Saturday, 12 April 2008

My New Etsy Shop

Thank you to everyone who entered my Easter Egg Hunt! All prizes have now been posted out. I hope you're all suitably chocolate-filled.

Have you heard about Etsy yet? Etsy is an online marketplace for buying and selling handmade items. It's a place where you can pick up some unique handcrafted items, instead of buying mass-produced objects. Etsy was launched in 2005 by Rob Kalin, and it now has 60 full-time employees, 840,000 registered users, 150,000 of whom are individual artists selling more than 1.5 million of their handmade creations. Etsy is based in Brooklyn in the States, so everything is priced in dollars, but if you think you can handle that, why not take a look? Many of the items are from UK sellers, and you can "Shop Local" if you want to restrict the number of miles your purchases have to travel.

I launched my very own Bumpy Beads Etsy Shop this month and will be busy stocking it over the next few months. So now you have two places to shop for my Bumpy Bead creations!

To make it easy for you I have a link to my Etsy shop on my homepage. To buy items from Etsy you need to be registered, but it only takes a moment, and will open up a whole new world of handmade items that need to be bought.

So what else have I been up to? Well, I bought a new camera, and so I am finally able to take better pictures of my beads and jewellery, both of which are notoriously difficult to photograph. I've made some new necklaces, and I took the opportunity to create a bit of a photographic collage, so that you now get more than one view of each item.

I've also decided to offer my handmade sterling silver beadcaps for sale. They have proved really popular, and the best news is that I have been able to source my silver at a better price than previously, and so I have managed to reduce the price!

They are just plain beadcaps, but they have a lovely contemporary look, and I have tumbled them so that they are deliciously smooth and shiny.

Tomorrow is the Bead Fair at Malvern Three Counties Showground, which I shall definitely be visiting. I'm picking up some new glass that I've not tried before so I can't wait to have a play with it. Then it's just one more week until the Flame Off!

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