Thursday, November 29, 2012

Where To Find The Hudson Valley Etsy Team This Weekend

Let the Holiday shopping begin (if you haven't already started)! The team is out in force this weekend for your shopping enjoyment. And who waits for the weekend anyway?

This week we're starting early, are you ready for some Friday shopping?
The following team members will be selling at the Bard College Holiday Fair:
Pulp Sushi
Wishbone Letterpress
Gemini River Rocks
Cerulean Blue
The fair is at the Bard College Campus Center in Annandale-On-Hudson, NY, on Friday, November 30, from 11AM-8PM
Pulp Sushi
Wishbone Letterpress
Gemini River Rocks
Cerulean Blue
Tickled Pink Knits will be at CraftMorristown at the Morristown Armory in Morristown, NJ,  Friday, November 30, 4PM-8PM, Saturday, December 1, from 10AM-6PM and Sunday, December 2, from 11AM-5PM.
Tickled Pink Knits
Wishbone Letterpress and MollysPurl's stop number 2 will be at the Holiday Handmade Cavalcade at 50 North 3rd Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY, on Saturday and Sunday, December 1 and 2, from 11AM-6PM.
Wishbone Letterpress
Huzzah Handmade and New Prospect Pottery will be at the Holiday Market at Bethel Woods in White Lake, NY, on Saturday, December 1, from 11AM-4PM.
Huzzah Handmade

New Prospect Pottery
Gemini River Rocks' 2nd stop this weekend will be Locust Grove Holiday Trunk Show in Poughkeepsie, NY, on Saturday and Sunday, December 1 and 2, from 11AM-3PM.
Gemini River Rocks
Get Glassy will be selling her creations at the Sloatsburg Public Library Holiday Craft Fair at 1 Liberty Rock Road, Sloatsburg, NY, on Saturday, December 1, from 10AM-4PM.
Get Glassy
Anjali Creations will be at the Holiday Fair of the New York School for the Deaf at 555 Knollwood Road in White Plains, NY, on Saturday, December 1, from 10AM-4PM.
Anjali Creations
Happy shopping!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Inspiration Wednesday

butterfly hues

I love this color palette. 
I kept dreaming of being on a beautiful island somewhere warm surrounded by clear blue water.

I was inspired to make this mixed media necklace:

The pendant is porcelain from MarshaNealStudio


Going up the necklace is handmade lampwork glass, enameled, nut, brass and ceramic beads.
Then up the back of the necklace are tiny white etched glass teardrop beads.


Here is the color palette for the next challenge:

budding maple

Wow, this is such a beautiful photo I cannot stop staring at it.
Okay, so the reveal date will be December 12th.

Here are some items from the Hudson Valley Etsy team for inspiration:

Wearable Fiber Art Jewelry - Silk Crocheted Lace Necklace / Lariat - Olive Green

Original Art Pendant, Green Fairy Ribbon, Old Car in the Woods
Be sure to link up below if you made anything inspired by this week's palette.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Creating Success from the Inside Out - Chunk It Down

If you were a fly on the wall of my studio of late, you would find a half-crazed woman with glue on her hands, half-buried alive in boxes full of beads with a trail behind her of camera set-ups and half-made jewelry pieces.  Not to mention the pile of items by the computer yet to be described and added to Etsy.  Perhaps you can identify.  Indeed, it is the holiday season in the land of Etsy shop owners everywhere.

That’s why it’s serendipitous that the next principle in Jack Canfield’s self-improvement book, Success Principles, is Chunk It Down.  As busy Etsy shop owners in the midst of holiday madness, knowing how to take our goals and break them down into manageable tasks could prove helpful.  At the very least, re-reading this chapter may very well have saved my sanity.

In this chapter, Canfield discusses making overwhelming goals more attainable by breaking them down into a series of tasks from beginning to end.  He suggests a couple of different ways to do this.  One way is to work backwards from successful completion and identify each step along the way.  Another way is to create a mind map.  A mind map is pretty much a to-do list that is set up in a visual way.  Start off by writing your goal in the center of a big piece of paper and circling it.  You can also do this on post-it notes on your wall or on a magnetic board.  I prefer post-its because it’s dynamic (and because I’m completely addicted to them).  Divide your goal into major categories of tasksUnderneath each of these subcategories you can write your spokes or task items.  You can break it down as far as you need to until you get to individual tasks or steps.  I took my insane and unfocused attempt at my goal and turned it into a mind map that has structure to it (see below).  My major goal is to make a certain amount in sales by the end of the year.  That is written on the orange post-it note in the center of the map below.  Next, I identified my sub-categories (in pink).  In this case, I wrote the vehicles for my profits:  repeat customers, local shop sales, Etsy sales, and craft fair sales.  Lastly, I broke down into steps the things I need to do in order to generate more sales within each of these subcategories.  These tasks are written on small blue post-it notes.  I may break this down even further.

Once you have your mind map, you can use it to create daily to-do lists.  Ideally, you would create your next day’s to-do list the night before so that you are ready to go in the morning.

How do you chunk it down?  I’m interested in how you all organize your busy lives so that you can be efficient and focused when you do have time to devote to your business and your shop.  How are your holiday preparations going?  Please share!

Monday, November 26, 2012

CYBER MONDAY SALE: The Hudson Valley Etsy Team

Welcome to our first Cyber Monday Sale event!  There are two ways to find us today:

1) Visit the links below and use coupon code  CYBER for special offers and discounts!

2) On Etsy, use the search tag "cybermondayhv" to find the participating shops.
Art and Stationery
Arwen Designs - 15% OFF
Entropic Grace - 15% OFF
Robin's Art and Design - 10% OFF
Wishbone Letterpress - 10% OFF

Accessories and Bags
Hand J Star Creations - 20% OFF
Molly's Purl - 15% OFF
For My Sweet Daughter - FREE SHIPPING
Get Glassy - 10% OFF
Merry Alchemy - 20% OFF
Pulp Sushi - 25% OFF
RoArt - Free Shipping
Tink's Treasure - 20% OFF

Clothing and Knitwear
Betsy B Design - 10% OFF
Meerwiibli - 15% OFF
Tickled Pink Knits - Free Shipping
Fun For Kids
Goats n Glory - 35% OFF
Knot By Gran'ma - 20% OFF
Karmabee - 15% OFF
The Pudgy Rabbit - 15% OFF
For the Home/Bath and Body
Beyond The Picket Fence - 20% OFF
Get Tangled - 20% OFF
L and M Studio - 15% OFF
New Prospect Pottery - 10% OFF
Sweet Pea's Groceries - 10% OFF

*Special offers are only valid when you use the code CYBER during checkout*

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Signposts and Guides for the Creative Life

"At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person.  Each of us has cause to think with gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us."  Albert Schweitzer

In this season that calls us to gratitude, may we give thanks for all those who support us, have supported us on our journeys.  Often we don't even know the people who might offer that spark.  Recently, I was moved to write to someone whose posts I frequently find to be inspirational.  Something she said triggered a memory for me of someone else whom I'd forgotten.  As I look back over my many years and see the path that has zigzagged and swerved, I can see John for the influence he was.  He held a signal lamp that guided me through a rocky time and also planted a shard  of light that I can see has grown.

When we look closely, we start to see so many of these people - stars, fireflies, constellations, galaxies.  So much to be grateful for!

When did you lose your light?  Who helped to reignite it?  Is it different?

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Where To Find The Hudson Valley Etsy Team This Weekend

Beaconknits, Cerulean Blue and New Prospect Pottery will have their creations available for sale at the Garrison Art Center Annual Holiday Pottery and Gift Sale in Garrison, NY, from November 23 - December 2.
Beacon Knits
Cerulean Blue
New Prospect Pottery
Huzzah Handmade will be selling her designs at Skytop Holiday Arts Festival at the Skytop Resort on Route 390 in Skytop, PA, in the Poconos on Saturday, November 24, from 10AM-5PM and Sunday, November 25, from 10AM-3PM.
Kathryn's work is now also available at The Eclectic Eye Antiques to Modern, 16-18 Railroad Avenue in Warwick, NY. The shop is open every day.
Huzzah Handmade
Happy Shopping!

Happy Thanksgiving!

The Hudson Valley Etsy Team hopes everyone has a great and fulfilling Thanksgiving!  

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


Here's a teaser of the shops that will be participating in our Cyber Monday Sale

'CYBER MONDAY SALE in the Hudson Valley #1' by pulpsushi

Join the Hudson Valley Etsy Team on CYBER MONDAY (11/26) using the coupon code "CYBER" in these participating shops

Silver Plated Snowflake Charm Bracelet with Comet Swarovski Crystals - anjalicreationsSilver Plated Snowflake...
funnel neck tunic black knit for women custom made to fit you - betsybdesignfunnel neck tunic black...
Medium Cotton Zipper  Pouch Clutch Toiletry Bag Grey and Black Medallion Print - handjstarcreationsMedium Cotton Zipper P...
burnt orange feather yellow and orange daisy hair fascinator - MollysPurlburnt orange feather ye...
Fall Winter Women Fashion - Fiber Art Scarf - Luxurious Merino Wool Knit Scarflette - Persimmon Orange - TickledPinkKnitsFall Winter Women Fashi...
CARTA Tote Bag in Black with Vintage Barkcloth Lining - HuzzahHandmadeCARTA Tote Bag in Black...
Squirrel Necklace  --  Free Shipping - goatsnglorySquirrel Necklace -- ...
Karmabee Hearts Prayer Flag - karmabeeKarmabee Hearts Prayer ...
Cut Paper Snow Scene Christmas Silhouette Greeting card - arwendesignsCut Paper Snow Scene Ch...
meerwiibli peter pan swiss dream button collar - FREE SHIPPING - meerwiiblimeerwiibli peter pan sw...
Chakra Zen Mini Monster OOAK Crochet Amigurumi Holiday Gift Plush - Made To Order - knotbygranmaChakra Zen Mini Monster...
Spiral Rope Tassel Beadwork Lariat Necklace Gray Blue - TinksTreasureSpiral Rope Tassel Bead...
Peace in Three Languages Stone - geminiriverrocksPeace in Three Language...
Orange Yellow Flower Earrings, Vintage Inspired, Floral Earrings, - Tangerine Dream - merryalchemyOrange Yellow Flower Ea...
Japanese Shadowbox 3-D Art - RobinsArtAndDesignJapanese Shadowbox 3-D ...
Looking Through You - RoArtLooking Through You

'CYBER MONDAY SALE in the Hudson Valley #2' by pulpsushi

Join the Hudson Valley Etsy Team on CYBER MONDAY (11/26) using the coupon code "CYBER" in these participating shops

Snowman Ornament - CROCHET PDF PATTERN - ThePudgyRabbit
Snowman Ornament - CROC...
Fall Cowl Scarf. Eco Friendly Scarf. Organic Cotton Chunky Knit Neckwarmer- Summer, Spring, Fall, Winter Fashion - TickledPinkKnits
Fall Cowl Scarf. Eco Fr...
Crochet Snowflakes Christmas Ornament Appliques Set of 3 - GetTangled
Crochet Snowflakes Chri...
Merry Christmas Dude, letterpress card. - WishboneLetterpress
Merry Christmas Dude, l...
Fabric Ornaments Red Green and Gold Circles - handjstarcreations
Fabric Ornaments Red Gr...
Three Prep Bowls - LandMstudio
Three Prep Bowls
Felted Wool Bag Red and Black - HuzzahHandmade
Felted Wool Bag Red and...
Raspberry Porter Beer Soap -- 4 oz. - SweetPeasGroceries
Raspberry Porter Beer S...
Owl Necklace - goatsnglory
Owl Necklace
Hand Dyed Silk Wrap Bracelet - Bittersweet, Star of David, Ten Commandments, and Heliotrope Swarovski Crystals - anjalicreations
Hand Dyed Silk Wrap Bra...
Original Art Pendant of House with Homemade Slide - EntropicGrace
Original Art Pendant of...
Green and Peach Vase - NewProspectPottery
Green and Peach Vase
Working Woman's Hand Cream - BeyondThePicketFence
Working Woman's Han...
Bangle Bracelet in Green Dichroic Fused Glass BL0016 - GetGlassy
Bangle Bracelet in Gree...
meerwiibli red and orange fairy tale market lady elf hat FREE SHIPPING - meerwiibli
meerwiibli red and oran...
Needle Felt Bead Red White Necklace Fiber Jewelry- Christmas Candy Mint FREE US SHIPPING - pulpsushi
Needle Felt Bead Red Wh...