Thursday, July 17, 2008

Come on knock on my door!

I love doorways, pictures, prints or drawings of them and even the real ones. I especially love the ones with rounded doors. I always envision eclectic or vintage, terracotta pots all around filled with a different flower or plant in each.

Some are just so inviting that is just makes me wonder what it looks like inside. Is it as warm and inviting as the potted flowers that sit on the doorstep? Does it have overstuffed chairs and a couch that you just want to curl up and read a good book?

These are a few that have peeked my curiosity when looking through Etsy. Click the link under each picture to see more from their stores.

This is my favorite. It's a beach hut. Don't you just wonder if it has steps out the back leading to the water? You can see this and more at Unravelling

This looks like it would be so elegant. A big foyer when you enter, it's very own greenhouse.

Ok my second favorite. A little pink beach house. Something you would maybe find in a small New England town, a short walk to the beach. You can see this and more at Italian Girl in Georgia

For the single person that is doing very well for themself. Come's home from work pours a glass of wine and sits down and relaxes.

This reminds me of the home my daughter and I visited in Guatamala 2 years ago. Her friend made her Quinceanera and we made the trip there as my daughter was part of the party. The back yards are breathtaking. Exotic flowers everywhere (or to me they were exotic). It was one of the best trips I have ever taken. To be in a different country and see other customs and how they live is fasinating.

I hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

How did you hear about Etsy?

Back in November of 2007 I had gone to my first class reunion. I won't say of how many years. But none the less it was a great time and I got to see people I haven't seen in years.

A few of the people that had put the reunion together had also put a website together so that we could go back and look at the pictures that were taken that night to remind us of how old we got.

Well on the website it had a feature that you could add your website if you were self employed. I figured what a way for me to advertise my jewelry and for free, so I signed up my blog (this blog actually). But I never really used it the right way. I would just take pictures and post them with titles and details of my jewelry and every once in a while send out an email to my friends letting them know I made new pieces.

Then Cindy one of my former classmates sent me an email and told me about Etsy. I had seen Etsy shops come up every once in a while when I would Google for beads or finding for my jewelry but never really thought much of it. She said it would be a perfect place for me to sell my jewelry, so I figured what did I have to lose. I had a separate account for my jewelry $$ and they say you have to spend money to make money. So I sign up with Etsy in December of 2007. And that was it. Haha..

In mid February of 2008 I finally posted my first items and sold my first item February 25th. I was so excited!! It was a turquoise and sterling silver anklet.

I have sold many items since that first day and hopefully will continue to. I enjoy all the people I have met through Etsy and all that I have learned, especially how to promote myself.

And because of Etsy I am now using my blog the right way!!

Cindy has been on Etsy for a while she is a Portraiture, Fine Art, Artist and you can see some of her work at, and it is beautiful!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Clean Slate

These are one of my favorite earrings. Simple slate blue czech glass bead with a bronze freshwater pearl. I made a pair for myself in more of a green tone about 3 years ago and wear them at least 3 times a week. It is also one of my best sellers at craft fairs.