Sunday, March 22, 2009

Get Crafty: Easter Eggs 2009

I have been dyeing my Easter eggs using scraps of silk for 3 years now after encountering a Martha Stewart episode that featured a how-to demonstration for these eye-popping eggs. You can read her article here for the original directions, or see last year's post for more of my eggs as well as basic instructions.

It was so easy and the results are just outrageusly fun and fabulous. And did I mention that no one is going to get rainbow-colored fingers in the process? That's right... it's mess-free as long as you don't drop a raw egg while wrapping!

My 4 -year old named one speckled egg "Sparky" and constantly pondered about Sparky's progress as the dyeing process continued. "I wonder what Sparky will look like." And after the unwrapping part, " I wonder what Sparky will taste like." She got to eat it for dinner and had a blast doing this project with me.

I'd recommend this project to everyone! I'm selling cheap kits in my Etsy shop that include the silk scraps, wrapping clothes, ties and instructions if you're not up for the thrifting trip required for this awesome Easter project. Click here to order a kit. Happy Easter!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Etsy Thoughts: Totally Useful Etsy-Related Websites

Her are some super useful websites that Etsy shopowners can use to learn more about status of their shop on Etsy...

Flickr: Etsy Front Pagers - Treasury Screen Shots
If you go to this site, you can search using your shop name (all one word) to find out if and when you've been featured on the front page. I'm led to understand that it isn't all inclusive, but I don't think I'm missing any that have featured my items. Worth a browse!

This website is searchable using your shop name as well, and it breaks down information about your shop hearts and item hearts. It will also tell you if you've been on the front page within the past 24 hours and what gift guides you are currently featured in.

This site, like the others, requires a search by shop name and gives you information about what treasuries you are currently featured, whether you are an alternate or not, as well as what gift guides you are being featured in.

Check 'em out! You never know what you'll find!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

TheJuneBride News: Expanding Horizons

Since October-ish of last year, I have been accepting some consignment offers, and have been doing wholesale or quantity pricing since the very beginning. One location that has been very nice to work with is Fey Handmade. It is a small boutique located in Asbury Park in New Jersey. They are currently featuring my reclaimed wool brooches on the front page of their online storefont, and have section about the artists represented in their store where they link to my online shop. I am quite pleased. The founder, Christine, is a gem and I am very hapy that she asked me to be a part of her shop. Here is the front page... a lovely photo that has instilled mannequin-envy to my very core: