I’m sure that’s what most people have been thinking. Well I’ve been up to lots! Lots of new things & new opportunities which you’ll be hearing about very very soon. It’s been a real balancing act. The Summer Resort Line will be coming out very soon so get ready for the bright colors!!! Father’s Day is coming up soon and our Geometric Cuff Links are ready! In the meantime, a couple of weeks ago I had the honor of having @Oprah reply to one of my tweets…yup that’s right OPRAH! Check it out!
Coming from a 100% Jamaican household, we grew up hearing the songs of Bob Marley. A man that touched so many people across cultures through his music, now that’s “SWAG” as the “youngsters” call it now! Here are some awesome Etsy Bob Marley artwork and a clip of one of my favorite songs by Bob.
Here’s a peek at some of the clothing to debut…[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9RlRoOjJAE]
Help Support the Witness Project of Ct..still have time to get your PINK Glory Ring #breastcancerawareness http://ow.ly/2Xa9N
In honor of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’ve brought back the Pink Glory rings. Previous years’ proceeds from the sale of this ring have gone to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. However, this year 50% of sales from the Pink Glory ring will be donated to TheWitness Project of Connecticut. As breast cancer survivors themselves, this organization is a team of trained Lay Health Advisors who advocate the importance of early detection. They accomplish their mission by:
· Addressing barriers to screening and coordinating free and low cost breast screenings and mammograms for women who are underinsured or not insured
· Educating women in various organizations, senior centers, churches, public housing, health centers and incarceration on breast cancer
· Conducting hundreds of health education programs on breast cancer
Let’s help these dynamic women continue to help other women. For the entire month of October the Pink Gloryring will be available on our Etsy site. Rings are available wire settings of gold brass, sterling silver or bronzed copper. Help us to achieve our goal of selling 30 rings this month.
I’m going to give my two cents (literally) on this whole controversy and be done with it. Essence’s decision to appoint Ellianna Pracas, who happens to be Caucasian, to Fashion Editor of the magazine in my opinion was great strategic move. Sure, many in the black community are outraged, planning to boycott the publication and so on, saying that the fashion industry is already overwhelmingly white, but isn’t this true for many other industries as well. I don’t hear of anyone boycotting those industries for that reason. Clearly Pracas was appointed to this position because she’s been successful at other publications. Personally, I think we as a people put too much emphasis on race. I’m just sick and tired of everything being called a “racial” issue, when we have so many other issues in our community that need to be addressed with proactive solutions. Essence magazine does a good job at making awareness of these same issues. However, are those same issues surfacing to the fore front of Twitter and Facebook?
I grew up reading Essence and still do to this day. Over the years the magazine itself has evolved so much and I’m excited to see what Pracas’ does with fashion in the upcoming issues of the magazine. Oh and here is some “food for thought” where were these same “outraged people” when Essence magazine was 100% acquired by Time, Inc. a few years back or better yet how about where were they when Bob Johnson sold BET to Viacom? Last time I checked Time Inc., and Viacom weren’t black owned companies…
I’ll apologize now to any of my friends’ toes I may have stepped on—I still love ya, but this is MY opinion.
HELP | GIVING | CARING
Several weeks have passed since the earthquake in Haiti. I remember my mother called me to ask if I heard the news that day. I had just came home from work and was outside walking my dog and rushed back inside to turn onto CNN. Words cannot describe the sadness and disbelief that ran through my head. Watching the rubble, shattered buildings, and people in the streets was enough to bring tears to my eyes. I could only ask myself “why?”
For the past few weeks I’ve been trying to figure out a way to do my part to help the people of Haiti. Being from the Caribbean myself, I felt a strong sense of responsibility. I donated to Yele and even bought supplies and gave to a church which sent supplies to the country. I still felt that it wasn’t enough. That’s when I decided to use my talent to help even more. For the month of February, The Pink Locket, will be donating 50% of all its sales to Yele’s Haiti Earthquake Fund. Any item purchased during this month on The Pink Locket’s Etsy Shop site, 50% of the sales from jewelry will be donated. Help The Pink Locket reach it’s goal of $200 in donation.
Haiti needs your help. Every little bit helps so lets do our part to help. There are many ways to help donate, food, clothes or money. Donate to Yele Haiti, visit www.yele.org or text Yele to 501501.
Lets face it, most of us are addicted to this digital world. If you could add up the amount of time that you spend on various digital components and features a day, you couldn’t count the hours on both of your hands. If you are a fellow handmade crafter like myself, you know just how important all aspects and social media is to your brand. I just read an article about Google Wave and I’m actually excited to see how this takes off, so I thought this would be a good article to share. Enjoy!
This is a big topic for many crafters. A lot of times we do giveaways and donations to organizations and events. Although, many of my handmade crafters see this as a great deed, sometimes it may be a hit or miss as far as gaining new business. Personally, I’m almost always willing to do giveaways and donate items and I always give my BEST item or create pieces especially for these functions. Handmade News posted a great article on this and included ways to be creative about it so that donating and giveaways can be potential new business for you. Check it out!
Get Recognized by Donating Items
August 04, 2009 | By Kristin Vogeler
Many of us simply don’t even think about these methods of advertising, but don’t ever overlook them again! Here’s the scoop: donate items for gift bags, door prizes, auctions, and raffles. Raffles and auctions in particular are great because you can be certain that the advertising is spent on customers who like your product or service.
If you’re unsure how to get into the loop, it’s easy! Skim through local papers and magazines for any events or festivals that are doing raffles and such. Consider joining a team-you can be the first to hear about any upcoming donations. Some local teams will let you donate items even if you aren’t a member. Also, donate to the same events year after year to save time finding places to donate your items.
A common problem I see with donations is when people donate “destash” items or items they don’t want anymore. Don’t do this! I know it can be hard to giveaway brand new items you put money into or items you like, but it’s worth it in the end-if you don’t even like the item, your customers definitely won’t either! You want items that are are going to grab attention, not turn off viewers.
You can even advertise to people who don’t bid on your items at auctions or buy tickets for raffles by setting out business cards by your items. The hosts of most events will even most likely set them out for you if you won’t be attending the event. Another great way to advertise is to attach a coupon to the back of all items you donate; it is a great way to make a sale!
These methods of advertising are sure ways to get your name out there, and probably get you sales in the future. Get out in your community and do what you can to get noticed. Remember, use your better items, send out business cards with them, and attach coupons-everyone loves a discount!
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