Member Feature: Joom

Contributor post by Cindy Humphrey of Cynhumphrey

Please join us in welcoming Joom Klangsin of Joom, our featured member!

Tell us about yourself.

Hi! My name is Joom Klangsin. I’m an artist and designer who live in San Francisco Bay Area, California with my husband and my dog, Seven.

I graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Fine Arts from Bangkok, Thailand.

In 1996 I studied graphic design at the Academy of Arts University, San Francisco, California.

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

I started my business in 2006. I’ve never thought of myself as a seller. I’m more like a shopper and want to see the products that I like on the market. That is when I decided to start my small business. I think that actually helps me to understand what the shoppers like and helps me to see things from their point of view.

Tell us a bit about your products.

Joom design is a home decor and accessories brand.

I personally create these pouches, bags, pillows, prints and artwork myself. Currently I’m working on my art work and pillow project, finding inspiration in the environment and the world around me. My style is simple, clean, and full of color and unique shapes.

What inspires your work?

I get inspiration from the things around me, and am especially interested in nature, textiles, art, love and architecture. I like to use simple raw materials to create a new design of my own.

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

This year, I want to finish updating my own website and be able to connect with my customers directly.

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

All my products are uniquely designed and created by me.
I also care very much about the customer service and always make sure my customers are happy.

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

Part of my living space in my home was converted to my working studio.

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

I wish I knew the important of marketing. I wish there were social media back then. It’s a lot easier now.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

I ’ve read some of Etsy seller’s advice. The best advice that I really like.

Think of yourself shopping on a website and think of all the things you’d wish were
in the descriptions and the images, and do that for your shop.

Make your shop looks professional.

This includes having well products, good descriptions, especially in your profile and shop policies.

Maintain a high standard of customer service and respond to inquiries as promptly as possible.

What people see on Etsy is all they likely know of you.

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

I love cooking, work on my gardening and paint sometimes.

What is your favorite quote?

“Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”
-Mark Twain

Where can people find out more about your business?

You can reach me at
Instagram – joomklangsin
Twitter – joomklangsin
Facebook – joomk
Pinterest – joomklangsin

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

That’s about it.

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If you would like to be featured, please go to the CIJ Etsy Forum and fill out the questionnaire. Please note you must be a member of the CIJ Etsy team to be featured.

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Top Ten Easter Gifts for Kids

Contributor post by Amy of BeadsAndThreadsbyAmy

Hello, and welcome to Easter!  The bunnies are hopping, the eggs are popping, and the flowers are blooming!  Read on to find out the Top Ten Gifts on the Easter Bunny’s List this year, all from the Christmas in July Team on Etsy.

10) Cookie Cutters

The kids will love making Easter Cookies with these fun Easter Cookie Cutters! Decorate them up with all sorts of fun colors and embellishments for a sweet little treat, AND/OR, use them for fun creative arts & crafts projects for Easter decorating!  –Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls 
Adorable cookie cutters give the kids something yummy and create warm family memories.

Adorable cookie cutters give the kids something yummy and create warm family memories.

9) Easter Bunny Plush Animals

Hello, I have a bunny softie sewing pattern that comes with a lop-eared version too.  These make a great, memorable and lasting Easter gift for kids. –Lucy from MyFunnyBuddy

Adorable, easy to sew pattern for Easter Bunny Plush Animals.

Adorable, easy to sew pattern for Easter Bunny Plush Animals.

8) Tote Bags

This delightful little tote can be used for more than just a tote–it can be a reusuable Easter “basket.” Just add colorful “green grass” and lots of Easter eggs!  –Evelyn and Lucy from artsyEVE

Soft, lovely tote made with Easter in mind.

Soft, lovely tote made with Easter in mind.

7) Pillows

What little girl, or boy for that matter, doesn’t want their very own bunny.

Well, with this bunny soft velveteen pillow cover they can have their own cuddly soft snuggly bunny with no clean up required, vet bills, feeding or mess. –Patricia from TheOldBarnDoor

Soft, cuddly bunny without the mess!

Soft, cuddly bunny without the mess!

6) Baskets

If you want to give an Easter basket to a kid or a kid at heart, this floral Easter basket is just the ticket. It will last longer and will welcome Spring without adding calories or sugar. Inspired by old fashioned Easter baskets, faux flowers add a special twist and bring back memories to adults who haven’t been given an Easter basket for a long time. It includes a bunny and a couple of butterflies for a special touch. –Nautico Creations from NauticoCreations

Adorable bunny on a basket!

Adorable bunny on a basket!

5) Artwork

He’s a cute Schnauzer Easter bunny & he has plenty of colorful Easter eggs in a basket. For the kid who shares a home with a schnauzer or any adorable four legged friend! Inspired by my love of dogs and Easter. –Angie Ketelhut from petartbyangie

Original artwork...the gift that becomes a family heirloom.

Original artwork…the gift that becomes a family heirloom.

4) Choco-bunny

A chocolate bunny for people who can’t have (or hate-do they exist?) chocolate! This cute bunny also comes in many other colors (pink, blue, yellow) in my store.

A felt bunny pin ready for adoption with hand embroidered embellishments. A welcome addition to any Easter basket or spring outfit. –Noel from MinkCouture

Adorable chocolate bunny pin...works even if you're watching those calories!!!

Adorable chocolate bunny pin…works even if you’re watching those calories!!!

3) Personalized Candy Gifts

Check out our Easter personalized candy bar wrappers.

These make great favors for any Easter event. Great chocolate gifts for handing out at school or sticking in your child’s Easter basket. They can also be used as cards. Why send a regular card when you can send chocolate!

The Wrapper Press from TheWrapperPress

Add an Easter theme to regular candy bars…adorable!

Add an Easter theme to regular candy bars…adorable!

 

2) A bunny and an egg

Bunnies are a great addition to any Easter Basket! Or hide them for an Egg Hunt! Put goodies inside a plastic egg and put the plastic egg inside the tummy of the bunny (instead of an ice cube)! Boo-boo bunnies are great fun!
These are great for teenagers, too. I sent my kids on a scavenger hunt for the bunnies, each giving a clue to the next bunny. The final bunny had money inside. What a great surprise!

Have fun with Lots of Colored Easter Bunnies! –Jul from JulsSewCrazy

Adorable egg hidden inside a bunny...what says Easter more than this adorable little gift?

Adorable egg hidden inside a bunny…what says Easter more than this adorable little gift?

1) Cards

Here’s an Easter idea for a child that will bridge the distance; it folds into an envelop, can be mailed anywhere, and when opened to 180 degrees displays a 3D Green and Yellow Easter basket with two cute bunnies. I think adults would love this also! –Wendy CN from CardNotions

For the kiddos far away, the Easter Bunny uses the USPS!

For the kiddos far away, the Easter Bunny uses the USPS!

A final little poem to light up your Easter this year:

Even as the Earth turns into Spring,
Angling its torso towards the sun,
So like birds our hearts begin to sing,
Touched by time as tides by moonlight run,
Ebbing as faith faces the long night,
Returning with the laughter and the light.

-By Dimitri Shostakovich.