Sunday, February 28, 2010


Tell us a little about yourself.
I love to spend as much time outdoors as possible walking, cycling, running, hiking, camping, beach walks, traveling etc. This allows me to pursue my interest in photography of landscapes and beautiful scenery to capture moments to share with others.

If you could have any animal as a pet, what would it be?
I have 2 adorable cats and someday would love a dog.

Fruit or chocolate?
Bananas dipped in chocolate fondue

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Our HOST Store was S.N.E.A.K Attacked!

Just recently, another Etsy Team bombarded our HOST shop with sales in what has become known as a S.N.E.A.K. Attack!  It was exciting for us and fun for the participants (so we hear!). We thank the SNEAK Attack Team for choosing our shop and helping us continue to help others here on Etsy!

What is a S.N.E.A.K. Attack you might ask?  See below for more information!

HOST's: Spruce Up Your Shop Challenge!

Spruce Up Your Shop Challenge
Whether you are an Etsy Newbie, or a seasoned seller, there comes a time when it is advantageous to do some Spring Cleaning on your shop. Come join us for the HOST Spruce Up Your Shop Challenge!

Starting in March, every Saturday morning a new challenge will be posted here on the blog. Come join us and share your progress on the challenges. Feel free to ask questions and share your own advice with others just starting out.

Each Challenge will include an article to read and include either one or a few small tasks. Time required to accomplish the tasks will vary. We will focus on things like the look and feel of your shop, writing descriptions, choosing tags, creating a profile, among other things. When we finish we will be well on our way to getting more notice from customers for our shops!

To get email notification of our blog posts - including the Spruce Up Your Shop Challenges, please put your email address in the Feedburner box on the right hand side of our blog - or you can join our blog by using the handy Join button!

Hope to see you all there!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Meet the HOSTies: FickleFaerie

Tell us a little about yourself.
I am an Etsy addict. I love to sew and to do my part for the environment so Etsy was the place to make a little bit of money doing what I love.
I am a wife and mother to 3 grown daughters.

If you could have any animal as a pet, what would it be?
Cats, cats and more cats

Fruit or chocolate?
How about strawberries dipped in melted chocolate. That way it sounds like I picked the healthy choice.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

OFFER: Advertising Option from boutiquepillows

Hello Host Members,

I am the owner of and I have been advertising Etsians on my website for quite some time happily with much success.  Etsians have been receiving an increase in traffic and a huge bump in their sales since joining. 

It is very important to advertise outside of Etsy to the mainstream shopping district.  By promoting outside of  Etsy, you will reach customers who are solely buyers.  Benefits to advertising on my site are that I promote my site on a daily basis as well as each individual advertiser.   We receive 3,000+ visitors a month and are ranked #1 on google.

To learn more you can follow the links below ~

We just opened a new Blog Network ~ Saturday Blog Shoppers! To learn about this network you can follow the link below ~

Hope to work with you in promoting your Etsy shop!


Tuesday, February 23, 2010



>For a never ending treasure trove of information and ideas, check out

At first glance the site looks a little overwhelming, and while navigation of the site takes some getting used to, you will get some great info there.

Everything from starting a business to networking is included. Occasionally, there are grant contests in addition to the information about grants that may be available.

The 9th small business grant is in full swing now.

Site review submitted by our own primitiveartdeco. Check out her items here:

Monday, February 22, 2010

Video Monday: 15 Great Etsy Selling Tips by blueberryshoes

I was looking around on for some wonderful content to share with my fellow HOST blog readers and I lucked upon these great tips from blueberryshoes. I wrote and asked permission to post them here for you, and Hollie was gracious enough to agree. You can find her etsy-mini at the bottom of this article.

Take it away Hollie!

(Bow by blueberryshoes, earrings, cake ring and deer necklace by sparklerocks, pastry necklace and strawberry ring by destinationdesign, purple rose ring by leboutique)


1-Have a great avatar! This is you're shop's face and first impression. It is what's seen when you get around Etsy, so make it fresh, pop with color and represent what you sell well.

2-Have a great banner! Get one made by an etsy seller or make your own. Either way, it should be professional and fresh. It should also very much suit what you make and the style of your shop.

3-Take killer pictures! Do searches for items on etsy that are similar to yours. Emulate the shops' pictures that feel right to you. Don't copy, but reflect. Use lots of angles and only take pictures outside or near natural light. Avoid flash, taking pictures on the rug or at night.

4-Make descriptions interesting! Go for your target crowd, give lots of details and be interesting! A great description can be the last straw that motivates someone to buy. If they feel drawn to it as a personal piece, they will spend the money.

5-Use Tags Wisely! Use every tag available and think outside the box. Use to help you think of ones you never could on your own!

6-Twitter! Twitter is key to getting views, hearts and followers. Sign up with the same name and avatar as your etsy shop so you are recognizable. Search for "etsy", "vintage", and "handmade" and add as many people as you can who talk about these things. It is twitter courtesy to add someone if they add you. So most likley you'll get lots of followers in time.

Tweet not only your new listings, but also plans for future projects, interesting finds on etsy, inspiration and humour.

7-Blog! Only blog if you will enjoy it. Make it you and very interesting. Blog about what you make, post tutorials, do themed blogs where you post etsyian's work based on a certain theme. Do giveaways! Make sure to add your etsy mini!

8-Facebook! Personalizes your shop and you as a seller. Add other etsy friends and talk about your work and plans.

9-Treasuries! Make them and comment on others. If you want you can add one item from your own shop into a treasury. It may end up on the front page and get you tons more views! Use to help you determine when a treasury slot opens up.

10-Get Around Etsy! Browse shops, heart items, and people will heart you back!! Make yourself noticed.

11-List Daily or Relist! Keep items at the forefront of searches. Keep shop fresh and up to date. you may be noticed for gift guides, front page or storque articles.

12-Know Trends! Keep up to date with whats "in", since people are always on the lookout to stay with the trends. Be a fashion forward shop! Use or handmade indie blogs to help you out!

13-Get Into Forums, Chats and Virtual Labs! This is instant gratification and enables you to make great friends. You will get views and hearts. Friendship is key on etsy, so get making them!

14-Sell What Sells!
If what you're trying to sell simply isnt selling, branch out in what you create. Don't leave the niche entirely-but it doesnt hurt to try something that might work! If you make original art, do cards or smaller prints that are more affordable.

15-Promote Promote Promote! Promote others and they will promote back. Make friends everywhere and brag about your work (dont be too shy about it, but don't be annoying either), make sure people know what you make and that you love custom work.

I hope you enjoyed the Tutorial and that it inspired you to stick with Etsy even through tough times! It is a wonderful site in which you can gain experience as an artist, and heck, maybe in time some dough! Pass this on if you enjoyed it too!

You can visit my blog at :

Thanks again to Hollie for letting us post this great set of tips. Please comment below. And if you are looking for tips on any particular subject, let us know so we can plan new posts accordingly!

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Meet the HOSTies - primitiveartdeco

If you could have any animal as a pet, what would it be?
Probably a cockatoo. I've been told they are perpetual 2 year olds.

Fruit or chocolate?
Definitely fruit! I'm just not a chocolate fan. Gove me fresh mango any day!!

Your favorite meal?
Southern cooking is my favorite! Bar BQ chicken, fried okra, fried green tomatoes, squash and banana pudding.

City break or weekend in the country?
Weekend in the country!! I'd never even venture into the city if I didn't have to.

Why did you join/donate to HOST?
I've watched the HOST team through two Christmas seasons. Recently, they helped me. Now I look forward to paying it forward!

How did you first get interested in what you do?
I've always been interested in art, even as a child. In high school, I took an art class. I was hooked. When I didn't have canvas, I painted on anything that would stay still. Hence the home decor.

Tell us about your shop.
My shop is a mix right now. I started out with just the hand painted home decor. I have a variety of themes, and I also do custom work.  But, over the last few months, I've gotten interested in a lot of new crafts and added those too. In addition to my current shop, a new one is in the works!

What do you love most about selling on Etsy?
I like the fact that Etsy is full of such a diverse group of artists. Everyone is different, yet we all have one thing in common.

Where else can we find you? (facebook, blog, twitter, flickr, etc)

Any advice you would like to share with others that might read this?
Follow your heart and never give up!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Looking for contributors.....

IF YOU HAVE written blog posts/articles on etsy topics such as:
- how to get your shop exposure
- how to do a good listing
- how to take great photos
- low cost/no cost advertising
- have etsy tips and tricks that you want to share

or any other topic that would help other etsy members benefit from your experience....

AND WANT SOME EXPOSURE for your own shop, reply here!

If you provide content for a nice blog post that we can put on our blog - not only will we put your name and shop link on it, we will also include your mini-etsy (thumnail version 4 across, 2 down) AND Tweet about your store.

It's a win win situation. I hope you will consider helping us help others!

PS. We are also looking for donations for giveaways and contests on the blog. If you are interested, just let me know. Thanks!

To learn more about the HOST team, please go here:

We'd love to hear from you. Please make contact over on the etsy forum thread here:
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