Saturday, May 31, 2008

Opening the door to your business

The Door Knob

Do you really need more customers?????????

I have been reading a lot of material about home based businesses and customer loyalty. I wanted to let you know I have or will have read "Winning Costumer Loyalty" by Murray Raphel, Neil Raphel, and Janis S. Raye. "The Ebay Millionaire" by Amy Joyner and "Selling for Dummies". What have I learned???? That I have a lot to learn! The biggest thing that is repeated over and over again is customer loyalty. The magic info is the 80/20 formula. 20% of your customers will account for 80% of your over all sales. What does that mean. Take good care of the customers you have. Treat them well and they will spend more money. I will update you as I get further in the books. Have a question post it to me and when I learn it I will pass the knowledge on to you.

~Casey aka Morgan

The Door Knob is for sale at www.fieldsofviewphotography.com

Friday, May 23, 2008

Memorial Day Sale


The FAM's are at it again- sale time and just in time for the long weekend. Here is a list of shops that are participating:

The Fabulous Artistic Moms Street Team, aka FAM!

Come and get it....
Prices Slashed, Bargains to be Had
Sales, Specials, Price Cuts, Shipping Deals....

Don't miss out on the BEST SALE OF THE SEASON!


Fabulous Artistic Moms Memorial Day Sale♥♥♥

• ChamberryCherryDesigns, take 20% off any listing in my shop, May 24/May 25....see shop announcement for details...must use "FAMmemsale" in notes...wait for revised listing
http://Chamberrycherry.etsy.com
custom, monogrammed, accessories, gifts and more


• Handmade by Andrea Baker, take 20% off any listing in my shop plus Free Domestic Shipping, May 24-May25 see shop announcement for details
http://andreabaker.etsy.com
Aprons, Business Card Cozies and more


• AnnieHowes - take 20% off any listing over $10 in my shop, May 24-May 25....see shop announcement for details
http://anniehowes.etsy.com


• Bamdesigns- take 20% off orders of $10 or more. Free US shipping or half off international shipping when you spend $20 or more. See store for detail
http://bamdesigns.etsy.com
children, custom

• asugaraffair - take 15% off all orders. see shop for details. taking pre-orders for Father’s Day
http://asugaraffair.etsy.com
yummy treats


• apinkpiggy - take 20% off any listing in my shop, May 24-25, see shop announcement for details
http://apinkpiggy.etsy.com


• Michon - Free shipping, and buy one item, get one of equal or lesser value for half off. Must mention FAM Memorial Day Sale in notes to seller to get this offer - then wait for a revised paypal invoice. Offer good til midnight etsy time on Monday.
http://michon.etsy.com


• novitajulien - Pyong Bricole - take 20% off all orders. Free shipping when you spend $30 or more. See store for detail
http://novitajulien.etsy.com
handbags, purses, accessories


• LJDesignphoto - 25% off any your order. Free 5x7 for orders totaling over $30 after discount. Free 5 x 7 good only May 24-25. See my shop announcement for details
http://ljdesignphoto.etsy.com


• Cuteandsweet-25% off woven headbands through Monday
http://cuteandsweet.etsy.com
children, hair accessories, custom


• Wysiwigs - BOGO - Buy a print at regular price and get a Critter Notecard free (your choice). Don’t forget to include FAM Memorial Day Sale and which critter notecard you’d like in your notes to seller. Offer good through 12a.m. Monday 5-26-08.
http://www.wysiwigs.etys.com
Animal sketch prints, cards, origami artwork


• GriffinGear....Great Gear for Pint Sized Guys.....
http://GriffinGear.etsy.com
10% off the purchase of one item
20% off the purchase of two or more items
Free shipping on purchases of $50 or more.
Can be combined with items from pandys....parongs, totes, beer quilts and more

http://pandys.etsy.com
10% off the purchase of one item
20% off the purchase of two or more items, Free shipping on purchases of $50 or more. Can be combined with from GriffinGear.


• 10% off, free shipping on orders over $30 sale in my shop this weekend and Monday http://daydreamartstudios.etsy.com


• catscradle: take 20% off any listing from May 24-May 26...see shop announcement for details
http://catscradle.etsy.com

• catscradlebags: Grand Opening Sale - take 20% off any listing from May 24-May 26...see shop announcement for details combined shipping between Cat’s Cradle Creations and Cat’s Cradle Bags
http://catscradlebags.etsy.com



• Free shipping within the United States from today, Friday, May 23rd through Monday, May 26th. Listings already reflect free shipping. Shop away!! :)
http://fraybabybibsandmore.etsy.com


• 10 % off any purchase til Monday, midnight
free shipping on any order over $50
Write **memday** in notes to seller and wait for an invoice before paying
http://www.doubledippedsweets.etsy.com


• Pumpkin Pea - Cute, Girly, Modern, Hip (cute hair accessories for babies, toddlers, girls and moms too.
Buy 1 item get the 2nd 25% off and of course free shipping within the U.S. from May 24 - May 26
http://pumpkinpea.etsy.com


• 10% off any purchase made on May 24th and 25th
Free Shipping on any order over $50
Write *YUM* in notes to seller so invoice can be sent to you
http://www.satinpetalsoap.etsy.com


• 10 % off any purchase til Monday, midnight
free shipping on any order over $50
Write **memday** in notes to seller and wait for an invoice before paying http://www.kellydnlvy.etsy.com

. sewinggranny...10% off any purchase made on May 24th and 25th
Free Shipping on any order over $30.00 Write *Happy Holiday* in notes to seller so invoice can be sent to you!
http://www.sewinggranny.etsy.com

. 10% off all items ... Spend over $30.00 and receive free shipping too !!! Please put "FAM Memorial Day" in the notes to seller and wait for a revised invoice ...
http://krystalmoon74.etsy.com

I am sure more stores will be adding their sales over the weekend so be sure to check in on the sales thread-
http://etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread id=5630026

Come have fun and find some good sales too.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Too much fun with cupcakes and turtles


I have been having so much fun with the cupcake goodie bags that i decided to expand it a little by adding a few new cupcake items to the store. What little girl wouldn't want her very own cupcake t-shirt with matching cupcake purse? The little purse is made out of felt and the front has a bow wrapped cupcake appliqu├ęd to the front which has been hand stitched for extra stability. The t-shirt also has a felt cupcake wrapped with a bow which has been appliqued and hand stitched in place. The cupcake will do fine in the washer.



I also added a little extra touch to my Love Turtle T-shirt- a pair of button covered ponytail holders. One is made with the dot material and the other is made using the flower material.

Too much fun for everyone. :o)

Friday, May 16, 2008

BEST FATHER'S DAY PRESENT...or for another's day

Mother's day just passed, Father's day is on its way. It's so easy to buy present for mom, but not for dad. It's easy to find something unusual, cute for women, but we can't find it everyday, everywhere the right present for men. I lived in part of Switzerland where wine and cigar is part of our daily life. We like wine on general, but we love more a special wine on the special occasion especially if the wine came in a very beautiful way (wrapped beautifully), like this one:


or

The last two is reversible bag, meaning...you can use it as a wrap for either woman or man...should I call it unisex lol....ok...this is how it's looks like...
--->

Something missing I guess....we need a beautiful accesories for the wine glasses, and my friend, Kelly, has it just what you need...gorgeous wine glasses charms which will make your wine more enjoyable.


Those are just some of her charms collections - flowers, purses and sunglasses. She made those by herself. to check more of her creation, visit her etsy shop. She does accept the custom made order, if you have some design that you would like to put it on your glass wine, send her a message, she will answer you promptly

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Thankful Thursday - Yes, I'm Thankful


Thursday seems like a great day of the week to reflect on some of the things I can be thankful for. There are many reasons to be thankful, but I'll keep this brief.

My studio. Oh, yes, it's a mess, but I'm thankful for it, and thankful it's only 50 feet from my back door. I'd love to someday have it somewhat tidied for a little photo sharing, but that'll have to wait for another blog post.

My duplex laser printer. I'm so incredibly thankful to have this monster sitting on my desk. I just wish I could figure out how to implement the duplex feature. See? there are some things I can't do.

My FAM Teammates on Etsy. I just can't express in words how thankful I am to have them in my life. Each day I can log on and find a warm and welcoming group of moms to share my day with. You all are the best!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Take 10 Tuesday - May 13, 2008


The FAM's are at it again with Take 10 Tuesday! Find amazing discounts and some secret hidden treasures in some of our shops. For a complete listing of stores, please visit the Etsy Forums tonight, May 13, 2008, between 5:00 PM - Midnight EST!

T10T – Participating Shops for May 13, 2008:


http://anniehowes.etsy.com
10% off and free shipping on all orders over $1O

http://Beanhank.etsy.com
10% off anything in my store on May 13, 2008 between 5:00PM EST and Midnight EST.
Please put "T10T" in notes to seller :o)

http://catscradle.etsy.com
SALE! Take-10-Tuesday! 10% off all orders and free Priority shipping upgrade on orders over $10 on May 13, 2008 between 5:00PM EST and Midnight EST.
Please put "T10T" in notes to seller :o)

http://macaroniandglue.etsy.com
Take 10% off anything in the store! Buy 3, get 1 free through May 31st.

http://nikkisnacs.etsy.com
Take 10% off everything in the shop, just pust T10T in notes to seller.
I will also have a secret listed.

http://sweetpicklespottery.etsy.com
10% off (custom orders excluded) and free shipping over purchase of $10 or more. please put T10T in notes to seller and wait for revised invoice.

http://doubledippedsweets.etsy.com
10% discount in my store!

http://novitajulien.etsy.com
SALE! Take-10-Tuesday! 10% off all orders and free shipping for purchase over $ 30 on May 13, 2008 between 5:00PM EST and Midnight EST. Please put "T10T" in notes to seller :o)

http://kellydnlvy.etsy.com
10% off any purchase . just write t10t in the notes to seler and wait for an invoice before paying

http://prettybowtique.etsy.com
10% off entire shop!

http://griffingear.etsy.com and http://pandys.etsy.com
10% off everything in both shops (pandys and GriffinGear) and free shipping on all quilts

http://krystalmoon74.etsy.com
10% off all items in my shop ... Please put FAM T10T in notes to seller

http://morganbosley.etsy.com
10% off all items in my shop!

http://michon.etsy.com
My sale is 10% off everything in my shop, and on orders of 2 or more items,
also get free shipping.

http://daydreamartstudios.etsy.com
free shipping on orders over $10 and a free gift with all orders!

http://valeriesgallery.etsy.com
T10T 10% off all orders over $15.

http://bamdesigns.etsy.com
10% off your total purchase when you add T10T in notes to seller. I will send a revised invoice.

http://andreabaker.etsy.com
10% off all orders over $1O just put T10T in notes to seller. I also have a secret listed.

http://chamberrycherry.etsy.com
free shipping on any purchase, put T10T in notes and convo me

http://sewinggranny@etsy.com
10% off all in shop and will pay 50% of shipping on all orders over $10.00
Please add T10T in notes to seller!

http://ljdeignphoto.etsy.com
10% off and free shipping on all orders over $1O. Plus a free gift for orders over $25.00.

http://merkabajewelry.etsy.com
Mine is 10% off all purchases.

http://gardencris27.etsy.com

http://pumpkinpea.etsy.com

Happy shopping!

Annie

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day! Let's Celebrate with a 25% off sale!


My Etsy shop is having a 25% off sale today only so come visit Annie Howes Keepsakes on Etsy and take advantage of this fabulous discount on your entire order.

Everything is included in this sale, such great items as all Scrabble Tile pendants and the brand new Create Your Own Scrabble Tile Pendant kit! Have fun shopping! And Happy Mother's Day to all the great moms out there!

Friday, May 9, 2008

Create your own reversible apron (for little one)

After days of playing with material and persuaded my daughter to agree to be the model, finally, today, I made my create your own reversible apron on my store. I like to do mix and match product, I mean that's what I always do when I helped my husband to create new product for his business. It's been my dream to do something like this....create your own item...

The main idea of this item is that, you choose the fabric and size you like, and I will make it for you. For more personalized touch, that's why I put 7 design of fabric that will be use for the exterior pocket, it used to give a statement of person who wears the apron.

I've been hunted cute children fabric everywhere I go, but until yesterday, it's just sitting in my fabric boxes.I only be able taking picture for girl apron, the boy model (my best friend's son) was not available today, they went on family vacation until sometimes next week. So for the moment, you can only see sample of apron for girl, but I hope, soon, I can be able to submit, also, picture of boy apron.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Etsy FAME Goes Live!


It's official, everyone! Etsy Fame is up and running. Etsy Fame is a website comprised of FAM Etsy Street Team Members who want to advertise their business off Etsy. Using a third party website, the team members are able to use statistics to monitor the effectiveness of their advertising campaigns. While it's not a perfect use of statistics, it sure beats the alternative of having no statistics whatsoever.

Come visit Etsy Fame and see what we're all about!

Annie Howes

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

T10T - Take 10 Tuesday

The FAM's are at it again with Take 10 Tuesday! Find amazing discounts and some secret hidden treasures in some of our shops. For a complete listing of stores, please visit the Etsy Forums tonight, May 6, 2008, between 5:00 PM - Midnight EST! I'll update this post before 5:00 PM today with a list of participating shops.

T10T – Participating Shops:

http://sewinggranny.etsy.com : 10% of everything in my shop

http://valeriesgallery.etsy.com : 10% off and free shipping

http://michon.etsy.com : 10% off in my shop, plus free shipping on orders of 2 or more items

http://anniehowes.etsy.com : 10% off all orders over $10. Please at “T10T” in notes to seller :o)

http://elegantsnobbery.etsy.com : 10% off and free shipping on orders of 2 or more items

http://merkabajewelry.etsy.com : 10% and free shipping.

http://IEJUDYK1.Etsy.com : 10% off

http://chamberrycherry.etsy.com : free shipping in my shop, buy a hairbow, get one free special

http://gardencris27.etsy.com : 10% off

http://macaroniandglue.etsy.com : 10% off anything in the store and BUY 3, GET 1 FREE. Please include "T10T" in Notes to Seller at checkout and wait for a revised invoice.

http://pandys.etsy.com and http://GriffinGear.etsy.com : 10% off purchases, free shipping on purchases of $50 or more. May combine purchases from both shops to qualify for free shipping. Please put T10T in notes to seller and wait for revised invoice.

http://motherspreciousgems.etsy.com : 10% off any item in my shop today, May 6th!

http://beanhank.etsy.com : 10% off my anything in my shop

http://newenglandquilter.etsy.com : Take 10% off all purchases in my shop!
Please mention "T10T" in notes to seller when checking out and I will send you a revised invoice.

http://www.sparetimecrafts.etsy.com : Take 10% off all purchases in my shop

http://nikkisnacs.etsy.com : Buy one get one half price of equal or lesser value. Does not apply to custom items. Can not be combined with any other offer. Please put T10T in note to seller and wait for a revised invoice.

http://daydreamartstudios.etsy.com : 10% off and a free gift with any purchase!

http://doubledipped.etsy.com : 10% off sale in my store for T10T

http://ljdesignphoto.etsy.com : 10% off any purchase and a free note card for any purchase over $10. This offer expires at 11 pm PST on Tuesday, May 6th. Please put "FAM T10T" in notes to seller.

http://buttonsnsuch.etsy.com : 10% off anything in my store. Please include T10T in notes to seller at checkout and wait for a revised invoice. Also free shipping on purchases over 2 items.

http://BlueRidgeTreasures.etsy.com.etsy.com : Take 10% off all purchases over $10 in my shop! This includes any custom order! Please mention "T10T" in notes to seller when checking out and I will send you a revised invoice.

http://www.kellydnlvy.etsy.com : I will be having 10% off tonight.



Thank you for visiting FAM!

Annie Howes

Friday, May 2, 2008

Flowery Denim


Remember the old tv series "Little House on The Priarie"? This bag is inspired by the medical case of Dr.Baker. I like a very simple bag, easy to use and most important, the bag which can stay upright itself when I put it on the floor or table, and this is the one. and with the tubular frame, I do not need to bother to open and close any zipper anymore.
I attached a snap hook inside so it will be easier for those who need to look for their key quick and easy.
I named this bag with my mom's name, Fidela. When I show it to her, she loves it so much...she said she always want to have a bag like that...so in the honor of her...this bag is called FIDELA BAG....