Etsy Treasury

Take a look at my new treasury, full of the colour red and good gifts for the people in your list.

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New jewellery pictures

I am trying a new way of taking pictures of my jewellery items. Made a big white box out of styrofoam boards, put one light on each side of the entrance, fiddle around with some of the camera settings, and take some new pictures. I think they look better then my older pictures. I still need to improve more but goes a little bit at a time. Below are a couple of the pictures I just took. Please compare with the pictures in my Etsy shop and give me some feedback. Thanks you!
My shop:

My new pictures (these items will be uploaded to my Etsy shop soon):

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Back in February of this year I received a $100.00 Google AdWords Gift Card from I knew about AdWords but nothing about how it worked, so I put the gift card away to use later. But then I read the conditions again and the coupon had to be used before March 31, 2011. Not wanting to loose it, I decided to sign up and create my first AdWords. I didn’t bother to learn much about it, I had $100.00 to burn so it didn’t matter whether it brought in sales or not. I let it ride and didn’t pay much attention to it. Received messages from Google but didn’t bother much about reading them. I didn’t know how long the $100.00 would last but my chosen words didn’t seem to be picked up much so it seemed that there was still money available from the gift card.

I guess I didn’t realize (or didn’t think) that once the $100.00 were exhausted they would charge my credit card and would not have to warn me about it. Etsy changes the default search from recency to relevancy – at least that is what I think caused my problem. I received my August credit card statement and going through all the charges I found one charge from Google for $75.00. Wow! What is this? Decided to investigate; went to my google adwords site and found the day by day charges for hits on my chosen words which had increased tremendously, still without any sale results mind you, but accumulating a big debt. By then, on top of the $75. they had already charged to my credit card, my debt was already passing the $85. mark. Since I didn’t know what else to do, I cancelled the ad before it bankrupted me.

I am not writing this post to criticize Google AdWords. My reason for venting is to warn other sellers to be more careful than I was. Learn how it works before you venture forward blindly. My carelessness cost me $160.00. Next time I try to create another Ad, I will make sure first that I understand how it works.

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Networking requires time and commitment

I know, I promised to write often and upload pictures of my jewellery.  I didn’t.  Networking is not easy for me so I let time pass me by while I concentrate on my craft.  I have been doing some networking lately.  I have a facebook page, a twitter account, and a yet new blog on  I will try to keep up with this blog but my I will be doing more on wordpress.

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Tips for Getting Your Etsy Treasury on the Front Page | Handmadeology

Tips for Getting Your Etsy Treasury on the Front Page | Handmadeology.

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I have been spending a lot of time learning the best and inexpensive ways to network to promote my business. It is fun and I have got to chat with lots of other sellers trying to do the same. We like each other’s Facebook pages, add Etsy sellers to our circles, we help each other. While I am doing all this networking, I have been neglecting my business, no time to create. Hopefully, once I become more knowledgeable will take me less time on the computer and will leave me more time to bead. I did renew a couple of items on Etsy yesterday.

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A day at the beach

Well, it is Winter now and too cold to go to the beach but isn’t it fun to think of the beach on a sunny hot day?  Blue sky, medium waves, hot sand, lying in the sun with a good book…  Go for a swim to cool down.  It is August and I am in Algarve, Portugal. Yes, I was there then. 

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This is my first post.  I would like to introduce myself.  My name is Dolores, I live in Toronto, Canada, am retired, and design beaded jewellery for sale.


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My first post

Hi! Although I have started other blogs before under different names, I kept changing my mind about the name I wanted my Jewellery business to be known as.  I finally settled on “Countessjewels” and so this is my new blog.  My first blog was “ThePortugueseBeader” and my second was “DoloresBeadedCreations”.  I will stick with the new one for sure since I have already used for my Etsy shop, my Artfire, and my facebook.  I am learning how to take good pictures of my jewellery and I will be posting some here very soon.  Will try to keep up with my posts and any new events.

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