Friday, August 29, 2008

Put your products on Goggle Base

I was introduced to the world of Google when I started using their search engine, many years ago.

Then a few months back, I set up a gmail account. It was great, getting my personal mail without having to be at my home computer. If you don't have a gmail account, I would suggest looking into it.

Then I heard about Google Base.

People use Google Base to find jobs, housing, cars, even vacation rentals. But for me, Google Base was a way to put "Products," or my jewelry, on the internet. I started reading in some of the Etsy forums how you can send all your items at once, through a data feed. Many people have done it.

It worked for me at first. I downloaded over 50 items at one time. Then, for one reason or another, some of my items were "Disapproved," maybe because of the word "fetish" in my descriptions. But there's an option to download products one at a time. And it worked. I just copy and pasted the information from my Etsy pages - and took the questionable word out!
You can read more about Google Base on Etsy if you want, in the forums. There's one thread, called Load your items into Google Base - SUPER EASY, in Business Topics, that has been discussing this since mid-August. As of today, August 29th, there are over 1500 posts. I think the Etsy Admin has taken notice, and are trying to help shop owners.

You can also set up an easy payment method called Google Checkout. Have you ever purchased products on Google Base, or tried using the site to sell things? Please share your experiences in the comments. Thanks!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008


Finally! I made it to the front page of Etsy (bottom, center)
I'm so ecstatic!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Newest necklace on Etsy

The bluebirds circled

The statue of the goddess

One bright summer day.

- Deborah Baroff, storybeader

Shortest strand
= 23.5" lo

Longest strand

=26" long

Just listed this three strand necklace on Etsy tonight. Finished it yesterday, but I didn't have the light to photograph it. Still, the various hues of the chipped amazonite beads are a little difficult to see. They range from baby blueish to white. I put tiny clear seed beads between the chips.

Block Kingman turquoise bird fetishes are scattered throughout the strands. I used some beautiful carved sterling silver cones to bring the ends of the necklace together.

Made some earrings tonight, to match the necklace, and they are available in another listing.

Amazonite is a gem variety of microcline feldspar, found in the United States, Brazil, Zimbabwe, Russia, Australia and Namibia. The colors usually range from light green to blue-green. This semi-opaque stone was used extensively by the Egyptians, and was called the stone of courage. One legend says it's named after the Amazon women warriors.

[update: this sold Fall, 2008]

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Labor Day Weekend - Etsybloggers Carnival

One of the topics for this week's carnival is
"Labor Day Weekend: plans/traditions"

As a kid, Labor Day Weekend was always the last weekend before school started back (that’s me, the baby sister!) This Labor Day, I’m planning to stick around the house, and enjoy a full 4 days reprieve from work. I don’t know if my day job is getting harder, but I do feel like I need a breather.

In January, Storybeader went into business, and I became more serious as a jewelry designer. It’s been a lot of fun, and a great creative outlet, but a bit of a strain on my time.

I seriously need some kind of balance here between these two full time jobs!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Etsybloggers on the Storque

The Etsy newsletter, Storque, is talking about our fabulous Etsybloggers team - Come take a look at what they say.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

August Featured Etsyblogger - Tulip's Treasure Box

Our Featured Etsyblogger for August is
~Lily, aka Tulip's Treasure Box.

Being a jeweler myself, I can't help but be amazed at the intricate designs and long hours that Lily puts into her pieces. This is just a small sampling of her work, found on Etsy:
Lily is involved with a lot of online groups. Of course, she is active with the Etsybloggers, and is one of the most outgoing members. She writes everyday in the Etsybloggers Promo Thread and takes time to visit and comment on everyone's blogs. And I know she enjoys the Etsybloggers Message Board! BTW, if you like words, then go and play games with her in the General Talk Section (we need to publish that story, one of these days). One place Lily has introduced me to is Skwiggazine, where she is a featured writer in Friday's "Go Green" column. I just can't keep up with her!

She always has a smile (I believe) and a kind word to say.
Thanks for being there, Lil_
{:-Deb, aka storybeader
PS - I listened to all your music while writing this for inspiration!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Etsy Storque article

Look for the EtsyBloggers team feature

in the Etsy Storque on Wednesday 8/20!!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Tools of the Trade - Etsybloggers Carnival

I think my favorite tool, and something I couldn't work without, is my magnifier/light. I was lucky enough to be out shopping with my DH, when we came upon this device in a fabric store (don't remember why we were there - the extent of my sewing is replacing buttons and sewing hems.) I said, "Wow, I could use something like that." And DH said, "You need it - let's get it."

The magnifier was something I wouldn't have picked up if I was out by myself. It's been a real blessing! Working with beads can be hard on the eyes. I also use it to read the telephone book and dictionary. I would highly recommend something like it to anyone doing “close” work or needing to read the "fine print!"

Monday, August 11, 2008

Max is in a Treasury!

Max the Cat thanks ToteNTots for including him in his first treasury! Meow!

And the best thing of all, starting Wed., when the Etsybloggers Anniversary Sale begins, Max is ½ off.

That's $37 /2 = $18.50

You can see the treasury on Etsy until it closes on August 13th Wed, 8:22PM. Anytime after that, it will be available for viewing on storybeader's flickr.

Etsybloggers Rock!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Etsybloggers 1st Anniversary Sale

"Etsybloggers, those who love to blog about their craft, the creative process, and other Etsians."

Last week, our team leader, Joey, from joeyandaleethea, told us that the EtsyBloggers' first anniversary was right around the corner! In celebration, we are having an anniversary SALE.

*5 days only*
* Wed., 8/13 thru Sun., 8/17 *

There is no need to search. An easy to navigate list of shops participating in the sale is compiled for your convenience. Just go to and see all the wonderful handmade items for sale.

I am so proud to be a part of this group, who became an official Etsy Street Team on June 27th, 2007. With the start of our Message Board on August 13th, the Etsybloggers opened up for membership and launched a group website at Joey, who took the lead as administrator on October 9th, 2007 has kept us going, even through her pregnancy.

I opened my shop on Etsy, storybeader, in Feb 2008, and two months later, found the Etsybloggers. What a terrific group of people! I knew I would enjoy their company because they
*love Etsy,
*love to blog, and
*care about others.

Whether my team members are helping me create a better looking blog (thanks Stormy), telling me about a great site, giving me titles for my reading list, or just plain entertaining me with their blogs and shops, Etsybloggers are always there just on the other side of my computer screen. Currently, there are 173 members who blog and post messages in our weekly team thread and on our message board.

Got a blog? Love Etsy? You need to check us out, at

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Welcome to the Etsyblogger Team

Seems we have a bunch of new team members. There was only room for twelve people; hopefully we can get some more members in another! This treasury will be available until early, early Sunday morning. Another weekend! Yeah! Visit now!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Book Review, August: Osage County

August, Osage County by Tracy Letts, was one, depressing story! It's about a dysfunctional family living in northeastern Oklahoma. One New York Times critic said,

"A tremendous achievement in American playwriting: a tragicomic populist portrait of a tough land and a tougher people."

The story also won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and I've heard many accolades about the Broadway play. It was chosen by a book club I knew, so I decided to pick it up, and see what all the hoopla was about. And I was going to put the book down several times, but just had to go on reading. Maybe because I live in Oklahoma, I felt an obligation to finish it. Maybe because I just have a hard time putting books down once I start!

I thought it was a little slow in the beginning, but once the family got together in the house, watch out!
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