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PR & Feature // Akamatra

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"Hi there and welcome!
Everything you see in my little shop is hand crafted by me in my cozy little corner. This is the way I express the urge for creating, altering, recycling or transforming something into something else.
I have fun making every single item, I sure hope you'll have the time of your life wearing them!

Laugh out loud and have fun!"

- Product Review -

The owner of Akamatra kindly sent me one of her handmade zipper pencil cases for review! I have quite a collection of colored Sharpies and pens and like to take them with me for when creativity strikes. The bright colors of her Rainbow Pencil Case were the perfect thing and I was delighted to be able to review it.
The case is very well made and sturdy. I love the unique look the zippers give it!
It easily holds a nice selection of pens, yet is small enough to toss in a bag and take with you on the go. Overall I'm very happy with my pencil/pen case and know I'll get lots of use out of it!

Akamatra offers more than just pencil cases - you can also find handmade hair bows, cup cozies, earrings, bracelets and pouches, just to name a few of the handmade items offered. Take a look!

Feature + Giveaway // LaPetiteFeuille

The Little Paper Leaf was established in 2002 as a means to an end - Scrapbooking and paper crafting supplies sold in order to purchase the next quarter's textbooks. We combined our crafting know-how with the things we loved and turned that into the things we needed. Like rent. And food. And of course, coffee! The important stuff, right?

Now that textbooks are no longer a necessity we finally have the time {sort of :-) } to be creative on our own terms and expand our business. With so many wonderful craft supplies and accessories available on the market these days it becomes impossible to have access to all of them and not break the bank. If you're like us, though, you still want them all! 

That is where this store comes in, and our creative journey together begins....

- Giveaway -

Today's giveaway is for a set of Pink Paislee Hello Sunshine Clear Stamps and Die Set which is perfect for all of your craft and scrapbook needs! I own a set of these and they are so cute! I love how they are clear and slightly raised so that they really pop out at you.

Giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents
Ends May 22

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Etsy Shop Help

Ever feel like you're stuck in a rut with your Etsy shop?
Like you need an extra pair of eyes to spot things?
Want to know what your shop looks like to other shoppers?
Have you been on Etsy for over a year, yet are unhappy with the results?
Then maybe it's time for a shop critique!


My shop, Emariecreations, began in 2009. My inventory included a few polymer clay charms and fabric headbands, some pretty awful photography, and high hopes. Just like many Etsy owners however, things weren't easy from the start. I quickly learned that owning a handmade business takes time and effort. Now, a little over 5 years later, after reading numerous books and Etsy articles (not to mention countless web articles), my shop is now well on its way to becoming a succesful business. My items have been shipped worldwide, I've established a loyal base of return customers and have learned a thing or two about photography! Now I'm ready and eager to help other struggling businesses get on their feet and establish their own handmade dreams through Etsy.

What I offer:

Full Shop Critique - $25

I will personally take a look at every nook and cranny of your shop and offer constructive and easy to apply feedback for your entire shop.

The things I will critique include:

- Shop Banner and Avatar
- Shop Announcemet
- First Impressions
- Profile and About Page
- Sections
- Shop Policies
- Photography
- Tags and Title
- Listing Descriptions
- Ideas for promoting your shop to your target audience
- Pricing Tips

This package also offers follow-up after 1 month of selling to see how you are doing and to answer any additional questions. You are also free to ask any questions before, during and after the critique!

Your detailed critique will be sent to your e-mail address within 1 week of payment being received. Please supply a valid e-mail address when contacting me about your critique. 

Full Shop Critique + Blog Feature + More - $35

For this feature I will not only take a thorough look at your shop, but I will also feature your shop on this blog and share your shop on my Facebook page.

Your detailed critique will be sent to your e-mail address within 1 week of payment being received. Please supply a valid e-mail address when contacting me about your critique.

Listing Critique - $5

With this package I will help you with two listing in your shop (your choice), offering tips to improving your title, tags and description, as well as offering easy photography tips. I will also edit two photos of your choice using PicMonkey.com and will show you exactly what I did so you can use it, too!

Your detailed critique will be sent to your e-mail address within 1 week of payment being received. Please supply a valid e-mail address when contacting me about your critique.

DISCLAIMER: I will not critique your shop unless I feel like I can truly help you make it better.
If your needs are outside of my area of experience, I don't feel like I am able to give you the help that your shop truly needs. If you are not sure if you shop qualifies or not, please don't hesitate to contact me at allthingsbeautiful9(at)gmail(dot) or through the e-mail button on my page. If you've already purchased one of my packages I will cancel your order and send a refund you. However, don't let this scare you off! I've been able to help many Etsy shops and would love to chat with you about yours, so please do not hesitate to drop me a line with your questions and concerns.

Lastly, my feedback and critique is for reference only. I can't guarantee an increase in sales or views, however I do believe that if you are able to apply the tips I give you that you will have the tools to help you on your way to Etsy success.  Even thought I've had my shop for 5 years I still experience ups and downs with my views and sales. This is normal. Just like all retail shops experience good times and bad, selling handmade does not guarantee you will never have slow times. I will help you to really use those slow times to your advantage and to prepare so when the sales start flowing you will be ready!

// Testimonials //

Samantha provided a shop critique in a variety of areas and it was so helpful. She indicated the things that were going well and also identified areas for improvement. That is helpful because I know where to focus my efforts. The best part was in the areas that I need to work on she offered specific feedback and resources to use. Most importantly she offered great ways to continue growing my shop! My shop will be better because of her critique - thank you! - Kristi

Samantha's Critique was very well explained, I am very happy with her point of view regarding my Etsy shop. She told me things I did not know and they were very helpful. Thank you! - Tatiana

The Republic of Tea // Product Review

I'm excited to be sharing today's product review from The Republic of Tea
The Republic of Tea offers a huge variety of tea and gifts for every taste. 
Founded in 1992, The Republic of Tea prides themselves on offering delicious, quality teas to young and old alike. Whether you love black, green, white, or flavored teas, there is a tea for everyone.  Can't have caffeine? They offer decaf tea options as well! Even those who are may not care for tea will more than likely find a flavor they enjoy.

I was sent two teas for review, the Acai Green Tea and mixed assortment box of Chocolate Teas. Both came in visually appealing boxes, (I love the ways things are packaged, so this was a huge plus for me) and are generously sized (the green tea contains 50 bags, the chocolate 24 bags).
So far I've sampled the Red Velvet and Peppermint Chocolate teas from the chocolate box. Both are very nice and have subtle flavor. I gave one of the Strawberry Chocolate bags to a friend and she really liked it.  I have yet to try the Banana Chocolate, it does not sound appealing to me, but I'm sure I will give it a try anyway!
My favorite by far, though, is the Acai Green Tea. Ironically I didn't think I would care for it, as I do not like regular green tea. However the Acai Green Tea has a wonderful, fruity hint to it, smells sweetly of berries, and is delicious! I not only love the taste, but the health benefits as well (yay for superfruits!).
So, would I consider purchasing tea from The Republic of Tea in the future? Definitely! The teas are high quality, delicious, and the flavor options are nearly endless. A big Thank You to The Republic of Tea of sending me these teas for sample and review!

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All thoughts my own unless otherwise stated. I was sent products from the company free of charge for the sole purpose of reviewing the products.