Friday, October 24, 2014

How To Take A Screenshot Of An Etsy Treasury To Be Shared on Social Media Sites

I have been asked by some readers how I create the screenshot of the Etsy treasuries I curate. For example, I curated this "Handmade in Purple" treasury last night. Here is a screenshot that I created and shared on Facebook and some other social media sites.

Now, there are many ways in which you can do this. I will explain them all. However, the way that I find to be the most easiest is to simply press Ctrl + P on your keyboard. A screen to print the entire page should come up. It should look similar to this picture.

Next I use Lightshot screenshot tool to highlight and save the area of the page I want, which is the treasury itself. Lightshot also give you the option to upload the area you highlighted as well instead of saving it as a picture. If you choose this option, you will receive a link for your uploaded picture. Simply share the link with what ever social media site you are using. However, be careful not to forget to add the link to the treasury page itself. The link from Lightshot is only to the picture of the treasury.

Instead of using the link, I find it easier to manually upload the picture from my computer (others may find the link easier). For example, I manually upload the picture to my Facebook page and then provide the link to the treasury page in the description area. This is just my preference though.

Another way to take a screenshot is to create the treasury using the Brittany's Best app. This app will save 16 items by providing a box or chest (see below) next to the "favorite heart" on Etsy. Once you have 16 items simply press create, and your treasury is created automatically without having to flip through pages. Once the treasury is created, look under "curator tools" on the bottom right column of the page. You have the option to save the screen using the app. Plus you can send notifications to the featured shops in one message.

Do you know of another way to create a screenshot? I would love to hear your comments.

- Jenn

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Giveaway In Celebration Of A Milestone, Plus A Sale!!!

Hey Everyone,
This week has been such a wonderful week for me, and I wanted to share it with you! I finally hit my 100th Sale in my Etsy shop, Bracelets By Jen. I am so excited! However, without the support of my fans I would not have made it to this milestone. Therefore, I want to thank all of you for the wonderful messages when I felt like giving up, and for the support through out this time. As my way of thanking you, I am having a giveaway for a $10 VISA gift card to one lucky winner, as well as a coupon code for 10% off your entire order in my Etsy shop, Bracelets By Jen. To take advantage of the Sale, simply enter THANKYOU100 when checking out of my shop. Also, be sure to enter the giveaway either on my Facebook page, or by using the widget below. Good Luck!! 
Happy Halloween Everyone!!
~ Jenn


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Thursday, August 28, 2014

10 Blog Post Ideas for When You Have Writer's Block

Do you have times when you want to write a blog post but can't think of what to write about or feel uninspired? I know I do! Therefore, I compiled a list of ten blog post ideas to help you get started.

  1.  Write about a DIY project or craft tutorial.
  2.  Share a family or favorite recipe.
  3.  Share your goals.
  4.  Write a story about something that is currently happening in your life.
  5.  Create a home management binder printable(s) and share it.
  6.  Create a useful resource list.
  7.  Give advice to help a new blogger.
  8.  Write a product or book review.
  9.  Share something about yourself.
  10.  Share a tip or trick that you do.

Hope this was helpful. Do you have any ideas for a blog post that I did not mention? I would love to hear about it.


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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Life Lessons

Hey Everyone,

I know it's been a while since I have written a post. Therefore, I thought I would update you on what is going on in my life. The past two months of my life have been very complex and demanding. It has been a time of uncertainty, defeat, desperation, enlightenment and of self actualization. It has truly has been one of the most difficult times in my life, and the end is no where in sight at this time. One thing after another, with no time to rest.

I won't get into detail of what happened however I would like to ask you all a favor, and pray for my father. He is currently sitting in a hospital bed after a major heart attack last week. The prognosis is not looking good, and I am not ready for my father to be taken from me. If you could do that I would really appreciate it so much.

I will keep you updated, but for now every second is a gift and I must use it wisely.

- Jenn

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Check Out the Sale in My Shop & Enter to Win a $25 Etsy Gift Card from Bracelets By Jen

Hello Everyone,
I hope you are all enjoying this wonderful weather we have been having the past few days. I know I have. I'm so glad spring is here. For me it is such a wonderful, cheerful time of year. Which brings me to another joyful thing happening in my life right now. As you all know in December of 2012, I opened a shop on Etsy called Bracelets By Jen. The first years was not the best, however we all need to start somewhere. This year has been better, especially over the last month or so. I finally am starting to feel as though all my hard work is paying off. Instead of one customer a month, I am having on average 1-3 sales a week. Also, on my mother's birthday I had six sales. I could not believe it. I can't even begin to tell you the joy I felt. I am sharing my Etsy story with you because there was a time I was going to close shop because I was having no sales. Plus when I read the forums on Etsy, I am always seeing a new seller ready to give up. Well my advice to all you new sellers is DON'T GIVE UP! Hang in there, and you will see progress.

I am not where I would like to be yet, however I have made great progress with my shop. Therefore, as my way of saying thank you to all my wonderful customers & fans now through May 31, 2014 I am having a sale in my shop, Bracelets By Jen. Everything in my shop is 10% off the regular price including custom orders. There is no coupon needed, as all my items have already been marked down.

Another milestone that I will soon be hitting is 200 "likes" on my Facebook page. I had planned on doing the giveaway after I hit the 200 mark, but I decided to just have the sale and giveaway together. To enter the giveaway either visit my Facebook page, or enter using the widget below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good Luck!!!!


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Friday, May 2, 2014

Time for a Change

Hello Everyone,

I just wanted to let you know that I have decided to do a total blog renovation. Please bear with me over the next few week while I change thing around.

♥ Jenn

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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="" 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="" rel="nofollow">&lt;img src="" alt="I Heart Crafting" width="150" height="150" />
&lt;/a>&lt;/div></div> <!--end grab-button --></div>

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.

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.


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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

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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