Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Milestone, and a Giveaway to Celebrate It!!





Last Tuesday, I hit the 50 sales milestone in my shop on Etsy, Bracelets By Jen. I can't begin to express how excited I am. Last year was a slow year in my shop with only 26 sales the entire year. However, in just a little over four months I have surpassed last years sales!! =) It really make me feel like my shop is starting to take off. As many of you may have noticed I have been putting a lot of time and effort into marketing. I have taken advice from more experienced sellers, and have been much more active in my teams. Well it has payed off!! I really want to thank all my wonderful fans, my friends and family who have helped and supported me to this point. I would also like to give a special that you to the members of The All Handmade By Me Team on Etsy. I can't say enough about how helpful everyone on this team is. I am honored to be a leader of this fantastic team. 









Now for the fun part. As a way of celebrating the arrival of spring as well as my milestone, I have decided to have a giveaway for one custom order macrame embroidery friendship bracelet of your choice from my Etsy shop. You can enter this giveaway by either visiting my Facebook page or entering using the widget below.


a Rafflecopter giveaway





Feel free to contact me with any questions!! Good Luck! 

Jenn ♥






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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Enter to WIN a $10 Gift Card to Bracelets By Jen on Etsy

Hello Everyone,

I am having a giveaway on my Facebook Page now through February 15, 2014 11 pm EST. To enter visit my facebook page and look for the blue "giveaway" box or enter using the widget below. One lucky winner will receive a $10 Gift Card (in the form of a coupon code), good towards any purchase in my Etsy shop Bracelets By Jen.

I am also currently having a Valentine's Day SALE in my shop through February 15th. All my items are marked 15% off the regular retail price. No coupon code needed. Come take a look at some of my new listings I have recently posted.

Hope you all have a Happy Valentine's Day!! ♥
- Jenn


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Thursday, December 26, 2013

How to Create a Blog Button with a Grab Box



Hello Everyone,
Today I am going to show you how to create a Blog button with a grab box below. This tutorial should work on most blog platforms that allow you to add custom HTML widgets. You can place your widget either on your blog sidebar or footer. Personally, I like to have my blog button on my sidebar. I feel that it is easier to find that way. However, do what works best for you.

STEP 1: First off you are going to need an image with a size under 200x200px. You can have a larger one if you choose, however most people are more likely to use your button if it is on the smaller size. Ideally, the size of your button should be either 125x125px or 150x150px. I find that these sizes are the most commonly used. My blog button is 150x150px. Now you can create a blog button image using Photoshop, however personally I use PicMonkey. Once you have created your image, you are ready for the next step.

STEP 2: Next you will need to upload your image to a image hosting service like Picasa or Photobucket. Once you have successfully uploaded your image, you must get the image URL to use in the widget code.

Here is an example of what a Blog Button with a Grab Box Looks Like


I Heart Crafting


This is what it will look like when you select the text in the box and add the HTML code to your blog.

I Heart Crafting


STEP 3: Grab the button code below.
Here's the button code:

<!--grab button header --><div class="grab-button" style="width: 150px; margin: 0 auto;"><img src="http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/gg483/jasurprenant/For%20My%20Blog/6286bca2-3dd2-403f-9a9f-754884e13965_zps14b0ec36.jpg" alt="I Heart Crafting" width="150" height="150" /><!--end grab button header --><!-- button code box --><div style="margin: 0;padding: 0; border: 1px solid gray; width: 150px; height: 150px;overflow: scroll;">&lt;div class="I Heart Crafting" style="width: 150px; margin: 0 auto;">
&lt;a href="http://iheartcraftingblog.blogspot.com/" rel="nofollow">&lt;img src="http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/gg483/jasurprenant/For%20My%20Blog/6286bca2-3dd2-403f-9a9f-754884e13965_zps14b0ec36.jpg" alt="I Heart Crafting" width="150" height="150" />
&lt;/a>&lt;/div></div> <!--end grab-button --></div>

STEP 4
URL of your button image: Replace my image URL with yours.
Name of your Blog: Replace my blog name with yours.
Blog address: Replace my blog web address with yours.
Size: If you did not use a 150x150px image, then you need to change the height and the width to the size of your image.

STEP5
Next select the entire code (with your information) and place it where you would like the button to appear. If you are using Blogger you would go to layout, press "add gadget", scroll down to HTML/Javascript and paste the code.

Finally, you may want to do a button test to make sure that it is working properly. That's it! Now other bloggers can "grab" your button and display it on their blog.

Hope you have found this tutorial helpful.


Jenn

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

List of Participating Shop for The All Handmade By Me Team Handmade Holiday Sales Event



The All Handmade by ME team is having a week-long sale!
 From December 6th to December 13th, members from the team will be having a sale of at least 10% offSome sellers may have already have their items marked down, some will be using the following coupon code. Sales will vary.

Use coupon code SUPPORTHANDMADE.



[Art Credit: Stacey Sobelman of Smart Designs]

Here Is The List of Participating All Handmade By Me Team Etsy Shops


Jewelry & Accessories
UniquelyYouJewellery -Wood and Glass Jewellery
 TheAstralCharm -Jewelry
ForestofJewels -Jewelry
BraceletsbyJen -Friendship Bracelets and Knits
 ZivaDesigns -Beaded Jewelry
 SteedCraft -Casting Systems for Jewelers
RandLDesign -Jewelry   
CreativelyCharmedET -Jewelry and Accessories
LLDArticticJewelry -Beaded and Hand-stamped Jewelry
EurekaSpringsRocks -Gemstone Jewelry and Fine Art Prints
LifeBijou -Fine Gemstone Jewelry
 PaisleyLizardDesigns -Eclectic Jewelry
XIDesignStudio -Wire Wrap Jewelry 
PolyClayCafe -All Things Polymer Clay 
ArtsyClay -Whimsical Polymer Clay Jewelry and Ornaments
 FairiesforNature -Whimsical Jewelry
PinkOwlJewelry -Natural Stone Jewelry
FfigysDesigns -Jewelry 
Smirking Tiger  -Metal Jewelry, Paintings, Zine
 StellaZigantiDesigns -Fine Gemstone Jewelry
SnowingStars -Jewelry and Accessories
 RarasJewels -Kawaii and Creepy Cute Jewelry and Accessories
PuffyTheSlayer -Fused Plastic Jewelry, Accessories and Home Decor
DeannasQuiltsandMore -Quilts, Embroidery, Jewelry and More
BazineDezine -Jewelry, Bridal Jewelry
IndigoTurtleArt -Handcrafted Porcelain Art 
Lilicharms - Lampwork Glass, Crystal and Gemstone Jewelry 
Clothing & Accessories 
QuinnysCrochet -Crochet Scarves, Baby Items and More
Frans2Hands -Hippie Inspired Clothes and Accessories
PetrinaBlakely -Hand Painted Clothing
 FrenchSoulKnittery -Knitwear and Knitted Accessories 
NadiasKnits -Knit Scarves and Accessories
 MellowFury -Unique Knits and Tye-Dyes  
BlackRavenCreations -Scarves, Hats, Fingerless Gloves and More
Swedish Knit -Wearable Handknits
 HRHHandmadeStyle -Crochet Accessories
7zerozero -Handbags and Accessories
 ARTWORKCROCHET -Hats, Headbands, and other Fashion Accessories
 DesignsbyMuse -Sweater Shrugs and More
eCoutureHandmades -Recycled and Up-cycled Fashion Accessories
 ARTWORKCROCHET -Hats, Headbands, and other Fashion Accessories
 MyaCDesign -Bags and Accessories
 WithLoveHandmadeKnit -Knit Scarves and Accessories
 ttBirdDesigns -Purses, Bags and Accessories
 MyChickiet -Baby Shoes, Lanyards and More
LPbyLP -Bags, Purses, and Laptops Bags for Men & Women
 Bewove -Handwoven Scarves and Cushions
 EchtEllen -Bags, Bibs, Blankets and More
 Love2Quilt -Textile Gifts, Bags and Home Decor
CanineStruts -Pet Collars and Leashes
BeaverheadTreasures -Quilts, Leather, Natural Stone, Bags and Home Decor
For Kids & Baby
BerryBikeyBaby -Bike Themed Baby Items
 SmileysBlankies -Receiving Blankets
EchtEllen -Bags, Bibs, Blankets and More
QuinnysCrochet -Crochet Scarves, Baby Items and More
 DesignsbyMSusan -Dolls for the Wee Ones
CsbsewsDollClothes -American Girl Doll Clothes
Bath & Body
Penori -Bath and Body
MyMagicalStar -Bath and Body
WICKedCANDLES -Candles and Tarts
Housewares and Home Decor
JoyfulLinens -Linen Cottage Home Decor
Pluinct -Crochet and Handsewn 
 DebbieShine -Chevron Home Decor
 DeannasQuiltsandMore -Quilts, Embroidery and More 
BeaverheadTreasures -Quilts, Leather, Natural Stone
 WoodCastle -Wooden Works of art/Housewares
MyNeedlesSong -Cross Stitch, Home Decor
OakleyArtsStudio -Paintings, and Rustic Home Decor
WhimsyCalling -Whimsical Dolls, Figurines and Trinkets
 MoltenColor -Handblown Glass
FreckleDots -Quilts and Embroidery
 MarilynsTrees -Semiprecious Gemstone Trees
TheButterglyQuilter -Quilts/Textile and Fiber Art
 Sweveneers -Stained Glass 
CountrySewing4U -Quilted Home Decor
OrientalWhispers -Hand painted Wine Glasses and More
 BridgettesEarth -Stoneware/Ceramic Home Decor
Rhalvaksz -Upcycled Creations and Home Decor
CCCHandmade -Wooden Canes, Home Decor and More

Artwork
NatureNerdStudio -Wildlife Art 
LadyHonsa -Unique Art
PageFree -Collage and Painted Art  
ArtFromDenise -Fine Art and Paintings 
 SmartDesignsbyStacey -Graphic Design, Artwork and Cards
4PawsOFGold -Golden Retriever Art, Signs and Cards 
LeissnerArt -Mixed Media Art, Prints and More 
WatercoloredWindows -Watercolor art and Home Decor 
MydeasDesigns -Crafting Paper
TheButterflyQuilter -Quilts/Textile and Fiber Art
 Smirking Tiger  -Metal Jewelry, Paintings, Zine
 OakleyArtsStudio -Paintings, and Rustic Home Decor
 TheButterglyQuilter -Quilts/Textile and Fiber Art

Be sure to join us the week of December 6th - 13th!!

~ Jenn


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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

All Handmade By Me Team Handmade Holiday Sale


[Art Credit: Stephanie Ledezma of The Astral Charm]



During the week of December 6th thru 13th many members of the All Handmade By Me Team will be offering a special sale to support handmade artists and craftspeople. To take advantage of this special we will be publishing a list of participating shops on December 5th. So please look out for the list on the team Facebook Page, as well as here on the blog. Each participating shops discount amount will vary, however they will all be using the same coupon code: SUPPORTHANDMADE

When you use the coupon code: SUPPORTHANDMADE in my Etsy shop, Bracelets By Jen, you will receive 15% off your entire purchase. No minimum purchase required. 

So be sure to check back on December 5th, and I will have the list of participating shops!! 

Happy Holidays,

Jenn







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Monday, December 2, 2013

Celebration Giveaway

Hello Everyone,
I want to share some very exciting new with you. First, I would like everyone to know that my one year anniversary of opening my Etsy shop, Bracelets By Jen, is coming up on December 12, 2013.


I have many plans for my shop in the new year. I will be changing the name of my shop because I have some new and exciting products I am going to add. I will not just be selling bracelets anymore. The embroidery macrame friendship bracelets will still be a huge part of my shop. However, I just felt it was time to make some changes. So keep an eye out for the name of my new shop after the new year!!!

Next I wanted to share with you a milestone I have reached on my Facebook page. I am very excited about this one. Just a few days ago, my Facebook page reached 100 likes!!! Yay!!!
I am very grateful for the support I have received from both my fans and customers over the past year. It makes me feel good that I can create something that will put a smile on someone's face. I also want to give a big thank you to my fellow All Handmade by Me Team members. I am honored to be part of such a wonder Etsy Team.
[Art Credit: Stacey Sobelman of SMART Designs]


Now for the exciting part. As a way of celebrating and saying thank you, I am having a giveaway for a $10 Etsy gift card.  All you have to do is follow the directions on the Rafflecopter widget below. The winner will be notified by email. This giveaway will end on December 13th. Good Luck!!!

~ Jenn


a Rafflecopter giveaway






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Monday, November 25, 2013

Handmade Monday Sale



Hello Everyone,
I am so excited that HANDMADE MONDAY is finally here. If you are not familiar with Handmade Monday, let me explain a little about it. As you all know there is Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Small Business Saturday. However, there has never been a day to allow handmade sellers to provide the public with huge deals and discounts. Therefore to support handmade shops, the Monday before Thanksgiving has been declared Handmade Monday. On this day you will find handmade sellers from Etsy, Zibbet, Artfire, Storenvy, Meylah and many other handmade marketplaces and shops will be offering great deals within their shops. Therefore, if you are looking for the perfect handmade Christmas gift, TODAY would be the best day to shop and take advantage of the sales and discounts.

For Handmade Monday, I am offering a 15% off your total purchase discount in my Etsy shop, Bracelets By Jen. To take advantage on this special, simply enter coupon code: HANDMADE15 at checkout. There is no minimum purchase required.

Some of my fellow All Handmade By Me Team members are offering great deals as well. Please visit our Facebook page to find out more about their discounts. Also, while shopping on Etsy, be sure to look for our team badge (see below) to ensure that your item is truly handmade, and not manufactured by a machine.

[Art Credit: Stacey Sobelman from SMART Designs]

I hope everyone is able to find some wonderful handmade gifts for that special someone today. Happy Handmade Shopping!!!

~ Jenn


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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

All Handmade By Me Team on Etsy

I am a proud member, and leader of the All Handmade by Me team on Etsy. You may have read about the team in a recent article on Yahoo Shineabout the reactions of some Etsy sellers in response to the new Etsy policy changes.

ABOUT THIS TEAM:
This team began after Etsy announced new policy changes allowing mass produced and manufactured items on the site. The goal of this team is to keep the true spirit of Etsy alive by helping buyers to recognize true handmade items. Each applicant who applies to the team is screened by a group of leaders to make sure that the items in each shop are truly handmade. When a member is approved they are given a badge to place in their shop to show that all the items in that shop are handmade. 

WHO CAN JOIN:
Any Etsy seller who sells items handmade by them self. The team does not allow Etsy sellers who sell vintage or pre-made items. 

If you are an Etsy seller and would like to join the team, you can APPLY HERE.

When you are browsing Etsy make sure to keep an eye out for our handmade badge. This way you can be sure that a person created the item, and not a machine.



[Art Credit : Stacey Sobelman]

Visit Stacey's shop SMART Designs on Etsy



Here is a treasury featuring All Handmade by Me Team Members

'Turkey Day!' by jennsurprenant

Thanksgiving Cards Set of 2, Turkey Day Cards - apaperaffaire
Thanksgiving Cards Set ...
$5.5
Printable Thanksgiving Photo Card (4x8) - SMARTdesignsbyStacey
Printable Thanksgiving ...
$5.99
Fall Leaves Thanksgiving Cookie Favors - One dozen - WhimsicalOriginalsDB
Fall Leaves Thanksgivin...
$36
First Thanksgiving bib, first turkey bib, boy version, embroidered holiday bib - GiftsbyGita
First Thanksgiving bib,...
$6
Fall/Autumn Painted Wine Glass, Leaves, Filigree, Thanksgiving Set of 2 - Hand-painted & Personalized - FlutterbyGlass
Fall/Autumn Painted Win...
$70
Crochet Fall Napkin Rings, Set of Four Thanksgiving Napkin Rings, Fall Flower Decor for Thanksgiving Table Setting - SweetheartsStitches
Crochet Fall Napkin Rin...
$20
CLEARANCE - Set of 4 "Pumpkin" Placemats / pumpkin / orange / beige / green / Thanksgiving / table / kitchen / dining room - AmbersLittleBoutique
CLEARANCE - Set of 4 &q...
$25
Thanksgiving Table Runner - Autumn Bountiful Harvest - MoonDanceTextiles
Thanksgiving Table Runn...
$49
Thanksgiving Kitchen Tea Towel Thanksgiving Turkey and Sunflower Hanging Kitchen Towel - SnowNoseCrafts
Thanksgiving Kitchen Te...
$6
Autumn Leaves Apron. - coolcoverups
Autumn Leaves Apron.
$27.5
Pumpkin Scented Soy Candle Tin / 6 oz Primitive Fall Decor - SoapForYourSoul
Pumpkin Scented Soy Can...
$7
Beeswax Acorn Votive Candles - Woodland Decor- Eco friendly home decor - pure beeswax  - set of two - ButtercupBees
Beeswax Acorn Votive Ca...
$3
Soap - Turkey - Thanksgiving Turkey Soap - Vanilla Hazelnut, Gingerbread & Spice, or Almond Scented - BigTRanchSoap
Soap - Turkey - Thanksg...
$5.5
SALE: Fall Wreath - Daisies - Autumn Wreath - 14 inch Wreath - Grapevine Wreath - Thanksgiving Wreath - Wreath for Door - HomeKissed
SALE: Fall Wreath - Dai...
$40
Vinyl Wall Decal Subway Art Autumn - MulberryCreek
Vinyl Wall Decal Subway...
$24.95
Gobble Turkey Wreath for Shelf or Mantel - WyliesWhimsicals
Gobble Turkey Wreath fo...
$25
Treasury tool by StylishHome.





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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Stella Ziganti Designs ~ An Etsy Shop Above the Rest


Are you looking for an extraordinary piece of handmade jewelry that exceeds your expectations when it comes to quality? Are you in search of a gift for someone who loves exceptionally beautiful jewelry, but you can't afford the prices at the mall? Well I would like to tell you about Stella Ziganti Designs. Stella Ziganti Designs is an Etsy shop run by my new friend, and fellow All Handmade by Me team member, Suzanne Smith.

Suzanne creates beautiful, one of a kind, natural gemstone jewelry using untreated gemstones and sterling silver. Here are some of my favorite pieces she has created.



Suzanne's shop, Stella Ziganti Designs, is a fairly new shop which opened in September 2013. However, you would never be able to tell with the very professional customer service, and gorgeous jewelry she creates. It looks likes she has been doing it for years.

As Suzanne states on her shop about page: " I love jewelry—I love wearing it, seeing it, giving it and receiving it. However, there is one thing I love more than all of that, and it is designing and creating it. Picking out natural stones that look like the river in the spring, or the ocean on a clear day and making that into something that can be worn is so exciting to me—it reminds me of my kids when I hand them paint and brushes and send them off to have fun, and their faces just light up."

She really puts her heart and soul into every handmade piece she creates, and it shows in the quality of her jewelry. Not only does she enjoy making the jewelry, but she does it with the intent that her jewelry "brighten" someones day. 

Please take a moment an visit Stella Ziganti Designs on Etsy, and see for yourself the incredible amount of work Suzanne puts into her jewelry.



You can also find Stella Ziganti Designs on:

FACEBOOK (where she is currently having a giveaway)


Thank you for taking the time to read this post. I hope you enjoy Suzanne's work as much as I do!

~ Jenn

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

How to Create a Home Management Binder ~ Part 6 Health & Wellness

Part 6 ~ Health & Wellness

Hello Everyone, 
Welcome back to the How to Create a Home Management Binder series. First, I want to apologize for not posting anything in the last month. I have had some serious family issues to deal with, and I rarely had time to myself, never mind to blog. Anyway, I am happy to be back. Today I am going to cover the health & wellness section of my home management binder.

First I am going to cover emergency information. Bekah over at Pinch A Little Save A Lot created a wonderful emergency planning kit in which you can visit her site HERE to Download yourself a copy.

Images belong to Pinch a Little Save A Lot



You can  also find an emergency contact sheet at:


Image belongs to Blooming Homestead




It is also a good idea to carry and emergency card in your wallet or purse. You can find emergency card printables at the sites below.






Images belong to New Bee Homeschooler


The next section I would like to share with you is health, medical and prescription printables. For my medical information as well as my prescription log I use the printables from Blooming Homestead.

Image belongs to Blooming Homestead


There are also printable sheets to keep track of sick and/or well doctor visits at iMom.
The last section I want to cover today is fitness & overall wellness. This could include weight loss, special things you do for overall health, and of course fitness.

Here I have some fitness printables I would like to share. To download each printable click HERE
to go to the post in which there are links to each printable below.


Well that concludes part 6 of the How To Create a Home Management binder series. Again, make sure you follow me so that you don't miss any sections.

Have a wonderful day!
~ Jenn










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