craft / handmade #1: I (also) took the handmade pledge

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Blog entry by scottb posted 03-01-2009 03:14 AM 1082 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Thanks for the information and inspiration from Lumberjock extraordinaire, Mark Decou, I also took the handmade pledge.

Read Marks post on the subject, its a good read.

(go ahead, I’ll wait.)


Ok, I took the handmade pledge, and opened up my own Etsy store. So in addition to all the projects and posting I’ve been doing at LJ, I’m going to focus some more energies back on the blog that got me (invited!) here. (Did I say thanks recently Martin?).

I also have set up a Facebook page as a companion to my “regular blog”. It was created exclusively for my 30 in 30 challenge, but has become a very useful tool to connect with the public, friends and family interested in my art, and useful in that I can keep that as a seperate identity from my personal facebook page. Become a fan and get (infrequent) updates of future events and offerings, like the (proverbial) follow up to my 30 projects in 30 days challenge.

Mark has seen an increase in his traffic from the purchasing public via LJ’s…which goes to show you never know the path someone will take to find you. I have a small cache of goods already posted to my shop.

Handmade craft has never been so high-tech!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#1 posted 03-01-2009 06:03 AM

Good luck Scott. Nice graphics on your store.

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#2 posted 03-01-2009 08:10 AM

Nice Etsy site and I also like your idea of Facebook. I went to your Facebook page and was very impressed, I did not know that you could do that on Facebook. I think I am going to have to investigatee.

I also took the handmade pledge and started an Etsy site.

Thanks for shareing this wonderful info….................

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#3 posted 03-01-2009 04:10 PM

sounds like a great way to reach potential clients!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 03-01-2009 04:16 PM

Yep….....My wife, who is about 70% blind, makes some fantastic purses from scrap fabrics and she told me yesterday to get busy and turn some lamps and bowls. She wants us both to open up a shop on Etsy.
So I guess I better get started but not today. It’s cold, raining and suppose to turn to snow here in the next hour.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#5 posted 03-02-2009 02:30 AM

Nice Etsy site, Scott! I’ve had some of my goods on Etsy since early December and sold two so far. There have been a decent number of page views, so Etsy is drawing visitors.

-- John, co-owner Sawdust 'n Stitches

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#6 posted 03-02-2009 03:23 AM

And did it snow….....4” this afternoon and up to 8” more overnight tonight…..........Most we have had here in 8 years or so.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#7 posted 03-02-2009 04:37 AM

I’ve been with Etsy going on 2 years now, and it has been good to us. I use Flickr as a draw. I wish you luck.

-- It’s not so much what we know that causes the trouble, it’s what we know that’s not so.

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#8 posted 03-08-2009 07:09 AM

I’ve seen almost immediate page views after posting… So either there is a page for people to see new posts, or people are searching by keywords. When I first heard of Etsy I was picturing a little craft fair sort of environment, isolated in the way LJ’s was in the very early days. Now it seems huge – but still drawing the “right crowd”. people looking for unique and home made gifts from artists and artisans, not like on eBay with people looking for a bargain.

I don’t know what I’m expecting, but I’m feel encouraged.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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