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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

June Giveaway Winner

Once again the monthly giveaway was a huge success!
Thank you to everyone the commented for your chance to win!

The prize goes (as always) to a person chosen at random using the random generator

And the winner is...
aka Petronella!


Your prize is ANY mouse from
our store* worth up to $35!

Thank you to everyone who entered,
We wish that we could give you all a free mouse!
You'll have a brand new chance to win
tomorrow in the July Giveaway!

Monday, June 28, 2010

The wait is finally over!

At last I can tell you the wonderful news that I have been itching to share!

I am thrilled to announce that The House of Mouse has become a sister-act! My sister Naomi has joined The House of Mouse, and we are both so excited to be working together. Naomi will be sharing all areas of running our shop including sewing mice of her own. She is so talented I am sure you will enjoy her fresh new ideas and infectious enthusiasm for The House of Mouse! Please join me in wishing her good luck in her new job!

Naomi with her little boy Vincent, aged 11 months

Something secret is happening...

There are amazing things happening to The House of Mouse. I'll have the big announcement for you later today, I am itching to tell you all about it!

Don't forget to enter my June Giveaway, there are only 2 days left to enter!

Monday Moodboard - Pride

Top Left: Dancing in the Air by MGMart
Top Right: Multistrand Beaded Rainbow Necklace by xoots
Bottom Left: Aquarium - 7 wool needle felted fish by StemellinaSupplies
Bottom Right: Four Colors by vadjutka

Love Moodboards? See more HERE

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

A little Secret about promoting

Yesterday I was talking to my sister about how to promote her Etsy Store. I had already given her a long list of ways to promote, including using facebook, twitter, blogging, giveaways and the Etsy forums (see the end of this post for useful links to these) which she is already doing.

My sister was asking if there was anything else she could do, and then it dawned on me that there was something else. Something that I had not ever really considered "promoting" as such, but it had definitely helped me become a relativity well known face on Etsy.

What is this secret you ask? Well, it is sharing tutorials and bits of advice... a just like I am doing right now. By giving back to the community you become better known and at the same time you are helping what I like to call your Etsy Karma. Giving your time to help others really is a reward in it's self, a little bonus is that you become known for being a helpful person, which can only help your brand.

"But what advice can I give?" You say to me "Everything has already been written! There are already loads of articles and blog posts about every aspect of Etsy and running a business"

Well yes, this is true! I am not certainly not the first to write articles on how to compile your Shop Policies, or how to make a light-box and edit your photos. But I did not copy these other authors (Plagiarism is a plague on the internet, please do not lower yourself to this level - people will be able to tell when the writing is not yours) I simply wrote from my own experience and understanding. I include things that I have discovered for myself, and share my knowledge in a way that I hope will help other sellers succeed on Etsy.

Still stuck? Here are a few ideas to get you going:
- Choose a topic you are interested in. Readers will be more interested in your subject if you are
- Share tutorials on how to make things, use lots of photographs.
- Is there something you know that could help other Etsy sellers? Perhaps you found a useful website to help you collect together data, did you discover a clever way to pack shipping boxes faster? Share with your fellow sellers and they will remember you.
- If tutorials and blog posts are not your thing, is there something else you could do for the community? (this is why making treasuries is such a beautiful idea, you are helping others and boosting your Etsy Karma)
- Has someone asked you for help with something recently, or expressed a frustration that they don't understand an aspect of Etsy properly? Did you know the answer? This is a great way to find ideas on what knowledge you have to share.
- Did you spend hours trying to figure something out when you first started on Etsy? Share what you know!
- DO NOT directly copy other people articles or use their photos. Doing this and getting caught (and you will get caught) will only serve to make your store very very unpopular! The Etsy community does not take kindly to this kind of behaviour.

So there it is, a little secret that could make a big difference to your store and help others at the same time.


Here are the other links I promised:
Get the Etsy Sales you want: http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=6356278
Pimp your shop: http://tinyurl.com/yghs9kh
Places to promote: http://tinyurl.com/crj8ya
Etsy forum threads on promotions:

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Monday, June 14, 2010

NEW Leo the Lion and Hootie the Wise Brown Owl

Leo is a very small lion, but that doesn't stop him feeling like the king of all beasts. He is perfect for anyone who loves Big Cats
(even when they are very small).


Hootie is very wise (at least he thinks he is), he loves nothing more than to spend hours talking about all the things he knows. He will be glad to help you with everything from your homework to solving the meaning of life if you give him half a hoot.

Leo and Hootie were sewn using felt, beads
and various other materials.
They stand approximately 2.5inches tall (6.5 cm)
Please visit thehouseofmouse.etsy.com for more photos

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Cuddles with Mitsy

Many of my friends from Etsy where gathering at the Amsterdam Sunday Market last weekend. Although I am too busy to have a stall myself, I decided to take Declan along to enjoy all the handmade goodies (and to show him off a bit too!)

I was greeted with lots of smiles, hugs and kisses from so many of my online-friends, it was wonderful! When I arrived at my friend Mitsy's stall, she lept up, raced around the stalls and ran over to me to give me a huge hug! Then she covered Declan in kisses! What a great welcome! I have many of Mitsy's wonderful creations at home and it was so lovely to finally get to meet her in the real world.

Friday, June 4, 2010

NEW - Draco the Dragon Mouse

Draco the Dragon Mouse is a fearsome creature. Covered in scales and breathing fire, this little lizard-mouse is a cold blooded cutie!

Available now in my store The House of Mouse

June Give-away

The House of Mouse Monthly Give-away is back!
This is your chance to win a FREE MOUSE
Every month
! Hooray!!

The winner of the June Giveaway
can choose ANY mouse from my store
worth up to $35
as their prize!

To enter this months giveaway all you need to do is
leave a comment under this post
telling me about your favourite mouse or mice
from my store The House of Mouse

(you can choose more than one)


You can also check out my flickr page
to see every design I have ever made!

You can enter the Give-away
as many times you want

This competition is open to everyone!
My shop is international, I will ship to anywhere in the world.

The winner will be announced on June 30th

My Store: The House of Mouse

Winner to be announced soon!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

The House of Mouse is open!

Thank you to all my friends and fans for your patience while I took some time off to be a full time mummy! The House of Mouse is now open again. Over the next few days I will be re-listing the mice I have in stock, as well as a few new designs as well. Watch this space :)

The "Win a Mouse" give-away will also be back tomorrow!

Click here to visit my store


Here's a little photo of my boy to make you smile
You can visit my personal blog to see more photos of Declan

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