Thursday, December 31, 2009
Mondays will be devoted to Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and what you as an artist can do to help yourself and your site be found in Search Engines. This is something that I was introduced to this year and found tremendous success through my efforts. Each week will devoted to one particular way of optimizing your ability to be found by search engines.
Tuesdays will be devoted to the happenings of Two Seaside Babes. New products, sneak peeks, upcoming show information, giveaways, and any other pertinent information will be addressed on this day of the week.
Wednesdays will be devoted to whatever strikes my fancy that day *smiles*
Thursdays will be devoted to finding success, whether it be selling on Etsy, 1000 Markets, Artfire, or any of the other handmade-selling venues. I would also like to address offline venues such as craft fairs and art festival, paying particular attention to the details that have allowed me to become successful.
Fridays will be devoted to my Etsy finds of the week, paying particular attention to artists from the two Etsy teams that I belong to, the Homefront Team, and the INCrowd Team. Each Friday will featured a few artists' pieces that I found to be especially beautiful, intriguing, or something that simply catches my eye.
My hope is that my posts help you in some way, shape, or form to become successful in your endeavors. May this new year be filled with bountiful production, hard-earned prosperity, and positivism. Best to you and yours this new year!
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
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Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Don't forget about our Black Friday - Cyber Monday Sale! Buy any 1 item and get the 2nd item 50% off. OR Buy 2 items and get the 3rd item FREE. Second item/FREE item must be equal to or less than the most inexpensive item purchased. All shipping and handling charges still apply. Discount does not apply to SALE items. Simply put "EtsyHolidaySale" in "notes to seller" during checkout and wait for a revised invoice to receive discount.
Monday, November 23, 2009
And don't forget about our Black Friday - Cyber Monday Sale from 27 - 30 November. During this time, buy any 1 item and receive the 2nd item 50% off. OR buy 2 items and receive the 3rd item FREE! Second/FREE item must be equal to or less than the most inexpensive item purchased. Offer does not apply to SALE items. Shipping and handling charges still apply to all items. Simply put "EtsyHolidaySale" in the "notes to seller" during checkout and wait for a revised invoice to receive the discount.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
I'm particularly fond of this one (if I can say so myself) ;) It is crocheted with my most popular color, taupe. It is accented with pink blossom, my newest color. I adore the brown and pink color combination, as it has been so popular over the past couple years. I want to try other color combinations out, and would love to hear what suggestions you all might have!
In the meantime, you can look for new colors popping up in Two Seaside Babes soon!
Friday, July 17, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Today’s Find of the Day is one I stumbled up quite some time ago. This absolutely stunning creations is definitely on my want list, considering I might be moving soon **crossing my fingers**. I’m a more contemporary and modern kind of girl and this piece by kamlampcompany on Etsy sure fits the bill. This 18” drum shade pendant is woven with black ribbon, painstaking done to create tiny hints of light that peek through the intersections. It’s absolutely stunning to see both lit and unlit. For $400, this is definitely something I would trade every single one of my traditional décor lights in for. Now if only someone would give it to me as a housewarming gift **crossing my fingers**.
Monday, July 13, 2009
4T - Preteen Buckle Beanie - Raspberry Pink
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Two Seaside Babes participated as a vendor in Carmel Fest 2009. It was my first show and I was quite pleased with how well it went, considering the amount of money I spent preparing for it and the time getting ready. It was a wonderful opportunity to get out and sell my product in person, to network with other crafters and professionals, and to enjoy the sites of the festival. The first day was wonderfully sunny but the second day rained. Regardless, I still consider it a wonderful success.
I was excited how my booth setup turned out. I had two 6 foot tables, a blanket rack, and a tri-fold screen as my main product displays. I created hat stands from wood and painted them blue and white, while weathering them to create that "beachy" look. I covered my tables in light blue covers and had PVC racks attached to the backs to hang my fuzzy blankets. A wooden blanket rack was created graciously by my beau, along with a tri-fold screen made of wood and lattice to hold all my hair clips. I could not have been more pleased with how easy and professional looking I felt my booth looked. I softened the entire booth by hanging white sheers from the canopy (something that got me many compliments from the other vendors).
Here is the front of the booth prior to the start of the festival. The next show I do, I would definitely like to add some more things to the booth. I would like to hang a full length mirror horizontally from the canopy so that numerous people can try hats on and see how they look. I had a tiny stand mirror that didn't work well for this. I would also like to add a tarp to the back side of the canopy for shade and weather protection. The first day I got burnt. The second day I had to sit my director's chair in the tent to keep from being wet. I would also like to add an inexpensive outdoor rug in a sandy color to cover the concrete and to ease the weary feet of my customers.
I found that color coordinating slightly allowed customers to find what they were looking for much more easily. I think it was also more pleasing on the eye. My little octopi were the smash of my booth! They attracted so many kiddies who thus forced their parents to come in and check out my products. As a note to myself, I must remember to crochet many, many more Amigurumi creatures as these were probably what brought the most amount of people in. And I sold quite a few too! Surprisingly however, these were items that I was considering doing away with on Etsy.
Of course, my Buckle Beanies went over very well. It's quite comforting to know how many people loved this hat. Even in the hot Summer sun, my wool Buckle Beanies were still being tried on, bought, ogled, and commented on. And in the pouring rain, the cotton ones were being purchased to keep heads dry.
Two items of mine that were also surprising hits were my adult cloches and my cotton flapper beanies. I only had 3 cloches in the booth and 2 sold. I decided to crochet up a few more different colors to offer for my Autumn and Winter shows, and also on Etsy. I also sold a number of flapper beanies, but was disappointed that I hadn't crocheted more in larger sizes as that was what most customers were asking for.necklaces were commented on to death! But none sold, so I was a little disappointed in this. But they were eye-catchers, so I will definitely keep those for future shows. My hair clips were also a slight disappointment as I didn't sell as many as I thought I would. My Neapolitan ones, however were a big hit, so that is definitely something I need to make more of.
Overall, I made sales totalling almost 4 times my booth fee (which was a hefty sum). While I didn't profit anything due to costs in materials preparing for this show, I'm confident that my next show will bring me profits. To anyone considering Carmel Fest for future shows, I highly recommend it. The other vendors were professional, kind, and helpful. The staff was supportive and wonderfully communicative. The festival atmosphere was utterly festive. And I would definitely be remiss to not mention that amazing display of fireworks (my daughters saw the fireworks for the first time and were amazed!).
Saturday, June 27, 2009
I finally found one that I really wanted. This funky pink and brown print apron is absolutely just what I was looking for. This "works" apron has three large pockets, including one with a hidden zipper, a pen compartment, a business card pocket, and a clasp to hold my key rings. Ranging from $18 to $26, Yoopers' sturdy aprons will last for many, many shows to come.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
I'm a photographer by no means at all. I'm horrible. I'll admit it. I know nothing about lighting and focus., about capturing my subject. I feel that it shows in my product pictures and I despise how unprofessional I feel that it makes Two Seaside Babes look. So I could not have been more surprised to have Suymey Benson of Blossom Portraiture Art contact me to photograph my products. I'm familiar with Suymey and her work so I was elated to jump at the chance.
I sent her a goodie box filled with Buckle Beanies galore and a custom child's beaded necklace to boot. What I got in return was absolutely priceless. Suymey's work is stunning and her attention to each and every detail is evident in her beautiful photos. A wonderfully kind, hard working, and very dedicated woman, her personalized work has helped to put that "professional" stamp upon Two Seaside Babes and I am utterly grateful. It is my utmost pleasure to have her work grace the shop of Two Seaside Babes.
Photography done by Blossom Portraiture Art by Suymey Benson - www.blossomportraitureart.com
Prices are as follows:
$42.00 9 - 12 Month: 17" - 18"
$44.00 1T - 2T: 18" - 19 1/2"
$46.00 2T - 4T: 19 1/2" - 20 1/2"
$48.00 4T - preteen: 20 1/2" - 21 1/2"
$50.00 Adult: 21 1/2" +
Monday, June 22, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Her artistic and newborn images are absolutely to die for! The emotion and connection captured between newborns and the parents is priceless and it makes me wish that my babes were just a wee bit tinier so I could go back and get artistic photos of them. However, I live vicariously through the beautiful work of Virginia, whose delightful work graces the shop of Two Seaside Babes.