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30 September 2008
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Hello everyone! I was browsing through the threads on Etsy and I found an opportunity to be featured on Beadsbloom's website, http://www.mamaneedscoffee.com/! She has a sidebar section on the left of her website where she encourages people to buy handmade. She has a list of linked screenshots of a variety of sites! I am number one on the list (: I am really thankful of this opportunity! I really hope in helps bring in some sales! If you guys are featured somewhere, please share the link! I'd love to take a peek!
Thanks for reading!
XOX ~ Mannie
28 September 2008
So I ordered a wire sample from Beadeux so I could play around with the idea of making my own earwires and headpins. Well, I received the package a couple days ago and just today had the time to play! I made the holiday earrings you see to the left. I am quite proud of myself to have actually made those earwires (: Those earrings are up for sale; you can purchase them here. I can't wait to order more & more wire to play with! I plan to experiement with wire wrapping some stones to use as pendants, too. Wish me luck (:
I finally made a flickr account today (: Click here to view. Not much is up yet, though. Expect more in the future!
I made a custom banner and matching avatar for Hildeguard's Lair. Please comment here to let me know what you think about it?? I really enjoy making custom banners and avatars for people. I like that I can help spice up their shop, and hopefully help them bring in more customers. Also, when a shop has a sale, I can make a banner and avatar set to go with their sale! When they are posting around etsy, people will see their sale avatar and get pulled in... then when they go to thier shop, the sale banner looks appealing, and they read on to learn about the sale. Sounds good to me! I plan to make a listing for this service today.
As in my previous post (about finally getting some little promo tags custom made), Susan finished my tags and says they'll ship Monday. I am excited to see them in person! I'm sure they'll be perfect! I plan to take photos of them once received to share with you all!
Speaking of promos, I would loveee to exchange business cards! Most people who order from me really enjoy see gettings the cards I send to them! They love finding new shops all about buying handmade pieces! If you are interested please leave a comment here or convo me through Etsy (:
Bye bye for now! Hope everyone is doing great! XOX
25 September 2008
I was just browsing through the promotion threads on Etsy and came across Susan's Greetings! I am currently working with her on getting 50 tags similar to ones she has made in the past (see picture)! I really liked the swirl pattern around the initals and the back can be any color or pattern she has available. Right now we are talking about a dark purple! Please check out Susan's shop; She has lots of creative and beautiful paper goods!
24 September 2008
The picture to the left is an example of work done by the wonderful Lyn Lloyd Designs. She has decided to feature me on her website this week! Please make sure to check out the interview, and all the other great things on her website and in her shop! She works in graphic design and also has a lot of experience in video software/editing. If you are looking of ways to spice up your banner, or even have a custom promotional video of your shop, check her out for sure! And thank you again, Lyn for featuring me; It really means a lot!
21 September 2008
Heavenly Baubles ~ Reminded of His Love through Beauty!
(2) This charm bracelet has so much symbolism! It's tells the story of Christ's life. Each bracelet is custom made to order, but will include all the pieces to re-create Christ's journey on your wrist!
(4) This is probably my most favorite thing in Heavenly Baubles! She did an amazing job creating the nest! This "Bird of Heaven" necklace is inspired from Matthew 6:26 "Behold the birds of the heaven, that they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; and your heavenly Father feedeth them."
To see and learn more about Heavenly Baubles, please visit her Etsy Shop and her blog. I'd also like you to visit her other shop, KaleidoscopeKorner, where she just unveiled her KaleidoscopeKids, which are available right now, 2 for $10!
Carapace ~ armor against a grey day!
Cara's shop offers some of the most beautiful, original illustration I've ever come across. It's flowy & fun, and her descriptions are the best (: Each piece has a story that she tells quite eloquently! She also offers very unique, handmade pendants! Here are a few of my favorites from her shop...
(1) This gorgoues pendant, is handmade from a real sunflower leaf, cpatures the "fall colors" perfectly!! It's it's super unique!
(2) Another unique, but smaller pendant. Her description for this one is lovely (: Here's an excerpt, "She's very light and shy, and would like to make it clear that she won't get in the way. But she would like to see a bit of the world, and love to read any good books you might happen to persue while wearing her.And if she should happen to be used as a bookmark, that would be fine with her, too."
(3) This is my favorite Original Illustartion from her collection. It's the "portrait" of Aegir's oldest daughter. Through this piece, Cara & I were about to discover our love of the Norse Mythos was shared (: I may just have to buy this from her! You must read her description of this for yourself; It's fabulous!
(4) This Original Illustration portrays laughing sunflowers! This piece is so fun! It instantly makes me smile everytime I see it!
To see and learn more about Carapace, please visit her Etsy Shop & her blog.
I really hope this shows you the true talent of these two fellow etsians! I am still trying to decide how I am going to do this, but I'd really like to do a few features a week on other Etsy shops. It helps get there shops out there, and it's fun for me to do! If you've got any ideas/suggestions, I'd love to have them (:
Also, please comment & let me know how you like this double feature! I really appreciate the feedback!
20 September 2008
19 September 2008
Completely off topic, but I wouldn't mind having some feedback from you guys now (:
I made a custom banner and avatar for Nikki's new shop, Heavenly Baubles. Do you think I could start to offer this service(custom banners and avatars) in my shop? And how much should I charge? I browsed around on Etsy and found most sites charge around $15. Your thoughts?
I may be back to add more later, but now I'm off to try new ventrues! xox
17 September 2008
Well, along with a new shop, comes new worries. Like having a banner and avatar that will draw people in. Nikki and I are both a part of an Etsy team called EtsyFriends. We work together to come up with ideas about promoting our shops, and we just chit chat! Nikki put up a post on our group's thread and asked if someone would make her a new banner and avatar. I jumped at this offer, as I love working in graphic design. I made a custom banner with matching regular avatar and a sale avatar. Take a look! The banner, the regular avatar, and the sale avatar! What do you guys think? In return for making her banner and avatars, she gave me $15 credit towards her shops (: Now isn't that just the sweetest! I totally appreciate it, especially since I've been eyeing these three bags from her shop (Bag One & Bag Two & Bag Three)!!
I am considering putting up a listing in my shop for a custom etsy banner & matching avatar. Do you think it would be a good idea? Do you think it would sell? As always, I loveee feedback!
Well, my team's trade game is at 9pm/EST tonight, and I'm still not sure if I'm playing, lol. The boyfriend and I are supposed to watch a movie together tonight, but that all depends on how much of his coursework he can complete. I ended up not making anything new for my shop today, oops! I shall try to make things tomorrow!
Bye bye for now, I may be back (: xox
16 September 2008
As for my shop (MVincent.etsy.com), I've been having some trouble taking the photos for my jewelry. No matter what I've tried as far as lighting and background, it all turns out crappy! I consider myself good with a camera. I've always taken great photos of people/places/things, but trying to find a good lighting in this apartment is tough... I don't know why; I'm quite irritated! I've tried natural sunlight, lamps, etc. I've tried white construction paper, a page from a book, my boyfriend's wood desk, etc for a blackground and it's just not the best quality! I am going to try and figure out something different for taking my pictures. Hopefully I can get up some really good pictures, and make some sales! Also, I have so much I want to say on my main shop page... I know, I need to just put it all in my shop policies and have only a short and sweet welcome message, lol.
I've set up a mailing list. If you sign up, you'll get to know about shop updates, special (and sometimes secret) sales, news, and more. Just e-mail me at MannieMandible@yahoo.com saying "Add me to this mailing list!"
09 September 2008
I decided to start blogging about my business, MannieManible. I'm twenty years young and living with my boyfriend in South Florida. I handmake and sell my jewelry at http://mvincent.etsy.com/. Here at this blog you can read all about my creations... jewelry and otherwise. Please check out my shop & come back soon for more news!