Thursday, November 6, 2014

Christmas Jewelry from MagdaleneJewels

Merry Christmas

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Creating a Treasury

Creating a Treasury

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Although Etsy may not feel Treasury's are that important in the light of the many outside mediums that people are promoting on, I still creating a Treaury, is a nice way to help promote many Shops on our STATTeam. Often it seems that it is the same peope who are ceating these Treasury's each day!  

Mainly though, I have discovered that many don’t participate because they are not exactly sure what a Treasury is; or how to create one; stating, “I would like to do a Treasury, but dont’t know how to start”. Well, hopefully by the time you finish reading this Article, you will not only be adept in creating your own Treasury; but will also be excited at the prospect of learning the “Art of Creating a Treasury”. I promise that once you realize how very easy it is, you will be hooked!

First of all, “What is a Treasury”? A Treasury is a “tool” on Etsy where you choose 16 items from various Shops of your choice. These could be items from your favorites list; favorite shops, or just searching Etsy if you choose to create a Treasury with a specific topic, or color or the theme. As I said, creating a Treasury can be one of the most important “tools” on Etsy. While you are creating the Treasury with 16 items from various Shops; the key is that you are also “promoting your own Shop”! As people view the Treasury you just posted, you are bringing your Shop to the attention of other Etsy members who may have not previously noticed your Shop. Posting a specific item in your Treasury, each time someone views a specific item, you are increasing views to their Shop; most of those “featured”, in turn when creating their Treasury, will feature an item from your Shop, again, increasing views to a specific item, and your Shop.

So with this background information. It is now time to “Start Creating Your Own Treasury”. Choose a “Theme”, as I mentioned earlier, Autumn, Halloween, Christmas, a specific color, maybe a Song that inspires you, are all great suggestions to start. From there, choose a “Title” that is creative, one that will catch the attention of others, making them want to find out what is behind that catchy “Title”. Once you have decided on the “Theme” of your Treasury, and your creative “Title”; the next step is to choose 16 items that will compliment your “Theme” and/or “Title”. I am sure many of you already have in mind specific Shops you have seen while browsing through Etsy, and favorite a specific item that caught your eye.

 View the various Shops within your own Team; you will be surprised at what you will find as you visit these Shops. Besides the usual Shops we see every day in the threads, look at the Members list and find a Shop that has not been noticed before, you might be surprised at what exists within these various Shops. If you see an item that is perfect to compliment your Treasury, for myself, I find it easiest to mark it as a favorite (they can then be found in the little heart at the top of your Shop page), this makes it easier to find when posting the items in your Treasury List.

You are now ready to begin to “Create Your Treasury”! To start – click on the link “Home” in the upper left Sidebar of your Shop. Then move down the right sidebar list until you come to “Treasury’s”. Once you come to the Treasury page, on the upper right sidebar, click on the link, “Create a List”. A page will pop up with 16 empty square boxes. Your name and Shop will show up as the “Curator”; another way for someone to notice your Shop. As the “curator”, you can indicate the “Theme” you have chosen, or indicate if it is a Team Treasury (ex: A STATTeam Treasury).

Now let’s get started: First enter your Title, then go to the Treasury boxes. Each box has a small link at the bottom, where you post the URL link of the item you choose to feature, then click OK – you will then see the item come into the box. Continue until all the boxes are filled with your favorite items to compliment your Treasury. Next, on the right side, you will side you will see a link “tags”; Tags are descriptive keywords that help Shoppers and other Team Members discover your list when looking for a specific item while searching within the many listings of Treasury’s.

You are now ready to “Share your List”! Once you have created your beautiful collection, by copying the URL link at the top of the page, you can share your Treasury with your friends, and don’t forget those that are featured in the Treasury. You can also share your Treasury on various sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Google and Pinterest by clicking on the links in the right sidebar. If you find you need to “edit” your Treasury once it has been posted. Click on the link shown on the lower right side, under “Curator tools”. Once you have edited your Treasury, make sure you click on Save!

I know this may sound a bit confusing at first, but once you post that first Treasury, you will definitely be hooked, and ready to make that next Treasury. ***If you have any questions, please feel free to convo me, I will be more than happy to guide you through creating your Treasury.***

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Treasury: Paper Roses

'Paper Roses' by MagdaleneJewels

A Treasury dedicated to the Art of the SalentoFelShop - featuring SalentoFeltShop and Members of the STATTeam

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Featured Shop: TJB Designs

TBJ Designs
Gold/Black Beaded Scissor Fob

I recently became a big fan of this Shop from the STATTeam, TJB Designs, the creation of Tommye:  As she states in her profile, "I love stitching and teaching stitching. Counted thread needlework appeals to my logical mind and soothes my soul".

Scissors Fob? Another unique item found inTommye's Shop: Although I have been sewing, embroidering, and crocheting for many years, this is an item I was not familiar with. I immediately had to ask to the designer what a "fob" is used for. Most of the time, it would be a decorative piece or "adornment" which hangs (by fiber or chain) from a scissor, usually attached to a waist band One could make it pinnable and use it as a pin cushion or needle safe while sewing, but in this current era, mostly it's an identifier, which says: " these are my scissors",  and a decoration which with its chain, can be worn around your neck. 'Tis a bit of history, creating your own makes it yours".

Purple Beaded Scissor Fob

Scissor Fobs,  originally called, "Chatelaine"  were quite fashionable in the late 18th Century, as women would attach them to their waistbands or belt when sewing.

Decorative fobs are associated with many of the needle arts: scissors, wood bobbins for lacemaking, needle keepers for all kinds of stitchery, fobs for darning eggs, embroidery's laying tools & thread sweepers.

As a very young girl I was always fascinated with my Grandmother's very strange but unique "stork sewing scissor's"; which are now in my possession. In fact I ordered the Scissor Fob shown above to attached to the scissors - which not only will identify them as my own - but make my life easier when I quickly need to clip a thread or when ending off some yarn on a crochet project.

Also in the Shop of TJB Designs are these beautifully "Handmade" "Hand-Designed" Stiletto's, which are used by Quilter's.


Emerald Green Quilting Stiletto Tool

This is an another item I was not familiar with; but how could a "quilter" not live with it! A Stiletto can also make life much easier for quilters! Quilters and anyone who sews use stilettos to ease fabric through the presser foot and to keep from getting caught up in the feed dogs. It can also be used to push out corners in the corners of sewn items. Tommye has some beautiful Stiletto's (Quilting Tools) also in her Shop, as the ones shown here.

Purple Glass Stiletto Quilting Tool
TJBDesigns also has a large collection of beautifully crafted "stitch marker's" not only for those who crochet, but also for those who knit. For those of us who knit and crochet, these are items we are quite familiar with, and as I find, cannot live without! What I love about these "handmade" markers are that each one has a tiny ball at the end so as not to catch in your yarn as you are working.



Crocheter's Stitching Markers

Knitter's Stitching Markers
For any Sewing, Crochet, Knitting Crafter, as well as Cross Stitching and Embroider, there is something for all of your various "handiwork" artistic abilities. Stitching Pins; Counting Pins, Stitch Pickers, all of which are hand beaded by the Creator.

Beaded Needlepoint Counting Pins
One will also find a collection of Eye-Glass holder's - something I think I will need next!; as well as lovely hand-beaded bookmarks.

Hand Beaded Eye Glass Chain

Hand Beaded Book Marker

  Definitely a Shop worth visiting!!