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Crafty Art Market 2

Crafty Art Market is here again!! This time, it is BIGGER and BETTER! I am excited and I am sure you are too! XD Come and meet all our talented Etsians and local handmade artists and see for yourself what they have to offer! Pencil down this date and bring all your friends and families for this fun-filled event and we will see you there! ;)

Here’s our final list of confirmed participants:

  1. LavenzOsy – Lavenz makes prints, postcard, bookmark, jeweleries, pocket mirror, bookplates etc.
  2. okinokiyo – Maizura makes kids sun hat and clothing
  3. kindersoaps – Michelle makes handmade, all-natural soap
  4. yeepiicloset & moodfashionstore – Chris makes accessories from jewelry to bags & Tasha makes clothes
  5. emikaz – Emi makes handcrafted jewelry
  6. kiiss – Kelly sells fabric and craft supplies. She creates some fabric rings, brooches and hair pins too
  7. BellaPosh – Ayesha makes handmade hair clips and clothing
  8. skyejuice – Alex make colorful jewelry and other handmade goods
  9. mimpimurni – Murni makes handmade jewelry and lip balms
  10. loveandcraft – Alice makes felt and fabric accessories. She will be selling some craft supplies too
  11. angelicquirk – Evelin creates lovely cards, gift tags, notebooks, bookmarks
  12. thezaiart & MynnQ – Zai offers acrylic painting while his partner & Mynn creates bags, accessories and paper craft
  13. blankcanvasdesigns – Joanne creates decals for walls, glass and smooth surfaces
  14. BagNCraft – Sally makes handbags, purses, keychain pouch & origami
  15. snazzynsuch – Tini offers craft supplies and kid clothes
  16. izreen – Izreen makes party related items. She will be selling some tags, homemade cookies and such
  17. nukilan, funkytiles & Rekhss – Both Nadiah & Rekha sells hand-painted ceramic tiles, cards and other paper goods
  18. HoneysHive – Honey makes paper quilled jewelry, magnets, hair clips, gift cards, and more
  19. SakaiCentric – Joey makes cultural influenced handmade notebooks & gifts
  20. LoveFateJewelry – Zurien makes handmade jewelry & accessories
  21. KalleoHandmadeSoaps – Christine makes cold-processed handmade soaps
  22. effbombs – Mei makes handmade statement badges
  23. TrinketTrove – Jessie sells handmade jewelry & display trees
  24. beadscraftz – Madeline makes polymer clay jewelry & accessories
  25. JainaBee – Pek Mun sells origami works such as Japanese Washi dolls, origami Washi jewelry & Washi supplies
  26. jpbeads – Jenny makes purse hooks, handmade jewelry & accessories
  27. CharmingBeadzsnorazah – Selina makes stitch markers & wine glass charms. Norazah sells embellishment for card making
  28. iitchillustrations & My Glass Cubicle – Dura creates illustrations, handmade accessories, clothes, tote bags & paper dolls
  29. LittleSyam & Lina footstool – Lina  makes silkscreen, tote bags, bookbindings, painting & handmade footstool
  30. Giffy – Amy sells craft supplies & handmade key chains, brooch & clay figure

Secret Santa/Santarina of Etsy Malaysia Local Team – Part 2.

Coming back to the second part of Secret Santa/Santarina gift exchange (see Part 1 here). We have a team member currently in Australia sending in her report. Tracy of dustofenchantment received a wire wrapped pearl jewellery set which she described as ‘simple and nice’, but was unable to confirm who her Secret Santa/Santarina was even after she opened her package, because her cute Secret Santa/Santarina ‘literally signed “Secret Santa” on the package‘. :) Luckily her Secret Santarina, Alison of mettaville contacted her later.

Amelia of CalienteJewelry received 5 adorable mini notebooks, 1 bigger notebook, 6 cards and 6 bookmarks from Nadiah of nukilan. ‘Yup it’s a lot! 1 year supply!’ She said.

Nadiah also team up with Rekha at funkytiles, and sent Alison of mettaville a package she considered one of the most delightful gifts ever. Following the instruction from her Secret Santarinas to open on Christmas day, Alison could only opened the package on 27 Dec as she was away. The package contributed to her collection of funkytiles magnets and coasters. ‘The reindeer is super cute and handsome!’ She added.

Madeline of beadscraftz received her package a little after Christmas. She opened a package with a set of cute cupcake cards, mini tags, a little notebook, a flip paper album, butterfly cutouts hanger and bakers twine (whoa sounds A LOT!) from Evelin of angelicquirk.

Zurien of lovefatejewelry received some Japanese-themed goodies from Pek Mun of JainaBee: a framed Japanese paper doll, and a sweet collection of Japanese paper. And yes, that’s an angel lollipop!

Secret Santa/Santarina of Etsy Malaysia Local Team – Part 1.

Happy holidays everyone!

Wow it’s been really a while since the last post on Team blog. I personally had a total blasting month and am finally able to relax a bit now. I heard from many team members that they too had been busy over the last too months. If you are reading this, I hope you two had a good year end. :)

Earlier this month several members started a Secret Santa/Santarina gift exchange (private thread, for team members only) on the team’s forums before Christmas, and with about 30 members participating, everyone got what they wanted + plenty of surprises. Special thanks to Jenny of jpbeads for organising this superbly fun team activity! Here are some reports from team members. Take note that none of those participating knows who their Secret Santa/Santarina was before they got their package, so there were really a lot of excitement and fun! :)

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Another Feature for zeropumpkin!

Team member zeropumpkin is featured in Malaysia’s Mint magazine, October 2010 issue! Check out her cool cats! :D

The New Etsy Groups in Beta!

Etsy has just launched a new Etsy Groups feature, basically replacing the old Team Profile. Etsy Malaysia Local Team has been selected as one of the beta testers for the first phase, and hence we are one of the first few to migrate our Team Profile to the new one. Wee! :)

More features for the Etsy Groups are said to be available soon. While we wait for updates, I’ve sent invitations to the existing members so we can all migrate to the new page. You should be receiving an email from ‘Etsy Group’, asking you to go to the page to join. As of now, there are still 23 members who haven’t responded. Kindly do so ASAP.

I’m still in the middle of playing around with the basic features and haven’t got the time to check the Groups Handbook. Also, as you can see, our avatar and banner in the new page are the old ones done by me. So if anyone of you have the time to help out, I’d appreciate a fresher and prettier set. Thank you! :)

Slower Time.

Several weeks ago I posted a little poll on the team’s Yahoo group asking what members do when things (or sales) are slow, particularly on Etsy? I was particularly interested to know because it was quite slow for us during this time of the year, and a friend of mine who worked with a giant retail store was also telling me the same thing. This type of slowness in sales everywhere is probably due to the fact that not many are shopping at this time of the year, and/or people are saving up for the holiday seasons – and of course, it could just be the economy. A few members shared some valuable advices on what they have been doing to counter or walk through this ‘slowness’, which I thought would be nice to share with everyone.

Jia Wen of inkypots spent her time practicing and trying new and more challenging projects during slower time. She also read up, watch video online, and attend workshop or random classes with her teacher, while thinking of ways to expand and sustain sales. “Right now I’m considering coming up with a line of pieces which I would be able to spend more time marketing. Just have to hit on the right piece to produce.” said Jia Wen.

Anba of mapleshoppers and Belinda of phings both utilised the slower time to explore ways to improve their shops. “The weeks that I don’t get much sales, I spend time thinking about how I can have varities of products and spend my nights browsing for ideas… I visit sites with similar flavors for new inspiration… I try to read couple of interesting blogs to learn about people’s needs and interest.” said Anba. Belinda, on the other hand, use the time to think of new design ideas to implement.

Pek Mun of JainaBee and Pauline of zeropumpkin offer discounts or have sales in their shop during slower time. Pek Mun also participates in Etsy forums and local craft fairs for more exposure.

For a longer term of planning, Flora of borneorocks and Seng Imm of BagNCraft have both ventured into consigning their work at local resorts and shops. Kelly of Kiiss has ventured into selling supplies such as fabric, as to her, this is normally a more sell-able items. She also suggests offering items like tutorials, download-able PDFs, and even advertising spaces on blog for more income.

While reading through the experiences from the above members in Yahoo group, I was also struggling to look at our own shop from a different perspective. I went back to the basic and finally decided to retake some of the photos, because I think they need (and deserve) a fresh new look. Me and my boyfriend have also taken advantage on the slower time to work on a few new products, and sent pitch letters (or rather, emails) to a few design or style blogs that we think suit our style. Our first experience was superb! Not only it generated tons of traffic, we were also ‘discovered’ by many other blog owners with similar taste and style.

So to those who didn’t share in the team’s Yahoo group, what’s your experience in walking through slower time? Are you prepared or are you like me, learn while walking through?

Arts and Crafts Market Essential: Part Three.

This is the final part of Arts and Crafts Market Essential, and we are happy to have minifanfan to share her experiences with us. She has been participating in various bazaars, markets, and fairs for 2-3 years now!


I’d like to share my experiences on pre-bazaar preparation, which will also be applicable for online selling.

1. Quality

Participating in bazaar will not bring us tons of money, but it’s very important to showcase the best product quality to all potential customers. Customers ‘know’ you and your brand through the quality of your products. Selling low quality products will not only leave a bad impression, it will also cause customers to think low of local art bazaars. Always remember that customers will only come back for good quality.

Pinky The Funny Bob Girl Head No.2 by minifanfan.

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