Monday, June 15, 2009

Virtual Housecleaning and a GIVEAWAY!





















I'm trying something new: First off, here's a new look for my blog. I'm sorry if you feel a little discombobulated; I do, too! But I think this format provides a less cluttered look for everything. I might change my mind tomorrow, though. I'm fickle like that.


Second, I've found another online marketplace to sell my wares. This is a super cool site called Artfire, and I think I might like it even better than Etsy *GASP* We'll see; I'm still just starting out. But one thing that I really like about artfire is that I can let people buy my work directly from my blog! Pretty cool, huh? See the little list off to the side there? You can actually click on one of those pictures and buy the product right here. Not that you're here to shop, but shucks, you never know! Also, it is cheaper for me to have a presence on artfire, which I really appreciate. What remains to be seen, however, is if I will actually make sales there. If I don't then all of those fancy whiz-woo's and gadgets don't mean a thing. I do really like Etsy's aesthetic; it's very clean and easy to navigate. I find Artfire a little bit jumble-y to look at.Third: I have my work up on Paper n' Stitch's platform again. Paper n' Stitch offers a great deal to us sellers each time we subscribe to sell: Whoever gets the most "hearts" wins a cash prize and a free month on the site. Normally I don't go in for these types of contests because I hate to put pressure on my good fans. But it's cash and free promotional space, both of which I could really use right now. So here's the deal: I'm going to do a giveaway of a custom little card wallet AND a headband in exchange for your hearts on PNS. Here's how it works: you log on to Paper n' Stich and go to my shop there. Give me a heart (the heart is right next to my picture with a plus sign in it; click on it and the number will go up by one). Come back here to the blog and leave me a comment, which will be your entry to win the wallet and headband. The deadline for submission is July 15. I will announce the winner on July 16th, and that winner will be able to choose from my giant assortment of fabric for the creation of a wallet and a headband (or choose one that is ready made). Now if this is all too much work, and it's giving you a headache just thinking about it, don't worry! I know you love me (you do, right?) and so it's not mandatory to play this game to stay in my good graces. It's all just for fun, and maybe a little extra along the way.

29 comments:

vadjutka said...

Gave you my heart :-)
The headband would be perfect for my sister :-)

Pam Corwin, Business of Crafts said...

Gave you a heart! I like that site, I've never checked it out before although I've heard of it for a while. but I Miss your polka dots! The other format seemed friendlier and had more a Bcharmer feel to me.

justmichelle54 said...

Hello there and welcome to Artfire! We are glad to have you in our community :) If you need any assistance please feel free to contact us at service@artfire.com

Michelle
Customer Support
artfire.com

Stephanie said...

Yay! I signed up just to give you a heart! I gave all the wallets you made me last year to my bridal party members and never saved one for myself, so I figured it doesn't hurt to enter AND support an amazing artist on a cool new site at the same time :-)

Good luck!

The Mayberry Sparrow said...

Let me know how you do on artfire! I just signed up as well, more to reserve my name than anything. (I heard some etys folks saying that their name was kidnapped by other people)
I hearted you on PNS:) Never heard of it before!

Colleen MacDonald said...

Thanks everyone for your support. And thanks, Pam, for the feedback about the blog aesthetic. I haven't yet decided for sure!

Susan said...

Hi Colleen - I added one more heart to your collection :-)

juglans said...

I <3 you Colleen!! Also I might have a reason to buy a baby bonnet as my friend had a baby girl last night :>

Colleen MacDonald said...

YAY for your friend's new baby girl. So sweet!

Cherry Blossoms said...

I hearted your site! {my user name is CherryBlossomsDesign!}

Love all of your items!

CherryBlossomsDesign at hotmail

silvergirl said...

hello
i signed up and give u heart :)
love the headband..

silvergurl22@gmail.com

Lauren said...

I hearted you too...I need to get a wallet, so if I win one it is even better for me. Either way, I want to buy one for my sister! I love all of your stuf!

Chelsey said...

I'm your 15th heart! Thanks for the giveaway -- everything you make is so beautiful! mybabyappleseed(at)yahoo(dot)ca

Mia said...

oh sweetie I love your creations!! you got my heart:) 16th is mine:) all the best!

Becca said...

I'd never heard of Paper 'n Stitch before. I am enjoying it. Gave you a heart :) beccabluhm [at] hotmail dot com

Nathalie Brault said...

so had to sign up to give you a heart but that's ok, hope you win, love to put my business cards in one of your beautiful little wallets, and the headband would be great for my mom.
thanks

lagrande2tall4u@hotmail.com

mackenzie1975 said...

The 18th heart is the winner...right?

Love your stuff! This is Pam from Ohio...I think you have my contact info as I bought a GC for my friend Natalie's Bday through Etsy....

Neat sites!

Rose said...

I love your shop! I may have to go shopping later LOL

Nina said...

I gave you a heart! I love your headbands!

janil said...

Beautiful work!!!I gave you one more hearrt!!!!

cal_rubies at yahoo dot es
janil

The Giveaway Diva said...

gave you a heart! =)

Vmichelle said...

I gave your a heart.

forevermayyourun@yhaoo.com

Erica said...

hearted you!!

ericaloves @hotmail.com

Ruby said...

hearted you for sure!! =)

rubyroseandrews @gmail.com

paris said...

I have hearted you :)

My mail helena dot milost at gmail dot com

Lily said...

i love this giveaway!
Lmhoot@flash.net

babalisme said...

I know, some crafters I know have been using Artfire now. They say that now they can charge less to the consumers than when they're on Etsy. But I agree with you, I found Etsy aesthetic more appealing, I don't know, more suitable for women?? Artfire seems rather macho to me..oh and I hearted you!

Becky said...

you do amazing work - so fun!

leosdonna said...

Gave you a heart and I'm glad I did this- you showed me a great new site! Thanks!