Friday, February 28, 2014

Items Of The Hour For 2/23-3/1

Items Of The Hour is a weekly thread on the Strategic Promotion For Success Team. Each day 4 items are chosen to be promoted by the other team members.  The purpose of the thread is to bring in new views and hopefully some sales.

Shops can promote the 4 items any way they choose.  Team members can promote by adding the 4 items to their favorites, making a treasury,  sharing on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest , other social media, and any other way they can think of.  Team members who have promoted the other shops have an increased chance of their shop being chosen for the next round.

'Items Of The Hour For 2/23-3/1 ' by amydscrochet

Items Of The Hour For 2/23-3/1

Murano glass and carnelian n...

Extra Large Spa Girls Washcl...

Monogram wedding invitation ...

Copper wall art Lion art ant...

Cupcake earrings handsculpte...

Magic Spin Doily

Drop Ceramic Stud Earrings D...

Flower Ball Pinata. Pomander...

Elephant Makeup Bag Medium i...

Mint Green Mini Tote with LP...

Womens boot socks, lace boot...

Vintage Currier and Ives Ste...

Petite Tree Of Life Necklace...

Pink and Burgundy Chiffon,Ne...

Monaco Blue girl dress elega...


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Hi I'm Amy. In my shop I offer a variety of crocheted items and occasionally I list vintage crochet & knitting pattern books. I enjoy working on custom orders. My customers often come up with the best creative ideas; and sometimes offer me the challenge of creating something I've never done before. It’s always satisfying to take a piece of yarn and create something new from it.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Meet our Team Members! -- Diana from Charmed Baubles N Beads

The SPS Team is an international team of artists, artisans and creators working together to promote their finest work!

Every week we are happy and proud to introduce a member of our outstanding team! They come from different backgrounds, countries, cultures and artistic horizons, but they all have one thing in common : they are driven, creative, dynamic, and dedicated to their Etsy business and to their team, SPST!


Today we are so excited to introduce Diana, a witty and dynamic shop owner and craft lover! Diana opened her Etsy shop, called "Charmed Baubles N Beads", in January 2012.

In Diana's shop you will find a nice selection of "whimsical, funky jewelry just for fun" : bracelets, necklaces, earrings and lanyards, all handcrafted with love and passion by Diana.

Diana is the best person to tell us all about her shop, her journey into Etsy... and her hair color!

"Etsy is pretty smart. She knows there are lots and lots of us out here who don’t know word one about business. Yet we are, or aspire to be, artists or artisans. We want to share our creations, and yes, we don’t mind making some profit, too. I could never set up a shop like I now have without Etsy. 

And because Etsy shoulders so much of the burden of the business details, I have more time to create.

Unfortunately, I was late coming to the value of a team. I just didn’t see the point or the value in the team activities. That is until I encountered a team that is vital and progressive. Yes, I’m referring to SPST, Strategic Promotion for Success Team. Since I joined the team, I have begun to learn how this whole experience need not be a solitary one. There is a wonderful community of creative people out there. They are quirky, kind, serious, generous, colorful, and always interesting personalities. Working with them, the process becomes one of collegial effort. This means a lot to me. 

But, in the beginning, there was no team. There was just me.

I do love being a cottage industry

I was very anxious and worried about opening my shop. Loads of self-doubt dogged me. All these decisions about policies. How to set up the state tax for calculation. What should my shipping formula be? So I moved slowly and created the shop in January of 2012. But it was nothing but words. I really dragged my feet about adding content. At the same time, though, I was excited. 

My husband and I visited the Illinois Business Association with questions. They guided us through the registration process. 

if the government says I have
a business, it must be true!

I was a registered business! 

I now had a sales tax number! 

And even more, I had an opening date for my shop! 

We wanted to start at the beginning of a quarter and not have to hassle with submitting a state tax report for only a few weeks. 

April 1st. The start of a new quarter. The start of my real career as a businesswoman!

Throughout my odyssey into Etsy, all I could think was “Me?” 

In March I sent out a series of emails :

1st sent March 28

Subject: It’s coming!

Something new is coming Sunday April 1, 2012.

No foolin’!

2nd sent March 29

Subject: Are you ready for April 1, 2012

No more pipe dreams. 

The wait is almost over!

Last one on March 30, 2012

Subject: It’s almost time!

Colors sparkle,

Metal shines.

All combine to dazzle 

And delight you!

And there it was. My launch into the entrepreneurial world.

I don’t remember how many items I had on my “shelves” when I opened.

My first official shop sale was on April 29th. However, I did sell a few items to local people who didn’t go thru the shop to complete the purchase. Here’s a photo of me accepting cash payment for my first sale. 

And yes, my hair is pink. On purpose."

The payment for my first sale

Thank you Diana for your generosity and your irresistible story!

Visit Diana's shop today at!


If you are a member of the SPS Team and wish to be featured on our Team Blog in the series of articles 'Meet our Team Members' do not hesitate to contact our Leader, Natalie!


My name is Natalie. I am a French-Canadian gal, but I live in South Korea. My passion is called "Hanji" : sumptuous Korean paper made of mulberry pulp. Hanji has been used for a thousand years in Korea to create decorative or ceremonial objects. For me, it is essential to offer useful and practical objects, that can enjoyed on a daily basis. Tissue cases, pen holders, jewelry, fridge magnets, hair accessories: let the beauty and unique character of Hanji paper make our everyday life objects irresistible!

Follow Natalie's Blog For The Latest Updates To Her Shop

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Best of the Weekend Game

Dear Readers,

Today I collected fresh colors, beautiful spring items, amazing pastels. Warm and cozy:)

'All Good Things Are Wild And Free' by vintagetoyshoppe

INSTANT DOWNLOAD Printable Typography Print, All Good Things are Wild & Free, Quote Art, Wall Decor, Home Decor, College Dorm Room - WhatThePrint
peach Earrings made of Czech glass on silvered base, silverplated clasp. peach. Gift. - BubiShop
peach Earrings made of ...
Wood clock Island water blue Reclaimed wood clock rustic wood clock Starlight woods - StarlightWoodsHOME
Wood clock Island water...
Khaki / Pink / Blue / Red / Blakc / White Chiffon lace dress womens dress long sleeve dress fashion dress long dress ---WD094 - happyfamilyjudy
Khaki / Pink / Blue / R...
Vintage Flower Necklace, OOAK, Flower late 1800's early 1900's, Antiqued Brass Necklace, Rustic - thesetinytreasures
Vintage Flower Necklace...
Striped Decorative Designer Pillow Cover 12x18 Robins Egg Blue. Lumbar Cushion. Nautical Pastel sky taupe tan - WhitlockandCo
Striped Decorative Desi...
Ceramic Tulip Earrings, Spring Studs, White Studs with Red and Yellow Flower, Eco Friendly Jewelry in a Recycled Box - Ceraminic
Ceramic Tulip Earrings,...
Nature Photography - Landscape Photography in Grey Blue Black and White - 8x10 - 16x20 and More - Also Available on Gallery Wrapped Canvas - StudioDandK
Nature Photography - La...
Oatmeal Honey In Goats Milk Soap- Sensitive Skin, Mild Exfoliating,Fragrance Free, Vitamin E, Hand madesoap, Select- Four Options, Skin Care - RTStyles
Oatmeal Honey In Goats ...
Artist Teddy Bear Ballerina Alisia, OOAK, gray, blue, mohair - MrBearFamily
Artist Teddy Bear Balle...
Peonies Gathered Together - 8 x 10 - Shabby Chic - White and Pink - Nature Art Print - Floral - Original Photography - NewArtPalette
Peonies Gathered Togeth...
Hand Painted Wooden Heart / Chalk Board/  Rustic /Primitive/ Folk Art - paintingwhimsy
Hand Painted Wooden Hea...
White polymer clay stud earrings - polymer clay jewelry - stud earrings - floral earrings - Segitanna
White polymer clay stud...
Queen Honey BEE Boho Chic Crochet Necklace: Czech Glass Rose & Topaz Druks, Antique Gold and Brass Accent Dainty Gift for Her OOAK Steampunk - TwinklingOfAnEye
Queen Honey BEE Boho Ch...
Lightweight 100% Cotton Tote Bag Natural Color with vintage double tailed mermaid print - mmmfantasiadealgodon
Lightweight 100% Cotton...
Aqua Glitter Glass Earrings - Hollow Glass Earrings - Light Weight Earrings - Blue Earrings - bstrung
Aqua Glitter Glass Earr...

'You are invited' by mmmfantasiadealgodon

for the SPS Weekend Treasury Game 59 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 Follow us on FB:

THE BEST is Yet to Come Rustic Wedding Sign, Engagement Decoration, Gift, Art Print, Personalized - PurplePeonyCouture
THE BEST is Yet to Come...
Artist Teddy Bear Ballerina Alisia, OOAK, gray, blue, mohair - MrBearFamily
Artist Teddy Bear Balle...
Polka Dot Gift Bag - tabachin
Polka Dot Gift Bag
SALE - Wire wrapped silver plated Ring with coral. red. - BubiShop
SALE - Wire wrapped sil...
Big Sterling Hammered Hearts - Post Earrings - Spring Fashion - Rustic Love - LaurelAndLime
Big Sterling Hammered H...
Modern Ceramic Earrings Stud Metal Gold Pottery Post - LemoneRouge
Modern Ceramic Earrings...
owl in spring night - brooch on green agate slice -unique gemstone jewelry - rustic- woodland- fairytale / art to wear - firuzangoker
owl in spring night - b...
Nest in Spring Tree Nature Bathroom Decor Livingroom Decor Rustic Shabby Chic Home Decor Wall Art Fine Art Photography - JustLifePhotography
Nest in Spring Tree Nat...
Love Note in a Jar, Valentine Letter, love letter, Bottle Message, Message in a Bottle, Vintage Style Type, Roses, Rose Petals - thesetinytreasures
Love Note in a Jar, Val...
Sterling Silver, Hand Made Bird Necklace, Robin With Swarovski, Modern, Minimalist & Chic Design - JollyJewel
Sterling Silver, Hand M...
Carnations photograph- pink, romantic, rustic, beige, flowers, shabby chic, spring,  floral, cream, 8x10, fine art photograph - dullbluelight
Carnations photograph- ...
Paper Goods, Valentine Card, Anniversary Card, Hand Made Paper, Heart, Skeleton Key, Aqua, Love, Feminine, One of A Kind, I love You - ThresholdPaperArt
Paper Goods, Valentine ...
Lovely 80ies Spring Vintage Flowerbasket Rustic Folk Fabric for sewing from Germany/ Large Piece - linenlaceandthread
Lovely 80ies Spring Vin...
Primitive Country Farmhouse Rustic Hang Tag Gift tag Craft supply Spring Thyme 25 tags small manilla - TheKeepingRoom55
Primitive Country Farmh...
Pip Berry Wedding Hair Garland.  Pink, Purple, white Rustic Bridal Headband. Head band hair piece accessories. Spring Bridal Hair Garlands - Rubybloomscom
Pip Berry Wedding Hair ...
Bohemian Matte Teal Lampwork Glass Earrings, Artisan Jewelry, Blue Patina, Earthy Earrings, Glass Earrings - bstrung
Bohemian Matte Teal Lam...

St. Patrick's Day is coming soon with green clovers. We celebrate together:

'Lucky Charms' by LauraMcKey

Magical things for putting on the green! St. Patricks Day is around the corner. SPS Team Weekend Game 59 - Saturday

Irish Leprechaun Beard Hat Saint Patricks Day Kiss Me I'm Irish Bearded Beanie - YumbabY
Irish Leprechaun Beard ...
You are my Lucky Charm - For a Boyfriend, husband, girlfriend, wife, or friend - panicattackshop
You are my Lucky Charm ...
MAGICALLY Delicious - funny humorous irish st. patrick's day paddy's clover drinking lucky party new shirt - Mens Green SWEATSHIRT DT0409 - TeesToYou
MAGICALLY Delicious - f...
Lucky 4-Leaf Clover Kit -- Grow a 4-Leafed-Clover Shamrock Garden in Your Backyard or Terrarium - St. Patrick's Green Clover Lucky Seed DIY - jpants4sale
Lucky 4-Leaf Clover Kit...
Cute Green Satin St. Patrick's Day Mini Top Hat for party, Tea Party or Photo Prop - daisyleedesign
Cute Green Satin St. Pa...
Bright Green Glass Earrings, Lampwork Jewelry, Spring Green Dangle - bstrung
Bright Green Glass Earr...
Earrings green long glass - LarisJewelryDesigns
Earrings green long gla...
Lucky Marshmallow iPhone Skin - edwardstickerhands
Lucky Marshmallow iPhon...
Green Swirl St. Patrick's Day Extra Tiny Mini Top Hat Fascinator with Plaid Ribbon, Coin and Glittered Shamrock Accents - TheWeeHatter
Green Swirl St. Patrick...
Tiny Post Earrings Forest Green Ceramic Shiny Round Hypoallergenic Unisex Porcelain Stud Earrings - LemoneRouge
Tiny Post Earrings Fore...
Sparkling Green Rhinestone Tin Decorative Tin St. Patrick's Day - NaughteeBits
Sparkling Green Rhinest...
4 Shamrock Enamel Charms Lucky Clover Bright and Fun E58 - BohemianFindings
4 Shamrock Enamel Charm...
Color Change MOOD Beaded EARRINGS: Amethyst Banded Agate,Mirage Moon Aurora Diamond Beads,Howlite,Emerald Crystals,Copper French Earwires - TwinklingOfAnEye
Color Change MOOD Beade...
Little Flowers... Green Circle Felt Coaster Set of 4... Hand Made With Love... - StudioJolly
Little Flowers... Green...
Hand-painted silk fabrics coupon in green with flowers - DorSilk
Hand-painted silk fabri...
PRINTABLE - Magically Delicious - St. Patrick's Day Goodie Bag Favor - KraftsbyKaleigh
PRINTABLE - Magically D...
Hi, my name is Ildi. I really enjoy the process of making pottery: I sit down at a table with clay and try to make something that I have an imagination of. I want something and the clay wants something but in the end I can work until I am most satisfied with the outcome.