Tuesday, January 26, 2010

And the WINNER IS.....

In our current giveaway from GocksFrocks, we had 81 entries. I went to Random.org and it selected comment number 14 as the winner.

The 14th comment is from Kim, at Kim's Crafty Apple (KimsCraftyApple.etsy.com). Congratulations to Kim. We'll be contacting you soon to put you in touch with GocksFrocks, so that she can ship you your choice of Valentine's skirt!

Thanks to everyone who entered!!

Monday, January 18, 2010

ETTEAM Valentine Giveaway!!

We have a fabulous Valentine's Day giveaway from Etteam member, Kristen of GocksFrocks.

Kristen is giving away one of her "Valentine" skirts (in girls sizes). The winner will choose from the ones available in her shop in the winner's choice of sizes (girls) 2t to 8. The skirt styles vary but all feature elastic waist for ease of fit, pre-shrunk fabric, seams professionally finished, topstitched where appropriate and sewn-on label.

About Kristen: Kristen is a SAHM to 3 wild and crazy kids (Thunder, Lightning & Rain), a former ESOL teacher, and a self described craft addict! She loves to work on craft projects, with new materials .... a blissful day would be one spent locked away in my sewing room with nothing to do but create.... but alas dinner, the dishes and laundry get in the way.

Kristen has been selling on Etsy for almost 4 years, and really started focusing on her shop 2 years ago when she left the childrens boutique world on Ebay. She expanded into womens offerings this past summer, and they were a huge hit! She likes to tell the grown-ups, that her clothing is for letting out your inner child!
"I love texture, patterns, color and am inspired by things I see in my everyday life... I am constantly adding new items to my shop to satisfy my crafting ADD so be sure to check back often!"

How to enter the giveaway.

1. Mandatory: Stop by Kristen's Etsy shop GocksFrocks, and tell us which Valentine skirt you would choose if you win the giveaway, and tell us in a comment. (You must do this before you post any extra entries).

Be sure that you leave your email address or your etsy shop name in every entry, or they will be deleted. We need to know how to reach you in case you are the winner!

Extra Entries:

2. Follow the Etteam Blog, and let us know in a comment.

3. Follow GocksFrocks Blog, and let us know in a comment.

4. Become a fan of GocksFrocks Facebook page and let us know in a comment.

5. Become a follower of GocksFrocks on Twitter, and tweet the following: " Enter this fun #giveaway for a colorful girls Valentine skirt from @GocksFrocks on the #Etteam blog http://etsytreasuryteam.blogspot.com "

Giveaway starts Monday, January 18th, and ends at Midnight PST Monday January 25th. We'll be back on Tuesday, January 26th to blog about the winner.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Updates on Etta & Treasure Meerkat's World Tour!

Silja of 5erg.etsy.com has made an adorable You Tube update on the latest adventures of Treasure Meerkat's visit to Estonia! This is so much fun to watch, we hope you enjoy it!

And here is a wonderful update from Kristin at Gockfrocks.etsy.com on Etta's travels to New York. Seems that she made lots of wonderful friends in the Big Apple! And don't you love her adorbale Tutu?!!

For more info on the Meerkat's world travels, go to their Meerkat's Facebook fan page!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

ETTEAM Featured Etsy Seller - 5erg.etsy.com

Contributed by: NiftyKnits

I have a compulsion to pronounce names, I can't just read 5erg without trying to say it - so let's meet Surge (sorry!) of 5erg.etsy.com. According to her profile she's Silja, but she'll always be Surge to me ;-) The shop's tagline is "If it makes you smile, it's worth it", which probably tells us how this interview is going to turn out...

Cats or dogs?

Black cats! And brooms, while I am at it.

Star Wars or Star Trek?

What? I thought it was the same thing :D

*philistine* (spits nifty)

Fruit or chocolate?

hocolate with caramel. And whipped cream with chocolate. And pizza with meat and cheese. And then some oranges please.

Favourite colour?

I like color combinations. Lilac and black. Claret and moss. Purple and lime. Gray and yellow. Gray and any bright color.

Favourite meal?

Smashed potatoes with pickled cucumbers and sour cream.
Blood sausage with cowberry jam.
Mushroom pizza.
Pasta Bolognese.
As you see, I am totally useless when I have to choose only one thing.

City break or weekend in the country?

Weekend in the country. But in a very very modern house. And no wasp hives in the toilet. That would be the best.

Soaps or documentaries?

MP3 player with some great rock music.

Bath or shower?

Depends how rusty or how full of chlorine the water is. If it is very rusty, then definitely bath - you get a nice fake tan. And Chlorine water gives you great chemical factory scent, which can be put on with both bath and shower. So, it is all good.

What brought you to Etsy? Tell us about your shop. Do you sell anywhere else?

I have many different things is my shop. Needle felted mermaids for example and other felt items. Little oil paintings in ACEO format. I also list some bead jewelry. Currently I have some greeting cards and fridge magnets with my paintings printed on them too.
I like to look around in tiny handicraft shops and find different items, so I thought I might do a shop that felt a little like that. Maybe one day I will stick with one or two type of things only.

Of all the online selling venues, Etsy looked simplest. And it loaded faster. I don't have any other shops, only this one http://
5erg.etsy.com. I also keep a blog at www.5erg.com. I post photos of crafts, nature and people in Estonia and sometimes write about random topics.

What’s the favourite item you’ve made so far?

This mermaid: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=22712979
She has attitude!

What has been the most useful lesson you’ve learnt so far?

White background listings are chosen for treasuries way less times than images with regular backgrounds. At least it is this way with my stuff. Also, freebies are kind of useless. Some people enjoy them, but as it appears really most of people just throw free gifts away. But I still sometimes pack something along with some orders, but not regularly.

If you could start again, is there anything you’d do differently?

Sometimes I have thought about making a new account with more regular name. Like just 'Mermaids" for example. Or "OilACEO". But I think 5erg is just fine too. I think it started like it had to, you have to do some mistakes to understand why and what you should do differently in the future.

How do you see your store developing?

At some point I though I will try to keep my listings number the same as my sales number. But I was busy with school for a while and couldn't keep up.
What I am doing always is trying to take better photos. I haven't built a light box yet, so I just try to wait for a sunny day or gather all my lamps in one place.
I don't see my shop being any different in the future, I think the size is OK now. I only have to work on details

What have you been doing today that I’ve interrupted?

This is not the norm, but I was I was cleaning and re-organizing my room. In between I was reading about Argentina. And that is all :D

What’s your top marketing tip for today?

If you have come to conclusion about something and you keep doing the same thing you think is the best but have forgotten why you are doing it, then think it over.

Thanks "Surge" ;-)

Don't miss a swim around the mermaids and more in 5erg.etsy.com.
I'm off to
www.5erg.com because I've realised I STILL don't know where Estonia is...