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SNEAK ATTACK NOW GOING ON!

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Meet Sandi

Sandi from HandmadeBySandi is sponsoring our sneak attack today at 3pm.

A frequent sponsor - Sandi can always be counted on to have a variety of new Etsy shops for us to surprise.

When asked about her first sale Sandi said:

This was my second shop where I would sell all my handmade items. I had a lot of different creations - things that I love using and making, would anyone else like them as well. When that first sale came several weeks after I opened the shop, it was with a sigh of relief knowing that I had at least one sale!  And this team has kept me going - keeping my spirits up when things are not going well - and celebrating with me when the sales are there!

Here is Sandi's first handmade item to sell - little facial scrubbies.


Be sure to check out all of Sandi's handmade items, and then come join us in our sneak attack thread and see what clues Sandi gives us today to help us guess who her 'victims' will be!!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Blast from the Sneak Attack Past August 28th

This week I had the pleasure of visiting Ashton from Ashton11, her shop was Sneak Attacked by the Handmade Movement Team on May 13, 2009. Ashton has been crocheting since she was a small child and now sells all types of crochet patterns. From mittens and gloves, to cowls and shrugs. Check out how cute these are!



When I asked Ashton how the Sneak Attack affected her shop, here's what she shared;

"The sneak attack occurred for me when I was just getting Etsy going, I had really only mastered the site a few days before, so when such a flurry of orders came in in a short amount of time I was completely in a flutter! I had to make a check list for myself so I could be sure to not to miss any steps in order fulfillment  customer communication and re-listing. (My items are digital and in order to sell them again I had to manually re-list them.)

My reaction to the sneak attack? I was just tickled pink that you thought of me! It was a nice boost to my esteem and a good chance to see what it would be like if I were to become established on Etsy. Which for the most part I have - although with the search engine switch to relevancy and increased competition I've certainly been suffering this past year. My sales have dropped more than 50%. boo!

I do sell on other venues, thanks for asking I have my own retail website: ashton11.com This was necessitated by my drop to obscurity on Etsy search. So, I've learned HTML and website design and I'm enjoying that end of it. But, I do yearn for the heydays on Etsy of a couple of years ago.

I'm also on Facebook - find us at 3CrochetChicks (my Mom and my Cousin Lisa make 3 of us ) OR at our blog: threecrochetchicks.blogspot.ca

Thanks again for the Sneak Attack! I was honored. It's a great thing you're doing."


It's a great feeling to hear right from our "victims" how it felt to be Sneak Attacked. I wasn't part of the team at this time but I definitely feel like we are doing good Sneaking on these newbie shops.  


Today Ashton's shop is doing AMAZING, she has 5400 sales!!! Click around Ashton11 and pick a few favorites of you own.

Until next time,
Amanda

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Blast from the Sneak Attack Past Enchanted Studios

This week I had the pleasure of visiting the shop Enchanted Studios a lovely shop that features soap, candles, photography and jewelry.
Enchanted Studios was attacked on May 8, 2009 and started out with 0 sales and received 14 from the sneak!
I contacted the shop owner, Tanya, and this is what she had to say about the attack:
How Neat!

 I was blown away by the sneak attack!!!!! As a new seller I had never heard of that. I couldn't believe it when I opened my Etsy site and saw all of those orders. I was truly touched that a group would team up to do that. Pretty amazing actually!

 I think my shop benefited by the traffic but I think I benefited mentally also. When you open up your website and see all those orders roll in, it definitely boasts your confidence and puts a smile on your face when you are the newbie on a site as big as Etsy.

 I own a salon and I retail my product there.

 I did I have my products in two local boutiques, but both have closed recently during the recession and I haven't looked for any more boutiques yet.  Maybe next year. I do keep a pinterest board with my current products.

 I would like to tell your team thanks for extending such a warm welcome and caring about the sellers on Etsy. I have enjoyed being an Etsy seller. I enjoy all the forums and the help that is available to further your Etsy business. I also enjoy being a part of all the talented artists here at Etsy.

 Thanks and best regards
 Tanya Aaron


I found many lovely items while browsing this shop but this is my favorite:

I can just imagine myself on that sailboat.  Get yourself lost in this lovely shop and find your own favorites.

Until next time….(Sept. 11) Kelly


Written by Kelly from juBEADlation and Amanda from CuteNCurlyBowtique

Monday, August 26, 2013

Meet Summer

Summer from SummerWilson8 is sponsoring our sneak attack today at 3pm. A dance instructor and story teller, Summer will be spinning a tale today, that include clues as to who her 'victims' will be.

I recently asked Summer to tell us about her first sale and how it made her feel.

My first sales were on July 19, 2010 when I was sneak attacked. I was shocked. My Mom and Step-Dad were visiting for my birthday (July 20) and she had been asking me how the online selling was going. I had told her I was about done because I had been at it for over 3 months with barely any views. I had tried running some of the page ads, but I wasn't having much luck. I was just going to let my listings expire and close the shop. An hour or so later, my husband asked in a panic if I had given our paypal information out because we had been hacked. I looked at the emails and then logged in to etsy to find I was not being hacked, but attacked! I was thrilled. Absolutely thrilled! I had 10 sales that day. It took me a few more months of lurking in the threads before I became an active member. 

Here is Summer's first sale.


See what other wonderful creations Summer has come up with in her shop. You will love them all! Come join us in our  Sneak Attack thread to 'listen' to the story being told.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Meet Frederica

Frederica from FredericaDixon is sponsoring our sneak attack today at 2pm. A very new member, this is the second time that Frederica has been a sponsor and a very excited one as well.

I asked Frederica to tell us about her first sale and how she felt.

My first sale was amazing as to be honest it was so unexpected. I think until I had that sale I wasn't really taking it seriously. I didn't really think anyone would like my stuff enough to buy it over any of the other great jewelry items from other sellers on Etsy. That first sale really boosted my confidence, have me the Etsy bug and made me really want to work at and get those sales regularly. I'm still stuck at 9 sales so it is still very much a work in progress but each sale really helped me to be motivated and feel good about it & this team is a big part of that and that's why it's something I want to be involved in to help others get that confidence.

This is Frederica's first sale - and I'm not normally a bracelet wearer - but I love it just for the colors!





Be sure to check out Frederica's shop to find your favorite items!

And join us in our Sneak Attack thread. With all the cute clues she is giving today, see if you can guess who Frederica's victims will be!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Meet Susanne

Susanne from SussesSpindehjrne is sponsoring our Sneak Attack today at 3pm.

Susanne is one of our international members, and a frequent sponsor. She always finds a variety of new Etsy shops for us to support.

I recently asked Susanne to tell us about her first sale and how she felt -

I opened my shop in the month of July 2011, and checked the shop every day the first 2 months then I lost courage and were considering closing it again. Suddenly on 31 October I received an email from Etsy that I had an order and it was with a beating heart I clicked into the shop to see what I had sold. I was very pleased and humbled when I saw, that I had sold both socks and a shawl to a person in the US.
It was an amazing feeling and when I got her feed back I could just fly. I´m still very happy and humble when I have an order and it inspires me to always do my best.




We want all of the new Etsy shops that we surprise to have the same feeling. Please join us in our Sneak Attack thread so you too can help make someone's day!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Meet Sandi

Sandi from SandisStashShop is sponsoring our sneak attack today at 3pm. A frequent sponsor, Sandi always can be counted on to give lots of clues to help members try and figure out who the 'victims' will be.

Because helping new Etsy shops is the goal of our Sneak Attacks, helping these shops get their first sale is always lots of fun.

I asked Sandi if she remembered what her first sale was and how she felt.

When I started my stash shop - it was the first shop I created in Etsy, and I had decided to try to sell some of the items from my website, as well as fabric - which I love - but which I had a lot of.

My first sale was for this pretty sweatshirt that I had made, and I was so excited. Creating a new business is always scary - what if no one will come, what if no one will purchase anything. Those are worries that all new business owners have. I know that this sweatshirt found a great home!


Sandi has gone on to include lots of her beautiful fabric in her stash shop, as well as thread, yarn and so much more. What are you looking for?

And join us in our sneak attack thread today - find out who her 'victims' will be!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Blast from the Sneak Attack Past August 14, 2013

This week I had the pleasure of visiting Reverie Creations, a lovely shop featuring handmade cards to home d├ęcor.

Reverie Creations was Sneak Attacked on January 23, 2009 and resulted in 12 sales for her shop!  I asked the shop’s owner, Mandee, some questions and this is what she had to say about the attack on her shop:

Although many years ago now, the Handmade Movement Team's sneak attack affected my shop in so many positive ways. It obviously gave me some of my very first sales, but it was more than that. I became a little more confident in my craft. It was hard to wrap my head around anyone wanting to spend their hard earned money on something I created, but after the attack it wasn't so 'unimaginable'. It's been forward momentum since...both in sales and in the variety of hand crafted items I offer.

 It's almost embarrassing to admit, but the attack reduced me to a kid at Christmas....jumping up and down wearing a smile bigger than my head!! Certainly a good feeling.

 I still sell the majority of my items through Etsy, but I also do local craft fairs during the holidays. A lot of my business has grown through custom orders and word of mouth.

 I try to create pieces that I love...always paying special attention to the smallest of details, and I tend to gravitate towards vintage embellishments such as lace, hat pins, jewelry, burlap, aged fabric and anything else with a touch of history behind it. A part of me ends up in every item I create, and it's always bittersweet when they're purchased, but I've come to realize that Etsy buyers appreciate the personal aspect of handmade. I feel very strongly about the quality of products found on Etsy, so I try to purchase my supplies or any gifts I might need from other Etsy artist. Paying it forward is ALWAYS a good thing. I can't help but feel that if The Handmade Movement hadn't sneak attacked my shop all those years ago, I might have given up on my dream....so THANK YOU!

 All the best,
 Mandee

I just loved browsing around her shop as many of you know I love butterflies and look what I found:
I just love how she purchases supplies from other Etsy shops and wants to pay it forward, something many of our members can relate to.

Until next time (August 28)….Kelly


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This week I got the chance to visit Sarah from KitchenTable46, a fun unique shop that creates everything from ipad cases to hand felted baby booties. These are adorable!



When I asked Sarah about her reaction to the Sneak Attack this is what she shared;

"The sneak attack really helped my shop sales go way up and more people started looking at it. Also, it really encouraged me to make more work and work really hard on my shop. Unfortunately my shop is not doing too well now because I have let it go a bit. I got busy with personal stuff but I've been wanting to renew it lately.

My reaction was "uh oh, what happened? Something's wrong." Haha, I really thought their had been some sort of mistake or technical error. Then when I read about the hand made movement I thought wow! What a nice thing to do for people! I was really really happy!

I'm not currently selling on other venues, just the odd craft show here and there

I think what you are doing is really great and I know for a while after I was attacked i was always looking at the next attacks. Since I got attacked I also wanted to attack :) Anyway, keep it up, you're awesome."



What a wonderful and exciting feeling! Sarah's shop name comes from creating at and around the kitchen table, I think we all can relate to that! Stop by KitchenTable46 and pick a few favorites of your own.

See you soon,
Amanda

Monday, August 12, 2013

Meet Theresa

Theresa from KrafyGrannysHome is sponsoring our sneak attack today at 3pm.

Theresa was a 'victim' back in November of 2011, and since then she has enjoyed returning the favor by sponsoring and finding other new Etsy shops to surprise.

Says Theresa:

When I got Sneaked, it just thrilled me so much, after joining the Handmade Movement group it was great sneaking and trying to figure out what shops it might be (like a game) and I love games. These are just the best group of people, I fell like I've known them my entire life.

Theresa has a way of making fabrics work for her - have you ever seen a cuter pumpkin?


I love everything that Theresa makes - and I'm sure you will too! Be sure to browse through her entire shop - you don't want to miss anything.

Then come join us in our sneak attack thread today, as we find out what clues Theresa has for us - to help us guess who her victims will be!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Meet Susanne

Susanne from SussesSpindehjrne is sponsoring our sneak attack today at 3pm. Being an international member, she knows how important it is to be sure that the international community is included in all we do!

Susanne has a way with fiber that is fantastic. She dyes it, spins it, and creates using the result.

Have you seen the latest from her shop? Wow - this cowl is perfect for cool evenings or just fun to wear!



When Susanne first became a sponsor for our sneak attacks,  I asked her what prompted her to join our team.

I am fascinated by the idea helping each other and the ability to help others get their shops to grow.

These comments are what other members have said - knowing that the Etsy community is huge, and being seen is important - all of our members feel very strongly about Paying It Forward!

You too can become involved in our team - just stop by and have fun chatting with us in our Sneak Attack thread today. You will see how much fun it is, as well as knowing that you are helping someone else.


Monday, August 5, 2013

SNEAK ATTACK SHOPS 8/5/2013

Amanda of CuteNCurlyBowtique has made this lovely treasury of the "victim shops" that she sponsored today!


Meet Amanda

Amanda from CuteNCurlyBowtique is sponsoring our sneak attack today at 2pm.

Did you know that Amanda has been a member for over a year - she first co-sponsored with me back in May of 2012. She is a very active member of the team, loves to sponsor and help other members as well as new Etsy shops she finds as her 'victims'.

Says Amanda:

I joined the Handmade Movement after reading someone's reaction to being a sneak attack victim in another team. Their genuine reaction of excitement and happiness made me want to be apart of that. I've always been the pay it forward type of person and this team is a great fit for me.

Amanda enjoys making hair bows that are not just for children - many team members as well as friends, and teachers wear them too. And Amanda is always coming up with novel themes! Her latest creations are for back to school. Don't you just love it :D


Be sure to see what other delightful bows Amanda has created for you and then come join us in our sneak attack thread as we find out what clues Amanda is enticing us with - to help us guess who her 'victims' will be.








Thursday, August 1, 2013

SNEAK ATTACK SHOPS 8/1/2013

We have 2 wonderful treasuries today featuring our
"Victims" and our Sponsor, byvala!
Theresa of KraftGrannysHome made this one!


Virginia of MadeByHand made this one!


Meet Barbara

Barbara, from byvala, is sponsoring our sneak attack today at 3pm.

An international member, Barbara always tries to find some of her 'victims' from the international community - and she does a great job of it!

Many of our members - international and US alike work full time. When I asked Barbara about working outside the home - she said:

I'm a communications manager at the Utrecht School of the Arts. I love working with students and artisans.

Looks like art of all kinds fills Barbara's life!

I always love browsing Barbara's shop - she is so creative, and comes up with the cutest things - that I just have to have - like this new bag just the perfect size for holding your small items, when grocery shopping.  And I love how colorful it is!


Be sure to join us in our sneak attack thread - you don't want to miss any of the fun!