… the Winner Is …

July 30, 2008

First of all, I want to thank everyone who added a LolliShops button on their blogs or wrote a post promoting LolliShops. I am truly grateful. I plan to reward your efforts as LolliShops grows!
I am soooooo excited about the applications that have been coming in–there is one artist that applied last night that I am over the moon about! Come Christmas time, you’re all going to want to do some shopping at her website…it’s pure candy I tell ya!
Anyhoodles,
Without further delay…

Jennifer Hayslip of Sweet Eye Candy Creations you won the Tiara Betsy!
Thank you so much for plugging LolliShops and I’m so thrilled to welcome you to the FrouFrou friendly marketplace–this is where your sweet, delicious, candy-coated creations belong my Friend!
*hugs*
I already have your address so I’ll be sending her out to you soon!
Thanks again to all who participated–there will be more chances to win prizes so keep stopping by for the FUN!
~Sadie Lou

Sneak a Peek!

July 28, 2008

I just wanted to show you just *some* of the creations from the 80-or-so approved applications LolliShops has received so far…


1. Pink Christmas Tussie Mussie: detail, 2. Taffy Snowpixies, 3. ~Phillida~, 4. IMG_0972, 5. Moira, 6. Sweet Friend (ami doux) Tag, 7. Sunshine and Flowers, 8. Pretty Girly Things, 9. tile, 10. Baby Girl Sugar Pink Chic, 11. SET #4 – NOT SQUARED, 12. Tiny Beaded Birthday Party Cuppycakes, 13. Life is sweet Feltie, 14. A birthday giveaway!, 15. a tag using some of my new finds, 16. vintage inspired “baking beauty” paper doll with blonde braids, 17. Cards2, 18. Captured Fairy Swap, 19. avalon dollybelle, 20. slide17, 21. New Vintage Inspiration Kit in Shop!, 22. Girlhood “Ribbon”, 23. Birthday Crown, 24. bloom, 25. pink cherry cupcake ornament

Some of these creations are so signature to each artist, I bet you could guess half of them without clicking on the link to see who they belong to!
I am so excited about the level of quality and talent this marketplace is drawing. I am really excited about making connections with each and every single one of the approved applicants!
If your creations are not in this Flickr Mosaic, it was either because your application didn’t provide that link or I just missed you this time and I’ll get you next time.
Enjoy browsing through this mosaic!
~Sadie Lou
1. Vintage spools with Tickets, 2. Nest for Natalea, 3. close up bird in clock home, 4. Savannah, 5. Picture_145, 6. wee ones, sweet beginnings, folk art painting, 7. Spring Pink Purse, 8. Little shabby cottages by Lilly Cottage, 9. Sweet Pea, 10. custom lollies for little girls, 11. Mermaid Treasure ~ Gossamer Creations
I just had to get Round 2 in there today…

What exactly does “froufrou friendly” mean?
Before I answer that question, just keep that question in your back pocket while I get you riled up for a minute. I met with the company building LolliShops yesterday, and we talked about some exciting things–so my excitement is going to rub off on you.

I want to talk about the community that LolliShops will nurture and grow. Right now, there are all these websites, blogs, boutiques, shops, photo sharing going on. LolliShops is going to pull all these elements together in one place. Right now, we’re scattered. I know that for me, it’s hard to find time to keep up with everyone’s giveaways, swaps, shop updates–etc.
I always hear about something too late. I was super fortunate to get in on Kari’s Sweet & Sinister swap.
I missed out last year so I was determined to get in on it this year! But even the best of swaps have to close at some point so it will be nice when we can view all the giveaways & swaps at glance.
LolliShops will be the froufrou friendly market place, sure–but that’s just part of the fun!
My idea is to have our blogs feed to our shops.
We will have a cute message board ( not a forums) where we can all post links to our giveaways & swaps.
There will be a featured seller every week where the featured seller can share her studio with us and maybe pick some other shops that she visits on LolliShops–sort of what we do already on our blogs but out in the public–to really nurture this community we have built up.

LolliShops is going to host its own rewards, contests, giveaways, swaps…
I think it would be really fun if we did a whole site craft-a-long and then had links to everyone’s submissions…
Just a lot of great ideas floating around in my head and I always welcome more
lollishops@gmail.com

One idea Heather Bluhm came up with was for LolliShops to offer tips on how to photograph creations, watermark your images, give a tutorial on how to protect your art on Flickr and other photo sharing websites…
…the LolliShops blog will continue to be full of great information like that even after the launch.
So get your thinking caps on girls and tell me what you would like to see! We’d love to hear from you!
*hugs*
Sadie Lou

Hello Again,
Guess what? I have some exciting news. I have an application you can fill out to get pre-approved to sell on LolliShops! I want artists to be able to talk about LolliShops with confidence. I know that juried sites can sometimes be intimidating and I want to settle your minds a little.
Here is what you need to know about this application:
LolliShops will not be ready to open it’s doors to everyone for awhile yet. LolliShops has invited some artists to try the site out when it is ready, for a short time. After that phase, the site will be open for artists that have been pre-approved to move in!
That’s why I feel it’s important to get the approval out of the way so that artists can get busy storing up inventory (and getting excited!).
If you have any questions about the application, don’t hesitate to shoot me an email/Sadie at
lollishops@gmail.com
The application is on the LolliShops home page top right hand corner. You can click here too-
Application
One more thing about the application, I understand not everyone has a website, a Flickr account and a blog so I made those questions optional. However, if you want to increase your chances of getting approved, I strongly urge you to include everything you have available that would help the jury view what you do best!

Now for the contest!
If you blog about LolliShops releasing the application, I will record who directs the most traffic to LolliShops (not the blog). The person who directs the most traffic to LolliShops.com will get this prize:

A Tiara Betsy from Sadie Lou Who! The contest begins now and ends one week from today. Next week, I will announce the winner and get their address.
Thanks so much for all your help in spreading the word! My aim is to reward you back as LolliShops grows!

Sweet Rewards!

July 21, 2008

I have been amazed at the amount of support I have received through LolliShops. All I did was provide some cute buttons for your blogs and you all picked them up and added them.
I have plans to reward those of you that have already done that. I have been collecting that information.
The reward will be something along the lines of free shop listings on your first day of setting up on LolliShops.

If you haven’t added a button to your blog, you can still do that and know that I am also able to collect information in the form of stats! Word Press allows me to see how people got to this blog. For instance, yesterday, someone found me by clicking a button on Lori Karla’s Blog- Faeriewindow
It would be easy for me to reward people for directing the most traffic to LolliShops.
By golly, that’s a great idea!
Stay tuned for that contest! I will ask people to do a blog post about LolliShops and then I’ll see who directed the most people over here!
Then they will get a numptious prize! Anyhoodles, I’m all about properly thanking LolliShop’s supporters–it will be an ongoing trend.
~Sadie Lou

Good Ship LolliShops!

July 19, 2008

I was away on a little, family vacation but I’m back now and I’m ready to give you another update!

There has been quite a few emails from artists asking when LolliShops will be ready. The answer is: I really don’t know the date. I can say that the company that is building LolliShops is starting from scratch–from the ground up!

Every single detail passes through his hands to mine and we talk about everything. I want to make sure that when you’re ready to move into LolliShops, everything will be comfortable and pleasing.

There will also be a phase where LolliShops will be tested in it’s Beta Format. For those of you that don’t speak “computer” that means LolliShops will be open for an invited group of artists and consumers to test how user-friendly it is; to work out the bugs and to provide feedback.

I can also tell you that I will be promoting LolliShops at Silver Bella

in November. The plan is to have opened LolliShops up to the public before then to have something to promote and to provide a form of advertising for all the sellers. Then of course, Christmas is right around the corner from that and I am hoping to have a VERY special LolliShops style Christmas!!

I have some giveaways and contests planned as well as some rewards programs! But for now, just continue to check on this blog as I will be blogging at least once a week. If you want to contact me directly, just email me at lollishops@gmail.com

~Sadie Lou

P.S.

I’ll leave with a song that inspires me!

I’ve thrown away my toys
Even my drum and train.
I wanna make some noise
With real live aeroplanes.

Some day I’m going to fly.
I’ll be a pilot too.
And when I do, how would you
Like to be my crew…

On the good ship lollipop.
Its a sweet trip to a candy shop
Where bon-bons play
On the sunny beach of Peppermint Bay.

Lemonade stands everywhere.
Crackerjack bands fill the air.
And there you are
Happy landing on a chocolate bar.

See the sugar bowl do the tootsie roll
With the big bad devils food cake.
If you eat too much ooh ooh
You’ll awake with a tummy ache.

On the good ship lollipop
Its a night trip into bed you hop
And dream away
On the good ship lollipop.

“The Good Ship Lollipop”
music by R. Whiting and words by S. Clare

Welcome!

July 15, 2008

Welcome to the official blog of LolliShops!

Take a little look around…all of the design sweetness was generated by Heather Bluhm of Bluhm Studios and all of the tricky programming by Levi of culturezoo. I’m so excited to have this cute blog so that I can start sharing with you all the great features and surprises I’m preparing for LolliShops. The first ideal I wanted to share with you is that LolliShops is going to appeal to three kids of people.

Artist 1 wants to sell their handmade goods, vintage treasures or artistic supplies but doesn’t have the froufrou friendly marketplace to do that. That’s where LolliShops will come in. Artists can list their items for sale at a reasonable listing price and an inexpensive transaction fee–cheaper than those *other* marketplaces.

Artist 2 owns their own dot com website where they currently sell their wares but getting traffic to their websites is expensive and time consuming. Many owners of dot com websites opened shops on *other* marketplaces but it’s difficult to have enough original inventory to sell in two places. That’s where LolliShops is different–people with their own dot com websites will be able to fully participate on LolliShops and run a full boutique that helps funnel traffic back to your dot com. More details on that soon!

Artist 3 is our lovely consumer! LolliShops will offer so much more than just a place to shop. The marketplace is juried to maintain a specific look that appeals to a specific audience–that means NO CLUTTER! LolliShops will also support artists’ blogs, giveaways & swaps! This blog will be your gateway to special events, prizes, rewards, featured sellers, promotions and so much more! Make sure to bookmark for later and add it to your daily blog roll.

*whew*

That’s it for today–thanks for visiting! Come back soon and don’t forget to share those scrumptious buttons in the side bar on your blogs–Thanks so much!

~Sadie Lou

Bookmark Me!

July 6, 2008

Save this blog for later or add it to your blog roll if you’re interested in becoming part of LolliShops, “The froufrou friendly market place!”

This blog will be your source for exciting updates, special guest artists and news! LolliShop features and promotions will be revealed right here!

Come visit us again!