Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Etsy Day

The long awaited details are here!

When: Friday, April 24th ALL DAY!!

Where: globally, with any luck!

Concept:So many people don’t know what Etsy is. Wouldn’t be great to do a grassroots, marketing blitz to raise awareness and create a buzz. The idea is to create a mystery about Etsy.

We want to educate the public by throwing the word out there in mass numbers without telling them what it is, thereby getting people to notice it everywhere, wonder about it, talk to people, and eventually researching it on the internet.

See initial thread:
Materials: I know some of you want to buy shirts, bumper stickers, car decals, etc. That’s great.
You can do that in ADDITION to printing our car sign for free here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/36935450@N03/3403147220/
(This sign is only to be used for Etsy Day or future Etsy Days TBA)

We want everyone to be able to participate. We are strongest in numbers! And this car sign is the simplest method. For those who don’t drive or live in the city, you could:
1. Arrange to meet other fellow Etsians (if you live in metropolitan area) to hold the Etsy car as a sign. Ex. Meet in Times Square for 15 min and wave the sign or pass it out as fliers. Then leave…blitz-like.
2. Print car sign and post in the local coffee shop, diner, etc
3. Wave it on the Today show!

*I think it will be a little flimsy when printed so I think it would be great to glue the sign to black construction paper.

** Remember: For this one day we are asking that you just promote Etsy, not your personal shop. United, we stand to gain the most!

*** With the recession looming over us, we have a great opportunity to explain to people that there’s a need to go back to simpler times ie. supporting artisans and craftmen(women).

****Please try to spread this thread to as many fellow Etsians as you can. If you notice your state’s team not responding to the thread, send them an email with the link.

Let’s make this BIG!!!!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Print Your Own Stationery

I occasionaly got cards and letters from my Mom when I was away at college. It only took 27 cents to bring her love over so many miles to me. (Boy does that show my age or WHAT ?!?)

Going to the mail box is usually boring. Most of the time I just find bills and advertising. But every once in a while, I see an envelope with a real stamp and my address hand-written on it. I smile when I see it.......I know there's something special inside, from someone special I care about.

My mom inspired me to make my latest creation. After much labor, I've finally finished the first in my new line of print your own stationery. I think it gives people an economical way to to leave a note for Mom. It also saves some trees too by avoiding waste.

Hopefully, it'll make your mom smile :)

I'll be posting a tutorial later on this week about how I created this photo. It was way easier than you think, and for free.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

My other favorite blogs

I haven't posted in forever since I've been so busy with work, trying to develop new products for my Etsy shop, and nursing my dying ancient computer and vehicle.

But on a lighter note......these have nothing to do with graphics design or Etsy. These are just pure fun.

I can't get enough of that Pioneer Woman. She warms my heart & cracks me up on a daily basis. Go give her a look-see. She just won a boat load of Blog Awards. (Yes I stole that pic from her website. I don't think she'll mind though.) Hmmm chaps. Even a city girl like me can appreciate chap-clad Wranglers.

My newest & also second most favorite blogs have to do with food. And not just any food, I'm talking all the sugar & cake & cupcakes & fondant & royal icing you can stand. I'm talking about Pioneer Woman's new friend Bakerella, who I think also just won a boat load of blogging awards.

Her cake pops are the cutest darned things I've ever seen! Her cake balls are a unique & can be convered in any form of coma-inducing confection you can imagine.

I'm also enamored with Cake Journal.

I don't think I've seen prettier cookies and cupcakes.

Someday I'll be able to make something like that without it looking like a 5-year old did it. That is if I don't eat all of the cookies first.

Her tutorials are great and are suprisingly easy. For people that don't decorate cookies like 5-year-olds that is.