Author Archives: Elaine

Week 12: Back to Beads

polymer clay bead sample

This week was back to being about beads since there were orders and beady things to do. I snapped a picture of a sample of what went by the bead table this week – African violets, crocus, little strawberries, seashells and gingko leaves. It’s a bit of a variety but that makes the job more fun.

garden bracelet

A customer wandered into the studio earlier in the week and asked for a custom bracelet which I whipped up. The garden bracelets are fun because they use my flowers and charms but also because they let me sift through my pile of random stones, glass and metal bits. I collect cute beads and sparkly bit, often without a real plan for using them, so it’s nice to see them find a home!

The Etsy 101 Thing

Orange topped cupcakes for the meetup today! #etsy #etsySK #etsy101

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I decided to join another Etsy team – the Saskatchewan one this time, since it looks like I’ll be here awhile yet (six years is coming up pretty quick, yikes!) – and we just ran one of the first team outreach events this past weekend. Our Newbie Event – Etsy 101 – was held in Regina, Saskatoon and in Swift Current right at my shop.

I got talking and forgot to snap pictures. This doesn’t surprise me. It mainly went well with a peek into my Etsy shop for folks thinking of joining up, discussion into the business realities of Etsy and the orange iced cupcakes my kiddo made for the whole deal.

I’ll run the event again, in July I’m thinking, to help folks who want to run through the fall season get going. I may structure it more as a boot camp so that we actually get people set and running in one go. I remember how long it took to get each of my shops going and it would have helped to have friends giving me a nudge swift kick.

The Shop: Woodland Themes

I notice I tend to not really be great about sticking to seasonal themes but hey, we have woodland beads for my shop post of the week. Because I like them so. And because right now, seasonal beads would be little pits of mud.

polymer clay toadstool beads polymer clay acorn beads

polymer clay bird beads crocus beads

On the other hand, I guess the crocus beads are seasonal. So there is that. And you can find an awful lot of other fun clay beads and canes in my Etsy shop.