Show Us Your Workspace : Oppning

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

Today we visit the workspace of oppning from oppning who stocks vintage & home decor. Please visit her shop and favourite some items, maybe even buy something!!

Here’s what Oppning has to say about her workspace:

Our Studio is a small desk in our living room, close to the window where we can enjoy the view when working.

We installed our photography studio on the sideboard next to it. Most of the time we can use the window light for photos

I really love working here because it is a big and bright room
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Welcome February New Team Members

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Joanna Marzec from PaintingsGallery says

 Hi my name is Aska, I work from my airy studio ON Isle of Mull from where I can look outside into the distance and enjoy the beautiful view of the mountains and sea.I gain inspiration from nature colours & all the beauty in the ever-changing landscape which I want to capture in my canvases and share it with other people.
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Three piece wall art

Hello!
Anne & I would like to introduce you all to Lullaby Quilts & more! We have attached one of our rag quilts & would love for each of you to check out our shop for more treasures. Each project is truly a work of heart . . . and every new quilt becomes a new favourite. Enjoy!

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Rag quilt

Please visit our new members and help them feel welcome!

Show Us Your Workspace : RareBathandBody

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

Today we visit the workspace of Savannah Griffith from RareBathandBody who makes Handmade Bath, Body & Beauty Products for Women & Men. Please visit her shop and favourite some items, maybe even buy something!!

Here’s what Savannah has to say about her workspace:

I recently moved, and so I have an entirely new studio space! I still work out of my home, but my studio is now in our second bedroom. It’s been great because the space is more organized, larger, and I can close the door on it at the end of the day, allowing me some much needed separation between home-life and work-life!

I’ve split the space into different workstations, so my desk, my shipping area, my product making and packaging area, my photography area and my two storage areas (wet and dry storage), are all separate and organized with all of the supplies needed to keep my workflow running smoothly!

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Show Us Your Workspace : WildandFreePeople

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

Today we visit the workspace of Madi from WildandFreePeople who creates feather headpieces, feather jewelry, flower crowns, crystal jewelry and more!

Here’s what Madi has to say about her workspace:

My workspace is split off of my laundry room, it has lots of windows and natural sunlight which I love to keep me inspired with natural elements. I would call it an average size. It’s not tiny but it’s not huge either. Just right I suppose. It is very natural as all the walls are wood which adds to the natural element. I would like to organize it a bit more but for now I am happy with it how it is!

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WildandFreePeople

#EtsyCIJ Small Business Spotlight – StockLaneStudio

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Small Business Spotlight – Stock Lane Studio From StockLaneStudio

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StockLaneStudio

1. What made you start your small business?

I started for 2 reasons. My family and I move around a lot and I needed a job that I could take with me from country to country and state to state. With an Etsy business, I don’t have to start at the bottom of the employment ladder every time I move. My daughters and I also had a wonderful photographic collection of our wanderlust lifestyle and that is what I used to kickstart our business. Many of our photography art and cards are now in our second shop: stocklanephotography. But I do incorporate photography in the graphic designs of wall art and cards in our main shop: stocklanestudio.
OK, make that THREE reasons! I also had a driving need to express myself creatively and share my love of travel and nature with others. I love the interaction I get from the Etsy community!

2.  What do you feel is your greatest obstacle facing your small business?

Conquering SEO, getting those tags and titles just right. And keeping up with Social Media posting!!

3. What is the greatest strength you personally bring to your small business?

Custom art makes up a good portion of my online orders. I really love to contribute to someone’s special moment in life. I gather lots of details from customers so I can design just what they have in mind. I feel my greatest strength is the personal care I put into every package I send off.

4. What is your small business strategy? How have you set up your business in terms of goals, marketing, business planning, etc?

a).Design appealing products that are in demand; b). share my story and market my product; c). use a variety of methods to describe my products
a). Have products that people really want to buy.
This has involved a lot of trial and error for me. I create from my heart and then see which designs catch on. And the market is always evolving so my designs have to keep up.
b). I have to go get my customers, they won’t all come to me on their own. I have to work to draw customers to my shop.
Shoppers will not just magically appear, I have to work work work to get the word out, let them know I have awesome cards, prints and printables and convince them that they need them!
•Once they are in my shop, try to keep them there as long as possible. The longer a shopper is browsing my shop, the more likely they are to become buyers. I do this by trying to maintain a visually appealing home page and first listing page, by adding links to other similar listings in my shop, adding a little humor or interesting background to the listing description, and using up all 5 photos. I only have my social media links in one spot on my Etsy website. Once shoppers on in my Etsy store, I don’t want them leaving, even to visit my SM sites.
c). I use a variety of methods to describe my products. I never know how a shopper is finding my show or how they are viewing my shop. But more and more shoppers are using smartphones to shop. Which is a completely different way of seeing the shop than on a desktop. So I make sure my store looks good from both perspectives. And as a former teacher, I know that different people learn and interact with the world in different ways. So I have may ways to experience my shop: Detailed information is in the listing description, the materials section, one of the photo spots, in my shop about section, policies and FAQ’s and then also in back and forth conversations if need be.

5. What social media sites do you interact on?

Instagram@
www.instagram.com/stocklanestudio
Facebook@
www.facebook.com/SLSnyEtsy/
Pinterest@
www.pinterest.com/stocklanestudio/
WeHeartIt@
weheartit.com/StockLaneStudio
and more!

Welcome January New Team Members

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns
Please join us in welcoming our new members for January to our fantastic team! Visit their shop, fave some items, maybe even share some shops/items on your social media channels!!
I recently joined the team so I take this opportunity to introduce myself!

After spending 3 weeks in the Southern Hemisphere (New Zealand) during October/November 2016, I learnt that many European and American Christmas traditions revolve around “our” winter season such as hot drinks, roasts and other cold-weather fare. These drinks/food are not so tempting to drink/eat during a hot Summer Day such as New Zealand during December.

I now fully understand the meaning of “Christmas in July” so that also people living southern hemisphere can enjoy Christmas, during their winter time.

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Vintage Swedish Christmas wall hanging

My name is Larisa.
Creating jewelry is my passion, my life.. that I give myself completely and with great love.
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red berry sandalwood bracelets

Mi H from MCART30 says

Hi, my name is Mi. I joined a week ago. I’m very excited that I finally can do what I love to do. I self-taught beading about four years ago and can never stop!

I respect art and creativity

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3d beaded elephant

Hello all, I am Julie and owner and designer of EveryoneLovesGifts. I love making all kinds of jewellery but my passion is for awareness jewellery such as Fibromyalgia (which is an illness that I have). I think it is important to raise awareness also 10% of my Fibromyalgia Jewellery goes to Fibromyalgia Research via my JustGiving page. This piece is an Invisible Awareness Necklace as Fibromyalgia is called  ‘invisible’ to others.
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Invisible illness charm necklace

Welcome everyone.

Welcome New Members for November

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns
Please join us in welcoming our new members for November to our fantastic team! Visit their shop, fave some items, maybe even share some shops/items on your social media channels!!

Lauren Vanhemert from BellaBolsaDesigns says

My name is Lauren and I am a designer in Raleigh, NC. I live in Raleigh with my two teenage children and wonderful husband (with whom I celebrate 20 years of marriage with at the end of this month). I am new to etsy and hoping to build up my business here. I used to have a studio in Downtown Raleigh in a co-op surrounded by other wonderful creatives. I know work out of my home studio and have missed the fellowship of other artists, so I am thrilled to have found this wonderful, supportive, fabulous community! I am inspired by ephemera and love to incorporate ephemeral items (like the 1915 Alice in Wonderland movie poster on my original fabric designs). I think the fabrics make my bags the most special, since most of my fabrics are designed by me. Thanks for including me on this team!
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Alice in Wonderland clutch

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeSupplies says

I am not a new team member but have recently opened a new shop and my new shop has joined the team! I am selling supplies for jewellery making, crafts, fashion design, scrapbooking, quilting – the limits are the imagination!

I opened this shop because I make jewellery and have lots of bits and pieces in my studio and wanted to share them … hopefully they will come in handy for some of your craft projects!

The beads I am sharing come in red, pink and purple and have a beautiful oil slick shimmer to them when reflecting light – they are a lovely bead!

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Loose teardrop acrylic beads

Hi,

My name is Nico from Japanese Rubber Stamps.

My friend is joining this team and team leader pick her shop up on the blog post.

The team activity really impressed me.

I make cute and unique rubber stamps by hand.

I would like to spread Kawaii things all over the world!

I make custom stamps as well.

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Christmas tree rubber stamp

Valentin and Maia from ModernHouseBoutique says

My name is Maia and my husband name is Valentin. We are new to Etsy and we hope to build our business here. Our passion for sewing and modern home decor fabrics determined us to start creating decorative pillow covers.

We know that original and high quality pillow covers can bring not only color to any room of a house, but texture and design as well. We create decorative pillow covers that we would like to buy. As well we take custom orders.

We are glad to be part of this wonderful team.

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Dark brown pillow cover

Hi, my name is Heather, and I have recently opened up shop as youngbloodMADE. I create richly layered, mixed media artwork that aims to celebrate the strength of the female spirit. I’ve been out of the art scene for quite some time, but I am excited to be actively creating again.

Thanks for letting me join the team; it’s awesome to find a team that is so active and supportive.

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Original mixed media painting

Hi I’m Misty from Killeen, TX. I am new to Etsy and trying to figure this whole thing out! I turned to crochet after someone very near to my heart was diagnosed with breast cancer and crochet became my therapy. I originally donated all of my hats to our local cancer centers. After a lot of persuading from friends and family I decided to open my shop. I still donate hats on a monthly basis and try to engage children in the fiber arts. There are some AMAZING people here on Etsy that will take us newbies under their wing like LoveandPetFurCrochet!

My Snow Princess Hat is one of my favorites. I hope you enjoy it!

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Snowflake princess crochet hat

Welcome new team members!