It is a pretty color, but it’s just a shade of purple that looks a lot like lavender.
I’m still here and yes, I’m still doing my jewelry. Of course I plan on writing more here soon, but I’m going back to school and I’m currently working as a tax preparer.
I’m getting so much spam in the comments that I just can’t keep up. If you add a real comment that doesn’t get approved just email me at debnests at g mail and I’ll approve it.
Etsy rolled out a new listing page format last week. Many sellers are not happy and some buyers are just lost.
Not everyone realizes that Etsy is not a store, it is a platform for individual sellers. Each seller has a store front that includes a banner, a shop announcement, a search inside this store feature, shop sections, and other information about the store.
Most people find individual items before finding the main store front whether they come from Google, Etsy search, or some other link. The new listings format doesn’t make finding the store front obvious enough. There are several links to the shop page, but none are clearly identified. You can click on the shop name or avatar on the top left of the screen or on the right above the additional items. Another link is the square at the top left with the number of items in the shop. The tags at the very bottom of a listing do not lead to other items in the same store, they lead to a general search every store on Etsy.
Sections are optional, so not every store has them, but they are helpful in most shops. There is no way on the new listing format to tell what section the item is in. Currently stores are limited to 10 sections. Most of the additional items on the right will be from the same section. The items at the top of the page are simply the most recent items listed or renewed.
Please let me know if you have more questions about Etsy or Debnests.
The only thing that proves you are a geek, is that you admit to being one. I’ve been keeping my geekiness away from Debnests because my current jewelry is very mainstream and I don’t want to alienate anyone, but maybe that has left my profile too bland.
I don’t need a sign; I have a badge.
What would your sign say? If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you need to watch the music video of Nothing to Prove/ by the Doubleclicks.
I don’t usually dress up or cosplay at Dragon Con, I just wear geeky t-shirts. I do have a Jayne hat though.
Are you a geek? If you want to make your own sign, you can submit it to the Geek Girl Video tumblr.
If you’re on goodreads and you’re going to Dragon Con, please join my All Things Dragon*Con group.
Many newcomers to Etsy are confused when an item has thousands of views and hundreds of favorites because they don’t understand why it hasn’t sold. Most of those items have sold many times. You can renew an item that has sold to list the same item, but not a different item. You need to read the descriptions carefully to determine if you will receive the exact item in the pictures or one that could have some differences.
Most items that are not ready to ship will say made to order, but even some ready to ship items may not be the same exact item as in the pictures, especially if it has sold many times.
I do think all of my nests are different, but I do use the renew sold feature on Etsy because items with sale counts are given preference in browse. Also the favorites and views are retained with renew sold. I do change the pictures to reflect the new item when I remake it. All my custom and made to order items are in a special section.
Here are a couple of items I have remade. Do you think they are different or the same?
Three versions of the same ring:
Bird nest earrings with turquoise dyed jasper beads:
And ones I haven’t remade since selling:
The eggs in my bird nest jewelry are beads, but almost anything of the right size can become a bead, especially if it has a hole in it or if you can drill a hole into it.
One of the things that makes Debnests different is the variety of my bird nest jewelry. I have many different sizes, colors, and materials. Some of the beads I have used to make bird nests are:
Glass: I use round glass beads of many colors ranging from 6mm to 14mm. The birthstone beads are 8mm glass pearls.
Gemstones: Amethyst, Rose Quartz, Jade, Jasper, Agate, and Tiger Eye. Some of the stones I use are dyed, such as the popular Turquoise dyed Jasper. Most of the stones are smaller (6mm – 10mm), larger ones could be heavy.
Polymer Clay: I make my own beads from polymer clay and bake them in the oven. These can be of any size or shape because it produces a very light bead. Colors can be mixed, blended, or marbled.
Felt: The felt beads I make myself from wool roving using wet felting techniques.
Other Beads: Wood, Acrylic, and Ceramic.
Which ones do you like best? What else would make a good egg?
If you make beads, don’t miss reading about the beads of courage in the related articles or just go to the Beads of Courage website.
The Indie Craft Parade is a juried art market in Greenville, SC. They only accept applications June 1-23 and only allow artists from the southeast.
I applied last year and was declined. I had convinced myself that I wouldn’t be disappointed if I didn’t get selected, but I really was crushed. Now that the applications are open again, it’s really hard not to try again, but it would probably just be wasting the $20 application fee.
I wish I knew why I wasn’t selected, so I would know if I should give up or try again. It could have just been my pictures. I know my photography has improved in the last year. Maybe it depends on the judges they use each year. Before applying, I studied the pictures from the previous year and I think my jewelry would have fit in with those booths, but the jewelry that was selected for last year was very different.
The rejection letter does say, “unfortunately, there were some great entries that couldn’t be included.” It doesn’t actually say my entry was great though. For $20 you would think they could at least give you a personal critique, instead of just a form letter.
Good Luck! to anyone who does apply.
I’m working on several posts, but need to do more work and proofreading on them before they go live, so I thought I would just write a short post about what I’m working on.
Indie Craft Parade – this is a craft show in Greenville
Craft Shows – this may end up being multiple topics
OOAK – One of a kind.
What are the eggs made of?
Treasuries on Etsy
These are in no particular order. Which ones would you like to see first? I even have more ideas concerning Etsy, but maybe I should spread those topics out more.
Any tips or suggestions on which items to feature in an Etsy shop? Only four items can be featured at once, although you can mark more items so that they will move up if any of the first four featured products sell.
Featured doesn’t do that much, just puts those items at the top of the first page of the shop no matter which sort option is chosen. I understand that when featured items were introduced, sellers didn’t have the option to rearrange items, but now I’m not sure it’s as much help. I don’t like the look of duplicate items in the first two lines, but maybe most people are used to ignoring the top line anyway because they expect it to be ads like in search results.
Which sort order do most people use? Do you leave it at the default (custom or most recent if the seller hasn’t rearranged the shop), or always change it to lowest price, or do you even notice the order?
So, is it better to feature the most popular items, the least popular items, or what? Or maybe no featured items at all? What’s your preference? Does it matter at all?