10 + Lovely Small Business & Blogger Etsy Stores

Small business and blogger etsy stores

I took a break last weekend as I was still polishing off the new blog theme and features, so this week I wanted to make a special Sharing Saturday. So I decided to get personal. As a part of Holiday Wishes I had offered to fulfil some wishes by promoting their etsy stores. I absolutely love etsy, there is always something for everyone and being an oddball geek I don’t tend to find ‘my style’ in main shops, so etsy is wonderful for finding things that are really me. I also admire people who are able to create, and put their work out there for others to buy. That takes tremendous courage, and I wanted to share the love so I put the call out on twitter. The result is this blog post which includes a variety of etsy stores by small business owners, many of which are also bloggers. There’s a great variety in here, some very cute and gorgeous products and I hope you take the time to go check out their stores fully! ((All images are credited to the etsy stores and their owners. If you would like any removed please contact me. Image featured in the header is from PhoenixFireDesigns. ))

 

I want to say a big thank you to everyone who tweeted me, shared my tweets and pointed me in the direction of these great stores. I’ll be doing another one of these in the future so if you missed out, follow me on twitter @JustGeekingBy and tweet me your etsy store for future reference 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

ATinyMew

I’ve always been a fan of tattoos and the tattoo style of art, and in ATinyMew’s store you can find some gorgeous prints up for grabs in that style. Bold designs and vibrant colours, I love the details on the smaller elements of her designs such as the pearls. There’s also a print (featured center) that is dedicated to spreading awareness of stomach cancer. While I’ve not lost anyone to that particular cancer, I’ve lost people to the horrible disease and admire anyone who takes the time to create something to spread awareness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DorkfaceShop

This store is run by the lovely Jemma of Dorkface, and the creator of The Girl Gang. Not only is she a wonderful girl and super supportive to others, she’s a talented illustrator to boot! This is just a small glimpse at what she’s got hiding in her  DorkfaceShop. I’m completely in love with her stickers, such as these pretty banner stickers which are perfect for bullet journals and planners!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

imperfectly

An etsy store that aims to provide “Vintage and handmade awesomeness”, imperfectly’s store has a wide array of goodies for visitors. There are vintage items such as clothing, rings and manuals and some great accessories like these hemp bracelets and necklace. I also love her upcycled/recycled envelopes seen in the third image.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

itslizi

If you love disney then itslizi is one for you! She has a range of disney products, however, it is these three that caught my eye. They’re all outside the box and a bit quirky, and being a Londoner by birth I love the London Transport/Disney places prints. The Mickey Mouse confetti is cute and unique, and so it this Minnie Mouse sunglasses print.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kokoba

Kokoba’s store is filled to the brim with maths, science and number based jewellery perfect for the geeks in your life. As a Pagan and an arts grad, I’m admittedly drawn to the range of gemstones and designs rather than the mathematics. Science geeks will appreciate the time and effort put into each design Kokoba helpfully offers a full explanation over on her blog about how she uses numbers in her jewellery. Among the number work there’s also some beautiful DNA sequence designs as you can see in the first image.

 

 

 

 

 

 

kriknitslakeside

These beautiful handmade cowls can be found in kriknitslakeside’s store in a range of wonderful colours and patterns. She makes scarves as well, and everything looks super snuggly and warm! I really love the range of colour combinations and there’s one for everyone’s tastes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lizjowen

Next up is blogger Hello Lizzie Bee who has an etsy store dedicated to fabulous handlettered and illustrated prints. It was difficult to pick just three to showcase here for you, but I was blown away by these ones. The lovely illustrated quote “Always be yourself unless you can be a unicorn”, simple and beautiful calligraphy congratulations card and this cleverly detailed inspirational quote.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lizzievintage

How adorable is this crocheted elephant?! Bridget the elephant is just one of the handmade wonders in Lizzievintage’s shop (there’s also a panda called Fiona for any panda fans!). There’s a bunch more crocheted items like the cute headwraps, as well as bags and cushions including a range of comic book ones like the Avengers once featured above.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PhoenixFireDesigns

These incredible necklaces and pendants are the work of PhoenixFireDesigns and her store features a range of different colour and style combinations. Her Tree of Life pendants (2nd and 3rd images) appear to be the most sought over of her designs, however, I wanted to include her other work here too to show you guys what else she makes. The first image is one of these and is her mermaid cluster necklace. There’s chakra items, steampunk designs and so much more in her store. I could seriously do a whole blog post just dedicated to her beautiful work. Best of all those aren’t coloured beads; they’re real gemstones and there are so many different ones to choose from! I also follow her instagram where she gives you regular updates on what she’s making, including commission pieces.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RosyBubbles

These embroidered beauties are the work of beauty blogger BubblyBeauty. Her etsy store is a gold mine of embroidery and framed cross stitch, including this super cute halloween kitty. Her pouches and make up bags are idea for anything, and there’s so many different designs that there’s one for everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SeaKissedTreasures

 

Using sea glass and pottery, SeaKissedTreasures combines them with wire and satin knot cord to create these pretty and unique pendants. Her shop offers treasures made by the sea and that is certainly the vibe I’m getting from these pieces. Each one is a unique and idea as a special gift for someone or to yourself!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SweetAllureShop

Home to the creations of the talented Tarnya of Sweet Allure, this store is home to cute watercolour prints. There’s inspiration quotes as featured above and some lovely fandom related ones like this Bambi print and Ravenclaw Crest from Harry Potter. They’re colourful with a unique and personal touch, and would look fab on anyone’s wall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WyldeDesign

Probably the smallest shop on the list, but don’t let that deceive you. Small doesn’t mean bad when there’s some great products to check out! WyldeDesign’s store is all about digital and printable content, offering a range of items that you pay once and can then use over and over. There’s some great planner printables like this daily planner one, as well as some detailed prints and this super cute Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them phone wallpaper. It’s a small eclectic store which can only grow into something more amazing than it already is.

 

 


 

And that brings us to the end of this weeks Sharing Saturday! I hope you have had as much fun browsing these stores as I did, and I make no apologies for any holes that might be burning in your wallets now 😛 These are all talented individuals that you can support by buying their work, sharing their stores and using the ‘favourite’ option on etsy.

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A Guide to Online Advent Calendar Competitions

Sharing Saturday: Online advent calendars

 

Yep, another advent calendar sharing saturday. The last one I promise and probably the most exciting one because I’m introducing you into the world of online advent calendar competitions – which are free to enter! I enter them every year and for the past couple of years have won several prizes. They’re great fun, a tad bit addictive and easy to take part in. There’s so many that I’m not going to list them, I’m just going to explain the types of competitions and then give you some sites where fabulous people have listed all the advent competitions they find.

 

Type of Advent Competitions

 

Instant Wins

Instant wins are basically competitions which involve clicking an advent window, bauble or bingo ticket and instantly winning a prize. Expect a lot of ‘sorry you have not won this time….’ messages, but wins do happen! Last year I won my Star Wars BB-8 Sphero droid from one of these 😀 I highly recommend Tombola’s advent calendar as you always win something on it.

 

Fill out a Form

Like instant wins, you have to click on the advent number for the day and instead of getting an instant notification you have to fill in your details. Sometimes you’ll need to answer a question, or count how many santa hats are on a page. A winner is the selected and notified at a later date. If you don’t want your email spammed I suggest making a new one just for competitions.

 

Treasure Hunts

Treasure Hunts require you to hunt around for an item, usually something christmassy like a santa hat, gift or candy cane. Sometimes these will be static, i.e. on a certain page/product, while others will be random. One that has a random chance is Top Cash Back which has a daily clue for a guaranteed humming bird (the treasure you need to find) and can randomly pop up on other pages as you browse the site.

 

Social Media

Social media has made it so much easier to join in competitions, especially at advent time. These take place on facebook, twitter and instagram, and I’ve seen a few using snapchat as well this year. You have to like/follow the account/page and then follow the instructions. These usually involve sharing/retweeting, answering a question or tagging friends. It’s good because you can see how many people are entering, but don’t be put off by this! I’ve had some success with social media competitions and last year also had a company send me a wee little gift in response to something I said. There are real people running these competitions so every so often surprises can happen.

 

Bloggers

Several bloggers are posting advent calendar competitions as well, and they tend to use rafflecopter or gleam which is a little widget that asks you to do things. These include commenting, following social media accounts, sharing/retweeting etc. Some of my favourite ones to watch are Tanned Beauty Addict and Thou Shall Not Covet who have amazing prizes up for grabs!

 

Pass the Parcel

One of the most popular competitions is Marks and Spencers Pass the Parcel competition, in which you use the application on Facebook and pass parcels to friends and family – they then pass them back to you. The last few years the M&S one has become insanely popular and closes within days. It is worth it if you can play it though! Another one we’ve won on in the past few years 🙂 Other companies, such as Joules, have started doing their own pass the parcel and I’m sure some others will pop up too.

 

Lists of Competitions

So, now you’ve read about them… are you ready to see what’s out there?!  Here are my favourite sites for finding advent competitions. You’re also welcome to follow me on twitter as I will be retweeting any I enter too!

Keep in mind – Some competitions have started already, while others that last for 12 days before christmas will open at a later date. So it’s worth while checking back at these sites for new competitions!

 

Loquax

The Prize Finder

Advent Competitions

Money Saving Expert

Save the Student

 

Tips & Tricks

If you’re new to comping check out Super Lucky.me’s Tips and Tricks to handle advent competitions!

Let me know if you take part in any and especially if you win something! If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask 🙂

 

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4 Different Places to Promote your Blog

Sharing Saturday: Places to promote your blog

 

Exams are over so it’s time to get Sharing Saturday back on track! This week I’m looking at sites that can help you promote your blog.

Promoting your blog is not only important, it’s a great way to meet new people and find new content by others. Here’s my run down on different ways and places online where you can share your blog to the world!

 

Website Listings

I love website listings because they list a variety of different sites which means you can add your blog, and any other sites you have, and gain visitors from many different places. Some listings are open to any and all sites, like my Ruby Wings Listings, while others are more specific. These may be for blogs only, or for themed sites, such as a particular fandom, hobby, or genre.

Here are some of my favourites (and my own as I’m slightly addicted to them 😉 ):

For Blogs: Blog Nation, Bloglist Me, Listen up!

For any sites: Ruby Wings Listings, Nerd Listings, Electro Listings, Smooth Sailing Listings.

For specific themes/fandoms: Kawaii Directory (Kawaii/cute sites), Yummy Networks (site collectives), Hogwartians (Harry Potter), Seductive Directory (Supernatural/Fantasy), Queldorei Listings (Video Games).

This is just a selection, you can find loads more over at Webmaster Links!

 

Button Exchanges

A button exchange is a site where you sign up, pop up a rotation code on your site and other people’s buttons feature on your site – likewise, your button pops up on theirs! Again, these come in many different flavours – some are just a standard open to any site, others have more of a theme i.e. a certain fandom/theme or you join as a character (a great example is Elysian Fields where you sign up and submit a button of your favourite hero character).

My two favourites are Total Randomosity and the Akuma Exchange which are both open to any sites, including blogs.

 

Plugboards

Plugboards give mixed results, but it only takes a few seconds to use them and you never know who you’ll reach by using them. They’re something I use every so often, although I’ve known others to use them regularly. Basically you post your button and your url, and hey presto it appears on a wall of buttons. One warning – you do need to use a specific size image otherwise it won’t be viewable. The size is usually displayed on the plug board itself.

Here are some great active ones to give a try: Bliss Plugs, Ruby Plugs, Silent Plug, iPlugs.

 

A few others

There are topsites/voting lists you can join, webrings, and also forums for advertising websites. However, in recent years there seems to be a decline in both and I haven’t really found that many that are active. You can see a few over at Webmaster Links if you’re really curious about any of these 🙂

 

Do you know of any of these already? Do you have any others to add? Let me know in the comments!

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