Today is Black Friday on Etsy too!
My shop is offering
10% off rings
20% off bracelets and rings
FREE gift of a custom skinny mini with purchases over $50.00 *shipping not included *price is after the discount is applied
Visit my shop!
Friday, November 28, 2008
Today is Black Friday on Etsy too!
Posted by Monkeybuns at 5:59 AM
Monday, November 3, 2008
Posted by Monkeybuns at 6:53 AM
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Check out my JHS- JET Holiday Sale section for some great buys on some lovely jewelry. The prices reflect the discount already for easy checkout, if there is anything else you're interested in just shoot me a convo and we'll work it out.
I am offering %15 off all my JHS items, plus some of the necklaces come with a free gift. PLUS anyone who buys anything from any section of my shop during JHS is entered to win a surprise gift
★ ★ ADDITIONAL SAVINGS: I am offering tiered discounts throughout my entire store: ★ ★
if you spend $25.00 or more, you’ll receive 10% off an additional item
if you spend $50.00 or more, you’ll receive 20% off an additional item
if you spend $75.00 or more, you’ll receive 25% off an additional item
If you spend $100.00 or more, you’ll receive 40% off an additional item
Please type "JHS - I want my ___ % Discount! " in the notes at checkout to receive your discount!
Wait until I send you a revised invoice through PayPal, which will reflect your discount.
Check out BusyBeads Holiday Special Sale section for sale items!
Put JHS in your notes to seller section of the invoice and wait for a corrected billing prior to paying. Or, if you prefer, we can refund you the discount through paypal.
The BrassHussy is offering a BOGO sale of buy one get one half off!!
Posted by Monkeybuns at 6:53 PM
I'm kicking off the JET Holiday Sale with a great deal. Starting at midnight all my cube bracelets will be 35% off!! This sale will run through the 28th. Keep checking back for the next sale!!
Introducing Carnival Glass just in time for this sale! Please search to find other great deals on fabulous jewelry!!
Posted by Monkeybuns at 6:24 PM
Thursday, October 23, 2008
JET Holiday Sale
Check out my Etsy Shop for great holiday gifts
Through out this mega sale I'll be running different Sales!!!
Posted by Monkeybuns at 7:49 PM
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Today was my first craft show. It seemed liked I wouldn't get everything done in time but I did. I worked really hard to build up stock for the show and this morning I was blessed to have my family help me set up. I got off to a rocky start because I was right next to another jewelry booth and the lady kept giving me dirty looks. My husband wasn't able to help me past setting up because he had to take care of our little monkey. I was really lucky that both my parents really wanted to help. It was a fabulous day for weather 76 degrees with a light wind. It happened to be Dillinger Day's. I happen to live in Mason City Iowa where Dillinger robbed a bank. They did reenactments all day and offered music, food and fun. I sold 9 bracelets and got a order for a custom piece. Over all I had a fun day with my parents and made some money too. I got invited to another show in November and I can't wait!
Posted by Monkeybuns at 6:18 PM
Monday, August 18, 2008
It has been quite the topsy turby day already and it's only 9:30. My morning started off at 1 am when my husband woke up with the flu. Poor guy when he gets sick he usually gets really sick. At about 7 my son woke up and came to wake me up. Of course he didn't know that his daddy is home with the flu so when my husband sat up it scared him. He took off running for the bathroom, slipped on the rug and hit his jaw/chin on the bath tub. At first I thought he was okay just a bump but then I saw a bunch of blood on my shirt. Then I noticed that his chin/jaw had a gash on it. So it was off to the ER where they had to glue his face back together. I hate hate hate it when my little guy gets hurt! He was so brave and was more worried about Daddy being sick. Once I had Anthony set up with his dough nut (his bravery treat) I went about checking my email and Etsy. Guess what? I was on the front page!! This is the 3rd time and it always feels like the first time. My fellow Jet, Lavalleygirly, got me the following screen shot. My bracelet is the first box in the third row down.Today I will also see the end of my bead hiatus. You maybe wondering doesn't she have more time left? I do I have 1 and a 1/2 months left. However my local bead store is closing and selling all their stuff for cheap. I can't resist a good deal. After this load up I shall be done for awhile I swear!! My mom ran across a craft fair going on next month so I'm going to be doing my first show. I'm really nervous. I'll keep you all updated on the progress of my show and my little guy's face. As always Happy Crafting and stay away from the bath tub monsters!
Posted by Monkeybuns at 7:28 AM
Friday, August 15, 2008
I know that some people are under the logic if I build an Etsy shop they will come. Sorry to tell you this but that just isn't true. Running an online shop is much different than running a brick and morter shop where someone may find you in the phone book or by chance. In the online world you have to promote yourself. I work under the logic of you'll get out of Etsy what you put into Etsy. So let's talk promotion. There are ways to promote yourself on Etsy like forums, showcases, treasuries etc. but today I want to talk about promoting outside of Etsy to bring new buyers into our shops.
If you don't already promote yourself on Myspace or Facebook I suggest setting up an account dedicated solely to your Etsy shop. You should add as many people as you can that you think will genuinely be interested in your craft. Once you add someone look at their friends would any of them be interested? Myspace offers groups join ones that apply to you! Then network your butt off.
There is a great way to help yourself get traffic it's called StumbleUpon. Basically it's a place where you can submit websites that you think are interesting. Every time you list an new item Stumble it.
Do a Google search for forums that apply to you. Ning is a great community with a lot of communities to join. You can post pictures, talk on forums, and promote yourself.
Ecard is a great place to promote your blog, there by promoting your shop. Once you sign up you go to the campaign tab and find blogs you want to "drop your card". It does drive traffic to your blog.
Contact your local media
Your local media wants to know about you! Call your local newspapers and news station and see if they are interested in doing a human interest story on you. This will help draw in local buyers.
Leave your business cards
Always carry business cards on you because you never know when you'll need them. Ask if you can leave a stack at your local craft shop. Also when you, your friends or family go on vacation leave business cards. When my parents went on a cruise they left my business cards in Seattle and Alaska.
Some times you have to spend money to make money. Advertising is one of these times. You should of course exhaust all the free advertising you can get first, find free ads on blogs and other online forums. Once you have exhausted those make sure you research your options before you spend money.
Submit to Craft Magazines
Find magazines that are targeted at your craft and submit your work to them. Some times you have to submit more than once.
Join a Street Team on Etsy
Joining a street team on Etsy will help you get exposure but more than that it will help you find support and more ideas on promoting.
Submit to online search engines
This can be time consuming but in the end it really can pay off. There are thousands of search engines besides the big ones everyone knows. Search for online directories then submit submit submit!
You should take time to promote others in treasuries, your own blog and to friends and family.
These are just a couple of ways to promote yourself out side the box. If you have any other suggestions please let me know! As always happy crafting!
Posted by Monkeybuns at 4:16 AM
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Everyone who knows me knows that I'm on a self imposed three month no bead buying hiatus. I've managed the first month quite well thanks to my fellow Jets, Jeweledblossoms and Thevintagejewlerybox, who have both sent me some really great beads. I also have a pile of items that have beads on them that I have been meaning to take apart. This past month I took a part a purse covered in wood beads to get my fix. You can see what I created with combination of the beads the Thevingagejewelrybox and the purse beads in my Etsy shop. What lead me to this self imposed hiatus you ask? A month ago I bought this fabulous wood case from Hobby Lobby to put my beads in so I could see what I had better. I thought for sure when I bought it that I would have room left over for future buys. I was very wrong. I filled up almost the whole case with just my Delicas, Toho and cubes. It was while I was transferring my beads into their new little cases that I realized that I didn't even know I had half the beads I do! I accept my bead addiction and know some day I shall have to seek help. Below are the photos of my about an 1/8 of my stash. I still have to go through my wood, metal, other glass besides seeds, resin and beads I use for hemp. I'm glad my husband has no idea how much money I've spent lol. I should mention that I also have a touch of OCD when it comes to organizing my beads as you can tell by the photos.
I feel better now that I have accepted my addiction lol. If you have a huge stash you'd like to share let me know I 'd love to show your addiction. As always happy crafting!
Posted by Monkeybuns at 10:08 AM
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
I hope to be back blogging more regularly in the weeks to come. Look for my Etsy Find of the Week, Etsy Artist of the Week and Thinking Outside the Box Fridays. If you have any suggestions for these let me know!! As always happy crafting!
Posted by Monkeybuns at 7:17 AM
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
I see great things on Etsy all the time! I've decided to do a Etsy find of the week. My first find is this adorable Fat Monkey from Sweetestpeas' shop. Fat Monkey is 5.5" tall and carries a waist line of 14.5".
Fat Monkey swings from the trees right into your heart. He loves bananas, of course! But, since he's sneaky, he might try to get into everything in the kitchen.
Things to know:
♥Fat Monkey is made to order. Please allow Sweetestpea 7-10 days to complete this little guy for you.
♥You can choose the color of your monkey! How great is that? All you have to do is convo Sweetestpea.
♥Fat monkey is best for children over 3. If you would like a Fat Monkey for a child under 3 adjustments can be made just let Sweetestpea know and she will embroider the eyes, make an unbendable tail and not include a beanbag.
♥If you prefer another animal check out her shop!
I'm always looking for great Etsy items to feature! If you're interested let me know! As always happy crafting.
Posted by Monkeybuns at 8:09 AM
Monday, July 21, 2008
I meet this week's feature artist on Flickr. Manamoon is perhaps one of the most talented wire jewelry makers I've ever seen. Manamoon is a husband, Damein, and wife, Sharon, team that works 7 days a week to create their beautiful pieces. They started their Etsy shop on January 13 of this year and have already had 14 sales!! You can find their jewelry on their personal website. Damein does all of their Chain Maille pieces while Sharon concentrates on the other jewelry aspects of their fabulous shop. You only have to spend a few seconds in their shop to understand how talented they are. It's like a jewelry candy store!! One of my favorite things about Manamoon is that they use focal beads from other very talented Etsy Artist in their pieces. Every time I think I can pick a favorite piece they come up with a new one that is fabulous. Here are a few of my favorites:
Posted by Monkeybuns at 7:00 AM
Sunday, July 20, 2008
This weekend was a busy one for me. I managed to complete five bracelets. I just couldn't help it I got a huge order of beads in. I some how managed to get them all done, start a sixth and go see my dad's band play. It's been a long week but it was worth it. I've only listed one of my new babies looking for a home, so you'll have to wait until later in the week to see the other four. :)
This is Deep Blue Shimmer. I hand wove this bracelet in a Peyote Stitch using 11/0 Japanese Triangles. The shimmer in this bracelet is fabulous. I'm always looking for great Etsy Artists and pieces to feature. If this describes you let me know!! As always Happy Crafting!
Posted by Monkeybuns at 7:26 PM
Friday, July 18, 2008
It's no secrete that Etsy is hard work and some times it can feel like you're working your tail off with no results. Sometimes you have to think outside the box to achieve what you want. Here are my top 10 ways to be more successful on Etsy. I can't say that if you do all these things you will be the top seller on Etsy.
When ever I start feeling like things aren't working I try a new technique. I make jewelry but if you make soaps for instance try a new scent, make salts etc. If you aren't selling well a couple new items will freshen up your shop and also make you excited to do something new.
2. Treat your shop like a business.
I think a lot of people look at there shop as a hobby and it maybe a hobby but your buyer doesn't know that. You want to put your best face forward. That means don't complain in forums all the time.
You need to promote yourself because in reality no one is going to do that for you. I'll be giving promotion tips in my next Thinking Outside the Box.
I know that blogging can seem like one more thing that you have to do on your list. Make sure that if you blog it's because you want to and not just because it's on a list somewhere and everyone is doing it. Read other people's blogs! Surf around blogs are great place to network and learn.
5. Join a street team
I love my street teams, especially my Jets. Find a street team that you fit into well. Street teams will help you promote, offer great friendships and most of all give you tons of support.
6. Don't depend on Etsy as your main income
You're probably saying what is she talking about? Well I'm saying don't put all your eggs in one basket. Is Etsy the most popular handmade selling website? Yes it is but the more you're out there the more you're noticed. There are a lot of other websites like Lov.li, Craigslist, DaWanda etc.
7. Give Back
Help others along the way. If someone is in the forums and ask a question that may have been asked a thousand times DO NOT jump on them. Instead help them. Yeah they could have done a search but chances are they may not know how. Remember you were new once too. Also I know that I personally make a note of people who are nasty in forums and don't buy from them. I figure if that's how they treat their co-workers than how will they treat me. Give back also through promoting others!
8. Observe the Golden Rule
If you send someone a convo or leave them feedback you'd like the same in return right? Well don't forget that others do too. Try to return convos in 48 hours because if a person has to wait longer they will move on and buy from someone else. There goes your sale. Feedback is really important to a lot of Etsy sellers. We want to know did you like my product? Was my customer service good?
9. Photos and Tags
Use all your photo slots and tags if you can. When doing your photos make sure they are clear and the background doesn't take away from your item. Also make sure you do one macro photo so people can really see your stitching, colors etc. Tagging is so important on Etsy! When you have tags to fill don't forget colors, textures, materials and how would you search for your item if you were going to buy it?
10. ALWAYS HAVE FUN!!
I think the most important tip is to always have fun. Once you craft becomes a pain staking job that isn't fun your craft will reflect that. You should see this as a job but who wants to work at a job that is awful? No one! You are your boss so don't hate yourself.
Stay tuned for more Thinking Outside the Box. If you have any tips to add leave a comment! I'm always looking for great pieces and Etsy Artists to feature. If you think that's you let me know! As always happy crafting!
Posted by Monkeybuns at 6:44 AM
Thursday, July 17, 2008
I belong to one of the greatest street teams on Etsy, the Jets. As a group we are doing a cross promotion with Etsy Greeting Street Team. I'm very excited to feature my partner, Bbesigns.
Twenty five years ago she received her BFA in design from Kansas City Art Institute. Just two months later she was blessed with the birth of her first son. She made that tough decision to put her career on the back burner to raise her three sons. Now that her sons have grown into men she is ready to get back to her love of design. Through out the years she has dappled in jewelry, interior design and lots of boy scout crafts. She i
s now concentrating on her new love paper crafts. She creates one of a kind cards. Each card is hand made by her so each one is different from the next. On June 6th of 2007 she joined our great community of Etsy. Since that time she has enjoyed 11 sales. She enjoys doing large orders so if you have an upcoming event, birthday or just want a pick me up card visit her shop. An added bonus right now if you buy three single cards you will receive one card free!!
One of my favorite card sets in her Birthday Cards with Quotes Set of 4.
♥I'm always looking for great people to feature. If you think you're that person please contact me via a conversation on Etsy! As always Happy Crafting!
Monday, July 14, 2008
Starry Love Nights
Posted by Monkeybuns at 7:03 PM
Friday, July 11, 2008
Yesterday my baby, okay he's almost two, started daycare. This is something that I've struggled with myself and with my husband. My husband has been trying to get Anthony in daycare for some time now. I've always stayed home with him and it just plain hurt my heart to think that someone else would care for my baby. Naturally I was also paranoid that he'd be hit, learn to swear or hate it. I think that's the first time mom in me. Lately I've gotten to the point in my jewelry business that I just need more time to work without little bead loving fingers touching everything. So yesterday was the big day. I got up bathed Anthony, got him breakfast and took a shower. I was doing great and felt we had made a good decision. I toured the daycare center and met the staff; both were great. I was fine while we got in the car and for half of the 7 minute drive. At the last stop sign before I had to drop him off I just started to loose it. I managed to pull myself together to sign him in. I took him to his Snoopey room to drop him off. All the kids were having so much fun playing ring around the rosie. I thought to myself keep it together lady. Then Anthony started to bawl and scream Mama no Mama no!! Next thing you know we're clingy together both of us bawling like we'd never see each other again. It was so hard to hand him over and have to leave while he was screaming Mama. I left the room only to be greeted by the older kids getting ready to go to swimming lessons. They actually pointed at me and asked what was wrong with me. Which of course only made me cry worse because I was so embarrassed. Then I had to go to Hobby Lobby to get a clasp to finish up a bracelet. I managed to get a lot done yesterday after I got through my break down. I spent 10 minutes on the phone with my mom telling her how awful of a person I was for abandoning my son when he was scared. I'm lucky to have a great friend who recently had to take her daughter to daycare too and a great street team in the Jets to get me through. My husband called from work to check on him and he was just fine. When I went to pick him up he was napping and still alive. I guess we both made it through one of the toughest days.
This is one of the pieces I did yesterday. I started Honey while on vacation last week. I finished her up yesterday. When the sun hits this bracelet it shimmers so nice.
Sandy Waves is another bracelet I completed yesterday. Sandy Waves is a mixture of two of my most popular bracelets, Oil Spill and Copper Elegance, both of which have found new homes. This bracelet is really a great mix of Sand and Waves just like a day at the beach.
Though I was very productive in starting another project, completing two bracelets and almost finishing a third, yesterday was still rough. I know over time Anthony and I will both adjust.
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Wednesday, July 9, 2008
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Saturday, July 5, 2008
I'm very excited that I managed to get on the front page again. Thanks to my fellow Jet, JealousyDesign, and her fabulous treasury, Between the Moon and the Mind.
Posted by Monkeybuns at 7:28 AM
Thursday, July 3, 2008
This week was a good listing week for me. I hope you enjoy these new pieces! Let me know what you think.♥
Funky Wood is a mix of different vintage red, oranges, brown and tan wood beads. The different shapes and colors blend together to create this funky piece inspired by the 70's. Funky Wood was strung using two lengths of Fireline to ensure it's durability and finished off with a magnetic silver clasp. It measures 21" in length. You can purchase this bracelet in my Etsy Store.
Cobblestone reminds me of a small town in Nebraska. The up town area has this beautiful cobblestone brick sidewalks. I used 11/0 Delica Triangles in the colors of copper and a deep brick red in a Peyote Stitch. I used a hand woven beaded Peyote tube as a finishing clasp. Cobblestone is 6 1/2" x 1 3/4". The thickness of this beautiful bracelet makes a real statement. You can purchase this bracelet from my Etsy Shop.
When I was a child my grandma had this wicker furniture that was so beautiful. Follow the Wicker Road reminds me of that furniture if it had crossed the yellow brick road. This bracelet is made out of 11/0 Glass Triangles that look and feel like wood. I used my Stain Glass design to create Follow the Wicker Road Bracelet. The bracelet is very light weight and will drape your wrist delicately. Follow the Wicker Road Bracelet features a hand woven Peyote Stitch tube clasp. This bracelet measures 7 1/4" x 1 1/4". You can purchase this bracelet in my Etsy Shop.
This week I also completed my first custom piece.
Do you have new pieces this week? Let me know. I'm always looking for new people to feature in my blog. If your interested let me know ! Happy Crafting♥
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
I was starting to question if I was going to be able to really make a go of my Etsy business. I enjoy weaving a lot and find it so relaxing so I would keep doing it. I was becoming discouraged because I just wasn't making sales. Then all the sudden this last week I've made 4 sales. I feel truly blessed every time I get a heart, am featured in a treasury and make a sale. It's so gratifying. I'm really looking forward to my first show next month. I just really wanted to say thank you to everyone who has shown me love and appreciation for my craft. (((hugs)))
Posted by Monkeybuns at 5:32 PM
Friday, June 13, 2008
I am so excited much like a school girl. Today I was on the front page of Etsy!!! For those of you who don't know what that means it's the ultimate honor. I would like to thank Sandfibers for not only telling me but for taking a screen shot, and posting a blog on the Etsy Beadweavers Street Team blog. Please visit her store to see all of her inspiring jewelry!!!My 70's Wacky Wood bracelet is the center photo in the second to last row.
Posted by Monkeybuns at 10:42 AM
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
I'm participating in the First Annual Yart Sale on Etsy. A Yart Sale is a lot like a yard sale. If you purchase from my Etsy Shop between June 11-20 you will receive 20% off!! How fun! Check out Etsy for other Yart Sellers!
Posted by Monkeybuns at 9:37 AM
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Today I blog with a heavy heart. I live in Mason City, Iowa and we have had the worst flood hit us since 1993. The devastation and destruction here in heart breaking.
It all started Saturday afternoon. My husband, son, brother and I ran out to Target to get stuff for supper when the tornado warnings went off. The Target staff wanted everyone to go into their coolers but from working at Kum and Go I know that it's not as safe as they would want everyone to think. So we took off running for the car and headed to my parents' house 12 miles away in the next town over. We watched the storm roll in and before long the news was announcing that a tornado touched down at the airport which is less than 2 miles away from my parents' house. We were very lucky that it lost it's momentum. We made it back home safety before the down poor started. Sunday we woke up to a day of rain. We have a park here, East Park, that in down in the center of hills so you have to drive down in. This park has a normally beautiful river that runs through it called the Winnebago River. East Park flooding is really no surprise to us locals because it happens almost every summer. This year we broke a record from 1933 for the worst flood. At it's highest crest the river was 18.74 feet. The devastation the rivers, lakes and streams flooding has caused here really makes you want to sit down and just cry. All of our restaurants are on mandatory shut down until further notice, we haven't had water here since Sunday and the amount of homes damaged or destroyed is mind blowing. We don't have water because our water plant flooded. Ironic huh? Once we knew the water was going to be shut off I ran to Target to get water. There were hordes of people doing the same thing making the isle look like a tornado had hit it. I did manage to get some water but I didn't take in to consideration that we would need water to flush the toilet, cook and brush our teeth. So yesterday we had to go out of state to get water.
My parents' house had 2.5 feet of water in the basement after the sewer backed up. The worst part is that they are on vacation and have no idea what they will come home to. Their brand new washer, water heater, furnace, tons of clothes, keepsakes and dryer are probably a loss. My best friend's lower level apartment flooded ruining all of her living room items. Not to mention all the local people who have lost their homes. We are supposed to receive more rain today, tomorrow and Thursday.
It is in times like this that I realize just how much I take for granted. I encourage you all to really take a minute today to realized how truly blessed we all are. When you drink the water out of the faucet take the time to appreciate that it's there. Our town has lost a lot of it's historical homes and our ability to feel safe in our homes. The pictures below show some of the flooding damage. If you have the ability to help please contact The Red Cross. We have a lot of people in North Iowa that have no clothes, no home and every little bit really does help!! If you aren't able to donate please donate your prayers for all of us.
Posted by Monkeybuns at 7:04 AM
Friday, May 30, 2008
Well the summer is upon us well kind of here. Some days it's 40 degrees other days it's 80 frickin fickle Iowa weather! Anyways I designed this bracelet as an omag to summer carnivals with a dash of flappers from the 20's. This fine little dandy is available in my Etsy Shop.
In other news it has been awhile since I've featured a fellow Etsian. Shame on me! I've been so busy lately that I just haven't had the time. I shall be featuring a great Etsian next week so be sure to check back!
Posted by Monkeybuns at 3:56 PM