Tuesday Treasure: Rainbow Felt Necklace

Come to the BeedABoo shop on Etsy to find handmade creations that are a true delight! The shop owner makes her own beautiful beads, and her jewelry creations range from classic to playful. Come check it out!

 

BeedABoo Felt Jewelry

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Trending Monday: Upcycle, Recycle, Repurpose

Upcycle Recycle Repurpose

By M Kimball, ElephantBeads

JudysDesigns Fold Formed Metalwork Earrings

JudysDesigns – Fold Formed Metalwork Earrings

We are living in an era of repurposing. It’s not just because of the Great Recession, theories about global warming, or fears about scarce resources. There is a new level of creativity on the rise that helps us see the things around us with new eyes – and to see our own power to create something completely new.

This creative urge has fueled the DIY and Maker movements – and it also fuels many artisans on Etsy. A number of DTeam shops feature upcycled, recycled or repurposed materials. Here are just a few:

Judy at JudysDesigns notes that many of the metalwork pieces she uses for her jewelry are from found metals. The thick wire is from a spool found in a car given to her husband for scrap. The sheet metal is from leftover home improvement projects, and the aluminum hoop earrings are cut from leftover sections of airplane strut material.

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WhatsInGrampasShack – Painted Slate with Cardinal

Colleen at WhatsInGrampasShack notes that all of the slates she uses for painted home accessories were at one time on a church roof in Honeybrook, Pennsylvania. What a lovely example of recycling, repurposing and upcycling!

And finally, Lisa from LovinTheGoodOleDays upcycles clothing in her fashion creations. She adds bling to tank tops, and repurposes sweaters into beautiful dresses, skirts and other creations.

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Upcycled Women’s Tank Top from LovinTheGoodOleDays

Each of these artists is using the materials around her to create something new, something that brings a fresh perspective into the world in the form of usable, functional artwork.

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Teaching Thursday: Search Engine Optimization – Keywords & More

Note: This post is the words of Graeme, an Etsy member who has kindly agreed to let us share his thoughts on SEO more widely. He originally posted this in the Etsy Forums, and JudysDesigns, a DTeam member, found it.

You can do research on Etsy right in Etsy’s search bar – just start typing and popular suggestions appear. Then you can use a tool like: www.tools4etsy.com/Wall-e/Relevancy/Keyword to see where you appear in search + who the top sellers are, the top listings, and the Tags used.

** Titles & Tags are important to Etsy Search (redundancy = relevancy i.e. Tag phrases should be repeated in titles); Description & Titles for SEO (repetition = relevancy, but not duplication; i.e. Titles, each should be unique). Title, Tag and Description (upper/lower) case & punctuation has no importance to Etsy Search & Search Engines like Google & Bing (SEO). Also, the order of Tags is not important.

** Be aware that Etsy sees Categories as having a dual purpose – both as a Category & a Tag. Entering them twice is a waste of a tag.

** According to an Etsy Blog article (ref: blog.etsy.com/en/2013/top-5-steps-to-a-mobile-friendly-shop ): “…item descriptions are truncated on Etsy’s mobile apps after nine lines; aim to keep vital details above the fold.”. As Etsy claims that 40%+ views are coming from Mobile devices, your target audience could be missing key information that may be visible “below the 9-line fold”.

** Please note that on Etsy, it can take up to an hour for the Listing page (Etsy page cache) to refresh and up to 24 hours for the Listing changes to be fully indexed. ( ref: www.etsy.com/help/article/187 )

** Etsy Blog articles & help links that should help:
– Shop Makeover Series: Titles, Descriptions and Tags – blog.etsy.com/en/2011/shop-makeover-titles-descriptions-and-tags/
– Etsy Success: Make Your Shop More Relevant – blog.etsy.com/en/2011/make-your-shop-more-relevant/
– An Etsy worksheet put together to help sellers brainstorm keywords that buyers might use when searching:
blog.etsy.com/en/files/2013/08/Unlock-Your-Keywords.pdf
– How do I make sure my items are getting found in Search? – www.etsy.com/help/article/821
– How to Get Found in Search – www.etsy.com/blog/en/2012/how-to-get-found-in-search/
– How to Get Found in Browse – www.etsy.com/blog/en/2012/how-to-get-found-in-browse/
– How do I improve my shop’s Search Engine Optimization (SEO)? – www.etsy.com/help/article/247
– 4 Ways to Improve Your SEO and Increase Your Traffic – blog.etsy.com/en/2013/4-ways-to-improve-your-seo/
– How to Write Enticing Item Descriptions – blog.etsy.com/en/2012/how-to-write-enticing-item-descriptions
(Note: Whilst some of these blog posts have been around for a while, they are still very relevant)
– Google’s Search Engine Optimization Starter Guide – static.googleusercontent.com/media/www.google.com/en/us/webmasters/...

** Etsy mentioned in an Admin Q&A thread (may 16th, 2014) that Etsy (eg: Treasuries) & external (eg: Facebook) inbound links will help with improving a Listing’s Relevancy. Listing new, relisting and renewing all equally give a Listing’s relevancy a boost.

** A great post on SEO Myths you should NOT believe: www.etsy.com/teams/7722/discussions/discuss/12878519

** Lastly, here is a tool that compares Etsy Tags side-by-side: www.tools4etsy.com/tagwars

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Tuesday Treasure: Bald Eagle Can Cozy

CrystalCat’s shop features spectacular original creations, from hand-cross-stitched bookmarks to crocheted and needle-felted can cozy’s like this handsome Bald Eagle cozy. This would make a great gift for a hard-to-shop-for man on your list!

Bald Eagle Can Cozy by CrystalCat

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Tuesday Treasure: Bullet Jewelry

Whether you love guns and ammo, or just enjoy a great up-cycled piece of wearable art – you can find what you’re looking for at ShellsNStuff on Etsy. This shop features classy jewelry – simple, but extraordinary. This 40 Caliber Three Bullet Casing Necklace is just one of many treasures you can find at ShellsNStuff!

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40 Caliber Three Bullet Casing Necklace by ShellsNStuff

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Tuesday Treasure: Adult Birthday Humor

Come to MissTanDesigns‘ shop for some hilarious adult humor! MissTanDesigns offers greeting cards and birthday cards for those of us who like a good belly laugh. What’s even better – you won’t find these cards in any store. Give your friend a true original!

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Let’s Drink Birthday Card by MissTanDesigns

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Monday a la Mode: Pantone 2014 Fall Color Lineup

By M Kimball, ElephantBeads

I don’t always love all of the Pantone seasonal colors, but Fall 2014 is a fantastic line-up. No matter what 2-3 colors you use in a mash-up, the combination is really quite lovely. Here I have settled on Mauve Mist, Radiant Orchid and Aluminum, and again I’m very satisfied with the result.

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Check out these lovely items from some of the DTeam’s new member shops. Click to see each item in the shop, and please browse around for other great selections!

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Statement Necklace from AllThingsArtistic7

 

 

Pantone MyJewelry14

Boho fringe earrings from MyJewelry14

 

Pantone LadyLibelula

Crochet slouchy hat from LadyLibelula

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visit Pantone online for more information about how to mix and match the colors.

Talk to us: Will any of these Pantone colors be your special go-to colors for the season? If you’re a crafter or a shop owner – tell us what you’ve made in these colors!

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Tuesday Treasure: Neon Bracelet

Visit PurpleCatShop for bright jewelry that is so yummy-looking, it looks good enough to eat! Many of the finds in this shop are handmade with polymer clay. From rainbow cake rings to chocolate chip cookie earrings, PurpleCatShop has it all! Featured here is a neon beaded bracelet that will brighten up the cloudiest Autumn day!

NeonBracelet

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Monday a la Mode: Casual Layers

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By M Kimball, ElephantBeads

Casual layers are really trending in autumn 2014, and ALMOST anything goes. Just keep in mind a few tips, and you can’t miss:

1. Patterns – You can mix patterns to your heart’s content, but try to stick to similar color tones. This bright look sported by Clarabelle would work beautifully for fall, and shows how two boldly-colored patterns can work well together:

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2. Tails: Show those under-layers! This is a continuing trend, and one that is very flattering on all body types, as this example from Simply Marlena reveals. Click on the image for two other lovely layered effects:
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3. Mix Up the Top Layer: As you can see from each of the examples below – from CafeMom, SeeAnnaJane and LarimeLoom’s Etsy shop, the top layer can vary from a sweatshirt to a fine knit. All look great!

ThreeLayersTalk to us: Do you have any favorite layering pieces, or layering techniques? Tell us what they are!

 

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Tuesday Treasure: Hand Sewn Autumn Skirt for Girls

Usher in autumn in style with this lovely skirt for your little one. It would pair great with leggings or tights for cooler weather. Skirt is made from 100% cotton (pre-shrunk) in a persimmon pink crosshatch and a solid off-white design featuring tree silhouettes with falling leaves and squirrels. The 2 inch waistband has enclosed elastic with a sash. A perfect gift for your daughter, niece, or little sister! From the awesome shop of AStitchOff on Etsy!

TuesTreasure 2014-09-16

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