Sunday, November 30, 2008

How to Video: Make Simple Modern Ear Wires for Earrings

Here is a tutorial on how to make your own ear wires.

Tools needed:
  • Silver 19-21 gauge full or half hard wire (at least 8" in length).
  • Wire cutters.
  • Round barrel (like that of a plastic pen) to use as a form.
  • Round nose pliers.
  • Flat nose pliers.
  • File (even a finger file can work).

The video does zoom in for close up instruction so you can see details. Some details are lost in the video upload to blogger so I am working on finding a hosting spot for a higher resolution video for anyone to view. But for now I hope this is good enough.

Feel free to post any questions you may have and I will try to answer them.

Enjoy the video and come visit my shop LoopsDesigns to see more of my creations.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

My New Banner

Do you like my New Banner? I made it on Banner Fans today. I wanted something that looks abstract and displayed a photo of my jewelry. The photo used is a photo of my Little Fiddleheads Earrings and I have the same earrings as my Avatar which you can see in my shop.

Update on Etsy Hearts and Advertising Campaign

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Figure 2

Figure 3

Well I did an advertising campaign on Project Wonderful today and watched my views on Heartomatic. I am about at 100 views for the day (see figure 3 above). It is only 7 pm and I started my Campaign at 5 am (could not sleep). According to my stats on Project Wonderful I have had 24 unique clicks (Figure 2) for one campaign and only 2 unique clicks (Figure 1) for the other campaign (26 new outside views for the day). Not bad if you ask me.

Does anyone else advertise? And if so how do they track their stats?

I am sure that the learning curve for correctly searching my target audience on Project Wonderful (PW) will help me improve my stats but for my first campaign I take it as a good learning experience.

Thanks to Timothy Adam Designs and his Blog I was able to walk through the process of learning how to advertise on PW. I think his video tutorial is fantastic and it makes the process less intimidating than what I would have imagined.

Etsy Hearts and Advertising Campaigns?

Do you like to see who likes (Hearts) your Etsy shop items? Do you like to know how many views you are getting in a day in your shop or for that matter do you want to compare your number of visits per day with a competitors?

This is the site for you: Heartomatic! Enjoy browsing and share what you are using it for.

I just started using it today to track my number of visits. I am at 10029 today Nov 29, 2008. I am running some advertising and I want to see if it increases my traffic.

Does anyone else use any other site to track their stats in their Etsy Shop?

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Etsy Help Cheat Sheets

LooseWireStudio has compiled a very helpful cheat sheet for Etsy users. Thanks Loosewire!

Here is the link to the cheat sheet so I am passing it on for others to link to.

Here is another link to a list on the Etsy forums that Has a list of "Valuable Links" for Etsy users. These are links that are not easily found on Etsy and once again LooseWire has done the footwork to compile this list as well.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

My Long Blog Absence!

Well I have been quite absent from blogging lately. We had such a busy summer and we were away more than we were home which put a strain on my creativity and blogging time. Add on top of that the fact that I am expecting our second baby in May 2009. This has put a huge drain on my energy as well as the "energy drain" DeLuca who is 14 months old whom I have to keep up with all day and play with for hours (but it is all a lot of fun despite wearing out my pregnant self).

I am starting to feel I have the energy again to work on my Blog and Jewelry on a more regular basis again. I always have ideas of things I want to do and create it is just a matter of finding the energy and getting them done.

I really want to start posting some tutorials in the near future so stay tuned and see if I ever get organized enough to get to it.

Hope to post more often.

Favorite Blog Mention!

I found this blog a little while ago and find I get sucked in for hours. It is so inspiring to see Bloesem's Finds from around the world. I hope you enjoy browsing too.


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