Panopoly: Ceramic art and craft, by Lynae Zebest

Holiday Season Kick-Off Sale!

From 11/27-11/30 (Friday-Monday), a $10 gift certificate for Panopoly Creations, good for all of 2010, will be included with all orders over $20. A $5 certificate will be included for orders between $10-20. Keep the certificate, or give it as a gift!

Here’s a sampling of some goodies I recently added to the shop:

Popping In!

Things have been a bit quiet around the Panopoly homefront of late…and by “quiet” I mean, “busy making new stuff and not chatting about it!”

It is true that I have been working very intently since the summer, really trying to develop my more illustrative, creative ware and push my boundaries. This holiday season, too, I’ll be focusing on the Etsy shop and not doing as many in-person sales events as I did last year.

And so…I just want to build up some suspense, because I’m holding a promotion on Thanksgiving weekend! You will have to check back on Friday to find out what it is, and I think it will be a delightful surprise!

I’ll be back on Friday, then, for the big reveal!

Announcing the Happily Handmade Giveaway!

I’m participating in the Happily Handmade Giveaway, which starts today! Up for grabs are 25 huge, amazing gift bags full of wonderful indie and handmade products from over 40 talented shops. I have donated 20 of my poem drop pendants, so there’s one in almost every box!

Entering is so simple. All you have to do is go here, read the rules, and fill out the simple entry form. That’s it! You can also increase your chances of winning by going to all the other participating sellers’ sites, and filling out the forms there as well. You can enter the giveaway once per site. You have until May 13th to apply.

EDIT: Signups are now closed, and winners will be announced soon. Good luck everyone!

Good luck!

Catchin’ Up to Do

I have been fighting an unusually slow internet connection for the past week or so, trying to get all my new items added to the Etsy shop–and trying to get caught up on items over at Dawanda. But there’s so much to do! I still have many pendants and rings ready to list, and dozens of buttons and beads, animal friends, housewares and more, to photograph and write listings for. I had no idea how much new stuff I’d actually made, until it came time to put it all online!

o what land is the land of dreams -- ceramic pendant

Meanwhile I seem to be building a little momentum: I’ve appeared on the Etsy homepage several times recently, and it’s earned me 270 hearts as of today. I’ve almost made the 100 sales mark too! It’s very exciting, and I’m working hard to keep promoting. I am considering buying a cooperative Etsy ad spot in CRAFT magazine that would be showing up this fall, I’m trying to get up the nerve to write to some blogs about my products, and I’m donating 30 of my Poem Drop Pendants to the sampler giveaway going on at Brownie’s Vintage in Berkeley, CA on August 15th. I’m in the middle of making them right now!

Oh Happy Day!

I’ve been trying to get more stuff done along the lines of networking and promotion lately, and it seems to be working pretty well. I recently joined the SF Etsy Street Team and have retagged all my handmade items to include “sfetsy team” in the title.

Oh, and as you can see, I’ve made a new banner for here, as well as for my shop and Etsy user icon, to more correctly represent current crafty focus. (Nice alliteration, huh?)

Meanwhile I recently made an Alchemy request for some new skincare products, and I couldn’t believe the outpouring of responses I got. Not just bids, but just general Conversations from other Etsy users about things that had worked for them. It was really awesome and reminded me about how much I like the Etsy community as a whole. I ended up accepting bids from Swan Mountain Soaps, Tamara’s Herbs (I also got a sample of her Hair Therapy product), Greenberry Soaps and Botanicals, Unico’s Cauldron, and am currently figuring out exactly what I want from Parrot Feathers. I’ll be sure and let y’all know how all that turns out!

So, I’m kind of saving the best news for last, but–I just found out that my Weathered Green Handmade Ceramic Shank Buttons are getting featured in tomorrow’s Etsy Finds e-mail! I’ve never gotten publicity on that scale before, so I’m mega-excited. Yay!