Leader Spotlight: byTheArtBug

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

The Etsy Christmas In July team leaders are an integral part of our success! Get to know leader Megha from byTheArtBug today!

byTheArtBug

Tell us about yourself and your shop.

I am passionate about Arts and Crafts since I was a little girl, always learning something new or making something creative in my free time. I started with Drawing when I could not even write, then moved to Sketching and Painting and later on took on many types of Crafts like paper, clay, felt, embroidery and so on.

In my Etsy shop I make and sell Felt Decor, Paper Flowers, Pdf Patterns, DIYs & Craft Kits, Accessories, Miniatures, Digital Art and Typography Prints, Custom Pet Portraits, Wedding Decor & More.

What is your favorite leadership quote?

Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes. -Peter Drucker

What leader in your life has most influenced you?

My English professor, I was always inspired by his motivating ways and team spirit.

What is your greatest leadership skill and how did you attain it?

Recognizing my failures along with the successes, there is no fault in admitting your mistakes and being open about them and learning from them.

What leadership skill do you want to achieve and how will you attain it?

To be able to motivate others in a positive and inspiring way by effective communication.

What are your social media sites?

Blog: theartbug.blogspot.sg/
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/theartbug/
Twitter: twitter.com/theartbug
Google+: plus.google.com/+TheArtBug/posts
Instagram: www.instagram.com/bytheartbug/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Bytheartbug-175146525867303/

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Nesting With Nature

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

I am a big lover of nature and know I am not alone in that. I love being among the trees and seeing all the colors, smelling the smells and hearing all the little peeps of nature.

I know I use a lot of color combinations and ideas from nature in my works, so that you can have nature with you all the time.

What do you have in your shop that brings nature into your home?

Cindy from Cynhumphrey says I love to bring nature inside! Here is an item from my shop that led me to our woods to find some broken branches. I also used nut shells for the flowers, which is another nature item. Pair these with fake floral flowers and a silk butterfly to give it just a splash of color and you have a beautiful centerpiece!

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Faux flower arrangement

Nancy from EponasCrystals states we live in the country and always have an abundance of wild life crossing through our yard. My husband puts out sunflower seeds for the birds and we have squirrels, turkeys, deer, possums and raccoons come to eat as well. Here are some flying bird earrings to remind you of “nesting with nature”.

Bird earrings

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says I captured this photograph during a relaxing and peaceful hike along the Cornish Trail that parallels the Hudson River. Scattered along the trail are old ruins of a once thriving estate. The old well has turned into a home for turtles and frogs. Brick chimneys and stone walls are all that remain of the buildings.

Abstract forest photography

Cristal from DesignsbyCristal said while my allergies sometimes get in the way of my venturing outside during the blooming season I still love the spring flowers! The colors are bright, bold and smell so good! One of my favorite flowers are daisies!

Daisy dog collar

Przemila from CanisArtStudio states in my shop, there are many items that show nature because I paint pet portraits and wildlife animals. But today I chose the miniature painted clock with cardinal songbirds, which will be the original Christmas decoration. In my shop is available a series of painted clocks with different birds. You can also order a custom clock with your favorite bird or pet.

Cardinal clock

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese says I also love to be outdoors among the trees and flowers. I recently added these rose cards to my shop. I absolutely love roses, especially their gorgeous scent!

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Mini rose cards

Pam from PamsPawsJewelry said I love nature, natural things, and being outside! For my Etsy shop I enjoy taking photos and incorporating natural items, flowers, rocks, shells, leaves, or just an outdoor backdrop into my item photos!

Sometimes I match the colors or exact flowers as in this handmade necklace photo to what is in my handmade and vintage items.

This necklace is pink rhodochrosite, rose quartz, and the pretty dogwood tree flowers match the sterling silver flower in my necklace design!

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Rose floral and leaf necklace

Aska from PaintingsGallery states I work from my airy studio from where I can look outside into the distance and enjoy the beautiful view of the mountains and sea.I gain inspiration from nature colours & all the beauty in the ever-changing landscape which I want to capture in my canvases and share it with you. The beauty of the Island of Mull is my main subject. The island has been my home since 11 years now and still, there is so much to discover.

Golden grasses at Calgary art print

Susan and Sharon from MsPDesignsUSA says our quilt patterns are inspired by nature! This nursery quilt features animals who live in the forests and woodlands in Montana, where we grew up. I had such fun making the animals, as they each have a whimsical touch.

Woodland pdf quilt pattern

Alicia from MemaAntiques said my husband and I love wildlife. We live in an area where you see all sorts of birds and water fowl. It is nothing to see and alligator walking down the sidewalks where we live at.

Vintage owl brooch

Elisabeth from LizPOriginals states I love to be in nature and get always inspired with all the colors and textures there. Here is a nature inspired pair of earrings where the frosted leafs remind me of fall and the first frost.

Aqua leaf earrings

Candy from WickedlyCreative says I have a fondness for nature especially trees, flowers and birds. This owl I designed brings all of it together in a fun, whimsical way.

Owl pillow

Desert Dabbler from DesertDabbler says I love hiking and being outside. In the summer and fall we go to the Rocky Mountains to escape the desert heat and see the wildlife. Last year we went to Jasper, Canada. one of my favorite places. As we were driving there, we spotted a mother black bear and her 3 cubs. What a treat! I took their picture and was later inspired to make this necklace because of them.

Bear Necklace

 

Etsy Christmas In July Leader – byTheArtBug

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Christmas In July Leader – Megha from byTheArtBug

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1. What is the name of your shop and where do you look for inspiration?

My shop is called “ByTheArtBug”, I get my inspiration from the lovely Nature where there is everything from complex to simple everyday things!

2. How has your shop evolved over time?

When I first started I was more confused and overwhelmed with what I really wanted to make and sell, but overtime I learned to focus on what really works for me in terms of sales so now I focus on that.

3. What do you love most about your work?

That it is a stress buster and keeps me going!

4. What motivating music do you listen to? Share your playlist that gets and keeps you going!        

I love to work in a quiet environment! The natural music that I love is the sound of rain, that we hear almost all the time being in a tropical city! I love sitting at my window making something as the droplets hit the ground making a lovely music!

5. What book are you reading right now and where is your favorite place to read?

Since my pregnancy last year I haven’t been doing much of reading other than the baby books! So to be honest right now I am reading “What to Expect: Baby’s First Year”! And I love reading on my window seat.

6. What are your social media sites?

Facebook: Bytheartbug

Google Plus: +TheArtBug

Instagram: bytheartbug

Pinterest: theartbug

Twitter: theartbug

Blog:theartbug

#EtsyCIJ Small Business Spotlight – StockLaneStudio

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

Small Business Spotlight – Stock Lane Studio From StockLaneStudio

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StockLaneStudio

1. What made you start your small business?

I started for 2 reasons. My family and I move around a lot and I needed a job that I could take with me from country to country and state to state. With an Etsy business, I don’t have to start at the bottom of the employment ladder every time I move. My daughters and I also had a wonderful photographic collection of our wanderlust lifestyle and that is what I used to kickstart our business. Many of our photography art and cards are now in our second shop: stocklanephotography. But I do incorporate photography in the graphic designs of wall art and cards in our main shop: stocklanestudio.
OK, make that THREE reasons! I also had a driving need to express myself creatively and share my love of travel and nature with others. I love the interaction I get from the Etsy community!

2.  What do you feel is your greatest obstacle facing your small business?

Conquering SEO, getting those tags and titles just right. And keeping up with Social Media posting!!

3. What is the greatest strength you personally bring to your small business?

Custom art makes up a good portion of my online orders. I really love to contribute to someone’s special moment in life. I gather lots of details from customers so I can design just what they have in mind. I feel my greatest strength is the personal care I put into every package I send off.

4. What is your small business strategy? How have you set up your business in terms of goals, marketing, business planning, etc?

a).Design appealing products that are in demand; b). share my story and market my product; c). use a variety of methods to describe my products
a). Have products that people really want to buy.
This has involved a lot of trial and error for me. I create from my heart and then see which designs catch on. And the market is always evolving so my designs have to keep up.
b). I have to go get my customers, they won’t all come to me on their own. I have to work to draw customers to my shop.
Shoppers will not just magically appear, I have to work work work to get the word out, let them know I have awesome cards, prints and printables and convince them that they need them!
•Once they are in my shop, try to keep them there as long as possible. The longer a shopper is browsing my shop, the more likely they are to become buyers. I do this by trying to maintain a visually appealing home page and first listing page, by adding links to other similar listings in my shop, adding a little humor or interesting background to the listing description, and using up all 5 photos. I only have my social media links in one spot on my Etsy website. Once shoppers on in my Etsy store, I don’t want them leaving, even to visit my SM sites.
c). I use a variety of methods to describe my products. I never know how a shopper is finding my show or how they are viewing my shop. But more and more shoppers are using smartphones to shop. Which is a completely different way of seeing the shop than on a desktop. So I make sure my store looks good from both perspectives. And as a former teacher, I know that different people learn and interact with the world in different ways. So I have may ways to experience my shop: Detailed information is in the listing description, the materials section, one of the photo spots, in my shop about section, policies and FAQ’s and then also in back and forth conversations if need be.

5. What social media sites do you interact on?

Instagram@
www.instagram.com/stocklanestudio
Facebook@
www.facebook.com/SLSnyEtsy/
Pinterest@
www.pinterest.com/stocklanestudio/
WeHeartIt@
weheartit.com/StockLaneStudio
and more!

Show us your Workspace: InekedeVries

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

Next we visit the studio space of Ineke de Vries from InekedeVries who creates original art, art prints and handmade jewellery.

Please visit her shop and share some hearts!

Here’s what Ineke has to say about her workspace :

“I work from two spaces in my house.

My computer is in the backroom, that overlooks the garden. Here I do all my computer related stuff and digital art. I also use this room for photography, as it has the best light in the house.

I paint, draw and make jewellery in a small area, that is really a covered verandah at the front of the house.

The small size suits me, as it forces me to tidy up when I change between making jewellery and drawing.”