Show Us your Workspace: SewStephStudios

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Today we visit the workspace of Stephanie Howarth from SewStephStudios  who makes a range of quilts suitable for many aspects of your home. Please visit her shop and favourite some items, maybe even buy something!!

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

I have a wonderful sewing room with a large cutting table and design wall where I create my quilts! It is bright and sunny or at least as much as can be here in WA state. The room has a large closet where all of my fabrics are stored. Oh and the cutting table has storage for even more fabric!
My husband did most of the work setting up this fantastic room for me!

Welcome March New Team Members

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Join us in welcoming new members that joined during March…. visit their Etsy shops, favourite some items and maybe even share some on social media!

Vicky and Julian from KNOTSANDSPARKLEZ says
I am a micro macrame artist I hand knot jewelry and accessories with colorful, tiny cords, and incorporate other materials in my pieces to make it more contemporary. My pieces range from classy and elegant to everyday wear, and I often work with custom orders.It is different from regular jewelry as its main component are cords, and glass beads which allow those with metal sensitivities to wear it with no problems. My earrings are also extremely light weight so those who love larger earrings can do so without the added strain on their lobes.In addition I also write tutorials for those who wish to learn. I am sharing is my David Bowie tribute wrap bracelet in black and silver which I designed myself.

Davod Bowie tribute bracelet

I am an illustrator and visual artist from Chile and I sell my illustrations here.
For now I have a lot of notebooks/sketchbooks for sale. Printed and handmade ones. I hope within time I can upload more products.
What makes my notebooks specials? I thinks it is that the handmade ones are painted directly on the covers, so when you buy one, you are also buying an original painting. I also try to paint a lot of local fauna, so people can learn to identify them, and as most of the buyers here are from the United States, I have a few birds from there.

Robin notebook

Hi! My name is Debbie I am the creator of HollyBee and Company! We make Wooden home decor! We have a new item in our shop that is very special to us and hope that we will get to share its beauty and meaning with others. It is a wooden triangle, representing faith, love and peace. The Triangle can hang on the wall as a simple piece of art work or you can use it to offer a hearts desire to. Offering your hearts desire into the Triangle with the intention that the universe will help you bring it into manifestation. The Triangle can represent anything you like and we will customize the words in each corner to your liking. What ever you choose our hope is that it will bring a sense of joy to whom ever brings it into their home  space.

Reclaimed wooden triangle

Welcome new team members and looking forward to your involvement!

Show Us Your Workspace : Oppning

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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

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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

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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!