Monday, December 3, 2012

Personalized Gifts

Give that special touch.  Personalized gifts are really thoughtful gifts.   Here's a few option from some of our EAOC Team Members.

1)Monogrammed Wood Coaster Set Of 4 By Prayer Notes
2)Initial Necklace, Porcelain and Sterling Silver by Shevon Gant Ceramics 
3)Custom Name Plate in Wood or Acyrlic by Peace Images
4)Brass Knuckles by Loving Anvil (They offer Custom Words!)

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Bohemian Style

2.Boutique De Bandeaux- Blue Beaded Headband
5.Yarn Coture- Blue Pansy Lariat

I love Bohemian style.  I pick out some lovely bohemian style accessories from my fellow team members.

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

President Barack Obama

Election Day is a few days away, check out the work of two EAOC Team members who are creating art to show their support for our president. 
For our readers in the USA Rock The Vote Tuesday November 6, 2012

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Blog Love: A List Designs

Meet Alea and Brenda Bankston of A List Designs.

What do Alea and Brenda have to say about themselves?
We are a mother & daughter team, who love creating original designs.

Daughter began creating jewelry designs in 2004. Most pieces were beaded earrings and necklaces handmade with gold filled or sterling silver and semi-precious stones. In 2009, daughter enrolled in classes with a professional metalsmith and now offers handmade rings, pendants and earrings. These sterling silver creations can be custom designed.

Mother joined the world of jewelry design in 2007, with daughter's instruction. The interest in creating original hand-crafted jewelry has grown over the past years. Designs currently include sterling silver and gold-filled earrings, necklaces and bracelets with semi-precious gemstones. Pieces are designed individually and as sets.

Our jewelry is carried in local boutiques and galleries in Louisville, including Les Filles Boutique and Edenside Gallery. Also see our designs modeled by Miss Kentucky USA 2007, Michelle Banzer.

We often have extra jewelry supplies that we sell as destash in our other Etsy shop. You can visit that shop at: www.thebargainbin [!at]
What can you expect to find on the A List Designs blog?
Gorgeous designs.

They even have their own YouTube Channel!

To learn more about A List Designs, please visit the blog or the Etsy shop!

If you're interested in having your blog featured, list your blog 
url on our Etsy team discussion here.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

{Skincare Finds} 5 Luscious Scrubs You Have to Try

Facial Scrub - (n.) a mixture of goodness used to scrub the gunk off your face; an exfoliator; a mixture that evens skin tone and softens the skin; something you have to use to make your pores look less awkward
-definition made up from experience by Brittany :)

Scrubs should be an essential part of your weekly skincare regimen. Here are a few yummy scrubs made by our fantastic members: beijaflores, jensancandles, skinfolk, thesoapseduction, and purespa2.

Moisturizing Honey Butter Sugar Scrub w/ Organic Shea Butter and RoseHip Oil

LAVENDER Essential Oil Dead Sea Salt Body Scrub with Sweet Almond and Olive oils

Sweet Molasses Body Rub...Organic BlackStrap Molasses and Enzyme-Rich Papaya Seeds with Hydrating Babassu Oil

Creamy Sugar Scrub-Lemon Sugar

Shower Sugar Scrubs - Goats Milk - Pink Sugar

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

{Etsy Tips} 52 Ways to Improve Your Shop During Rainy Day

Hi, Brittany here! It's raining where I live, so I thought I'd use my first post to write a rainy day to-do list of sorts. I hope it helps you as much as it's helped organize my thoughts.

  1. Connect your viewers to the handmade aspect of your business by adding a story to your descriptions that tells how you made each item.
  2. Review the prices of your items to stay competitive.
  3. Update (and use) all 13 tags to match current trends and holidays.
  4. Read the Merchandising Desk Report for the current month (again).
  5. Create a treasury. Include members from your various teams and notify them of being included.
  6. Participate in the Etsy Success Team Forum.
  7. Ask your teammates for a shop critique.
  8. Update your titles to match your new tags (or vice versa).
  9. Fotofuze your pictures to brighten your white backgrounds.
  10. List your items on or Dreamers into Doers.
  11. Flip through the current treasuries and comment on the ones you like.
  12. Comment on the current article on the Etsy Blog.
  13. Clean out the unused stock in your workroom and donate it to another artist.
  14. Blog.
  15. Write a tutorial for how to make one of your items.
  16. Organize your workroom to fit your current needs.
  17. Add brief shipping details to your listings.
  18. Keep people viewing your shop by placing links to shop sections in your listings.
  19. Design a new item.
  20. Learn a new method for making your items.
  21. Visit your local thrift store for supplies.
  22. Contact local shops about consigning your items.
  23. Create a catalog of your current items to leave in doctors’ offices, banks, etc.
  24. Work on your wholesale linesheet.
  25. Take a bath and relax.
  26. Read magazines in your industry.
  27. Subscribe to a few craft blogs and add meaningful comments to a few posts.
  28. Watch a tutorial video on YouTube.
  29. Search for your items in Etsy and take note of the tags of the listings on the first page.
  30. Sign up for Google Analytics to better track your search ranks.
  31. Look for suppliers that hand make their items.
  32. Ask your family members and friends to critique your store.
  33. Design business cards specifically for your shop (without your personal address on them).
  34. Sign up for, or use, Twitter – for your business J.
  35. Sing up for, or use, Facebook – for your business J.
  36. Read a few posts on
  37. Analyze, or create, your yearly budget.
  38. Work on your Business Plan, or download and start the template from
  39. Sign up for Wanelo and list some of your items.
  40. Start, or update, your own website.
  41. Do something creative outside your field: paint, draw, sew, write, etc.
  42. Find ways to cut costs in your daily spending.
  43. Find a good non-profit organization that could use the items you make—and donate a few.
  44. Create a MailChimp newsletter to send updates to your customers.
  45. Work on making more stock for your shop.
  46. Ask your friends for items they’d like to see you create. You might be surprised by what they suggest.
  47. Make your best seller in multiple colors.
  48. Start working on a holiday line.
  49. Set goals for the rest of the month, or the next month.
  50. Streamline your processes.
  51. Check your listing views on
  52. Find websites, or blogs, to advertise on. 
For more information about me, you can check out my personal blog: The Lion Hair Blog

Monday, February 27, 2012

New Team Blogger: Made with Hope Jewelry.

We really happy to welcome EAOC Team Member Brittany of Made With Hope to our blog team.  Brittany is from Tuscaloosa, Alabama and creates fabric button earrings and accessories.  She also has a graphic design etsy shop called Bevie.  You'll be hearing from her soon so lets welcome her.   In the mean time here's two of my favorite pieces from her etsy shops.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Celebrating Black History- Ms Octavia Butler

EAOC Team Member Robert Trujillo is an mixed media artist and illustrator living in Oakland California.  Here's a special post written and illustrated by Robert Trujillo.

To celebrate Black history month I want to praise one of the greatest storyteller's to ever put pen to paper, Ms Octavia butler

“the thing that I want to build is so damned new and so vast. I not only don’t know how to build it, but I’m not even sure what it will look like when I have built it. I’m just feeling my way. Using what ever I can do, whatever I can learn to take one more step forward”

These were words coming out of the mouth of Octavia via her character “Lauren Oya Olamina” in the story “Parable of the Talents”. I was introduced to Octavia by my mother. My mom and I both share a love for science fiction, good stories, and nerdy things all around. She would always tell me I should read her, but like most teenagers I hated reading! It wasn’t until I was in my mid twenties that I picked up “Wild Seed”. I started it and could not fathom how or why I was done with it days later. I read Parable of the Sower, Clay’s Ark, again same thing; and I’m a slow reader. I have many people to credit for teaching me how to read and Octavia is one of them. I’ve read 6 or 7 of her books and the last one is read was “Fledgling”. Her work not only weaves present day struggles and ideas into futuristic planes; it dissects society, flourishes with love, and promotes character.

I asked my mother to describe how she came across Butler’s work. Rubbing her hands together she began to describe a teacher and a library at Peltan junior high in Hunters Point San Francisco where she went to school. She had a professor who was into science fiction and led her to Butler’s work. She went on to tell me that winning the Nebula and the Hugo for a black woman at that time was unheard of. Not only were there few women who had one the award, but few people of color who had won it. Also, MacArthur awards, which Butler also won are usually reserved for people in science? Wow.

After reading a little bit on Octavia on wiki, I decided it best to leave her beginnings and finer details to you to research. I ahvent read her story “Kindred” yet so moms told me that I still had some reading to do. She also said that she was interested in Butler’s work and that of other science fiction writers because it gave a glimpse into a world outside of what we know. There’s tons of information on her, even a scholarship for writers of color set up in her name. Happy page turning.


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