Monday, July 4, 2011

Sand Throwers

The warm sand between my toes, a breeze coming off the ocean, and.....sand being thrown???
When I was really little I would go to the beach and sit on my towel with my feet and arms up in the air. The purpose of that? TO NOT TOUCH ANY SAND. I hated being dirty! Sand would just about do me in! I would just sit there and watch. I didn't shove fist fulls of it into my mouth like my sister or make sandcastles like my cousins. I would just sit there.

Even today I am still not fond of the sand. I do not like to have any sand on me higher than my knees and I hate it on my towel. So when my little cousins came to the beach....lets just say I was hating a lot....
My cousin Emily (8) picks up her towels and shakes it up and down, up and down so that the wind picks it ALL up and dumps it on me. UGH! I told her walk away when you do that.....well she didn't remember that little bit of happened four more times. Then my other cousin John (10) comings running by for his towel and kick a pound of sand onto me (higher than my knees) and all over my towel. Double UGH!

I love going to the beach. The ocean, sea glass glass, shells, people watching, naps, tanning, finishing a book, boats, beach games...etc. I love it all....everything but the sand!


Busy Beader

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Where's the money burning a hole in my pocket???

In the past week I have order beads from three different Etsy sellers spending about $50 in all. I have also gone to one local bead store and spend $50. So just this week along I have spent about $100 in beads. What's my point? Well, I have been selling on Etsy for a total of six months now and I have made a grand total of $150. If I was a real business women I wouldn't buy anymore beads until I have sold all 50 items on Etsy. Or I would sell the millions strands of beads I have not used (and may never use)! Why do I keep on buying more and more beads almost each week?!  Think I may have a
Have any of you seem the movie "Confessions of a Shopaholic"? Well, here is my confession...
Hi my name is Busy Beader and I am a beadaholic.


Saturday, June 18, 2011

Opening a New Shop! .....maybe.

My mom wants to get rid and sell some of her nice antiques. I told her that it might be a good idea to just try selling them on Etsy. I told her if she made the prices I would take the pictures and list them. Since I sell jewelry on Etsy I am not sure how the whole vintage/antiques thing does on Etsy. Do any of you sell vintage or antiques on Etsy? Do you get a lot of sales? My my has some great antiques! I know she would love to get some money for them and I am wondering if Etsy is a good place to do so?
Busy Beader

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Long time no talk!

Man! I am really dropping the ball when it comes to blogging! Life is just too busy sometimes!
I am back now and will try to do better! Hope everyone is doing well!  Hope ETSY business is going well! I have good news! One May 29th I got my fourth sale! I was shocked! I had just come home from a weekend at the lake and didn't set my shop as "on vacation" because I was only going to be gone for a two full days. When I got home I got on the computer right away and I saw the sale!
This weekend I am planning on taking new pictures for all of my peices (or most). I am motivated to get more sales! I would like to put about 100 items on Etsy. I heard that reallllly helps!
That's it for now!
~Busy Beader

Sunday, May 8, 2011

I need your help...

Hi to all my followers!
I need YOUR help! I am trying to get featured on a website a lot like Groupon.  To get featured I need 60 votes. It is VERY easy to vote (takes about a minute)! Please take a minute to click "YES DEFINITELY"
Thank you all!
 Happy Mother's Day!!!
~Busy Beader

Saturday, April 30, 2011

How to get noticed....

Etsy is full of jewelry sellers, me being one of them. I have had my Etsy shop since the very end of December and I have only had three sales. My last sale was in Febuary. I have done a lot of promoting and feel like I am out of ideas! I just can find "the key" to becoming super successful on Etsy?! Every once in awhile I come across a shop that has have over 10,000 sales and I just can believe it! Once I saw a shop that had a little over 40,000 sales! That just about blew my mind away! It left me wondering what did they have that I didn't? I mean, I have good pictures, tags, descriptions, titles etc. all the things Etsy says to do! But what am I missing?!There has to be something I just am not doing! I mean how do these peoples little businesses just explode over night into a huge profit?! Any ideas of what I could do better? What do you think about this subject matter? What is your best promoting tool?
Busy Beader

Friday, April 29, 2011

My first GIVEAWAY!

It's the THIRD day of my first giveaway!
The giveaway is for this bracelet:
how to enter:
- to enter you must be a fan of my business facebook page (!/pages/Midlothian/Madelines-Jewelry-Box/176950565672023)
- to enter POST the word ENTER to Madeline's Jewelry Box wall .... so easy...why not enter for a chance to win that awesome bracelet?!?
How will I pick a winner?
I will use

The giveaway last till MAY 3RD and 11:59 p.m.
E-mail, twitter, facebook, blog etc. about the giveaway! Spread the word!!!
good luck!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Spring Break!

FINALLY Spring Break is here!  This week has been the longest week of my life knowing that the sand between my toes is just a few long days away! I am heading to Charleston South Carolina and Savannah Georgia to see grandparents and soak up the sun! I hope everyone is enjoying Spring so far!
This weekend I am selling my jewelry in Cumberland VA at a festival. I am really looking forward to it. I have been making a lot of new jewelry for it all week! After the festival I am going to try to list a lot of jewelry onto Etsy before I leave for South Carolina.  Anyone from Charleston SC or Savannah Georgia  know of any GREAT beads stores there?

I hope everyone is doing well!