Tag Archives: Etsy

Learn and Master RAW

Right-Angle Weave can be a tricky stitch to get the hang of, but it’s worth learning. For me the secret is in the ‘double stitch’. Traditionally, each unit receives one and a half passes with the needle, but by adding an extra pass to each stitch, you create a stronger, tidier end product. I was hoping to link to a blog post that I saw many moons ago by Patrick Duggan, in which he showed the difference between two swatches of beadwork, one with the extra pass, and one without, however I can’t seem to locate it. If any one knows the article, please post a link in the comments.

Learn all you need to know about Right-Angle Weave beginner package with these four projects in one tutorial. Start with basic RAW, then learn to embellish your work with seed beads, try different beads for different effects then learn the often-forgotten Triangle Weave variation. Also see my Spiral Stitch package, and my Peyote Stitch package.

I Swear, He Came Out of Nowhere!

It’s Easter! And what better excuse for a sale. Not that I need an excuse for a sale, but Easter makes for a handy facade. The real reason for the sale is that I may have had a wee crash in my car.

By ‘may have’ I mean I definitely did, and by ‘wee crash’ I mean I t-boned a small truck because I’m an idiot. So now I have two pay the insurance excess for two vehicles. No one was hurt, so that’s great, but I’ve now used up my entire chocolate and ice-cream fund for the year, and that’s the real tragedy here. Think of the children!!

So hop on over to my Etsy store, fill your shopping cart and use the coupon code “EASTER” to receive 20% of everything – that’s jewellery and tutorials.

For the Love of Beads

What a painfully unproductive few months I’ve been having! I’ve been terribly unwell, but I’m slowly easing my way out of my hiatus with some gentle beadwork. I started with some earrings designed by the lovely Debra from DatzKatz Designs. She knows how I love her Hinged CRAW Diamond Drop earrings and she gave me permission to make several pairs to sell. You can find them in my Etsy store.

Next, I was back to basics working in spiral stitch. It’s good to work a simple stitch for a while. The repetition is therapeutic and it’s good to feel the beads in my hands again.

I’ve been watching what others have been working on lately and I’m constantly floored by the talent and creativity in our community. Marcia DeCoster’s communal Bead Love project is a great source of inspiration and it’s so good to see everyone getting in on it and embracing the idea behind it. Great things can happens when we remember why we do what we do. It’s for the love of beads and the love of creation.

Store Changes

Around this time last year, I made the change to Storenvy. They provided a free, clean, attractive store-front and and easy to use dashboard – and they still do. However, they have changed the way they process orders and their new credit card system is no longer available in New Zealand, my home country. After much deliberation, I have decided to head to Etsy.

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There are pros and cons to Etsy and it wasn’t an easy decision, but it makes sense, at least for now.  Etsy is by far the largest online market place for handmade goods, so either it will help me get some traffic, or I will be lost among the masses of competition. So far, I’ve had a boost in traffic, which is promising. The fees are small, but if I was to make high-quantity sales on a regular basis, I can see that they’d add up very quickly. I believe that Etsy will make my listings more accessible because so many people are already signed up. If you’re not, come along and explore – it really is a treasure trove of the beautiful, elegant, weird, creepy, quaint and insane. And be sure to favorite my store!

Etsy can get a bit weird, but that's why I like it.

Etsy can get a bit weird, but that’s why I like it.

New Storenvy Store

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After much research I’ve decided to make the move to Storenvy. Previously I have had my jewellery listed with Storefleet, this suited me for a time. But after a while I became frustrated with the frequent down-times, the time consuming background work and the less-than-attractive format. A few months ago, I began searching for alternatives. I painstakingly went over all of my options and Storenvy came out on top most of the time. Storenvy is beautifully laid out, easy to use behind the dashboard, cheap and has much better ‘shareablity’.  It’s basically Etsy without the fees, but not just for handmade items (although these days neither is Etsy).

It’s not perfect, but then nothing is. The only real issue I have with Storenvy is that listings can only be made in US Dollars. This is a shame because being New Zealand based, the majority of my sales are local. This fact was the only reason I put off the switch for so long, but in the end the pros outweighed that con.  Most people who shop online are tech savvy and are use to shopping in US Dollars, and currency conversion is only a visit to Google away.

storenvylistingI am aware that some of you may have discount coupon codes of either $10 or 10% off your next purchase. Unfortunately I can not honor these on Storenvy, however I do keep a record of the codes and if you email me with your code, I will exchange with a new code for 20% off your next purchase through the new store. These new codes will be valid until January 1 2014.

Storenvy accepts credit card payments through PayPal. I can’t offer Bank Deposit as a means of payment on Storenvy, but should anyone wish to purchase from me using this method, I’m happy to oblige. Simply email me at sales@jennysangster.co.nz and I will arrange it. Check out the new store HERE.