Okay! I promised more information concerning some of the features on www.byhand.me --specifically the Spotlight feature. For those of you who are familiar with Etsy Treasuries, Spotlights are similar. They allow you to curate 9 items in a gallery format. Unlike an Etsy Treasury, you can pull from multiple venues to create one display, you don’t need to wait for one to “become available“, they never expire, You can make them using your own items or a mix of various crafters and you can pull from a number of sites including Etsy, Artfire, 1000 Markets, and more. I believe there are now 7 sources for listings.
Spotlights are extremely easy to create and you can arrange the photos to your heart’s delight. The instructions are given in an easy to follow, step-by-step manner and takes only minutes to do once you’ve decided what items you wish to feature. (That part took me the longest!) You can create as many Spotlights as you like and you can transport them to just about anyplace you’d like to show them off. (For example, on blogs like this one!)
I tried my hand at Spotlighting tonight and created this “Under the Etsy Sea” collection featuring three of my own items and five from other Etsy shops that caught my eye. (The three clothing pieces are mine.) I did a format featuring only eight items as it would fit better in this blog formatting.
So, go ahead and try your hand at making a Spotlight. They're really easy and lots of fun!