Make It Metallic

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Metallic is defined as anything made of or looks like its made of metal. Different metals tend to be popular at different times. At this time silver seems to be the hot metallic. I know some who follow the trends, but truthfully its personal preference.

We want to see all your metallics. Tell us all about your metallic item. What is it? What does it do? And so on….

Pam from PearlsVintagebyPam says metallic means tin! I collect unique tins and I found this fantastic guitar tin. It’s clean, it shines and vibrates as it prepares to play for you! Rock and Roll!

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Electric guitar tin

Gillian from Gillisflowers said I like playing with different papers and often combine them in different ways. For this metallic looking hair comb I layered a VERY fine and delicate tissue paper in shades of blue on to a piece of silver foil paper. I love the finished effect and this hair comb really looks more like metal than paper.

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Rose hair clip

Linda from LazyYVintage states these lovely green metal angel candle holders are a favorite of mine. They have brass candle holder cups and are painted to look like tarnished copper.

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Green metal angel candle holder

Dawn from DeeDeeSupplies says being a supplies shop I have lots of metal in my shop!! These swirly beads are my favourite at the moment … I love the way they capture and reflect light due to their flowing shape.

Because of this swirly reflective quality they are not only great for statement jewellery but would also be great for home decor design such as wind chimes!

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Silver swirl beads

Diana from joliefemmebydiana said a lightweight little bag to use for evening is great with a metallic touch! One of these has gold metallic accents with green and the other has silvery metallic with teal. Both make a great gift!

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Metallic evening bag

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit states we originally created this design for the Net Neutrality protest many years ago now, but we keep it listed to show our support for Net Neutrality. We encourage Etsy sellers to show your advocacy in your Etsy shop and social media. www.etsy.com/advocacy/net-neutrality

Personalization, using any combinations of the designs in our portfolio and fonts we have available in our selection, is included in the cost of the products in our Etsy shop, but we also offer and specialize in commissioned inspired designs including images submitted on request. Submit your own images, have us create an inspired design with your inspiration.

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Net neutrality stainless steel mug

Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns says this necklace is made from upcycled metal guitar strings wound with a thin metal jewellery wire. The memory wire necklace is also metal, and while the feature bead is plastic it has a statement metal presence.

This is a great gift for the music lover!

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Guitar string necklace with silver bead

Natalia from KMalinkaVintage said here is gold gilt vintage 1950s electric alarm clock by Matson it has an ornate ormolu gilt frame with dogwood bird.

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Vintage matson gold gilt clock

Connie from Bungalow42 states the Mardi Gras rainbow of shimmering colors in these dangle earrings will literally go with any party attire. Check out all those cool iridescent colors. No glitter here but rather a metallic finish applied to these most unusual lightly ribbed vintage lucite beads.

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Mardi gras lightweight earrings

Elisabeth from LizPOriginals says love I adore metallic … adds fantastic touch to mundane pieces. like the metallic finish on these oval beads –featured in my Christmas ornaments.

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Silver peacock Christmas tree ornament

Tovi from tovisorgaboutique said we print on leather and have a very unique range printing on metallic leather, so our products have a beautiful metallic feature, combined with rich, high-definition print design.

Some of our most popular products include metallic leather clutch bags, cuff wallets, bracelets and this particularly yummy Birds of Paradise tote bag – which features a toucan on one side and a cockatoo on the other.

Leather tote bag

Nancy from EponasCrystals states gold, gold and more gold! This statement ring has layers of golden ball chain and rhinestone cup chain, with Swarovski crystal chatons.

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Rhinestone statement ring

Judy from JAMsCraftCloset says my sweet metallic silver flower girl basket will bring smiles to everyone as she walks down the aisle spreading her rose petals. The PERFECT accessory for the PERFECT wedding.

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Flower girl vintage basket

 

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Outdoor Entertaining

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

There are so many places you can entertain in your home, including in your outdoor spaces. Have a screened porch or deck? Make it a party spot with lighting, decor and so much more.

We want to see all your outdoor entertaining products. Please tell us all about them and how they fit with the theme. How would you use the item? What makes it special?

Susan-Sharon Passmore from MsPDesignsUSA says we really enjoy spending time outdoors in the evening during the autumn months, when the sun is going down and the temperatures are dropping. It is a great time to enjoy a cozy outdoor supper!

A pretty table setting adds to the enjoyment of friends & food on the patio! Make a beautiful runner and some matching place mats with our “Easy Pieced Leaves” pattern to create the perfect autumn table!

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pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam said sitting on the back deck in the evening! Let’s light a candle for romantic lighting! We had a large deck built and received 2 wooden adirondack chairs as a gift by my son.

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Marjorie Scenna from mscenna states I love decorating my outdoor spaces and especially love accenting with wind chimes and mobiles.

I’ve created this unique wind chime with an eclectic mix of re-purposed jewelry in metallic tones and black, a great accent for a patio, porch or deck!

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Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says this tapas condiment set is ideal for casual outdoor dining! And would make a great foodie gift.

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Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit said our BBQ Tool Sets offer the opportunity to give the kitchen a break and spend time outside and are an excellent gift which can be admired and put to good use. Entertain in the style you design in our Etsy shop! We believe that every gift giving opportunity can become a personalized gift giving experience when you take the time and make the effort to create a custom engraved gift for your gift recipient. We are free spirited artists and employ a variety of skills learned from years of experience to offer our customers what they are looking for, in the style they are looking for, with no reason to look anywhere else. We transform items into artwork with the personalized touch and encourage our customers to turn a gift giving opportunity into a gift giving experience to be useful and appreciated.

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Beer And Wine Lovers

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Most of us have a few libations from time to time. Most of us tend to like either wine or beer. This love usually follows us in what we create.

What do you have in your shop that relates to beer or wine? Please tell us anything and everything about your item.

Pam from PearlsVintagebyPam says here is a  beautiful cobalt blue Italian decanter.

Great for entertaining and offering guests wine or liquor. It  has a cork stopper to seal top and is a great vintage barware gift.

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Blue tapered decanter

Cindy from Cynhumphrey said does drinking wine bring out the wild side of you? These WILD looking wine glass charms may just be a perfect fit for you! They not only show you like to have fun, but offer a way for you and others getting wild with you, the opportunity to “mark your territory” and spot your personal glass easily.

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wood beaded wine glass charms

Cerena from CerenaLevene states that who doesn’t enjoy a nice red in a pretty glass?

This card is printed from my original painting that was created to celebrate our fifth year as an international art group, CanvasOrClay which was a great way for artists to come together and create and inspire and critique our art on yahoo groups back in the early days of eBay and AOL

Titled “Here’s to Us”, it is a tribute to friends and fellow artisans coming together to create more than friendships.

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wine enthusiast note card

Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns says I love a really cold beer on a hot summer day, and enjoy a wine with meals. I also love a bubbly champas when celebrating and having fun!

This handmade ceramic champagne flute is the perfect way to celebrate and would make a great fathers or mothers day gift, 21st birthday or graduation gift or milestone birthday gift!

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Ceramic champagne flutes

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit said we specialize in creating personalized glassware for any spirit or spirited occasion including beer mugs, beer tasting flights, and craft beer glasses! We encourage our customers to take their enjoyment of spirits and brewing to the next level and create their own personalized glassware set to enjoy and entertain with. Choose from our designs, submit your own images, or have us create a design for your brew! We have an entire shop section devoted to Beer, another devoted to Wine, and a third devoted to Distilled Spirits in addition to the other product canvases we have available in our shop. Make your next gift giving opportunity into a spirited gift giving experience to be enjoyed and put to good use. Please drink responsibly in style, in your own home, and don’t drink and drive!

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Personalized craft beer set

Linda  from LazyYVintage states I love wine. Wine tastings, wine with dinner, wine on the porch talking over our day, wine with friends, and driving trips to find….more wine!

Vintage barware in the Lazy Y is an extension in our love of wine, entertaining, and being entertained. Drop by for a nice white Riesling or sweet Moscato on a summer evening.

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Member Feature: StainedGlassYourWay

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Please join us in welcoming Sharon of Stained Glass Your Way, our featured member!

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Tell us about yourself.

I’ve been doing stained glass for over 15 years, and glass fusing for three years. It started by taking a class through my local community college, and I was hooked! I have been an administrator for a volunteer fire department for 18 years, and just recently left that job to pursue my art full-time. I’m very excited to have the time to devote to developing new pieces, and learning new techniques!

When did you open your business and what make you decide to do so?

I’ve been doing glass work for 15 years, and decided to try my hand at selling it in 2012 on Etsy. It has slowly grown each year, and now that I decided to pursue my passion full-time, I’m hoping to grow my business and add new types of pieces in the upcoming year.

Tell us a bit about your products.

In stained glass, I create suncatchers and larger panels/windows up to 2 foot x 3 foot. I also love to create 3D stained glass sculptures. In fused glass, I create ornaments, pendants, wall vases, garden stakes, and glass paintings that can be used for serving boards/trivets, or displayed on an easel. I also welcome the challenge of creating custom pieces. Stained glass involves cutting and shaping pieces of a design, wrapping each piece in copper foil, and soldering them together. Depending on the shape, they may also be framed in zinc or came. Fused glass involves cutting and shaping glass pieces, and firing them in the kiln to fuse/melt them together. Some pieces only require one 24-hour firing. Other pieces like bowls and plates that use a mold require two 24-hour firings. Different effects can be created in the kiln based on the firing schedule used.

What inspires your work?           

Being born and raised in Maryland, my art encompasses a wide variety of styles that reflect the diversity of our area. We have beaches, mountains, big cities and small towns all within 100 miles and I love them all! As such, I jump from creating traditional pieces to abstract/modern designs and back again as the feeling strikes me. Stained glass is very enduring and lends itself to family keepsakes. I love working with customers to create custom pieces that mean something special to them, whether it be a pet portrait of their family pet, or a landscape of their family homestead.

What are your future goals for the business this year? What is your dream for this business?

 Now that I am devoting myself full-time to my art, my goal is to double the number of pieces in my inventory, and also participate in many more art shows to increase sales and my network in the artisan community. I also plan to take additional classes to learn decorative soldering and the lead came construction method so that I can offer new and different art pieces.

What makes your business stand out from businesses that sell similar products?

I believe that the wide variety of styles and pieces I offer make my business stand out from other stained glass shops. I don’t specialize in any one type of style, and I offer custom designs to meet virtually anyone’s needs in anything under a 2ft x 3 ft size. Variety is the spice of life!

Tell us a bit about your work space. Do you have a separate studio?

My studio is located in my basement, and is an organized chaos of glass and supplies. The basic tools needed are relatively few–a glass grinder, soldering iron, kiln, and 3 or 4 hand tools are all I need to create my art. My “packing room” is in a spare bedroom lines with shelves for boxes, bubble wrap, tape, etc.

What have you learned since opening your business that you wish you had known before hand?

Patience, and to never stop reading and learning about your trade and different sales techniques. Online sales is constantly changing, and you have to be vigilant to stay on top of SEO and social media trends.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Set realistic goals for yourself, and don’t expect to get rich quick! It takes a lot of hard work, time, and patience to learn and apply what you need to, and to continuously adapt as things change.

When you’re not working, what do you like to do to unwind and have fun? Do you have any hobbies?

I enjoy hanging with my family and getting outdoors to hike or go canoeing whenever the weather permits! I’m also a big movie buff, and try to get out to the theater once a week (especially with the new comfy leather recliners they have now!)

What is your favorite quote?

I have found the most true and useful quote is one given to me by my training when I sold investments–“You have to ask for the business”. It is so true in all aspects of life. You have to ask for what you want, and don’t assume others can read your mind and automatically know.

Where can people find out more about your business?  

My Etsy shop is www.stainedglassyourway.etsy.com Don’t hesitate to message me to inquire on custom designs as well!

 Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Just that I thank you very much for the opportunity to share my art and aspirations with you!

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Very Vintage

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Vintage is a very big part of what is for sale here on Etsy. There are home decor, games, clothing and more. There are now things that are considered vintage from when I was growing up.

We want to know what you have in your shop that is vintage. We would also like you to tell us something about the item.

Linda from LazyYVintage says I love vintage and antiques, always have. Milk glass is a favorite as is American glassware makers. Fenton glass is beautiful and collectible. This lovely milk glass cake stand is designed in Fenton’s silver crest line of milk glass serving ware. So a lovely addition to your next holiday or dinner party.

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Fenton milk glass silver crest cake stand

NeatoKeen said I collect and sell vintage tea towels with fun graphics from the mid-century. I was first drawn to them because they made me smile. I am continually amazed that I keep finding “new” designs after a decade of looking for them. This London souvenir tea towel is one of my favorites because there are 55 people from all walks of life on it. I never tire of looking at it. In fact, I have one framed and hanging in my house!

Vintage Tea Towel London people

Mrs A from 2aEmporium states that I like Vintage because it reminds me of happy memories from the past. I feature many vintage items at 2aEmporium. This Homer Laughlin Gravy Boat from the 1950s is one of my favorites. One day I was watching a rerun of The Andy Griffith Show. While Andy, Opie and Aunt Bee were eating dinner, one of them passed a gravy boat. I yelled “Hey, that’s a Homer Laughlin Gravy Boat. It looks just like the one I have in my shop.” Now, while I’m quite sure that the gravy boat I have listed isn’t the exact same one used on The Andy Griffith Show…wouldn’t it be fun to pretend it was?

Vintage gravy boat

Pam from PearlsVintagebyPam says vintage tea kettles are special. This copper Revere kettle is very special.  My father in law worked at Revere Copper and Brass in Rome NY. I am featuring a copper tea kettle.

Copper and Brass tea kettle

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese said who doesn’t love vintage books! This is a kids cookbook made in the early 1980’s. it has some cartoon type pictures drawn next to the recipes.

Kids cookbook

Member Feature: Kestrel Collection

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Please join us in welcoming Kristen of KestrelCollection, our featured member!

KestrelCollection

Tell us about yourself.

Hello and Well met! I’m an old soul and young at heart. A scientist and an artist. I love to live and live to love. But I’m pretty quiet in day to day life… just observing and thinking… some people think I’m shy but I’m not at all!

When did you open your business and what make you decide to do so?

In 2003 I started making jewelry for friends and relatives. I was working long hours at my day job and was often coming home stressed out. Spending my evenings designing jewelry for someone else turned out to be my favorite way to relax and switch gears before bed. It wasn’t long after that I started up my Etsy store.

Tell us a bit about your products.

I love blacks and grays and find the look elegant so there is a lot of black jewelry in my shop. I also love COLORS especially creating floral and natural inspired jewelry using colors that are brighter than nature.

What inspires your work?           

I’m kind of a nerd.  I take my inspiration from the books I read, the movies I watch, nature, and old mythology. Right now I’m working on a line of steampunk jewelry inspired by movies.

What are your future goals for the business this year? What is your dream for this business?

 This year I want to increase sales by 10% by utilizing better tags and working with social media more to engage customers. This year I also plan to sell at my first craft show!

What makes your business stand out from businesses that sell similar products?

All of my items are one of a kind. I follow my inspiration and then move on to the next
thing that strikes me.

Because of this all my items are guaranteed to be a gift the recipient will have all to
themselves. They are great conversation starters.

The way I work creates another positive for the customer in that all my items are ready
to ship. My shop policy says I ship within 5-7 days but I am usually faster than that.

Also if a customer messages me I can easily get their order out the next business day
so they have that special gift on time.

Tell us a bit about your work space. Do you have a separate studio?

My workspace is a desk in the corner of my living room. I love being able to work and still hang out with my husband at the same time. I am kind of a neat freak so when I’m done each day everything packs up into the drawers and cupboards. This way I can keep it a multi use space and it keeps everything safe from my feline helper.

What have you learned since opening your business that you wish you had known before hand?

Advertising and social media are truly vital to the success of your shop. In the past I haven’t enjoyed that part of the work so I tend to neglect it occasionally… But wow! It’s amazing the results that happen when you start connecting with your customers and sharing your process and your day. It’s fun too when you look at it as another way to learn.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

I spent a long time thinking about it, then a long time more planning for it… I wanted to make it perfect from day one and that held me back. You will learn as you go and improve the storefront as you go so just dive in!! One solid piece of advice though is pictures, pictures, pictures. Research how other sellers of your product stage their photos to get a feel for where the market is at. Make yours clear, bright, and use all 5 slots on a listing. People want to see what they are buying!

When you’re not working, what do you like to do to unwind and have fun? Do you have any hobbies?

I love to learn and reinvent myself. I’ve been a research scientist, high school teacher, and flavor chemist. Now I’m a project manager for a food company. I love my day job. However, it is through my art that I am able to continuously learn and grow as I try out new materials and techniques. My jewelry business allows me to reinvent myself with every new idea. My other hobby is reading. A book is such a lovely way to experience a new world.

What is your favorite quote?

I am a reader remember? Picking just one quote is so hard… Can I have 2 and a poem? “All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.” -Edgar Allan Poe A man once told the Buddha “I want Happiness.”

The Buddha replied, “First remove I, that is ego. Then remove want, that is desire. Now you have happiness.” “What is Success”? To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;

To appreciate beauty; To find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived; This is to have succeeded. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Where can people find out more about your business?  

I am also on Instagram at KristenCreates. There I share progress pictures of new jewelry plus pictures of my drawings and other adventures.

 Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Thanks for the opportunity to share with you about myself and my art! Have a wonderful day!

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If you would like to be featured, please go to the CIJ Etsy Forum and fill out the questionnaire. Please note you must be a member of the CIJ Etsy team to be featured.

Member Feature: Treasures From The Lake

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Please join us in welcoming Donna of Treasures From The Lake, our featured member!

Treasures From The Lake

Tell us about yourself.

My name is Donna and I live in NE Ohio. close to Lake Erie. I am married, and have one daughter who is an RN at a big Children’s Hospital. And I have two grandchildren (4 and 8 months), who I watch a few days a week. We have been collecting beach glass and other items for around 4 years. Prior to that we used to collect shells when we vacationed in South Florida. I have always loved the beach.

When did you open your business and what make you decide to do so?

I opened shop two years ago in June. After collecting all the beach glass in many containers, my husband said that i should do something with the glass. So I began looking at tutorials on the internet, youtube, and other crafting sites. I self taught myself wire wrap techniques, that I am always trying to refine. My family encouraged me to sell the creations So after being persuaded, I decided to give it a try.

Tell us a bit about your products.

I design jewelry (necklaces, bracelets and earrings) from genuine Beach glass that I collect from Lake Erie. There are rare colors (blues, reds etc) that I will on occasion purchase from very trusted sources. I also make bookmarks, keychains and specialize in keepsake Christmas ornaments including trees, bells, and angels.

What inspires your work?           

I take inspiration from many things. Sometimes it is the shape of the glass and sometimes a design pops into my head. Other times I have no idea, and the wire seems to take over and have a life of its own I work best at night when most people are sleeping Other times, the customer tells me what they have in mind as I welcome special orders.

What are your future goals for the business this year? What is your dream for this business?

 Continue to refine and expand my wire techniques and expand into drilled pieces. I hope to increase sales and my customer base My goal is to have my first show this year.

What makes your business stand out from businesses that sell similar products?

My glass is genuine beach glass Most of it I have collected myself. But since some colors are very rare, I will purchase them from trusted sea glass seller sites to ensure quality and genuineness. Customer service is very important to me and I want each and every customer to be completely satisfied with my work. I treat customers they way I would want to be treated, and keep them informed in the order from start to finish. When I send a package, I want the customer to feel like they are opening a present, and package my designs creatively. Every purchase is accompanied with a Thank you Card and many times I send extra free gifts. You never know when they turn into extra orders.

Tell us a bit about your work space. Do you have a separate studio?

I do not have a studio. That would be a dream for the business. The design table is the dining room table and my supplies and glass are in a hutch. There is also a card table with tools and beads and other supplies. Packaging supplies are under the card table in plastic bins.

What have you learned since opening your business that you wish you had known before hand?

I wish I had learned more about social media as that is a constant challenge. I am getting better at it, but being 60 puts me behind the learning curve (lol) And learn how to take better pictures. Learn about SEO. I still struggle with it.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Learn as much as you can about setting up your shop, tag words, seo, taking pictures Don’t expect immediate success. Although oddly, I sold an item the first night, so I did think it would be. Then I waited months. I wouldn’t wait to think you know it all though, as if you did that,you might never start up. It’s a work in progress constantly.

When you’re not working, what do you like to do to unwind and have fun? Do you have any hobbies?

In the summer I love swimming at the pool And I love reading by the pool or beach. Walking the beach of course. Spending time with my dog, Abby

What is your favorite quote?

Live Laugh Love

Where can people find out more about your business?  

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TreasuresFromTheLake/

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