The return of Treasury Tuesday!

Etsy logo  (source: Etsy.com)

Etsy logo (souce: Etsy.com)

Etsy is, for those of you not in the know, a wonderful online marketplace FILLED with handmade goods, vintage items and craft supplies. It is also where you can buy your heartstitch goodies 😉

It is SO easy to get lost browsing on Etsy – there are SO many talented people who sell their work on it (of course, there are the not so good ones too – we love and miss you Regretsy!)  It is lovely to browse through my favourite shops on Etsy, but it also has a great (if not the most user friendly) social side to it.  You can ‘follow’ your favourite shop owners (or shoppers) to see what items they ‘favourite’ (I suppose the equivalent of a ‘like’ on Facebook) and there are ‘teams’ too (rather like being in a particular group on Facebook).  I myself *still* don’t know all the ins and outs of Etsy-ing, and am not in many teams, but I’m open to be in more if you have any suggestions!

Handsewn felt and fabric gadget cosy by heartstitch

Handsewn felt and fabric gadget cosy by heartstitch

My favourite way to mix shopping and ‘socialising’ on Etsy is to make ‘treasuries’.  Please excuse me if I am now teaching you to suck eggs, but I was surprised when talking to fellow Etsy sellers on Facebook by how many were not aware how to make a treasury, or even what one was!

So, a treasury is essentially a collection of things you have found on the site – shown by grouping 16 images together – generally they are made with a particular theme, colours, a mood, flora, fauna, anything that takes your fancy!   A treasury is *not* intended for promoting yourself – it is about going out of your way to find fellow creatives, or showcase your favourite Etsyians – it’s a great way to make new friends and spend ALL your money 😛

My latest treasury - tea party theme

My latest treasury – tea party theme

Now, this is where Etsy don’t make it too easy – actually navigating to make your treasury! You can find the link on the left hand side of their homepage:

Nice and clear, huh?!  That will take you to this page:

Which will bring you where you want to be!

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I find it is easier to have two tabs/browser windows/whatever you like to call thems up for treasury creating – one with this page open, and the other with the Etsy homepage so that I can search for the pretties I want to include, then flick back to the treasury page to paste the URLs for each listing.  If you don’t know what a URL is, it is the text that is in the address bar (where you type to get to a website) 🙂

From there it is pretty self explanatory, just find your favourite images on the theme you have chosen, paste the URLs, and post it! Then share it to your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ – tell anyone who will listen – your friends, the girls at craft club, your cat! Sharing is caring, and not only will the people featured thank you, they may take a look at *your* shop too 🙂  And if you are REALLY lucky, your treasury/a treasury with your work in it will be featured on Etsy’s front page!

Blue heart keyring by heartstitch

Blue heart keyring by heartstitch

Don’t forget to check on your treasury – featured sellers and admirers will often comment on your list and they may have something nice to say 🙂  The same goes in that if you are featured in a treasury, it is generally considered polite to at least say thank you for featuring your work 🙂   And if you are still stuck after that you can try looking at Etsys help guide on treasuries – but hopefully you will have got the gist by now!

Felt and fabric bookmark by heartstitch

Felt and fabric bookmark by heartstitch

So, back to the title of this post… Treasury Tuesday is just that – making a treasury every Tuesday!  A little reminder to go and be inspired and admire the work of others, maybe make some new friends, and maybe spend a few too many pounds on said work!  If you decide to do your own Treasury Tuesday, or Wednesday, or ANYday – I’d love to see it!

Find my Etsy profile here, my shop here, and my Facebook here 🙂

A Celebration!

I am most pleased to announce that my little Facebook page has reached over 1000 followers! A HUGE milestone for me – I run it by myself, alongside the making, the photographing, the admin, the Etsy listing, the customer service, the packaging, – you name it, I probably do it! (Apart from the posting – that is usually OH’s job as the post box is on his way to work :P)  So this amount of appreciation from customers/admirers is amazing – I am so thankful for each one as they keep my tiny business going.  To say thank you properly, there will be some kind of giveaway/sale “thing” going on, but as it caught me a little by surprise I was slightly unprepared!  But yes, I am so very grateful for all your support, be it by having your own heartstitch collection (you know who you are!), buying a little something for yourself or a loved one, or simply giving the odd ‘like’ or comment on Facebook or Instagram – It is all VERY much appreciated, without you lovely lot heartstitch could not exist!

I have been a bit quiet on the blog front – sorry!  Not an awful lot of new things have been going on here – at least none that I am allowed to show you (yet!) – as I have been doing a few (very) last minute additions to this month’s Sewing Boutique design team challenge, and photographing and listing for my Etsy store.  Photographing and editing takes SO much time, and is also very weather dependant – I like to give you an accurate and eye-catching image of my work, which requires just the right light and a little editing, however, the light has mostly been against me this week, so editing has taken triple the time, which of course means less making time!

But I persevered – and the Valentines Keyrings are now in the shop!

My favourite (the grey kitty) has already sold, but I thought they would make a fantastic gift for Valentines day, especially if you happened to be asking your sweetheart to move in!

Cherry Bakewell Cake

I had a little 1000 fans celebration yesterday… I baked a cake! It is a cherry bakewell cake – I’ve had the recipe in my tin for years (I’m sure I got it online somewhere, but I cannot remember where).  It is beautifully moist, yet surprisingly light, and it is always a success, so I thought I’d share it with you 🙂

You will need:cake6

  • 200g butter
  • 200g golden caster sugar
  • 100g ground almonds
  • 100g self raising flour
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1/2tsp almond essence/extract
  • 4 large eggs

For the filling and top:

  • 170g Morello (or just regular if you can’t find it) cherry conserve/jam
  • 175g icing sugar
  • 5/6tsbs water and/or lemon juice
  • Flaked almonds (toasted if you can be bothered!)
  • Glace cherries, halved.
  • Firstly, set your oven to 180 degrees – I used a fan oven – and grease two shallow baking tins with butter.
  • Begin by creaming together the butter and sugar – I used electric beaters because I am short on arm muscles 😛
  • Beat the eggs together in a bowl, then add to the butter/sugar mix a little at a time, sieving a small amount of flour in at the same time.
  • Add the baking powder, ground almonds and almond essence/extract (extract is always better, but if using almond essence and you like a stronger taste like I do, add a whole tsp) and mix well.
  • Pop a pinch of salt in the remaining flour, sieve into the mixing bowl, and fold the mixture to add air.

It should look like this:

Who wants to lick the spoon?!

  • Split the mixture into the two pre-greased baking tins (you forgot didn’t you?! I did!) and bake on the middle shelf of the oven (you forgot to preheat the oven too?! Oh my!) for 30 minutes.
  • Have a cup of tea!  (Or be very boring and do the washing up.)  You will be able to tell when the cakes are ready by giving them a light poke – if the cake bounces back – it’s done!

  • Leave the hot hot cakes to cool, but not for *too* long, else you will end up with the cakes stuck in the tins (like I did!) so turn them out onto a wire rack when they are still warm, so you can achieve that perfect cake shape 🙂
  • Once cool, spread jam on to one of the cakes, then place the other on top.
  • Ice (I used half water and half lemon juice to make the icing, else I find the lemon a bit overpowering) the cake, then scatter the flaked almonds and arrange the cherries as you see fit.

Enjoy!

Just a small slice...