly shop. Something else that is a major bonus: All orders are shipped within 24 hours of receiving payment. Here is a look at just a few of the adorable things available in her shop!          

Just a quick note; she also has a shop called Battys Bath that specializes guessed it, bath products! This shop is set to open spring 2010. 

Keep up to date on all things "Batty" by following:

Sign up for her monthly update here:

"The monthly update includes lots of fun stuff including sneak peek of pictures from Jamie's studio, discount coupon codes for the online shops, a look at the latest handmade creations, and much more! If you're a fan of She's Batty Designs or Batty's Bath you wont want to miss your chance to get the latest news and discounts!"

Red Apple Coasters now available

Adorable apple coasters in red with stem and leaf. They are so cute and functional, too! You can machine wash and dry these so they are easy to clean. Can be used for a number of other things:

Table/desk coasters

Under your plants to keep tables dry

Face Scrubbers, reusable and eco friendly

Dish/Pot Scrubber

The possibilities are endless!

Here is direct link:

Available in pear:

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Crazy For You

Valentine's Day Sale!!

        Beginning February 1st, 2010 a large number of Etsy Sellers will be participating in a Valentine's Day Sale. Bringing to you beautiful handmade items with special deals! You can get a sneak peak now! 

Go to the following facebook page and become a fan. You'll be sent notifications telling you which shops will be participating and what deals you may be offered. GO NOW!! You can't afford not to!

P.S. How do you like the Facebook Avatar? I spent all day working on it and I'm rather proud of it!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Helpful ETSY Apps

I thought I'd pass on a few of the great pages that I've come across. They contain some very helpful links to applications that may help you build your business or just do cool things! They range from page stats to help with designing your banner and avatar. You may have seen or used them before but a reminder is always nice! Here they are. (You will see some repeats but each page contains some unique links.)Please feel free to add a comment if you know of another great site or app. Thanks!


 This one is great! Put your name in and hit search. This app will find your search criteria (shop name, item name, etc.) if it has been featured in the following outlets (with a few examples of each): 

BLOGS ~ Google Blog Search,  Ice Rocket, Myspace Blogs, Plurk, Twitter...
NEWS ~ Google News, Bing News, Yahoo News, Ask News...
NETWORKS ~ Facebook, LinkedIn, Myspace, Ning...
VIDEOS ~ Blinx, Yahoo Video, Metacafe, Youtube...
IMAGES ~ DeviantART, Flikr, Picasa, Photobucket...
FORUMS ~ Boardreader, Boardtracker, Omgili...
TAGS ~  Reddit,, Blogmarks...

Originally Blogged By Gramkin Paper Studio.  

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*Part 2*

Originally Posted to Etsy Forums By mikiep

~ There are SO many great links within this forum post. You'll find some great tips as well. It is well worth the time it takes to read through them.

Featured in Etsy Developer Community

This is a compilation of apps that are helpful that Etsy has listed. Here's what they said: "Note the applications listed are not managed by Etsy or affiliated with Etsy"


This one is just a fun little app that allows you to add all sorts of words and it turns your words into a sort of collage. Try it out!  Here's one that I came up with.

Wordle: Crochele Handcrafted

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Couture Etsy Treasury

Another beautiful Etsy Treasury. Take a look and click/comment. There are some very talented artists in this group.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

New Spring Things

With spring quickly approaching, new spring things are being added to my shop. Bucket hats, gladiator sandals and much much more! Take a look at what's up so far and if you have any suggestions, please tell me! If there is something you would like to see available I'd love to hear about it.

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