Monday, July 30, 2007

Destash crazy

Sorry for the extended absence. I was going though my bead supplies, and I discovered lots and lots of things I just don't use anymore. I invite any and all crafters to sift through the destash section of my shop and give these supplies a good home! Everything is at or below cost!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

What does Elise do for a living?

If you were to ask that question at this very moment that I write this, my answer would be that I beat Harry Potter fans off with a stick. I work at a public library in the technical services department. I get to unpack, invoice and receive all the new materials the library gets. Lousy pay, decent benefits, and co-workers I wouldn't trade for the world. Dealing with the vendors is another story, but I guess everyone needs a nemesis. ;)

I'm trying to turn Etsy into a supplementary income. I've yet to break even, but hopefully the upcoming shopping season will change that.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Where did the name Betani come from?

Betani is not my real name. That's Elise. When I signed up at Etsy, I was a buyer only, and Betani is a commonly used handle for me. When I decided to open a shop and found out that I couldn't change my username, I just worked it into my shop name.

Going further back, the origin of Betani stems back a few years ago. I always had disdain for my name being mispronounced all the time. I always thought Bethany was a pretty name, and sometimes wished my name was simpler like that. When we bought the online role-playing game Everquest, I created a character and wanted to use the name Bethany, but in order to stay in character with the lizard people, I needed it to sound more exotic. So, Bethany morphed into Betani, with the accent on the 'a'.

So, Betani has since become my more adventurous alter-ego. And since starting an Etsy shop took much courage for me, and has been an adventure in and of itself, I think it fits quite nicely.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007


Hello everyone!

Pardon my dust as I set up shop. This blog is for my Etsy store, I'll be sharing my new products and ideas here, and I welcome any feedback and constructive criticism. So, stay tuned, and thanks for stopping by!