Saturday, October 29, 2011

3000 Fan Giveaway PARTY!!!

Thanks so much for being a fan of HollyCraft Originals on Facebook! I have recently passed 3000 fans and wanted to thank all of you and celebrate by giving you the fans, a chance to win some great prizes! 6 awesome vendors have come together to donate 3  prize packs!  That means 3 winners!!!

Here's what you have to do in order to become one of the 3 winners of these great prizes:

1. Make sure you are a follower of my BLOG!(Thank you)
You must be a fan of HollyCraft too!(Thank you)

2. You MUST be a fan of each of the 5 other  partipating vendor's shops on FB. Whether you are a new fan or an 'old' fan, please leave a comment on the wall of each page to show them some love!
(this is just a nice thing to do but it is not mandatory.)

3.Once you have 'liked' all 6 pages, please come back here and leave a comment  that says you've done so. Make sure you leave an e-mail address or a link so I can contact you.
  If you don't I will choose another winner. 

                                                                          THIS IS YOUR ENTRY.

4.  Please make a status update on Facebook that says "3000 Fan Giveaway hosted by @HollyCraft!  Check it out - you could win one of 3 awesome prize packs!"  (Don't forget to use the @ sign to tag my shop.) The more love you show to these awesome vendors, the more free stuff they might give away in the future! :)

International players may enter but may be responsible for the shipping in order to receive their prize. This will be up to the individual vendors.  If you are not willing to pay shipping, do not enter. Prizes do not have cash value. There will be no returns/exchanges on any of the items. 

This promotion is in NO WAY sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

The winners will be chosen on November 6 using

And now for the prizes:

Prize Pack #1

Toddler size using awesome HollyCraft Applique

Mel's Crocheted Creations

Mama's Little Monkeys and

Prize Pack #2

0-3 month size using awesome HollyCraft Applique

CrazySocks Crochet Shop

Two Kazoos

Prize Pack #3

Papercuts Bindery


HollyCraft Originals


Friday, October 28, 2011


Photo of the Day:

3000 Fan Giveaway is this SUNDAY...Stay tuned for the blog post!!!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

HollyCraft Originals Picks

This week I made a treasury list with all orange and blue cards.  I saw the adorable tiger card by vintagevic and I could not do anything else...Love that one! Thanks for the inspiration! Enjoy!
Don't forget to join in the fun of sending a real letter or card to someone special...52 Weeks of Mail
Details coming soon on my 3000 Fans Giveaway! (starts Sunday)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

This is What Floats My Boat...Today.

Woo hoo! Just passed 3000 Fans on my Facebook Page! I will be having a giveaway shortly....just getting all the details figured out....more details to come...

Today is my Post Whatever Floats My Boat Day!! Only because I couldn't come up with anything better for now...So here it is...this is what I love right now:
Photo from Keepsake Quilting 

Anything in 1930's prints. Love them. 
I have been collecting them since they first became popular. (the reproductions, of course)   I am still working on figuring out how I am going to be using these in a quilt.  But I know that will now be soon because I just got the cotton batting for a queen size...thanks to Jill from Papercuts Bindery...I loves me a good destash sale!! 

Another thing is this song: Just can't get it out of my head.

Have a good day~

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

My Latest Creations

Over the weekend I got  a big order for shark appliques. My husband was kind enough to help me cut them out! Thanks again! 

I was able to get them finished up by my own set deadline...Today! I am finally getting better at figuring out how long things will take me.  Thank goodness!

I also was able to send out my Etsy orders! And I will be mailing this one out today.  I think these are so cute.  

I am going to be hitting 3000 Fans on Facebook soon! I will be having a giveaway here on my blog to celebrate.  Stay tuned here or on my page for more details to come!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Monday Spotlight: Sarah's Stitches

This is the most adorable owl tote! I am going to get one.  I think I will just wait until she has slowed down on making them! She has been swamped with orders because they are just so darn cute! She is probably growing sick of owls right now...but Sarah from Sarah's Stitches is where to get yours!
And yes...I guess I am a bit obsessed with owls lately!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Etsy Treasuries...Why Do Them? And How You Can Help!

I recently read a comment in my EtsyGreetings group that helped me to realize why I have been doing treasuries on Etsy for a while now.  I want to add it to my blog so that I can look back at it and also help readers to realize what you can do to help out too! Thanks in advance to Laura from PetScribbles for this "tutorial for newbies" if you will.  I am not a newbie and I still think it is awesome!

I wanted to mention a few key treasury tips, just for those perhaps
newer to treasuries who might not know this info... 

When you're in a treasury, there are several steps you can take to help
the treasury get noticed more. While it is true that Etsy doesn't ever
seem to put a treasury of all one product (i.e. greeting cards) on their
front page, that doesn't matter too much. There are many ways for this
treasury to be seen by potential shoppers anyway. 

Think about what the viewer stats could be if each featured seller in
the treasury would: 

1) post and share it on their Facebook pages; or hit the "like" Facebook
button right on the treasury page. (Your followers will see this in
their news feeds, might be interested to check it out. 

2) tweet about it on Twitter. Again - garner more interest for the
treasury, more views. 

3) post it on your blog, if you have one, to show off your card included
among many great choices. 

And these last two steps are things you can do right on the treasury page: 
4) leave a comment about the treasury (and of course thank the treasury

5) click on EVERY item featured. Even if you aren't that interested,
although it is always fun to look more closely at what our fellow team
members are creating. 

6) click on the "heart" to favorite the treasury. This (the treasury) is
then seen by members of your Etsy Circle. More viewers. 

"Hotness" in the Etsy treasuries = popular treasuries receiving lots of
views and clicks and hearts. And the clicks mean how many times someone
clicked thru to one of the items featured. 

In conclusion, if everyone in your treasuries - that's 16 Etsy sellers -
did the above steps, the amount of views and clicks has the potential to
be quite large. That moves the treasury up in the Treasury rankings. It
doesn't take long to do at least some of these steps, if you can't do
all of them. Many buyers look at the treasuries for shopping ideas. Yes,
they can use the search box, but some also like to browse the first few
pages, naturally getting sidetracked along the way as they see something
awesome that catches their eye. If we can catch their eyes early on,
that only benefits all of us as a team!  Plus, Etsy admin are always
trolling the treasuries for their own ideas of what to include in their
emails too. 

Hope this helps any newbies! 
Laura @ PetScribbles

Thanks again...

P.S. Here's this weeks latest EtsyGreetings Treasury I made to highlight our 52 Weeks of Mail Event!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Thing I Dreaded Most -Happened...Well, Almost...

I was hanging out at my brother's house last Friday eve.  It was time to head home, so I picked up my stuff and was heading out the door.  All of a sudden I was on the ground.  I had missed the step and fell. My sewing box went flying(thankfully it was locked shut). I was in shock at first, then just in pain.  I knew my wrist was hurting too. All I could think about- being the avid sewer....was," OH NO!.....I broke my sewing hand."  I went to the ER in the morning still worrying because it hurt so much....and my hand was swollen. Thank goodness after about 8 x rays there were no broken bones. YAY...but I did sprain the wrist.  So I am still healing. Hopefully it will heal quickly.  I am able to do some things with my hand, as long as it doesn't require any pulling or lifting.  Sewing is still slow.  So is cutting. But I was able to finish up my last order...just took a little longer. I am nervous to start my next one due to the fact that there is LOTS of cutting. UGH!  My hand is starting to hurt from all this typing now! 
I am going to log off for now...give my hand a break! Thanks everyone for listening to me whine. I am doing my best to keep at my work.  I will bring what I can with me on our weekend trip and see how it goes. Thanks everyone for your kind patience.  I really do love what I do and want to get back at it as quickly as I can. Don't forget to check out all my new stuff(leftovers from my craft fair) in my Etsy store! The Etsy button is up top.^^^