Thursday, August 13, 2009

Revisions & improvements

322 listings x 3 add-ins + any noticeable problems = 1 pooped Estian.

As you can see from the above equation, I updated all of my Etsy listings. Since the Etsy Supply Street Team added me to their team I had to add the Team ESST tag & photo to my listings. While I was doing that I decided to take Jeanne's advice and add a product code. I cleaned up any problems that jumped out at me. It feels good to have a couple of things to mark off my to do list.

I wonder if I will be able to get photos taken this week. This was another one of my goals. The problem with goals is life gets in the way. This time of year is always so busy, but what time of year isn't. Well maybe January & February. I don't know about where you live but January & February are trying months here in Ohio. They are often grey, grey & more grey. I love snow, but don't like slush. I much prefer this time of year, although my favorite season is fall. I love layering clothes. I like to layer & mix up jewelry too.

You can see all of my revisions by clicking Http:// (which will take you to my Etsy shop).

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


I get excited about thinking where my beads are from (as I like to say, most of them are from 'long ago & far away'). I totally love the process of finding NOS vintage beads. These are beads that have sat in warehouses for decades waiting for me to find them. I love people (especially older people) & I have met some of the most interesting people while buying and selling beads. I get excited from where my beads will go & what they will become. Every so often some one will show me some great piece that they have made with my beads & it makes me so happy. I've even bought finished pieces made from beads that I sold. I love the feeling of being able to point people in the direction of the supplies that I don't have but may know someone who does have. Basically, I like the feeling of helping people create little pieces of art.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

First Post

Wow! Things are happening today!

A couple of days ago I sent a request to join Etsy's Supply Street Team knowing that there was a waiting list. This morning I got a nice message from the leader of that team, Carla (, she loves my shop & put it at the top of the list. All I have to do is add the Team ESST to my listings. Of course, I have over 300 listings on Etsy, but it shouldn't take me too long.

I decided that since I was going to be editing my listings anyways, this would be a good time for me to start the blog that I have been thinking about for so long. Ta-da! Here it is! I'll add this site to my Etsy listings at the same time.

My bead goals for this week are to edit at least 75% of my Etsy listings, change my eBay promo box (since my 'dog days of summer sale' ends late tonight), take photos of the beads that I have already sorted & counted, and if at all possible list some of these 'new to shop/store' on either eBay or Etsy.

The challenge will be to find bead time this week - it is my son's last week of summer vacation. He still needs school clothes & some supplies and his birthday is on Friday. I need and want to spend some quality time with my kids before our insane fall schedule starts. Of course, my son doesn't think that uniform shopping qualifies as quality together time.