I got a private message from a team member, who I am sure was a victim as well, that said something to the affect of, "some really nasty things are being said about you here (insert link) I can't believe what they said"
I am a pretty self deprecating person and love to laugh at my own insanity, so I go to the link. It asks me to log into twitter, now I am doing this on my phone so I don't think anything of it. I log in and it says sorry you can't do that.
Okay well I am on my phone must be the problem, oh well.
Five minutes later ALL my followers have been sent private messages with the same silly statement. DANG IT ALL! So be warned, and don't get click happy unless you know for sure what is up!
We have Facebook and Twitter on top of this blog that we hope is keeping team members informed and up to date on a lot of things we and our team members are doing. I personally have followed all team members with Twitter, Liked all the Facebook pages, and followed all the blogs on blogger and Tumbrl. Each morning I try (TRY) to spend at least one hour reading any new blog entries, scanning the twitter feed, and looking at Facebook. I feel like a real geek during this time period, but it helps me stay informed about our team and the amazing things we are all doing.
Our leader Lybly has made her first quilt! It is lovely, see it here. Missy of the Graceful Little Honey Bee is doing a really neat thing with shampoo or I should say the avoidance of shampoo, plus she is expecting! The Twisted Purl is lamenting her lack of blogging, but she is twitterific for sure! We have so many amazing shops in our team, and I love keeping up with all of them, it really give me inspiration for the things we can feature and do as a team!
I have the February Featured Seller selected and her information has been forwarded, so we are excited about that, but she had a great idea! We need a team photographer that makes us all look younger and thinner! Cathryn, I have put the word out now we shall see what happens!
If you want to me March's Featured Seller post your treasury on the team discussion page (there is a thread for the contest) and we will be selecting the winner on the 30th.
After my first post I was so excited I of course told various friends who blog, and one gave me insight which was news to me. You should always "ping" your blog after new posts in order to bring your blog higher in the search results of a search engine. Now I did a little research to learn what this meant and realized that there are a lot of ways to go about doing this. There is the super computer savvy method which involves uploading code to your blog and things which I have no concept of.
However the super fast way is to use a pinging service. The one I was turned on to was www.pingomatic.com which made me think of a pinball machine. I am sure there is some truth to that analogy as well.
Here is the process:
Step One: Go to www.pingomatic.com you will see a data information page like below.
So I wanted to make a resolution that at least once a week I will post something on our blog from one of our team members. We will have monthly featured sellers that are either randomly chosen by the team leaders, or winners of treasury contests.
We are having a contest RIGHT NOW that will select the March featured seller! http://www.etsy.com/teams/5192/aretsy/discuss/9526416/
Submit your entry and get featured!
We are working on a redesign of the blog to include our directory of shops, which we have had over one third of our members respond with their information.
We are also looking on the interwebz for craft shows etc that occur around the state that our team members might be interested in attending. We of course want to throw our own, but in an effort not to over resolve for the year, we have that on the to do list.
We would love to see participation on the team discussion boards, Facebook, Twitter, comments to the blogs, everything. If you have suggestions, needs, questions, or just want a coffee chat these are the best places to meet up and get those things done.
Let's Go AREtsiers! Those other teams, bless their hearts, got nothing on the talents in the Natural State!
This is the items from our team member this week......
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I grew up in the country loving the outdoors, animals, and creating things...and I still do. I decided to major in Graphic Design and graduated from Arkansas Tech University with a Bachelors of Art with a emphasis in Graphic Design.
Apart from creating things, what do you do?
Right now I'm planning a wedding, so that takes up a big part of my time. I also enjoy the outdoors, checking out new restaurants, and spending time with my fiance, friends and family.
Where does your inspiration come from?
I am inspired by everything around me. People, Nature, Places. Color palettes found in nature are my favorite.
What does handmade mean to you?
Handmade is very important to me. Something handcrafted is so much more special that any item made in a factory.
Who has been most influential in your craft?
My sculpture professor. If it hadn't been for my sculpture classes, I would have never learned to etch.
When did you know you were an artist/maker?
I still don't know that I'm an artist. ha. I just like to make things and somehow people like them enough to buy them.
How would you describe your creative process?
Research – Sketch – Test - Create
What handmade possession do you most cherish?
I would have to say my notebook of drawing from when I was younger. I loved to draw and I have all of them together in a binder.
How do you get out of your creative ruts?
Take a break. If I go for a walk, shopping, or to a movie to get my mind off the project usually when I come back I'm ready to create.
Where would you like to be in ten years?
In ten years I would like to have a family, still working from home, and enjoying life.
Tell us a little bit about your Shop:
LuckyPups specializes in an assortment of custom pet items including treat jars, pet bowls, diners, and gifts. All of our creations are personalized with your dog's (or cat's) name in one of our 15 fun fonts. You choose the font that best fits your pet's personality. We can work with every pet owner to spoil and pamper your pet!
How did you become interested or involved in your craft or art?
I have always been interested in arts, but I became interested in etching in my college sculpture class.
When you made your first sell...what did you REALLY do?
I was SO excited. I told everyone I could and got started on the order immediately. It was finished and ready to be shipped out that same day.
Do you promote your shop in any way? Please, share!
I also was recently featured in CityDog Magazine
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This year I would like to accomplish...
a new line of dog bowls for the shop. Maybe even a few collars and dog toys.