Thursday, April 28, 2011

Texas Friends Team News

If members of the Texas Friends Team have been following the Forum Threads and reading the rules when they join the team they can find out a lot.

April was Roll Call. Members who wished to continue to be part of the team had until April 26 to check in on the forums to maintain membership. Those who have not checked in are making the Team Leaders sift through 4 months of Forum Threads to check to make sure they have posted at least once in a 3 month period. Those who have been removed are now wondering why and convos are being sent to inform them. If you have been removed and wish to be reinstated, you are welcome to join again.

These statements are on the Team Homepage:

About this team

Texas Friends, started on Etsy in 2010, in the promotions forums. Texas Friends is not limited to current Texas residents. Past, present and future Texans are welcome and encouraged to join us. The only real rules of our group is to promote friendly, The Texas Way and be respectful to all who participate. If you are a Texan... Want to be one...or wish you were one; then you've come to the right place. 3 Cheers for the Lone Star State!

If you are on vacation, medical leave, or have other reasons you cannot participate once in a 3-month span, please let the Captain or one of the Leaders know.

Who can join?

Texas Friends has the following requirements:
Texas Friends is open globally to anyone who currently lives in Texas, has previously lived in Texas, plans to visit Texas or has heard of Texas.

Rules :
Promote Friendly, the Texas Way!
Introduce yourself when you join.
Check in on any of the Team Forum Threads no less than once every 3 months.

Members who do not follow these rules will be removed.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

April 2011 Edition of Texas Friends Meet and Greet!

Eclectic Skeptic

EclecticSkeptic's Shop Announcement

Thanks for stopping by. Eclectic Skeptic is a branch of Whimsical flying pigs and math, science and music geekery items populate this shop. For more eclectic shopping, visit . Please check out my sold items as well, . If you see something there that you like that is not currently listed convo me, , to see if I can recreate it for you. I 'd also love to hear from you to brainstorm a custom item for you.

For even more information about this shop please see my shop policies, , and profile, .

Enter My Shop Here:

My brain naturally takes to math and science and yet I have always enjoyed creating. Whether it was art projects with my mom growing up; painting, drawing, jewelry making or set design in high school; building and installing things for my home or gardening, I have found many outlets for my creativity.

I also have a great appreciation for the beauty found in nature. Fellow nature lovers will find this influence in many of my items.

This shop features an array of flying pig (aka pigasus) and geekery items (for the math, science and music geek). These items include jewelry, tie tacks, keychains, cufflinks, zipper pulls, clocks, bookmarks and cards. All photographic images, original and altered, are my creations. Some my be available as prints in larger sizes for display on your walls. Please convo me if you are interested in a larger print.

For general interest shopping, please browse through my shared shop, . You will find handmade and vintage jewelry, home decor and more. You can window shop with EDC on Facebook, . If you see something that you like that is not listed in one of my shops, please contact me. If it is still available or if I can make another one for you, I can create a reserved listing on Etsy for you.

You can keep up with what is going on in both of my shops and more by subscribing to my short monthly newsletter. It contains a variety of information from new designs to fashion trends to nature and gardening articles. You can sign up for EclecticDesignChoices' free newsletter at .

Please see my shop policy section for information on shipping, payment, etc..

EDC is a member of the Etsy817 Team, , and the Etsy Texas Crafters Team (ETC), .

Search using Etsy817 to see members' items or add descriptive words to your Etsy817 search in order to narrow your search to what you are looking for.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Important News

When My Texas Friends Started on the old Promotions Forums people were free to post and run or stay and chat. Now that Texas Friends is an official team. we encourage our members to post in the forums AT LEAST once every 3 months.  There are some members who joined the team and NEVER checked in on any of our forum discussions. Which led me to think why join a team if you do not intend to participate? We don't ask much, just a quick hi and an update on what is happening with you or your shop since you joined or checked in.

The official Texas Friends Team started January 26, 2011. April26, 2011 will be our 4 month anniversary. That is the deadline in which to pop into at least one of our forum threads for roll call

Those who do not answer roll call will be taken off the membership list. I know this doesn't sound very friendly, but if you cannot be friendly enough to participate with your new friends at least once every 3 months, that's not very friendly either.

Here is a note from one of our leaders about a new swap

Anybody interested in a promotional swap? This is a GREAT way to network within one another to help promote future sales within the team. Hopefully we'll get a lot of team members who would like to help each other out with new sales.

What is a promotional swap? Well we swap out business cards, samples of work, fliers, coupons, magnets, business cards, freebie samples, all you have to do is when you have a sale, just add the packet to the box. It helps promotes team members shops and gets more views, future sales, future hearts. etc/etc. Several yrs ago I particpated in one and it helped with new sales for others. I use these in swaps as well as freebies for orders. You can do the same for your shop as well as craft fairs and festivals you table at if you like. I participated in one several years ago and it was a hit! I had customers who appreciated the freebies and told me they bought at the other shops.

Samples need to be light weight and easy to mail so examples would be small soaps, bookmarks, postcards, note cards, business cards, fliers, ear rings, beads, stickers, pens, something representing your shop, little bags with Etsy shop name and sample of work ie. yarn if you make yarn, buttons, crochet sample, etc/etc. All samples should be of items you make and sell in your shop.

If you have any questions please feel free to convo CorkyBeth