Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Tiny Hands Photo Contest

Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Let's start Spring with a fun contest!

Participating is simple: If you own Tiny Hands jewelry, take a photo of yourself with the jewelry in the cutest and coolest way! If you don't own any of our jewelry, you can still create an equally super awesome fansign showing off your love for Tiny Hands.
Photos of prize pack. I know you need these! :D
  1. Submit photos by email to info[at]tinyhandsonline.com or tag photos to our Facebook page (http://facebook.com/tinyhandsjewelry)
  2. Post as many photos as you want (but they are considered as one item under your name)
  3. Photo submission ends on April 15
  4. Three winners will be picked at the end of April: 1 winner based on votes, 1 winner that I personally pick out, and 1 picked by a random generator.
  5. The person with the most votes will win the prize pack.
  6. Don't hesitate to email me any questions you might have!
And I'm giving you a real, edible cupcake too. Because you deserve some sweetness! :)

Voted Winner
Prize pack includes (USA only):
  • Tiny Hands $25 gift certificate
  • Sugar Dame Cupcakes (http://sugardamecupcakes.com) gift certificate for one (1) REAL, EDIBLE, SUPER YUMMY sugar dame sized cupcake in any available flavor, shipping paid for
  • Soapopotamus (http://www.etsy.com/shop/soapopotamus) "Neopolitan" Sweet Cream Strawberry Pastry lipbalm, 3 pieces of 1 oz. mini donut soaps in assorted icing flavors and 3 pieces of 1 oz. cinnamon roll soaps.
Prize pack (if you're not in the USA):
  • Instead of a Sugar Dame cupcake, you'll receive a $35 gift certificate from Tiny Hands since shipping consumables internationally is a big no-no!
  • Soapopotamus lipbalm and soaps

Juried & Random Winners
Prizes (each for the winner that I choose and another for the randomly chosen winner:
  • $30.00 Tiny Hands gift certificate to each of the two winners

Most important thing to note: Have fun!

Disclaimer: No offensive photos please. Upon submission of your photo, you agree to allow Tiny Hands to use them for promotional purposes on our website at http://tinyhandsonline.com


Monday, March 28, 2011

Don't Forget Your Message

Monday, March 28, 2011
At Tiny Hands I provide my customers with free gift boxes so that they can readily give the jewelry to friends and family. Even if it's a gift to yourself, it's a very warm and fuzzy feeling to open a nicely wrapped box containing items you adore. I also encourage shoppers to include a custom message to the recipient to make the gift extra special. Over the past year I've gotten cute and fun messages, proposals, and even tear-jerking notes for loved ones in the hospital.

I love building relationships with my customers; simply knowing who they are, what's going on in their lives and how my scented jewelry plays a part in them is a very satisfying element in what I do.

It's so very sweet when someone who cares about you remembers what your favorite foods are and can make you smile (and laugh) with my adorable scented jewelry. :-)

What sweet thing have you done for a loved one today?

- Mei


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Mmm... Sushi!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011
After I graduated from college in December last year, I moved to a little city by Minneapolis in Minnesota. One of the first few things we did was to search highly rated dining locations surrounding us, and to my absolute delight I came across some of the most amazing restaurants around. As fate would have it, I soon met my second love (after Peter, of course), Kami, a Japanese Sushi and Steakhouse restaurant:

After having tried the all-you-can-eat sushi buffet (I LOVE buffets, I know it's reaaally bad but I love my food so much I can't help it) it became all I could ever think about. 

The food was so decadent and the quality was simply superb. It was affordable too, for what you get out of it. 

Their steaks are so wonderful. Oh so delicious! My mouth is watering at the thought! 

I'm surprised at how raw fish, as gross as it may sound, can appeal to so many people at any age group. I've talked to kids who love sushi and it makes me wonder why they don't think it's strange!

I'd go back to Kami in a heartbeat. Highly recommended to anyone in the area!

Couldn't leave without showing you my salmon sushi charms! :D

- Mei
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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

I'm Gonna Be Published!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Some time late last year I got an email from an editor at Quirk Books publishing company (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Creepy Cute Crochet, Witch Craft) asking for my contribution to their new book, Micro Crafts, due to be released in Fall 2011. I think I almost fainted. I knew I wasn't entirely grasping the reality of the idea then, but things are moving so fast now - the contract's signed, the deliverables have been sent, photos have been taken and now we're into marketing the book to popular bookstores across the United States.

Here are some cupcakes I sent them:

Personally, swirly top cupcakes are not my favorite but I see how cute they can be if their proportions are done right!

I sent them a batch of cupcakes and lollipops this week that they can include in their sales kits to the bookstores. I am beyond excited. I wondered how the editor found my work and my website, but soon found that it was from purely organic search. At the time I was using Sarah Neuber's Jewelry Shop which I found to be a very impressive ecommerce theme for Wordpress. It's totally SEO-optimized-out and in just a couple of days of putting up the website I found myself on first pages for a lot of relevant keywords! 

I've moved on into a different ecommerce system now (how many times is she going to keep changing her website!?) but that's another story for another day! 


Thursday, March 10, 2011

Bake Sale!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Pies, pies, pies! We have some very amazing pie places in Wisconsin. If you're in the area, don't leave without having tried the pies! 
Following the scented pumpkin pie jewelry, which were bestsellers, I knew I had to make more pie jewelry. And I did.

I'm having an exclusive 50% off sale on my new scented blueberry pie jewelry next week before I launch it to the public on my website. 

Charms/Cellphone straps/Keychains/Zipper Pulls will sell at $30.00, but you can get them for $15!
Bookmarks will sell at $32.00, but get them for $16.00
Necklaces will sell at $33.00, but get them for $16.50
(Shipping is a flat rate of $3.00 to anywhere in the world!)

I'll only be making 10 scented pie slices to ship out IMMEDIATELY after you've sent the payment on a first-come-first-serve basis (if you've been following Tiny Hands, you'll know that we have a made-to-order policy which means we can sometimes take up to 2 weeks to make your jewelry order. This time I'm making them in advance so you can get them asap!)

You'll need to be a member of my newsletter list so you'll receive the email announcement for the sale. If you aren't yet, sign up at the "Email Sign-Up" tab on the right side of my blog. Sign up now so you won't miss the sale!

Let me know if you have any questions!


Monday, March 7, 2011

Another Tiny Hands PR Feature. YAY!!!

Monday, March 7, 2011
I am sooo bad at keeping up with my blog. I promise I'll be better in 2011! I am normally a very private person, or at least I don't feel the need to share the details of my life to the public, but there are so many reasons why blogging will be good for me and I want to be here to do it and have a happier and more satisfying lifestyle!

I needed to share with you my recent press coverage for Tiny Hands. This time we got into Make Jewellery Magazine, a craft DIY glossy based in the UK. When I got my copy, I was reading the magazine for the first time and I just fell in love with it. It's full of amazing resources, ideas, tutorials and tips on the world of jewelry making. Thanks Nikki for this grand opportunity!

Tiny Hands in Make Jewellery magazine, UK
A lot has been going on lately, so I'll be sure to blog more!