Member Feature: Treasures From The Lake

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Please join us in welcoming Donna of Treasures From The Lake, our featured member!

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Tell us about yourself.

My name is Donna and I live in NE Ohio. close to Lake Erie. I am married, and have one daughter who is an RN at a big Children’s Hospital. And I have two grandchildren (4 and 8 months), who I watch a few days a week. We have been collecting beach glass and other items for around 4 years. Prior to that we used to collect shells when we vacationed in South Florida. I have always loved the beach.

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

I opened shop two years ago in June. After collecting all the beach glass in many containers, my husband said that i should do something with the glass. So I began looking at tutorials on the internet, youtube, and other crafting sites. I self taught myself wire wrap techniques, that I am always trying to refine. My family encouraged me to sell the creations So after being persuaded, I decided to give it a try.

Tell us a bit about your products.

I design jewelry (necklaces, bracelets and earrings) from genuine Beach glass that I collect from Lake Erie. There are rare colors (blues, reds etc) that I will on occasion purchase from very trusted sources. I also make bookmarks, keychains and specialize in keepsake Christmas ornaments including trees, bells, and angels.

What inspires your work?           

I take inspiration from many things. Sometimes it is the shape of the glass and sometimes a design pops into my head. Other times I have no idea, and the wire seems to take over and have a life of its own I work best at night when most people are sleeping Other times, the customer tells me what they have in mind as I welcome special orders.

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

 Continue to refine and expand my wire techniques and expand into drilled pieces. I hope to increase sales and my customer base My goal is to have my first show this year.

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

My glass is genuine beach glass Most of it I have collected myself. But since some colors are very rare, I will purchase them from trusted sea glass seller sites to ensure quality and genuineness. Customer service is very important to me and I want each and every customer to be completely satisfied with my work. I treat customers they way I would want to be treated, and keep them informed in the order from start to finish. When I send a package, I want the customer to feel like they are opening a present, and package my designs creatively. Every purchase is accompanied with a Thank you Card and many times I send extra free gifts. You never know when they turn into extra orders.

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

I do not have a studio. That would be a dream for the business. The design table is the dining room table and my supplies and glass are in a hutch. There is also a card table with tools and beads and other supplies. Packaging supplies are under the card table in plastic bins.

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

I wish I had learned more about social media as that is a constant challenge. I am getting better at it, but being 60 puts me behind the learning curve (lol) And learn how to take better pictures. Learn about SEO. I still struggle with it.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Learn as much as you can about setting up your shop, tag words, seo, taking pictures Don’t expect immediate success. Although oddly, I sold an item the first night, so I did think it would be. Then I waited months. I wouldn’t wait to think you know it all though, as if you did that,you might never start up. It’s a work in progress constantly.

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

In the summer I love swimming at the pool And I love reading by the pool or beach. Walking the beach of course. Spending time with my dog, Abby

What is your favorite quote?

Live Laugh Love

Where can people find out more about your business?  

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TreasuresFromTheLake/

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Member Feature: Simple Green Habits

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Please join us in welcoming Vidya of Simple Green Habits, our featured member!

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Tell us about yourself.

“I am a stay at home mom of 2 girls. I am the owner, designer, photographer, marketer, shipper and customer service contact. During the day, I’m a mom, cook, chauffeur, karate mom. After dinner, I am a crazy sewer with head phones on listening to some audio book while I sew.

Reducing waste to keep the Earth cleaner for our children and the next generation has motivated me to sew reusable cloth products.

I grew up using cloth products so it was easy for me to use cloth instead of disposable paper. I believe that it is my responsibility to teach my daughters (who will I hope someday be mothers) to use reusable cloth products instead of disposable paper to reduce waste for a cleaner Earth.”

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

I opened my Shop in 2015. I wanted to use reusable products to reduce waste and help others accomplish the same.

Tell us a bit about your products.

I make reusable cloth napkins. Everyday Cloth napkins can help reduce a lot of waste.

What inspires your work?           

To reduce waste.

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

 I want to add more reusable cloth products.

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

Communication to customers on every step of the order process and same day shipping as order day.

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

I have a closet to store fabric and finished products. I work on a table in the family room.

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

I wish I had started this business earlier.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Just start selling.

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

I like to spend time with my family.

What is your favorite quote?

“Be the change you wish to see in the world” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Where can people find out more about your business?  

https://www.etsy.com/shop/simplegreenhabits

 Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Reduce waste.

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Member Feature: PaintingsGallery

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Aska of PaintingsGallery, our featured member!

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PaintingsGallery

Tell us about yourself.

Hi, My name is Aska and I come from Poland. I been living in Scotland ten years now in Tobermory on a beautiful Island of Mull. I share my time between being a mum to a 12 year old fantastic boy called Jakub, being a wife, home carer and my love of painting nature.new-etsy-logo

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

I absolutely love painting and creating. I want to try and capture the beauty of ever changing landscape in my canvases and share it with You. Different art techniques and painting effects has plenty challenges and I like to enjoy the end result. After nine years of painting and creating, successfully selling my pieces in the local Gallery I decided to open an online shop on Etsy.

Tell us a bit about your products.

I love to paint in acrylic and oil which gives my work vivid colours and depth.  Also experiment with different mixed media techniques. Etsy gives me the opportunity to offer my paintings and and prints online.  I photograph, print, mount and frame it with a great help of my husband who is a computer literate and an artist. I print my images on high quality Canon canvas with 100 year light fast ink- they will last a lifetime and more. Printing on canvas has great deal of rich texture like qualities.loch-na-keal-3-in-1a-for-etsy

What inspires your work?           

Living in such beautiful country us Scotland I am surrounded by inspiration. I just wanted to paint it all or at least to try capture the beauty of it. I am happy to share with You what I love and are inspired by. Sunbeams through the sky, red sky and sun before it goes  behind the horizon, approaching rain and bright sunshine when it shows through the clouds. All brings feeling of warm and happiness. I look for ways how best to capture this beautiful and frail moment I have the honour to witness for that split second.loch-na-keal-3-with-sign

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

 To put some of my creative ideas into reality. Improve my Etsy shop.

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

My paintings and prints  are unique and colourful. Printing on canvas gives my prints beautiful finish.loch-na-keal-3in1-b

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

I have a separate studio.

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

Make sure You spend plenty time to think What it is that You want to sell, have bright  photos and research SEO for your products.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Make sure you spend plenty time to think What it is that Yyu want to sell, have bright  photos and research SEO for your products.il_570xn-1116364803_nfrw

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

I take a great joy in creating and it is very inspirational when people enjoy my art work and buy.

What is your favorite quote?

LOOK FOR THE POSITIVE!

Where can people find out more about your business?  

Etsy: PaintingsGallery
Facebook: Aska-Joanna-Marzec
Twitter: ScottsIslandArt
Pinterest: joannamarzec142il_570xn-1045102135_ny66

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Member Feature: GanzaDesign

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Cinzia of GanzaDesign, our featured member!

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GanzaDesign

Tell us about yourself.

Hello, my name is Cinzia and I live in Rome.

I grew up in a family of craftsmen and have been used to seeing the thoughts become out of the hands of my accomplishments. I ran a boutique in the center of Rome together with my sister selling clothes and high fashion accessories discovering a passion for bags. I think the bag is the most important accessory in the day of a woman. Here in Italy, people say, looks inside the bag of a woman to find out who she really is, but remember that if she is letting you look, you will be married shortly.1

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

So, thinking about a bag that could be reflected and achieve it by choosing the material, the forms by designing and making something that I loved, has become my dream in 2015.2

Tell us a bit about your products.

Our goal is to realize bags made in Italy in real leather to keep in life the old tradition of our master craftsmen that, with passion and personality from over three generations.

Our goods are unique, totally hand made and dedicated to all that want to stand out with elegance.3

What inspires your work?           

Each creation is like the birth of a child, seeing it grow slowly is a great satisfaction, especially when my clients are appreciative.4

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

 My goal is to increase the choice for my clients and meet their needs!5

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

Quality. Quality. Quality.

The true Italian craftsman who loves worldwide!6

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

I design and make in my little home studio. My friend’s brother Antonia helps with the assembly. He has a laboratory for 30 years in Rome, in the old district of Campo dei Fiori.7

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

You must know how to win the trust of your customers.8

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Etsy is a mom, you have to work hard to get the right results.9

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

I spend almost all my time to my work that I love.

I enjoy my time with my family and I have two grandchildren.

I like cooking the delicacies of the Roman cuisine.

What is your favorite quote?

Tried to bring my hand bags and losing them, I added a strip and put my shoulder.
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Where can people find out more about your business?  

SHOP WEBSITE: www.ganzadesign.it

FACEBOOK : Ganza

TWITTER : Ganza_Design

PINTEREST: ganza_Design

INSTAGRAM : ganza_design

TUMBLR : ganza-design

WORDPRESS : ganzadesignblog11

 Is there anything else you’d like to share?

I present my favorite model, her name is Cristel, my grand daughter!12

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Member Feature: TheSteelStyleThings

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Please join us in welcoming Boyan of TheSteelStyleThings, our featured member!

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TheSteelStyleThings

Tell us about yourself.

My name is Boyan and I live in Bulgaria – beautiful country in Europe. I am an ironmonger who has lived for over 15 years with a plastic artist  It seems that art is contagious because after spending so many years helping my wife with the metal and wood elements, which she likes to use in her work, a good day in May 2015, I came up with Make my wife a metal flower. It was a forged copper tulip. She loved it so much, that I then made others – all metal – copper, iron, tin iron … Commit to making other objects – lamps, wall clocks, metal sculptures, wood and stone. I decided to share with you the things I do. I would be very happy if you like them!

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

One day in May 2015 I made wrought copper tulip for my wife. She liked it so much, that the single tulip became a series of wrought metal flowers. Some from iron, others of copper, some tinned, others patina-ed or cut-through for a lacelike effect. Than I started playing with shapes, different methods of welding and blacksmith techniques, cutting and patinating chemicals, varnishing. After the first several tulips I made some poppies. At the end of the summer of the same year we made the shop in ETSY, I also work with various art galleries in Bulgaria. As time passed I realized that one has more fun, doing different things – producing only tulips and poppies was not enough.

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Tell us a bit about your products.

Now I dedicate myself to inventing things – steel things sculptures, lamps, wall clocks … I started adding other materials – especially – stone and wood. I like experimenting with different technologies. Many times I start making objects that seem impossible – like a bouquet of lilac, a violin and an iron shoe and some others  I like to put a touch of absurd an my works. Of course – when it is not an object of use…Although sometimes it may appear in them too  In some cases my wife participates in the production of the finished product, in others – she takes part in the invention of the works. We even have mutual works. For example – she made figurines that are part of a airplane-toy and two wall clocks.

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What inspires your work?           

Inspiration is everywhere! The material – a piece of junk can get you an idea in your head  I like to walk and looking at things around, I like to “steal” ideas from all sides – always passing them from my mind and transforming them. Clearly – it inspires me the work of my wife, since we have been working together for many years and I am the one that deals with the elements of metal and wood  Naturally – the most natural inspiration – the NATURE! – the flowers! At first I did not think to invent anything – I only had an idea of copying nature.

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

 I do not like planning or dreaming too much – I get up early in the morning and start working. But – that’s clear – it can not be without any planning  We have 2 exhibitions planned in Bulgaria – in April and October. For me this work is not really just business – of course, when the works are sold better, that makes me more stable, more calm and I can dedicate myself to create better  All the friends who make their business in Etsy thought that art can not be easily sold there. That is why I try to maintain a position between art and artezania. Objects can never be repeated again, some are never repeated, but most can be made to look quite alike. I would like to get at least 100 items in the store and keep them more or less with this number. I would also like to sell and produce with such speed  .. And, of course – I would like more people to know my work!

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

Especially – I try to do things different from the others. I put a lot of effort in inventing clocks and lamps that nobody has done the same. I do the flowers in a way that the others do not. This is not easy because I have seen tremendous metalworkers in ETSY! I try that everything is done strongly and in the best way. I do not look at the common taste – I agree that I will have fewer clients, but they will be people who share my ideas. It is very important that objects are presented well – photographs must be real and beautiful at the same time. In addition – they must give ideas of how can locate the objects. For example – extraordinary metal lamps do not look equally good in every home. But in many homes there are corners, where they can locate and fill the space with artistic atmosphere. I try to give ideas for that with the photos.

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

I live in the attic of a 1930’s house – in the center of the city. I use the bottom half for my workshop, In the not too cold seasons, I also work in the yard or in my wife’s workshop, which is in the same plot. I think I’m very lucky in that – work and live in the same place, without wasting time in traveling! I feel very happy to have an independent space to work.

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

HAHAHAHAHA! I would like to know the English language better.

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Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Each one should know that selling in an electronic store is easier and cheaper for the owner, but it requires a lot of time resources, a lot of learning, SEO knowledge, one must spend many hours learning things that have not occurred to him and must also spend many hours developing your store – just like in a real store. It is better that there is at least one other person to divide the weight  Because if not – one will not have any time to do their general work. I really did not think it could be so hard  but right now I do not regret it at all!

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

My job is my hobby  But yes – I like to travel, ski, read and see what makes the rest of the world artisan and artistic.

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What is your favorite quote?

Do what you have to do and what happens!

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Where can people find out more about your business?  

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheSteelStyleThings

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MaraBoyan

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/mara_mara_g/thesteelstylethings/

Photos: https://photos.google.com/album/AF1QipOcmYwENnbHcCrVmFtYV6FlyHkLVpkLTAEpzGw

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 Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Yes! Happiness, good health and good luck to everyone! … and…the works of my wife.

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Become An Etsy Christmas In July Team Leader – #EtsyCIJ 2017

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Are you enjoying the Etsy Christmas In July event? The Christmas In July team is looking for talented and dedicated team members to become leaders!

If you are interested in becoming a social media leader please see the following threads:

Facebook
Instagram
Pinterest
Twitter

If you are interested in becoming a blog leader please see the following thread:

Blog

Thank you for your consideration! It takes an entire year to plan the virtual Christmas In July event.

I sincerely appreciate all the time and energy the Etsy Christmas In July  team leaders devote all year long!

Please take a moment to get to know them now!

Michelle / EviesToolEmporium
Etsy Christmas in July Team Captain

Christmas In July Team Leaders

Christmas In July Team Leaders

Today each Christmas In July team leader was individually introduced and featured so please get to know them and shop!

1. Alicia / AliciasFindings / Feature

2. Barbara / MermaidsHatbox / Feature

3. Dawn / DeeDeeDeesigns / Feature

4. Lisa / SpoiledFelinesArt / Feature

5. Megha / byTheArtBug / Feature

6. Sheila / BeadyEyedBird / Feature

7. Sherri / ButterflyFeetDigital / Feature

Thank you for supporting the Christmas In July team leaders!

Etsy Christmas In July Team Leaders – #EtsyCIJ 2017

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

The Christmas In July team leaders are a talented and dedicated group.

Today each Christmas In July team leader will be individually introduced and featured so please check in throughout the day to get to know them and shop!

Michelle / EviesToolEmporium
Etsy Christmas in July Team Captain

Christmas In July Team

Christmas In July Team

1. Alicia / AliciasFindings / Feature

2. Barbara / MermaidsHatbox / Feature

3. Dawn / DeeDeeDeesigns / Feature

4. Lisa / SpoiledFelinesArt / Feature

5. Megha / byTheArtBug / Feature

6. Sheila / BeadyEyedBird / Feature

7. Sherri / ButterflyFeetDigital / Feature

Thank you for supporting the Christmas In July team leaders!