Win Free Hand Knit Fingerless Gloves – Enter Our Pinterest Contest Today

How would you like to win a free pair of hand knit fingerless gloves?  Gloves that are completely unique and unlike any other pair on earth?   Simply enter our Pinterest contest, which ends Feb 25.  Better hurry!  See the rules in my earlier post.  We’ll even pay your shipping.

Here are a few new items in the Etsy shop, including a couple more pairs of fingerless gloves.

The first is knit of Malabrigo superwash yarn.

Malabrigo Ribbed Fingerless Mitts

And I just finished this spectactular and super soft shawl in an alpaca/wool blend (75% alpaca, 25% wool).

Alpaca/Wool Shawl

Isn’t that the cutest shawl pin ever?  You can get it here.  The artist is on vacation right now, but will be back in early March.  She has the best shawl pins I’ve ever seen, cows, mermaids, giraffes, you name it, she can make it.

Cheryl just completed this very sweet pink and white scarf.  Perfect for spring, it reminds me of apple blossoms.

Apple Blossom Scarf

And there’s another pair of Malabrigo mitts.

Malabrigo Mitts Aguas

There are a lot of other pairs of fingerless mitts in the Etsy shop right now.  Go take a look at all the available gloves, and then enter the contest today.  We will be choosing a winner on Monday, Feb. 25.  Entry is easy and Pinterest is always fun.

Good luck!

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Love Your Heart Pinterest Contest

Did you know heart disease is the number one killer of women in the US?  I’m willing to bet it’s pretty high on the list in all industrialized countries.

February is Heart Health Awareness Month, and to bring increased awareness (and to add to the Valentine’s Day fun) we are running our first contest on our Pinterest page.

Pinterest Contest

Here are the rules.

Follow us on Pinterest.

Between now and Feb. 25 create a pinboard entitled “I Heart Indigo Kitty Knits”.

Pin 12 images, each one representing one of  the following themes.  Do this in the listed order so we can tell which is which.

1.    Retro Valentine

2.    Red Dress

3.    Chocolate

4.    Handmade Jewelry from Etsy

5.    Heart Healthy Eating

6.    Flowers

7.    An Item You Love From Our Etsy Shop

8.    Love

9.    Favorite Exercise to Keep your Heart Healthy

10.  A Place For Lovers

11.  Stress Management

12.  Heart

Send us an email at indigokittycontest@gmail.com with a link to your pinboard.  We’ll select our favorite and the winner will receive a free pair of fingerless mitts (your choice) from our Etsy shop.  We’ll even pay the shipping.  If you don’t see anything you like right now let us know and we’ll make you something you’ll love.

Take a look at my sample contest pinboard for some ideas.

Book Review – Pinterest Power

I randomly picked up a book from the New Books shelf at the library last week. It was a lucky find – I think it’s going to teach me a lot!

Pinterest Power by Jason Miles and Karen Lacey outlines the reasons businesses should be using Pinterest to market their business, build their brand, and increase sales.  Then they give you specific, detailed information on how to do it.

Pinterest Power

Jason Miles and his wife, Cinnamon, own Liberty Jane Clothing, a wildly sucessful business which creates clothes and patterns for clothing for American Girl Dolls.  Cinnamon has gorgeous Pinterest boards and they are clearly experts at using social media to grow their business.  Jason also wears some other hats, including teaching as an adjunct professor at Northwest University’s School of Business Management in Seattle.

Karen Lacey is a writer and a guru on entrepreneurship.  She’s written several books and screenplays.  Her newest book is  The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Elance (which I have not yet read, but it’s on my list!).

Pinterest Power is well written and easy to read.  As I read, I find I’m very motivated to apply the information I’m gathering.  I’ve created well thought out pinboards, each with it’s own theme, and done some brainstorming to better understand who my customers are – both things the book recommends.

Maybe none of this is advanced business knowledge, but I am finding it very helpful in creating a coherent plan to fully utilize Pinterest (and other social networks).  My copy of the book is heavily marked up, full of stickies, and I’ve started a little journal for notetaking.

I also am finding this book is helping me to think like a business owner.   That’s a big benefit to reading it.

Jason has written several other books, Price It Like Picasso and Craft Business Power, both of which are on my short list to read in the near future (I bought them both).

Some of my favorite take-aways from this book so far:

1.  Not all social media is for every business.  My business is very visual, so Twitter isn’t a very useful venue for me, and I’ve decided not to spend a terribly large amount of time on it.

2.  How to decide if my Pinterest personality should be personal or corporate, the pitfalls and advantages of each, and how to create the personality I chose.

3.  How to build relationships with other pinners and encourage them to repin my pins, thus increasing my product’s exposure.

I recommend this book to everyone who has a business (for profit or nonprofit) who is looking for free and time efficient ways to grow their sales.

Jason has a blog called Marketing on Pinterest.  Check it out!