Monthly Archives: March 2013

Etsy Artist Feature & Giveaway: Glitter Cult

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Glitter Cult

 

 

Today’s featured artist, Emily from Glitter Cult, describes herself as “an aspiring designer working in corporate America while my husband puts the finishing touches on his engineering degree.” She will be returning to school in a little over a year for a degree in Industrial Design, but in the meantime she dabbles in “Interior Design, Wedding and Event Design, and chic crafts for [her] life and home.”

 

“For the past year or so I’ve been trying to find a creative outlet for myself. I taught myself to knit, volunteered to design friends’ weddings, redesigned nearly every room in my house, and made small gifts for my friends. At Christmas I did a fundraiser at work for our annual Adopt-A-Family program where I made and sold coffee cup sleeves. That gave me the idea to open my Etsy shop.”

 

I absolutely love the photography setup here too!

I always am interested in how people are promoting their shops.  Because Glitter Cult is only a little over a month old, this is not a full-time job for Emily just yet, and a lot of artists are in the same boat.  I definitely am, and at this point, I can’t spend a ton of money on advertising that just “may” turn into profit.  Considering that, I am constantly asking others what marketing tools they are using and what they have found effective.  Emily uses Facebook to promote Glitter Cult, particularly advertising her new items there.  Finally, she has a blog via wordpress: Glitter Cult.

 



“I love making glass bottle oil lamps. They’re so versatile and there are practically no limitations on how one could decorate them.” 

 

Glitter Cult accepts all major credit cards, as well as Etsy gift cards, and ships via USPS 1 to 2 business days following your order date.  Contact Emily with requests for custom orders, and she will create a special listing for you.

Check out Emily’s Facebook page here!

My Favorite Item:

Emily is offering a special discount for readers. Enter coupon code GLITTERGIVEAWAY to save 10% at Glitter Cult through the end of March!

You can also enter to win these two items in the giveaway below!

Win both the bow set and the coffee cup sleeve below!

A total value of $19!!!

 Visit here to enter:

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Regrets: But I Can’t Go Back And I Don’t Want To

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I’ve never bothered much with regret.  Perhaps it’s a pride thing (after all, to say you regret something means you’re admitting you did something wrong…), but I think regret is a waste of time.  You can’t change it anyway, so why bother regretting it?

I moved to North Carolina to teach at a public school in Charlotte in August, and I moved back to Erie a mere six months later.  I spent a lot of money moving down there, and I spent another good chunk moving back up north.  I’m sure to some people that looks like regret — I regretted moving south so I moved back north.  Well, it’s not.  I don’t regret moving to North Carolina.  It was something I had to do.

When you make a decision, you obviously have reasons to do so.  You may change your mind about those reasons later, but at the time, you had your reasons.  So why should you regret it? I had to go to North Carolina.  I was working in a private school, and at the time I believed it “didn’t count” as real teaching.  “Real” teachers were public school teachers, and you weren’t a real teacher ’till you taught at a public school.  In Pennsylvania it is very difficult to get a public school job — there is a ton of competition, first of all.  Then there are some districts that only hire people who went to the school, whose parents teach at the school, etc.  And there are other districts who only hire people who are in no way connected to the school (such as the district I was raised in and worked in for five years).  On top of that, I was just itching to get out of Erie.  I had lived in Erie my whole life, had gone to college and grad school within fifty miles of the city, and was worried I would never get out.  At that point in my life, I had to leave, and teaching in North Carolina was the first opportunity I found to do that.

While I ended up hating my job down there and moved back north just six months later, while I’ve lost money in the moves and have had to go back to substitute teaching up here, North Carolina was probably one of the best decisions I’ve made in terms of my own personal and professional growth.

Personally, for the first time since I really entered the “dating world,” I didn’t care about having a boyfriend — moving gave me distance from the stupid non-relationship thing I was doing with a moron up here, and it also gave me time to get over the real three year relationship I had ended the year before.    When we broke up at the end of 2011, I jumped right in to seeing someone else to help me forget about the one I really loved, and even when I knew that new person wasn’t right, I didn’t want to be alone.  Erie held too many memories of the guy I thought I was going to marry — from grocery shopping together at Wegmans to gardening/landscaping together in the front yard.  However, in moving to North Carolina, I rid myself of the moron, I separated myself from all my memories of the love, and I was just plain old too busy to even think about dating anyone else.  I discovered I’d rather hang out with my friends on Saturday nights than go meet up with some guy and have to make awkward conversation for an hour.  I got back into crafting in my free time and started my Etsy shop, Eva M Designs.  And this new independence followed me back to Erie when I moved.  Moving to North Carolina was something I had to do.

Professionally, I learned more about the “art” of teaching and classroom management than I would have learned in years up here (mostly because you had to learn to survive!), and I know I am a much better teacher now than I ever was before (and considering I had always had good observations before, I think I’m going to be pretty excellent now!).  I also realized what I had had up here at that private school I didn’t think was good enough.  I realized how important it is to have supportive administrators, and I learned what questions to ask and what things to look for as I seek out a new position and interview potential bosses. (Haha, flipped that one around!)  I realized that public school teaching is NOT for me,  considering the directions public schooling is moving towards. Frightening.  Finally, I realized I’d rather be poor than miserable, and I can’t wait to get back into a private school and share all I learned from my brief venture into public school.  I don’t care what they pay me – I’d rather get to teach and enjoy it.

So instead of regretting my adventure in North Carolina, I prefer to look at all I’ve learned from it and know that it was something I had to do.  I had my reasons for it at the time, and I never would have been satisfied until those reasons were addressed.  There are plenty of other situations in my life, actions I’ve taken, roads I’ve gone down, that sometimes I wonder if I should regret.  But I always remind myself that I had my reasons, and I would not be the person I am today if I had not made those decisions.

But I can’t go back
And I don’t want to
‘Cause all my mistakes
They brought me to you.

Feature and Giveaway: KM Cards and Design

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Etsy Artist Feature

Katherine Mendieta Cards & Design

Today I’d like to introduce Katherine Mendieta, a 26 year old Art graduate from the University of Iowa.  She currently lives in Minneapolis with her husband Mitch and just opened up her Etsy shop this February!

“I love designing cards almost as much as I love sending them to friends and family. As much as I love social media, I miss the old school days when snail mail was a bigger deal. So after some friends encouraged me, I opened up shop!”

 

 

Though new to the Etsy world, Katherine has jump-started her marketing, posting links and discount codes on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  Before she moved to Minnesota, she worked at a photography studio and learned “that people are far more likely to trust the word of someone they know, or a trusted blogger they connect with, than an advertisement.”  Because of that, she’s relying on word of mouth and some giveaways to get her name out there.

 

sock monkey note card
how cute is this!

When I asked Katherine what he favorite thing to make was, I was not at all surprised with her answer after taking a look at her shop! “Fun, quirky cards that make people smile.”  She also loves doing custom work, so readers, you can keep that in mind too!

 

My Favorite:

You can connect with Katherine through Twitter and Pinterest, and of course at her Etsy shop KM Cards & Design.

You can also enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway below to win a set of personalized stationary up to a $25 value! The winner can choose their design from any of the sets posted at KM Cards & Design!
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