Member Feature: JewelryByREffa

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Rachel Effa of JewelryByREffa, our featured member!

JewelryByREffa

JewelryByREffa

Tell us about yourself.

I live in Columbus, Nebraska, USA. I am married with one child, a daughter. I’ve lived in this town my entire life. Crafts and art have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.

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

I have always loved crafts. I got a seed bead loom at the age of 10 or so. My grandma also did beading and worked in craft store in Arizona. I would order beads from her store and make all sorts of things. At some point, I lost the desire and it was all put away.

I visited my grandparents in February 2011. While there, we looked at all her beading stuff and I was sent home with a lot of her extras and such that she didn’t need. In March of 2011, my home was robbed. I had most of my things that entertain me stolen. While waiting around for insurance and such, I dug out my seed beads that had been all mixed up and sorted them. From there, the desire to make jewelry once again
sprung up.

I started with the extras from my grandma and purchased some on my own. It just grew from there. I have now built up enough made pieces where I can start selling and keep up with demand if successful.

I would definitely say my grandma is the inspiration behind this. When they visited last summer, I showed her all the pieces I had made to that point. Her opinion on them meant the most to me.

I love jewelry and hope that shows in each piece that I have made.

Tell us a bit about your products.

I make, one of a kind, handmade jewelry pieces. They are made from stone, glass, and other materials from around the world.

What inspires your work

Many things inspire me. Sometimes it is a color palette. Or a scene from nature. Most of the time, it comes from the beads themselves. I choose what I want to work with and then lay them out in different patterns until I get something I like. Certain beads are bought with a certain idea in mind, but most are purchased without such thoughts.

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

My main goal for the year is to make enough profit to finally register my business name in my state. This also gives me time to try and come up with a catchier name, if possible. I also do craft shows throughout the state. My goal for 2017 is to get a stable set of shows to try and attend each year. My overall dream would be to make this a full-time career. My sister has experience in the jewelry industry, and to open a store with her would be an ultimate goal for me.

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

My biggest stand out feature is that no two pieces are the same. There may be two with a similar pattern, but the metal or stones would be different. One thing I find appealing about a handmade item is that even when replicated, there are no two that are exactly alike.

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

At present, my work and storage space are where ever I can find space. I do have plans to clean out the computer room in my home to make a small work and storage space for myself.

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

Keeping up on promoting is more time consuming that I would have realized. I knew this whole venture would be lots of hard work, but just how much caught me off guard.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Don’t give up and don’t let yourself fall into a promotion slump. Set up a set schedule on when you promote your store and stick with it. If you only have time to do it once a week, then just focus on making sure you do that. If able to promote 3 times a day, then stick with it. If you find that something doesn’t work, then don’t be afraid to make changes. Tweak items titles to improve SEO results. If able, study your views to see what people like, what they search for, how they found you, etc and work on improving that. Don’t let yourself get discouraged.

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

I like to read, write, paint/color to relax. I’m also a gamer, and often use my various types of videos games to relieve the stresses of life.

What is your favorite quote?

“Do or do not. There is no try.”- Yoda, Star Wars

Where can people find out more about your business?

I’m on a variety of social media sites. You can search for “jewelry by rachel effa” on the following: Facebook, Twitter, Pintrest, Google+, Instagram, and Tumblr.

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Member Feature: Lorilan

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Lori of Lorilan, our featured member!

Lorilan

Lorilan

Tell us about yourself.

My longtime love for jewelry became a career when I began to wholesale bridge jewelry from Italy in 1989. In the summer of 2010, my desire to have more control over the designs led me to delve further into the industry with Lori Kaplan Jewelry Design. My BFA from Moore College of Art is put to work with colorful designs exhibiting unexpected shapes and textures. I am solely the life force of the brand and do it all from designing to creation to final photography.

Tell us a bit about your products.

Colorful stones are the focus of my line and influence the unique designs. Many of my pieces feature semi-precious stones and recent pieces incorporate precious sapphires and emeralds. My classic, sophisticated yet understated jewelry is crafted from precious and semi-precious metals including sterling silver, 14K gold fill, 10-18K gold and 22K gold vermeil. New pieces will feature additional precious metals and stones and an expansion of the 18K gold line. I also offers limited edition pieces and one-of-akind creations.

What inspires your work

To keep growing and learning. I will never know enough.

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

I have a studio in my apartment. It’s small and cozy but has everything that I need.

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

How to go about sourcing materials.

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

This is what I love to do. oh, and watch movies.

What is your favorite quote?

quote the raven never more ….. no idea why. just love edgar allen poe

Where can people find out more about your business?

Website: lorikaplanjewelry

Twitter: LoriKaplanJewel

Facebook: LoriKaplanJewelry

Instagram: LoriJewelry

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Member Feature: Clayfuffles

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Karen of Clayfuffles, our featured member!

clayfuffles

clayfuffles

Tell us about yourself.

I LOVE creating! I not only have my Clayfuffles polymer clay shop but also a handmade jewelry shop on Etsy. Feelings of Love Jewelry! I make anything and everything clay, I quilt, make all types of jewelry, I cross-stitch and the list goes on! I currently reside in a city called Oshawa, which is about an 45 minute drive outside of Toronto. I have an amazingly supportive hubby and have 3 fur kids, 2 dogs – Winston and Georgie and one cat Ella, who thinks she is a dog!

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

I first started making jewelry and like many other people, I was told that I should be selling online! So I started out on Etsy in 2010. The sales were great but I found that I needed to do something that was more creative, something I could get my hands in to and introduced myself to polymer clay! I Love working with clay because you can turn a piece of plain coloured clay into a piece of beauty! That to went over well and after a bit of a push from a friend I met online. Hence the beginning of Clayfuffles!

Tell us a bit about your products.

Because i have a love for jewelry I make all types of clay jewelry which some people think there is nothing pretty about it but if you take a look at my pieces you can see the amazing colors that can be made! I have expanded now and make my own ring dishes which are extremely popular! I also make custom beads for other jewelry makes. If you need something different and unique this is the shop to come to!

What inspires your work

Colour inspires me! If I can make a beautiful colour mix than I am off to the races! I try that color in many of the necklaces and bracelets and even the earrings.

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

My dream would be to have a boutique style shop and be know for the pieces I make.

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

I have to be honest it’s my customer service. There are many clay artists that are stand out but to have A1 customer service is important to me. Good customer service is very hard to find these days and when someone leaves your shop after having a positive experience, they well be back and besides that, I like to treat my customers the way I would expect to be treated.

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

I do have a large studio in my home and spent most of my time there. It also has a living area and it’s great because I can have my customers in so they can either pick up their order or sit and have coffee and a good chin wag!

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

I wish I had known more of the techniques used in polymer clay. There is a lot to learn with polymer clay!

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Be patient! It takes time to build up a shop and get clients but the things you learn will help you in your journey to getting your own website!

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

I love to do any kind of hobby I can. Beading is a big one. I also like to watch a good movie and any good tv show!

What is your favorite quote?

The earth smiles in Flowers.

Where can people find out more about your business?

You can go to clayfuffles.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

I would like to thank Michelle for the opportunity to share my shop with everyone!

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Member Feature: BoxBrewKits

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Michael of BoxBrewKits, our featured member!

BoxBrewKits

BoxBrewKits

Tell us about yourself.

My name is Michael Langone, owner of Box Brew Kits, based in Boston. I founded Box Brew Kits in 2013 – we design and build handcrafted beer, wine and kombucha kits (I’m the one in the middle of the photo!).

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

I first experimented with home brewing in college. From grain to bottle, it was a difficult but thrilling process. I still remember the feeling of pure joy when I cracked open the first bottle and – lo and behold – it tasted like beer. And I thought – why isn’t everyone doing this? Being in architecture school at the time, I thought about a new approach tobrewing – one which would make the process approachable, attractive, and a whole lot of fun.

Tell us a bit about your products.

We design and build handcrafted beer, wine, and kombucha making kits. As an alternative to some of the big, bulky, messy brewing kits out there, our approach scales down the brewing process to a compact, user-friendly scale, which fits perfectly on a countertop and looks at home in any setting. We’re particularly excited about our new handcrafted Kombucha kit – we’ve been brewing lots of tasty Kombucha here at work, and it’s been so much fun to experiment with all kinds of flavors while we perfect the design of the kit itself. We’re thrilled to finally share the finished product!

What inspires your work

I guess it’s not too different from most other design pursuits – at its heart, a desire to bring together aesthetics and functionality in a single package. Personally, my goal is to give each and every new customer that same feeling of wonder I felt when I opened my first home-brewed beer. Hearing those stories from customers is the best part of my day.

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

In 2017 we’d love to continue to grow and seek out new partners and collaborations as we do. Especially when it comes to small businesses, it’s easy to work in a vacuum, and it becomes particularly valuable to look outside for new opportunities and inspiration. My dream is to become a go-to source for all kinds of DIY (and particularly, fermentation-related) products, whether it be beer, wine, mead, cider, kombucha, cheese, kefir, etc. – the sky’s the limit!

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

Beer and wine making kits have been around for decades, so our subject matter is by no means new. For lots of folks, brewing big batches of beer in a 5-gallon bucket is exactly what they want – it’s the way I started brewing, and is definitely a proven model. What we’ve done differently is bring a long-missing element of style and aesthetics to the process, as well as an approach to the brewing process that makes customers ask not just “how” to brew beer, but to engage them in the “why” of brewing great brews from start to finish.

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

We have about 3000 square feet in a warehouse building outside of Boston. We do much of our production in a small wood shop, and still have (some) room left over for fulfillment, a photo studio, and a small office. The remainder of our space is devoted to milling grains and creating the recipes that go alongside our brewing kits!

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

Inventory, inventory, inventory. There’s nothing worse than having too little OR too much, and striking the perfect balance is an art we truly haven’t mastered. Logistics aside, taking time to listen to customers and to resolve every issue by going the extra mile is crucial, even if the customer is flat out wrong. Doing so can be painful (emotionally and financially!), but going above and beyond with customer service will – almost always – result in repeat orders and a great customer relationship.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Try it! Etsy was one of the first places we started selling, and we loved the platform right from the get-go. One of the things we love most about selling on Etsy is the great customers, and the relationships that develop between different vendors. As opposed to starting on a platform like Amazon (where customers tend to have a “NEED TO HAVE IT NOW” kind of mentality), Etsy is a great place for products to evolve in a more organic way – not all new products are perfect (certainly, ours aren’t!), and in ourexperience customers are often understanding of that, and are more than happy to give feedback when they can.

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

My coworkers and I are all runners, and when the weather’s nice (and even when it’s not!) we’re always trying to challenge each other to go farther and faster. We have a gorgeous riverside trail near the office to escape during lunch. When I’m not working, I love cooking with my girlfriend and all things outdoors. Oh, and of course playing with our cat, Nimbus!

What is your favorite quote?

“I can. I will.” We have a sticker with that quote on our front door. There have been some pretty stressful and overwhelming moments on this journey, and sometimes it takes looking toward the door (which we’re all yearning to sprint through and leave those moments behind) to take a moment to keep calm, focus, and deal with stress in a level-headed way.

Where can people find out more about your business?

Website: boxbrewkits
Instagram: boxbrewkits

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Member Feature: MukiCrafts

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Marie of MukiCrafts, our featured member!

MukiCrafts

MukiCrafts

Tell us about yourself.

I’m Marie and with the help of my two little girls, we run a knit and crochet pattern shop here on Etsy.

Thanks to my mother who is an artist, I’ve been crafty all my life but my passion and inspiration has always been yarn. I learned to knit and crochet about 4 years old when my grandmother left me a big basket full of ugly colored soviet yarns. With no Barbie clothes available, I learned to crochet in the round to make them skirts and tops. This is how it all started.

Somehow I didn’t become a fashion designer as I always dreamed, my drawing skills aren’t that great, and ended up working in a bank dealing with large corporations. As we have long maternity leave here in Estonia (up to 3 years), I discovered a way to unite my passion for knitting and crochet and designing.

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

I opened my shop in 2014 when my daughter who models almost all my items was about 9 months old. I started with knitting patterns and a year later added crochet. Etsy is a good way to sell internationally and when people like and buy what you make – it is so rewarding.

Tell us a bit about your products.

I offer simple and cute knitting and crochet patterns, mostly in kids sizes. My patterns are suitable for beginners who have some experience and know the basic stitches. I tend to write my patterns out more and therefore they are easy to follow, most contain photos of key points of the progress.

What inspires your work

My inspiration comes from the yarn (I never order online, have to touch and feel) and my girls. I have a lot of woodland theme garments for the little ones. The inspiration for that comes from the bedtime stories, nature and from all the fun we do together.

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

I’m hoping to reach 15 000 sales this year. I’m doing a lot of fun collabs with yarn companies and hope to share them soon. I’m at the point where I should decide if I’ll keep doing my Etsy shop and quit my bank job or go back to the corporate world.

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

My designs are suitable for not that experienced crafter, you can create something adorable using just basic stitches and good natural yarn in a beautiful shade – no complicated stitch pattern or tricks needed. My patterns stand out thanks to my fantastic daughter who loves to model the garments mommy makes.

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

I do not have a studio, my work space is my couch and I’ve covered all the house with my yarn! I hope that someday I’ll have a studio big enough to take photos and keep all my yarns (I should open a yarn shop instead.. with a big back room where to take photos)!

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

It’s not about quantity but the quality. To get a shop going you have to have more items but it is the quality of the pattern that keeps people coming back to buy more.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

If you’re already thinking – just do it! You do not have anything to loose and the worldwide market is yours.

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 sports, at least 5 times a week. I love tennis which I discovered last year, this year I’m already going to tennis camp in Southern-Europe. I’ve been going to photo school and just bought a new camera so this is one thing that I want to dedicate more and more of my time.

What is your favorite quote?

No pain no gain.

Where can people find out more about your business?

Visit my Etsy shop or find Muki Crafts on Facebook. I also gave a deeper interview to Etsy last year: Visit my Etsy shop or find Muki Crafts on Facebook. I also gave a deeper interview to Etsy last year: MukiCrafts.

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Member Feature: RowesFlyingNeedles

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Janis of RowesFlyingNeedles, our featured member!

RowesFlyingNeedles

RowesFlyingNeedles

Tell us about yourself.

My Mom taught me to sew when I was about 9 years old and since then I have been making Needles Fly! Love sewing, crafting, playing with color, putting it all together in a unique useful and beautiful product.

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

Opened my Etsy shop May 2014. After retiring from the corporate world, I wanted an outlet for the items I lovingly created to share with Moms & Grandmas to give their families smiles, giggles and to make treasured memories together.

Tell us a bit about your products.

I design and create fine hand made articles combining a little bit of vintage, good old fashioned values, with a modern flair and a flash of color. Everything is washable, affordable and fine quality. My offerings have transitioned from kid’s clothes and purses to Aprons for all sizes and ages and Baby Accessories (small quilts and Montessori balls). I enjoy recycling, repurposing and upcycling. Many of my materials are sourced from estates sales, so I have recently added Vintage Decor and Sewing Supplies to my shop.

What inspires your work

Various designs inspire me – Victorian, Amish, Pop Culture, Modernism, Art Deco, Nature. I find inspiration everywhere I look! Many times I buy fabrics or materials with a design in mind but it turns into something else! Some of the baby quilts in my shop now were made from materials planned for dresses or other projects.

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

My goals are to continue to provide items that are fun, adorable and easy to care for that make people feel good and create memories using them. Cooking together in matching aprons, or playing with their babies. My dream is to continue to donate items and profits to charities that have the same results: good fun memories!

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

To stand out from other businesses I offer Beautiful Affordable Unique Quality items. My quick response and shipping to customers is appreciated. I strive to add that extra touch – a personal note, a free surprise – to exceed customer’s expectations.

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

My studio is a spare bedroom with two large tables (estate sale finds) for designing and cutting. My Grandma’s quilt, ragged and torn after 60 years of use, hangs on the wall and is the backdrop for most of my product photos. It inspires me to make useful beautiful things that will last. The nice big closet is great for clean, orderly storage!

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

I have learned A LOT since opening my business: SEO, copy writing, Etsy, Facebook for business, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram. Probably I wouldn’t have learned about these things without having an on line business. There’s always more to learn and I love that about this life!

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Etsy is a supportive community and great place to start your on line business! Give it a go!

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

Creating, sewing, photography have been my hobbies forever and I use them in my business. I hardly ever think about this as work. Work was what I did before I retired! Love spoiling my 13 year old Lab mix, Duke. My Husband and I love to travel by motorcycle, car, any way, to experience our wonderful country! I also volunteer a lot with kids at our local school and church.

What is your favorite quote?

Jeremiah 24:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Where can people find out more about your business?

Visit my shop at RowesFlyingNeedles, my Facebook page: CreativeRowe, Instagram flyingneedles, and Pinterest fneedles.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

In being an entrepreneur, be prepared to invest your heart and mind and an infinite amount of time. Be patient with yourself and keep focused on your ultimate goals. Find joy in the small things!

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Member Feature: MacArthurAntiques

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Ryan of MacArthurAntiques, our featured member!

MacArthurAntiques

MacArthurAntiques

Tell us about yourself.

Hi everyone, I am someone who is always hunting the joy, loves life and spending time with my partner Rachael in the (not so sunny) harbor town of Bridlington, on England’s east coast. We can always be found wandering the promanades daily with a coffee. Every one of my items are hand chosen, polished, cleaned and brought back to life before I focus the lens. I believe happiness succeeds everything else and takes priority. Firm follower of the Law of Attraction and enjoys coffee, craft beer and gaming to unwind.

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

Rachael and I had finished travelling Europe and I was stuck for work. As a freelance animator, Rachael was often asked to create ‘how to’ videos, one of which was ‘how to become an antiques dealer’. As a child I have always had a fascination with antiques and items of age and decided to persue this interest further.

Long story short, I found voluntary work with a local antiques centre and learnt the ropes through there. I begun increasing the centres sales buy selling items directly from the antiques centres cabinets and naturally (due to ease and cost) found jewellery a better option for the online market. (wrapping full tea services can be rather frustrating).

I eventually left a couple of years back as the time was better invested in other areas of my life but continued to use the skills I developed to do this for myself. Now, although I still find the occasional non-jewellery item I tend to stick to rings and other jewellery.

Tell us a bit about your products.

My products are all hand chosen and I scour jewellery auctions and carboots (flea markets) looking for anything which stands out. Sometimes they can be hidden deep under piles of junk so a keen eye is important.

Once back home I go through the long and thorough process of cleaning and cataloging. This can take quite a considerable length of time however I find it very therapeutic. I grab a coffee, plug my headphones in and get to it. After all the items are gleaming, Ill sit at my kitchen table with the camera and wait for the sun to appear. Yes living in England, I can be sat for days on end.

What inspires your work?           

My inspiration comes from multiple areas.

Rachael has inspired me to keep at it by doing the same thing with her work. Sitting opposite me I see her beavering away non stop which encourages me to do the same. I think my biggest drive however is gratitude. I am blessed with the freedom to work when I please, and on days when I just dont feel it, I can take the day off. Being my own boss really pushes me and I ensure I keep going, knowing this makes me feel truely thankful.

Other areas of inspiration include hunting for unique and beautiful pieces. Never knowning what I may find is very exciting and spending the morning, leisurely perusing the carboots with a coffee is a great way to start the day.

Also, hearing that pieces bought from my store, were used as wedding or engagement rings really makes me smile!

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

This year I am aiming to reach 1000 sales on Etsy (halfway there) and increase and grow my social media channels. I will also be starting a blog which will focus on gemstones and styles primarily but also talk about my process and helping others. I also would love to have a more thorough wedding/engagement ring section to help those looking to wed.

The dream is to keep doing what I am doing but travel in the process. Currently I am unsure how this will work as stock would need to travel with me of course. Rachael and I are also planning to move to California within the next 2 years so I am researching how to make this all work. Its a fun process and I’m sure it will come together eventually. I would also love to launch my own jewellery line but we will see.

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

To be perfectly honest, I wouldn’t say I stand out, but I do try to ensure my photos are as eye-catching and beautiful as possible. I think if you take pride in what you do and be grateful for what you have, you will succeed. It works for me anyway!

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

My work space is a combination of all my ‘jobs”. I am also a YouTuber/Twitch streamer so my desk has aspects of all of these. I try to make my work space as inspirational as possible, so when I remember to look up, everything I see makes me smile and encourages me. Its so important to create a bright, clean and fresh work space combined with practicality and logic. I do have a small section of the kitchen table too for taking photos as this room captures the most sunlight.

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

Pictures are everything!

I have tried so many different methods for taking photos and after a while I look at them and think….nope!

Its been quite a learning curve with angles, focusing/zooming but really the most important aspect is lighting. Natural light is so important and looking back over old photos which I have used artifical methods for light just look awful now.

I always wait for sunshine & even though I do edit the photos afterwards, I ensure they look natural as if they are right in front of you. Oh and Photoshop, I wish I had previous experience with Photoshop before starting!

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

My best advice is to just enjoy the process and dont get put off if things dont sell straight away.

Look at other shops which do it right and draw inspiration and ideas from them. Finding what works for you can take time but focusing on your photos so they speak for the themselves and draw the potential customer in is essential. Also be polite and as helpful as you can with your conversations. The deciding factor for that customer choosing your item over someone else could just be down to responding to them in a warm humane way.

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

Hobbies are something I am not short of!

My YouTube and Twitch channels involve gaming with friends and building my online community and it is great fun. I have met so many wonderful people from all over the world whom I now consider good friends.

I am a lover of music and enjoy playing the guitar and as often as possible head to gigs and music festivals!

I have been a practitioner of Wing Chun Kung Fu for 10 years now too which has also introduced me to some great people plus helped me develop as a person in the process and finally travelling, which is one of my favorite hobbies, which I plan to do more of. Heading somewhere new and unseen (by me) is exciting and really broadens your horizons.

What is your favorite quote?

“If money didn’t exist, would you still get up every morning and do what you do for a living?”

Where can people find out more about your business?  

Etsy:
https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/MacArthurAntiques

Twitter:
@MacArthurAQ

Instagram:
@macarthur_antiques

PINTEREST:
https://uk.pinterest.com/MacArthurAQ/

 Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Be happy, and be grateful!

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