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?  



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: Simple Green Habits

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Please join us in welcoming Vidya of Simple Green Habits, our featured member!

Simple Green Habits

Tell us about yourself.

“I am a stay at home mom of 2 girls. I am the owner, designer, photographer, marketer, shipper and customer service contact. During the day, I’m a mom, cook, chauffeur, karate mom. After dinner, I am a crazy sewer with head phones on listening to some audio book while I sew.

Reducing waste to keep the Earth cleaner for our children and the next generation has motivated me to sew reusable cloth products.

I grew up using cloth products so it was easy for me to use cloth instead of disposable paper. I believe that it is my responsibility to teach my daughters (who will I hope someday be mothers) to use reusable cloth products instead of disposable paper to reduce waste for a cleaner Earth.”

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

I opened my Shop in 2015. I wanted to use reusable products to reduce waste and help others accomplish the same.

Tell us a bit about your products.

I make reusable cloth napkins. Everyday Cloth napkins can help reduce a lot of waste.

What inspires your work?           

To reduce waste.

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

 I want to add more reusable cloth products.

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

Communication to customers on every step of the order process and same day shipping as order day.

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

I have a closet to store fabric and finished products. I work on a table in the family room.

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

I wish I had started this business earlier.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Just start selling.

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

I like to spend time with my family.

What is your favorite quote?

“Be the change you wish to see in the world” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Where can people find out more about your business?

 Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Reduce waste.


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.

Summer Hobbies

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Most of us have at least one hobby that we do in our down times. A hobby could be reading, crafting, biking and so much more.

What summer hobbies do you participate in? Are these solitary ventures or group events? What is it about them that you love? Tell us anything else you want to tell us about it.

Susan from SSFDesigns says my husband and I love to go bird watching ! We go for long walks with our binoculars and bird books in hand . We have started a life list and so far we have 115 birds on that list! Not only is it a wonderful way to spend time together get some exercise it also inspires me to crate seeing all the beautiful colors!


Women’s floral maxie dress

Linda from LazyYVintage said I usually tackle do it yourself projects. This year, I sanded and repainted a round picnic table and its four benches. I wish I could post some pictures of it! I picked it up for $20 at a garage sale. It is a VandyCraft made by Edward Vandy from Oak Park, IL. He had a shop at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago from 1956 to 1979. I didn’t know that until I started the sanding.

Next, 1950s aluminum couch glider and chair for the backyard…..should be interesting.


Rattan vintage picnic basket

Cristal from DesignsbyCristal states that every summer my family and I try to find a different local farm to buy our summer fruits and veggies from. I have so many allergies and dietary issues that buying fresh and making the meal myself is the best but sometimes the stores don’t carry a decent selection of the types I want.

We love to see how the farmer marries different veggies to create somethings brand new and these are the ones I gravitate towards the most. I love coming home to unload my colorful finds and getting together with my daughter to decide what our next master piece will be. We recently made a sweet potato pie from purple yams (yummy)!


Watermelon dog bandanna



Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Geometrics are decorative patterns or designs based on geometric shapes. They can be used in home decor, supplies and so much more.

Here at CIJ we want you to show us all your geometric items. Please tell us about your item, including what geometric shape it is.

Gillian from Gillisflowers says this earring features 2-D and 3-D geometric shapes, two triangles a kite and a cuboid bead to finish it off. Although my jewellery is mainly floral, it all starts with a geometric shape usually a square.


Art deco earrings

Pam from PamsPawsJewelry said these are vintage earrings with cool green geometric shapes! They have a very modern abstract design!

Green and Silver Abstract Earrings

Green and Silver Abstract Earrings

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit states that math is the universal language of thinking minds and Geometry is its functions. If you see math everywhere you go, you may enjoy this elegant wine bottle stopper and its geometric shape! Our tapered optic crystal wine bottle stopper is a geometric delight. We always get great feedback from this item as the picture does not do it justice at all and we plan on retaking the pictures, but never seem to find the time! The bottle stopper itself is all crystal and we need to add a picture of it without the bottle in the future. An Etsy sellers work is never done…..


Wine bottle stopper

Linda from LazyYVintage says cuff links are finding their way back into the mainstream for men’s accessories and jewelry. This set is triangular in design with the shape of the cuff links as well as the atomic design embossed on them.


mid century cuff links

Dawn from DeeDeeSupplies said these geometric faceted beads are ideal for a wide range of craft projects, including jewellery making, costume design, scrapbooking, bunting and more!!

They are available in various colours and quantities.


Tear drop acrylic sew on beads

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital states that this is a digital paper pack. The design has various shapes and sizes in rounded corner squares and rectangles. Fun squares in fun color combinations. Great for creating invitations or party decor, scrapbooking or card making.


Geometric digital paper pack

Pam from PearlsVintagebyPam says this is a geometric lid, pretzel criss cross design cookie jar. This clear glass cookie jar features vintage geometric patterned glass.

geometric shaped glass canister

Cindy from Cynhumphrey said I love playing around with different shapes when designing my jewelry. This is a cute pair of light weight earrings using ovals and circles. The colors are perfect for summer but can certainly be worn with many different outfits throughout the entire year.

Blue and white geometric shaped earrings

NauticoCreations states this is a handmade quilt featuring octagon shaped pieces in oranges and greens. The fabric is a batik pattern and the colors make a great fall statement.

Batik fabric quilt

Linda from LindaBrittDesign says the geometry of repeated shapes to form a circle make this a unique pendant. My high school geometry teacher would be proud!

Nature pendant

Lucky In Love

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Did you get lucky and find your significant other, soul mate or spouse? We all have our own word (s) for our second half, but what matters is how they make us feel. Some would say if we found our one, we were Lucky In Love!

What Lucky In Love items do you have in your shop?

Pam from PearlsVintagebyPam says as a child of divorced parents I always felt unlucky and rejected. But I got lucky. Met my husband as a freshman in college and got married as a sophomore. I have 2 children: 1 boy and 1 girl. That’s pretty lucky. I am featuring my plaster elephant bank with upward facing trunk for luck.


Elephant coin bank

spoiledfelines1 from SpoiledFelinesArt said to be “lucky in love” and found one’s soul mate, many celebrate the date of their union with special gifts to their beloved. Wood represents the 5th anniversary, so I get a lot of custom orders to memorize that milestone. It’s an honor to create an item that marks such a special occasion!


Personalized wooden jewelry box

Linda from LazyYVintage states that oh, yes. I ‘m lucky in love. I met Jim when we were 19 years old. We have been together for 40 years. He is corny and romantic and although it makes me roll my eyes sometimes; he makes me happy all the time. We have 6 kids, 4 in-law kids, and 13 grand babies. He has touched so many hearts (okay, now I’m being corny).


Precious Moments ceramic girl

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says I ~LOVE~ reading the sweet stories above, of romance that has endured! I do consider myself lucky. I know I’m lucky to have found my soul mate, but I also know that it is our patience and forgiveness and humor and adventurous spirit that has helped us take what we were given and make it last.

The printable art I’ve include includes a background of SLS’s original photograph of love padlocks attached to a bridge over the Seine River in Paris. I’ve strolled over that bridge many times with my honey, and eventually also with our children. The golden padlocks are no longer there (the weight of all that love was too much for the bridge and they had to be removed), so this photograph reminds me of how lucky I am to have found someone as magical as my husband!


Romantic love printable quote

Elisabeth from LizPOriginals said after having enough of MEN –I went on a special ski vacation with my girlfriend in Austria ( where I lived at the time and I am from ) and guess what –I met my husband on the last day at the hotel farewell party. @e have been married for 29 years and love each other like on day one, he gives me the cutest cards for all events of the year.


Red heart beaded bookmark

Betsy from Betsysbijoux stated I was lucky to have my soul mate with me for 38 years before he passed away Now in my 3rd year of new normal I am lucky to be moving into an artist’s commune filled with love. Sending this to wish all luck and a life filled with love.


18K yellow gold horseshoe charm

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says we are blessed to work and live the dream creating personalized gifts and living life to its fullest. When we started our Etsy shop, we did not know at the time that it would grow to allow us to ‘Quit Our Day Jobs’ and be able to spend time together and with our kids. Our cups run over and we have the wonderful community of buyers and sellers on Etsy to thank and want to say Thank You and Merry Christmas in July! The perfect gift for Weddings, Anniversary, Valentine’s Day, Birthdays, & Christmas in July! We have stemless champagne flutes, trumpet-shaped champagne flutes, and crystal flutes available in our shop with any combination of our available design and font combinations. Make your gift giving personal and ship your package direct to the recipient with gift wrap and gift card services available in our shop!


Personalized trumpet champagne flute

Richard from RichMakes said I always feel lucky in Love! have been with my partner for 9 years now! we met in Soho London. He’s an Aussie so as Kylie says! his favourite artist naturally “It was Love at First Sight”


Hanging concrete gold leaf decor

Patricia from TheOldBarnDoor states that I found my dear husband in a garbage pail!

We used to work at the same place although in different departments and on Fridays we did a 50/50 draw – you would write your name on a $2 bill and pop it into the draw bin (which was a garbage pail). I was the one selected to draw the winning bill and out popped the bill with his name on it. I had no idea who he was (he has a unique first name) so I set off to let him know he had won the prize that Friday. When I met, I realized I had found my prize. Married 36 years now I still have the bill I drew that day with his name on it.


Romantic vintage postcard

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter says Lucky In Love is loving someone so much that you love them to the moon and back… My children and my grandchildren are the one who I feel so much love for that I truly love them to the moon and back.


Love you to the Moon fabric bookmark

Kelly from ColourscapeStudios said I’ve been with my partner for 13 years now, and we just clicked from the first moment we met. We’d known each other online for a couple of years beforehand before meeting in the flesh, wishing I’d done it sooner now!


Personalized love story print

Dawn from DeeDeeSupplies states that I have been third time lucky in love for me!! Yes, third hubby, but it has been worth the wait – he’s a keeper!! Cooks, cleans, grows food – what more could a girl want?!


Blue ceramic hearts

Susan and Sharon from MsPDesignsUSA says even animals can be lucky in love! Cardinals choose a mate, and then stay together through the nesting season, and sometimes for several years. The male shows off his physical attributes, such as the markings on his face and bill, during mating season. He sings to his potential mate, and even brings her delicious morsels of food.

I met my husband in college. I wouldn’t say that it was love at first sight, but he got my attention then and he still has it after almost 35 years together. Like the cardinals, we take care of each other.


Cardinals pdf applique quilt block pattern

Pam from PamsPawsJewelry said well, I cannot say I was lucky in love but many people are!

Lovely stories here and love the Cardinal story of love! There are many animals who stay together for their whole lives, so sweet!

Many people give their mates or potential mates gifts to mark special occasions such as anniversaries, or on Valentine’s Day to show their love to their special person.

Many of these gifts have hearts in or on them as symbols of love too and here is a lovely handmade heart necklace which would be a great romantic gift!

Purple lamp work heart necklace


Member Feature: TheSteelStyleThings

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Please join us in welcoming Boyan of TheSteelStyleThings, our featured member!

TheSteelStyle Things


Tell us about yourself.

My name is Boyan and I live in Bulgaria – beautiful country in Europe. I am an ironmonger who has lived for over 15 years with a plastic artist  It seems that art is contagious because after spending so many years helping my wife with the metal and wood elements, which she likes to use in her work, a good day in May 2015, I came up with Make my wife a metal flower. It was a forged copper tulip. She loved it so much, that I then made others – all metal – copper, iron, tin iron … Commit to making other objects – lamps, wall clocks, metal sculptures, wood and stone. I decided to share with you the things I do. I would be very happy if you like them!


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

One day in May 2015 I made wrought copper tulip for my wife. She liked it so much, that the single tulip became a series of wrought metal flowers. Some from iron, others of copper, some tinned, others patina-ed or cut-through for a lacelike effect. Than I started playing with shapes, different methods of welding and blacksmith techniques, cutting and patinating chemicals, varnishing. After the first several tulips I made some poppies. At the end of the summer of the same year we made the shop in ETSY, I also work with various art galleries in Bulgaria. As time passed I realized that one has more fun, doing different things – producing only tulips and poppies was not enough.


Tell us a bit about your products.

Now I dedicate myself to inventing things – steel things sculptures, lamps, wall clocks … I started adding other materials – especially – stone and wood. I like experimenting with different technologies. Many times I start making objects that seem impossible – like a bouquet of lilac, a violin and an iron shoe and some others  I like to put a touch of absurd an my works. Of course – when it is not an object of use…Although sometimes it may appear in them too  In some cases my wife participates in the production of the finished product, in others – she takes part in the invention of the works. We even have mutual works. For example – she made figurines that are part of a airplane-toy and two wall clocks.


What inspires your work?           

Inspiration is everywhere! The material – a piece of junk can get you an idea in your head  I like to walk and looking at things around, I like to “steal” ideas from all sides – always passing them from my mind and transforming them. Clearly – it inspires me the work of my wife, since we have been working together for many years and I am the one that deals with the elements of metal and wood  Naturally – the most natural inspiration – the NATURE! – the flowers! At first I did not think to invent anything – I only had an idea of copying nature.


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

 I do not like planning or dreaming too much – I get up early in the morning and start working. But – that’s clear – it can not be without any planning  We have 2 exhibitions planned in Bulgaria – in April and October. For me this work is not really just business – of course, when the works are sold better, that makes me more stable, more calm and I can dedicate myself to create better  All the friends who make their business in Etsy thought that art can not be easily sold there. That is why I try to maintain a position between art and artezania. Objects can never be repeated again, some are never repeated, but most can be made to look quite alike. I would like to get at least 100 items in the store and keep them more or less with this number. I would also like to sell and produce with such speed  .. And, of course – I would like more people to know my work!


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

Especially – I try to do things different from the others. I put a lot of effort in inventing clocks and lamps that nobody has done the same. I do the flowers in a way that the others do not. This is not easy because I have seen tremendous metalworkers in ETSY! I try that everything is done strongly and in the best way. I do not look at the common taste – I agree that I will have fewer clients, but they will be people who share my ideas. It is very important that objects are presented well – photographs must be real and beautiful at the same time. In addition – they must give ideas of how can locate the objects. For example – extraordinary metal lamps do not look equally good in every home. But in many homes there are corners, where they can locate and fill the space with artistic atmosphere. I try to give ideas for that with the photos.


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

I live in the attic of a 1930’s house – in the center of the city. I use the bottom half for my workshop, In the not too cold seasons, I also work in the yard or in my wife’s workshop, which is in the same plot. I think I’m very lucky in that – work and live in the same place, without wasting time in traveling! I feel very happy to have an independent space to work.


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

HAHAHAHAHA! I would like to know the English language better.


Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Each one should know that selling in an electronic store is easier and cheaper for the owner, but it requires a lot of time resources, a lot of learning, SEO knowledge, one must spend many hours learning things that have not occurred to him and must also spend many hours developing your store – just like in a real store. It is better that there is at least one other person to divide the weight  Because if not – one will not have any time to do their general work. I really did not think it could be so hard  but right now I do not regret it at all!


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

My job is my hobby  But yes – I like to travel, ski, read and see what makes the rest of the world artisan and artistic.


What is your favorite quote?

Do what you have to do and what happens!


Where can people find out more about your business?  






 Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Yes! Happiness, good health and good luck to everyone! … and…the works of my wife.



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.

Christmas Wish List – #CIJParty 2017

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Remember when we were young and we made up a list of all we wanted for Christmas? As we’ve gotten older, we still have at least a few items that are on the top of our list (so to speak).

For the #CIJParty tell us what is on your Wish List. You can tell us why you want these items and anything else relevant.

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says when my youngest daughter was growing up, there was always one thing mentioned in her letters to Santa: a dog. I kid you not, I’ve gone back and read them and every letter mentions a dog or has a picture of one. Well now we finally have our dog and everybody’s fine. Our GSD likes to sleep on a cold floor, so dog blankets and pillows are just tossed aside. We are not a family that dresses up our dog and he certainly doesn’t need it in the Upstate NY winters – he loves the snow. But he does have a passion for chewing up everything he can find, so a few dog chew toys would be welcome please Santa. I have seen a few of these here on Etsy. . .

Children’s printable decor

Jennie from FromBasementToArt said a trip to Montana is what would thrill me this Christmas. I spent a lot of time there during a five-year relationship years ago. It has been on my bucket list since 2000!

Mini Daniel Boone playing cards

Donna from TreasuresFromTheLake states I would love a trip to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida for Christmas. Growing up, I spend many Christmas’ there. Then when I had a family of my own, my parents, me, husband and daughter would go there too. This was a family tradition until my dad passed away and I would love to go back there.

Flamingo bookmark

Gillian from Gillisflowers discusses that my daughter has ME, severe endometriosis and is now being tested for a bladder problem. My wish would be for her to get the treatment she needs to be able to fully enjoy life.

Vintage style rose choker

Carol from SilverTrove says recently I’ve been hearing many stories of people around the world meeting Jesus. Muslims, Jews, Buddhist and even Satanists are converting to Christianity. My Christmas wish is for more of God’s children to come closer to him through Jesus Christ, who is, after all, the reason we celebrate Christmas!
I’m praying for your daughter’s complete healing, Gilliam Haqqani.


Sterling silver Reborn necklace

Patty from PupcakesBowWowtique said I too have a GSD and I can say chew toys have saved us a lot on furniture, etc. I hope Santa comes through for your pup!
I hope your Christmas wish happens for your daughter. My thoughts are with you both!

I would like to spend Christmas in a mountain cabin. A few days of real winter weather for the holidays would be a welcome change from the Florida heat.


Reflective safety light collar

Alicia from AliciasFindings states that I would love for all my team mates to receive their “Christmas Wish” and for my rheumatoid arthritis(and other problems) to reach a point where all is fairly stable and all problems mainly controlled.

Dark blue dotted pattern bracelet and earring set

Cristal from DesignsbyCristal says my Christmas wish is to have a special Christmas with my family in New York just so that we can see the Rockefeller Christmas Tree and just enjoy some of New York’s sights.

I LOVE Christmas and don’t even have to see not one present!!! Since our 2 children have started their journey in college and in just 1 year our oldest is graduating college and will be moving out of the state so this would especially be a time I’d value so much.

VW Bug dog collar

Here is hoping all of the #EtsyCIJ teamies receive many wonderful Christmas gifts this year!