Member Feature: LaSouciqueStudio

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Kimberly of LaSouciqueStudio, our featured member!

LaSouciqueStudio

LaSouciqueStudio

Tell us about yourself.

I am a silver and freshly-trained goldsmith having apprenticed here in the USA and in the UK Channel Islands of Guernsey. Up until deciding to take the artistry route, I was working in Offshore Trust Fund Management where I managed portfolios for Argentinian and Russian millionaire and billionaires. The job nearly broke my spirit, and if not for metalsmithing, I’m not sure what sort of mental state I would be in at the moment!img_1195

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

I will celebrate our one-year anniversary on March 1st, 2017 and did not think very much about silversmithing as a full-time career until I was selected as an Emerging Artist in the Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts in Tampa which is a juried art festival that brings the country’s best artists. It was a springboard into full-time artistry that I’ll be forever grateful to be a part of.

La Soucique is Guernsey French, which is a latin patois spoken only by 4-500 people today. My husband’s family’s home was named, “La Soucique”, which means a timeless sense of style.img_1460

Tell us a bit about your products.

While living on the island of Guernsey, I would walk the often-lonely beaches and pick up sea glass – I had never seen a piece before and we would get an ice cream bucket full in 20 minutes! So, I had jars of it sitting around and when I came to bezel setting, rather than using expensive stones I began setting seaglass. After all, if I mucked it up, it was free. Guernsey is notoriously difficult to ship to so stones were extortionately priced (even Amazon won’t ship and you cannot get an iTunes account to save your life!). I came to find how lovely seaglass glowed when set in sterling and it is still my favorite setting.

We’ve island hopped since moving to Guernsey from Kentucky; to Guernsey then to Tybee Island (Savannah, GA), and now we live in Amelia Island, Florida. There has been no shortage of inspiration – but there is not much sea glass to be found, sadly! I rely on a lot of friends and through art shows, I’ve been able to pick through many clients’ gorgeous seaglass collections.img_1538-1

What inspires your work?           

The sea, absolutely. And the glass that it tumbles. Seaglass represents a journey of transformation, where your past doesn’t decide your future. It’s lived so many lifetimes! If only it could tell us its story… what once was clear and fragile is now strong with a certain patina, like the change from childhood to adulthood.

And reading. In fact, if you’ve never read, “Gift from the Sea” by Anne Morrow Lindbergh, you ought to. Written in the 1950’s, its still especially applicable today.img_1603-1

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

Slow and steady wins the race. I feel that so many jewelry artists are hungry to get hundreds of wholesale accounts but I cannot fathom what kind of quality of life that would bring. I feel that doubling my annual sales is a fair goal, which with two daughters under 8, I think is a brilliant move. Dreams are another thing! I dream of financial independence and having an income stream that is wholly my own to rely upon.img_1327

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

Flexibility and being innovative. It seems that the larger you are, the less time you have to create new work which I absolutely need. I change gears quite a lot in the day, so it’s been a challenge to focus on collections but I’m working on that.img_1372

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

Yes – a simple one just in our home. I took the plunge and bought a flex shaft which has changed my world. I still rely upon my trusty creme brûlée torch, though!img_6639

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

I believe that university business classes and in my case, communications classes, do not prepare you for sole proprietorship but merely to serve a corporation. I wish that I had known more about the freedoms of owning my own business which I wish now that I had began before having children!img_1621

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Etsy is a fantastic springboard as well, to get your work out there and to offer it for sale. It can be harrowing, at times! My first Etsy sale was quite traumatic, which made me almost quit the platform altogether. But we stuck it out. And sometimes, selling a piece is like saying goodbye to an old friend, but when you see someone happy with a piece which are gifts in many cases. That is brilliant to get those happy messages.13087086_10103427582060000_3344178603281378313_o

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

We head to the beach here in Amelia Island. Peter’s Point is my favorite and Black Rock beach is fabulous, or to Hanna Park in Jacksonville (where I find 5 pieces of sea glass per hour, on average)! I read a lot and watch a lot of movies.la-soucique-portfolio

What is your favorite quote?

“The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. To dig for treasures shows not only impatience and greed, but lack of faith. Patience, patience, patience, is what the sea teaches. Patience and faith. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach – waiting for a gift from the sea.” — Anne Morrow Lindberghfolk-sons-2

Where can people find out more about your business?  

We’ve launched our own website with an Etsy shop link – www.LaSouciqueStudio.com and can be found in four locations.img_9791-1

Facebook: La Soucique Studio

Instagram: La_Soucique_Studio

Pinterest: Kimbery Hanna Wallis

 Is there anything else you’d like to share?

I am a staunch believer in Community over Competition so if anyone has any questions, even about techniques or processes, please reach out. We’re all in this together – thank you again for the feature!img_9479-1

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Member Feature: SimplyLifeHandmade

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Sveta of SimplyLifeHandmade, our featured member!

SimplyLifeHandmade

SimplyLifeHandmade

Tell us about yourself.

Hello everyone!

My name is Sveta. I`m Russian, 42 years old. Almost 3 years live in Istanbul, Turkey with my family and have 4 years old son.

I graduated from Moscow State Academy of Light Industry, like engineer-technologist of light industry (textile). Many years worked like in garment companies in Russia, after worked like head of production department in advertising company, purchasing POS materials, OEM products from all over the world, mostly from China. I traveled for business a lot all around China during 5 years and learned many about all kinds of productions (glass, ceramic, textile, cosmetic bags, sport equipment, daily use and cosmetic products).

I love my family, my native country and my friends.img_4725-1

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

I opened my small business in 2013 when my son was born. Maternity vocation let me create different ideas for  handmade items, sewing and knitting,  which I dreamed during my long years job, but always didn’t have enough time for it.

I started to sell my ideas first through Russian web-site for handmade products.

After moving to Turkey I looked for opportunity to continue my small handmade business and in October 2014 joined Etsy. I was lucky to find fashion trendy giant merino yarn here. Having wide experience in sells and purchases in past I easily started new business.img_1790-jpg-1

Tell us a bit about your products.

I really love the yarn I sell and the items:  scarves, hats, pet beds, etc. But the most favorite are blankets…OMG! They are the most luxury in the world! I enjoy touching yarn during knitting, enjoy creating them and all the time think about customers how they will enjoy it too. Yarn is very soft, warm, Australian wool is the best in the world.

Giant yarn is unique: merino wool (hypoallergenic wool, acceptable even for newborns) have 3% elastane to keep yarns shape. I’ve never met any other Giant yarn with elastane.img_1651-jpg-1-jpg-1

What inspires your work?           

My customers inspires my work, their warm reviews and repeated orders from the same people. It means I did my job proper and this is the biggest inspiration.

Of course I’m looking through all fashion trends, colors, collections, ideas and trying to adopt them to my yarn.base4pkxljs

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

I’m planning to place free of charge patterns in Raverly, and create some patterns for sell.

My dream is my business bring me satisfaction and enough money. This year because of range system changing I wasn’t so successful with Etsy but it’s just motivation to grow up and became better and better.fullsizerender-18-jpg-1

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

Giant wool with elastane – thanks designers who created it, to keep yarn shape and as a result – to keep products shape from big stretching.img_3567-jpg-1

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

I don’t have separate studio, but I have nice seaside view.img_5715-%d0%ba%d0%be%d0%bf%d0%b8%d1%8f

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

I learned many about business development in Etsy, Instagram, other sites. I learned how to take photos and improve them (still study), and many programs helping to follow up business. I have met many interesting accounts and really talented people making excellent job.img_5217

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Never give up! It’s job, not much easier than in office, sometimes non-stop. You will be boss, and only you will be responsible for sells. Good luck!fullsizerender-7

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

I like sports, swimming, long walks with my family along Bosphorus, like go to cinema, reading detectives, and being with friends.img_4331-%d0%ba%d0%be%d0%bf%d0%b8%d1%8f-jpg-1

What is your favorite quote?

Never give up!fullsizerender-4

Where can people find out more about your business?  

You can follow news from shop:
Intagram: @simplylifehm
Facebook: SimplyLife888
Twitter: @SimplyLifeHM
Pinterest: SimplyLifeHandmadea5277e671b8bb8086345feb8f74519f374c2b5ceb8f18b5bf5pimgpsh_fullsize_distr

 Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Thank you for your attention!img_2046

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Member Feature: TraditionalDyeWorks

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Fatima of TraditionalDyeWorks, our featured member!

TraditionalDyeWorks

TraditionalDyeWorks

Tell us about yourself.

I’m Fatima and although I was born in Portugal I’ve lived in England for over a quarter of a century. After originally qualifying as a chemical engineer I worked for many years on software development. A few years ago I felt I needed a break to do the things I have always loved to do, although it looks like it is becoming permanent!

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

I have a friend who sells natural dyes and who first told me about them. When I started using them to dye fabric and yarn as a hobby, I was totally won over by the beauty and depth of the colours.

There is a growing interest in natural dyes and some years ago I looked at selling naturally dyed products and created my first website, added a Facebook page at the end of 2013, and in 2015 I finally opened my Etsy shop.3-p1070236_50

Tell us a bit about your products.

I started out by dyeing ready-made “blanks” (such as white silk scarves) and yarn with natural dyes.  As time went by, I started sewing my own products. That gives me greater flexibility and enables me to upcycle garments which also helps to preserve our valuable resources.

I often dye silk fabric to make silk scarves and I’m currently finishing sewing an organza patchwork scarf which was printed with onion skins. I have also recently started to make bags from scratch, which I love and I’ll soon be adding cushion covers and men’s ties to my shop.

I do everything myself, from dyeing in my kitchen, to sewing, to taking the photos and posting on Facebook and Instagram. It really is all about saucepans and sewing machines! I feel truly honoured when people buy something I dyed or made.4-p1080393_70

What inspires your work?           

For my dyed products the inspiration mostly comes from nature but I don’t normally start knowing exactly what the finished item will be! Rather, I adjust the design until I get the right feeling from the piece I am doing (for example,  shades of green to reflect the sea in Portugal on a winter’s day).

Natural dyes and prints respond beautifully to “over-dyeing”. So, I start by dyeing a scarf in a certain colour. If for example the colour is not deep enough, I give it another bath.5-p1080582_1_60

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

I will always work on a small scale. My main goal is to increase sales to the point where it becomes a viable full-time business, my other goal is also to inspire people to learn about natural dyeing, try it, and have fun.6-p1070630_3_70

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

We all create products according to our personal taste, I just hope people will like my own designs and sense of fashion enough to buy!

I am constantly re-evaluating my methods and materials and thinking about how I can make them more eco-friendly. I’m increasingly moving towards recycling materials wherever possible, using local plants and home-prepared dyes. I’m also just starting to try sourcing organic fabrics.7-p1080232_70

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

I have a small room which I use mostly for storage.

I dye in my kitchen and normally work on the breakfast room table next to the kitchen. We will hopefully be moving to a larger house soon and my dream is to have a dedicated dyery and a huge work table!8-p1080267_1

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

The power of pictures. After a slow start in 2015 I asked for help on Etsy groups on Facebook and was kindly advised to look again at my pictures. It took me a while to re-take them but I started to get more sales after that.

I’ve also learned to be methodical. I need to get better but I am trying to post on my Facebook page, share the post, and post on Instagram as regularly as possible. I have had sales coming directly from my FB page.9-p1060715_1

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Do not lose heart! Most businesses take a while to build.

Make sure your photos are yummy just to look at.

Ask for help in Etsy groups and do the changes they suggest.

Every week, take a look at your pictures, titles and tags and decide which ones need improvement.

Decide which social media suit you best and build up an interested audience.

Be patient!10-p1080448_1_60

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

I love the English countryside in all seasons. Going for a walk with my camera – and maybe stopping for good pub food – is something I always look forward to.11-p1060883_50

What is your favorite quote?

“Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.” – Henry James12-p1060575_1

Where can people find out more about your business?

Etsy
TraditionalDyeWorks

Facebook
TraditionalDyeWorks

Instagram
traditionaldyeworks

Website (needs updating!)
traditionaldyeworks

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Member Feature: katrinreifeiss

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Katrin of katrinreifeiss, our featured member!

katrinreifeiss

katrinreifeiss

Tell us about yourself.

Katrin Reifeiss is a Beacon, NY based designer and artist who owns and operates her namesake collection of hand-dyed clothing and home goods. Influenced by her love of travel and painting, and the inspiration she finds in her happy place the beach, Katrin creates textile designs using Japanese Shibori and other dye techniques in her upstate NY studio. Specializing in Shibori Katrin takes the traditional Shibori techniques and re-creates them into modern patterns. As a designer it is her goal to create timeless designs, often of simple shapes to best feature the beauty of the hand-dyed fabric. Katrin creates for those that appreciate the time and effort that goes into each creation, focusing on craftsmanship and creativity, as her pieces are not meant to be disposed of after one season. All items are designed and manufactured in the USA and using when possible materials made in the USA. In addition to creating her own designs she teaches Japanese Shibori at Garrison Art Center and has taught at Beacon Art Studio, the Textile Arts Center in NYC and at organizations such as the Japan Society in Manhattan.fullsizerender

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

I opened my business in 2008 while working full-time. I decided that being financially stable with a day job, it could fuel my passion of creating hand-dyed clothing and textiles. I also have a very understanding husband who understood that nights after work and sometimes weekends I would go straight from my day job to my studio. In 2014 my position moved to another state so it was the perfect opportunity to work full-time on my passion. Now I am a mom and balancing work and motherhood has been difficult but terribly rewarding.photo-2

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What inspires your work?           

Mainly my happy place, the beach. When I dream of the beach I dream in blue and in effortless designs that can be worn from beach to street.screen-shot-2017-02-17-at-1-54-11-pm

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

I like to think my designs stand out from other businesses that also create pieces using Shibori by the way I dye my fabric and also what I create with my fabric. I believe that everyone has their own hand, way of dyeing fabric that becomes unique to that person.screen-shot-2017-02-17-at-1-53-52-pm

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

I am lucky, I have a studio in our house. The perfect set up for me and my son. Eventually in the future I would like to have a bigger studio outside the house but right now I am happy!screen-shot-2017-02-17-at-1-40-25-pm

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

I now have a great list of suppliers for fabric, notions and other goods but when I first started out I should have done more research about finding the best suppliers for my needs.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Take great photos, can not stress that enough. I had not so great photos at one point, I think I can always improve on them but lighting I think along with background are the two most important things for a good photo.

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

Taking walks with my son. Love having my studio in my house but also it is in the house! So I like to get out often. Luckily we live within decent walking distance from town and are surrounded by trails and public parks which are also easy to get to.  Getting out the house is important for the exercise and just to clear my mind. Other hobbies include cooking, especially now that we have a kitchen that doesn’t just fit one person like our Brooklyn apartment did.screen-shot-2017-02-17-at-1-58-48-pm

What is your favorite quote?

h there are lots but a recent one is – When you buy from a small business an actual person does a happy dance.

Where can people find out more about your business?  

I often have a lot of information on instagram – @katrinreifeiss or on my website www.katrinreifeiss.com.

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Member Feature: theDelhiStore

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Vandana of theDelhiStore, our featured member!

theDelhiStore

theDelhiStore

Tell us about yourself.

I am Vandana, founder of the Etsy shop, theDelhiStore. I love textiles, diverse cultures and handicrafts.il_570xn_694806140_fnlb

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

I opened my Etsy shop in the year 2012. After completing college and working in IT education for a while I left my job as I wasn’t enjoying it much. Few years later I decided to combine my passion with my work, and start my own business in the textile industry.il_570xn-1162593345_mobl

Tell us a bit about your products.

I promote the work of Indian artisans who practice century-old handicrafts which require a lot of skill and patience. I sell hand block printed fabrics which are printed using hand carved wooden stamps, hand-woven fabrics, vintage fabrics, hand carved wooden stamps and trims. I also take custom printing work.il_570xn-822338454_r31w

What inspires your work?           

The urge to promote dying regional handicrafts and help save the livelihoods of the people who practice these crafts drives me and gives me a sense of purpose and direction in my work.il_570xn-1102575531_19oa

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

To setup a ready to wear and made to order garments section made from my fabrics.

I see my business becoming a known name among people who value handmade things, quality, hard work and support slow fashion.iss_fullxfull-6809469_5gi2f24n

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

Quality and designs.

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

Yes, I do have a separate work space where I store all my fabrics and work.1-img_4346

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

I wish I had not overstretched myself in running my business and should have given my health and fitness a priority but now I have mend my ways.1-2015-06-21

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Success doesn’t come overnight-it requires a lot of hard work and persistence, so, take one step at a time, and give your best. Also, put your customers first, and provide the best quality products and best possible customer service.1-2015-07-05

What is your favorite quote?

“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.” – Benjamin Franklinil_570xn-1178668137_euw8

Where can people find out more about your business?  

Instagram: thedelhistore
Pinterest: theDelhiStoreil_570xn-780422294_875l

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Member Feature: JapaneseRubberStamps

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Please join us in welcoming Nico of JapaneseRubberStamps, our featured member!

JapaneseRubberStamps

JapaneseRubberStamps

Tell us about yourself.

My name is nico from JapaneseRubberStamps.

I make cute and unique handmade rubber stamps.

I love art and creating, and analogue person, so I sketch my ideas on my notebook.

I live in Japan with my husband now and I have lived in the UK.

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

I opened JapaneseRubberStamps 2013 when I lived in the UK.

When I lived in Japan, I was full-time worked. I am completely free 24/7, so I wanted to do something nice hobby.

I found hand carved rubber stamps on the internet. I fell in love with these original stamps.

I couldn’t wait buying rubber and knife.

I made lots of rubber stamps, but I just have shown them to my family. It was not enough, so I opened my shop on Etsy.japaneserubberstamps-1

Tell us a bit about your products.

My rubber stamps are designed and carved by hand one by one.

I like cute and unique designs, so when I find a nice designs, I can’t stop making and showing stamps as soon as possible. I am really enjoy making stamps.

What inspires your work?           

When I go to a big shopping centre, I always see the display and decoration.

When I see a nice display, I get lots of ideas from the nice place.

I love Pinterest as well. When I see them, lots of wonderful ideas come to me.

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

As you know, so many people don’t know about my shop.

So I would like to spread my handmade stamps all over the world and I want to get some orders constantly.il_fullxfull-812599066_eaip

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

I love creating and my designs are very cute but some of them are unique and eccentric.

I would like to make unique stamps more!p1480123

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

Rubber stamps are very small suppliers, so I don’t have a separate workspace.

I am making rubber stamps using computer!

It is messy sometimes on my desk, so my husband is shocked, but I love my workspace.

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

We could purchase lots of lovely items from the big stationery shop in Japan. I couldn’t find them often in the UK.

It is because people are creating themselves. So I knew handmade is the one of a great place to sell unique items in abroad, so I started opening my shop when I lived in the UK.

Also people love handmade items instead of machine-made.

They cheer creators purchasing handmade items and we can get motivate.p1480253

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Let’s start! That’s it.

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

I love going out and eat delicious foods with my husband.

What is your favorite quote?

Life is short.

Where can people find out more about your business?  

My website: japanesestamps
FB: Japanese-Rubber-Stamps
Twitter:@nico_stamps
Pinterest: Japanese Rubber Stamps

 Is there anything else you’d like to share?

I started Youtube channel last year. I can show the photos and descriptions on Etsy, but it is not enough to show how to make and play rubber stamps.

I think Youtube videos are easy to understand how to use and how easy you can create new works using stamps.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCf7m7TTJVX6ZsNvejzS7bbA

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Member Feature: TopGracia

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Tatiana of TopGracia, our featured member!

TopGracia

TopGracia

Tell us about yourself.

I was born and live in Ukraine. I have been married for 10 years, we are now with my beloved husband bring up our small daughter Victoria. I am a happy mother and wife. From early childhood, I loved all the bright, colorful and brilliant. I was good in drawing. Although I received two higher educations, technical and economic, and then worked as an accountant and have more than 10 years banking experience, I was still constantly attracted by creativity and handiwork. Initially, I combined the basic work and my favorite hobby. But one day I decided that I would devote more time to my occupation and eventually the hobby grew into a favorite work.

Over time I began to make new acquaintances with creative people, including hand-makers, photographers, models and stylists. In such a way I opened my another passion – photography.

I am grateful to my husband for having supported me in my enthusiasm, helped with advice and have always believed that I will succeed!avatar

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

I remember that long time ago, over 10 years back I once saw silk flowers made by hand on the Internet in one forum. I was very much impressed with silk floristry. I gathered information in internet about this handiwork where I only could, bought books in Japan and then the materials. I ordered the tools, textiles, paints etc. worldwide. Gradually, while studying the science of silk flowers creating, I myself have become a manufacturer of fine silk flowers. I had a lot of orders, which I had hardly time to do. But I wanted to develop, to move on, try new materials.

And so over time, I began to make wedding accessories with crystals, pearls, fabrics and various accessories. I devise and produce all models by myself. My new passion for photography helps me to take right pictures of my products.hair_flower_

Tell us a bit about your products.

My items are reminiscent of elements of nature that inspires me continually. These are flowers, flowering trees sprigs, leaves, and buds. Crystals sparkle like dew drops with multicolored hotspots woven using jewelry wire. My every product contains a piece of my soul and positive energy! I try to make them flexible and weightless, so that the owner could wear jewelry, feeling only comfort and enjoying. I care about the presentation, order gift boxes with my author’s design in which I send the accessories to buyers.leaf_crown_rosegold_

What inspires your work?           

The most important inspiration – it is nature, especially in the spring! In my parents’ house, my mother planted many flowers in the garden. I started every morning with dipping my face in blossoming roses, peonies and other beautiful and fragrant flowers. I do not cease to be surprised how big the power of nature is! Each petal is the creation of Divine art!

I am also inspired by beautiful works of other artists. I like to learn new techniques, study from the geniuses in various direction. After all, many people are very talented!hair_piece

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

This year I plan to implement one of a thousand of ideas in my head. Also, I should do my best to organize my workspace, maybe to equip a studio. Also to consider bookkeeping. My dream is to have more time in a day than 24 hours!

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

The most important thing in business is honesty and quality. The buyer chooses among similar products the one where the best photo will be, where it is possible to examine the product from all sides. Also the description should contain all the details.

I offer only real photos to my customers. I also try to make products quickly and send. I have a system of discounts and loyalty program – every customer receives a gift coupon with a discount. It is important for me that the buyers come back to my shop more than once.3_

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

I have private studio only in my plans so far. Now I occupy a room in my apartment. I bought a lot of containers for storage of materials. My workplace is a table near the window, so that to have a lot of natural light. The number of accessories is increasing all the time and I need to do so something in order to prevent the apartment from turning into a warehouse!1_

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

Since opening their business, I learned how to manage my time, you need to set aside some time for imagination, but also to fulfill the orders you have to be very responsible, to do everything in time. For me, the new thing was international shipping, completion of documents, declarations, etc.2_

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

I highly recommend this resource! Here you can find a lot of creative people from around the world. Buyers – true judges of handmade decorations. Do your work honestly, be hardworking. Take part in promotion in social networks. Internet makes people from all over the world closer!crown_

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

My free time fully belongs to my family. The greatest pleasure is the joy of communicating with my child. This gives me energy to create further. In summer, we are walking around the lake which is located nearby our house. We love to go to seaside, visit the puppet theater and all sorts of attractions. In cold season we visit the pool, where we like to splash.

I love to travel with my husband. We enjoy the beautiful nature very much. And we love to taste different cuisines of other countries!

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What is your favorite quote?

In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different – Coco Chanel

Where can people find out more about your business?  

My network
Pinterest: TopGracia
Facebook: Wedding-hair-accessories
Instagram: TopGracia
Twitter: TopGracia

 Is there anything else you’d like to share?

You’re welcome any time!

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