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The Road to 1,500

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I'm approaching 1,500 likes on Facebook, so I am asking for your help to get the rest of the way there! Once I do, I will be hosting a giveaway. I'd also love your thoughts on what you'd like to see offered. Click the poll here and let me know what YOU want to win from Wilde Designs. Free Blog Poll


Wilde's Wordless Wednesday

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Tracey Krause of Artisans in the Andes

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Tracey Krause of Artisans in the Andes
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Tell us about yourself and your shop The story of my new shop is quite a tale!  My family and I moved to Ecuador from Canada in June 2012.  My husband and I are adventurous people and have lived all over the world, but we had been living in Canada for most of the lives of our children.  It was one of our life goals to introduce our kids to another culture, a different economic reality, and a different set of values.  After much research, we sold all our belongings, quit our jobs and resettled in South America.  
I have two other goals, one is to start my own business and another is to help women in developing countries towards sustainable livelihoods.  With those ideas in mind, I started www.ArtisansintheAndes.com which launched in January 2013.  Through Artisans in the Andes, I work with local Ecuadorian artisans and offer their handmade jewelry items to a worldwide market.  Much of the work is made fro…

Manic Monday: Dorota Toczek of Jewellery Bijou

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Dorota Toczek of Jewellery BijouShop | Blog | Facebook

Tell us about yourself and your shop Collection of Handmade leg warmers, Bridesmaids Accessories, Pearl jewelry and many other romantic and chic accessories. 

What made you decide to open an online shop? A few years ago I received a necklace as a gift, I like them so much and wanted to have them in a different colour as well, however I could not find them. I decided to make them myself so. Very quickly after discovering pliers, silver wire and gemstones, I became completely obsessed with making jewelry. At first it was just a hobby something to keep myself busy. I quickly became more and more creative and began selling my work It was not until years later when the idea of creating jewelry as a business emerged.

What is your current favorite item in your shop? My favourite item in my shop is Crochet leg warmers in beige with vintage looking buttons. I made few pairs in various colours for myself and I absolutely adore them.

What is you…

Wilde's Wordless Wednesday

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Manic Monday: Anna D'Amato of Eleganceforyou

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Anna D'Amato of Eleganceforyou
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Tell us about yourself and your shop I opened in March of 2009. I've always loved creating my own jewerly. Six years ago I took a class and the rest is history. In 2009 I heard a radio DJ talking about Etsy so I decided to check it out and loved being a membere ever since!


I offer affordable fashion beaded jewelry for the everyday woman. I believe every woman should be able to afford great jewelry!
I recently learned how to make accessories and scarfs, and started to make some tags as well.
Nature as well as everyday life inspires me. 

What made you decide to open an online shop? I wanted to share my creations with a larger market! Before then I was doing craft shows but I found the online shop more rewarding. Also I get to interact with a larger audience.


What is your current favorite item in your shop? My current favorite are my Tree of Life pendants! I recently learned how to make them.
What is your favorite q…

Over-Selling

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I think it's important for me to start this post out by saying that I have been entirely guilty of over-selling myself. By this, I don't mean that I have promised more than I can deliver. Nope, I can do and make and put together everything I've ever said I can. Let it never be said that I am not honest, sometimes to the point of ticking people off - but that's another issue altogether. No, I'm talking about over-selling in a sense that most of us who run our own business are guilty of: doing nothing BUT sell. With things like Twitter and Facebook and even our blogs, it's easy to forget that we're supposed to be communicating with people. We're supposed to be engaging the people following us. They're following because they like our business and want to hear about new products and sales and all of that, of course, but along the way, they want to talk to us. They want access. Isn't that what you want when you tune into someone's social media? …

Y U No Want Feature?

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