Saturday, October 31, 2009

Weekend Earring Sale!

Yesterday I added a bunch on new earrings to my Etsy shop and I decided to have a Weekend Earring Sale so that you can get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping! All of my earrings are 20% off until midnight on Monday, November 2, 2009. Here are a few examples of what I have available:

Shop Handmade! Shop Handmade! Shop Handmade! Shop Handmade! Shop Handmade!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Cat's Meow

I am a "cat person" without a doubt! I have three inside kitties and one outside kitty. Actually, LOC Design Studio is named for my three girls: Lluvia, Oreo and Cali. I have two jewelry pieces named for my outside kitty, Big Boy: Big Boy's Key Fob and Big Boy's Necklace and Earring Set. I am always on the lookout for cute kitty items. Here are a few kitty products that I have spotted at Etsy--enjoy!


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Monday, October 26, 2009

My Craft Show Experience

The Bayou Country Craft Show in Niceville, Florida is now history and from my perspective it was a success. I signed up at the last minute and as a result, my booth was at the end of a hall and away from the main traffic flow. I shared the room with one other jewelry vendor. I sold enough to pay for my space and then some. I saw a lot of my business cards leave the booth which hopefully will send traffic to my websites. I also gained some experience with how these events work. The potential web traffic and experience are my measures of success. I plan to participate in a few more of these events for the same reasons. Do I want a steady diet of this? Probably not. But I do think that it is a good idea to participate in several events each year to establish and maintain a "real person" presence. If you have a craft show scheduled, I wish you much success!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Bayou Country Craft Show

If you are in the vicinity of Niceville, Florida this weekend, plan to visit the 32nd Annual Bayou Country Craft Show at the First United Methodist Church. The show will be open from 8:30 am until 2:30 pm. Yours truly will have a booth there and I would love to meet you and for you to see my beaded jewelry in person! I will have items from both of my shops at the show: LOC Design Studio and A Stitch and a Prayer. A craft show is a great place to start your Christmas shopping. Support your local artisans and crafters--buy handmade this year!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Feels like fall...

October has been very hot and humid here in NW Florida. After a huge storm last night, today we are feeling cooler temperatures and a bit of a breeze. OK, it's more than a breeze! The wind is bringing a welcomed relief from the heat of summer. October is my favorite month here in the Florida Panhandle (check out my blog post at And October makes me think of pumpkins. Here are some pumpkin items that caught my eye at Etsy...

Thursday, October 15, 2009

What I've learned today... that I have a lot to learn! SEO, the importance of a consistent shop appearance and blogs. That is the tip of the iceberg. I want to thank the great buyers and sellers who contributed to Etsy forums which address the first two points: SEO and shop appearance. Take a few minutes (hours) to read these forums if you are interested and are in a "need to know" situation:
Another great resource that I discovered today in the Etsy business forum is:

There is a wealth of information in these resources. Whether you are an Etsy shop owner or not, if you want your web content to be found and you aren't a "geek" these resources are a great starting place.