Saturday, April 23, 2011

Hello, What's Your Project?

Ahhh…the never ending side project. Possibly it's a long term effort, or maybe it's something you can get done over a weekend. Whatever the project might be, whether it's a new jewelry design or gardening, or some kind of family project, it's the thing that's on your mind, the thing you want to get to, the thing that you really enjoy working on.

While working for The Home Depot I was trained to always ask “What’s Your Project?” It became a natural reflex when I saw a “weekend warrior” wandering the aisle. I loved the way people communicated when they described their creative projects — I was inspired not only by their ideas, but also by their passion.

I no longer work in the aisles of Home Depot, but I do ask crafty friends and I constantly ask myself, "What's your project?" It's my way of searching for inspiration, of reminding me to get to work on the idea that is bouncing around in my head.

SO, I’m asking you…….”What’s your Project?”…..please inspire me; I’m in a creative rut (again).

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Friday, April 22, 2011

I love little surprises....

I’m not only a part time Etsy seller; I’m a full time buyer. (Ok, maybe I'm exaggerating a little… I'm not shopping all the time). My very favorite thing about buying on Etsy is getting packages in the mail — it's like a mini holiday each time a package arrives. Not only do I receive wonderful hand crafted goodies, I also get to open the creative packaging Etsy sellers put together. Ribbons, stickers, stamps, extra little goodies, oh my… What a pleasure!

So, dear sellers, why not show this off in your item listings? Use one of your five listing photos to let your shoppers know how beautiful your packaging is. With Mother’s Day just around the corner, it's also good to let your buyers know your items will come ready for giving. In the photo above, I've selected a few packages that I love! A simple bow to an Elaborately decorated window box. They are charming and add a special touch.
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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Spring has Sprung in my Etsy Shop

Spring in Atlanta is a short-lived event each year.  The full-on flower blooming, pollen covering, light jacket in the morning and drinks outside on the terrace in the afternoon kind of spring weather lasts for about 90 seconds before the harsh heat of a Southern summer settles over us. And every year, just a few weeks before the daily temps soar; we get to enjoy the blooming flowers and sounds of nature while strolling through the Atlanta Botanical Gardens.  Below are some of my jewelry designs reminiscent of the spring colors in the garden...

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