THE VERY FIRST ETSYMOM CURATOR AWARD GOES TO…
By Rachel of EtherealRhapsody
How many Treasuries did we score this month? An impressive 64!
A BIG thank you to all including carottelychee, cinnamonspice, craftgirlalli, elizabear, etherealrhapsody, frillerup, jleighdesigns, kimcoxcrafts, littlebitsshabby, mimowha, pukingpastilles, rikrak, scrapadot, sistertosister, sweetbeets, thelittlelovebug, vivdstudio, weezawear, wylesstyle, 2QT4words for participating and coming up with lovely and creative treasuries! It was enjoyable to follow the thread and watch the excitement as each of you snagged a treasury!
Now of the big scorers – yes, I’m going to keep you waiting for the winner.
These moms snagged more than 4 treasuries each! Kudos to each of you with our thanks for giving our team wonderful exposure, we appreciate the time that you spent watching for a treasury to open up. In alphabetical order, here a little bit on each of them
BoodyBabies is a stay at home mom who creates baby accessories, blankets, gift sets, children’s clothing, aprons, banners, bags and totes.
BubbleGirlKnits is a stay at home mom who creates accessories, baby blankets, bath time fun, booties, clothing, hats for all ages, mittens and scarves.
CaliforniaCreations works full time from home and creates earrings, necklaces, bracelets, cards, tags, scrapbook pages, holiday fun and sells supplies
DomesticDays is a stay at home mom to be, counting the days to her bundle of joy (congratulations!) She creates aprons, towels and custom items
RebeccasRags is a stay at home mom who creates rag quilts, burp cloths, fleece blankets, tote bags and clothing.
StitchinMommy is a stay at home mom who creates cross stitch baby bibs, note cards, ornaments, sachets and 18 inch doll clothes.
And the 1st ever EtsyMom Curator Award goes to BoodyBabies with a personal total of 8 Treasuries! She will pick her prize from one of our 3 sponsors Craftgirlalli, EtherealRhapsody, WylesStyle. Thank you ladies for offering lovely prizes!
What do these top curators have to say about how they pick items for their treasuries? I asked them to give us some insight into the process and hints for those of us who might not have the time to create a Treasury but certainly appreciate the chance to be in one.
1. Clear, nicely cropped pictures with simple backgrounds
2. Tag your item carefully and be sure to include the color of your time in the tag, even go as far as a descriptive color like chocolate brown, raspberry red. And of course do not forget to tag your item as EtsyMom Team
3. Newly listed will be browsed through first. If your item has been listed very long ago, consider renewing it to increase its chances of being seen for a Treasury pick.
What an excellent response to our first competition! Remember the 2nd round has already started as of October 15 till midnight, November 14th. And as always, we need Clickers. Click in every EtsyMom Treasury you can, on every item as statistics of each Treasury are recorded and increase the chance of it making the first page. A comment at the bottom would also be a wonderful way to tell the curator you saw her work and it is being enjoyed.
Our sponsors for the October-November round are Butterflygem, Pukingpastilles and Sweetbeets. Let’s curate!
THE NEW EMCA BLOG!
By Brandy of Wyles Style
Due to the amazing response by EtsyMoms to the EMCA, we have decided to start a brand new blog dedicated solely to the EMCA! We will be posting all treasury screenshots on this blog from now on. We also have EtsyMinis for the sponsors on the new blog, the winner’s EtsyMini, links for you to submit your EtsyMom treasury for the EMCA, to sign up to be a sponsor for the EMCA, and even a link back to last month’s newsletter where we explained the EMCA and posted a treasury tutorial! You can find the new blog at TheEMCA.blogspot.com.
SUPER GIVEAWAY IS COMING!
By Kimberly of CinnamonSpice
The EtsyMom Street Team is prepping for the holidays by taking the time-honored tradition of gift-giving to another level! Riding the wave of unity, harmony and excitement inspired by the EtsyMom Trunk Show in September, our team tossed around a few ideas about our next team event. A little idea of having a giveaway, where moms would donate an item to be given away each day of November on our blog has morphed into a SUPER GIVEAWAY!! When the call for volunteers went out we had an overwhelming response of over 60 shops willing to donate a $10.00 in value item to this cause. Two winners will be randomly chosen everyday to receive one of over 50 prizes. Prizes range from an assortment of hand embroidery, vintage finds, hair clippies, baby accessories, paper crafts, earthenware pottery and more. Perfect for gift-giving! There is a little bit of everything, so whether you like trendy, shabby chic, traditional or retro styles, you're sure to find something! Don't miss this ONLINE EXTRAVAGANZA! Visit us at EtsyMom.com beginning November 1st for giveaway rules and deadlines!
*To read all about the giveaway, and get advertising graphics, please visit THIS LINK!
By Allison of CraftGirlAlli
On September 15, the Etsymom Team started the “EtsyMom Curator Award” or the “EMCA”. The goal of this challenge is to see how many EtsyMom Treasuries the group could get in a month. Boy, oh
boy! We had a huge response to this challenge! The last I knew, we had over 45 treasuries curated!! Way to go, Moms! Each treasury is posted on the EtsyMom Blog for everyone to see. There is also an Official EMCA thread on the EtsyMom message board where you can find all the details and rules about the EMCA.
Monthly Chat Thread
Last month the team started a new “Chit-Chat” thread in the Teams & Events section of the Etsy Forums. This thread lasts all month long. The purpose of this thread is for the moms to get to know each other, share their blog links, talk about what’s going on with Etsymoms, etc. Please try and keep your promotions in the weekly promo thread.
Stop by and say hello!
Weekly Promo Thread
Also, make sure you check out the EtsyMom Weekly promo threads in the Etsy Forums. Many EtsyMoms are featured in these threads every week! There is a new thread posted every Wednesday. Everyone is encouraged to participate in promoting! So please, stop by and promote yourself and other Etsymoms. Help us help each other! To find the most recent thread, go into the forums and search Etsymom and look for the most recent date.
Calling All Traders!
Do you like to trade? Then you’ve come to the right place! The Etsymom team has started a “Trading List” for all moms who are interested. Trading is a great way to get your shop name out there and get some feedback. It’s also a great way to get some Holiday Shopping done! To find out more about trading and/or to be added to the list, then follow this link to the thread.
Team Chat Events
Etsymom is interested in starting up some chat events. There is a thread started, to post what times you would be available for chat.
We are also looking for some volunteers to “HOST” those chat events. All you have to do is go into the Etsy chat rooms and create a room titled “Etsymom Team Chat”. You would be responsible for keeping the conversation flowing. You can talk about anything you want. The purpose of these chat events are to get to know other Etsymoms. If you are interested in doing this, please contact CraftGirlAlli on Etsy or email me firstname.lastname@example.org
By Melynda of AngelHearts
Since a chill is in the air and colder days are right around the corner, we are all beginning to think about hats, scarves, blankets, etc...I am so excited to share Lisa Charbonneau's Etsy shop BubbleGirlKnits with you as she has some of the cutest designs to keep your little ones toasty this fall and winter season! I asked Lisa to share with us a little about herself, her family and shop. I also asked her to tell us what she thinks is the best thing about starting an Etsy business, and also any advice she can give to help us all.
"My mother taught me how to knit when I was 5 years old, the first real thing I made was a set of panda bears and I actually still have them. I knit my first sweater when I was eight, and I haven't stopped since. I learned to crochet from a book when I was teenager, but didn't crochet much until recently. I have made hundreds of gifts for family and friends over the years, mostly baby shower gifts, and have always been encouraged to sell my knitting. I became a stay at home mom when my son was born 5 years ago, our daughter followed 21 months later and we found it hard to make ends meet with only one income. I tried going back to work at night, but found the commute and lack of sleep too overwhelming. That's when I decided to seriously investigate a way to sell my knitting. I did a little research online and discovered Etsy.
I make hand knit and crocheted infant and children's wear for m y Etsy shop, Bubblegirl. I offer mostly hats, scarves, baby blankets and booties. I try to use only very soft yarn, I have sensitive skin and don't like to wear 'scratchy' clothes and I imagine children and babies don't either. I have found the most popular items in my shop have been my baby tassel hats and I have just started making the same hats in larger sizes for older children. My flowered beanies are also quite popular at my kids' school.
To me, the best thing about Etsy is being able to operate my own business with very little startup cost. I couldn't believe how easy it was to open my shop for just 20 cents to list an item! The Etsy community is also fantastic, from Admin to the other sellers, everyone is willing to give advice and help each other out, just like the EtsyMom Team. The best piece of advice I can offer someone getting started is to have patience and never give up. It takes time to make your first sale and build up a following. I'm still working on that, but there are so many resources on Etsy to get tips on marketing and promoting your shop like the Storque, the Virtual Labs and the forums. The one thing I keep telling myself when I get discouraged is a line from one of my kids' favorite movies, Disney's Meet the Robinsons, 'never give up and keep moving forward'. "
By Allison of CraftGirlAlli
The Spotlight Section is designated for any and all EtsyMoms that have been featured during the month. The feature could be anywhere, whether it is another Etsymom’s blog, or any blog for that matter, a local news paper, another online outlet, etc.
Sweetbeets was featured on Savvy Mom.
Anhoki was featured on CraftGirlAlli’s Blog.
The above mentioned EtsyMoms were featured somewhere during the month of August. For next month’s Spotlight Section, please contact Allison at email@example.com or look for the thread in the Etsymoms Promotions section.
By Brandy of WylesStyle
Happy Birthday to all EtsyMoms who have October birthdays!
10th: CozyMoments, ribbonsncurls, reillybelle
13th: iHeartHandmade, rebeccasrags, babypeasandcarrots
29th: MamasLittleStuff, Frogwitch, TiltCreations
30th: RockerChic, MonogrammingByTammy
By Allison of CraftGirlAlli
Welcome to all the new members to the EtsyMom team who joined in September!