I Can See Clearly Now

Contributor Post by Sheila and Shannon of BeadyEyedBird 

They say something is ‘Crystal Clear’ when you can see right through it, like good, pure water or clean glass. We asked our Teamies what they love and/or offer that is crystal clear, and here’s what they shared with us.

 

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeSupplies said:

These beads are not only clear, but are also faceted giving them a crystal like quality. This type of gem is so versatile – it can be combined with any colour and will reflect that colour; can be used as a focal among other colours; or can be used on its own!

These beads are ideal for jewellery design, quilting, scrapbooking – name your craft project!

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Faceted Round Acrylic Flat Back Sew Beads Available in Silver Jewellery and Craft Supplies 1.8 cm diameter – quantity 20

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage said:

My daughter and I enjoy looking for vintage milk bottles. The red graphics of a woman archer on this clear glass bottle are fabulous!
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Glass Milk Bottle “University of Wisconsin” Dairy 50s Rare Red Pyro Archery “Duraglas” Logo Athlete Woman Archer 1951 Sports Art Gift

Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels said:

When I first came upon these beads I was so enthusiastic with the bubbles as they were crystal clear and projected an iridescent color in them. The shells captured that color. The name “Under the Sea” seemed appropriate for this necklace.

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Under the Sea with Crystal Clear Bubbles and Shells Statement Necklace, Chunky, Women’s Jewelry, Women’s Accessories, Fashion Jewelry, OOAK

Gari Anne from beadloverskorner said:

This is a round sphere crystal ball, just like a fortune-teller uses to see into the future for predictions about your life! Clear Quartz crystal has a powerful vibration and has been used for centuries by magicians and clairvoyants. I personally love working with freshly charged clear quartz crystal, it supercharges my creativity for days!
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Crystal Ball Pendant Necklace Fortune Teller Sphere

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals said:

Clear crystal drops necklace with silver beads and chain. Quartz is a stone of pure energy, and will lift your spirits just being around it. Another plus is you can wear this with anything!

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Crystal Quartz Drops Leather Necklace Bohemian Tribal Jewelry

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit said:

At Design’s the Limit, we offer both Crystal& Glass for Wine & Spirits including sand-carved personalization for the best combination of quality in both product and service. We also offer the option of having the bottom of any product sand-frosted. Whether you are shopping for a centerpiece, ceremony set, or entertaining a large number of guests. Impress your guests in style @DesignstheLimit

We offer the Salmanazar 396 ounce Wine Decanter with Stopper shown above and the Double Magnum 128 ounce size as well. We also have a Giant 336 ounce Wine Glass in stock for special requests! Gift wrap and gift cards available for shipping direct to your recipient. We take personal to the next level, go BIG and make your next gift opportunity a gift giving experience to be remembered!

Wine centerpiece crystal decanter and stopper

Suzi TC from Oldewoods said:

When I first discovered the joys of vintage buying and selling I was shy about stocking glass items … party because I knew very little about identifying quality, but I also had a deep fear of getting the packaging wrong and ending up with breakages! My learning curve included watching the TV show Bargain Hunters, and that is where I first heard about Orrefors crystal. This paneled art glass bowl was my first personal encounter with the ‘real thing’. Stunned by the both the design and the clarity, I overcame my anxiety and brought it into my shop. I now stock quite a few glass pieces but this one is still my all time favorite.

Orrefors crystal art glass bowl

Many thanks to all who shared these great items with us!

Until next time,

Sheila

 

Christmas In July – Savings Weekend

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

The Etsy Christmas in July Team has come together with some awesome savings from over 20 shops. There are many types of shops for you to receive savings on during this Black Friday through Cyber Monday! To see what discounts the shops are offering, please click on each banner.

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend!!

ACCESSORIES

BellaBolsaDesigns

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Coupon Code: BLCKFRI2016

10% off  everything

Valid Dates: Good through 11/27

DesignsbyCristal

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Coupon Code: BLACKFRIDAY15

Spend $25.00 or more

Valid Dates: 11/24 – 11/27

Metaville

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Coupon Code: No code needed

20% off

Valid Dates: 11/25-11/29 (NZ time)

Melissas Menagerie of Stuff

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Coupon Code: No code needed

Free shipping on all domestic orders of 35 dollars or more

Valid Dates: Now until 1/1

CARDS & MORE

 BellaBoutique

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Coupon Code: Holiday16

15% off in stock items

Valid Dates: Good thru 11/30

ColourscapeStudios

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Coupon Code: No code needed

30% off all prints, 10% off all gift tags and mini cards.

Valid Dates: Now until midnight 11/27(Brisbane, Australia local time)

DesignsbyCnC

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Coupon Code: No code needed

15% off everything

Valid Dates: 11/21 – 11/29

StockLaneStudio

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Coupon Code: 1FreeCARD

Buy 4 CARDS get 1 Free ($4.50 off)

Valid Dates: No expiration

CLOTHING

EthicalInfant

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Coupon Code: Thankful2016

20% off everything

Valid Dates: 11/23 − 11/30

and

Coupon Code: Cyber20

20% off everything

Valid Dates:  11/29

Knitwoolsocks

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Coupon Code: FREESH16

free shipping for orders over $45.00

Valid Dates: Good thru 12/31

HOME DECOR

Corkycrafts

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Coupon Code: Clauscostcutter1

10% off any $10.00 purchase

Valid Dates: Good thru 12/25

DesignstheLimit

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Coupon Code: BF2016

10% Off Any Purchase Over $25.00

Valid Dates: 11/22 – 11/27

and

Coupon Code: CM2016

12% Off Any Purchase Over $25.00

Valid Dates: 11/27 – 11/30

SpoiledFelinesArt

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Coupon Code: Coupon1

10% off In-stock items

Valid Dates: Good thru 12/31

SuesAkornShop

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Coupon Code: TENOFF

10% off storewide

Valid Dates: No expiration

and Coupon Code: 10OFF

Save 10% on orders over $10

Valid Dates: No expiration

TheGiftBasketry

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Coupon Code: MCDEC2016

20% off orders over $50

Valid Dates: Good thru 12/1

JEWELERY

acbeadsjewellery

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Coupon Code: No code needed

50% off everything

Valid Dates: Good thru 1/1

AliciasFindings

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Coupon Code: BF2016

10% off

Valid Dates: Valid til 11/26

and

Coupon Code: CM2016

10 % off

Valid Dates: valid til 11/29

beadloverskorner

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Coupon Code: CYBERSALE

30% off

Valid Dates: 11/24/2016-12/1/2016

epicetera

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Coupon Code: BF2016

20% off

Valid Dates: 11/25 – 11/29

EponasCrystals

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Coupon Code:  SHIPFORFREE50

Free shipping on orders over $50

Valid Dates: No expiration

EveryoneLovesGifts0

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Coupon Code: BLACKFRIDAY15

Everything off with min spend of £3.99

Valid Dates: No expiration

and

Coupon Code: CYBERMONDAY15

Everything off with min spend of £3.99

Valid Dates: 11/29

LSBJewellery

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Coupon Code: No code needed

20% off

Valid Dates: 11/25-11/29

VINTAGE

LazyYVintage

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Coupon Code: CHRISTMASSALE20

20% off

Valid Dates: 11/23-12/24

LBscrapboutique

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Coupon Code: CYBER20

20% off

11/25-11/29

Happy Thanksgiving to all from all of us!

Wanderlust

Contributor post by Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady

It’s been showcased in many forms – printed on pillows, made into wall murals and in 2016 is a very trendy word –

Wan·der·lust (Websters Dictionary)
noun
a strong desire to travel.
“a man consumed by wanderlust”

I’d love to see your Wanderlust items and I hope this proves to be a very adventurous thread! Thank you in advance for your thoughts and listings.

Wanderlust Desire –   Jackie Irvin from TombigeeRiverVintage

My wanderlust desire for today is to feel the breeze from the mountain tops. Relaxing with a nice dinner for two.

 

Wallace China Country Kitchen Vintage Kitchen China Plate Grandmas Kitchen Porcelain dish Green plate Restaurantware

Vintage Dinner Plates

Wanderlust Desire – Linda from LazyYVintage

I dream of going to Napa Valley. To visit the beautiful wineries and learn about the soil, grapes,history and traditions of this beautiful place. And, of course to drink wine. Mondavi, Murphy Goode, 14 Hands, J. Lohr, are just a few on my list to visit.

Etched Champagne Glasses Libbey's Rock Sharpe Art Deco Wine Glasses Flowers and Lines Set of Five (5)

Crystal Glasses

Wanderlust Desire – Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio

Gosh, just one submission – no fair!

Wanderlust is what SLS is all about! My daughters and I love to wander and our shop shows it. Our studies and jobs have taken us all over Europe, parts of Asia and the United States. This ‘wanderlust’ printable aptly reflects our love for travel and hiking. I remember the day we hiked through this lush forest in the Belgian Ardennes. I felt like I was engulfed in ferns and could get lost in them forever. Our photography shop, Stock Lane Photography, offers lots of fine art travel photography as well.

Capture your wanderlust!

 

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Wanderlust Printable

Wanderlust Desire – GypsyGeneralStore from GypsyGeneralStore

My wanderlust desire for today is to get out the map, close my eyes and put my finger down… I will leave my final destination to fate and enjoy the journey!

Miniature mixed media OOAK altered art canvas with easel stand burlap cottage shabby car wanderlust map road trip enjoy the journey travel

Miniature mixed media OOAK art canvas

Wanderlust Desire – willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage

Vintage Wanderlust:

 

Ford Ad with Babies 1948 Retro Art Print "There's a Ford in your Future" Advertisement Collectible Classic Car Blue Sedan Car of the Year

Vintage Ford Ad

 

This takes me back to a simpler time—road trips with the family! Remembering the excitement of visiting new places or staying with distant relatives.

 

Wanderlust Desire – Gari Anne from beadloverskorner

My wanderlust desire has always been to go to Egypt!!

 

Egyptian Necklace Scarab Pendant Carnelian Lapis Lazuli

Vintage Egyptian Necklace

 

Wanderlust Desire – Nancy Duncan Fellowship from EponasCrystals

I’ve always wanted to wander among the moon and stars!

 

Vintage Southwestern Inlaid Pendant Sterling Silver

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Wanderlust Desire – pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam

Hawaii, A Special Place to Visit. We now have our passports!! I’d like to see a Volcano.

Men's Hawaiian Button Down Shirt, Size Small, Made in Hawaii by Ui-Maikai, Island Theme with Flowers, Fish, Boats, Island Names, Vtg 1970's

Men’s Vintage Hawaiian Shirt

Wanderlust Desire –  Robyn Campbell from RobynFayeDesigns

I dream of travelling around the coastline of Australia in a camper and swimming at beautiful beaches!

Surfboard camper coaster, Makeforgood, Beach house decor, rainbow coaster, hippie decor, fabric wall picture, camper van coaster, kombi

Surfboard Camper Coaster

Wanderlust Desire –Valerie Brown from FirepanJewellery

I have incurable wanderlust – ha,ha – I just need the budget to go with it!

This necklace is actually the result of my husband and I fulfilling a wanderlust dream and going to Paris! It was fantastic of course. The only ‘souvenir’ I brought back home was beads from a bead store in Paris.

Citrine necklace

Citrine necklace

 

Wanderlust Desire – Opal from  ApronStringsOwlLady

My wanderlust desire and dream today is to sail the seven seas –
But I will settle for a cool meadow by a bubbly brook
Amidst the falling autumn leaves!

Owl Decoration, Beautiful Owl floral Wreath, Owl Fall Decor, Autumn Decor Owl, Autumn Harvest Owl Wreath, Owl Wreath

Autumn Owl Wreath

Thank you Wanderlust seekers! Dear Blog contributors, I loved reading your melancholy wanderlust thoughts and seeing the wonderful items from your Etsy Shops. Thank you again for sharing.

Fashion Accessories

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Fashion accessories can be so much fun! You can mix and match styles, patterns and so much more. You can play up an outfit or let the outfit shine. It’s all up to you!

Fashion accessories can be jewelry, bags, scarves, eye wear, jackets, boots…

Here at Christmas in July we want to know what fashion accessories do you have in your shop?

Lizzy and Boo from LizzysBibsandBobs says this gorgeous piece of vintage bling would be sure to add the right amount of sparkle to any formal outfit – Mother of the Bride, Mother of the Groom, School Prom etc. It’s big , its bold and most of all it SPARKLES!!

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Vintage star shaped rhinestone brooch

 

Natalia from KMalinkaVintage said I found this antique jewelry box in local thrift store. It is a unique item with a hand engraved floral and such a beautiful snow frosted design on glass. I just love it!

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Antique French Beveled Glass Trinket Box

 

Nancy Duncan  from EponasCrystals states Vintage Native American Turquoise Pin Pendant with beautiful blue turquoise set in sterling silver. The pin is signed on the back by the artist. It could be used as a sweater pin, on your lapel, wear as a pendant, so many possibilities!

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Vintage Native American Turquoise Pendant

 

Gari Anne  from beadloverskorner says these Eternal Reflection Earrings are a wonderful accessory in a two-tone silver and gold, which goes with nearly everything! These earrings were worn by Elena Gilbert (played by Actress Nina Dobrev) on “The Vampire Diaries” in season 5 episode 2. They were gifted in consideration for use to the costume stylist of the CW Network series “The Vampire Diaries”, in a collaborative gift bag from The Artisan Group®.

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The Vampire Diaries Eternal Reflection Earrings As Seen On TV

 

Linda Yunker from LazyYVintage states how about for men? This 100% wool winter hat and scarf set is created in an Irish-inspired design with a beanie hat in navy blue trimmed in pale gray. It will make a wonderful Christmas gift as well as keep them warm with a subtle style (as if the Irish were subtle).

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Men’s scarf and hat set

 

Customer Relations

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Business relies a lot on what your relations with your customer is like. Is it good, bad, indifferent?

Here at Christmas in July we want to know what can (or do) you do to better serve your customer?

Kelly from ColourscapeStudios says I think the biggest thing in customer service is to be genuine. The reason people shop with small businesses like all of ours is to be able to connect to the maker/seller. Working within two genres that personalizes items, I’ve found that the people I work with react well to being served properly – using their name if you know it, talking through any questions and concerns they have, appreciating their time and most of all, delivering the product you say you’re going to.CSSCR

Gari Anne from beadloverskorner said I have been in customer service all of my life, and the most important thing in developing a relationship with them is to respond to their needs quickly, even if you don’t have the answer or its bad news, if there is an issue then stay on top of it until it is resolved. When you do that, it shows the customer that they are important and that they can trust you. This goes a long way in getting repeat business and word of mouth advertising!

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Fortune Teller Amethyst Crystal ball Necklace

Rachel Placek from LoveandPetFurCrochet states I LOVE the customer service aspect of selling on Etsy. I get really excited when people ask me about creating a special item just for them. I know many sellers hope to just list their own creations and sell them but I actually love to create based on ideas and requests from my buyers. I find that if I add those creations as “made to order” items in my shop they end up being some of my best sellers.

An example of this is my crochet baby giraffe. I created this along with a gorgeous baby blanket for a customer who had very specific colors in mind. She wanted these two items for a baby shower gift and sent me a picture of the nursery design. Because I crocheted this giraffe for her I have sold at least 10 giraffes since listing this one last fall! I may have never thought to crochet this giraffe except for the request of this customer.

So, my advice, is to take the time to listen and think outside the box. If you can create something special for someone by all means do it! You won’t regret it.

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Crochet Giraffe Amigurumi

Richard and Tatiana from DesignsTheLimit said When our customers are purchasing a listing to have it shipped directly to their gift recipient, we offer additional gift services including gift wrap and custom-made gift cards. We print the gift message provided on premium card stock using a font complimentary to the personalized gift they will open and include an envelope. Providing professional gift services is an important part of the customer service we offer from graphic design to the gift recipient’s door. We also offer graphic design from images submitted by our customers to inspired designs for any concept or idea which comes to mind. We are especially busy around the holidays and offer rush orders for last-minute personalized gift giving year round. Our Secret Santa E-Gift Certificate listing is available from Christmas to Christmas in July! Purchasing a redeemable e-gift certificate allows the gift recipient to enter the information they want and choose a design and font combination to their style and preference and is more than an option for last minute shoppers. @Designsthelimit we provide personalized gift services to match the personalized gifts we provide. Just Say No to gift cards and make your next gift purchase, a gift giving experience.

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Gift wrap and Card

Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo says The customer care is really one of the most important aspects of selling for me.
For a long time I have been a trainer of that topic, so you can imagine how much I take care of it.

With customers it’s necessary to be very patient: a lot of people do not read descriptions and then, when they receive the item, they think you sent them a wrong one. This is just an example!

What is my customer care politics?
– To reply in the shortest time to any information request
– Great willingness
– A small gift every time I ship an order and a thanks card handwritten.

I see my customers appreciate all this and give a five stars review, combining it with nice and warm words.

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Elegant and unique fireplace wreath or wall decor

 

Rose Quartz And Serenity – Pantone Color Of The Year 2016

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

The 2016 PANTONE Color of the Year is Rose Quartz and Serenity. Pantone shares:

As consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern-day stresses, welcoming colors that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent. Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.

The prevalent combination of Rose Quartz and Serenity also challenges traditional perceptions of color association.

In many parts of the world we are experiencing a gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted color trends throughout all other areas of design. This more unilateral approach to color is coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity, the consumer’s increased comfort with using color as a form of expression, a generation that has less concern about being typecast or judged and an open exchange of digital information that has opened our eyes to different approaches to color usage.

Here are a few Rose Quartz and Serenity items from the CIJ team on Pinterest!

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Rose Quartz Necklace And Earring Set by VintageJoolsandMore

Rose Quartz Necklace by FirepanJewellery

Rose Quartz Triangle Pendant Necklace by LilyandFern

Rose Quartz Bead Necklace by Zeppola

Rose Quartz Sphere Pendant Necklace by beadloverskorner

Rose Quartz Delight Necklace by FirepanJewellery

Rose Quartz Bath Salt by GwensHomemadeGifts

Rose Quartz And Serenity Adjustable Bracelet by ClassyGlassAndJewels

Rose Quartz And Serenity Boho Bracelet by MadeOnKailash

Rose Quartz Handmade Chunky Beanie Hat by WoolyMomo

Rose Quartz Extra Soft Scarf by ClassyGlassAndJewels

Rose Quartz Girls Handbag by RobynFayeDesigns

Landscape Photography Blank Card by TheOldBarnDoor

Serenity Soap Sack by GwensHomemadeGifts

Serenity Cashmere Scarf by ClassyGlassAndJewels

Are you a member of the CIJ team? Do you have Rose Quartz and Serenity items that you would like to have pinned on Pinterest? See the CIJ forums to participate!

Christmas In July Team Members Who Blog

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

January is the time to relax and enjoy quiet time in front of my wood burning fireplace. One of my favorite pastimes when I’m sitting in front of the fireplace is reading blogs.

There are many Christmas In July team members who are bloggers. Please take a few moment with me as you sit in front of your fireplace tonight to read their blogs.

Sit back, relax and enjoy!

Savannah Griffith from RareRusticCrafts says:

I host my blog on my website: www.rarerusticcrafts.com/rare-rustic-crafts-blog

My favorite article was from a few months ago. I sell two different kinds of clay masks and one of my most frequent questions is how to use them. I wrote an article with instructions on how to use them. The blog relates back to a post card and an instagram post. Between the three items, I’ve been able to hand out instructions at markets and refer people back to my blog and the video clip on my instagram. It’s been a great tool for not only helping to answer my most frequent question as thoroughly as I can, but for getting my customers on my website and my instagram.

You can read the blog post here: www.rarerusticcrafts.com/rare-rustic-crafts-blog/how-to-acne-treatm…

Rare Rustic Crafts Blog

Rare Rustic Crafts Blog

Gari Anne from beadloverskorner says:

My blog can be found here www.beadloverskorner.com/blog
and I have lots of favorite posts, but one I think I have already posted here a while back. So my next favorite would be the one I did to try to help other Etsy sellers by telling the process I use for tagging my items and how it increased my sales. www.beadloverskorner.com/blog/how-to-use-tags-to-improve-sales-on-e…

Bead Lovers Korner Blog

Bead Lovers Korner Blog

Janine from AllsortsofSoaps says:

I have a blog on my website www.allsortsofsoap.com.au.

I have so many favourite posts and they are all so different from each other…some are recipes, others are about daily life experiences, some are about soap, and others range from anzac day to my experience teaching in Mongolia. It is not a blog that deals specifically with Etsy…however I do have one post that deals with #makeforgood. The blog I have chosen is the second part of a two-part blog. I think it is a piece that most parents could relate to…the deadline for an impending school assignment and nothing done! Here is the link-
www.allsortsofsoap.com/allsorts-of-conversations/science-101-for-mu…

All Sorts Of Soap Blog

All Sorts Of Soap Blog

rina from RinartsAtelier says:

I have a few favorite blog posts on my blog (www.rinarts.nl/blog), but a recent blog post was about a part of crafting you do not think enough about when you start selling on the internet. At least I did not!

It is a blog about wrapping your order. In this post I describe the way I walked to where I am now.

Here is the link:
www.rinarts.nl/blog/put-a-ribbon-on-it

Rinarts Blog

Rinarts Blog