FORUM: What’s Your Trouble, Bubble?

Lately, I’ve been facing all kinds of challenges and dilemmas with my store as I’m exploring options for a brick-and-mortar establishment,  so I know that it can be kind of frustrating at times to try and create a balance between life, work (if maintaining your Etsy store isn’t your only job), creating (for those of you that are handmade artists), EEWIL responsibilities, blogging,  your Etsy store…the list goes on. This is especially true if, like me, you’re the only Etsyan in your “real world” social circle.

So, I thought I’d just set up a post here on the blog that can be an open forum for you to talk about your challenges, frustrations, conundrums, and the like.  Hopefully we’ll have a lot of interaction with this topic, and we can all help each other figure out solutions.  We have close to 200 members, all with different levels of Etsy experience, which means that we have a large pool of advice at our fingertips;  if you’re stuck with something, that resource!  Post here and ask questions — chances are, there’s somebody on our team who can help you figure it out.  Use the forums on our Facebook page discussion boards and on our Etsy Team discussion board, too.  The more places you ask, the more likely you are to find some assistance.

Whatever you do,  don’t go it alone.

Frustration can lead to burnout, and that’s not good for you or your store.  Check in with your cyberfriends, and let us help you get back on track!

Until next time,

Happy Etsying and Loads of EEWIL ♥!

Victoria 😉

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Extreme Makeover: Treasury Edition

Building Treasuries takes a lot of work.  If you want to do it right, and do it beautifully — and all of us do — you end up investing a lot of time. It’s easy to get caught up in searching Etsy for just the right thing to complete your collection.  It’s also easy to get distracted by things you find while searching for just the right thing.  Personally, I end up adding at least ten new items and two or three new shops to my Favorites list each time I build a Treasury.

The time investment is totally worth it and building Treasuries can be a relaxing hobby if you’ve got a bit of free time to indulge yourself.

But… many of us regularly find ourselves with less and less free time due to everyday family duties, keeping up with our Etsy shops (and our brick-and-mortar establishments, if we have those), work obligations… you get the picture, right?

Let me offer a couple of suggestions that might make your Treasury-building life a little easier:

1.  Use multiple tabs.

When I build EEWIL Treasuries, I always have at least three tabs open in Internet Explorer (sorry to Mac fans — I’m not sure if you guys have tabs or if you have to use multiple windows.  The first tab is our EEWIL Facebook page.  The second tab (or sometimes a window) is used for clicking through to members’ shops.  Tab 3 is for building the Treasury.  Multitasking with tabs makes it much easier to search for items and build your Treasury.

2.  Work with what you know.

 Take your inspiration from something you REALLY know well.  It will take you less time to find items, because you’ll know immediately when you’ve found something that fits in your Treasury.  For example, my husband’s birthday is coming up next week.  A few nights ago, I built a Treasury full of things that remind me of my husband and his interests (check it out here).  They weren’t all things that he’d necessarily want for his birthday, but things that made me think of him.  It took about 10 minutes to build, it got my husband’s seal of approval (he said, “Hey, you did good,”  which is a HUGE compliment coming from him!), and I’m planning on using it for EEWIL recruitment purposes. 

3. Pick a color, any color! 

Choose a theme color.  It gives you lots of options, especially when you’re choosing items from EEWIL members’ shops.  Let’s say you chose PINK as your theme color, like I did for this Treasury.  When you head to an EEWIL member’s shop from our Info page on Facebook, you can then enter “pink” in the “This Shop”  search box, like I did in CleopatraKerckhof’s  shop in the screenshot below (click on the image to enlarge it).

Searching for pink items in Cleopatra's shop

4. Curate your Treasuries!

Maybe you don’t have time to build a brand-new Treasury from scratch.  I know I haven’t, at least not lately.  But how about updating or re-vamping some of your older, more popular Treasuries?  Do a Treasury Search for your username, either by searching your shop name through the Treasury search bar or copy-paste this link www.etsy.com/treasury/search/yourshopname into your browser’s address bar and replace “yourshopname” with, well, your shop’s name. 😉 (see screenshots below, click to enlarge).

Searching the Treasury list using the Search Bar

Searching the Treasury by using the link

 Once you pull up your Treasury list, find your more popular past Treasuries, and work on re-vamping those.  If you haven’t been back to check on them in awhile, chances are there will be a few items that have sold or that have expired listings.  Replace those items with new ones, contact all of your featured sellers (yes, even the ones that were in the original Treasury — they will appreciate that you featured them again!), and share your Treasury link just like you would for a new one.

5.  Have fun!

Treasury building isn’t meant to add more stress to your life — it’s meant to help you relieve some of it.  Etsyans, by nature, are a creative bunch; we happen to have an exceptionally creative and talented bunch of them in our EEWIL membership.  Those of you that are regularly building Treasuries do a beautiful job.  But… everybody experiences “writer’s block” at some point or another.  So, if you’re struggling to come up with a theme, check out the existing EEWIL Treasuries for some inspiration.  Or, better yet, ask another EEWIL member for help — especially if you’re a fan of their Treasuries. 

We’re all in this together, and if you think about it, helping each other is pretty much the main focus of our group. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, post comments, interact. It’s the best way for us to grow as a community, and when we do that all of us benefit. 🙂

Until next time ,

Happy Etsying and lots of EEWIL Love,

Victoria 🙂

Welcome to Our New Home

Welcome to WordPress, the new home of our EEWIL Blog!

We hope you’ll find this new blog a little more in line with our EEWIL philosophy, a little more streamlined, and a lot less cluttered.  The layout and feel of the blog over on our old hosting site just wasn’t quite right, so after a little research we landed here. 🙂

You’ll notice a few differences on this blog, the most obvious being that it feels a little more like a webpage than a blog.  Please take a few minutes to peruse the links at the top of the page.  Some of them are still “under construction,” but you’ll start to see them fill out over the next few weeks.

As always, your comments and suggestions are always welcome.  Let us know how you feel about this new blog, and what articles you’d like to see here.  If you’re interested in writing for the blog, drop Victoria a line here or on our EEWIL Facebook page — we’d love to hear your “voice” on our page!

If you were following us over on our old blog hosting site, please follow us here instead.  Over then next few weeks, we’ll be setting up links to our followers blogs.  Once that’s complete, our old blog will be taken down — we don’t want to lose any of our readership when that happens, so following us here is just extra insurance that we don’t lose touch.

Big EEWIL and Etsy love to all of you.  Keep up the great work.  You make EEWIL the great community that it is!