Handmade Beach Blast Summer Samplers From Out Of The Box Samplers


I was recently asked to participate in a wonderful opportunity to introduce my products to new customers.  Out of the Box Samplers are a wonderful way to purchase products from different companies with a variety of items.

Shop owners send sample of their handmade products and you can buy a box!  Each box contains a minimum of 16 samples.  August’s sampler includes items for a beach theme.  I hope you will stop by the website and possibly box a box.  Boxes sell out quickly!

 

Here are some of the items I sent to be included in the sampler box.

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August’s boxes will soon be available for purchase.

Click this link to visit the site and possibly purchase a box when they are ready.

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Your Handmade Celebration at www.etsy.com/shop/JuliesSugarSoaps


July was by far my busiest month since I opened my soap.  I had 41 orders which took www.etsy.com/shop/JuliesSugarSoaps over the 200 sale mark!  I really enjoy working on celebration favors and decorations for my customer’s celebrations and try to make each order extra special.

Handmade items are very popular for weddings, baby showers, and bridal showers.  I have recently added new items to my shop for any celebration.  Each soap and decoration is unique and one of a kind items.  I even add customized labels or tags to complete the look.

 

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These Mason Jar soaps were inspired by Ball’s anniversary mason jar line.

You may choose the colors and fragrances. I offer package options to suit your needs.

Endless Summer soaps come in sets of 3.  Enjoy the scents of  Watermelon, Iced Tea, and Sea Glass.  

Bulk orders are also available so you can share them for your summer wedding favors or a backyard bbq.

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Add a sweet banner to your wedding cake or birthday cake with any message you would like.

New wooden items include table number signs and Mr & Mrs signs.

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I have also updated some of my customized labels.

What I would do for a battery pack, an ice pack, a packed suitcase.


Although my test results for Cushing’s syndrome came back negative last week, I found myself more frustrated than ever. Cushing’s is treatable and would have explained most of the random symptoms I have that my doctors say are not important.

I did however find out that my blood iron and stored ferritin levels are once again extremely low. This is where the battery pack would come in handy. I fall asleep all the time unless I am actively doing something.

My sweating problem is just as bad as ever. I only go out of the house for dr’s appointments early in the morning to avoid excessive sweating. All it takes is walking around in my house a few times and 5 minutes later my hair is drenched (like I just showered and didn’t bother to dry my hair). This even happens if the temperature in the house is 60°F! My husband is freezing, but there I am literally dripping.

At the beginning of the summer, I really felt stir crazy and wanted to get out of the house even if it was only for a weekend. Now, I would welcome someone to do the packing for me and then, “Beam me up, Scotty” to the closest iceburg.

Cushing’s Syndrome


Life has recently been getting in the way.  This time it is in the form of mind numbing exhaustion and completely uncontrolled high blood pressure.

At the moment, I am waiting for results from labs to see if I have Cushing’s Syndrome.  Not feeling well enough to write a detailed treatise, so here are a few links:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/cushing-syndrome/basics/definition/con-20032115

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000410.htm

 

Making Treasuries on Etsy: Step-by-Step


Treasuries are simply a collection of items from other shops that you like and want to promote.  Often treasury games are posted on team discussion pages and encourage you to promote your team member’s items.

The benefit to you is that many times those shop owners will promote your items and create a treasury which includes your items.

**Open two windows for your Etsy shop.  To learn how to do this, go to this post:

https://juliesspoonfulofsugar.wordpress.com/2014/04/24/etsy-teams-how-to-navigate-team-and-participate/

When all of the treasury spots have been filled with shops, then follow these steps.

1.  In the first window, click this link:  https://www.etsy.com/?ref=si_home or go to the Etsy main page after you log into your account.  You can do this by finding the Etsy logo in the top left corner.  It is the bright orange box in the top left corner.  Click on the orange box.

2.  Now you are at the main page.  Go to the list of menu options on the left hand corner.  Go all the way down until you are at the bottom menu box. There is a title which says, “More Ways to Shop” in black lettering. Find the word “Treasury.” It is the 4th word in that box.  (Tip:  Any time words are highlighted in blue on Etsy, you can click on those words and it will take you to that section.)

3. Now you are on the treasury page.  Go to the right hand side and click, “Create a Treasury” under Curator Tools.  (Definition:  You are the curator.)

4. You are now at a blank treasury page.  This is for you to fill the empty spots with other shop member’s items.  You can refer to the post listed at this link:  https://www.etsy.com/teams/19252/promote-my-store/discuss/14595133/page/1.

5.  In the second window, you will navigate between the list on your team page and the blank treasury. Use the list of members who signed up for the promotion game to create your treasury.  This is a copy of our list.  I am going to use the first 8 members to create my treasury and then I am going to choose 8 other items from anywhere to finish the treasury.

1. www.etsy.com/shop/VintageHare
2. www.etsy.com/ca/shop/StayCloseJewelry
3. www.etsy.com/shop/JuliesSugarSoaps
4. www.etsy.com/shop/sunnybeadsbythesea
5. www.etsy.com/in-en/shop/StoreUtsav
6. www.etsy.com/shop/Love2quilt
7. www.etsy.com/shop/universalideas
8. www.etsy.com/in-en/shop/StoreUtsavFashion
9. www.etsy.com/shop/AgainstTheGrainNC
10. www.etsy.com/shop/TymeAfterTyme
11. www.etsy.com/shop/MiracoliSpB
12. www.etsy.com/shop/NotJustCraftSupplies
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6.  Click on the first shop owner’s web address to click on their shop. I usually look at the items and either choose a color theme or an item I like for inspiration.  Click on the item you like. I like this particular item:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/192952301/yellow-white-blue-crochet-face-cloths?ref=shop_home_active_9

Go to the very top of the page and find the web address (url).  Click anywhere on the address.  This will highlight the address.  Using the mouse or buttons on your laptop, use the right button and click again.  A white drop down menu will appear.  Click on the word, “Copy.”

This is my treasury that I made for the purpose of this blog post:

https://www.etsy.com/treasury/MjQzNTUzOTR8MjcyMzc4NTYwNQ/teaching-treasury

7.  Go back to the first window for the blank treasury form. Place your cursor in one of the boxes which says, “LISTING URL.” Right click in the box.  The drop down menu will appear again.  Click on the word, “Paste.”  The item you picked will appear in the box. Click the word, “ok.”  The item will appear in the box.

8. In the first box, go back to your team’s discussion page for the list of members participating in the game.  https://www.etsy.com/teams/19252/promote-my-store/discuss/14595133/page/2

9.  Repeat steps 5-8 until you filled in the first eight boxes. I am skipping my shop as it is in the first 8 shops of the list.  The theme I am creating is yellow, blue, and green.

10.  For the next 8 items, go to the first window.  In the main search bar, search any word you want to find items for your treasury.  For instance, I typed in “blue” and thousands of items turned up.  Click on an item you like which blends well with your theme. Repeat steps 6-8 until the last 8 boxes are filled.

11. Go to the title box on the treasury form and add a title.  You can add a message if you want to do so.

12. In the tags box, add your team tag (ex: pmt, avidteam, 123team).  Then add other descriptive words to help customers find your items.

13.  You can arrange your items by clicking and holding the button down to drag it to another box.  Always keep your team members in the first 8 boxes.

14. Find the blue “save” button under the pictures.  Click save.  Always, always save!

15.  Now you need to notify members that they are included in your treasury.  Copy the web address of your treasury first.  Then click on the first item.  Click on the ask a question button just above the “add to cart” button on the right side of the page.  A message box will appear.  Paste the web address of your treasury to the message box.  Add a personal message.  This is an example of my message:

https://www.etsy.com/treasury/MjQzNTUzOTR8MjcyMzc4NTYwNQ/teaching-treasury

Your item is featured in my latest treasury. Enjoy!

Julie”

You can copy your first message and paste it to the other notification messages you send. Click the send button.

16.  Go back to your treasury page and repeat step 15 until all the shops have been notified.

17.  Go back to your treasury and favorite each item.  You can promote it further by adding it to your Pinterest Board or Facebook page.