[dropcap]Last week I was dumbfounded at the number of social networks that I belonged to.[/dropcap]It wasn’t that this was a problem…or was it? It has been felt widely by the Etsy community that the more social networks you are on, the better! After all, being part of 1 or more social networks does increase your back links and online presence, right? Wrong.
This past week it was pointed out to me how wrong I actually am. I have several friends who are marketing guru’s. The best of the best and the most informed of anyone I know regarding social media. My one friend said to me, “you know you don’t have to be a part of everything, right?” That was it…this one comment changed my social media outlook and life. And here’s why…
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Parker’s story begins in a place not of this world…
Parker lived in the midst of the great clouds of Nimbus, a tiny town tucked high above the clouds beyond the deep blue sky. It was on the Nimbus Rainbow where Parker and his friends played each day. They would slide along the colored beams that arched over the town, dancing in the light each morning and playing in its rays. The Nimbus rainbow held all their secrets of magical places, knew all the adventures of make-believe that Parker dreamed and kept the town and it’s children full of life. Yes, Nimbus was a great place to call home. It’s a place Parker longs to return. .. Continue reading Parker’s Story
Using Lotion with Polymer Clay
POLYMER CLAY TIP OF THE DAY
Haven’t you ever noticed how after claying all day (or part of the day) your hands are dried out, your cuticles begin to tear, and you get a large amount of hangnails? This is because the clay (though non-toxic and gentle) takes the moisture that is in your hands and absorbs it…all of it.
This being said, there are several things that I have on my studio table at all times.
What makes Parker so special? There are lots of things that make him special. But today we want to discuss why Parker is so cherished, beloved, and a great piece of art. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked at one of our StoryBook Scenes and decided, “I just don’t think I can let someone adopt this one.” Ultimately, if I did that with every item I make, you’d never see anything new in our store, my house would be overflowing with adorable clay figurines, and I’m pretty sure my husband would think I was a crazy lady. Continue reading What Makes Parker Special?
Repurpose X-acto Blades Into a Great New Tool
Build Your Brand with Twitter
You’re probably looking at this thinking: “Gee, that looks familiar…I do that too.” If this is all you do, you will NEVER get followers and people will not click on your links. Let’s see what you can do to make your tweets effective.
Embossing with Powders a Polymer Clay Tutorial
I’ve read many articles that say you should slightly dampen your stamps first. *Sigh* This still didn’t help me. The result was half on and half off, dark in some places and not in others, you get the idea…I just wasn’t happy with the results. And I always emboss things…so I needed a solution that was quick, easy, and stress free.
Today we are going to talk about Facebook. Many people are split in how they feel about Facebook. Some people love it, other people hate it. This being said, one of the things that we should all have is a facebook fan page…that’s right a facebook fan page.
Why should you have this? This gives your store and your “Brand” a place to interact with customers. It allows you to be different from those other companies…it allows you to be YOU! It gives you a voice, personality, and reminds your fans and buyers that you are a REAL person, not just some company. But we know the one thing that you all hate: SPAM.
Carmex Lip Balm Toppers
Faux Stained Glass
with Translucent Liquid Sculpey
We are trying some new things with our store this year. Some of those things we have never done before. Or in the case of our Interpretive Art Pendant Series, we’ve done them a lot, but never listed them in our Etsy store. One of the NEW things that we are trying to 2012 is “faux stained glass” sun catchers. Continue reading Faux Stained Glass?! Made with Polymer Clay
The Basics of Pinterest Tutorial
Not being spammy, and pinning valid items to you and to your business is important. If people find you “spammy” they will not follow you…or they will follow you and quickly “unfollow” you. This is true of all social media sites, from Flickr, FaceBook, Twitter, and many more.
So here’s how to be a success on Pinterest. This Pinterest tutorial will guide you step by step through a simple process and set up to creating a following, driving traffic, and peaking interest on the social media newcomer. Continue reading Pinterest Tutorial for Success in Your Small Business
No Such Thing As Scrap Clay
You’ve heard it said many times in polymer clay books, in tutorials, and most likely many other places that there is “no such thing as scrap clay.” But there’s a trick to gaining usable scrap clay and not just a mess of murky, brown, dirty ugliness. Continue reading No Such Thing as Scrap Clay Tutorial