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Shop Update June 2, 2011

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Sadly my friends I have placed both my Etsy & Artfire shops on vacation mode. Canada Post appears to be striking for an unforseen amount of time.

When postal service is back up and running Boutique Karma will be holding a special customer appreciation salewith cool daily deals for a week. 

Tara xoxo

 

 

Rainy Days May 19, 2011

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I think I can count on one hand how many ‘gorgeous’ days we’ve had since the beginning of Spring. Cold and rainy has been the status quo here in Montreal. I loved this beautiful ‘Rainy Days’ treasury by AbbysAtticNJ and was very flattered that my coffee sleeve was included.

Crossing my fingers that I’ll have some sun soon!

‘Rainy Days’ by AbbysAtticNJ


It’s Raining Love 8×10 A…

$18.50

Weather Cloud Necklace

$58.00

Rain Rain Go Away Large Tea …

$18.00

rainy day

$25.00

Little City Two-Hoops: Rainy…

$85.00

Chevron Stripe Rain Drops Pe…

$19.50

Pair of Grumpy Grey Felt Rai…

$11.00

Organic Duo of Onesies in Sp…

$18.00

Black Wellington Boot and Um…

$16.00

Reusable Coffee Cuff – Sprin…

$5.75

cloud magnets

$

STORM WATCHER Signed fine ar…

$15.00

raining t-shirt

$13.00

Hold On Mr. Squirrel – Mini …

$11.00

Cloud Folding Box

$6.00

SLUGS Fleece Boot Liners Nav…

$22.00

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

 

Friday Find – Tea Hee Hee May 13, 2011

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Yesterday when looking at my 'circle' on Etsy I came across this fabulous shop by LennyMud. It has some amazing handmade pottery items including: mugs, cups, vases.

 

This duo was my favorite:

 

 

Link Love – The Crafty Housewives May 8, 2010

I love making connections online – recently I came across a jewelry shop located in Quebec through Etsy. I added it to my favorites and even sent out a tweet about one of her lovely bracelets. Unknown to me she had actually sent me a message asking me for a little information, she had originally seen me on Icraft. Small world this crafty community!

Here’s a little bit about Maika – she lives in St. Jerome, Quebec. Do you know where that is? It’s about a half hour North from Montreal depending on traffic, and just a quick jaunt from some of Quebec’s most famous ski hills! What a beautiful, inspiring area to work in.  She loves crafting and excited to now be home creating her own designs and working with some of her favorite materials such as: stones, shell and wood. She loves challenging her self with new materials, techniques  and loves making one-of-a-kind designs and even better – CUSTOM!

I’d love for you to take a minute to check out this new Etsienne’s shop and some of her beautiful items.

Tara xoxo

The Gypsy Bracelet

Knowledge Tree Necklace

Coral and Shell flower necklace

 

Link Love – Crafting in Color Street Team May 1, 2010

As a seller on a few different venues I have the wonderful experience of being a part of some excellent teams. Today I want to share with you the Crafting in Color Etsy team.  This team boasts of bringing some color to the Etsy world (which is sometimes quite taupe). Monthly we have a theme challenge, we support each other through tweets, Facebook, a google group and other fun ways (last week we had a mini Treasury East challenge). Our blog now has just shy of 300 followers (and that isn’t counting people who regularly stop by). I love this team and enjoy all the connections I’ve made with the members. With this team I feel I’ve found a great supportive base and love promoting all their gorgeous items.

Do you craft in color? Maybe you should stop by and look into becoming a member!

Are you a lover of all things handmade and love a splash of color? Stop by and see what the team has to offer and while you are at it maybe vote in one of our challenges (my stuff is BoutiqueKarma *Wink*)

Here’s a glimpse of what the CIC team (crafting in color) has on their blog:

Crafting in Color Wheel - April 30th 2010

Treasury East Challenge - Voting ends Tuesday May 4th. Winner wins bragging rights!

May Theme Challenge - Pets! All team members are welcome to submit an entry into the contest. Winners win an Etsy mini on the sidebar for the month of June.

 

Biz Works – Determining my Core Values April 22, 2010

Last week I missed my 3rd installment of my Lounge of Commerce 7 days to Awesome weekly feature – did you miss it? Did you notice I was MIA? Well over the past week since I missed my feature I’ve been thinking about it and feeling bad that I dropped the ball. I work on each post for BK on the day it is to be posted, which is not how it should be done – most bloggers are days ahead if not weeks. I’ll be a procrastinator probably to the end.. this is my Achilles heel.

So here we are on determining my core values – Beth of the Lounge warns not to be phony and to be true to. She gave a huge list of different values and asked to circle the ones we hold true to our own values. Here are the one’s that I felt reflected me (in no particular order):

Accessibility, Community, Honesty, Loyalty, Nurturing, Pleasure, Personal Growth, Beauty, Pride, Variety, Earth friendly,  Simplicity, Sincerity, Support, Tradition,

Now I’m going to use these words (or some of them) in a series of statements that reflect the intrinsic values of Boutique Karma:

1. I believe in offering a variety or items of beauty, while nurturing a customer base through accessibility, honesty and support.

2. I believe in Personal Growth while continuing in family traditions of sewing and quilting.

3. I believe in taking pleasure and pride in my work.

Words left out: community, earth friendly.

I believe in a sense of community on many levels: I shop local whenever possible, and over the past year my local has grown to a world wide market of some fabulous sellers. My twitter group has also become very much a part of my virtual community. It is very important to me, and I just couldn’t fit it in.

Earth friendly – this is also a very important core value of mine. However, I could have put it in my core values, but I honestly feel that sporting a reusable sleeve may be eco friendly, but purchasing that coffee in a disposable cup daily is not very friendly. It goes against the same value I would be touting. I love them because they are cute, fashionable, eye-catching and as a side note better than the cardboard or double cupping.

I feel that I am running my business in line with these values: I am striving to improve my knowledge of my craft, I push myself personally to better myself, I feel that I communicate and try to cultivate a connection with other artisans and my customers. I offer a simplistic line of items with a huge variety of beautiful fabrics to choose from. I hope my ideal customer would appreciate and identify with my core values.

Are you a small biz? Have you checked out the Lounge of Commerce yet? Head over there and settle in and let me know what you’ve learned!

 

Link Love – VaBeachQuilter April 17, 2010

You have to love Kim of VaBeachQuilter, she is the guild master of the Artfire guild ‘Shops With Less Than (10) Sales,’ she runs a blog of the same name and tirelessly promotes members from this team via twitter, blogging, chatterbox threads, facebook fan page and various other means of promotion. She helps our smaller shops by pointing out ways that we may have overlooked to help get traffic come to our shops.

Aside from guild master and mentor she is also a brilliant quilter and business woman. She has sold a number of quilts for local MLB players and their family and even sold a custom quilt that was mentioned in an article by Seth Livingstone, a reporter for USA Today.

She lives her craft by working and teaching in a local Quilt shop. She’s been machine quilting for 10 years now, predominantly machine piecing, but she does some hand piecing as well.  Her items are all gorgeous, and let me tell you, there is NOTHING like snuggling up with a quilt while watching your favorite tv show or even better (if you are lucky enough) to sleep under one at night. As the daughter of a quilter, I can really appreciate all the hard work that goes into one.

Kim a wide assortment of other items:  table runners, notekeepers, wallets, gift/business card cases, hand-pieced wool items, baby/toddler items, and so much more. I just love her adorable VeeBee Creatures.

Here’s a selection of some of the goodies you will find in her shop – please stop by and show her some link love!

Crazy Log Cabin Quilt

Plum Centerpiece/Placemat

Olive Floral City Quilted Tote

Vee Bee Creature