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Etsy Success: Connecting With Twitter

Mar 10, 2010

by daniellexo handmade and vintage goods

Visual artist Kristina Havens, a.k.a. Krystyna81, wrote to me with a great story of success as a result of her presence on Twitter, a free social networking and microblogging service. On Twitter you can share news, links to blog posts, photos and communicate with a group of your “followers.” Read on to hear Kristina’s story and her tips on using this cool (and quick) networking tool. 

Selling art online can take time to find the right combination of factors — planting little seeds in different areas, getting the right amount of exposure and cultivating the perfect relationships. Twitter is one place where sometimes, the right combination takes place, and beautiful things can come from it.

I started posting via Twitter a few months after starting to sell on Etsy, and did my best to do the main things everyone recommended — gain followers, search for fellow Etsy sellers, follow other artists, try to get Ashton to tweet back to me, etc. I tried to be funny (hey…I laugh at myself ALL the time!) but to also remember why I was there — to promote my art and put my work out there for people to see. So I posted links to my blog and my Etsy shop while mixing in comments about being a SAHM and the quest to boil the perfect egg (a goal that was quickly reached with all the helpful hints from fellow tweeple!)

One day I received a message from Laura Mercurio Ebohon (on Twitter she’s known as LauraLME) in Italy who had seen my painting, “Guarded,” and wanted to talk with me about using it on her first published book of poetry. We began writing back and forth, wrote up a contract and reworked the painting to fit the cover of the book.

A few months later, I received a package from Laura, and inside was her beautiful book. And there was my painting, on the cover. I was holding in my hands tangible evidence of our friendship and collaboration that had crossed an ocean. I knew I was excited about the project and knew it meant a lot to me that she liked my work, but it was nothing compared to the way I felt after I held the book in my hand and read her poetry.

Her work is emotive, deeply personal, yet also so very universal. It was incredibly humbling to see that she felt my art resonated those same qualities, and together made them both all the more beautiful. She had trusted me with that great honor of being the first impression when people look at her book.

I asked Laura if she had been searching for a cover, and she replied:

My first poetry book was almost done, I had my title already, Se guardo dentro (If I look inside), but I had not found the image that could summarize the intimate feeling/mood of the verses about to be published. When I saw Kristina’s painting,  “Guarded,” it had everything I could have possibly dreamed of for my cover — it was like the answer that by magic you receive before asking the question! As I always say, my book would have not been complete without Kristina’s “Guarded” on the cover!

So, how did the right person see the right painting at the right time? Can you put the right picture in front of the right person at the right time? Yes, you can. If you focus your efforts and always put your best work in the right light, you will see results.


I create art in a variety of media and even a variety of subject matters, but my strongest pieces are my figurative works. So I focus my blog posts and the links I post on Twitter on my latest figure drawings and paintings, figurative art techniques, and figurative artists who inspire me. The biggest success stories I have from selling online all center around my figurative art.


Seek out others who share your interests. Grow your sphere of influence by paying attention to who other tweeple are following. Are you a visual artist? You should follow galleries, interior designers, and other artists. Do you make luscious soaps? Follow boutique owners, spas and resorts. Design incredible jewelry? Follow fashion blogs, wedding coordinators, and style divas.

(Don’t forget to seek out tweeple in your home state and city as well!)

Build Relationships

Answer questions, compliment a blog post or new piece, try and take an interest in what they are talking about. Of course you cannot do this with everyone, but what’s great about Twitter is you can do this quickly with several people each time you log in. And who knows if your interest in them will lead to an interest in you, and your work?

Build on Your Success

Don’t be shy! Brag about yourself a little! Did you sell a big piece? Let us know! Did you finally master a new technique? Tell me how! Get into a major juried show? Awesome! I once had a fellow artist tweet to me, “You are always so positive about your art. I can’t do that with my own work!” To which I replied, ”Well if I don’t like it, who will?”


Laura Mercurio Ebohon’s book of poetry is written in both English and Italian and is available here. You can find Kristina Havens’ gorgeous work in her Etsy shop, be sure to connect with her on Twitter, too!  

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  • laurelinsailor

    laurelinsailor said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing. Nice tweet tweet finds!

  • juliebcreative

    juliebcreative said 10 years ago

    yay Krystyna!!!! love her!

  • VintageEye

    VintageEye said 10 years ago

    Yeah twitter! Great article, Thanks!

  • snapdragonbeads

    snapdragonbeads said 10 years ago

    great article - and beautiful artwork. Really shows the power of twitter.

  • TimothyAdamDesigns

    TimothyAdamDesigns said 10 years ago

    Awesome article Kristina!! See ya on Twitter!

  • lynncyrart

    lynncyrart said 10 years ago

    One of my FAVORITE artists on Etsy!! Way to go, Krystyna!!!!!!

  • shizendesigns

    shizendesigns said 10 years ago

    Fantastic article! Twitter is quite an amazing tool. I enjoy getting to know some of my fellow Etsians on Twitter.

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 10 years ago

    Paperwheel is also a Twitter employee. Krystina does beautiful figurative work.

  • colbyjune

    colbyjune said 10 years ago

    Good to hear about tweet success. I have nearly given up on tweeting but I think I will get back to it. Beautiful work!

  • sonyarasi

    sonyarasi said 10 years ago

    Great article!

  • babinka1981

    babinka1981 said 10 years ago

    Lovely finds! nice!

  • stonz

    stonz said 10 years ago

    Great story! And congrats to Kristina! I am a long time admirer of hers, and thrilled to see her work on a book jacket. Really cool that Twitter and Etsy helped to make that happen. Bravo!

  • andymathis

    andymathis said 10 years ago

    Oh, that's so cool. I hadn't heard about the book. Your artwork looks great on the cover.

  • SimplyInvitingCards

    SimplyInvitingCards said 10 years ago

    This is a great success story! I especially appreciate the "who to follow" suggestions.

  • NorthviewJewels

    NorthviewJewels said 10 years ago

    Congratulations! It's a real treat to see how two people in different artistic fields (and continents) can come together and make something beautiful and unique. Yay Twitter!

  • KBShimmer

    KBShimmer said 10 years ago

    Wonderful paintings! And I am amazed at the connections we can make through social media, it is amazing.

  • Ebruk

    Ebruk said 10 years ago

    Congrats !.Thanks for sharing.

  • PetitPoulailler

    PetitPoulailler said 10 years ago

    Wonderful! Your work is beautiful, Krystina ~ congratulations on your well earned success xo

  • CecilandCo

    CecilandCo said 10 years ago

    Congrats Kristina! Thanks for sharing a little inspiration!

  • awkward

    awkward said 10 years ago

    That's a wonderful story, and a great set of tips! My experience with Twitter has been very positive too-it provides a lot of great online relationships that I wouldn't have otherwise. :)

  • jamieribisi

    jamieribisi said 10 years ago

    Very cool, Krystina!

  • UR8OOL

    UR8OOL said 10 years ago

    I can't make a big enough smiley for you =-)

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 10 years ago

    Congrats to you~ your artwork on the cover of a book~! wow. Thanks for your tips for twitter and I'm happy you've found success too. Lovely work as well. Yea Etsy and Twitter.

  • catesemporium

    catesemporium said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing! Good info. And Congrats!! Catherine Cate's Emporium

  • Sugarshoxcrafts

    Sugarshoxcrafts said 10 years ago

    What a wonderful thrill to see your work on a book cover! And to think that the whole opportunity came from Twitter is amazing. I guess we never know who's watching when we post stuff on there. Congratulations!

  • mariescottage

    mariescottage said 10 years ago

    Thank you so much for this info, I have never considered twitter but you have made me a believer!!!

  • elliven

    elliven said 10 years ago

    Thank you for this! Wonderful and such a great story!

  • fernfiddlehead

    fernfiddlehead said 10 years ago

    What a great twitter connection story!

  • Sewingkat2

    Sewingkat2 said 10 years ago

    Thank you, highly inspiring! :)

  • clearcat

    clearcat said 10 years ago

    Awesome!! Thank you for sharing!! :-)

  • Thistledelight

    Thistledelight said 10 years ago

    I just had major views the second I listed my new soaps today.,

  • Thistledelight

    Thistledelight said 10 years ago

    forgot to mention, I totally agree about tweeting, and connections

  • Waterrose

    Waterrose said 10 years ago

    Great information and helpful suggestions. Congrats!

  • Anchasta

    Anchasta said 10 years ago

    Handy! I just started twittering. ;)

  • Mimiandlola

    Mimiandlola said 10 years ago

    What a beautiful story. I love Twitter!

  • odiliafu

    odiliafu said 10 years ago

    Great article!! Beautiful work!!

  • TheNightjar

    TheNightjar said 10 years ago

    wow what a great and inspiring story- thanks for sharing it

  • Jaydemia

    Jaydemia said 10 years ago

    Congratulations and thank you so much for sharing your story.

  • rockfern

    rockfern said 10 years ago

    Great how-to... thank you!

  • thefortunatehome

    thefortunatehome said 10 years ago

    A great inspirational story! Glad to hear Twitter has brought such success to you!Congrations and thanks for the ideas too!

  • DanaLaymon

    DanaLaymon said 10 years ago

    now i'm inspired to really use twitter to better my business, great post!

  • TheJoyofColor

    TheJoyofColor said 10 years ago

    WOW waht a story. Going to rethink about my tweeting Thanks, And your painting are so beautiful.

  • CaneMe

    CaneMe said 10 years ago

    This is just what I was looking for today! I just joined Twitter and feel a little overwhelmed but love it all at the same time. And you have beautiful paintings :)

  • JoannasPhotography

    JoannasPhotography said 10 years ago

    great tips- thank you, Krystyna81! You're so inspirational artist and it's really appreciated by all of us, that you are sharing your tips to success with us here!

  • RainyPenguinVintage

    RainyPenguinVintage said 10 years ago

    The book cover is so beautiful! Thanks so much for this great article!

  • RuthBleakley

    RuthBleakley said 10 years ago

    Congratulations on that great twitter connection! I've also had success on twitter, specifically with connecting with other local artists in my area. One even contacted me to ask if I wanted to take any of her unused paper crafting supplies off of her hands (of course I said yes!) it's a great tool for connecting people.

  • Heartwoven

    Heartwoven said 10 years ago

    GREAT story, thank you for sharing! I love your beautiful art work.

  • JosStudio

    JosStudio said 10 years ago

    Wow, what a inspirational story. Love it!

  • Minxshop

    Minxshop said 10 years ago

    And with that, another thing has been added to my 'to do' list. Congratulations on you hard-earned success. :)

  • momochas

    momochas said 10 years ago

    Congrats and thanks for the advice!. Twitter is a great way to connect with other people, although it didn´t convince me at first now I love it!.

  • veryvintagecouture

    veryvintagecouture said 10 years ago

    great insight into your success, thanks!

  • YouAreYou

    YouAreYou said 10 years ago

    Great tips thanks!

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 10 years ago

    Great advice. Guess who I'll be following on twitter next?!!

  • licgifts

    licgifts said 10 years ago

    Beautiful story! I will add this link into my twitter tip page:

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 10 years ago

    I'm loving twitter. After years of boycotting, I finally signed up a few weeks ago. (It is stealing my will to write a normal journal post! Haha.) Thanks for sharing your great story and tips!

  • BonTons

    BonTons said 10 years ago

    Great article on Twitter success, thank you for sharing

  • ChichiChick

    ChichiChick said 10 years ago

    Awesome story! It is true you never know what will grow when you plant seeds.

  • NomadCraftsSupplies

    NomadCraftsSupplies said 10 years ago

    What a great post! I love twitter and loved to read this! Thanks!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 10 years ago

    What a wonderful connection.Great article!

  • craftscafe

    craftscafe said 10 years ago

    Great success story! I am just beginning to get into twitter myself & would love to make more friends!

  • seawillowherbs

    seawillowherbs said 10 years ago

    I am just about to join twitter. This post has helped give me just a little bit more insight about the world I am about to enter. Thank YOu!! :)

  • steinschmuckdesign

    steinschmuckdesign said 10 years ago

    Thank you very much for sharing this! I am really touch about your Words, ”Well if I don’t like it, who will?” Thank you!

  • gufobardo

    gufobardo said 10 years ago

    wow twitter is so fun???? I am on twitter too!

  • JudyBFreeman

    JudyBFreeman said 10 years ago

    Wonderful article. Great insights and how exciting to have your painting as the cover. Wow!

  • lindab142

    lindab142 said 10 years ago

    What a wonderful success story. Congrats!

  • batzy

    batzy said 10 years ago

    Very interesting, thanks!

  • BeljaysFeltnArt

    BeljaysFeltnArt said 10 years ago

    I may join twitter yet! Awesome figurative work Krystina

  • 2VirgosDesigns

    2VirgosDesigns said 10 years ago

    truly inpsirational! beautiful artwork!

  • MollysMuses

    MollysMuses said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing, beautiful work going to check your blog:)

  • StichesInTime

    StichesInTime said 10 years ago

    Congratulations, your success is inspiration to the rest of us.

  • OneClayBead

    OneClayBead said 10 years ago

    hehehe.... I saw this on Twitter!

  • Furiousdreams

    Furiousdreams said 10 years ago

    Yay! Congrats Kristina, what an inspiring story. It's so great when a fine artist shares their successes here on Etsy. I put Kristina's work into one of my very first treasuries a year ago and she's always been generous about information and tips. Here's to many more successes in your future.

  • LitaDesigns

    LitaDesigns said 10 years ago

    Great advice, well organized so it's easy to follow and awesome art. Thank you

  • WindoftheStars

    WindoftheStars said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing you experience on Twitter. I have noticed that it does make a difference. It seems people like to always know more about things and people they like. Twitter seems to give you a unedited very real and raw glimpse in someone's life. I also found posting pictures of what I'm working on or even my daily cat visitor people seem to respond to the most. But I agree the more you interact with people via mentions the better. Again thank you so much for the article!

  • rainpeople

    rainpeople said 10 years ago

    thank you! this is a dream post! i must read it about five more times! your collaboration with the italian poet had dreamy results, i've got shivers!

  • sagehealer

    sagehealer said 10 years ago

    Great article. I've been [am] a bit intimidated by starting FB, Twitter etc. and this helps a lot.

  • MysticSilks

    MysticSilks said 10 years ago

    Wonderful success story!! Congrats Kristina!!

  • hankietankie

    hankietankie said 10 years ago

    I know this sounds very Oprah of me, but THANKS FOR SHARING! This is just the kind of info i am interested in... Y tanti mille auguri alla sua colaborazione con la poeta italiana!!!! xoxxo

  • BellaBeads4U

    BellaBeads4U said 10 years ago

    Great info. Way to go Krystna and congratulations.

  • kristensteinfineart

    kristensteinfineart said 10 years ago

    This is a wonderful story. I'm a huge fan of Kristina's work and am honored to have a couple of her pieces on display in my home. Congratulations Kristina. You deserve it!!! kristen

  • jhartphotography

    jhartphotography said 10 years ago

    not sure if i'll ever "get" twitter but i will try to follow your tips!

  • anniejacks

    anniejacks said 10 years ago

    What a great article, thanks for sharing!

  • TeaAtHomeWithOlivia

    TeaAtHomeWithOlivia said 10 years ago

    Congrats! Kristina! Wishing much success! Tweeting is great. I'm finally getting it. Olivia & Chaco

  • JL67

    JL67 said 10 years ago

    Inspiring story and great tips too! Thanks for sharing...:)

  • mookiejones

    mookiejones said 10 years ago

    Kristina, the book cover is wonderful. good story and good advice.

  • grandmamarievintage

    grandmamarievintage said 10 years ago

    Great story! and good tips!

  • evelynfields

    evelynfields said 10 years ago

    Thanks for the info & including my twitter snack bag!

  • BrossARTaddiction

    BrossARTaddiction said 10 years ago

    What an awesome story! Congrats!!

  • Calookies

    Calookies said 10 years ago

    Congrats Kristina very inspiring, I need to up my game.

  • kimbuktu

    kimbuktu said 10 years ago

    I really like twitter too, very nice article.

  • WingsDove

    WingsDove said 10 years ago

    What a great story and excellent Twitter tips. Congratulations on your collaborative success with a writer across the ocean!

  • riorita

    riorita said 10 years ago

    Kristina's paintings are those of a brilliant artist! Thank you for your friendly tips!

  • zuppaartista

    zuppaartista said 10 years ago

    wow, what an amazing story! stunning painting, i can see why she fell in love with it! many congrats! :)

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 10 years ago

    haven't even looked into twitter yet, guess i'll have to.

  • somethingbunny

    somethingbunny said 10 years ago

    great inspiring post and useful tips! (: congrats on your success kristina, your art is beautiful

  • PomegranatePenguin

    PomegranatePenguin said 10 years ago

    Great to see some tips on how to use Twitter to our advantage! I'll certainly be trying some different things now, thanks!

  • BungalowCreek

    BungalowCreek said 10 years ago

    This was a great inspiration. I recently started my etsy shop and am struggling as to what avenues to pursue to get my name out there and an interest in my work. There are so many great articles and advise on etsy. I keep saying I will look into Twitter and now this gives me an incentive! Thanks for sharing!

  • Ozknits

    Ozknits said 10 years ago

    Great artist and great article!

  • birchbeerboutique

    birchbeerboutique said 10 years ago

    kristina your painting and laura's title ARE a perfect match. thank you for the excellent advice - especially the reminder that its alright to brag a little.

  • HeyChica

    HeyChica said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your experience Krystyna and congratulations on your success!

  • emmarts

    emmarts said 10 years ago

    Wow, congrats! Wonderful.....:-)

  • battysbath

    battysbath said 10 years ago

    Great tips! I'm a twitter-holic lol.

  • soulybarb

    soulybarb said 10 years ago

    What a wonderful story. Good for you Congrats!

  • redhot66

    redhot66 said 10 years ago

    I<3 twitter

  • Floreal

    Floreal said 10 years ago

    What an inspiring story....I love twitter too..:)

  • handjstarcreations

    handjstarcreations said 10 years ago

    what a fabulous story!

  • NatureGirlStudio

    NatureGirlStudio said 10 years ago

    Thanks for the encouragement on Twittering - I'll have to jump in sometime. Also, what a beautiful watercolor (Female Nude Back). Just lovely!

  • terrabellaaccents

    terrabellaaccents said 10 years ago

    Loved the story!

  • StitchnStudio

    StitchnStudio said 10 years ago

    Very inspiring story. Thanks for sharing.

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 10 years ago

    What a cool story! And your work is gorgeous!

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist said 10 years ago

    this is a great story! thanks for sharing + for your twitter tips :)

  • lilcoop1

    lilcoop1 said 10 years ago

    Great story

  • lilcoop1

    lilcoop1 said 10 years ago

    Great story

  • lilcoop1

    lilcoop1 said 10 years ago

    Lovely story :D

  • MinceCo

    MinceCo said 10 years ago

    your story about the picture is fabulous and I am not just saying it to be nice and for the sake of a comment. It really belongs on that book cover, the image suits the title so well I can see why the author was so thrilled when she found your image/art.By the way, it gave me chills, in a nice way to read this story. thanks I will follow you on twitter

  • KnockKnocking

    KnockKnocking said 10 years ago

    Since I am fairly new to Twitter, I find this story touching and interesting. What a lovely thought to share. Thanks!

  • heidiburton

    heidiburton said 10 years ago

    I think Kristina's figure paintings are absolutely beautiful & full of expression - perfect for the cover of a poetry book. "If you focus your efforts and always put your best work in the right light, you will see results." <--- so true.

  • emberatia

    emberatia said 10 years ago

    that was some serious inspiration thre! i have avoided twitter, i am now thinking i need to joind in... thankyou The work is so perfectly suited to that book and brought tears to my eyes knowing what a momment of alignment that must of been!

  • ColAreto

    ColAreto said 10 years ago

    Thanks! Great job! :)

  • janeysjewels

    janeysjewels said 10 years ago

    Congratulations! How exciting! I never thought about using twitter, but I will check it out after hearing about your story. Thx!

  • janeysjewels

    janeysjewels said 10 years ago

    "Congratulations" and how exciting! I never considering using twitter. I will check it out now. Thanks!

  • Krystyna81

    Krystyna81 said 10 years ago

    Thank you SO much for all of the kind words about my work and the article - many many thanks to Danielle for bringing it all togther! I had a convo asking how to find me on I am :) Thank you again!

  • dirtydishtowels

    dirtydishtowels said 10 years ago

    Beautiful artwork and an inspiring story.

  • LippincottSoapCo

    LippincottSoapCo said 10 years ago

    Great tips! I've neglected to tweet lately...this has inspired me to start tweeting again.

  • henrystreet

    henrystreet said 10 years ago

    Awesome story! I recently connected with a buyer through twitter and received my first custom request for some national park artwork. It takes time & effort but is well worth it. See you all there!

  • love4rocks

    love4rocks said 10 years ago

    Nice story, thanks for sharing. I have to improve my social networking, since I never have done it.

  • asperandeo

    asperandeo said 10 years ago

    I am so inspired by Kristina's story. The book combined with her art on the cover is a perfect marriage!!

  • JungleSupply

    JungleSupply said 10 years ago

    =D Congrats Kristina!!! Wonderful article and the book looks gorgeous~

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 10 years ago

    Wow that is so good. I guess you just never know where and when the iron will strike hot. It's good to sprinkle little nuggets everywhere. Your artwork is beautiful thank you for sharing this very inspiring article with us.

  • ManaFestJewelry

    ManaFestJewelry said 10 years ago

    I was beginning to give up on the twitter, I am new to Etsy and twitter and ning and myspace...... I was beginning to feel overwhelmed, but this story has turned my frown upside down. I need to focus, and twitter is so popular for a good reason.... thanks for this great article, I sure have seen things in a new light, and at the right time. xoxo.

  • ManaFestJewelry

    ManaFestJewelry said 10 years ago

    This article came to me at the right place, at the right time. The place I have been in, as a new tweeter, was just overwhelmed and feeling like it wasnt a place for me, or worth the efforts. But this turns my twitter frown upside down. Good things do happen, connections can be made, and your efforts never go unnoticed. Some of it is hard work, some of it is creative innovation, and some of it is that great thing we call luck.... thanks for the article. xo.

  • ManaFestJewelry

    ManaFestJewelry said 10 years ago

    hahaha. sorry about the double, now triple comments, my internet connection was faulty. xo.

  • poppyswickedgarden

    poppyswickedgarden said 10 years ago

    Yay! I'm a twitter-holic too:) great article!

  • lightheartedstudios

    lightheartedstudios said 10 years ago

    Krystyna is great! I convo'd her about a month ago to ask her about tips to get sales and she responded just like she said she does in the article. Thanks Krystyna!

  • kpersonboutique

    kpersonboutique said 10 years ago

    inspiring story! I've been always thinking that twitter is more a place where people are saying out their thoughts but not listening to others. Great to hear opposite.

  • PersistentGreen

    PersistentGreen said 10 years ago

    I am such a huge fan of Kristina's work! "Guarded" is one of my favorite figurative, ever. Yep. I said it. So glad to see a spotlight on Kristina! :)

  • debhillart

    debhillart said 10 years ago

    A much deserved feature for a fantastic artist. Krystyna81's work has style and grace, very top shelf!!

  • Krystyna81

    Krystyna81 said 10 years ago

    Hello again lighthearted! PersistentGreen...*blushing* Thank you! Hi Deb - that is too kind, and I'm very honored.

  • dustyrosevintage

    dustyrosevintage said 10 years ago

    Wow, that is such an awesome story. Those distant connections are by far my favorite part of selling online.

  • RockisSupplies

    RockisSupplies said 10 years ago

    First, I'm speechless with that painting (Guarded) - so much emotion in it! This was a fabulous & informative blog post and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Peace, Rocki

  • HellsSewingCircle

    HellsSewingCircle said 10 years ago

    Yes that is a wonderful story, it is magic when the right person finds the right makes the daily struggle all worth it.. gonna find you on the otha side, i mean twitter..

  • VintageFrocksOfFancy

    VintageFrocksOfFancy said 10 years ago

    Lovely, inspiring story!

  • loopyboopy

    loopyboopy said 10 years ago

    really informative and inspiring article. I have loved Kyrstyna's work since first finding her in Etsy forums. The twitter thingy is just beyond me, can't seem to say all I need to in such a short space, gonna have to give it another try.

  • DeborahVoizin

    DeborahVoizin said 10 years ago

    Great article! I must Tweet more....I must....I must!

  • BLinkDesign

    BLinkDesign said 10 years ago

    it really is amazing at what twitter can do for your views/sales. Within moments of posting links on twitter, views are practically guaranteed.

  • norakaren

    norakaren said 10 years ago

    I love twitter,such a great tool!

  • jennyhoople

    jennyhoople said 10 years ago

    I've found that since I've started understanding my relationship w/ the phenomenon that is Twitter, that my sales are steadily increasing :) I've gotten more sales from Twitter friends than from anywhere so far! And they only came when I let go of wanting to make them. It's sort of Zen. The only way to enlightenment is to let go of trying to become enlightened. I really enjoy Twitter for the friends/connections/fun it brings to my day! Like moms have been telling us all along "Just be yourself" Part of which will naturally include mentioning what's going on in your business - it's a big part of our lives! Good luck to everyone :)

  • lifeofcolors

    lifeofcolors said 10 years ago

    Maybe eventually I'll try Twitter. For now my friends are on facebook.

  • JillsBoutique

    JillsBoutique said 10 years ago

    What an inspiring article! I use twitter, but now I have so many new ideas of ways to reach out and connect with others! Thanks!

  • goddessinthemirror

    goddessinthemirror said 10 years ago

    I feel like I'm ready to expand after reading this amazing story. FB has been a wonderful way to reconnect with some faraway friends but I think Twitter is another step for me to take. Very cool that a neighbor helped me get my laptop working again so I was able to connect with you all tonight.

  • BlackheartJewellery

    BlackheartJewellery said 10 years ago

    A wonderful article! And full of inspiration! At first I found Twitter very intimidating & overwhelming but I've eased myself into tweeting every day and enjoying the new connections that I've made.

  • saintesmariesjewelry

    saintesmariesjewelry said 10 years ago

    What a beautiful book cover, it is very emotive... and deep... I loove her paintings they are very beautiful. thank you for sharing your experience with twitter! BTW.... follow me and Ill follow you back!

  • RubberStampPress

    RubberStampPress said 10 years ago

    Congratulations Krystyna81! Very inspiring story. Nice finds too!

  • sisterbutterfly

    sisterbutterfly said 10 years ago

    Great story!

  • billymac

    billymac said 10 years ago

    my heart became warm and tears started to well up in my eyes at the words: "I knew I was excited about the project and knew it meant a lot to me that she liked my work, but it was nothing compared to the way I felt after I held the book in my hand and read her poetry. " There is something very tangible and real about seeing your work (no matter whether it's a painting, poetry, a piece of jewellery, a t-shirt or a pottery coffee mug) in the hands of a customer who truly loves it as much as you loved making it. Twitter is amazing at joining people together and developing that mutual love of artists' work. Pre-etsy days I worked in advertising for many years and now everything is changed in terms of marketing and advertising. Promoting yourself is more about joining in the conversation and being confident about the work that you create. What a great article, thank you for writing it!

  • TheSirensTwitch

    TheSirensTwitch said 10 years ago

    Beautifully told, Kristina. This is another piece I can add to the "blogging puzzle" I've had in my head all along.

  • KamiMono

    KamiMono said 10 years ago

    Great article! At first I didn't get twitter, but now I love it! It's an amazing tool, and connecting with wonderful artists and designers makes me feel less alone.

  • goldminetrash

    goldminetrash said 10 years ago

    Very inspiring Kristina. Thanks for your pep talk and words of wisdon : ).

  • daphnatal

    daphnatal said 10 years ago

    Thanks for the article!! :-)

  • HazyDaisy

    HazyDaisy said 10 years ago

    A great article- I love your art, Kristina! It's taken me a while to get to grips with Twitter as a marketing tool but I think I have a better understanding of it now.

  • HardCandyGems

    HardCandyGems said 10 years ago

    Incredible. I am so happy for Kristina!

  • LavenderField

    LavenderField said 10 years ago

    I got goose bumps and watery eyes after reading this incredible story!

  • SewDanish

    SewDanish said 10 years ago

    Congratulations to you and thank you for a wonderful article. I really enjoyed reading it. Thank you for sharing.

  • AshleyPahl

    AshleyPahl said 10 years ago

    This is such an inspiring story. I tried Twitter a year ago, looked at it as work, and didn't enjoy it. Now I'm giving it a second try and only following really interesting people, and it's so much more fun!

  • SepiaSmiles

    SepiaSmiles said 10 years ago

    Thanks, I have been slacking off a bit on Twitter and havn't really given it a fair crack - thanks for the motivation!

  • vantiani

    vantiani said 10 years ago

    This is exactly what I need now! Thank you so much for sharing and being inspiring!

  • discerningchichi

    discerningchichi said 10 years ago

    Krystina's work is so hauntingly beautiful. Great article and wonderful outcome from using Twitter!!

  • helenaemmans

    helenaemmans said 10 years ago

    those paintings are gorgeous, what great work.

  • AdultIndulgences

    AdultIndulgences said 10 years ago

    billymac. You are so right! This is fantastic article!

  • HandmadeHandsome

    HandmadeHandsome said 10 years ago

    That's a great story. Thanks for sharing.

  • artangel

    artangel said 10 years ago

    Great article and lovely art! I personally love Twitter, but I think the experience you have there is 100% down to who you follow.

  • Silkartist

    Silkartist said 10 years ago

    It's wonderful to read about the progress of fellow artisans! I'm just beginning to see the positive side of "Tweeting", blogging, and FaceBooking (is there such a word?!). I love to read about artists who succeed, it grows my hope! Thank you for sharing.

  • CheyAnneSexton

    CheyAnneSexton said 10 years ago

    This is so amazing. Love how it all came together when and how it's suppose too. Serendipity at work for those who believe, yes? I'm learning the ways of twitter and so your article helps alot peace n abundance, CheyAnne @

  • ThreadsOfOld

    ThreadsOfOld said 10 years ago

    very inspiring!

  • LaWood

    LaWood said 10 years ago

    great article, inspiring!! thank you!!

  • kclarkphotography

    kclarkphotography said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your insights and thanks for helping me refocus my intent. I'm off to the twitterverse.

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 10 years ago

    Great story!

  • GeeZees

    GeeZees said 10 years ago

    GREAT article ...I think too many people just shout out and market, and forget to interact ... Artwork is beautiful

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage said 10 years ago

    nice story - thanks for sharing

  • Mossmottle

    Mossmottle said 10 years ago

    Kristina, your work is wonderful. I love the fact that you connected in this deep way with a kindred spirit in another country. Thanks for this inspiring article!

  • FamaraDesigns

    FamaraDesigns said 10 years ago

    Great Article Kristina and congratulation. Twitter and facebook are the number 1 :)

  • julessabjewelry

    julessabjewelry said 10 years ago

    I love the mirror! These are fantastic tips and I'll be using several of them. Kristina thank you for sharing and giving me another viewpoint on social networking. This is great stuff.

  • FancysVintageStore

    FancysVintageStore said 10 years ago

    Someday I will twitter. Nice article and wonderful artwork.

  • plantldy53

    plantldy53 said 10 years ago


  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 10 years ago

    Congratulations Kristina!

  • JaniceCordeiro

    JaniceCordeiro said 10 years ago

    Very well done. Great job.

  • andrewomalley

    andrewomalley said 10 years ago

    Great post w/ good tips!

  • Laurasbox

    Laurasbox said 10 years ago

    I have to tweet !!!!!

  • michabella

    michabella said 10 years ago

    That is wonderful Kristina, congrats!! I have been on twitter about a year and i found these tips to be helpful. Thank you!

  • graycat26

    graycat26 said 10 years ago

    What a great story, thanks for sharing! I love reading about the collaborative efforts of artists. Beautiful work, too!

  • naughteebits

    naughteebits said 10 years ago

    thanks so much for sharing these tips! great info! your paintings are lovely!

  • urbanknitfits

    urbanknitfits said 10 years ago

    HOORAY! I dragged my feet to join twitter but once I did in January- my sales and general exsposure increased like never before and now I bump my head on the wall and wonder how did I not do this from the very beginning!!!? I have defnietly gained at least a few direct sales from twitter interactions and communications! And I almost have 400 followers, I am still learning how to network better and to really use twitter. Now I have another twitter account for my grayday shops where I sell my artwork! So I found this article about selling artwork very inspiring!

  • annslights

    annslights said 10 years ago

    Helps to stay positive...Thanks for sharing your story.

  • nobicollins

    nobicollins said 10 years ago

    New to tweeting, love all the info I can get, Thank you

  • LucindasNiceThings

    LucindasNiceThings said 10 years ago

    This is so good. I've been tweeting, but I still don't quite "get it." This post is very helpful and gives great concrete suggestions, which I can incorporate into my routine. Fun stuff! Thanks so much!

  • HandKnitHugs

    HandKnitHugs said 10 years ago

    Beautiful story and beautiful work. Congratulations!

  • honeyddesigns

    honeyddesigns said 10 years ago

    Great article! I've been avoiding Twitter, but now I may have to reconsider! Great pointers! Thank you!

  • CalisArtStudio

    CalisArtStudio said 10 years ago

    What beautiful artwork and a great story to go along with it. Thank you for sharing!

  • TextileSaurasRex

    TextileSaurasRex said 10 years ago

    What a wonderful story, thanks for sharing!

  • movetheneedle

    movetheneedle said 10 years ago

    Great tip and inspiring stories! Twitter can definitely help you connect to people and reach out.

  • movetheneedle

    movetheneedle said 10 years ago

    I meant *story

  • thebluecat

    thebluecat said 10 years ago

    Wonderful story; your artwork looks beautiful on the cover!

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 10 years ago


  • lauraprentice

    lauraprentice said 10 years ago

    thanks for sharing your story! i am just getting started on Twitter and this has come at the perfect time, your work is so emotive and gorgeous!! do you paint from live models?

  • Krystyna81

    Krystyna81 said 10 years ago

    Hi Laura...yes, I work from live models once or twice a week. It really is my favorite thing to do...and incredibly important to me, because I drop everything else - computer, family, laundry - and connect with my fellow artists and CREATE for several hours. I have a lot of figure drawing info on my blog -

  • niftyknits

    niftyknits said 10 years ago

    I love twitter, and have had a fair bit of business there. I was SO pleased to see that you encourage interaction, and not just those dreadful twitter-streams of "I've made this" followed by "I've listed this" and "Why isn't anyone buying this?" LOL

  • melsartbuffet

    melsartbuffet said 10 years ago

    Thanks so much for an inspiring story with useful tips. My Twitter juices are starting to boil again! Congrats on the book cover! Truely amazing art!

  • EmedeeSilverJewelry

    EmedeeSilverJewelry said 10 years ago

    Thank you so much for your story - its wonderful and inspiring to those of us who feel as if we struggle with the many opportunities to promote our work -especially when all of which involve getting involved with the unfamiliar! A great result for you, and for your poet, and great encouragement for the rest of us. Love your work!

  • TataniaRosa

    TataniaRosa said 10 years ago

    Thank you for an informative article.

  • wuglyees

    wuglyees said 10 years ago

    Your work is just exquisite! You are so talented! Congrats on all of your twitter connections, and thanks for the heads up about who to follow. I learned something!

  • deetsy

    deetsy said 10 years ago

    Thanks for your tips, and congratulations on the poetry book cover!

  • SkunkandIndigo

    SkunkandIndigo said 10 years ago

    I need to get on twitter now and fast.

  • neki

    neki said 10 years ago

    love it. going to retweet to my folowers

  • artofjane

    artofjane said 10 years ago

    Beautiful paintings. Good advice.

  • Urbanknit

    Urbanknit said 10 years ago

    lovely piece, i like the positive vibes!

  • nicolelindner

    nicolelindner said 10 years ago

    I love the cover art, beautiful!!

  • DoraArtDesignStudio

    DoraArtDesignStudio said 10 years ago

    Well, good for you girl! That's great twitter pal,Congrats! BTW, I bet my egg boiling story is crazier than yours!LOL

  • kaleidoscopekraft

    kaleidoscopekraft said 10 years ago

    Really inspirational x thank you x

  • taintbosh

    taintbosh said 10 years ago

    Thanks so much for the tips. You are right, if we don't like our stuff, who will?

  • contempojewels

    contempojewels said 10 years ago

    Inspiring! Thanks for sharing :)

  • WhiteEarthStudio

    WhiteEarthStudio said 10 years ago

    Great read. I feel inspired to try twitter again, Thank you so much for sharing.

  • NaturesSpirit

    NaturesSpirit said 10 years ago

    What a fantastic and inspiration article! Thanks so much :)

  • pegiconvry

    pegiconvry said 10 years ago

    Thanks,Kristina!! What a great and inspiring article. You're always so easy to read!! Great article!!

  • eringopaint

    eringopaint said 10 years ago

    Your work is stunning! and the poetry book cover is a terrific success! very nice. I have connected with some great people, found customers - and possibilities - through twitter that I never would have without it.

  • LauraLME

    LauraLME said 10 years ago

    Thank You Kristina! I am grateful to you and Etsy for the mention of my poetry... Your article is beautifully written and it is source of incredible inspiration! What happened to us, our connection and collaboration is the proof that this invisible wire of communication works and leads to great things... I always believed in sharing and supporting, I am passionate about Art in all its forms of expressions... I was really lucky to find you! Your images keep on inspiring me and always will :) My first book would have never been complete without "Guarded" on the cover ...

  • AdornedYou

    AdornedYou said 10 years ago

    Love your paintings Krystyna! Congratulations

  • AnnTig

    AnnTig said 10 years ago

    Thank you for shearing your story!

  • SilkMari

    SilkMari said 10 years ago

    ...very inspiring story...and a must these days...facebook and blogs..twitter...speaking of being shy...I have had the account some time now and have only twitted 4 times...with your advise I will see how I can come out of my cocoon and ...say something...thanks for the encouraging words...

  • wynzia

    wynzia said 10 years ago

    great article. thanks for sharing your story, kristina.

  • bajunajewelry

    bajunajewelry said 10 years ago

    I get a lot of hits from twitter on my shop, flickr and blog. Twitter is alive and people really want to interact with you and are friendly. If you show interest in them they will you and even like you more. I fully agree with this post.

  • ZaftigDelights

    ZaftigDelights said 10 years ago

    Krystyna, What a touching and inspiring story! Thank you so much for sharing it with us. The idea that building relationships is really what we are all here to do is so essential to our business success. Your art work is stunning!

  • joye18

    joye18 said 10 years ago

    Thanks for giving us fellow fine artists encouragement! I have been following you for awhile on Twitter, great work!

  • josoriginals

    josoriginals said 10 years ago

    Great post! Thanks Krystyna.

  • MissHildebrandt

    MissHildebrandt said 10 years ago

    rock and roll!

  • jbeaudet

    jbeaudet said 10 years ago

    What a great story and I love her choice for the book. It's beautiful!

  • ksickles

    ksickles said 10 years ago

    Great perspective!

  • LittleGreenRoom

    LittleGreenRoom said 10 years ago

    I love your story, Congratulations you deserve it!

  • PennysArtRoom

    PennysArtRoom said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story and success.

  • LynetteSadowyStudios

    LynetteSadowyStudios said 10 years ago

    I love how many of you have used the Twitter bird and words in your work.... off I go to paint "twitter" glasses, since I only have one follower, I hope she likes them! Great ideas as usual. Thank you.

  • sleepymoondesign

    sleepymoondesign said 10 years ago

    What a lovely story! Thank you for the great tips and guide lines! :)

  • Veska

    Veska said 10 years ago

    Very inspirational! Great job ;)

  • BGSStudio13

    BGSStudio13 said 10 years ago

    I tried the tweet world for awhile but gave up, but now with more insight maybe I will give it another go. Thanks for sharing! (:Bettie

  • brenda45

    brenda45 said 10 years ago

    I love your story! Thank you for sharing and for being an inspiration! :)

  • dibabeads

    dibabeads said 10 years ago

    great story and tips .. LOVE the book cover! Your art work looks amazing as a cover..

  • PrairieGarden

    PrairieGarden said 10 years ago

    Great tips! I do feel I'm loosing focus on my BLOG. And needless to say your artwork was an absolutely perfect compliment to the title of her book. Is it coming stateside? Well done!

  • TwinDreamCreations

    TwinDreamCreations said 10 years ago

    Wonderful article Kristina! Your paintings are hauntingly beautiful.

  • ChiggerHillCottage

    ChiggerHillCottage said 10 years ago

    I don't think I can say anything that hasn't already been said. I am inspired. What a wonderful story.

  • lynndavid

    lynndavid said 10 years ago

    Great article! I've been re-motivated to pick up tweeting again. Thanks! Oh, and what beautiful paintings!

  • lucysnowephotography

    lucysnowephotography said 10 years ago

    Wonderful story....makes twitter seem less impersonal!

  • magadesigns

    magadesigns said 10 years ago

    Great post, very inspiring and encouraging. Thank you for sharing. Congratulations!

  • jewelrybyshirley

    jewelrybyshirley said 10 years ago

    some wonderful information. all of us are grateful for great advise. congratulation.

  • VintageTwisted

    VintageTwisted said 10 years ago

    Beautiful work! I'm looking forward to following your career.

  • samsstuff

    samsstuff said 10 years ago

    Interesting story, it's good to see that actual connections are possible through Twitter. So often it seems disjointed & impersonal. Thanks for posting!

  • CharOuellette

    CharOuellette said 10 years ago

    What a heart warming story. Thanks for sharing, Char

  • tapestry316

    tapestry316 said 10 years ago

    Congrats on the book cover! Great info - maybe I will keep on posting on twitter after all...

  • Surdut

    Surdut said 10 years ago

    Kristina, your art is beautiful and deeply emotive.Such a lovely marriage with the poet's title. As a professional artist and writer, I always advise people to make a lot of noise about their projects. Luck doesn't find you unless you put yourself out there!

  • peacefulshades

    peacefulshades said 10 years ago

    Beautiful works!

  • livamira

    livamira said 10 years ago

    Congratulations on being able to utilize twitter for such an amazing project! It's amazing how the internet allows us to connect to some many people in the art/craft community and I've always found that those in our community are best supporters of our passion. This is great proof the technology does have its way of connecting us on a global scale instead of making relationships less personal. Thanks for sharing and I wish you the best of luck!

  • cherspassion

    cherspassion said 10 years ago

    Captivating art and an inspiring article, thank you!

  • roxannevise

    roxannevise said 10 years ago

    Beautiful work - thanks for sharing your story and congratulations on the book cover!

  • Alevine65

    Alevine65 said 10 years ago

    Very helpfull. I have just started my shop and this will help me get off to good start. Your tips exhibit both common sense and inspiration. I have never been very good at promoting myself, often leaving it to my galleries and dealers, but I've found out that if you arent your biggest booster then others might not even try. Thanks again and continued success.

  • nancyngl

    nancyngl said 10 years ago

    story is magnificent! I guess one never knows until you try.

  • LunaSolDesigns

    LunaSolDesigns said 10 years ago

    Wonderful story!! Thanks for sharing...

  • kingscreekpottery

    kingscreekpottery said 10 years ago

    Sometimes I question the twitter thing. Your article gives some great pointers and helped me decide to stick with it! Thanks~

  • cassedywooddesigns

    cassedywooddesigns said 10 years ago

    Nice work very nice!!

  • creationsbyMrsJoJo

    creationsbyMrsJoJo said 10 years ago

    Congratulations! A great informative and entertaining article.

  • WatchesbyHelen

    WatchesbyHelen said 10 years ago

    When you spoke of connecting with the writer and her book and getting her art on the cover I just teared up. I never do that and it surprised me. It must have felt so good to be recognized. This piece was a great read.


    THINGMAJIG said 10 years ago

    I feel encouraged. I'm new to etsy and will soon be new to twitter. I had decided not to mess with it, my mind has been changed!

  • envydesignsjewelry

    envydesignsjewelry said 10 years ago

    Wonderful story and article! I will have to check it out. Beautiful paintings!!

  • h20Colors

    h20Colors said 10 years ago

    Beautiful work and a great story. I am new to Etsy and found your article inspirational. Now I need to buckle down and get the rest of those paintings listed!!

  • Jazmine376

    Jazmine376 said 10 years ago

    wow..congrats on the book cover..that's awesome! just what I need, another excuse to spend all my time tweeting LOL

  • TotalCityGirl

    TotalCityGirl said 10 years ago

    Such an inspiring story! I have been using twitter for a while now and really like it. Your artwork is great also. My husband is an illustrator/painter. I have to get him to show his work on Etsy! I'm so happy for you! Keep up the great work!

  • CedarBrookAvenue

    CedarBrookAvenue said 10 years ago

    Your work is beautiful! No doubt...Perfect for the cover! Christine

  • weepereas

    weepereas said 10 years ago

    amazing, thank you for sharing this!

  • PearlShellJewelry

    PearlShellJewelry said 10 years ago

    I think your work is really wonderful, especially your figures. I paint scenery mostly so can appreciate the "life" in yours. Lovely story about connecting :-)

  • f2images

    f2images said 10 years ago

    Yay Kristina!! What a cool collaboration with the poetry book! I absolutely adore your prints that I inspiring. Emiko :)

  • BeeGracious

    BeeGracious said 10 years ago

    Congratulations ~ love your work! Inspiring story, thanks for sharing!

  • WaterHorseStudios

    WaterHorseStudios said 10 years ago

    Great story, you seem to have found your niche...

  • KristenVonHohen

    KristenVonHohen said 10 years ago

    Thanks for the twitter advice.

  • artworksbycarol

    artworksbycarol said 10 years ago

    as an art student in college i enjoyed drawing the human body . I was pretty good at it too.I find myself loving the figuratives other artists do.You have inspired me to paint more of them!! Thanks for the advice also.

  • Epiphany6andCo

    Epiphany6andCo said 10 years ago

    Lovely story! Congrats and thanks for all the helpful Tweeter tips! You are an amazing artist!:)

  • Krystyna81

    Krystyna81 said 10 years ago

    I wish I could thank each and every one of you for your kind words - it means so much to me! I am so glad you enjoyed the article, and am very humbled by all of the positive comments about my Art. Many, many thanks.

  • HaKNiK

    HaKNiK said 10 years ago

    so lovely !

  • tehlia

    tehlia said 10 years ago

    I am at exactly the same point. Just started selling on etsy and then found that social media and networking are more then just weather updates and a favorite restaurant to tell friends about. really great article.

  • KJoannRussell

    KJoannRussell said 10 years ago

    Fabulous article because she told her story with such simplicity and genuineness. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • heirloomsbylorraine

    heirloomsbylorraine said 10 years ago

    Beautiful, Beautiful work.


    LANCERIKA said 10 years ago

    Awesome Art and fantastic story So glad to read this post!

  • purpleblossoms

    purpleblossoms said 10 years ago

    Love your work. Thanks for sharing your story.

  • ArzuMusa

    ArzuMusa said 10 years ago

    Congratulations... I am so happy for you... I really want to buy one of your paintings one day.

  • craftjunky

    craftjunky said 10 years ago

    You're style is very unique! Beautiful!

  • staroftheeast

    staroftheeast said 10 years ago

    Wonderful story, congrats on the book cover, that is such a big honor! Great tips, I'm yet thinking about Twitter, this article might push me that way, thank you!

  • AyalaLevinger

    AyalaLevinger said 10 years ago

    Wow, the cover of the book is amazing!!! I also like twitter and wish something like that would happen to me too! thanks for sharing! Ayala

  • polkadotsandblooms

    polkadotsandblooms said 10 years ago

    Great Story - The book cover looks fantastic. You must be so proud :-) After being very sceptical about twitter at the beginning, I now really love it. Working from home it provides me with some social interaction during the day, it also is so great for sharing and learning. And last but not least I just got my first wholesale order through twitter, as the boutique owner found me on there!

  • animadesign

    animadesign said 10 years ago


  • valeasc

    valeasc said 10 years ago

    thank you very much for this! I really enjoyed reading about your story and wish you all the success in the world, your work is a delight!

  • nuevodesigns

    nuevodesigns said 10 years ago

    Very inspiring story. Congrats on your success. Great work! Twitter and facebook do help to promote ourselves. We just have to invest the time to do it :-)

  • IshkasBody

    IshkasBody said 10 years ago

    I love seeing the magic of manifestation at work! Until now I have not been interested in twitter, but I see its usefulness as a tool of exposure and networking. Thanks for sharing your story!

  • PoplarRidgePottery

    PoplarRidgePottery said 10 years ago

    Congrats that is a great success story. I like to send out tweets too. In doing so I have been aproached by a local TV station to do an interview about my art work and someone else wants to include me in thier blog. you never know who you will reach. I have followers from all over the globe. Just to blow my own horn a little bit as your atricle suggests, :) :) I WON 2nd place last weekend at the Jerry Brown art festival. :)

  • MCSDesigns

    MCSDesigns said 10 years ago

    Your story just put the fire back in me. I had joined twitter but than I quit, so I'll try twitter again. Love your art!!

  • huiyitan

    huiyitan said 10 years ago

    thank u for sharing such an great story! very good encourage for me :)

  • KidsAtHeartDesigns

    KidsAtHeartDesigns said 10 years ago

    This is like a dream come true for any artist, you should be so proud! Love your work!


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  • ashleydietrich

    ashleydietrich said 10 years ago

    great story

  • AlikiBags

    AlikiBags said 10 years ago

    absolutely love your artwork and painting style!!!! So grateful that successful people like you give up their time and share their learning with greenhorns like me. WELL DONE and THANK YOU!

  • vintageurbanrenewal

    vintageurbanrenewal said 10 years ago

    I have been shying away from social networking, but I am going to look into twitter now. Thanks

  • vintageurbanrenewal

    vintageurbanrenewal said 10 years ago

    I have shyed away from social networking sites, but deep down I know this is the advertising venue of the future and it is virtually free. Thanks

  • Krystyna81

    Krystyna81 said 10 years ago

    LOVING the success stories...keep them coming! Aliki...the Etsy Community has been an incredible source of inspiration and information - I am blown away by the generocity (sp?) of the sellers here who share success tips every day. I have always felt that there is enough success to go around, and really, in our community, the more successful sellers, the better!

  • EverythingFloral

    EverythingFloral said 10 years ago

    Really good advice about twittering, makes me braver to try it :) Thanks!

  • uedition

    uedition said 10 years ago

    Thank you! It was a lovely post.

  • towhee

    towhee said 10 years ago

    thanks for the insights! cheers

  • RealisticFlorals

    RealisticFlorals said 10 years ago

    Great Article and Congratulations! Wonderful inspiration. Thanks for the Twitter tips.

  • babs3241

    babs3241 said 10 years ago

    Very to just hang in there!

  • Vintagecritter

    Vintagecritter said 10 years ago

    Congratulations! That's a very inspiring and interesting story.

  • mitziscollectibles

    mitziscollectibles said 10 years ago

    I just haven't been able to climb on board when it comes to Twitter or even Facebook. I spend a considerable amount of time on my blog, and I'm realizing that the blog alone may not be enough when it comes to social media. I am taking Kristina's advice to heart.

  • unkamengifts

    unkamengifts said 10 years ago

    Terrific! TY!

  • happygolicky

    happygolicky said 10 years ago

    Great story! Didn't think I'd ever "like" Twitter- I just thought it was too impersonal. But, I gave it a try a couple months ago and I love it. I've gotten to know some fellow shop owners. I tweet ETSY TIPS and find I am actually helping others. Plus I have custom jewelry sales directly from followers. Everyone should try it- and be patient- you'll get the hang of it! :) ByHappyGoLicky on Twitter

  • RawElement

    RawElement said 10 years ago

    your work is beautiful! Congrats on having such a special talent

  • happygolicky

    happygolicky said 10 years ago

    Here's how I got involved with Twitter. Crafting Success sells tools to help you get started with your Twitter presence (and Etsy shop presence in general). A small investment for invaluable information! Buy it and your sales will grow. I'm proof.

  • ThreadRare

    ThreadRare said 10 years ago

    This is exactly what sellers need to know about Twitter! It's an amazing networking tool, and I've had several sales (and repeat customers!) come from Twitter friends. The key is to not only tweet about your shop and listings, I am quick to unfollow anyone who floods my screen with link after link to their shop. Be a real person, that's what selling on Etsy is all about anyway!

  • DalkullanJewelry

    DalkullanJewelry said 10 years ago

    Thanks for a wonderful article on Twitter! I'm a big fan of Twitter and it's great to read some useful tips on maximizing its potential.

  • BeverlyAnn

    BeverlyAnn said 10 years ago

    Thanks for the great information, and for motivating me to start tweeting! No time like the present....I love your work. very beautiful

  • nowvintage

    nowvintage said 10 years ago

    This is a great article! First the Inspiration, and then specifics of how to do it!! Thanks!

  • KissingStrings

    KissingStrings said 10 years ago

    Thank you so much for this inspiring article! I'm new to Etsy and your article is filled with great tips.

  • PiCassieO

    PiCassieO said 10 years ago

    Wonderful story - and very inspiring. Thanks for the information!

  • nspire

    nspire said 10 years ago

    thank you for sharing this encouraging experience with everyone! It is truly amazing when you stop and think about how we are all connected, isn't it?

  • paperink

    paperink said 10 years ago

    Your story made me smile ! Thank You for sharing.

  • ezliving

    ezliving said 10 years ago

    Great advice! Thank you.

  • KatrinasJewel

    KatrinasJewel said 10 years ago

    Great post, thank you for sharing the information with all of us!

  • summerpagepress

    summerpagepress said 10 years ago

    Great advice! I joined twitter after reading this. Thanks for sharing your tips!

  • CraftedbyKrissee

    CraftedbyKrissee said 10 years ago

    I love this advice; especially being more positive about your worker. I tell people I'm a beader but maybe if I saw myself as an artist others would too.

  • wandaandkrystyna

    wandaandkrystyna said 10 years ago

    Kristina what a beautiful story, I could just feel your joy through your words of describing how you felt when you saw your painting on the front cover of Laura's book. Very helpful article also, thank you. I love your art, keep inspiring us.

  • ricerafferty

    ricerafferty said 10 years ago

    Thank you for your story! It brought a smile to my face. I love seeing how strangers connect in creative ventures and support each other.

  • KathrynGreenwald

    KathrynGreenwald said 10 years ago

    Kristina, Thank you so much for your inspiring story. Funny, I signed up for twitter but never tweet. I've got to get out there and tweet, tweet, tweet. Every little tip helps and your story was great. I so appreciate your art and your story. Thank you, Kathryn

  • Krystyna81

    Krystyna81 said 10 years ago

    A fellow Krystyna! Nice to meet you :)

  • savagekitten

    savagekitten said 10 years ago

    fantastic article. Love guarded, the piece and the name, love poetry and love the name If I look inside. What a truly wonderful partnership. x

  • onemorning85

    onemorning85 said 10 years ago

    This has been one of my favorite posts on Etsy. I really enjoyed the bit about the poet who found the perfect book cover :D And, ya know, I always hear that Twitter is great for business, but I was never told how, so thank you!

  • woodtoyz

    woodtoyz said 10 years ago

    tweeple! LOL I feel so old. Thank you for the valuable in site.

  • 4impressions

    4impressions said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing - and congratulations! I will follow you - and your advice.

  • YahYa

    YahYa said 10 years ago

    Great sharing!!!

  • BHBKidstyle

    BHBKidstyle said 10 years ago

    It looks I can´t postpone it anymore and have to get on twitter...... Thank you for sharing and congratulations on your success!

  • pickyourpockets

    pickyourpockets said 10 years ago

    wonderful advice!

  • ClockWinder

    ClockWinder said 10 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your information, insights and inspiration--it's wonderful to read a great success story and learn from your experience at the same time! Best wishes for your continuing success!

  • gailannharrison

    gailannharrison said 10 years ago

    Simply *Stunning* visual art. Your tips are very much appreciated. "I am listening for Inspiration as I Create & Prosper~ always remaining Focused". Did Ashton ever Tweet you back ;)!

  • onesweetpeach

    onesweetpeach said 10 years ago


  • essenceofsilver

    essenceofsilver said 10 years ago

    What a beautiful situation you found yourself in. Thanks for sharing and more good luck.

  • yayamom

    yayamom said 10 years ago

    Great story! Thanks for sharing. I'm curious, did Ashton ever Tweet you back???

  • Krystyna81

    Krystyna81 said 10 years ago he never did :( I did get a couple tweets from Perez Hilton...but that's not quite the same thing! I also got one from Kathey Ireland once - she seems very nice!

  • corsecrafts

    corsecrafts said 10 years ago

    Very good article

  • corsecrafts

    corsecrafts said 10 years ago

    great article

  • ecodog

    ecodog said 10 years ago

    EcoDog is on Twitter & the main thing for us, is not just marketing our product - but providing USEFUL information for readers & re-tweeting interesting eco-safe & pet-friendly info.!

  • GreenLeafCandles

    GreenLeafCandles said 10 years ago

    Inspiring, Thank you.

  • backwhen

    backwhen said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing, what a wonderful story, and successful....

  • justbecreative

    justbecreative said 10 years ago

    Wow, that is a great motivator for me to keep trucking along, thanx for sharing!

  • PyxusPassionProject

    PyxusPassionProject said 10 years ago

    Great advice! It's good to see others putting their stuff out there on twitter as well!

  • GreenTrunkDesigns

    GreenTrunkDesigns said 10 years ago

    good info thanks.

  • beachglassgonewild

    beachglassgonewild said 10 years ago

    Very informative article. Thanks for sharing!

  • cloudfibers

    cloudfibers said 10 years ago

    Twitter has brought me a lot of views but so far no sales. I tweeted about some handmade lace and got something like 20 views in seven minutes. Not sure who's looking but I'm thinking if I find the right combination it might work really well for me! Thanks for the tips and your art is beautiful!

  • CWittdesigns

    CWittdesigns said 10 years ago

    Great article and the work is beautiful. It shows your passion and love for what you do. The book was beautiful. Best wishes in the future.

  • MissKArt

    MissKArt said 10 years ago

    Thank you for the much needed 411 on Twitter. Your story is very inspiring and your artwork is amazing. There is so much depth, expression, and elegance about it. Your shop is so perfectly organized. I love that you stay true to yourself and your art and have gained such success from it. Keep up the fantastic work!

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    pasin said 10 years ago


  • pasin

    pasin said 10 years ago

    Wonderful story

  • urbanartifaks

    urbanartifaks said 10 years ago

    congrats on your cover painting--your work is awesome!! and thanks for the info-tweaks!! much needed. I need to focus on my [social] networking now that i have my shop nearly up-to-speed.

  • maryjanesheirlooms

    maryjanesheirlooms said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing--I'm definitely at that point where I'm realizing that it's ok to self promote. Thanks for the encouragement!

  • GrammieKimsCorner

    GrammieKimsCorner said 10 years ago

    Wow! I've been looking for an inspirational tool to help my Etsy business. This was so helpful. I find so much encouragement in the creativity of others. Even though I'm a paper crafter, I find inspiration for it in all types of art form. Your artwork is amazing! Congrats on the book cover. It is striking and so appropriate for the books subject. Thanks for your article.

  • ClaireCaudwell

    ClaireCaudwell said 10 years ago

    Really helpful information. Thank you!

  • gigistyle

    gigistyle said 10 years ago

    Congratulations on your book cover! I should start making time to get on tweeter.The "puzzeled heart" I like this, so I have drawn one for myself, and will look at it often. Thank you!

  • MissKiwisCrafts

    MissKiwisCrafts said 10 years ago

    This story is great! I need to tweet more

  • EugeniaEssentials

    EugeniaEssentials said 10 years ago

    I loved this story. A fantastic example of synchronicity and very inspirational. Love your artwork!

  • mybrownwren

    mybrownwren said 10 years ago

    This makes me want to tweet - like my wren...

  • TheVintageApartment

    TheVintageApartment said 10 years ago

    This is a very encouraging story, both as an artist's success story & as a Twitter how-to. I knew ahead of time that Twitter would be a great networking tool, so started tweeting the same time I opened my Etsy shop. I also started a blog at the same time. It's free, it's fun, & it's great marketing!

  • yourpaintedpet

    yourpaintedpet said 10 years ago

    Great story. Very inspiring with good tips! I plan to follow your advice! The time to start is now... (:

  • jennifercottreau

    jennifercottreau said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing, I especially like that you added focus and building relationships. I've been working hard on adding focus to my collections and I've also discovered that building relationships through networking takes time. Thanks for you insight. I really need to tweet more!

  • BeCharmedDesigns

    BeCharmedDesigns said 10 years ago

    Thank you very much for your post. I'll be tweeting....

  • styleforlife

    styleforlife said 10 years ago

    Incredible artist and such a great article that is really needed. Thank you for sharing, Emily from EL Vintage

  • brickhousevintage

    brickhousevintage said 10 years ago

    Fantastic article! Unfortunately, I am still clueless about the basics, how do you add followers on twitter? I go on twitter and don't even see where everyone posts!

  • duskflyer

    duskflyer said 10 years ago

    Thank you for giving that information for all to benefit....your art is very serene and fresh. Congratulations on your art being on the cover of a book. Tommie aka. duskflyer

  • Krystyna81

    Krystyna81 said 10 years ago

    Hi Brickhouse, Once you sign in to Twitter, search for a topic that interests you - such as Etsy, or vintage, or antiques, etc. and see who else is talking about it. Start "following" them, and then start conversations or re-tweet posts you find interesting. You will start building your own followers, too. Enjoy meeting new people, don't dwell on "who's following who" can get to that later :) you can check out my list of who I follow at

  • Krystyna81

    Krystyna81 said 10 years ago

    and THANK YOU to everyone who has posted such kind comments! I really appreciate it :)

  • PartsUnknown

    PartsUnknown said 10 years ago

    Just read the article and it's inspiring. And we're both in the Atlanta area! I'll check your list and see if there are fellow area artists that I know. I have this etsy site and another for my paintings. Maybe I should combine them.

  • artwithallie

    artwithallie said 10 years ago

    SO VERY EXCITING for you Krystyna!! Your artwork on the cover looks awesome and meant to be. I'm afraid I'm with brickhousevintage... twitterpated...completely clueless! Will definitely be looking into it though.

  • paperartistry

    paperartistry said 10 years ago

    Still finding my way around Twitter, so really appreciate this article

  • PapierLapin

    PapierLapin said 10 years ago

    i always find twitter a little confusing and time sucking...but hey, if i can spend all the time in the world doing facebook, twitting shouldn't be that bad!

  • TRacyDesign

    TRacyDesign said 10 years ago

    It took me a while to get used to Twitter, but now that I've figured out the "lingo"... I'm hooked on it. It's an efficient way to broadcast new design info, express your personality as an artist and obtain information/news as its happening in the moment. I'm building up the twit contacts... Follow me! :)

  • fullcircleimages

    fullcircleimages said 10 years ago

    great article! i've been having trouble finding a way to work twitter into my routine with my photography, but this inspires me to keep reaching out and looking for connections out there. Thanks!!

  • DeannePace

    DeannePace said 10 years ago

    Great info - thanks for sharing!

  • HippyChickBeads

    HippyChickBeads said 10 years ago

    Thank your for sharing your story and inspiring some ideas!

  • compassrosedesigns

    compassrosedesigns said 10 years ago

    What an inspiring story! Soon I am going to open my own store, "Compass Rose Designs", and I thank you for your advice on using Twitter to promote your business.

  • Dananns

    Dananns said 10 years ago

    You painted a bloom. It flowered. How exciting to see work created from heart become art and bloom fervently!Dananns

  • Fashionistachik

    Fashionistachik said 10 years ago

    Thank you for this information and your great ideas! I am doing the twitter idea! Following people who are other jewlry designers ect...

  • lolos

    lolos said 10 years ago

    Love your article Kristina! Thank you so much for sharing your experience. Lolo :-)

  • euphorianchic

    euphorianchic said 10 years ago

    Your art is blesstakingly beautiful!! Thank you for sharing your great story. It was very helpful!! Yoshika

  • SilviaMaciasDesigns

    SilviaMaciasDesigns said 10 years ago

    Congrats Kristina! Great story and nice cover painting. Thanks for sharing.

  • spiritcleanslate

    spiritcleanslate said 10 years ago

    This is what I was looking for, the info, What beautiful artwork!

  • Craftelina

    Craftelina said 10 years ago

    Very nice. I am just about to register with Twitter too.

  • carolrose2008

    carolrose2008 said 9 years ago

    Great article! It speaks volumes about social networking and just building relationships. It warmed my heart and I love your work!

  • TwinTreeCrafts

    TwinTreeCrafts said 9 years ago

    What an inspiring story! I'm not sure I want to start's seems so mainstream, but I am definately considering it.

  • lilymagaziner

    lilymagaziner said 9 years ago

    nice article! Is there a way to paste a persons twitter page (URL link) onto an etsy shop?

  • aiprllLOVEShenry

    aiprllLOVEShenry said 9 years ago

    great article. i've had an unused twitter account for over a year now and you have inspired me to change that

  • BowMoBBB

    BowMoBBB said 9 years ago

    After reading this article, you have inspired me to dive into the world tweeting. Wish me luck!


    TAMSINART said 8 years ago

    You have given me hope !!!

  • CoutureAssemblage

    Melanie Gibson said 8 years ago

    .People in the Etsy community seem to have wonderfull ethics, it's not all about the I, it seems to be more about the we! I find myself spreeding the word where ever I can. Great informative blog! lovely juberly! x

  • poojacampbell

    Pooja Campbell from 41GrantRoad said 8 years ago

    love love love! i am a figurative artist myself and you are super inspiring! thanks!

  • GemdropsoftheFalls

    GemdropsoftheFalls from GemdropsoftheFalls said 6 years ago

    Great tips! We're still trying to find our comfort on Twitter. We feel we're getting better, but would love to chat with you! (@GemdropsotFalls)

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