Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Making Etsy Front Page, Whadda ya mean there's NO SECRET?!

Happy HumpDay Friends!

My apologies for neglecting blog world for awhile. I was pretty sure we were in the grips of FLUmageddon! But now I'm back in actiom, and I want to talk about making Etsy front page with a treasury curation,
Many treasury curators within Etsy still belive there is a secret or trick to making front page, and that is just not true.

What I want to do today is (hopefully) give you some insight,direction and possibly information you weren't aware of behind curating a Front Page worthy treasury.

Here is my most recent front page treasury. It was my 10th treasury to land Etsy home page and this one made FP this past Friday.

I want to take you through step by step my process for curating this treasury.

*The inspiration for this treasury was the print in the first spot. I had added it to my favorites a few days prior and really wanted to use it in a treasury.

*Next, I knew I wanted to create something for Mardi Gras (this was a popular tag search found on the treasury home page to the right along with a list of other popular tags)

*Another high priority for me was to include my team mates (from Treasury Supreme Team) where the rules state 3 members must be included in the top 12 spots.

*At this point my treasury held the print in the first spot, the bunting shirt in the second spot (which didnt start out there, but ended up in that spot at the end of my "gathering") and the spring garland in the eighth spot.So I started searching team mates listings and found the beautiful feather necklace from MojosFreeSpirits.

*My next step (still with only 4 items in my treasury) I went back to my favorites and searched "colorful"
bringing up the hot air balloon I had favorited from my taste test results a few days prior, along with a print from digtheearth. I added the balloon, and the print from digtheearth (which wasn't a good fit, but I loved how colorful it was, so I simply went into their shop and found this pyramid print and added it instead)

***The key to including multiple prints in a treasury (in my opinion) is to not place them next to one another. I always put items in between prints. However, sometimes a print and a still life photograph look fine next to one another, especially if there is a human still life being used in the photograph. But use your best judgement.

*My next step was to return to the team and find a member item to include. I wanted something purple because of the Mardi Gras color trends as well as to use the "amethyst" tag (the Feburary birthstone). I remembered PearlesPainting used a lot of purple in her creations (which is great!) so I headed to her shop and found the ornament trio.
*** Using a seasonal item like ornaments in a treasury out of season WILL hinder your chances of landing front page IF it's July and the item is hanging from a Christmas tree. But I didn't pause for a moment to reconsider including Pearl's ornaments,because they are on a white background. And while most people don't want to see a Christmas tree when the holiday is many months away, they do still shop for the holiday! And the color matching was perfect for my treasury!

The rest of the items were selected by knowing I wanted to include some of my favorite shops, who I knew would have perfect fitting items (the feathers from DragonpopSalesNStash,thedoll head airplant holder from EarthSeaWarrior,and the earrings from PoleStar) and by searching rainbow,green and amethyst in my favorites. With one spot for a team mate remaining, I found a ring that I loved from CStarStudio and although it wasn't a color pop,it was a bold item that fit my theme and the rest of the treasury!

I try to always use clean,crisp pictures for my listings. Non distracting backgrounds and items that match current trends or themes.
I always keep track of the current trends by reading the Etsy blog and Merchandising Desk.
Also,what works for me and makes me feel like I curated a treasury that is visually pleasing and front page worthy, is variety and flow. By flow, I mean, I didn't put a ring next to another ring. I didn't put feathers beside feathers, I didn't put feet in the top row and a lamp in the bottom (to me it is visullay distracting to see a pair of feet in the top row, when my brain is telling me feet belong at the bottom! That could just be my own personal quirk!) and I stuck to my theme and style from start to finish.

If you see something that catches your attention and you think might inspire something later on (like I did with the Fused print) add it to your favorites and come back to it later.

Try to add a varitey of price ranges to your treasury. Remember Etsy Front Page is their store front, and they want shoppers to know they have a variety of options.

As you can probably guess from my descriptive quest, I don't just find colors that match a throw together a treasury. I take my time and try to do justice for each piece by making them all a part of something beautiful and attention grabbing.

Here is a link to Merchandising Desk, which you may or may not already know about. I refer to it often for current trends, themes, and special occasions to help inspire my treasury curating!

If you have any curating questions or concerns, you can leave me a comment. While I don't claim to be an expert, I am always willing to help.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Why I heart Etsy!

Yes,tis true! I love Etsy almost as much as I love Pepsi and Cadbury mini eggs!!

Etsy is like Disneyland for handmade and vintage lovers. Where you get tired from all the hours spent clicking from one awesome item to the next,but you just can't leave because around the next "corner" may be something even more exciting! Your eyes are burning but your soul is saying "YES!! I knew that handmade felt pumpkin wearing a pirate costume would be around that corner!!" and so you stay,shop maybe and always, always come back for more!
The fantastic creations or beautiful vintage finds are not the only reasons I adore Etsy....
The treasury curating,ahhh treasuries!! I love finding pieces I love and partnering them with other beautiful finds to create an artistic dance of beauty or to tell a story from image to image.
Most of the fun in curating is collecting the images! I love to challenge myself and create an unusual treasury so the thrill of the hunt is almost as exciting as the finished product!

Which brings me to......


Starting tomorrow I am going to create a page here on my blog, called Look What I found Friday and I will share with you all something very awesome and cool from a shop on Etsy, it may be handmade,it may be vintage,it may be quirky or strange! You'll just have to come back tomorrow to look at what I found!!

k, now I got stuff to do

Monday, January 23, 2012

Another week begins and ends

I had a FANTASTIC week getting to know the shop that is TableTop Jewels on Etsy!
Her beautiful and well crafted doilies,coffee cozies and accessories brought great inspiration from some fun treasury curation this week! (Visit my recent treasuries page to see some)

Sharon is a wonderful lady and Etsy shop owner! Be sure to visit her for Spring decor, and gifts for that special lady in your life. She has stunning pieces that would make any mother feel special on Mother's Day!

I hope you had  fun Sharon!!

Spring Decor // Turquoise // Doily // Hand Crocheted // Gift for the home

Hand crocheted doily, new, 9 by 8 inch heart, honeysuckle pink, table decor, frame for wall decor

Hand crochet lace beach stone antique violet fringed creamy lace center dark turquoise river rock housewarming gift shabby chic

Monday, January 16, 2012

A New Week!

Welcome to all my new followers and thanks for chillin with the peacock :)

I'm excited for a new week of promos and getting some fantastic shops the help they need!!

There's still room for one more shop if you're interested in a part of this week's promo line-up, just send me message at

Don't forget about my FREE advertisement offer to the first person who refers 7 friends to follow the promotion peacock either here on the blog or on my facebook page!!/pages/The-Promotion-Peacock/163499310422163

More fun stuff to come this week :)

Saturday, January 14, 2012

First Promo Week

My first week of promos is about to come to an end! But my work is not done yet!!
I've had a lot of fun this week making treasuries and facebook(ing). I've loved getting familiar with some lovely handmade items in these beautiful shops! Not to mention how FANTASTIC the shop owners are!!
If you missed some of the promos, here are a few highlights:

Valentine goodies from the featured shops:

Lavender Sachets with Chamomile Valentine Hearts

Tango Love Painted Stone Art - Owls in Love

Feather Earrings Zebra Black White Red Feathers

Art Red Rose Original Art Card

Tuesday, January 10, 2012


 The first person to refer 7 friends to follow my fb and/or blog will get one week of FREE advertisement for their shop from The Promotion Peacock during the month of Feb. Just make sure to tell your friends to leave a comment either on the fb page or on the blog saying you sent them!!

Here is the link to facebook!/pages/The-Promotion-Peacock/163499310422163

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Thanks for checking out The Promotion Peacock!

Please visit my "What is The Promotion Peacock" page to have a full understanding of what it is I do and can do for you!

I'm just getting started so please be patient while I fancy things up and iron out some kinks!