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This blog chronicles the activities of my Etsy and Artfire shops, and my adventures as both a jewelry designer and information specialist.

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Big announcements

It's been a few weeks since my last post, but I've got big news this time so I wanted to wait until I was completely ready.

First off, in honor of American Thanksgiving, I'm having a sale in my Etsy shop! I've taken advantage of Etsy's new coupon code function and have created this code: THANKS10 which will give you 10% off anything in my shop, before shipping. The code is good through midnight on Nov. 29th, 2010. Here's a helpful article on how to redeem coupon codes on Etsy, but basically you just enter the code in the "shop coupon code" box upon checkout.

I've spent the past week creating, taking pictures, and writing descriptions like crazy so that my shop is as full as possible. As someone who is both American and Canadian I'm so very thankful to be able to celebrate this wonderful holiday twice each fall, and I'm happy to pass that feeling along to you with this sale. Here's a selection of Autumn-hued items presently in my shop:

Secondly, I'm happy to announce the Grand Opening of my Artfire shop!!! The focus of this shop will be slightly different than my shop on Etsy. Instead of wirewrapping and semi precious stones I'll be focusing instead on resin flowers, and vintage glass and metal findings. The idea is to produce modern pieces with a romantic, vintage vibe. I am, for the most part, inspired by Victorian culture, and the Romantic literature of the 19th century. Right now I mostly have rings and hairpins in my shop, but I plan to add more earrings and brooches, and I'll be creating coordinating bracelets and necklaces in the new year.

I'm also happy to announce that I've had the opportunity to do some guest blogging in the past few days. First, I was the guest finder for the Oh Canada! Team Friday Finds feature last week Friday. I filled in for new Friday Finds "finder", Leanne, of LeanneDesigns. And I was given the opportunity to do the Shotgun Shopping post this past Monday on the Handmade Highway. I had a lot of fun doing both, and am reinspired to write more frequently, here, on my own blog.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Preparing for the Holidays: Gift Giving

Well, although we've only just finished celebrating Halloween, it's time to start thinking about the upcoming holidays. More and more I prefer to do my shopping online, and living in Canada the shipping can take quite a lot of time as the postal system gets clogged up with holiday deliveries. Also, not surprisingly, my favorite place to shop recently have become Etsy and Artfire, but with their growing popularity it's best to start early!

I've got a fairly extensive list of people to buy for, both male and female, with widely divergent tastes, ranging in age from 3 to 83. While some people are always incredibly easy to shop for - my mom, for one - some remain extremely difficult (no, I'm not naming names), and some have begun to pose more of a challenge recently - like my teenaged nephew. It seems that the older kids get, the harder it is to find something appropriately "cool".

I find that it's so much more fun to give unique gifts to my friends and family knowing that they're going to be the only ones in their circle to have them. Many of the items I've ordered in the past have been graciously customized in some way by the seller, and that just makes them all the more special.

I started to do a little preliminary shopping and research this past week, and in order to organize my thoughts, I've created a few treasuries on Etsy. Of course, I started my search close to home, focusing on the offerings of my own team - the Oh Canada! Etsy Street Team.

Since I have so many women to buy for, my first treasury focuses on shopping for the ladies, and is entitled: Canadian Holiday Gift Ideas - For the Ladies

My second treasury, Oh Canada Team Holiday Gift List - Quebec Artisans features some of the extremely talented artisans that live and create in my home province of Quebec.

I promise I won't overwhelm you with a barrage of gift lists, but I do intend to keep curating gift themed treasuries as we approach the holiday season. Because virtual shopping is fun!

And did you notice, I've learned how to make my embedded treasury pictures clickable? I'm pretty proud of that ☺
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