Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Etsy Finds Features My Chainmail

I went to the post office this morning to mail some packages. I just happened to look at  my stats on Etsy before I went. I had 42 views and 5 favorites. That isn't too bad for 11:00am. When I got home, I was still on the stats page so I hit reload. I had 189 views and 19 favorites. That was a huge jump for being away for only an hour.

My stats showed a lot of links from email so I go and look at my email and see that the Etsy Finds Newsletter is in my box. I open it up but I don't see anything until I click the "Click Here To See Complete Message" and low and behold one of my Chainmail Coif's is featured under the Halloween Section.

It is really cool to be featured in an Etsy newsletter. I was featured a while back in the Etsy Wedding newsletter for another one of my coif's. The amount of traffic to my store is very cool. I thought I would share my excitement with all of you. You can click on the picture at the beginning of this post to see the newsletter.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Very Cool Chenille Halloween Ornaments On Etsy 

For me Halloween is a love/hate relationship. You see, my birthday is November 1st, so, I never really had a birthday party when I was a kid. It was always a Halloween party. It is kind of hard to enjoy a birthday party when everyone dresses up every year for your party! Of course, I grew out of having parties for by birthday long ago.

I like things a little dark and creepy. I like skeletons and black cats and carved pumpkins. I love just about everything there is at Halloween except candy corn. I think I may have OD'd on candy corn when I was a kid.

Anyhow, Halloween is right around the corner and I have no idea if I will dress up or not. I usually don't dress up but maybe this year I will. Do you dress up for Halloween? If so, what was your favorite costume as an adult?

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Whistle While You Work!

I have been adding many items to my shop. I am up to 181 listings as of the time I write this post. I am trying to get as many items up as I can to give everyone plenty of choices when the Holiday season rolls around. It won't be long. I have taken pictures of about 25 more items and will be getting those listed this week.

I enjoy making chainmail and Steampunk items. For me it is less like work and more like fun for the most part. It is a good thing to love what you do. Since I have been making chainmail for over 25 years it is often times difficult for me to create new items. I tend to make a lot of what I think is good as well as things that I think will sell.

My wonderful girlfriend, Rachel, brought to my attention that I should make things other than what I think would sell. She gave me some projects to do that will be up in the shop soon. I wanted to ask you what you would like to see me make in chainmail. Leave me a comment with your suggestions. Who know, if you come up with a great new product I might just send you one for the idea.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Christmas Is Coming!

Chainmail Covered Christmas Ornaments On Etsy

Christmas will be here before you know it. I decided to get a little bit of an early start and create some new items for my shop. I am trying to think outside the box and create items with chainmail that are Holiday specific. My first addition are the above chainmail covered Christmas ornaments. I plan to make a few more of these in different sizes as well.

I already have a few chainmail ornaments in mind and will be trying those out this week. I am going to attempt a chainmail wreath in the next few days, we'll see how that turns out. I am going to start working with anodized aluminum rings for chainmail. Actually I already started. I made a few pair of earrings in different colors and they turned out pretty cool so I plan to expand very soon. That should help make Christmas items easier.

Anyhow, I am going to start posting blogs more often here. I know I have been neglecting it lately. I have had a lot on my plate, as always. I am starting to take my own advice and managing my time better.

What are you doing for the Holidays? Got plans?

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

ArtFire Featured Artisan

Over the weekend I was the Featured Artisan on ArtFire. Being a Holiday weekend I did not see much if any increase in traffic. It was still a pretty cool honor. If you would like to read the interview here is the link: Featured Artisan on ArtFire: Eric Young of Tangled Metal

Anyhow, I thought I would share. I hope all of you had a great weekend.