Monthly Archives: October 2013

Hostess Gifts

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Get ready for all of those upcoming holiday parties and don’t forget to bring something thoughtful for the host/hostess.   He/She worked very hard to show you a good time so say Thank You with one of these wonderful gifts.  This is our BIGGEST collection yet!  Click each picture to go directly to that store and read more about the product or purchase it.  🙂

Have a safe and Happy Halloween

Featured Artist: Precious Bowtique

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Today’s featured artist is Brittany C of Precious Bowtique.  Working out of Corvallis, OR, Brittany makes all sorts of knit and crochet items for everyone from baby to adult, even dolls.  Read more about the person behind the art right here with Promo Junkies.

How’d you get started on Etsy?

I opened an Etsy shop in 2009, right after I graduated from high school, thinking I’d make my fame and fortune selling hair bows, little did I know that the hair bow market is extremely saturated on Etsy and I didn’t sell a thing. I closed up shop within two months. In the mean time I honed my knitting and crocheting skills and opened shop again in February of 2011 with a new focus for my shop.

What was your inspiration for your shop?

I just love crafting! I love making things and seeing the finished product. I love the look on someones face when they receive a handmade item, and that’s what really was the driving force behind my Etsy shop.

What’s your favorite shop item from your own shop and why?

Everything in my shop is one of a kind, I rarely make the same thing twice. Most of the knitted doll clothes are made by my grandma who is helping me raise money for my wedding, all of those items are one of a kind as well. My current favorite is:

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I think this set is absolutely adorable!!

How do you unwind when you’re not creating?

I love spending time with my fiance and 2 cats (Ginger and Lilah), but really, crafting is the main way that I unwind! 🙂

List 3 of your favorite Etsy shops.

Hmmm this is a tough one! I’ll go with:
www.symbolicimports.etsy.com
www.sewinggranny.etsy.com
www.verosjoy.etsy.com
All 3 are wonderful people and have beautiful items in there shop that I drool over constantly!

How would you describe your work style?

Really relaxed, I make things when I feel like making things and I make what tickles my fancy at the time. When it comes to custom orders I am a power house. I give a 1-2 week period to get an item done but I tend to finish it within 2 days.

If you could choose any one superhero power, what would it be and why?

The power to read minds! I would love to know what people think when they look at my items and what would make them like them even more!

If you knew then what you know now, what would you do differently in opening your store?

I would work more on photography (which I still struggle with), I would learn more about the benefits of promotion, and I would be PATIENT!

Check out some of Precious Bowtique’s other great items:
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More places to find Precious Bowtique:
www.twitter.com/preciousbowetsy
www.pinterest.com/preciousbowetsy
www.facebook.com/preciousbowtiqueetsy
www.preciousbowtique.etsy.com
www.wanelo.com/Brittany6

Thank you Brittany for giving us a behind-the-scenes peek into how you operate and what inspires you!  To our readers, if you know someone that should be featured here at Promo Junkies, please email us at promojunkiesetsy@gmail.com with a short description of who they are, where they operate, and what makes them something to brag about.

Halloween Treats, Without The Tricks

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Welcome to this week’s Wednesday Wishlist, a collection of great themed items for your shopping pleasure!  Read below to see what our Promo Junkies have to share as their favorite Halloween flick.  Click on the pictures and be directed to the item for sale to read more about it, heart it, share it….or just go ahead and buy it.  😉

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Our favorite spooky movies are, in no particular order:

Hocus Pocus

Idle Hands

Corpse Bride

The Shining

Jeepers Creepers

Edward Scissorhands

Charlie Brown and The Great Pumpkin

Beetlejuice

Grab your favorite blanket and a bag of popcorn.  This list should keep you entertained all the way through Halloween!  Come back next week to see a compilation of great hostess gifts for those many holiday parties coming your way.

Promo Junkies Giveaway!

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The first official Promo Junkies Giveaway! There will be 5 winners to win 1 of 5 spots of ad space to run Nov. 1st- Nov. 30th. You can promote anything, Etsy shop, Facebook Page, Blog, etc. It MUST be family-friendly to be added. Giveaway ends Wednesday, Oct 30th at 12pm CST. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Featured Artist: White Window Creations

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Meet Jessica Herold of White Window Creations, LLC.  She works and designs in Kansas City, KS and her wonderful baby shower items can be found on Etsy at WhiteWindowCreations.  Read more about Jessica here in our “Get To Know The Artist” interview:

How did you get started on Etsy?

A friend and I started the shop together because people were asking us to make for them the same items we were making for our own children. I currently am the sole owner but no worries, we are still very close friends!

What is your inspiration for your shop?

My two perfect (in my eyes) sons. There are not enough accessories for boys. I also love one-of-a-kind items.

What is your favorite item from your own shop and why?

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My favorite changes often as I make lots of one-of-a-kind designs, but I am currently obsessed with this take-anywhere style tote. The options are endless and it makes a great gift for any lady….for any reason.

How do you unwind when you’re not creating?

There is a creative element to most thing I spend time doing, but I love to garden (edible). My guilty pleasure would be reality tv. I know…ouch.

List 3 of your favorite Etsy shops. 
www.etsy.com/shop/CastawayCoveDecor
www.etsy.com/shop/StudioCherie
www.etsy.com/shop/MyFunnyBuddy

How would you describe your work style?

Sporadic. With two little boys, a husband, and a job that pays the bills (I am a Sign Language Interpreter), there are many days when sewing gets squeezed in 15 min at a time.

If you could choose any one superhero power, what would it be and why?

That’s easy and it is a purely selfish wish. I would want the power to fly. I have wanted to fly since I was a little girl. To feel freedom in its purest form, the wind in my face, see the world from a breath-taking view, and no more sharing crowded air space with total strangers.

If you knew then what you know now, what would you do differently in opening your shop?

Nothing. NOT because I did it right. Rather, because I always give myself permission to fail (on the first try) but I never give myself permission to not try (or try again). Just go for it. The worst that can happen is that you learn something new!

Check out more fun items from White Window Creations:

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www.facebook.com/whitewindowcreations

Thank you, Jessica, for sharing your process and inspiration with us.   To our readers, if you know someone that should be featured here at Promo Junkies, please email us at promojunkiesetsy@gmail.com with a short description of who they are, where they operate, and what makes them something to brag about.

Halloween For The Home

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Welcome to this week’s Wednesday Wishlist, a collection of great themed items for your shopping pleasure!  Read below each featured item to see what our Promo Junkies have to share as their favorite Halloween costume ever.  Click on the pictures and be directed to the item for sale to read more about it, heart it, share it….or just go ahead and buy it.  😉

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“My best costume was a witch — the hostess didn’t even recognize me!”  SewcialStudies101

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“The best costume I ever wore was an I Dream of Jeanie costume my sister made me. Loved it!” Cedarwood Creations

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“My best Halloween costume was Pammy the Panda (80’s cartoon for anyone old enough to remember…) and my mom made it entirely from scratch. :)”   Kari Renee Designs

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“My best costume was being a part of a herd of cows.” Vintage Betty Luke

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“My husband was smokey the bear and I was a forest fire. Totally made from scratch. We really get into Halloween and had a lot of fun with it!”   Northbound Salvage

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“My best costume was Superman, because my children now think I have super powers.”  Timeless ToyBox 

Check back each Wednesday for a new collection of themed items from our team members!  Next week will be Everything Halloween!