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Smitteniche Digs for DIY Delights and Discovers Hidden, Handmade Gems

Inviting readers to step outside of big-box buying is Smitteniche, a fun and fanciful shopping blog featuring fresh and unique finds with a handmade twist. Celebrating independent artisans and homegrown businesses, Smitteniche is poised to become an online trove for indie treasures.

Phoenix, AZ, August 30, 2008 --( Smitteniche ( is a vibrant new shopping blog that gives a voice to independent designers, artisans and craft-related business owners by focusing on a wide range of unique, handmade products.

Marketing an independent (“indie”) company can be tricky business, as Jessica Lynne Miller quickly learned after launching her line of natural mineral makeup products, J.Lynne Cosmetics, in January 2005. “When I first started my company, our products filled a niche and our marketing was primarily via word-of-mouth. But as competition grew, we discovered that marketing our products through beauty-related websites and blogs was key to attracting new customers and creating interest in our line.”

Inspired by the blogs she was introducing her own products to, and fueled by her passion for the growing community of indie crafters and designers, Jessica introduced Smitteniche in August 2008. Her enthusiasm, humor, and engaging writing style quickly resonated with readers, and encouraged her fellow creators to submit their products and shops for consideration.

“As an indie craftsperson myself, I love reading the inspirations and insights of small business owners,” Jessica explains. “So I created an interview series which would shine a spotlight on rising designers and introduce readers to their products and their world. I also believe that clear photography and engaging descriptions work wonders for enticing readers to visit an online shop, so my posts are written with a fun and friendly tone with lots of images. I want my readers to feel like I’m a trusted friend who can’t wait to give them the scoop on what’s new, hip, and unique in the handmade marketplace!”

Within its first two weeks, Smitteniche began attracting over 200 daily visitors, and the highlighted businesses have been delighted with the response. “Thank you so much for featuring my cards in your blog,” writes Smitteniche reader and featured artist, Anna. “That was a really nice post, and your blog is so well written, too. I'm honored you chose us!”

In addition to her “Meet the Indies” interview series, Jessica recently launched weekly giveaways featuring products donated by designers and artisans. She also has plans to offer affordable advertising and additional promotional opportunities for independent business owners in the near future.

About Smitteniche:

Smitteniche is a shopping blog written by Jessica Lynne Miller that features handmade designs, artwork, crafts and products from a growing community of independent designers, creators and artisans. For more information, please visit

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