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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Become a Sponsor

Usually, I talk about who our sponsor is for the Sneak Attack! And to let you in on a little secret, it's Me! Or really my alter ego. I usually sponsor a sneak attack as Handmade By Sandi. But today, I'll be sponsoring as Sandi's Stash. My shop where I try to clear out my stash cabinet, and sell my fabric, pattern books and more!

Right now, I want to talk about becoming a sponsor. When I first started writing about our sponsors, I mentioned Being a sponsor is not about self promotion. It’s about providing a way for a new Etsy shop to have their items noticed, hearted, and perhaps find their way into some one’s home.

And that is still true.

Do you remember your first sale on Etsy? How excited you were when you got that email that said you had a sale, and how warm and fuzzy you felt, that someone saw something in your shop that they just had to have.

Etsy is a large community that spans the globe and new shops are appearing daily. Of course buyers span the globe as well. And it's a nice feeling to know that you have helped a brand new shop get seen by a lot of those buyers. We want those new shops to have that warm and fuzzy feeling too!

If you have ever chatted with us on one of our Sneak Attack threads, you know how much fun we have. And our sponsors have a lot of fun as well, deciding which of the many new shops they see, that they would like to help.

The first few times I sponsored a sneak attack, I made sure that I had a co-sponsor. We have a number of sneaky friends who have been sponsors lots of times, and all you have to do is ask - one of us will be glad to work along side you to help that Etsy shop get a good start!

What do you need to know about sponsoring a Sneak Attack?

The first requirement is, a sponsor needs to have been active (posting, not buying) in the Sneak Attack threads for several weeks before they are given a date to sponsor an attack, that gives them time to figure out how it is done and for the Sneakers to get to know them :)

After this, if the person still wants to sponsor an attack, they are sent an instruction sheet on how to pick shops, and what the requirements are for a shop to be eligible for an attack.

They will be sent all the instructions on what has to be done to have a successful attack.

If you feel like you would like to sponsor an attack, please convo http://www.etsy.com/shop/laruefashions, and she will be more than happy to help.

In the meantime, come chat with us in our Sneak Attack thread for today. And our attack happens at 4pm Etsy time!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Meet Castle and Stock

I love it when a brand new Sneaker sponsors a Sneak Attack! Tonite's attack is co-sponsored by Annette from Stock Annette and Beth from Castle Company We reveal our 'victims' at 7pm Etsy time.

We've met Annette before. Beth is brand new - she was a 'victim' back in the spring!

When asked as to why soap, Beth replied Luckily, my mother passed her craft gene down to me. During one visit, she gave me a handmade goat milk soap bar that she made. Once I tried it, I was hooked and I will always use handmade soap. It’s so gentle and soothing and kind to my skin. Beth will even gift wrap your soap!

Annette has been a frequent sponsor of our Sneak Attacks, and you know that she loves to knit baby hats. Well, Annette also knits scarves, and here is an original design. Made with Alpaca yarn, it's so light weight, but oh so warm as well!

Be sure to check out all of the items these two fabulous sneakers have in their shops and come chat with us in our Sneak Attack thread!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Something New for Baby or You from Smart sAss Baby on Etsy

Bridget Bauer is going to make some lucky winner's day on October 7th. Bridget is the proud owner of Smart sAss Baby on Etsy, where she designs 'Attitude Tee's for Kids with Attitude'. If you are that lucky winner you get your choice of Tee from Bridget's Etsy shop. Pick out one for you in an adult size or one for your little one in a kid's size.
Freakin Pony
Have a little fun or advertise your Etsy Shop on your Tee when you do a craft show!
Fat Quarter
Don't want a Tee? There are other unique and fun designs to entice you.

Bridget began playing around with creating Attitude T's when she had her son. 'Boy's clothes are just not as much fun as girls and I wanted a way to make his wardrobe a little more reflective of his personality and so Smart sAss Baby was born.' Says Bridget in her Etsy Profile. Now we all can benefit from Bridget's designs.

I know you want to run right off and check out Smart sAss Baby but you will want to register for the Handmade Giveaway before you go. Then browse through all of Bridget's wonderfully unique designs and pick out your favorite. That special Tee could be yours if you win the drawing on October 7th. The winner will be announced at 6:00pm in the Sneak Attack Forum Thread but you will receive an email if you have won. Now off to register and Good Luck!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Two Year Sneakerversary!

Wanna win all this?!
That's right, Sneak Attacks are about to turn two years old!  The first Sneak Attack happened on September 24, 2008, and we'll be celebrating the second annual "Sneakerversary" - two years of giving new/undiscovered Etsy shops a kindly boost - on Thursday, September 23, 2010, with a special Sneak Attack and a BIG giveaway of the above items generously donated by Etsy shop owners.   This is where you can enter to win!

Earn one entry for each of the following :

  • Leave a comment here... maybe share how you felt when you got the first sale in your Etsy shop, or tell us about your favorite item you've spotted during a Sneak Attack.

  • "Like" the Handmade Movement on facebook.

  • Follow the Handmade Movement on twitter.

  • Write a post on your own blog about the Second Annual Sneakerversary Giveaway, with a link to this blog post.

  • Share this blog post as a link on your facebook.

Ways to earn even more entries:

  • Tweet about the Second Annual Sneakerversary Giveaway on twitter, making sure to include "@Sneak_Attacks" and a link to this blog post.  You can earn one entry per week for additional tweets between August 26 and 3:00 p.m. Eastern time (we are GMT-5:00) on Thursday, September 23.

  • Purchase an item from the Handmade Movement's shop on Etsy (sales in the shop help offset the cost of this website's upkeep), then post a link to your transaction here.  Multiple purchases will earn you multiple entries.

  • Purchase an item in a Sneak Attack between August 26 and September 16, then post a link to your transaction here (if, for example, you make purchases in the August 26 and September 13 Sneak Attacks, posting your two transaction links here would earn you two entries).

Each thing that you choose to do to enter this giveaway must be posted as a separate comment here.  Please be sure to leave your contact information (like your email address or Etsy shop link) so you can be notified if you are the lucky winner.

Last year was a great party (you can read about the one-year Sneakerversary celebration here); please feel free to join us in our Sneakerversary thread, and click here for details about the goodies included in the giveaway!   Thanks for a wonderfully Sneaky two years!

-- Annette

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Sneakerversary: Update on the Goodies You Might Win!

Wanna win all this?!

Here are the Second Annual Sneakerversary Giveaway prizes! Click here to find out all the ways you can enter for chances to win everything you see here!

Here's a list of things in this photo, roughly left to right and from top to bottom:

Crochet baby blanket handmade by LarueFashions

Falling Leaves Suncatcher handmade by CatchAStarCreations

Set of five fine art nature photography cards handmade by BuddsPhoto

Cap handmade by ElephunksTrunk

Silver and Black Necklace handmade by AccordingToShe

Rose Pen Bouquet in Shell Caddy handmade by JustForTheShellOfIt

Framed Zinnias print and set of 10 floral note cards handmade by PaintedMemoriesbyRos

Catch a Rainbow set of 10 mini note cards handmade by HappyHoundCreative

Butterfly Bookmark handmade by UUendyandFriends

Clay Pendant handmade by CarolBroadleyPottery

Cherry Push Pins handmade by LaBeq

Scottie Dog Boo Boo Bag handmade by BooBooZoo

Beaded Bamboo Spoons handmade by BeadSoul

Alice in Wonderland Earrings handmade by AnRocaid

Handmade for You - Thanks for Your Order Cards and Matching Stickers handmade by TheArtOfJoy

Set of Two Felted Wool Coasters handmade by HandmadeBySandi

Gift certificate to VerveInteriors / FromMarz

Yes, all this could be yours if you enter for your chance(s) to win!  We're having a great time gearing up for the September 23rd Giveaway in our thread on Etsy; feel free to come by and say hi anytime!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Meet Handmade

Today's Sneak Attack is being sponsored by Sandi from Handmade By Sandi. We will be attacking our 'victims' at 4pm Etsy time!

We've met Sandi before. Sandi has a blended family with 6 children and 10 grandchildren. One of Sandi's daughters teaches high school math. Always trying to find ways to make it easier for her daughter to carry notebooks, lesson plans, and anything else that she needs to tote... Sandi gave her one of her new creations, a denim tote bag that is really strong, with an adorable quilted heart on it to show her daughter how much she is loved.

You can find this and other totes in Sandi's Go Green section. Which one would you choose? Then come chat with us in our Sneak Attack thread!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Meet WMS

One of our frequent sponsors, Heather from Wine Maker's Sister, is sponsoring again today. Sponsoring what? Why a Sneak Attack of course! And you can be sure that she will have some fantastic 'victims' for our attack that takes place at 7pm, Etsy time.

Not only does Heather run her family's winery, but has lots of hobbies! I'm deeply involved with knitting and spinning. The winery, that I run, grew out of my dad's hobby run amok, and I tend to be a bit obsessive about my hobbies as well. I love to make things for knitters and spinners (stitch markers, painted mugs, rubber stamps, notecards, etc), but save the actual knitting and spinning for my "free" time. I find them very relaxing.

Many of the items that Heather makes for knitters are stitch markers - and these are just too adorable for words...

Check out the rest of the stitch markers that Heather creates. And come share in the fun that we will be having today at our Sneak Attack thread!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Look What You Can Find in SandyVern on Etsy

Sandy Vern from Sandy's Homemade Soaps and Things has donated two bars of homemade soap to the Handmade Giveaway.  So naturally I had to browse her shop to see what other goodies I could find. And I did find a lot! I know you are curious too but hang on a minute and check out what I found.
Shop items

Soap popsicles that look good enough to eat, Pink Grapefruit Bath Bombs and Whipped Shea Butter. Oh, but there is more too! Sandy doesn't cut corners when it comes to creating the perfect cold process soaps. She will tell you, 'Our soaps are made from scratch using the old-fashioned cold process method of combining various oils, butters, and lye in just the right amounts to create a luxurious soap that we are proud to offer to you. We make all our soap in very small batches so we have precise quality control over the entire process. After curing for 4 - 6 weeks, we hand-cut and individually package each soap. You know you are getting a soap that is finely crafted and one-of-a-kind!'

Now don't forget, Sandy fills her shop with more than just soaps. You can check that out for yourself but first, take a shot at winning these luscious bars of soap for yourself absolutely free! Sign up for the Handmade Giveaway then you can go see what else you can find in SandyVern on Etsy.

Meet Stock

Annette of Stock Annette is hosting our Sneak Attack today at 2pm Etsy Time!

We've met Stock before, and I always want to know, how she makes her children's hats with the pompoms. I designed a two-peak baby hat, and then I was flipping through my Teach Yourself Visually Knitting Quick Tips and happened upon the section about how to make pom poms... and I gave it a try! I put up a little red-and-white striped hat and gave people the option of pom poms or not, and the pom poms were a hit.

Stock's knitted hats don't stay around very long - so you might want to order one for yourself!

And come chat with us in our Sneaker Thread!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Rosella of Painted Memories by Ros on Etsy Donates to the Handmade Giveaway

Stop by Painted Memories by Ros and you will find Rosella's shop to to be filled with her original artwork. Beautiful watercolors, charcoal and pen and ink drawings abound with an occasional digital painting thrown in for good measure.
Sailing Notecard
Rosella tells us a little about herself in her Etsy shop bio: I have been an artist since I was a young girl. After trying different media, I discovered a love of watercolor painting and charcoal drawing when I attended Kansas City Junior College. I went on to get my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute.


Finding the perfect card is not hard to do when you shop in the right place. Painted Memories by Ros has a variety of cards to browse and you are sure to find the perfect one.

Would you like to win a set of five photo cards from Painted Memories by Ros? Rosella has generously donated a set of winter themed notecards to the Handmade Giveaway. Before you leave to browse through her shop, be sure to sign up for the drawing. You could be the lucky winner!