Treasury Challenge Winner October – BestDressedBaby

Guest post by Kristy from KrystalKlarityBeads

On Etsy many shop owners curate treasuries. A treasury is a curated shop gallery composed of 16 items from any shop. Most of the time they are done by theme, color or just about any idea you can imagine. These are usually done for promotional reasons and also are sometimes just done for fun by those people who really enjoy making them. The Christmas in July team has challenges to create treasuries centered on themes of our choosing. We then pick a winner based on views, creativity and so on.

Our winner for our last treasury challenge was Judy who opened BestDressedBaby on Etsy in 2009 after years of making things for others. When asked how she first got started and what first interested her in opening a store on Etsy, here is what Judy had to say: I’ve been crocheting on and off since high school. Being a lefty, I actually had to teach myself by turning a book upside down in order to have the pictures more accurately show a left-handed crochet. When my children were babies, I made some of the booties that are in my shop. Then, when my first grandchild was born, I picked up my crochet hook again. I started showing the booties to friends and coworkers, and the orders slowly trickled in. In 2009 I discovered Etsy and opened my shop.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/20772652/baby-basketball-high-tops-sneakers?

Hi-top baby sneakers

One thing that always seems to help is to ask people what the hardest or biggest challenge has been since starting your store here on Etsy – what, if anything, was your biggest challenge or something you would you say was something you wish you had known or been better prepared for?

I think the biggest challenge to opening up my shop was time management. When I opened my shop, I was working a full-time job. At first the orders were manageable, but as my shop became more well-known, I spent almost all my evenings and weekends filing orders. Now that I’m retired it’s easier to balance Etsy and household chores.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/67341854/baby-fireman-booties-boots-fire-fighter?

fireman booties

You have a variety of beautiful merchandise – what is your favorite part of having this store? What do you enjoy about it the most?

I love creating adorable accessories for babies. My favorites are the blankets and matching stuffed toy. The color combinations are endless, and I can make a set to coordinate with any nursery.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/222874021/baby-blanket-afghan-dragon-green-blue?

Dragon baby blanket

If you were to choose something else you are interested in doing or learning what would it be?

I would love to learn to knit. I’ve attempted some projects, but I don’t find it as easy, or relaxing as crochet. I’m sure that with some proper instruction I could expand the variety of items I’m able to offer in my shop.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/152329277/baby-sweater-peach-green-buttons?

Peach baby sweater

Judy had one more interesting thing to share. She says; “Another interesting tidbit. While I was still working (in a public library) I would teach a class for the public interested in opening up their own Etsy shop. I usually did 3 or 4 of these classes a year. It was always interesting to hear what types of shop my students wanted to open.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/112029284/baby-cowboy-boot-booties-brown-pink?

Cowboy baby boots

I would like to say that it seems to me that the variety offered right now is stunning, and if Judy learns to crochet I have no idea how it could get any more beautiful and adorable, but maybe we will find out!

What are your social media sites?

My facebook page is www.facebook.com/bestdressedbaby

Become my fan on Facebook to receive updates on new items, seasonal gift suggestions and coupon codes!

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Treasury Challenge Winner September – BeadsandThreadsbyAmy

Guest Post By Kristy from KrystalKlarityBeads

On Etsy many shop owners curate treasuries. A treasury is a curated shop gallery composed of 16 items from any shop. Most of the time they are done by theme, color or anything you can imagine. These are done for promotional reasons and also are sometimes just done for fun by those that really enjoy making them.

The Christmas in July  team has challenges to create treasuries centered on themes of our choosing. We then pick a winner based on views, creativity and so on.

The September winner for our Back To School challenge is Amy Spock  who started BeadsandThreadsbyAmy. Amy enjoys several crafting areas; starting with beading and quilting it has led to a love for creating custom patterns for businesses and individuals. I asked Amy some questions about being on Etsy.

How long have you been creating and what first started your love for beading?

I have been beading for about 12 years now. A friend of mine is a beading fanatic, and put together a kit for me for Christmas several years ago. The kit was for a beaded ornament cover, and I have been making them ever since. I also create jewelry, but I always love those so much that I keep them for myself!

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You also do embroidery. What got you started with your love for embroidery?

The embroidery side of Beads and Threads started with quilting. My small machine just wasn’t cutting it, so I started shopping around for a new machine. I got a great deal on a floor model, single needle embroidery machine. I loved it so much, that we ended up investing in a larger machine. Now, we are able to do hats, shirts, towels, bags, and just about anything else you can imagine!

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 What do you think is most important for a new business owner to know; something that you wish you had known?

I think the hardest thing for me has been pricing items. I tried formulas and seeking advice from friends who also sell their crafts. At the end of the day, I had to decide for myself what profit margin I am comfortable with while still offering my customers reasonable prices and quality items. I would encourage new sellers to really scrutinize their costs and make sure they pay themselves a decent wage for their work.

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 You do custom work also I see. What is the most rewarding thing about this for you?

We love custom orders! We have designed patterns for customers, digitized their business logos, and put together patterns for special occasions. It is so rewarding to work with our customers so closely to help them get exactly what they want.

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 If you had to choose just one type of crafting, what do you think it would be?

Actually, if I could choose one type of crafting, it would be knit and crochet. My mother tried to teach me for years, and I have never been coordinated enough to actually do it. I would love to learn how.

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What are your social media sites?

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

https://www.facebook.com/BeadsAndThreadsbyAmy

http://beadsandthreadsbyamy.weebly.com/

Treasury Challenge Winner August – Cynhumphrey

Contributor post by Kristy of KrystalKlarityBeads

On Etsy many shop owners curate treasuries. A treasury is a curated shop gallery comprised of 16 items from any shop. Most of the time they are done by theme, color or anything you can imagine. These are done for promotional reasons and also are sometimes just done for fun by those that really enjoy making them.

The Christmas in July  team has challenges to create treasuries centered on themes of our choosing. We then pick a winner based on views, creativity and so on.

The August winner is Cynhumphrey started by Cindy Humphrey. Cindy enjoys making one of a kind treasures for others such as; unique beaded jewelry, recycled items or home decor.

 1. What made you open up your shop?

There were two reasons I opened my shop. The first was because I was tired of going to the store to purchase “just the right color” or “just the right style” of something I wanted to wear or give as a gift, and not finding what I was looking for. After much frustration, I remembered I was crafty in my younger days and I figured I could bring back those skills, even though it had been years since they were utilized,and make what I wanted myself. This led to me showing off my homemade items to family and friends, which eventually led me to the second reason I opened my shop.

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I had strong encouragement from friends. They loved what I created and told me others would too. I had never even heard about Etsy until a co-worker encouraged me to check it out and open a shop. After about a year of listening to them decided to open shop since I would be doing something I loved anyway.

2. What business advice would you give to new business owners?

I think one of the big lessons (I learned the hard way) was to be patient with sales. Shop success does not happen over night for most people and it takes a LOT of hard work. It’s important to have good pictures, great tags, and clear descriptions.

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 3. I see you are a maker of many products. what is your favorite type of product and why?

This is hard for me to answer! I truly put my heart and soul into everything I create. I don’t offer anything that I myself wouldn’t like as a gift. If it’s not good enough for me,it’s not good enough for anyone else! If I had to pick, it would be a toss-up between my home decor items and my accessories. I think the reason for that is that they are “different” and not something that everyone else has.

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I would like to think that if someone received one of these items as a gift, they would constantly be reminded that they are loved by the person who chose the gift for them. Jewelry is a common accessory for women and worn every day. However the piece getting worn changes day by day. With home decor items, you look at them displayed in just the right spot of your home all the time.

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 4. Do you have a fave business tool? what is it and why do you like it?

I’m not sure if this counts but I LOVE TreasuryBox! I enjoy promoting others through treasuries and this app makes it so easy and quick!

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5. What are your social media links?

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

https://www.pinterest.com/humphrcl/

https://www.facebook.com/CynhumphreyCreativeCreations

Treasury Challenge Winner June – madmaxshop

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

On Etsy many shop owners curate treasuries. A treasury is a curated shop gallery comprised  of 16 items from any shop.  Most of the time they are done by theme, color or anything you can imagine.

The Christmas in July team has challenges to create treasuries centered on themes of our choosing. We then pick a winner based on views, creativity and the like.

The June winner is madmaxshop who loves vintage fashion of all kinds!

1 and 2. What made you start your shop on Etsy and what got you into Vintage?

A love for fashion. Upon realizing the younger generation’s appreciation and demand for vintage had increased in the last decade I decided to open a shop offering unique and one-of-a kind vintage items that could not be found anywhere else. New York is a great city and it is an ultimate resource for the finest in vintage fashion and accessories.

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3. What Era of Vintage appeals to you most?

Despite the hardships of WWII, the 1940’s were still a brilliant decade for fashion. Joan Crawford’s shoulder pads…Christian Dior’s New Look…statement jewels…power dressing.

Both men and women retailored outfits leftover from the 30’s. Remake what’s old (upcycle)…just like today. As more American men were being drafted, women at home remade their left behind clothing into slim-fitting pants, blouses, and jackets…Katherine Hepburn’s timeless style. Less was the norm and no more unnecessary undergarments. Shoulder pads added interest to the silhouette and as decades followed, 40s fashion made a repeat performance influencing fashion in the late 70s and early 80s…Joan Collins, Dynasty!

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4. What, if any crafts do you like to do or would love to try?

I would like to try jewelry design with inspiration evolving from the vintage mid-century statement jewels. Bare, curving bouquets, bows and fans of the 1940s and 1950s. This style is known as Retro Modern.

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5. What are your social media sites:

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

Treasury Challenge Winner May – Ankleknits

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

On Etsy many shop owners curate treasuries. A treasury is a curated shop gallery comprised  of 16 items from any shop.  Most of the time they are done by theme, color or anything you can imagine.

The Christmas in July team has challenges to create treasuries centered on themes of our choosing. We then pick a winner based on views, creativity and the like.

The May winner is Ankleknits who loves knitting and crocheting everything from cowls to gloves.

1. What made you start your shop?

I started my shop “Ankleknits” as a hobby for crochet and knit. I’ve been knitting for years for my self, for friends, neighbors and my family.

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2. What got you into crochet?

My Grandma thought basics of knitting and crochet skills when I was about 6 years old. And I’ve been improving those skills since then in school and in craft classes.

I grew up in country where we didn’t have a big choice of clothing and much money either. So every girl should had skills to knit, crochet, sow, cook and also garden.

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3. What do you like to do outdoors and the ocean?

And gardening is still one of my favorite thing to do. I planted and harvested strawberries, tomatoes, cucumbers and flowers. I think it’s a great experience for my children also, because they know where food comes from, how it tastes, and how to make delicious food from their own vegetables.

My family and I always take vacation once a year where we go as a family to ocean to relax or to mountains for hiking and biking together. It’s always so much fun.

I am getting inspired for new design ideas or for my next project from these trips because I observe what people like to wear or what they use for every day. Like ladies love wearing headbands in cold weather or they like to use cup or cold can sleeve in Summer.

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4. Are you ready for Christmas in July? Are you doing a coupon code, etc?

This is going to be my first year of doing CIJ (Christmas In July), I’m so excited about it!

I will be making a special coupon code for this event: CIJ10

This code will only be valid for this event (July 1st – July 12th).

I will gladly accept custom orders as well.

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5. What are your social media sites:

Twitter

Facebook

Treasury Challenge Winner April – MermaidsHatbox

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

On Etsy many shop owners curate treasuries. A treasury is a curated shop gallery comprised  of 16 items from any shop.  Most of the time they are done by theme, color or anything you can imagine.

The Christmas in July team has challenges to create treasuries centered on themes of our choosing. We then pick a winner based on views, creativity and the like.

The April winner is MermaidsHatbox who loves making hats and working with fabric creating her unique designs.

1. What made you start your shop?

I sell online since 5 years, but started my shop on Etsy in Summer 2014 actively. First I have fear to ship outside Germany, but now it is a great experience for me.

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2. What got you started in the whole milliner area?

Since I was a little girl I made every kind of needlework. I sewn decoration, clothing and patchwork .

It was a great coincidence that I came to the hat. After I’ve sewn a hat for myself, I realized that I can be very creative and versatile.

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3. You seem to be drawn to flowers-why? Is it because of a love of spring/summer?

I love my garden and most all flowers.

Most flower fabrics are so pretty, I have a big stash of them.

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4. Do you add trends into your works?

I added trends directly not. But I level myself. When I stay to my fabric trader I see new fabrics and often new ideas come spontaneously in my mind.

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5. Give us your social media links

www.facebook.com/FraumitHut
de.pinterest.com/fraumithut/
www.etsy.com/shop/MermaidsHatbox

This shop has some great original designs and lovely fabric choices!

Treasury Challenge Winner March – DeeDeeDeesigns

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

On Etsy many shop owners curate treasuries. A treasury is a curated shop gallery comprised  of 16 items from any shop.  Most of the time they are done by theme, color or anything you can imagine.

The Christmas in July team has challenges to create treasuries centered on themes of our choosing. We then pick a winner based on views, creativity and the like.

The March winner is DeeDeeDeesigns who loves abstract sculptures and mixed media art.

1. What made you decide to start a shop?

I opened my shop in 2010 out of curiosity to see how it worked, but didn’t actually list anything until 2012 after i had an accident and chopped off a finger! It’s all sewn back on, but the recovery time was long and I couldn’t make the artwork I had normally been making – large ceramic sculptures and mixed media artworks. So I decided to make some smaller things such as jewellery and small hand built not on the pottery wheel dishes and listed these in my shop. Since then I have continued trying to build my stock and turn it into a small business.

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2. How do you enjoy nature?

I am lucky enough to live on 10 acres in a rural area of Australia and am surrounded by trees. This I love because it inspires my artwork, but also the trees attract so much wildlife, such as many different birds, lizards, possums and koalas. I could never go back to living in a city environment – not by choice anyway.

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3. How did you get into ceramics?

I was introduced to ceramics by a friend who wanted me to join a hobby class at a community centre with her – time out from the kids. Within a year I was teaching at the community center and it has grown from there. I even went back to University to formalize my qualifications in art, and now teach from my studio as well as visiting schools, kinders and community centers.

I also continue making and exhibiting my own artwork as well as maintain my Esy shop.

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4. How do you use social media for your business?

I use social media to promote my products and also to share
other products I like or those of team members – I especially do this on twitter.

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5. Please list your social media links.

www.facebook.com/deedeedeesignsaustralia
www.twitter.com/deedeedeesigns
www.instagram.com/dawnwhitehand
plus.google.com/u/0/+DawnWhitehand
www.pinterest.com/dawnwhitehand
dawnwhitehand.wordpress.com

This shop is a great mix of small home decor, jewelry and so much more. You should check out her amazing decor items!