Follow You, Follow Me

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Part 4 of my adventures with Pinterest

Well, it has been a week since I started following the advice from various articles on getting more followers on Pinterest. I have gone from 1 follower to 6, which one would assume seems like a pitiful number to the Expert Pinners of Pinterest. Everyone has to start somewhere.

Number 1: Comment on pins

When I liked or pinned an item, I made a short comment about what I liked about the item. I don’t know if this helped, but I did pick up a couple of followers using this technique.

Number 2: Follow or Join a Group Board.

I have to say that the group boards seem like a nice idea, but I could not find any that fit my two major areas of interest: quilting and cardmaking. They may be out there, but I could not find them. And as to creating a group board, well, that’s a little too scary for me. I’ll think about this after I have a few more months of experience with Pinterest. What I have done is to follow some group boards about Etsy. I made a few pins from this board, and I think I picked up 1 or 2 followers that way.

Number 3: Join a Pinterest Team on Etsy

This was something that I figured out on my own. I searched a few teams on Etsy that focused on Pinterest and found one that seemed to fit me. Not only did I pick up a few more followers on Pinterest, but I picked up 1 or 2 followers for my Etsy shop.

Overall, I would say that I am making progress, but more importantly, I am having fun pinning some lovely images.

Take a look at my Pinterest boards: http://pinterest.com/colorfulcards/boards/

Following Directions to Make a Rocking Card

Pink Rocker Card

Pink Rocker Card

If you knew me, you would know that following directions exactly for making any craft project is difficult for me. I almost always make changes. Before I even start on the project, I think “Oh, that might be cool to add to that” and before you know, there is only a suggestion of the original pattern.

I purchased a Hunkydory Crafts card making kit that is a combination of many kits in their “Dreams of Spring” collection, which included a card kit that I would probably not make. I would not be able to give it the Cathy touch (which could be good or bad, depending on your taste). So, as a challenge to myself to learn how to follow directions precisely, I made a Rocker Card. Please forgive the photography, I am still learning. Hunkydory Crafts is a British company, famous for their foiling on their paper and die cuts. If you live outside the UK, you cannot purchase directly from their website. I purchased the kit from www.paperwishes.com, which by the way has an excellent product demo for making the card. http://www.paperwishes.com/products/4006337

For those of you interested in checking out Hunkydory Crafts, here is their website: http://www.hunkydorycrafts.co.uk

Instructions on making a Rocker Card

Die shapes for rocker card

Base Rocker Card pieces

There are 4 cards that can be made from this kit; I chose to do the pink one. Above are the  images of the entire die cut shapes punched out. Start with the oval shape and punch out the slots in the front and the back, this is where the base shelf is inserted. Punch out the slots on the base shelf unit. Fold the oval base at the score lines. (See figures 1 and 2) Insert the base shelf by folding down the tabs at the rear and place it in the open area of the base unit.

Base die cut shapes

Happy Birthday units

Place the following die cuts in order, back to front: Happy, Birthday, smaller scalloped die cut. Fold back the tabs to insert into the slot, and then open the tabs up, this locks the dies in place. Then pick out which die cut shapes you want to use to embellish the card, and voila, you are done. It took be about 10 minutes to make this card, and half of that time was used by punching out the die cuts.

Although this is a pretty card, it is not a card that I would end up sending to anyone. It just does not have my personal touch. I would not sell this on my Etsy store either, for the same reason. But if you are someone who just wants to make pretty cards that display well, you should try this kit.

Follow, Follow, Follow

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This is my third week exploring Pinterest and whether Pinterest is a useful resource for driving traffic to my Etsy.com store. The topic for this post is about getting people to follow me. How do I do this? I have faithfully pinned images from the boards that I am following. So far I only have one follower.

The following links are to articles on getting more followers on Pinterest.

http://www.blackenterprise.com/technology/7-tips-for-getting-the-right-followers-on-pinterest/

http://www.manylittleblessings.com/10-ways-to-get-more-followers-on-pinterest/

Best tip so far from the sources linked above is to comment on other Pinners pins. I am following a lot of people, so this is a good starting point for me. I made a few comments on some of the boards that I follow. We will see if this leads to more people following me on Pinterest.

I discovered something interesting during my research about Pinterest and Etsy. There are people who do not want any of their creations pinned to a Pinterest board. Artists are very protective of their creations. I can see how someone would be afraid that their ideas could be stolen or duplicate. I respect this. In my case, I make cards and quilts. Each of my creations is one-of-a-kind, and I never can duplicate anything exactly. This might change when I get more involved with digital designs. It wouldn’t bother me if someone copied my idea, but they would never be able to duplicate something exactly because of the materials and techniques I use in making my cards and quilts.

One of the wonderful support systems on Etsy.com is a team. You can have teams that are specific to your geographic area, the type of art or craft that you specialize in, or fun topics, such as Treasuries. I found a team that pins fellow team member’s items on a Pinterest Board. This group focuses on supporting each other’s items for sale.  I have joined this team and am happily pinning my fellow store owners listings to a board specifically created for this purpose.

For those curious about my Pinterest boards, here is the link: http://pinterest.com/colorfulcards/boards/

I will let you know next week if these techniques lead to more followers on my Pinterest boards.

We Called Him Mister Puppy

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Surviving the loss of a pet is difficult. We lost our dog Artemus on Father’s Day this year. He was only 6 years old. We had taken him in on Saturday for a routine procedure, and then discovered that he had at least one mass in his abdomen. We scheduled an ultrasound for Monday, but he quietly slipped away from us on Sunday. He died in my arms, while I was on the phone with the vet. We received an incredible amount of comfort and support from the pet clinic, and the care and support they provided us and the final care for Artemus was a balm to the soul. They reassured us that he felt no pain and was comforted by love.

We adopted Artemus when he was 9 weeks old. He was so cute, cuddly and playful. He loved to drop to one shoulder and stick his butt in the air. It was so funny, but we could never get a picture of him doing it. He was too fast. When people came over to visit they would say to Artemus, “Show me your butt.” We called him Mister Puppy because he strutted around on his little paws as if he owned the place. We got Artemus for our 7-year-old dog Molly, who was grieving the loss of our 13-year-old Lady, who we had to put down. Molly perked up and we had her for another year.

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After Molly died, we adopted Artemus’s little brother Sinjun, who came from the same parents, just a different litter. Sinjun is as shy as Artemus is outgoing, and he adored his big brother. For anyone who does not believe that dogs have plans and goals, I can dispute that. Sinjun taught himself how to get his little butt up in the air, just like Artemus. It took a couple of months and several falls on his face to master the art of sticking his butt up in the way that Artemus did. Artemus left a little bit of himself behind in Sinjun.