Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Who Says November Is All About Thanksgiving?

Announcing  ...
The Promotional Frenzy November TREASURE HUNT❣
Click on banner to visit the Pomotional Frenzy Blog ... get the scoop on our TREASURE HUNT
The promotional Frenzy Team on Etsy has put together a fantastic Event that lasts the entire month of November ... just in time for the Holiday Season❣

Many of the shops on our team will be putting this picture into ONE listing in their shops:

All you have to do is search through their shop and find the “treasured” item. It won't be the main photograph, so you will need to click on the item to find the special picture. But that's the fun ... getting to see some of the wonderful items that our talented team members have to offer! 

Each shop will have the details in their Shop Announcement as to what special they're offering ... Free gifts, Free shipping, BOGO’s, Coupon Codes, and you can be sure they're all offering AMAZING deals for holiday shopping!  So read each shop announcement carefully.

Here is a sampling of what you will find in the participating Shops:

Visit Sewing Granny by clicking on the photo

 Click on photo to visit Trinkets N Whatnots

To visit Rooee, click on the photo above

Visit CalliopeAZ Creations by clicking on the photo

Click on photo to visit Sunny Crystals

To See more items from Painted Memories By Ros, click on the above photo

You'll find other jewelry from Peelirohini by clicking the photo

Click to see more work from NewCreatioNZ

Visit Symbolic Imports by clicking above

Click to view more intricate designs from Krystals Jewelry

More photos coming soon ...

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


                                                 TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,
                                                 And sorry I could not travel both
                                                 And be one traveler, long I stood
                                                 And looked down one as far as I could
                                                 To where it bent in the undergrowth ...

                                                 ~ Robert Frost

Beautiful poem, right? And it brings forth such lovely visions in your mind's eye, right? Uhhhh . . .     Wrong !!! 

What pops into my mind is the subdivision next to mine when I lived in St. Louis. My son and new DIL live there now. It's a great area with the high property taxes to prove it, which only adds salt to the wounds in this completely outrageous situation.

Just a few more sentences, and then I'll let the photos do the talking!

I lived on a pretty tree-lined street, and about three blocks away, the street splits off and goes into another subdivision. That's where I met this guy ... right where the "two roads diverge"!

He was a lot younger then, of course so was I. I was pregnant and out taking walks so I wouldn't gain too much weight. It didn't work all that well ;D 

Long ago in a Galaxy far, far away ... A preggers jQ
Anyhow, he was an art teacher on summer break and lived & breathed cycling. I'd never layed eyes on him before, but he decided to be my new best friend, and showed up almost every time I was out for exercise. He kept it up even after I had Paul, and would pull up on some expensive racing bike or other while I was pushing pQ in the stroller.

Being an art teacher, I guess he fancied himself some sort of genius, because he started to 'share' his art with his entire neighborhood in the form of Yard Art. Only NOT in a good way. It was colorful metal and had all sorts of sharp pointed edges that I considered a law suit waiting to happen and outright dangerous. A lot of children lived on his street! At least there was only a little of it, though. This guy's yard art consisted of only a few pieces back in the day.

This is what it looks like now. I saw it with my own eyes when I was in St. Louis for the wedding in May ...

The Front! Yes, of course his neighbors have sued and tried desperately to get the city to make him clean up the mess!

The Back!   Plenty of room to add more 'Art'
The street-side of the house

There's a neighbor on this side that's had his house 'For Sale' forever!!!

"Guys, guys, guys ...  whaddya mean you can't sell your homes? And how is that MY fault?"

"Yes I've heard that nobody on this street can sell their home, but look at how talented I am!"

C'mon now ... I thought everybody loves a sharp-dressed man.

The Inside ... courtesy of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

More of the inside ... courtesy of the Riverfront Times

His drawings seem a little chaotic & dare I say ... frenzied! (courtesy of St. Louis Real Estate News)

Last, but certainly not least - The Car. Perfectly normal ...   right? ๏̯͡⊙

Somebody started a FB page for this fellow, but I don't think he/she is exactly a Fan!

I thank the heavens for the fact that living three streets away in a different subdivision has saved me from having to look at that mess or suffer loss of property value.  

In case you're curious about what happened ... not much! He finally got convicted of littering and storing hazardous material, with an order to clean up his yard - he refused, of course! So the judge gave him 20 days in jail, a $1000 fine and six months probation. He has yet to serve a single minute while his case is being appealed.

As for the poor souls who live on his street, not one has been able to sell their home, although some have moved away. Word that he's caused his neighbors terrible financial losses has spread near and far, and I don't know of anybody within 25 miles of his 'Art Gallery' that will even speak to him.

And visitors? The newspapers report nobody ever comes to see this guy ... I mean who would want to look at that mess he's created? The street going past his house is definitely  "THE ROAD NOT TAKEN" !!!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Do you Communicate With Your Customers?

You've Got Mail!

Does the symbol @ have a name?  IN ENGLISH, the symbol is boringly known as "commercial at".

Getting someone to your Etsy shop can be a real challenge, and once there your first thought is to get them to buy something. But what you should really be interested in is turning that customer into a repeat customer! A previous customer returning to your shop is six times more likely to buy something than a new visitor. Much llike shopping in the Real World, those newbies are  usually "just looking". 

In DUTCH the "commercial at" is called apestaart , which means "monkey's tail" ... kind of cute!

You've already spent your valuable time and maybe even some money attracting customers, so what are you doing to make sure they stay with you as repeat customers? You've got to give people a reason to come back.  One way of doing this is through an email newsletter.There are free templates available at Mail Chimp, the same host of our Team Newsletter.

What I don't understand, is why we feel the need to abbreviate a two letter word ๏̯͡๏ 

I've done quite a bit of reading up on the subject, and I would encourage you to do the same. Newsletters have been a valuable tool for me, and I believe they are the reason I've gotten custom orders on Flickr. My customers know they will find a lot of my designs posted on Flickr that are not listed in my Etsy shop.

Keeping the customers I've worked so hard to find is definitely one of the most important challenges I face. I rarely offer discounts in my Etsy shop, but when I do I want to be 100% sure that my customers know about it!!!

To maintain branding, I sent out an email for the Mega PromoFrenzy Special using a version of my shop banner:                                            

In the live email, each photograph was clickable and linked to the item in my Etsy shop

This is the email I sent to my customers before a sale I ran last Fall. I was using a different shop banner at that time:                            
Maintain branding by using the same banner for Newsletters and Etsy shop
The previous year I wasn't sending Newsletters. Sales were almost half of what they were the following year when I used email to let my customers know I was having a Sale.

I went in a different direction using sale-specific branding for my Etsy shop banner, avatar and Facebook announcements:                        

Shop banner and avatar I used during the Sale

Placed on Facebook a week before the Sale began

On Facebook the day the Sale started

With the Holiday shopping season just around the corner, now is the time to be making plans on how to Communicate With Your Customers ...



Wednesday, August 3, 2011


From the Etsy Shop of the talented Mitsy ... ArtMind

The Promotional Frenzy Team Presents:

Fabulous graphic designed by KellyJSorenson

WHO: The Promotional Frenzy Team

We are a talented group of artisans who met on Etsy, an online venue for handmade items. Though our styles and specialties differ, we bonded over our love of handcrafted and the desire to increase sales. We formed Promo Frenzy as a business focused team ... a way for us to connect, share resources, spread the word about our Etsy Shops and ultimately attract others with similar goals. 

WHAT: Mega PromoFrenzy Special

The Etsy PromoFrenzy Team is having a very special Sales Event. Over 50 members are offering a variety of Specials in their Etsy Shops. You may view the individual Specials here - MEGA-PromoFrenzy-Special

WHEN: August 1st through the 31st ... that's the entire month of August

See Individual Shop's for specific dates,discounts and Discount Codes.

We are the proud winners of the The Handmade Top 10 Etsy Team Challenge

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011


The Uniquely All-American Gem ...
Oregon Sunstone!

Oregon Sunstone is found only in the remote South Central Grasslands

Collectors and jewelry lovers from all over the world are fast becoming aware of this uniquely American gemstone.  This is really, really unusual material. There's nothing like it available anywhere else in the world, and I can't get enough of the unique metallic glitter that comes from the patterns of copper inside of this gem.

And don't get me started on how transparent it is!

Oregon Sunstone and Silver Double Strand Bracelet

Peachy-pink, pale with a lot of schiller, this bracelet has a beautiful soft ethereal look to it.  It's gorgeous . . . it glows! It's next to impossible to capture the beauty of this gemstone with a camera ...
Unique to Sunstone from Oregon is the schiller phenomenon, caused by the millions of microscopic copper bits found in each stone. The schiller phenomenon makes the Sunstone appear to glow as if it had it's own internal light source, and creates a beautiful shimmer effect inside the stone.  These gems, also known as 'Red Labradorite', formed in lava flows that cover much of southeastern Oregon. Inside the lava flow is a matrix where the colored sunstones are found.

Spectacular stones in rare Dichroic Green, Reds and Pinks (Sold)

These stones are, when cut, some of the most beautiful gems around!

They are only found in one area of Oregon that is very remote. Colors of the stone vary from clear, champagne, yellow, light pink, salmon, orange, and red to blue-green. Intense red and blue-green are the colors that are most rare. Sometimes, when viewed from different angles, as many as three colors will show within one stone.  It's a luminous gemstone with fine grained coppery shiller which allows for transparency in the stone yet still produces the phenomenon of aventurescence or "glitter".   Some are bichroic and dichroic color-change stones - which produce different colors under different lights and at different angles.

See this bracelet at jQ jewelry designs on Etsy

Oregon Sunstone  is not enhanced in any way like many other gemstones. There is no use of chemicals, irradiation, heat-treating, or oiling of any kind. What you get is exactly as the stone exists in nature, simply beautiful. 

Sunstone is the official Oregon State Gemstone. It is also an ancient gem and has been discovered in Viking burial mounds. The Vikings thought it was a talisman for navigation.

Petite nuggets paired with large sterling silver earwires

In the rugged high desert of south central Oregon, embedded in ancient volcanic lava under the sage brush and grass . . .

. . . lies Oregon Sunstone


I love working with nuggets drilled in both directions, and this is the finest Oregon Sunstone
I've had the pleasure of seeing ... all the gorgeous rare colors. It's unlikely I'll be working with the strand you see above anytime soon ۞ bargain-priced at only $795!!!

I'm always on the lookout for interesting material While this example is not top of the line, I
love the speckled stones. Very unique and I've never run across anything like it before.

Oregon Sunstone ... An All-American Beauty

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