Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Today I am featured on TalentDataBase!


Hey all, I woke this morning to a little email from talentdatabase, telling me I am featured in their Craft section, OK ! yippee!

Monday, July 21, 2008

BRATs of Etsy - Featured Seller - Artist! - GoodScents and SilverTreeJewelry

The Military Brats of Etsy Global Street Team

~ JULY 2008 Brat Feature ~

We are proud to Feature: GoodScents and SilverTreeJewelry
Every few weeks we feature one of our members. She is one of the many Etsy Artist that can support and fill two shops with the things she creates… so both are promoted here.

http://goodscents.etsy.com/ SKIN CARE, HOME FRAGRANCE
also… as
http://silvertreejewelry.etsy.com/ JEWELRY

1-Tell us a bit about yourself (name, location, affiliations, and personal stuff).

My name is Cari and I'm a single parent of two teenagers (yes, I'm actually still sane). I live in the Fort Worth, TX area.

2-What is the first thing you can remember making by hand? How and why did you make it?

You're gonna laugh. I was about 5 and I took some notebook paper and stapled them together into some hats. They really only 'fit' my tiny head. But I was convinced that they were wonderful (light blue lines and all) and I went down the street, house to house, trying to sell them for a nickel. I think I sold 3 of them. Money was tight at our house, and I remember thinking that I could make enough money to pay for some groceries! Obviously, I didn't.

3-What inspires you? Where do your ideas come from?

I am a shopper. But I'm not much of a buyer. The reason is that I don't see things that really make me happy. I'm not into spending simply to do so. I want to enjoy what I buy. I owned a retail gift store for more than 5 years. When I'd go to market to find things for the store, I'd have an idea what I wanted to buy. And rarely could I find it. If I did, the price was outrageous (in my opinion). Bath & Body (along with candles and other home fragrance) was a particular problem for me. I couldn't find a line that was well made, with a wide variety of scents, at a reasonable price point and not overdone (or selling out to the mass merchants in town). So, in true entrepreneurial fashion, I did it for myself. I created candles first, then bottled my oils, and then branched into the soap, lotion, lip balm, etc. I now make more than 500 products and new products are always in the works. My cold process soaps (Artisan Soap) should debut in Fall 2008. My products are crafted from top quality ingredients. They have glorious fragrance. And they are reasonably priced.
4-What are your favorite materials?

Quality oils (such as coconut, shea, sweet almond, castor etc--no animal oils used in my products), fabulous fragrance (I buy from almost 9 different suppliers, currently, to get the wide range of scents to offer.

5-What have been the most valuable lessons learned from other artists on Etsy?

To be patient. And I will admit that patience is not my best attribute. I know how good my products are and I want people to try them. I have to tell myself 'all in good time'. I know that many sellers have been at Etsy much longer than I have, but I also know my products, quality ingredients and attention to detail cannot be topped. I soon hope to convince more to make my shop their favorite place for pampering or cleansing products.

6-Why should people buy handmade?

Large companies are shareholder owned, by and large. Those corporate entities have a promise to keep to their investors. And that promise is profits. To get 'there', they will cut whatever corners they can, sometimes to the point of substituting (in my opinion) inferior ingredients. Of course, they also can enjoy economies of purchase that small companies, like mine, can't match. But we aren't paying multi millions for corporate executive payroll, either. One of my larger, and very well known, competitors uses ingredients that I would never consider: synthetic vitamin E, sunflower oil (which goes rancid fast), etc. Not that these are horrible, absolutely not, but I put higher grade and quality ingredients into every product. I don't substitute cheap oil for a more expensive. I make the best product that I can.
7-What features/services would you most like to see on Etsy?
I'd like a more discriminatory search function, to fine tune a search. Say you wanted soap. Ok, then you wanted glycerin soap that is blue. You can't do that right now. It would be cool to have that ability.

8-Apart from creating things, what do you do?

I write novels for fun. One's ready for the publisher. Anyone know a good agent? I also make stained glass and jewelry. My jewelry is sold here at Etsy under the shop name http://www.silvertree.etsy.com/ . I will admit that most of my jewelry is sold off Etsy, which is why my shop is a bit bare right now. I also do custom orders.

9-Read any good books lately?

I'm a science fiction/traditional fiction type of person. I know, that is a dichotomy, but that is who I am. I just re-read Pride and Prejudice for the upmteenth time. I love that book.

10-In ten years I'd like to be…

Living in my cute bungalow house (as off grid as I can manage it...) with huge shade trees and on a large lot, Where I can have a vegetable garden and a flower garden. Where the neighbor and I cannot shake hands and still remain WITHIN our houses. I want to be able to bike to the grocery store, church and post office. And go daily to my little soap store on the main square. I guess I want to live in Mayberry! There I want to sell my products not only to locals but to a wider audience on Etsy. And live entirely off the ability of my mind and my hands.

11-How did you pick your business name and your etsy avatar?

That is my business name and has been for more than 8 years. Back before I named the biz, I would bring out a new product and one of my store customers would go ‘wow that is a good scent!' Uh huh....and so we go... I designed my banner and Etsy avatar myself. I also do all of the design work on my labels.
12-What is a Brat and how does that help you craft?

My dad was in the Air Force and we moved around a lot. I don't think I'd be as creative if I hadn't grown up in that time and in that way. This was before more than 4 channels on the TV and nothing computerized. We made our own fun. And, as we were never rolling in money, we did it with an eye to frugality. I taught myself the joy of being creative. And it all comes from living in 8 different places before I turned 12...

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

I am featured in another Blog!

So here is the low down and up take on the info FYI!

Read all the gouge about yours truly, that is fit to print and I hope that some find me brillant! I am really honored to have been picked to be featured and so I will encourage you to visit her blog~~~~>>>> http://www.jensvintage.blogspot.com/ and her shops. You Go Jen! and Thank You Very Much!

Monday, July 7, 2008

Italian Sodas with out the Barista ~

Here is something cool for these Hot July days
~ Cold and creamy ~ sweet and yummy! ~
Now I am not a cook!... and this is getting really close to cooking… I put photos in between the instructions to help you understand my slap dash way of making these.
I made these out of plain NEED one hot summer day…my daughter worked as a Barista and told me the basic ingredients ..... here goes.

All my directions are in proportions so you can make this in any size glass or mug.

First assemble these three ingredients:

½ and ½ - cream works too but I like ½ and ½!

Some kind of syrup flavoring – I like this Carmel one and also love the raspberry.

Club Soda – any kind

I put Ice in to fill about 2/3 of the glass.

Then pour in the ½ & ½ to about 1/3 rd of the glass.

Next add a bit of the syrup, I like to glug… glug twice, or about one fat finger measure added to the bottom of the glass, So that the total liquid is now approximately at half of the glass.

Finally I add the club soda to the top of the glass, and stir it gently.

Add a topping of whipped cream if you dare….
Calories are low if you are an athlete.....Otherwise I don't suggest trying to count, just cool off and enjoy!

Friday, July 4, 2008

Homefront ~ Independence Day Team Challenge!

Red, White and Blue…the vote is up to YOU!

Team Homefront is a group of Military Spouses and we have challenged ourselves to come up with a few patriotic items to celebrate Independence Day! As military spouses we have a great love for our beautiful country and this is our way of showing support for the USA and our soldiers that still fight for our freedom!

You will find our entries on the Homefront blog, we have everything from cards to travel pillows. Please take a moment to check out each item AND feel free to visit our stores by clicking on the picture! Voting begins July 1stth and runs through July 7, so please come back during that time and vote for the item you like the most by leaving a comment with you favorite seller’s name! If you’re a first-time commenter, your comment will have to be approved before it will appear. No worries! Our blog team is on it!
Check it out here - > - > http://www.etsyhomefront.com/

Why take the time to vote?? As a thank you for your vote and your support we would like to offer you 10% off in each of our participating shops, good for one purchase per shop. To redeem your 10% off just enter “vote” in the notes to seller. ALSO…each shop that votes receives a chance to be entered in a treasury! These will be done at random from the shops that have voted and may be in regular Treasury or Treasury West.

The item that wins will be featured here on our website for the month of July including an etsy mini. Please visit back after July 7th to see who one and learn more about them and their shop! This one is my favorate. - --- >
see the shop -> http://www.mrsdstahl.etsy.com
Thanks for supporting Team Homefront and Happy Birthday, USA!