Member Feature: SightStraps

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Please join us in welcoming Susanne of SightStraps Eyewear Accessories, our featured member!

SightStraps Eyewear Accessories

Tell us about yourself.

I have always been interested in the arts and self employment.  I have formally been trained in the culinary arts and worked many years in this field until my employer closed the kitchen.  Having enjoyed working with my hands and a love for animals, I went back to school and became professionally trained as a groomer operating my own mobile dog grooming business. Sadly I wasn’t able to continue working in this field due to a back injury. Needing to keep busy and enjoying being creative, I picked up some jewelry making tools, wire, semi precious gemstones and beads and started designing accessories.

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

I opened my business in 2014 on Etsy with my shop BeachandButterfly listing a small collection of earrings, bracelets and necklaces. I started making eyeglass lanyards because I was at that lovely age now where I was starting to need readers.  I kept losing them and thought to myself, there must be something out there that I could wear that will keep them always handy.  I searched the internet but I found nothing that caught my eye and was quite what I was looking for.  I started creating some designs and tested them on friends and family, finally listing them in the shop. The lanyards started selling really well and so I decided to work on building a new line and branding.  I opened a new shop in 2016 – SightStraps Eyewear Accessories that now offers unique high quality eyeglass lanyards, chains and necklaces for men and women.

Tell us a bit about your products.

My eye wear lanyards are made with high quality materials.  I use premium Greek leather certified lead free and enjoy designing with copper, silver, brass, pearls and gemstones.  The lanyards are in styles ranging from modern to rustic and most are adjustable in length and versatile to wear as a stand alone necklace or to hang your readers or sunglasses on. Every order is sent in lovely packaging ready to receive as a gift.

What inspires your work?

My inspiration comes from all around me.  I enjoy spending my time outside hiking and camping and find I am drawn to rustic colors found in nature.  I also enjoy vintage styles, textures and time-worn patina on metals and draw inspiration from these too.

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

My goals this year is to expand my product line to include vegan faux leather and more one of a kind pieces.  I also would like to see my brand expand into gift shops and boutiques.

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

I feel my brand of artisan handcrafted eyewear accessories are very affordable and versatile making them unique gifts for both women and men. I also strive for excellent customer service and have had many happy customers who return to buy these lanyards from me as gifts for friends.

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

My studio work area is located in my home in a small corner of my dining room.  I have a beautiful old solid wood desk that I work on and some shelving and storage located nearby.

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

What I have learned since opening my business is that I wish I could have started sooner.  I absolutely love what I do.  Since starting the jewelry design business I have taken a few workshops on silver-smithing as well as Lapidary.  I hope to add more metalsmithing courses in the near future.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Don’t wait !  Open up a shop and start.  The old saying stands true…”Do something you love and you will never work a day in your life” It is so rewarding when you hear positive feedback that your jewelry design has been noticed and appreciated by someone.

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

When I am not working I love to spend time with my fiancee and our two fur babies, Annie a miniature poodle and Zoey a border collie puppy going for nice long walks.  I also enjoy gardening, photography, road trips, camping, hiking, rockhounding and riding our dirt bikes and atv’s

What is your favorite quote?

My favourite quote is “Do what you love and you will never work a day in your life”

Where can people find out more about your business?

I can be found on Etsy using this link:  https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/SightStraps

 

 

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Member Feature: ClaireMcCallArt

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Please join us in welcoming Claire of ClaireMcCallArt, our featured member!

ClaireMcCallArt

Tell us about yourself.

I am a modern impressionist painter specializing in figurative work and light-filled beach scenes. I paint mostly with a palette knife rather than a brush. Originally, I picked up the palette knife to loosen my painting technique. With a brush in hand, I was often tempted to agonize over the detail. I actually love the loss of control that the knife provides and the application of oil paint with its buttery texture.

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

It was the exhibition of one artist that flicked the artistic switch for me in my early thirties. Fifteen years on there have been many painting miles refining my skills with varied and bold brush strokes to give my works visual texture.

Tell us a bit about your products.

In my Etsy shop, I offer giclee art prints on 100% cotton rag paper, ready to hang canvas prints and original paintings. You have to be quick to snap up an original…fortunately they are in high demand and the reproductions provide the opportunity to own a piece close to the real thing for a much smaller investment. I also offer commission paintings which gives my customers the chance to create their own family masterpiece. Just send me your photos..it’s a simple process.

What inspires your work?

There have been no formal art lessons in my time as a painter, only a few demonstration workshops by a select few painting heroes of mine, but my greatest teachers have been the actual artworks of the impressionist masters of yesterday and today. As a visual learner, the written word has meant very little in my journey but the images of bold impressionist strokes, rich colour and bright lights have been everything.

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

My dream is to gainer wider exposure for my art and achieve greater recognition of my very distinct painting style. I hope that others can enjoy my works as much as I enjoy creating them and maybe one day I will be the inspiration for another to immerse their artistic self in a love for painting.

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

A bold approach to painting makes my work distinctive.
Abstract or impressionistic backgrounds applied with a palette knife
are combined with realistic subjects detailed in textured brushstrokes.
My work captures everyday moments in time.Typically, a figure turned away
from the viewer in a candid pose.
The viewer is invited to complete the story..to fill in the blanks about
time, place, thoughts and emotion.

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

I have an art studio attached to my house which enables me to create a mess and not have to clean it up straight away.

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

I never realised what an impact that art can have on people’s emotions, especially custom work featuring their loved ones. I would have offered personalised commissions earlier in my career had I known this..it is very satisfying to bring such joy to someone’s life.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Persistence is the key, adding new product consistently and engaging in promotional activity will keep attention coming 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’m lucky as painting is my happy place – it is my unwind amidst a busy family life.

What is your favorite quote?

“Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do.” Edgar Degas

Where can people find out more about your business?

My website at www.clairemccallartist.com

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

The greatest compliment someone can pay me is to genuinely stop in their tracks. They may want to take the time to study the range of values and textures of my paintings. Or they study the drama of abstraction vs realism that is my style. Or perhaps just because it captures their eye and holds their attention. This is when I feel that I have really made an impact on the viewer.

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Member Feature: Heartfelt Giver

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Please join us in welcoming Christine of Heartfelt Giver, our featured member!

Heartfelt Giver

Tell us about yourself.

Small business owner, wife and mother of 4 beautiful girls. I am just an easy going person with a lot of hopes and dreams like most people.  

 

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

We opened Heartfelt Giver in 2006.  It started off as a hobby business to sell my stained glass and etched glass items.   I had a custom ask me how I made my etched glass and I explained I used vinyl as the template.  She asked me to cut a piece of wood and add wording to the sign for her.  She received the sign and loved it.  She told me to stop making glass and sell signs.  We have been selling signs ever since.

 

Tell us a bit about your products.

We make interior and exterior wood signs for homes and businesses.  Our exterior signs are made using pine boards that are primed and painted with a quality exterior grade house paint.  The vinyl lettering we use is also of outdoor quality.  Per the vinyl manufacture the vinyl has an outdoor life of 5 to 7 years.  Exterior vinyl is used on boats, cars, trucks, buildings and store windows to name a few.

What inspires your work?

I think signs are a great way to express one self.  Interior signs show the person’s sense of style and belief.  Exterior signs are used to help provide direction, warning and/or express a concern as well as relay a message when the home owner is not around.  Business signs also provide a message whether it be direction or to just let the customer know that someone will be with them shortly, puts one at ease. Signs with a purpose.

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

We are lucky, each year our business has been growing.  Growing a slow steady manageable pace. So the bigger and better is always our goal.  Currently, we make more exterior signs than interior signs.  In 2019 we look to expand on our interior signs portfolio.  Wish this we hope to get the attention of more people to our shop.  Our long term dream is to grow the business to were we can hire staff and expand into the wholesale market.

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

The quality of the materials we use.  The exterior paint, the exterior vinyl and the fiberglass rods all are key to a long lasting sign.

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

We use two areas of our home. We are working towards building a work space that will allow us to combine both spaces into one outside of the home.

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

Patience… like anything else things only grow with time.  I wish I got started with social media a lot sooner.  Etsy helps but you still have to market yourself.  Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are all good sources to use for marketing.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Make sure you start off with 40 items to sell and market through social media.

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

We still make it a point to have dinner together and ask each other about their day.  Sharing time with family no matter how small. I still enjoy working with glass.

What is your favorite quote?

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
Eleanor Roosevelt

Where can people find out more about your business?

Our website heartfeltgiver.com or on etsy www.etsy.com/shop/heartfeltgiver

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

We are a hard-working family that brings handmade items to you.  The shapes we use are hand cut and no CNC used.
No matter who you purchase from this season make sure it is handmade.  You help small businesses grow and we thank you for that.  We would also like to thank CIJ for allowing us to share our story with their viewers.

Best Wishes to Everyone

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Member Feature: HollyBeeandCompany

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Debbie of HollyBeeandCompany, our featured member!

HollyBeeandCompany

Tell us about yourself.

I am a compassionate women who loves to be passionate about my businesses. I love taking something that is pretty much nothing and finding a new use for it! I love coffee, yoga and being creative.  One of my greatest passion is helping others find their talents and put them to use. I love seeing others succeed!

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

I opened my business 4 years ago just selling to my local community. Two years ago I had a friend encouraged me to open an Etsy store to expand. I have always been creative and sold items here and there but Etsy took me to the next level. I absolutely love the growth I have had in the past 2 years on Etsy. I love sharing my talents and seeing all the different places my work goes around the world.

Tell us a bit about your products.

We use a lot of reclaimed materials in our products. We like to keep with the idea of taking something old and making it new. We make all our stain from earth pigment so each piece is unique in the fact that the stain is custom. We liked to work with the outdoor elements and bring a touch of outdoors inside.

What inspires your work?

Nature inspires us. We also like to keep up with the trends and incorporate that into our own style! Yoga and meditation is where a lot of my inspiration comes from. When the mind is quite it is free to create.

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

My goal is to expand my following and my customer base. We want to continue to add new designs to our shop and offer the best products we can. I would love to see my business double in size by the end of this year. It is our dream to have Hollybee and Company be our full time income that allows us freedom to do what we love most.

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

It is our desire to see everyone be successful at what they are doing. We care deeply for our customers and send each product out with love and hope. I also think our passion for keeping things as environmentally clean and safe as possibly by using natural products as much as possible sets us apart.

One thing for sure we are grateful for each and every order we receive. We love what we do!

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

We work from our basement and garage right now. We are hoping our dreams of owning a separate studio come true this year For now it has served us to work from home.

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

Photography, shipping, and marketing. It’s so hard to say because I feel everyday I learn something new. If I had waited until I thought I had everything figured out I wouldn’t have ever opened my my shop. The one thing I would say is ask for help. Hire out what you are not comfortable doing. Don’t try to be everything all the time. Wearing too many hats leads to burnout.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Just go for it! You never know until you try and there is a place for everyone! I am a dive in and figure things out as you go kinda gal. You will learn and grow. Don’t be afraid to push yourself past your fears and step into something. If you fail you just try again. I would say I have learned to fail faster. The faster I fail the quicker I will succeed. Not all my products have been successful but I kept trying and it has been a joy!

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

I do a lot of yoga, hiking, and  spending time outdoors. We love to travel. Mostly this business is my hobby and I am lucky to have it as a job as well.

What is your favorite quote?

Whatever is good for the soul do that!

Where can people find out more about your business?

Website: www.hollybeecompany

Instagram: hollybeeandcompany

Facebook: HollyBee and Company

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Member Feature: HellaGanorJewelry

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Hella of HellaGanorJewelry, our featured member!

HellaGanorJewelry

Tell us about yourself.

My name is Hella. I’m jewelry designer, sculptor and manufacturing jewelry for over 25 years.

I was born in Tel Aviv, Israel.

At my jewelry design I love combining materials in a nontraditional manner such as gold, gemstones, diamonds with nontraditional materials such as stainless steel, and other industrial materials.

My passion for jewelry design comes from architecture and sculpturing.

HellaGanorJewelry

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

I opened my business 30 years ago as I was frustrated that I could not find then a piece of Jewelry I liked.

On the other hand I wanted to become an architect but life had different path for me.

Tell us a bit about your products.

The Netline Collection combines classy, reserved cachet with contemporary spirit. The distinctive look is rooted in design and production techniques which bring together handicraft and 3-D computer printing. Created with this unique technology, common now among avant-garde architects, the pieces hug the body and flow with its natural movement. The pieces surge on with fine lines, as in an etching, evoking sensations of both hollowness and wholeness while making extraordinary use of the inner spaces of each piece, and coalescing into rich but airy objects.

What inspires your work?

My passion for jewelry design comes from architecture and sculpturing (big jewelry).

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

My future goals are to have worldwide sales both retail and wholesale.

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

My design and high quality stands out!

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

Yes, I have a separate studio and I work with other manufactures.

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

You need to have patience and passion, high quality items and great customer service.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

You need to have patience and passion, high quality items and great customer service.

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

I love my work and design is my passion. To unwind I like to walk on the beach or travel to different countries and learn about people, their life & culture.

Where can people find out more about your business?

In my new website: hellaganor

My Etsy shop: HellaGanorJewelry

Facebook (HE): HellaGanorShop

Facebook (EN): HellaGanorJewelry

Pinterest: hellaganor

Instagram: hellaganor  

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Member Feature: DoveGlove

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Ebru of DoveGlove, our featured member!

DoveGlove

Tell us about yourself.

My name is Ebru and I design lace gloves and bridal accessories.

Located in Turkey and all products handmade by me.

I learned fashion design and sewing lessons at the university. I’m a professional photographer also.

My strong relationships with my suppliers and vendors ensure that you receive the best service and quality available. I am constantly seeking out the best, most unique products to help make each event one of a kind.

I take pride in making your dream of the “perfect day” into a reality and we look forward to working with you.

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

The Dove Glove was founded in 2008 and has become a wonderful and quaint one stop shop for the bride-to-be.

I have always liked to design new things.

It is a dream to start wholesale sales in this small business. Day by day, I can do I can do that faster production and more production. My business is very important for my family and me.

It’s a great pleasure, and it’s my priority job.

Tell us a bit about your products.

I am doing handmade gloves. I use French lace, guipures and tulle.

Sometimes I have different ideas and I create new gloves with the materials I have.

I accept custom orders also, because I love to be a seller. And make people happy. For their wedding days or formal days or casual days.

What inspires your work?

First of all, brides and weddings are affecting me.

Everything in the nature, an accessory I see or just the fabric itself.

Seasons and colors inspire me all the time.

I like to look at the good side of life.

And it’s great to share the happiness of people.

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

I will continue to work hard, of course.

I am looking forward to refining my product line over the coming year. Working on new ideas for products and hope to get close to 500 to this year.

I will continue to look for shops where I can do wholesale in different countries.

I want the whole world are recognized DoveGlove brand.

Because it is very fortunate.

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

I love all of the people who do this job. They all work to share the best days.

All my products are genuine handmade. Using very good quality materials, I complete my orders carefully.

I’m also an artist, and I can paint in any color my customers want.

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

Yes I’ve got a small work space or studio.

But I like to make my gloves with my family room.

And sometimes it’s nice to have a quiet and undisturbed work space to create in..  I can work and listen to my playlist. I like old rock music and I listen very often.

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

The most important thing I know and am sure of; honesty.

It never changes!

I learned very well the importance of not doing sales without being sure about the colors.

These are the things you should pay attention to when selling from the internet; colors and sizes.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Etsy is a most beautiful and useful platform for selling handmade products..

Etsy is a very dynamic place where things often change and you just have to be committed to keep learning and working on your craft and your shop.

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

I’ve got a lot of hobbies.

I’m a photographer and I love take photos since 2006.

I’ve got a bicycle and I’m going beautiful places for taking photos with my music.

.Music is my never give up hobbies and makes me happy always. I love rock music. Like Survivor, Journey, Asia, Hammerfall, Bon Jovi etc.

What is your favorite quote?

The world’s your playground, enjoy it.

Where can people find out more about your business?

Etsy: DoveGlove
Instagram: byharemdesign
Twitter: HaremDesign
google+ : Ebru
Pinterest: byharemdesign

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

I thank you very much for this opportunity first of all.

I would like to say that I feel there are many talented people in the world and I encourage them to share their gifts with others, whether through teaching or making and selling.

Be happy and  spread happiness!

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Member Feature: MaribelleCampa

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Maribelle of MaribelleCampa, our featured member!

MaribelleCampa

Tell us about yourself.

Hello!! I am Maribelle Campa, come and enjoy my creations. Everything you see in my shop has been made with lots of enthusiasm and love!! From engineering to metalsmithing, and the most important, motherhood, I have been growing into a very creative person. I have always loved making handmade items. As a teenager, I used to sew everything my sister and I wore. When my kids were born I crochet little booties, blankets and everything I could. Then I started gardening but couldn’t withstand the insects!! After being into home improvement for a while I decided it was time to make something that could make me feel and look pretty, not the house! It has been a couple of years of handmade jewelry and believe me: I love it! I enjoy it to the point that I went back to college and took courses on metals. What makes me so happy is the support I have receive from family and friends!! If you like something from my shop just let me know. To design, to create and to smile is my goal of everyday. Welcome to my shop, and lets forge that idea together!

Maribelle Campa
Certified Bonafide Artisan
Metalsmith

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

Soon after finishing my silversmith degree at the University of Puerto Rico I began searching for a venue where I could show my pieces to the world without having to go from fair to fair. At that time my kids were at very young ages and required lots of mommy’s attention and it was very difficult for me to attend long hours fairs. That is when browsing the starving artists chat room I found out about Etsy. More than ten years ago! I immediately opened an account and the rest is history!

Tell us a bit about your products.

I love to work with gold, silver, copper and gemstones. My original pieces involved subtle hammering, lots of movement and everlasting quality. From hammered hoops that will last a decade to unique rings with large gemstones.

What inspires your work?

My motivation is to create pieces for the modern woman who is on the run and needs to have jewelry that goes from casual to elegant with great quality. Love gemstones, pearls, turquoise, rough diamonds, everything. During the last couple of years I have resurrected my love for filigree! Creating pendants, earrings and rings that have awaken the local customers Spanish roots and their love for intricate filigree work including cameos!

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

I would love to keep working on filigree creating more intricate works of art! Our Spanish heritage is very rich and would be very proud to contribute to keep this for of art alive.

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

My shop is a one person shop where I Create, photograph, pack and ship, do the social networking, customer service, everything! I think people love to have special treatment and support small business more than ever! I am ready to make you custom order alive!

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

One of the things that allowed me to have my business going is to have my studio right at home. I am my own boss, decide my working hours and at the same time I am available for my family needs! It is been wonderful!

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

I have learned to be more organized and definitely to follow my passions always!

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Start! Have clean good photos, detailed descriptions Start and do not be afraid. Maybe later your username will not be available!

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

I love to go to the beach! For inspiration, or just to relax! Happy and grateful to be an islander!

What is your favorite quote?

Smile! Keep on working!

Where can people find out more about your business?

You can look for updates of my job at instagram or facebook. Look for Maribelle Campa Artisan Jewelry on Facebook and Maribelle Campa on Instagram.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Follow your passions and smile!

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