If you’re a caffeine addict like most of the world, you’ll  obviously need a cute coffee mug to drink out of. Am I right!?

As some of you know, I run an Etsy Shop, but with busy summer days comes low sales and not as many views as a small business owner hopes for. So I figured I would do a shameless plug for myself since I also run a blog. It’s like a win-win for both. Create content + get a possible sale.

I haven’t been able to stock my shop with as many new ideas as I would like. But maybe one of these weekends I can get some ideas out of my head and onto coffee mugs.

Here are 5 Cute Coffee Mugs Found on Etsy

(in my shop *wink*)

Mermaid at Heart

You can get this cute coffee mug ——> here

This is a cute mermaid at heart glitter coffee mug using a mix of blue and pink glitter to match the cup design.

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I love handmade gifts and supporting small businesses. They may end up costing more than what you’re used to buying, but brick and mortar stores mass produce, so the cost is always going to be lower. These are one woman Etsy shops where everything is made with skill and love.

There are so many great Etsy shops to be found on Etsy, but I just adore these ones.

And in no particular order…

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It’s that time again!

Fall is in the air, the leaves are changing and pumpkin spice has already begun!

I wish I had more hours in the day to create coffee mug designs, but my time is occupied by a needy toddler and chores. I think I need to hire a maid for a day every couple of weeks since cleaning is such a drag! Lol

If you love fall and coffee as much as I do, then you’ll love these fall coffee mugs on Etsy.

You may not like this one if you’re one of those weird people who loathes pumpkin anything. I mean, who doesn’t love pumpkin spice lattes!? Oh yeah, my weird friend Jennifer!

Pumpkin spice coffee mug

What’s the craziest Pumpkin Spice product you’ve seen?


This is one of my favorite movies to watch on TV everytime Halloween rolls around. Hocus Pocus is a Halloween classic!!

I’m contemplating putting different quotes with the Sanderson sisters image. So if “I put a spell on you” doesn’t exactly suit your fancy, I can accommodate others as long as the quote fits.

What’s your favorite Halloween movie?


The pumpkin king is here! I love Tim Burtons’ Nightmare Before Christmas and would love to live just like Jack and Sally.

Jack skellington coffee mug

Jack skellington coffee mug

I bet most of you can relate with the nightmare before coffee

I’m usually grumpy and sluggish until I get my daily dose of caffeine.

I’ll be doing a coffee recipe post coming up soon, so be on the lookout for that.

You can find these coffee mugs, plus a variey of others over at my Jenn Makes it Cute Etsy Store.

Have an idea in mind? Let us know.

Learning the Tricks of Etsy and Getting Sales

Around March, my Etsy shop finally decided to take off and I currently have 90 sales under my belt. Now I know to the big Etsy sellers, my measly 90 sales over at my Mean Muggin It is nothing, but to me, it’s a huge milestone.

I’ve worked my butt off trying to fix my listing titles, tags, descriptions, SEO, etc. Basically, it’s like another blog and requires constant effort.

Most people think you just list a few things on Etsy and you’ll get sales; Wrong!

Things I’ve learned about the algorithm of Etsy




  • Titles need to be filled to the max with keywords of your item. I separate them with a backslash or a comma, then paste them into the tag section. You need to use up all 13 tags.
  • Keywords and tags also need to be more than one word. Be descriptive. Think of what you’d be searching for to find your item.
  • Your keywords also need to be implemented into your description. The part where you describe the process and detailing of your item.

Great Photos

It also helps to have clear photos that stand out and catch the eye. I am still working on this part since it’s hard to do great pics in Sunlight and/or inside the house. I am contemplating on building a light box or even purchasing a cheapo one from Amazon to use with both my phone and DSLR camera in hopes that it will make my photos more enticing and in turn generate more sales.

Having your item staged with something next to it to give a size comparison is also good. Shows the buyer just how big your item is comparatively.



I have heard that filling out your profile and policies 100% leads to more views. Regardless of views, you’ll want to do this so you are backed by your shop policies if something were to go awry.

Social Media

You’ll want to build a social media following specifically for your Etsy business. I mainly like Instagram as I get way more interaction there than on Facebook. Probably because the Facebook pages only show to a small percentage of your followers. Don’t sign up for the business Instagram account. They could eventually show you to less and fewer people like Facebook since they were bought out by Facebook.

Establish a following on whatever social media sites you prefer, I recommend Instagram and Pinterest, and to use relative hashtags for your product and watch the likes, comments and follows come in. (Especially on Instagram and Pinterest)

Introduce new products on social media first that way you get them interested enough, they’ll be waiting for you to list it on Etsy. Announce sales with coupon codes, flash sales, giveaways, whatever to get a little online traffic.

Click on the relative hashtags that you’ve used in your posts and go heart a few of the people’s photos who have used the same hashtag. It gets them over to your profile and can lead to a possible sale. For instance, I use the hashtag #idrinkandiknowthings from #gameofthrones since I have made a mug and tumbler with that quote. Then I go heart peoples public posts.

It’s my number 1 seller so far!

There are plenty more tips, so maybe I’ll do a second edition post as I learn more tricks of the trade.

Do you have any tips or suggestions for Etsy sellers whether you’re a buyer or a seller?

A photo of one of my products on Etsy; the simplistic wedding ring dish with initials.

Simplistic Initial Wedding Ring Dish

After 2 and a half months of getting our Jenn Makes it Cute etsy shop up, I am happy to say we got our first etsy sale. Yay!

And it was my seahawks inspired paper mobile for a nursery, kids room or wherever you see fit.


It has been a little discouraging to know that etsy is basically like a blog and it requires a lil more work than just posting your items and hoping you get a sale. You need to keyword your titles and descriptions and the more favorites/views you get, the better your listing will rank in the search.

I hope this means my work is paying off and that many more sales are to come.

Thank you for looking and possibly even buying. Just remember we can do custom orders as well.

Jenn Makes it Cute