Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Etsy Monday! Issue #1

Karma on Twitter pays back a millionfold. I do encourage all Etsians to join Twitter and build a network of fellow artisans and help promote their works, and they can help you promote yours! If you enjoy the hunt of one-of-a-kind pieces and are currently 'tweeting', be sure to find your favourite Etsy shops on Twitter. I've found a lot of Etsians who offer deals like free shipping, discounted prices, and 'goody bags' exclusively for Twitter followers! This had inspired me to pass the love of DIY and the joy of creation into Etsy Monday!, a weekly view of some fantastic sellers that I've met along the way.
As an Etsian myself, I've started to cultivate a number of networking relationships with artisans I admire. I'm finding it beneficial for influence, feedback, and sharing ideas. For this first issue of Etsy Monday!, I'd like to introduce you to some of the fantastic Etsy sellers I've found on Twitter. You can click on the pictures below to visit their online shops!

Agnes, from Singapore, admits on her Etsy profile page that she's a "hopeless bead collector who loves Self-Represented Artist made lampwork beads" [sic]. She's now parting with her collection that she's amassed over the years, including beautiful lampwork beads, Czech crystal, artist-made clay, sterling silver findings, and more surprises! Agnes plans to close her shop temporarily on August 31st (or until everything sells!) so she's got some great deals to go! Agnes is a big fan of 'retweeting' (think of it as email forwarding) to maximize exposure for other artisans on Twitter. A very nice lady to know!

Other shop news: Agnes is a proud member of EtsyMom and the Singapore Etsy Team!

Latest tweet: @artfaerie shop closing! sterling silver toggle clasp with heart & circle charm, last set!

'Creative Juice' artisan lampwork bead, artfaerie.etsy.com

Czech coral pink fire-polished glass beads, artfaerie.etsy.com

Jonquil satin pearl roses - artisan polymer clay beads, artfaerie.etsy.com

thai Karen Hill Silver Tribe flower charms, artfaerie.etsy.com

bali silver rondelle spacer beads, artfaerie.etsy.com

Jesse is a nice young lady from Portland, Maine. She makes the most dahling Scrabble-tile pendants with wonderful images of flowers, musical instruments, animals, movie stills, and anything else that'll bring a smile to your face. Her pendants are unique, and affordable, too, priced no more than $10 USD! (I've just bought a pendant myself - the Stone Buddha pendant!) Like she says herself, "Jesse Jane's is all about color, fun, beauty and style." Jesse finds joy in what she creates, and it's quite obvious from the brilliant pieces she's made! She also enjoys networking with other artisans on Twitter, and that's how our paths crossed. And congratulations on being an aunt for the sixth time!

Other shop news: Jesse also has a site called 'Coaching Handmade', where handmade sellers unite to help each other grow their businesses. You can visit them here: http://www.coachinghandmade.com

Latest tweet: @jessejanes New Item - Wear Pink for the Cure - Breast Cancer Awareness

Breast Cancer Awareness pendant, jessejanes.etsy.com

Stone Buddha pendant, jessejanes.etsy.com

Flute pendant, jessejanes.etsy.com

Alice in Wonderland 'Hookah' pendant, jessejanes.etsy.com

Ferris Wheel pendant, jessejanes.etsy.com

Kotibeth hails from Massillon, Ohio, where she lives with her three kids. For her, photography and scrapbooking go hand-in-hand, naturally. With Kotibeth's two shops, I would love to see what her photo albums look like. Her photographs feature personal treasures such as her husband's prize Harley Sportster to her love of antiques and plantlife. I'm sure in her wonderful world portrayed through her brilliant photographs, decorated with the lace, tiles, pages, and tags featured in her shop. Being a mom of three kids, so I'm sure she's had lots of practice with her photography and album making! You'll also find her exquisite scrapbook supplies on the artisan-selling site, Artfire.
Other shop news: Kotibeth is having a sale in her photography shop: 40% off all items! She won't be reposting, so grab them while they're still there!
Latest tweet: @kotibeth There's still time to take advantage of my daily deal (3rd post down) a checkbook cover for $3!

Vintage pink double-stranded ruffled lace, kotibeth.etsy.com

Romance in Paris magnet set, kotibeth.etsy.com

Amy Butler bird cardstock, kotibeth.etsy.com

Balloon Launch (Lomography photograph, 8x8, metallic paper), kotibethphotography.etsy.com

Harley Davidson Roadster Sportster (sepia, 8x10, Kodak metallic paper), kotibethphotography.etsy.com

Please support these fantastic and friendly artisans and buy handmade! One-of-a-kind gifts are always the most memorable and cherished. I'm sure you'd agree, when you look at the shoebox full of handmade cards friends and family give you, while the store-bought ones might already be recycled. The times are especially exceptional when we receive a letter in the mailbox from a loved one, which we tend to save, as well! Whether you make it for yourself or as a gift, it's always a fulfilling when you've created something, no matter what it is. From bits and pieces, you've made something tangible, something to be enjoyed, admired, worn, to capture memories, to display for all to see. And when you buy from an artisan who creates for the love of creating, you're sharing that gift with the world!

Stay tuned next Monday for more featured sellers. For more artisan goods, browse through Etsy's shops and galleries! And please visit my shop for unique 'wearable art' at http://designbycassandra.etsy.com!

Happy shopping!

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