3 Helpful Resources to Get Your Etsy Shop Holiday Rush Ready

October is always such a surprise – in spite of the fact that we know it’s coming during the entire month of September.

Now is the time to avert that small sensation of panic in your gut by taking a few steps to get ready for the holidays. Here are three resources that can help:

  1. If you’re like me (busy with a family and a day job), you mostly ignore the Etsy blog unless a team mate calls your attention to a particularly good post. Now is the time to stop ignoring it. Check it out now, and keep checking in as the holidays unfold.
  2. Go sign up for Etsy’s Holiday Boot Camp, even if you know you won’t be following it to the letter. The emails are loaded with helpful tips, and the worksheets can come in very handy.
  3. And finally, check out “5 Best Tips to Get Your Etsy Shop Holiday Rush Ready” from Etsy’s PromoJunkies – just in time for that nudge you need – BEFORE things get crazy busy!

Gifts of the New Year

The new year has brought many surprises – from a stomach flu that conquered our entire family to burst water pipes all over the yard (in Arizona, freezing nights combined with plastic drip systems = homeowner’s nightmare!)

But the new year has brought some lovely gifts as well. Today I’d like to share some early 2015 features that have been published about my shop — at risk of blowing my own trumpet! (Please pardon the elephant pun…)
Turquoise Inspired Feature on ElephantBeads
The first feature began as a convo in my Etsy inbox, asking if I would like having one of my beaded rings featured in an online magazine. Of course, I was flattered, and said “Yes!” And then I forgot all about it – until I noticed my shop was getting views from Handmade-Jewelry-Club.com, and I went to check it out. Sure enough, there was the article, with one of my favorite seed bead rings featured!

The next feature also began as a simple convo – this time from one of my favorite Etsy suppliers, Ralph Helmrich, from UnkamenSupplies. For years I have been using artisan-crafted findings in copper and niobium from his shop. He asked if I would be interested in being profiled in his weekly blog, and I said “heck yes!” I provided him with a write-up for that one – mostly cribbed from the bio in my shop. The profile in the UnkamenSupplies Blog is one of my favorites of all time. Ralph did a beautiful job with the photo montage, and since the article appeared, I have enjoyed being a regular reader of his blog. I’ve learned many great tips and tricks about working with different metals!

Etsy Shop Goals for 2015 – a Template

I decided to set some more meaningful goals for my Etsy shop for 2015, and since PowerPoint is my way of life, I created a PowerPoint slide to post on the wall and help me track to the goals. I’m hoping this will build on the great momentum ElephantBeads had at the tail end of 2014.

Given that I have a full time job and a family, I tried to give myself enough time to reach each step of the goal. I found a couple of resources particularly helpful in setting my goals this year. If you are interested in getting your Etsy shop off to a good start this year, you might find them helpful as well:

Have you set yourself goals for 2015? Feel free to share them below!

Good morning!En…

Good morning!

Enjoy a meditative treasury of lovely items from two teams of talented artists.

‘Om…’ by ElephantBeads

Meditate on these calming creations from the STATTEAM and MCTT. Submitted in honor of the Joint Team Blitz!

3 oz Clamshell Breakaway Soy Candle Tart Melts - You Choose Fragrance - SerendipityCandle
Original ACEO Digital Art Print - A Monk Prays - LemachiDesigns
White cow photograph. Farm pasture dreamy vintage rustic sepia tone. Brown, white, cream, beige 8x8 art print. - RiskLoveFreedom
Baltic amber necklace minimalistic simple natural raw amber jewelry handmade in Israel - LenaMer
bracelet/wrist mala - 1treeyoga
Purple flower Felt  Brooch Large - lannarfelt
Arm warmers light gray - socksandmittens
Draped Cream Beige Blouse, Beige - Cream Summer Top - CIPORKIN
Print from original watercolor painting " Pink Flower in a blue dream" by Elina Lorenz - sublimecolors
Mosaic Wall Mirror, Square Mosaic Mirror, Mirror Tiles - GreenStreetMosaics
500 Hand-Punched Hearts w/ Mini-Jar - Black & White - Weddings, Scrapbooking Embellishments, Confetti, Papermaking - looneyjoontees
Faceted Agate Necklace. BIG Black and White Gemstone. B&W Cats Eye Beads.  Swarovski Crystal. Modern Edgy Fashion Statement Necklace. tagt - KapKaDesign
Owl totem necklace. great horned owl necklace. brown necklace. seed beaded necklace - BrandonArtists
Candle Holder Shabby Chic Rustic White Gold - Ready to ship - ShimmerPlace
Pink Linen headband with crochet flower / beautiful girl / bridesmaid / pink and purple - theYarnKitchen
blue bowl ceramic serving bowl handmade pottery - CurlyGirlieDesigns

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Sunday morning treasures…

My peppermint garden ring – one of those I created while meandering in another time zone – is featured in this lovely treasury. See my post “Meandering as an art form” for more on how this ring was created.

Sunday Morning’ by SchneiderGallery


Sailor Tote Bag – B…

$48.00

Neon Rainbow Glass …

$44.00

Peppermint Garden -…

$10.00

Turquoise Bracelets…

$39.00

sterling silver rin…

$28.00

Cream lacy capelet

$75.00

Designer Ice Cream …

$25.00

Mint Mint Mint – Sh…

$6.00

Samoyed Puppy / Min…

$19.00

Soy Candle Ceramic …

$16.00

Handmade GLASS Butt…

$48.00

Three Olives Vodka …

$16.00

Children’s Art…

$18.00

Upcycled Cotton Tsh…

$10.00

iphone Case, iphone…

$34.99

Quilted Camera Case…

$15.00

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Thirsty for lime sherbet!

The greens in this treasury positively CLINK with the sound of ice cubes in summer! Enjoy more Mother’s Day possibilities:

‘Lime love’ by ikve

Because lime equals fresh!


Hemp Twine, Green -…

$5.98

Reserved for Tara…..

$51.00

Spring – lime perid…

$29.95

Working Kodak Brown…

$45.00

Japanese Washi Tape…

$4.00

Lime green earrings…

$18.50

All Natural Organic…

$11.99

Handmade wire wrapp…

$45.50

Chartreuse Dinosaur…

$25.00

Lime Party Drink Ki…

$6.95

Keep Calm and Trave…

$10.80

Coconut Lime Soap H…

$5.75

Pollen, necklace wi…

$75.00

25% OFF lime aura q…

$7.50

Fused Glass Coaster…

$42.00

Green Tea and Lime …

$6.95

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Crocheted Sea Urchin – Lovely silvers and reds for Mother’s Day

The pearly sea urchin colors, texture of crochet, and sparkly coral reds are spectacular here! What a beautifully-curated treasury, and filled with great finds for Mother’s Day!

‘Crocheted Sea Urchin’ by PersonalDesignz

A combination of wonderful creations brought to you by some really talented artists…. enjoy!


Crocheted Clutch Wh…

$23.95

Silver stud Earring…

$34.00

Knitting Stitch Mar…

$7.50

Mineral Makeup Foun…

$8.50

On Sale Red Coral Q…

$43.20

Mother’s Day Ca…

$6.50

Framed drop Earring…

$30.00

ON SALE Brown, Tan …

$25.46

Hand Knit Ruffled S…

$26.95

Tan and Brown Shell…

$9.00

sea urchin-fish net…

$42.00

Postcard Cup of Cof…

$1.25

Vintage 1970s Rhine…

$39.95

Hug Ring – made to …

$45.00

Brown Zipper Brooch…

$14.00

Chunky necklace, ge…

$32.00

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