10 of the best celestial finds on etsy

Outer space style is here to stay, and I am HERE. FOR. IT. Etsy is full of awesome items that are celestial, galactic, astrological, and oh-so-dreamy. Here are 10 of my favorite out-of-this-world finds!

Opal is the perfect gemstone to fit with the celestial theme, and I’m loving this dainty moon ring from TinyBoxJewelry.

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Calling all astrology lovers! Now you can wear your sign proudly around your neck.. and I love that this dainty necklace from JacarandaDesigns is reversible. (All designs are also available in silver.)

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Saturn has always been my favorite planet. There’s just something about those rings, y’all. That’s why I created this sweet rainbow glittery keychain, so (you and) I can carry it wherever I go!

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When I stumbled across hannahdoodle’s work, I couldn’t stop smiling. These moon and star plushes would be absolutely adorable in a galaxy themed nursery or kid’s room.

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Take your love of the galaxy down the aisle with this incredible starry short blusher veil from crownandglory.

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Now THIS is a splurge-worthy gift. Pamper yourself with this sexy (yet sweet!) bralette from katastrophicdesign.

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If you’re like me, and you have a million thoughts in your head all at once, it’s super helpful to carry around a notebook to jot things down throughout the day. It also totally helps if they’re as pretty as these constellation notebooks from Nikkistrange.

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I absolutely LOVE when I stumble upon something on Etsy that I’ve truly never seen before. And these gorgeous glow-in-the-dark clocks from milliartGlass are now officially on my wishlist.

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I’m the proud owner of one of ModernMud’s gorgeous ring holders, but I’ve got my heart set on expanding my collection by adding this gold accented galaxy one to the top of my vanity!

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Moon phases have never been so colorful and gorgeous! These insanely beautiful stained glass creations from DandelionGlassArt would be perfect in any room of your home.

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10 of the best animal items on etsy

My college mascot was a badger, so naturally, I’m drawn to anything badger-themed. This super sweet illustration from milamadeillustraties is honestly one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen. (And if you’d rather wear a little badger on your lapel instead of hang him on your wall, you can get the enamel pin version right here.)

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Sloths are just the best. Don’t try to convince me otherwise. Luckily, you can have these adorable hugging buddies from LauraFrisk on your couch, bed, or chair. (Or all three. I won’t judge.)

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If we’re being honest, I want EVERYTHING from BigStuffed, but if I HAD to choose, I would go with this massive manatee plush. He’s almost 3 feet long!

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Dog lovers unite! I adore everything from CreativeCeramicShop, especially this sweet little doggie planter. Totally handmade, handpainted, and it even has drainage holes!

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Cat people, I’ve got you, too! Ryan Berkley is a long time Etsian and I’m a long time fan of his work - do yourself a favor and go look through berkleyillustration’s entire shop - you won’t be disappointed. Admittedly, I’m a forever dog person, but even I can’t help but smile at this Rainbow Kitten illustration.

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Fun fact: I was OBSESSED with dinosaurs when I was little and I wanted to be a paleontologist when I grew up. Clearly, that didn’t pan out, but I could always add a little prehistoric touch to my decor with one of these awesome dino heads from WhiteFauxTaxidermy. Bonus: they come in literally any color you could ever want!

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Regina, owner of ohalbatross dreams up the sweetest little dear ones, and if you’re feeling crafty, you can attempt to sew one yourself! Why not try this adorable elephant as a weekend project?

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Two elephants in a row! #sorrynotsorry! There are hundreds of designs in thewheatfield’s shop and every single one of them is colorful, intricate, and oh-so happy! Wouldn’t this gorgeous gal be perfect in a nursery or toddler’s room?

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I’m absolutely in awe of the combination of painting, embroidery, and embellishment on this narwhal hoop from OneSleepyOtter.

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How ridiculously fun are these realistic silk butterfly clips from katesCottageShop? Instant princess (or Taylor Swift) vibes - perfect for a photoshoot, wedding updo, or bridesmaid accessories.

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10 of the best mother's day gifts on etsy

Mother’s Day is fast approaching and if you’ve waited until the last minute to find the perfect something for that special mom / mother figure in your life, you’ve come to the right place.

Y’all know how much I love Etsy, and it’s no secret that you can find just about anything your heart desires on their marketplace of almost 2 million sellers. I’ve collected a roundup of 10 of my favorite Mother’s Day gift ideas so you can shop til ya drop.

Flowers are such a go-to gift for Mom.. the only problem? They don’t last! Instead, consider a more permanent present, like these ceramic stems from BronsCeramics.

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If Mom’s got a green thumb, get her one of these OOAK planters, individually hand painted by ObjectLessonsCo.

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I am OBSESSED with GlassArtStories’ incredibly beautiful stained glass pieces, and I think any mom would love to have one hanging on a window in her home.

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For the mom who rules the kitchen, these colorful flour sack towels from littlethingsstudio are right up her alley! You get a set of 4 in bright vibrant colors, perfect for brightening up Mom’s domain.

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Your stylish Mom deserves a stylish bag, and this stunning leather one from HoltzLeather (in Alabama! Woo!) can be monogrammed just for her.

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For when she needs a little alone time, let her pass some duties off to Dad with these cozy socks from 2troubleboys.

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Get her a subtle reminder that you’re (obviously) her favorite kid with this vertical bar necklace from MignonandMignon, available in silver, gold, and rose gold.

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Step up her accessory game with these classic tortoise hoops from shopmachetefranco that will go with every outfit she owns.

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I absolutely adore this sweet minimal mama necklace from GracePersonalized. Bonus: it’s on sale right now!

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You can shop even more amazing Mother’s Day gifts on Etsy right here.

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So if you..

  • struggle to come up with enough search terms to fill up your titles and tags
  • know you have an awesome product, but you're just not getting the traffic you deserve
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3 of my biggest etsy mistakes - and how you can avoid them

Way back in 2009, I started my very first Etsy shop, letterhappy, with ZERO knowledge of how the platform worked, how to be a business owner, or how to present my products in an online market. I definitely didn’t know what the best SEO practices were, and let’s be honest, I probably didn’t even know what SEO stood for. (It’s Search Engine Optimization if you’re new at this, too.)

So, if 2018 You is in the same boat as 2009 Christen, keep reading, because I’m giving you an inside look at 3 of the biggest Etsy mistakes I made and how you can avoid them!

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Mistake #1 - Making my titles cute instead of searchable.

You’re probably tired of hearing me tell you to use up all of the space in your titles and tags, but it’s way too important for me to shut up about. #sorrynotsorry

My very first sold listing had the title “i love you . valentine card”.

2009 Christen wanted to keep things simple and cute. 2009 Christen also needed a swift kick in the ass. Does this title tell you ANYTHING about the card I’m selling? Does it tell you that it’s got red and green flowers on it, or that it could also be used as a mother’s day card, an anniversary card, a birthday card, or a gift enclosure for someone who likes to garden?

(The answer is no. No it does not.)

Make sure you’re including every single attribute of your item (what it is, who it’s for, how it can be used, etc.) in your tags and titles to get found in as many different search results as possible.

Mistake #2 - Using only one photo slot.

I was TERRIBLE at taking pictures back in the day, so when I would finally get a halfway decent one, I would call it a day, post it, and not look back.

Picture this.. it’s about 8pm. All of the natural light is gone, so I’m crouched down on the floor with a point and shoot camera in one hand, my mom’s nightstand lamp in the other, and I’ve got this greeting card standing up in a makeshift cardboard “light box” trying to get the perfect shot. Yeah, that didn’t go so well. This was the best one out of about a hundred tries, so you can just imagine what the other 99 looked like..

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When buyers are making the decision to purchase something, they want to see a clear photograph that very obviously displays what is for sale. Bonus points if you can show it from all angles, with unobtrusive props for size reference, and on a human model if applicable. Photos are just as (if not more!) important than great titles, tags, and descriptions, so take the guesswork out of your customers’ minds by giving them more than enough visual aids to look through.

Mistake #3 - Making it too hard for my customers to buy more things.

Actual line from my description: “need more? check out my other listing for a set of six or convo me and i’ll set up a reserved listing just for you!”

This doesn’t sound too terrible on the surface, but let’s break it down from the customer’s point of view.

“need more? check out my other listing for a set of six…”

Customer: Okay, but where? How do I get back to your shop? And how do I find it? Do I have to search through 5 pages of listings?

“... or convo me and i’ll set up a reserved listing just for you!”

Customer: But I need to go ahead and order this now! How do I “convo” you? What the heck even is a “convo”? How long will it take you to respond? By the time you get back to me, I may have changed my mind.

Online shoppers are not necessarily as internet savvy as you are. You need to make it as EASY as possible for them to complete their purchase, and you need to give them the path of least resistance to get to what they really need.

Here’s what I should have done: “You can find lots of awesome cards just like this one inside my shop (give link back to your shopfront). Oh, and if you need a larger quantity, you can find a discounted set of six right here! (give link straight to the set of six)”

Now, if a customer wants to see the rest of your listings, they can click straight back into your shop without having to look around for a way to get there or navigating off the page and not knowing how to get back. Additionally, you’ve given them a link straight to a larger quantity without making them figure out how to send you a message or figure out what a “convo” is. They may not have even come in thinking they needed 6, but honestly, who can turn down a discounted deal like that? (Pro tip: I always suggest setting your quantities above 1 whenever possible so your customers can use the quantity drop down as well, but if you have a price break threshold where you’re willing to give a discount, like the 6 cards in my example, you can create a new listing specifically for that! More listings = more chances to be found!)

Phew! That's just one listing, y'all. I still can't believe somebody bought it, but thank goodness for that sweet angel. Shout out to you, Lucy! I love to go back and critique my old listings as real life examples of what NOT to do, and it definitely gives me perspective when I compare where I was then to where I am now.

To be perfectly honest, I wouldn’t trade my trial-and-error path for anything, because it’s made me a better biz babe, and I have a deep knowledge and understanding of the inner workings of Etsy, which in turn helps me make YOU a better biz babe. And speaking of making you a better biz babe, have you checked out my new freebie yet? We're talking about some of the next steps to success, including how successful sellers get and KEEP their listings at the top of search pages. You can grab it right here. It'll be delivered to your inbox immediately so you can get started right away!

Here's to being the best biz babes we can be! Oh, and if you're looking for a place to hang out with a bunch of fellow Etsy biz babes, come join my FREE Facebook Group, the shophappy society! See you there!

xo, Christen