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, 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!


Pinterest Tips 4 – Pin Descriptions

This is a great series of Pinterest Tips from one of my Team-mates on the Etsy D-Listers blog. I happen to be Chief Blogster for the D-Listers at the moment…

DTeam Blog

By Angee Perry, ABitCreativeAMP    ♥♥♥    So you have chosen WHAT you want to Pin, and your pins are expressive of who you are – your personal expertise. Today I will share some of the tips I have compiled from Pinerly about how to describe your Pins to have the greatest impact:


  1. The description holds 500 characters. This should speak volumes coupled with an image!
  2. Try to describe everything accurately and not just throw in keywords.
  3. Use keywords in your descriptions. Keywords will allow your pins to be found more easily via search.
  4. Make smart content; most people on Pinterest are college graduates.
  5. “Pin Curiosity” – Use an image that is a little bit out of place and then explain it in the description. People are curious by nature, use that to your advantage.
  6. Match your picture with descriptions to have deep meanings. If you interest people…

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