Monday, July 13, 2009

The Reviews are in......

So I have taken part now in a few more reviews...get my little shop noticed and maybe get an order or two. But even I have been blown away at the response I have received. My hits are way up and I am getting questions left and right...which is always a good thing. SO I say....REVIEW and what better way to do reviews than to do them on mommy blogs. I am really having a very positive response to all this.

The first review was done a few days ago on July 8th. It was done by a very busy mommy to Four Monkeys. Her little girl wanted to be a Patriotic Princess for the 4th...and what a princess she was!! Twirling around and prancing about. The review is an awesome one as well (see here) and i was very proud that she felt so strongly about this tutu.

The next one was done on July 12, 2009 by another working mommy at The Dirty Shirt. Jennifer, did an amazing job on this review. Plus she allowed me to do an E-Gift Certificate giveaway to Sugarbeez Tutus. Please go to her blog The Dirty Shirt and follow the directions for your chance to enter and win a $30 Gift Certificate to Sugarbeez Tutus.


Thursday, July 2, 2009

Daily Treasures

On Etsy there is a great little click through called a Treasury. Sugarbeez Tutus has been featured on it once or twice...but NEVER twice in one day!!! How sweet is that!!!

Mystic Wand, a shop that hand makes and sells beautiful jewelry, made a "Celebrating Independence" treasury that featured the "Patriotic Princess" tutu!! What a honor, I was so excited to get the convo that stated Suagrbeez had been featured! How awesome!

Then a few hours later, another shop on Etsy called Teacup Elephant made another Treasury using the SAME tutu!! How exciting is that!!! What a double honor. The Teacup Elephant is a mother daughter team who sells trinkets and treasures of all kinds, making all gifts a special experience. The treasury they made was called Stars and Stripes Forever. What an amazing treasury and awesome picture of the "Patriotic Princess".

I feel so blessed to have been featured twice in one day on an Etsy Treasury!

Another Etsy find

Another Awesome etsy find!! I just love all that I find on Etsy! From sweet prints and cards, to unique gifts....Esty is THE place to find items, handcrafted by people who care and LOVE their product! You find small businesses in all sizes from the mommy who works while her kid is napping, to the business who has 10 or less employees. The common thread among Etsy-ians, is a sense of community and charity and also a sense of pride in their work. Pick a store, any store on Etsy and you will find an owner who loves, truly loves what they do.

  • In my daily...ummm..sometimes on Etsy, I came across this little company. She is a mommy who makes little shoes for your little bitty sweety. Mia Joie has been featured in magazines, including Pregnancy & Newborn and Brides Magazine. What a sweet little shop. Check her out...and support a mom biz!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

And the winner is

In recent weeks, I have participated in a photgraphy studio's giveaway. Leah Remillet Photography can be seen all over Sugarbeez Tutus. She is a dear friend and a wonderful Photographer. This is the tutu up for grabs...We called it "Patriotic Princess" and it turned out so beautiful!!

The winner turned out to be the mom of the little girl who modeled this tutu!!! What a lucky ducky she is!! She is the little girl you see pictured above. Her tutu was sent out in time for the 4th...because who could look just plain ole red, white and blue when you could wear a tutu? This house will get a ton of use out of this little tutu, with three daughters running around, this will be worn again and again. It's a good thing that these are sewn and crafted to last! I know my own diva does a number on her's but they always can be fluffed and shaken and turn back to new. Man that tutu maker must be pretty good at her craft ;)

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

To review or not review....that is the question

Being in the wonderful tutu making biz I am in...and being fairly new to selling online........I have been approached several times to do a "review/giveaway" on a mommy blog. What is this "mommy blog" and how would this work?
I have been promoting Sugarbeez through my online shop and through the boutique Candid Gifts but I still needed a little more exposure. So I decided to pay for some on a site called Mom Made That! This is where I was asked if I wanted to participate in "reviews/giveaways". Not knowing what that meant....I went straightway to the forms on Etsy and found about these mommy blogs. Some of the artists who had participated in a blog had gotten burned, strung around, and not really taken seriously. They were promised a review on a certain date which didn't happen....or a write up which was less than a paragraph. But some said that being on a blog helped their business and got their names to many who they themselves could not reach. I weighed the risks. If I sent a product to a "reviewer" and they gave me a less than wonderful review or would be out in cyber space FOREVER. If I went along, put my love and heart into a tutu and sent it....only to get a review that really should have been an email of thanks....I would be crushed.

So I proceeded with caution. I am not yet big enough to sent out my tutus for free to a lot of people and the cost for things like shipping and packages and boxes...not to mention my keep bags and materials...were all on me! But the cost to advertise with some blogs is a monthly bill and/or/plus a per-click...YIKES!!!! So in the long run it was cheaper and, I have to say, a tad bit scary-er to send it. So I did and waited. Would the family love or hate it? Would it fit? had I written down the measurements correctly....or send it to the right address? My tummy in knots....I waited for a response. I choose three reviewers to write a little something and one giveaway. To my surprise...and total first one came in today. I actually started to cry when I read what she wrote and how excited her little girl was to receive her tutu in the mail. Then....hours later.....still walking on cloud nine....I read it to my mom (BTW she is my best friend and most supportive person) and then read her the comments and cried...again!!!!

Thank you to Flying Giggles & Lollipops for a job very well done and the most awesome review a small business could get!!! She did such a wonderfully beautiful job and I am so honored she choose Sugarbeez Tutus to review out of ALL of the talented tutu makers out there!!! I am so pleased that your sweet baby girl LOVED her tutu! The pictures she has posted are just too cute of her little girl doing what little girls do best in tutus......become a fairy or princess this case.....Abby Cadabby.

Thank you!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Dance with my Daddy

Another wonderful Etsy artist! This etsy shop has the sweet and modern prints. This is one talented SAHM! She creates a beautiful array of silhouettes with a modern touch. This great shop is called PaperPuddles. She was featured on the front page and that is how I found her. What amazing art she does...I am so impressed! I have chosen to show the following prints to give you an idea for Father's case you were drawing a blank. These would look so good in any home and go with any decor. She can even personalize these prints. Go to her shop and check it out. You will be so glad you did!
I just LOVE how this print simple and cute! What a sweet present this would be for that first time daddy!

I just LOVE this little posting! What a beautiful moment! I think every little girl has danced on her daddy's feet at one time or another. It also shows the personal name that can be added.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Treasury On Etsy

For many selling on Etsy...two major events mark a "you have arrived" on the site. The first is to be featured on the home page. This is such an honnor and with all of the thousands of Etsy sellers and millions of items being sold, it is quite an accomplishment! The next is to be featured in a fellow Etsy-ians "Treasury". This is a list of their TOP PICKS from all of the sellers they know. I treasury may group items together by color or contect or even by style or craft. Sugarbeez is honnored to be listed in a treasury from Hand Made Bling. For the next few days we will be featured as someones TOP PICK! How awsome is that!