Friday, July 31, 2009

Back From Raleigh!

Hey hey!

I'm back from Raleigh, and let me just say what a great trip it was! Very successful! I'm so excited to finally see some change and progress! I get to come back to some good news too, because I am being featured in a couple different places! Y'all should all check them out, because the blogs are great and the treasury is BEAUTIFUL!
So first thing's first! I am being featured in a pretty sweet blog right now. I swung by to check out my feature, and ended up reading for about 30 minutes! This blog is SO interesting and she has such great taste. I definitely followed and you should too! Check it out at this link. Again with the hemp bracelets! Haha, maybe I should switch over for good.. Everyone seems to like them!

I'm also currently in TWO treasuries! This one is my favorite.. the theme is "Rivers" and everything in it is absolutely beautiful... I want to buy everything, haha. You can check out this treasury here. My "Flowing River" anklet is being featured front and center!

This weekend is going to be busy busy busy, so I better get back to work! Hope all of you have a fantastic weekend and get some better weather than we have here in Atlanta!

Peace and Love,

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

First Boutique: A Success!!

Hey hey everyone!
I just got back a few hours ago from my first boutique visit in Raleigh on this business trip and I am proud to say it was a success! We managed to negotiate a home for 28 pieces!!! TWENTY-EIGHT! I am beyond excited! The store is SO cool... it's called Get Dressed in Raleigh, NC. Some is consignment, and others are 6-month or longer vendors, and still others are the sel
lers of vintage clothes/shoes. The whole store consists of very etsy-ish stuff. Lots of soldered jewelry, upcycled jewelry, and vintage stuff. The clothing though is out of this world! There is a TON of bohemian, hippie-looking shirts... haha, MY TYPE OF THING!

But yeah, I was surprised that the pieces they were most interested in were my upcycled and recycled jewelry and my hemp jewelry! Who knew? I have always enjoyed those 2 lines the most out of all of my creations, so I can't wait to get home and start on more to bring in! Being creative, saving the planet, and making other people happy... what's better than that?

Tomorrow is another busy day... visits in the morning, flying back to ATL in the evening, and then spending all night getting set up for my big art market this weekend! 

....... not too sure when sleep is going to fit in there, though.

I'm just so excited to finally start seeing some success. It really helps to hear those compliments, to have people ask to buy your stuff, and to hear all the uplifting comments people give like hearts on your items and compliments in the forums or over the phone. It makes getting up in the morning so much easier when you know people are looking forward to your next move. So THANK YOU to each and every person that has helped support me and my work! Readers, that means you! THANKS!!!!

Peace & Love,

p.s. To make things even better... guess who was in downtown Raleigh about 1 mile from me? PRESIDENT OBAMA! How cool is that?

Monday, July 27, 2009

Katie isn't the brightest when it comes to blogging....

Wow, I just had such a moment! Haha, I kept missing comments because I didn't have a notification turned on! So sorry if I missed your comments! I'm all set now, so I won't be missing any more.

Thanks everyone for following and your comments are the absolute best!

Peace and Love,

New Earrings!

Hey all!

Sorry it's been a little while since I last posted, things have been so busy! This past weekend I got a chance to hang out with 2 of my best friends that just graduated, so I'm just so glad that we're actually doing stuff together! I would DIE if we lost touch. Growing up is the worst, haha.

BUT, I have some very very very exciting news! I am on my way back to Raleigh in a few days on a business trip! Yeah that's right! A few boutiques in Raleigh have taken interest in my jewelry and want to set up some appointments to talk about purchasing some! I am so excited! I love Raleigh, it's such an untapped art market that seems like it's about to take off, so the timing is perfect for all of this!

Check out my newest listing too if you get a chance, here. They are some pretty awesome shell earrings that remind me of the beach all year round. I love to wear them in the fall!

But yeah, I hope you all have a great day and an even better week! Get ready for a contest very soon, I just have to pick out the right piece of jewelry as a prize!

peace and love always,

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


My favorite peace is currently being featured in a treasury! You guys should all check it out, the theme is "Summer of '69" and it's so retro and bohemian. I love everything shown in it!

Go give it a look! Also, check out my newest addition to the shop! It's a buri seed necklace focused around an encased leaf. One of my favorites and most popular items! Let me know if you all like it! It's called "Mother Earth in a Necklace"

Hope you all enjoy! Have a great day, I know I am so far!

peace and love,

Thursday, July 9, 2009

On my way back to Atlanta! What a fun trip :)

What a gloomy day here in Charlotte though, when I get back I'm gonna make some rain cloud earrings!! Oh well, it's on the road again... bye Charlotte!

peace and love,

Exciting Day Today!

Hey hey!

Well today has been pretty great! I left my wonderful city of Atlanta to visit Charlotte, NC for the night! What a beautiful place... I really like it a lot. This is actually my first time being here, so it's pretty exciting :)

Today was not without work though, here are some of the things I've been working on for the past couple of days! First is the start of my recycled line! As many of you know, I already have some recycled glass earrings in my shop, like these... But these bracelets are my first listings that include recycled newspaper! Check them out:

But my favorite creation of the day would have to be this bracelet! It's called "Ice" and it resulted in me making something that reminded me of the winter since it has been so incredibly hot out lately in Hot-lanta, haha.

Well I hope everyone had a GREAT day... As soon as I get more official followers we'll be having our FIRST GIVEAWAY! So get ready to win some free Katie's Basement jewelry :)

peace and love,

Tuesday, July 7, 2009


Hey hey!

So exciting news today! Last night and this morning, I have gotten involved with the GREATEST group of people on Etsy! It's a group of young sellers (everyone is under 30 years old) and we are working on putting a team together. Not just a team, but we already have 2 treasuries, a blog, and a Twitter page! Wow! These guys are awesome.

I'm really looking forward to meeting and getting to know some younger sellers like myself, because it seems like almost everyone I run into outside of Etsy is wayyyy older than me. It'll be nice to see other successful sellers that are like me!

I'm so excited about it!
More pictures of my work to come later today, I promise!

peace and love,

Monday, July 6, 2009

Hello all!

So.. any other etsy sellers read the article about Etsy that was just posted in Fortune Small Business magazine? Not gonna lie, it paints Etsy in a pretty bad light.. 

peace and love,

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

It's go time!!

WOW, have I been busy the past couple of days! I don't even know where to start really... Between my etsy life, my real life, and my constant creations I haven't had any time to just sit and relax. I would KILL for a pause button sometimes, wouldn't you all?

Things have been busy, but I'm loving every minute of it. This is the first time I've actually had a chance to get this business off the ground, and I am so surprised at the success and how fast it is taking off. It's very very exciting when your dreams come true!!!!! I LOVE IT!

I'm in the process of revamping my entire shop.. New logo, new packaging, new banners, new avatar... everything! I'm really excited about it. I'm working with an extremely talented etsy designer! You can check out her shop here. I'm very excited to see what she comes up with for me! Who know
s, the banners and cards she is designing now could very well be all over the country one day! It doesn't hurt to dream big!

Things I've done to up my game lately:
  • I created a twitter page for my website! Follow me and I'll be sure to follow you! My twitter name is Katiesbasement!
  • I'm working on a virtual booth at Cafe Handmade, one of the coolest blogs around. Check it out if you haven't already.
  • LIVING on Etsy, haha

If I've learned anything, it's to re-list and re-list often. .. so that's my main goal. Thanks to all you readers too! Once I get a few more followers I'll start with the 
free give-aways! 
I'll aim for at least one every month and one lucky reader will 
receive one of my pieces!

OH, and I just got some vintaj brass pieces! So be looking forward to that!

peace and love,