Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Patty's Picks

Outstanding picks from Golden Rose Crafters for the Month of March.... by Patty of Twisted Sticks
Sharon has such a flare for cards and along with that talent is this picture frame. What a great gift idea for a teacher. The colors are so bright and cheerful.
This bracelet is stunning.The color is so intense. The picture really shows the wonderful sparkle of the bracelet.
I think this scarf is stunning, such crisp, clear pictures.

'Spring Wedding - Sights & Sounds' by lilaccottagecards

Dreaming of a Country Wedding? I am and look what I found in the Fabulous shops of Etsy! Great Ideas for a Country Chic Wedding. A theme challenge from the Golden Rose Crafters Team.

High Low Hem Wedding Dress - Stella by Starlight - thepeppermintpretty
High Low Hem Wedding Dr...
Yellow Tulips - 11x14 Print with 16x20 Green Mat - Perfect for Spring - shootlikeagirl
Yellow Tulips - 11x14 P...
Romantic Love Birds (Golden Yellow, Sepia Gray/Grisaille, Ink Black with Baker's Twine) - The Heath Collection Wedding Invitation Sample - YinVivo
Romantic Love Birds (Go...
Bridal Bouquet - Succulent & Billy Ball Craspedia Yellow and White Wedding Bouquet - AprilHilerDesigns
Bridal Bouquet - Succul...
autumn wedding hair crown - PIXIE - bridal, yellow flower girl head wreath - thehoneycomb
autumn wedding hair cro...
Sample- Seed Bomb Wedding Table favors - Yellow Ribbon - BigRockPaperCo
Sample- Seed Bomb Weddi...
Country Chic White Soft Yellow Flower Girl Basket for weddings, anniversaries etc. - Stylishgivings
Country Chic White Soft...
Decorative  BirdcagesShabby Chic  Weddings Two Warm Yellow Decorative Gardens Bridal Showers - CrabApplCreations
Decorative BirdcagesSh...
Rustic Birds nest Ring Bearer Pillow Only ONE available - Rusticblend
Rustic Birds nest Ring ...
Just Married Banner with matching ringer bear pillow with your initials - victorianstation
Just Married Banner wit...
Love Heart  Art Print Nursery Decor Yellow Citrine - AldariArt
Love Heart Art Print N...
Set of TWO / country yellow hair flowers / bridal yellow flower hair clips / bridesmaid flowers / rustic wedding - misunbridal
Set of TWO / country ye...
Wedding Cake Topper Yellow Decorations for your Cake, Pastel Needle Felted, fun, Spring, Country, Rustic. Needle Felted, unique Easter - FairyfolkWeddings
Wedding Cake Topper Yel...
Flower Earrings - Yellow Flower European Resin Cabochon - JuliesofLasVegas
Flower Earrings - Yello...
Lemons and Oranges - Mason Jar Chandelier - 4 pint jars - Handcrafted Mason Jar Lighting Fixture - Upcycled BootsNGus Lamp - Direct Hardwire - BootsNGus
Lemons and Oranges - Ma...
Romantic Bridal Rose Brooch Pin Barrette Hair fascinator, vintage style brooch, cottage chic, shabby chic, french country, wedding - TrueRebelClothing
Romantic Bridal Rose Br...
Of the treasuries this is my pick. The yellow color and items really work together to form the theme.

Winner of February Theme Treasury Competiton - Sharon of Lilac Cottage Cards

After 20 years in the corporate world, IBM to be exact, Sharon left her enviable regular paycheck with the benefits that go along with that, to feed her starving (her word) creative side. Sharon had heard of Etsy from customers at her local Farmers Market, so she opened her shop in January of 2011. Sharon had learned Stamping by taking local classes as far back as 1998. She loved creating her own greeting cards from paper and ink. With a great imagination she continued taking classes, learning new techniques and taking in all that she could about different products used in card making.

Loving a challenge Sharon claims that Etsy is helping her to achieve the goals she has set for herself and for her shop. She continually scans the forums and the Etsy Blog for ideas on selling. She says Etsy has helped her to reach a larger customer base and she hopes to work her Etsy business full time in the future. It was almost a year with Etsy before Sharon tried her hand at making a treasury. At first she was an observer, being intimidated by the process. When she created her first treasury in December 18, 2011, Serenity Sunday http:/treasury/MTI0Nzc2Njd8MTU1ODAxMDU3OQ/serenity-sunday?index=103 she learned how easy the process really is, and a new career began, Treasury Extraordinaire. (my words). When asked if she had advice for making treasuries, this is what Sharon offered. Look over the treasuries on the Front Page and check out what the treasury tags for the day are. You can get ideas for themes from the Etsy blog on the month’s trend. Try to include a variety of items and be sure to tag them appropriately . Always let people know that you have included them in your treasury.Sharon states, I also promote not only my treasuries but the treasuries on my teams threads. I also post them to Facebook, on my blog, etc. She tells us just have fun and be creative.

Barely more than a Newbie herself Sharon has some great advice for those getting started with etsy. Take great pictures and tag them accordingly. She reminds us no one will see your wonderful items if they can’t find them. Get involved with the teams you can’t get to know about Etsy on your own. Don’t get discouraged it takes time for most shops to take off. On the subject of teams when asked what comments she wanted to make about Golden Rose Crafters , Sharon mentioned that she had been introduced to the team by a fellow team member. She likes being a part of a group where most members are in her age group, because we tend to share the same problems and challenges. Her favorite threads are the Pep talk thread and our newest Private Chat thread. She has found GRC members to be extremely helpful and supportive. Sharon tells me she loves Etsy and definitely sees it in her future. She plans to continue to add new items to her shop. She hopes to learn more about promoting her shop and selling and learning to use all of the useful tools that are available to insure success.

On a personal note, Sharon is engaged to Mike. She has two daughters, Jenny and Diana. They have blessed her with three grandsons, Jackson ,Gavin and Landon. We can see through the pictures she has shared with us, that those boys are the biggest joys in her life and living far away from them is so hard. But they visit several times a year and put Skype to good use. Sharon has a blog you might like to visit as well as a Facebook page . And if you’re real nice she might pin you on her Pinterest account Thanks for sharing your life with us Sharon and congratulations for having the winning Theme treasury for the month of February. By Marilyn Rush Captain Go

Monday, March 26, 2012

New Member

We would like to take a moment to welcome our newest member to GoldenRose Crafters. Jonny is from Cedar City, Utah. He worked through his teen years perfecting his unique technique. Creating tie-dyed, slashed t-shirts. He works with cotton jersey which is very versatile and strong. His creations are very unique and one of a kind pieces using vibrant dyes creating wonderful colors! We are happy to have you as part of our team and wish you all the best in your business endeavor.