Thursday, June 30, 2011

Feeling Girly on Vancouver Island

On Etsy we have something called 'Treasuries'.  A treasury is simply a collection of handmade or vintage items that one 'collects' into a grouping that follows a theme.  Sometimes the theme is a certain colour, other times the theme can be a certain holiday or, or flowers... whatever floats your boat!  It's a fun and creative way to promote your fellow Etsyians.

In this case, one of our Etsy team members created this lovely treasury all in pinks and pastels but with one other special theme: every item in this treasury is being sold by Vancouver Island Etsy Team members. Once you are there, click on each individual photo to go right to the items to view, enjoy and maybe purchase.  Hopefully we see several other Vancouver Island Etsy Team Treasuries popping up everywhere!

If you are one of our team members, consider making a treasury of your own using items from our team members' shops and then share the link wherever you can.  Let's let them know that Vancouver Island is a force to be reckoned with!  Careful though, it does become addictive...

Monday, June 13, 2011

Our Team's First Ever Meet-Up

Our Vancouver Island Etsy Team had our very first meet-up on April 22nd, 2011 and a great time was had by all.   We shared our experiences, successes, tips, craft fair info and marketing ideas.  Nikki of Nikki Designs on Etsy kindly opened her beautiful home to all of us and was a very personable and gracious host.  Thanks again Nikki!  

Everyone brought delicious finger food and a few of our handcrafted items to show one another.  Several members of our team were also donating some of their handmade items or a portion of their sales to the Japan Relief Efforts.  Our fundraising efforts, combined with other Etsyians from around the world, brought in over $10,000.00 for the cause.  Truly a testament to what can be done when people of like minds come together for a common cause.  There is a lot of power in teams and this is one terrific one!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Vancouver Island Etsy Team In The News

Above: Vancouver Island Etsy Team Captain, Lindsay Jenkins of 'Sunshine Jewls' and Etsy member, Jamie Gentry of 'Love In Everything' in the Sooke News Mirror.

Above: Micki Findlay (A leader of the Vancouver Island Etsy Team) and Cheryl Carr both of A2Sea Creations and A2Sea Photography on Etsy in the Oceanside Star.

Our Vancouver Island Etsy Team had a fundraiser on Facebook to raise money for Japan and we are very happy and proud to say that we reached our goal of $10,00000 and beyond! We began on March 16th, 2011 and ended it on May 31st, 2011. Our final tally was $10,186.63. Our story made it into the media and it was wonderful to see so many people get onboard.

Thank you to each and every Etsy seller, and others who have contributed, for making this possible! It is amazing what can happen when people join together with a common purpose!

Let us not forget Japan and their struggles even though we aren't hearing about it in the news as often. There are several areas in our world that have been hit by natural disasters. My hope is that this fundraising effort for Japan might encourage each and every one of us to remember others who are struggling and to inspire us all to reach past ourselves and donate what we can, utilizing the talents we possess. We are all neighbours and we need each other.

God bless each and every one of you who have been so supportive to this cause as well as to me personally. I have met so many wonderful, caring people through this from all parts of the world and I consider myself privileged to have connected with all of you.

Imagine what could happen if everyone in the world donated just one thing... whether it be a piece of art, a song, a service...whatever! Anyone can start a fundraiser. Anyone... young or old. Just find a need and do your part to fill it, and ask for help from others. I hope to see many more fundraisers like this one pop up everywhere. Get inspired!  
Micki Findlay   

Here is the Youtube video our team created to help raise awareness for our fund-raising efforts

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Welcome To Our Vancouver Island Etsy Team Blog !

"Welcome to our brand new Vancouver Island Etsy Team Blog!"

Etsy is an amazing marketplace featuring arts, crafts, supplies and vintage items from all over the world. We're a community of artists, creators, collectors, thinkers and doers.

The Vancouver Island Etsy Team was created by its captain, Lindsay Jenkins of 'Sunshine Jewls' and its mandate is to bring island crafters together from Sooke to Port Hardy, BC to network, communicate, support and build our handmade businesses. We also share information about upcoming events, fairs and meet-ups.
If you live on Vancouver Island and sell on Etsy, consider joining our team. We would love to have you!

We also have a Facebook page. Come check us out, 'Like' our page and say hi!

Keep in touch by clicking on 'Follow' on the very top left of this blog. Let us know by leaving a comment so we can follow you, too, and see what you're up to!