My city is in flood crisis

I am reactivating my blog to let my readers about the current situation in my city, Brisbane Australia.

You may have seen in the news that  Brisbane is in the midst of a flood crisis.

http://www.abc.net.au/brisbane/

If anyone can donate to the Premier’s Flood Appeal your contribution would be gratefully accepted.

My Etsy street team is also running its very own flood appeal with all proceeds going directly to the Premiers Flood Appeal

http://brisstyle.blogspot.com/

Anything you can do to help would be appreciated.

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Saviours of the Lost Arts – Crafts Fair

I was lucky to be part of this wonderful Crafts Fair held in King George Square as part of the Saviours of the Lost Arts programme run by the Brisbane City Council.

Wonderful weather.

Great company of other BrisStyle members

Part of the Brisbane crafter/artisan/artist community.

My stall

Delicious teas and coffees

Cute knits on display

Adorned statue

RSS – one way to increase traffic

Hi all!

In this post I will be talking with you about anything related to the business of craft – making, selling, buying supplies, anything internet related..you know what I mean.

My first foray here is about RSS. Well….I know it stands for Really Simple Syndication….

But any more than that I remain confuzzled : ) And what benefit is it to average crafter?

So..in order to find out I went over to the ever helpful and informative Etsy forums – Business topics – to see if I could find out.

These forums are sooo informative..I always check there – firstly as I sell on Etsy and find it totally relevant to my shop presence there, and secondly, because I can always find out what I need to know about things in general that I am interested in : )

I found this thread by Timothy Adam Designs, titled, “How to Increase Your Traffic & Sales with Your Etsy Shop RSS Feed

Timothy explains what RSS really is! He then describes in clear details how to add the feed to one’s own Etsy shop

Thirdly – he offers (via his blog, Handmade Spark) 17 free “my Etsy RSS” buttons.

I have skimmed through all 39 pages of this thread (it was 39 when I finished reading) and have started applying some of his wisdom to this blog.

Thanks so much Timothy!

My RSS link is just over at the top of the left sidebar, below Archives..just click there to receive regular updates from my Etsy shop! (ummm..that’s if I’ve done it right!). I’ve also added my RSS feed info to my Etsy shop home page too.

Etsy Storque also has a very informative page about RSS – you can find it here.

Let me know how you go with this – I would love to hear of crafty successes!

Next BrisStyle Indie Designer Market June 5th

Next market coming up on June 5th.

I am madly sewing, crocheting, labelling….

to get my range of wearables – clothing, jewellery and accessories

ready for the market.

It should be great!

More posts about this to follow!

BiMC – Brisbane Indie Mother & Child Market tomorrow!

I will be selling my wares at the fabulous BiMC tomorrow Saturday 8th May!

At St Augustine’s Church Hall, Hamilton Road, Hamilton from 9am ’til 2pm.

I am bringing along all my fav beaded & crocheted jewellery pieces as well as my new line of clothing for children!

Some pics for you to enjoy!!

There will be face painting, fairy floss, good music and more…so come along and join the fun!

Applying for the first BiDM for 2010

The first BiDM for 2010 is coming up fassssst…

BiDM (which stands for Brisbane Indie Designers Market) is the fantastic market organised by my local Etsy team BrisStyle (etsy.com)

I just received the email yesterday with the application details & sent it straight back…..hope I get in!

The first one for the year is on Saturday 6th March….not long to go now. It hardly seems like any time at all since the very successful market we had on Dec 5th last year. Time has flown soooo fast over the holidays. I have been working on some projects over the break but lots of them are still WIPs (works-in-progress) or really just mere ideas in my head!

I will be hope to be creating a mixed range of goodies for the day – vests for children and women, accessories and jewellery. All made by me with a mix of sewing, crochet, applique and more….

I will keep you posted, dear reader, as to how it all goes!

Garnet depths from Etsy

Just following on from my last post about garnets (the birthstone for January)….

I noticed “The Storque” at etsy.com is showcasing “Garnet Depths”

http://www.etsy.com/storque/spotlight/etsy-finds-garnet-depths-6713/

Lots of different garnet items there!