Member Feature: BellaZahn

Contributor post by Ashley of French Soul Knittery

  Please join us in welcoming Sarah Collins of BellaZahn, our featured member!

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bellazahn

Tell us about yourself.       

I am a New Zealander living in the sunny Hawkes Bay. Normally I am a teacher of French, English and Media Studies at an all boys state school, however this year I am on maternity leave with my second baby, a wee girl, now just 6 months old. I learned to sew when I was a little girl and this sparked a lifelong creative passion for me. I have previously designed and made ballroom and latin dance dresses, but two littles ones and Swarovski elements don’t really mix too well. Now my just turned 4-year-old has her own sewing machine and can often be found creating things alongside me as I sew. I have in the past had to send her creations to ‘a lady in America’ too as she loves to package them up and take them to the post office – maybe when she is older I will confess that I actually put our address on them so that ‘the lady in America’ always sends them back to our house the very next day!

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

I had never made a quilt before but a friend was having her first grandchild and asked me to make one. Her reasoning was that I could sew and she couldn’t and so I should know what to do. I read a book, figured it out and loved the end result. Not long afterwards I had a miscarriage and then endometriosis surgery – during recovery I discovered jelly roll quilts. I was totally hooked and after all my friends and family got them, I started selling them.

The Bella and Zahn label was one I already had, for children’s clothing. My nephew wanted me to make him shorts that would make him go fast down the slide and he wanted a label in them. I didn’t feel I could put my sparkly dance wear label on boys’ shorts and seeing as he and his cousins adored playing with our dogs Bella and Zahn, making them jump a mini course in the show jumping arena, I started a new label named after them and so Bella and Zahn was born. Hence the puppy in the label. When I started selling the quilts online in 2010, I gave them the same label.

Tell us a bit about your products.           

I specialized initially in making baby quilts but am now also making quilted Christmas tree skirts, Christmas Stockings and Christmas Advent Calendars. I love creating new designs and seeing the new fabrics coming out each year. Now that I am at home full-time, and my second baby sleeps so much better than my first ever did, I am loving having the time to create and try new techniques, especially with my tree skirts. I use premium quality quilt shop cottons, and all my baby quilts are 100% cotton. I have been experimenting with using satin next to the cotton in my tree skirt designs this month and am loving the look! I love that fact that all my products can become much-loved family heirlooms and be brought out year after year.

Even the baby quilts are still used as snuggle rugs in the horse truck, or for watching TV with my older nieces and nephews.

What inspires your work?           

I love fabric and often find pieces that really speak to me. I am quite traditional in that I love nursery rhymes, storybook characters and traditional Christmas characters and scenes but I am branching out into more modern looks as I discover new fabrics and designers. Sometimes teaching 5 lessons of boys all day can be quite tough and I often say my sewing machine never argues with me anywhere near as often as teenage boys do.

Teaching can be quite negative sometimes with all the paperwork, the pressure of qualification statistics, marking etc and it is very rare that we get compliments whereas with my crafting, online and at the markets, I get so much positive feedback from my customers that it becomes very uplifting and therapeutic for me. I definitely have withdrawal symptoms when I go on holiday.bellazahn2

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

I would love to eventually work full-time on my Etsy business, and am super happy with the way it is continuing to grow. I am thinking though that hubby might have other ideas as my teaching salary still brings in more each month and the mortgage hasn’t shrunk enough yet. This year I am trying to double my previous year’s income and extend my product range. I have a couple of ideas swirling in my head right now and will be spending some time this month researching viability.

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

I really try to produce a premium quality product, and have as wide a choice of designs available. I love creating things and get such a thrill when customers send me pics of them being used. I never send out anything that I wouldn’t be proud to own and use myself. I try to make the backs of my products as interesting as the front and most are completely reversible.bellazahn4

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

I keep trying to organize my work space but it frequently gets out of control! I have supplies all stacked up in plastic boxes and both my girls have lost half of their wardrobes to quilts and things hanging up. I used to have a separate room but had to clear the machine out to the dining room table and a spare office at my hubby’s work. Most of my sewing is now done on the dining room table with the girls playing around me, but eventually we will be building a new home on a lifestyle block and having a separate studio for me.

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

I have had to learn a lot about SEO and marketing that I had no idea about before and I have had lots of help along the way from reading forum discussion and chatting with other sellers at craft shows. Knowing your rights and responsibilities as a seller is so important, especially when the bulk of my orders are international.bellazahn3

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Overnight success would be wonderful but the reality is it takes time to build your brand, product and style. Don’t give up hope and make sure you take good photos – if you have no clue about your camera, then check You Tube for a tutorial!

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

I love to hang out with my family, and often go back to the farm so that my girls can ride the ponies with me and enjoy the lifestyle that I had as a child. I love galloping through the paddocks with the wind going through my hair, and always seem to get my serenity back in the wide open spaces. I love to turn the music up and dance around the lounge with my daughter, even if she thinks I am crazy!

What is your favorite quote?

Reach for the stars!bellazahn5

Where can people find out more about your business?  

My shop: bellazahn

My facebook: BellaandZahn

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Member Feature: Rosebuds Originals

Contributor post by Ashley of French Soul Knittery

Please join us in welcoming Rose Baker  of Rosebuds Originals, our featured member!

RosebudsOriginals

RosebudsOriginals

Tell us about yourself.       

I grew up in the South with a passion for gardening, arts and crafts homes…and those fabulous tea parties. The kind that sprawl across the rose laden gardens that seemed to come to life once the first warm day of Spring arrived.

Over the years, I have become a master gardening working for years as a landscaper in both residential and cityscaping. I am married to a wonderful man, with a dog named Freta, and a cat named Piglett.

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

After I was downsized out of the job market, I opened my business in Jan 2012, and have never looked back. I found after selling on different venues, that Etsy was my home where I want to come to first thing in the morning and when I retire at night.RosebudsOriginals1

Tell us a bit about your products.           

Though I started with handmade bags. I started incorporating a piece of heirloom china plate here and there, and I slowly dwindled my bags out and replaced with china, not just any piece but those that I remembered my grandmother using as a child which brought happy memories. The kind of extra special Sunday lunch china. I am one of the top sellers of mismatched china, as I believe that in creating beautiful tabletops are a reflection of every great hostess.

What inspires your work?           

As mentioned, I am inspired by Rose gardens, after all I was named after one of my favorite flowers. I am always amazed at finding just the perfect piece to mingle with other pieces to blend in perfect harmony with each other. I often go to estate sales, and what inspires me in each piece I hand select is the stories of how it was used, how it was loved by the previous owner. Not every piece I select is perfect, but that’s one of the things that makes it so perfect.RosebudsOriginals2

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

I have several goals for my business this year. I have hopes to open a small brick and mortar bed and bath shop, that will be open to the public. I also have plans to extend my gardening space incorporating more herbs for my herbal sachets.

My dream would be to be the premiere wedding registry shop.

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

I believe that if you take good care of the customer, that they will be back. It’s the little touches that makes a difference.A hand written thank you note, a little herbal pouch as a thank you gift. Good customer service is paramount especially in the e-commerce business.RosebudsOriginals3

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

I have several work spaces. The gazebo that you see in my avatar, I use for my photography studio, plus I have a separate sewing shop that shares space with my shipping dept. I also have a china studio that is separate from my house as well, where the temperatures are controlled.

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

When I first opened my shop, I bought with what I love in mind without paying attention to the trends. I don’t always go with the trends, I do try to stay true to myself, but I do shop with the customer in mind.RosebudsOriginals4

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Patience! Sales don’t always come immediately. The best thing I did was to

join a team and NETWORK! Networking is so important especially with your team. Whether it’s through making treasuries, following other sellers and their shops. It’s important to do these things as it adds exposure to your shop.

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

I love gardening. It’s therapy for the spirit and the soul. There is something so rewarding as when you plant a seed and watch it grow, much like my business on Etsy.

I also love to can and put up preserves. We have a small vineyard where we grow 3 different varieties of grapes. I can them and give as gifts for Christmas.RosebudsOriginals5

What is your favorite quote?

Be the change you wish to see in the world…”Gandhi”

Where can people find out more about your business?  

Please stop by my”about” page to find my work in progress

https://www.etsy.com/shop/RosebudsOriginals/about

  Is there anything else you’d like to share?         

I found for me, that life on Etsy is ever changing, it’s a comfortable fit for me.

It’s like coming home after a cold day at work, to the smell of hot apple pie baking in the oven.

I’ve been a seller on here for years, and it’s always something a little different everyday. I find out a little something different about myself everyday.RosebudsOriginals6

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Member Feature: Sparkklejar

Contributor post by Ashley  of French Soul Knittery

Please join us in welcoming Lisa Behrens  of sparkklejar, our featured member!

Sparkklejar

Sparkklejar

Tell us about yourself.       

My name is Lisa and I am a 46 year old work at home mother, with two of my three kids still living at home. My husband and I have been married 21 years. I believe laughter is a medicine and coffee is one of the five food groups.

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

I didn’t decide to open a business. After failing miserably at pretty much everything I tried, I started again, only by not trying and went from there.

Having no expectations, I started selling a few things on Ebay in 2002. By 2006 I had exceeded my expectations (of nothing) and by 2007-2008 I had completely transitioned to Etsy selling upcycled vintage, mostly canning jars.

Tell us a bit about your products.           

My items vary. Most of the hand made and upcycled objects have one thing in common. Gratuitous amounts of paint. Pink paint seems to be a favored color among the masses, even though my favorite color is black. I poly-set pretty flower decals on the gratuitously shabby painted items, and somewhere in there I sand and seal, and through this highly complicated process (infernal lie) I get the items you see in my Etsy shop.
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What inspires your work?           

Inspiration comes in many forms. My love of vintage jars and my desire to upcycle, recycle, repurpose and salvage, provide the motivation and desire to create something from something else. I don’t like waste, I think we live in a throw-away society, I try to make things that were once useful in their time, have a purpose again.sparkklejar2

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

As far as goals and dreams for my business, I actually don’t have many.

Another thousand sales on Etsy by 2016 would be nice. I feel going to work in your paint covered pajamas while eating peanut butter out of the jar with a spoon (and by peanut butter, i mean cool-whip) is pretty much living the dream. I am my own boss, I stay home with my kids, I can play my music as loud as I want while I work, and I can fire myself at will and go take a nap.

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

I think the fact I am actually a mason jar collector helps my listings stand out from other artisans and crafters who upcycle old fruit jars. I hope my love and knowledge of vintage and antique canning masons show through to everyone who views my shop. I also believe I have created interesting and marketable niche products that have unique elements and useful appeal.

Many of my items are one of a kind, which makes my shop ever-changing and attracts new buyers as well as keeps previous buyers coming back.

And having a little faith doesn’t hurt either.sparkklejar3

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

My entire kitchen counter is my work space, which works out well, because I hate to cook. Which also doesn’t work out well, because people need to eat (I tried giving my family cool-whip and a spoon, but my husband said that just wasn’t working for him, picky picky).

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

I wish I would have had a better comprehension of how taxes worked when you own your own business. I wish I had not gone through an oil-base polyurethane phase (that was a disaster). I wish i had learned to keep acetone on hand before the superglue incident.Also, green paint doesn’t taste like lime jello shots, spray enamel outside, tetanus shots are a good thing, and everything said about glitter being the herpes of the craft world, is totally, arguably, true. In all seriousness, two very important things I have learned from Etsy trial and error (and angst and woe)…

1.Always take a non-refundable deposit for custom work

2. It’s okay to say NO

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

My advice for those just starting out on Etsy or thinking about trying Etsy for the first time, is to realize all the advise everyone is going to throw at you may not be relevant to you. What works for me may not work for you. There are basic Etsy-isms to follow, but at some point, you are going to have to see what is right for you. That is a perk to running your own business, you are unique and you need to show it.

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

I spend time with my family and friends, and way too much time on Facebook… but I justify it by telling myself its marketing… (denial much?). My hobbies are collecting old fruit jars, covering the kitchen counter in paint globs, cool whip dinners, napping, and hating unicorns.sparkklejar4

What is your favorite quote?

My favorite quote is biblical.

(Hebrews 11:1) Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Where can people find out more about your business?  

sparkklejar.etsy .com

http://sparkklejar.blogspot.com/

https://www.facebook.com/Sparkklejar?ref=hl

  Is there anything else you’d like to share?         

I would like to thank the captain and leaders of the CIJ team for the opportunity to let me share a bit about me.

I would like to thank Linda from LandKBeads.etsy.com for helping me with these photos.

And I would like to thank my husband for loving me even though I’m quite the pain.

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Member Feature: Ina Sudjana

Contributor post by Ashley of French Soul Knittery

Please join us in welcoming Ina Sudjana of Ina Sudjana, our featured member!

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InaSudjana

Tell us about yourself.       

I am an art geek, a self-taught crafter, a mom of one little girl and a wife to a very loving husband.

I was a cost analyst by training prior to baby days though my true passion is in art.

We live in suburban Perth, Western Australia, where the weather is just beautiful! I am originally from Indonesia and have been in Australia since 1991. Loving it!

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

I started making my felt creations when my little one was born in 2010; but didn’t commence an Etsy shop until June 2013.

I decided to not only try my hands at selling my work but also to share them with the world.

Tell us a bit about your products.           

I love to draw. All my felt creations are 100% hand-drawn, hand-cut and hand-stitched.

My main focus is on customization because I believe every customer is special and deserves to enjoy exactly what they want.InaSudjanaF2

What inspires your work?           

My inspirations come from my little girl and the sunshine. I am a dreamer.

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

I’d love to be able to be versatile, spread my wings and learn a lot more from doing customization from my buyers.

My specific Etsy goal this year is to hit 100 sales. I am currently at 73 as of April 2015.InaSudjanaF1

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

My artwork is all about colors. The colors I use are quirky, unique and out there.

And also I should stand out as having one of the most prompt and best customer service with customization of products being my strength.

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

I work in my humble living room. I do not have a work space at all due to the small size of our home. But that’s the beauty of it. Hopefully my customers will feel the love shining through every item that is produced from this very homey living room.InaSudjanaF5

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

Joining active teams like CIJ and the Australian Wandarrah. For the support as well as for all the information and knowledge.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Go for it. You never know what and how much you’ll be learning! It’s amazing.

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

I love to daydream. This is my hobby. I love to spend time with my little family and cook and bake for them.

What is your favorite quote?

“A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms.”InaSudjanaF4

Where can people find out more about your business?  

www.InaSudjana.etsy.com

www.facebook.com/Ina.Sudjana.Felt.Artwork  

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Member Feature: ArtKvarta

Contributor post by Ashley of FrenchSoulKnittery

Please join us in welcoming Yulia Kuzmych and Eduard Khutornyj of ArtKvarta, our featured member!

ArtKvarta

ArtKvarta

Tell us about yourself.       

Two young people who love to work by hands once met in a beautiful old Ukrainian city Lviv. Yulia is already engaged in the manufacture of jewelry, but work together with Edward began to evolve rapidly. Already 3 years we work together and 2 years we have been married.

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

It is founded in Ukraine but year ago we going to Estonia, where live part of Eduard’s family. We open ArtKvarta shop in Parnu and want to open one more in Tallinn.

Tell us a bit about your products.           

We work with stained glass in Tiffany technique and with fused glass. Glass is a wonderful material to work with. It changes color depending on the lighting and always looks great!

Buying jewelry from ArtKvarta you get a unique thing that combines the traditional technology and modern design.AK1

What inspires your work?           

Nature and ornaments of different cultures

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

We want to use gemstones and precious metals in jewelry. It is also interesting to combine wood, metal and glass.

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

We do not like to make one thing for a long time. Almost every day we are creating something new. For us make easily 100 different earrings than 100 identical.AK2

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

Yes we have a studio for working. It is mansard in historic building in city center.

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

Don’t need be afraid to praise our products.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

For future sellers I advise not to forget constantly improve. Your articles, photos, description – always try to do even better.AK3

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

I like going to the sea or in the forest. When the weather is good, I and my husband Eduard sit on the bike and go in different places.

What is your favorite quote?

For work very help: I don’t know words “I can not” but only words “I’m lazy brute”!

Where can people find out more about your business?  

Our web site with information www.artkvarta.com

  Is there anything else you’d like to share?         

We believe the world should be filled more things made by hand with love.AK4

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Member Feature: GlamorousSparkle

Contributor post by Ashley of FrenchSoulKnittery

Please join us in welcoming Annika Löfberg of GlamorousSparkle, our featured member!

GlamorousSparkle

GlamorousSparkle

Tell us about yourself.       

I live in southern Finland, small town called Raisio. I have done several style of jobs like makeup-artist, sales person, office worker etc but now I have finally found something that I have passion and love to do, make my own jewelry designs and sell it on Etsy.

I have four (and a half) cats, which are very important to me. Also my friends and family are other important things in my life.

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

I opened my shop TwinklePinkJewelry in January 2013 because I wanted to create my style of jewelry, cute, girly and pink sparkling things made with acrylic beads etc..
I changed my shop ́s name to GlamorousSparkle last year because my jewelry style, materials I use, and whole branding has changed so much in that first year. I wanted to specialize in wedding jewelry and other special occasions and use more classy, good quality supplies in my jewelry making.

Tell us a bit about your products.           

My jewelry style is classically feminine. Timeless designs and each design is made with love, care and eye for detail.
I use Czech glass beads, Swarovski crystals and other good quality supplies in my jewelry designs.

In my shop you will find bangle bracelets, bracelets, earrings, necklaces and barefoot sandals for everyday and special occasions.GS1

What inspires your work?           

I have always loved sparkling and beautiful things… It can be something like first snow in sunny day, morning dew on rose petals or sparkling dress in old Hollywood film. I love putting colors and shapes together to create something beautiful.

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

My this years business goal would be get to that 300 sales mark before end of this year. So far so good, this year has been better than my first two years.
My dream for my business is that someday I can do this full time and I can honestly write to one of those Quit you day job series. I love to make my own jewelry designs, and I love the idea that someone from different countries can wear my jewelry in her life ́s most important day. My goal is to add beauty and bit of glamour to my customers life.

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

I ́m great at customer service, and I will do almost everything to keep my customers happy. I can customize almost anything in my shop so that they are exactly what my customers are looking for.

I also ship my items very fast so that people can depend that they get their jewelry to wear or gift giving on day they want.GS2

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

I have my own home studio, full of beads, finished jewelry, other supplies and of course my laptop. I use different rooms or go to outdoors to photograph my jewelry. I package my orders in my home studio and because people have allergies I don ́t allow pets to come this room at all.

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

I have learned that most important thing is photos in online business. No matter how great your descriptions, tags or item is, it does matter if you have not attractive photos that makes people stop and click your product.GS3

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Go for it. Selling on Etsy is so much fun, you can always do something to make your shop better, and learn something new. There is also teams and forums full of people around world that are supportive, willing to help and make friends with…

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

I dance, hang out with my friends, watch movies or simply take a nice long bubble bath to pamper myself and have fun. My hobbies are bellydancing, reiki-healing, walking in nature, painting and drawing..

What is your favorite quote?

All you need is love.GS4

Where can people find out more about your business?  

 

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Handmade Summer – Etsy Christmas in July

Contributor post by Ashley of French Soul Knittery

I love summer. I especially love all of the handmade items that are everywhere this warm and sunny season. There are so many talented artists that create beautiful handmade pieces that are perfect for the summer.

Summer is a perfect time for creativity and inspiration and in honor of the season, our Etsy Christmas in July team share their handmade items that beautifully represent the summer.

Happy Summer Everyone!

Starfish bead bracelet

I can picture wearing this bracelet while on the beach this summer, enjoying the summer breeze and the waves.  From https://www.etsy.com/shop/AliciasFindings

Alicia of AliciasFindings says, “I found these beads at a local store and fell in love! I love beachy things especially sea life,birds,sun,sand etc. This piece embodies all of that to me and I hope whoever buys it feels the same!”

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Stephanie from Busy Bella Boutique says, “My daughter needed somewhere to put her bows and headbands instead of in a drawer in her room. It was way too messy, and I could never find the bow I wanted for whatever outfit she was wearing. So, one day I thought I would just make a hair bow holder/organizer myself. So, I gathered supplies and let her pick out the color ribbon she liked, and I even let her help (She is 5, so this was a VERY big deal to her). Finally, after some trial and error, I made her one, and she LOVED it!! She just had to show everyone her new hair bow organizer hanging up in her room. So, I thought, “Why not share it with the world?”

 

This would be a beautiful addition to any summer wedding. From https://www.etsy.com/shop/SeasideRoseCreations

This would be a beautiful addition to any summer wedding. From https://www.etsy.com/shop/SeasideRoseCreations

 

Roselle from Seaside Rose Creations says, “I adore the beach, summer and vintage. These banners are so wonderful for weddings, holidays, events, etc. I love thinking up words and then using various colored ribbons to go with the vintage letter cards I have thrifted. They are so sweet and have a great vibe hanging from the ribbon by little wood clothespins! I take custom orders and am happy to make up any word for these DIY banners.”

 

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These earrings are great for any outfit. From https://www.etsy.com/shop/BeadsandThreadsbyAmy

 

Amy from BeadsandThreadsbyAmy says, “I have always disliked heavy jewelry, especially in the summer months, yet I love the look of chunky jewelry. It is so hot here in the summer! Some outfits, however, need a little something extra. So, I created these boho style earrings to wear on those hot summer days. They are feather light, and I chose neutral colors that you can wear with just about anything. Fun and flirty and eye catching, for sure!”

 

Doesn't this necklace and earring set remind you of the beach!  From https://www.etsy.com/shop/BridgetsCollection

Doesn’t this necklace and earring set remind you of the beach!
From https://www.etsy.com/shop/BridgetsCollection

 

Paula of Bridget’s Collection says, “I am fortunate to live in a warmer climate and a short drive to the beach. When I made this necklace, I thought of a day at the beach enjoying the sun, sand and surf. Then, home for a quick shower, change into a sun dress, and pop on this necklace and earring set before heading out for an al fresco dinner watching the setting sun.”

 

These napkin rings would look perfect on the table of a beach wedding reception.  From https://www.etsy.com/shop/BrittanysBest

These napkin rings would look perfect on the table of a beach wedding reception.
From https://www.etsy.com/shop/BrittanysBest

 

Brittany of Brittany’s Best says, “I wanted to make rings specifically for a beach wedding. I searched for weeks before finding the perfect color ribbon for these hand-wrapped napkin rings. I love the thought that these rings will match the color of the sea or sky on someone’s most special day. I can envision an all white tabletop with these rings adorning a white napkin and vases with sea shells and floating candles.”

 

How beautiful is this photo?! Represents summer perfectly. From https://www.etsy.com/shop/AngsanaSeedsPhoto

How beautiful is this photo?! Represents summer perfectly.
From https://www.etsy.com/shop/AngsanaSeedsPhoto

 

Angsana of Angsana Seeds Photo says, “When I think of summer, I visualized rolling hills of wildflowers with bright brilliant colors. I am from Singapore and we lack the four seasons. Also, the weather is too hot and humid that we don’t usually see vibrant colorful flowers on the sidewalk. I saw this brilliant orange color Gerbera daisy when I went to the market one day. The color captured my eyes, and it is screaming summer! I’m so glad I bought it home.”

 

 

Laura of Chicken Jungle says, “I started sewing with fabric scraps from my aunts when I was a little kid, I like to experiment with many different fabrics, trims, buttons, beads and all kinds of unusual doodads, a little of this, a little of that. Lately I have been making these chicken doorstops. They all have quilted wings and tails that are like mini quilts in themselves. They are hand stitched, as it would be impossible to make the small curved seems on a machine. I make my own pattern for these chickens.”

 

How pretty is this dress? From https://www.etsy.com/shop/LuckyLizzys

How pretty is this dress?
From https://www.etsy.com/shop/LuckyLizzys

 

Elizabeth of LuckyLizzys says” I created this design for Summer because every little girl should have a colorful sundress to twirl in and feel special! It is a perfect dress for all your Summertime events!”

 

Isn't this pretty and fun!  From https://www.etsy.com/shop/GreenbriarCreations

Isn’t this pretty and fun!
From https://www.etsy.com/shop/GreenbriarCreations

 

Sue of Greenbriar Creations says, “They are a unique one of a kind addition to your fairy garden. With a little care and no rogue squirrels (they ate one of my socks!) they could last a couple of years. I’ve recently added some miniature clothes garlands as laundry room decor to the shop too. The best part of making these miniatures is the ability to use up bits and pieces of my stash – whether it be fabric, lace or some of my vintage hankies. My shop is extremely eclectic. I don’t like to work on the same thing over and over. I’m always coming up with something new.”

 

Beautiful summer greeting card.  From https://www.etsy.com/shop/CarolaBartz

Beautiful summer greeting card.
From https://www.etsy.com/shop/CarolaBartz

 

Carola from Carola Bartz says, “When I think of summer I often think of the ocean, the beach – and of course sanddollars. Sun, bright colors, carefree days. I love to walk along the beach and look for shells. I especially love sanddollars, they are unique and it’s hard to find whole, unbroken ones. For me they mean something positive and beautiful. This beauty as well as the feeling of carefree light summer days I love to express in unique handmade cards that represent summer – and how thoughtful is it to send this beauty and positive emotion to someone we love and care about? That’s why I make these cards.”

 

Look at the digital, printable paper. From https://www.etsy.com/shop/ButterflyFeetDigital

Look at the digital, printable paper.
From https://www.etsy.com/shop/ButterflyFeetDigital

 

Sherri from Butterfly Feet Digital says, “I love flowers and lady bugs, and summer just happens to be the best time to see both of those! I’ve always loved sunflowers – they are so country and pretty.
I enjoy creating flowers and bugs for digital download items such as these printable greeting card sets. These are in PDF printable format, and one of my goals is to make similar items in jpg format.”

 

How pretty is this bag? Perfect for summer.  From https://www.etsy.com/shop/EyeLoveKnots

How pretty is this bag? Perfect for summer.
From https://www.etsy.com/shop/EyeLoveKnots

 

Alexandra from Eye Love Knots says, ” I fell in love with this bag the moment I saw it! I knew I had to create my own. First one made went to my cousin for her birthday. I filled it with a bunch of goodies needed to have a great day at the beach – magazines, sunscreen, beach towel, cooler/lunch bag, Gatorade, snack bars… It was a hit!”

 

 

Valerie of Bijoux Elkasa says, “‘m a classic lady when we talk about clothes so I started to do this kind of necklace to light up my little black dress or a classic top. This is my way to be more colorful 🙂 It can also be use with a nice gown for wedding or graduation.”

 

Such beautiful and unique glass art. From https://www.etsy.com/shop/ElizabethLovesGlass

Such beautiful and unique glass art.
From https://www.etsy.com/shop/ElizabethLovesGlass

 

Elizabeth of Elizabeth Loves Glass says, “Fresh beachy colors and a love-the-ocean theme feel like summer to me. I don’t use actual sea glass in my mosaics because it’s too rare – but the kiln formed and tumbled glass that I do use gives a similar feeling and is definitely summer-holiday inspired.”

 

 

Kelly from Colourscape Studios says, “I created this print for the summer time girls! It just takes me back to my early years of spending all summer on the beach without a care in the world :D”

 

 

Denise from Quilts Herbs Paper 4 U says, ”

I have been quilting and working with herbs and fabrics since my late teens. I love it!! I want to help people feel good about themselves. Much of my inspiration comes from pockets of peaceful spirituality in the Rocky Mountains and Four Corners area. Some of my inspiration also comes from Alpine Europe.”

 

Jennifer from Repurposed Wool Studio says, “When I think of summer… I think of colorful and fun. This dress up/ pretend play costume is great for kids wanting to run around and be free as a bird during summer fun.”

 

 

Lia of Ghirlandiamo says, ” I live in a South Italy town, where sun and sea are my constant fellows. I love bright and strong colours as in this my wreath. Do you like it?”

 

Summer placemats, patriotic style. From https://www.etsy.com/shop/HolidayCreations4U

Summer place mats, patriotic style.
From https://www.etsy.com/shop/HolidayCreations4U

 

Martha from Holiday Creations 4 U says, “Summer place mats from my shop that can brighten up any summer time get together. I have a variety of summer themed mats plus a patriotic table runner.
I have been making these hand made place mats and table runners for over a year. They are a complement to my Christmas themed handmade stockings and tree skirts.”

 

Summer Bracelet - so cute! From https://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodlandMarket

Summer Bracelet – so cute!
From https://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodlandMarket

 

Melanie from Woodland Market says, “I live in a city that is on the edge of Lake Ontario, and I have totally gotten into the nautical theme with all the water around me. I really love the look of the different sailor knots, and I decided to turn them into some cute bracelets!”

These are great stories by great artists, creating pieces that express the theme of ‘Handmade Summer.”

Have a great summer! Share this time with your family and friends.

All the best,

Ashley from French Soul Knittery