Thursday, October 13, 2011

My Cards Are Featured OnThe Etsy Greetings Blog Today!

EtsyGreetings Handmade Cards: Set of Six Breast Cancer Awareness Note Cards: From Betty at Art by Betty Refour . Sells for $15.00. Click on the image to be taken to the shop!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Shameless Self Promotion Sunday: Ain't No Shame To Their Game!

Before you read on I'd like to let everyone know that there's some strong language in this post. Please, don't tweet me, track me down on facebook, google+, stumbleupon, tumblr, pinterest, linkedin or any other platform to complain. I'm letting you know up front there is foul language. If foul language bothers you then please read on. Ooops, I meant don't read any further. Now here goes.....

So one Sunday a few weeks ago I'm sitting at my computer watching Tweet Deck, yes Tweet Deck! I like to read what people are up to, OK! So I'm watching Tweet Deck, and I say watching because the tweets go by so fast you can barely read them. Anyways, watching reading whatever, please don't contact me to correct me OK?! So I see a couple of tweets with the hash tag #SSPS. I'm thinking "#SSPS?! What the heck is that?" So I do a search and start reading the tweets to try and figure it out and I come across this: "Need 2 promote ur shop but hate the dirty ho aftertaste? Let Shameless Self Promotion Sunday help! Tag ur tweets #SSPS & we'll RT 4 u!;). Well I start laughing out loud for real. Non of that fake LOL that people do on social networks. Like, "I'm going to the store, LOL!" Why would you LOL at going to the store?

Anyways, that particular tweet was from @VintageEye. So... I just jump right in because I believe we should all look out for one another. So I start retweeting all the #SSPS tweets I find, I mean come on "dirty ho aftertaste" who wants that right? Well next thing you know all the #SSPS tweeps are retweeting my plain old tweets and adding #SSPS to them! Can you believe that? So after several weeks of shameless tweeting I wanted to know more about how #SSPS started and who was behind it. And here's what I learned:

Shameless Self Promotion Sunday started over a year ago while Kathleen aka @VintageEye was tweeting listings with a few other Etsy sellers, including Denise, aka @WorldVintage, who came up with the name. They added a snarky comment or two and other sellers began retweeting their #SSPS tweets! Spreading the shameless word so to speak and asking others to do the same. It took off from there.

It's a way for people to promote anything....shops, sales, blogs, events, craft fairs, fashion shows....They have participants from Australia and England as well as here in the US.

Kathleen refers to it as kinda' like #FollowFriday only lamer! "It seems to work pretty well", she says and they have been lucky enough to have had Shameless Self Promotion Sunday featured on some fantastic blogs. In turn they use Twitter to promote those folks. It seemed a natural fit since they're on Twitter non stop anyway. They have found that the whole act of self promotion seems less dirty when done tongue in cheek and in large numbers!

a few shameless details about Kathleen:

"I am a retro kitsch mid century modern vintage fanatic! I have a huge soft spot for vintage. That does not, however, translate into a soft spot, or any spot, to keep all my amazing finds! They have taken over two entire rooms in my tiny house. So I ended up setting up shop on Etsy, here, here and here, and on Artfire, Bonanza, Ebay and GroovePress! It's my full time gig now." You can also find Kathleen spreading the shameless word on Facebook.

the shameless details about Denise:

"I started off on Etsy selling my mixed media work, but I had so much fun selling vintage, that I decided to put my energies into that. While I'd love to do it full-time, for now it's a part-time job that I absolutely love. I especially love pop culture kitsch, particularly sci fi." In addition to finding Denise on twitter, you can find her on Etsy, here or here, on Artfire, GroovePress, Bonanza and Facebook.

Please join them today on Twitter as they shamelessly promote other sellers and of course, themselves. If you want to join in on the fun, and it would be shameful not to, please add #SSPS to your tweets.

Have a great day everybody thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Noteworthy Crafts: Note Cards, Art and More!: Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Card Of The Day!

Noteworthy Crafts: Note Cards, Art and More!: Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Card Of The Day!: Yesterday was not a really good day for me. Well, I take that back. I had a bad 20 minutes or so. I was in the drug store and got ready to c...