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Friday, April 30, 2010

2nd Market Monday May 3rd!!

Hi Everyone!
It's time again to go to Market this coming Monday. This is perfect since, it is also Mother's Day week, people will be looking for unique gifts for Mom.
This is a forum where participants come to introduce themselves through thier online selling sights. If you have an Etsy. Ebay, selling blog, or traditional website, you're invited to join in...the more the merrier!
The site will be up by Sunday night to be ready for Monday morning.
Once again, with the help of Mr. Linky, visitors to the blog will be directed to participating sites.
The Mr Linky is easy to use. Just use your selling site URL in the Mr. Linky at the bottom of the page.
The Mr Linky is easy to use. After you have "published" your Vintage Alphabet post on your blog, stop by Etsy Cottage Style and put your name and the permalink to your post into the Mr. Linky's sign up box.


What is a permalink? A permalink is the direct link to your post, as opposed to your general blog address. When someone visits Etsy Cottage Style during the week and clicks on your link, they will be taken directly to your Vintage Alphabet post instead of having to search through your most recent posts to find it.

There are two ways to get your permalink. One way is to click on the title of your Vintage Alphabet post, then right click on the URL address showing in the address field at the top and select Copy. Then paste this link into Mr. Linky which will be available here. Click on "Enter" and you are all done! You will see your permalink posted. :-) Or, another way to add your link for Mr. Linky is to right click on the title of your Vintage Alphabet post, select "copy shortcut" and then paste this link into the URL box on the Mr. Linky sign-up.

Monday, April 26, 2010

LET ME INTRODUCE YOU TO:

Shirley Kulak. You may know Shirley by shirleystitches. I have no doubt that you recognize her work.
Shirley lives in St. Joseph, Missouri which is about 45 minutes north of Kansas City or two hours away from Omaha, Nebraska.
Shirley says, "I have been doing hand embroidery work for a long time because that is something that my mother taught me a long time ago. She taught us to quilt, crochet, embroidery, sew, and cook just to name a few." I started first as I got older doing embroidery work for a wedding present, baby gift, birthday present, and basically giving away my embroidery. Her love of the 40's and 50's inspire most of her vintage tea towel patterns, of which you can see from the cute pattern above.

I have been working to perfect it and I really started doing more of the bigger pieces after my husband got very sick in Nov. of 1999. The first year he was in an out of the hospital every month. I had to have something to help take my mind off what was going on with him and I started embroidering more. I could take the hand embroidery with me where as you couldn't take a machine. I lived 24/7 at the hospital because I became his primary caregiver, where I made decisions for his life.
Shirley began selling her craft in craft shows, a booth in antique mall, and then had it on consignment in a shop in Weston, Missouri. My best place was the shop in Weston, she sold my things as fast as I could make them, but she closed her shop and that is how I got involved with etsy. I have an etsy shop called "shirleystitches."

Like many of us, Shirley is a member of Etsy Cottage Style and joined to make friends and share ideas, and be a part of a group. Shirley also has a blog. You can find her at http://shirleystitches.blogspot.com. Be sure to visit, see what she is up to and leave a nice comment. She also sells a little on e-bay, but does not have a shop. "Most of my things are sold through etsy, or before I even get them listen because I usually show them as part of my blog."


I love to travel if I get a chance. We are known to get in the car and just go where ever with no particular place in mind which can be read about on my blog.. My friends that I have made is my way of seeing the world. We are limited as how far we get to travel away from home and have to have doctor's approval. The short day trips are the ones we will only be gone during the day.We try to go to Branson, Missouri where we enjoy going to the shows.
I have three children, Angela, Patrick, and John Robert. Angela and Patrick are both married. Angela has a little boy Ethan, Patrick has two boys, Matthew and Jacob. All three boys pictures can be seen on my blog. .
I have beaded skating dresses when my daughter was younger. She ice skated and we traveled with her. I would take embroidery work with me because I have never been a person to have idle hands. i hope this gives you some idea about me/ If you need something else, please contact me. You can use pictures out of my etsy shop if you see something you would like better. I feel this a privilege and I appreciate it very much. My http://wwwshirleystitches.etsy.com/, http://shirleystitches.blogspot.com/
You can see that this is one very talented woman. Be sure to visit and let her know what you think.



Saturday, April 17, 2010

Welcome to April's Vintage Alphabet Party!

Hello Everybody! We're so glad you could attend the April Vintage Alphabet Party.

Once again, April's letter is twofold....E and F.... sorry, but we have to double and triple some months.
We can't wait to see your vintage English Bone China,  Faberge Eggs and Egg Cups (it is still Eastertide) , Fidoras, Enamalware, Flower Frogs, Earrings, and Fountain Pens. We Can't wait to see all your vintage E and F ideas!

Please remember this is a blog get-together You may place items that you sell in your blog post giving background and info, or how you use or enhance the vintage item. You can let party-goers know it's for sale on your site, but please do not link your selling sites. Selling sites (i.e. Etsy or Ebay) will be removed from  Linky. This post stays up for the week, join in at your convenience.

The Linky is easy to use. After you have "published" your Vintage Alphabet post on your blog, stop by Etsy Cottage Style and put your name and the permalink to your post into the Mr. Linky's sign up box.

What is a permalink? A permalink is the direct link to your post, as opposed to your general blog address. When someone visits Etsy Cottage Style during the week and clicks on your link, they will be taken directly to your Vintage Alphabet post instead of having to search through your most recent posts to find it.

There are two ways to get your permalink. One way is to click on the title of your Vintage Alphabet post, then right click on the URL address showing in the address field at the top and select Copy. Then paste this link into Mr. Linky which will be available here. Click on "Enter" and you are all done! You will see your permalink posted. :-) Or, another way to add your link for Mr. Linky is to right click on the title of your Vintage Alphabet post, select "copy shortcut" and then paste this link into the URL box on the Mr. Linky sign-up.


PLEASE DO NOT LINK TO SELLING SITES--This is a blog event!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Vintage Alphabet E and F

Hello Everyone! It's time again for The Vintage Alphabet Party here at ECS. This months letters are E & F. I'll be posting this coming Sunday and Debbi will have Linky ready too so you can all link your blogs and be ready for Monday. It'll  run Monday the 19th-25th. Now these letters are hard for me. We can show off our vintage Ephemora, Fenton pieces, Electric Fans, Flower Frogs, Enamalware, Fountain Pens, Earthenware, Floral Pins, Estate Sale Finds, Fruit, Etchings and Furniture. You all probably have much better ideas. See you then!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Wow!!!!

Our first Market Monday has ended. We had over 81 participants!! And, what talented, inventive, artistic, and unique shops there were. It took me all week just go thru and visit.
Thanks to all of you it was a success.

Now some of you told us that you mentioned Market Monday in your own blogs and to your followers. That is great. We all need to do this. Since this a free venue, we all have ability to advertise 'word of mouth', again free. Lol....I don't know about the rest of you, but that's right in my budget. So, let's make a campaign to sell Market Monday. Put the Market Monday banner on your sites letting visitors know your participate. Let visitors know what Market Monday is. If you have Market Monday specials or add new items specifically for Market Monday talk about them. If you know of other sites that mention blogs that have selling events see if Etsy Cottage Style could be linked or mentioned. If you have any ideas how to freely advertise Market Monday leave a comment, or, if you'd rather contact me directly Here .

Remember to mark your calender. The next Market Monday is May 3rd. I realize that's close to Mother's Day. With Debbi's help, as always, we should be up and running on the preceding Saturday night so that everyone can link up on Sunday and be ready Monday bright and early.

This brings me to my last thing..I know, I know, but this is important. We need to give a big Thanks to Debbi at All In My Cottage/Marionberry Cottage without her this blog would not be possible. She keeps it up and running smoothly and that, my blog friends, is no small fete.
Okay, that's it..I'm done..talk to you all later,
Melody

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Welcome to Market Monday

Welcome the first Market Monday at Etsy Cottage Style Blog! This will be a forum where participants come to introduce themselves through thier online selling sights. If you have an Etsy. Ebay, selling blog, or traditional website, you're invited to join in...the more the merrier!
With enough participating vendors this could be a virtual flea market.......... vintage and new jewelry, kitchy and dime store finds, prims, vintage textile designs, hand-painted home accents, dolls, supplies, paper creations, fabrics, antiques, smalls.....it makes us giddy just thinking of the possibilities. We hope to have enough interest that this will be a monthly blog event occuring every first Monday and will run through that whole week.
Once again, with the help of Mr. Linky, visitors to the blog will be directed to participating sites.
The Mr Linky is easy to use. Just use your selling site URL in the Mr. Linky at the bottom of the page.

April sale is over, but
JOIN US IN MAY TO ADD YOUR LINK!