Member Feature: Jhoomka

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Please join us in welcoming Geneviere of Jhoomka, our featured member!

Jhoomka

Tell us about yourself.

I’m a bit of a gypsy, was born and raised in South Africa, spent ten years in Canada and now I live in beautiful Australia. I’ve traveled quite a bit too. I’m a mom and I have my chef qualifications. I started Jhoomka to stay at home with my little one.

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

I opened my business 2 years ago and in the beginning it was more of a hobby but I have been working really hard on making it grow and I am now a mom so I work from home to spend time with my little one.

Tell us a bit about your products.

I make earrings upcycled from doily cloths. Sustainable fashion at its brightest! I paint and stiffen the earrings to make them bright and firm. The doilies are light and bright and unique. I also make glass bead earrings from beads I have found at op shops and in my travels as well as felt ball earrings.

What inspires your work?

Nature in all its glorious colors.

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

My goal is to keep growing until this becomes my full-time job!

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

My earrings are bright and bold and pretty unique.

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

I have a space set up in the sunroom of my house. It’s the best as it gets lots of natural light.

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

I have learnt a lot along the way! Its been such an incredible journey so far! I don’t think there is anything I’d wished I’d known beforehand.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Concentrate on your SEO and join a support group! They help a lot!

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

I love to walk, read and ride horses.

What is your favorite quote?

My favorite quote is by Bob Marley
“Love the life you live, Live the life you love ”

Where can people find out more about your business?

You can find me on instagram @jhoomka or on Facebook myjhoomka.

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Member Feature: LizPOriginals

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Please join us in welcoming Elisabeth of LizPOriginals, our featured member!

LizPOriginals

Tell us about yourself.

Hello , My name is Elisabeth Perez and I am from Austria, Europe.  I moved to the USA in 1988 after getting married to my husband who is from Miami, FL. I have 2 children and a hedgehog named Oliver.

I have always (even as a child) loved to do crafts with different mediums. Be it painting on stones found in rivers, playing with clay, painting on silk. But after visiting Florence Italy I fell in love with beads and have created jewelry & beaded home decor now for over 30 years.

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

I opened my business on Etsy in 2015 after friends and customers told me about it.

Tell us a bit about your products.

I love designing sun catchers for homes, fun jewelry, Christmas decor and my newest item the agate wings for many causes.

The world has so many wonderful beads and charms to offer I just cannot stop using them in my designs. I am branching out with adding pet loss ornaments and Christmas decor  for pet owners.

What inspires your work?

Color and textures all around me. Be it in nature or other artists work, like quilts or photography.

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

I really hope to grow my online business and hope to be seen by more shoppers.

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

I think it’s the way I use beads and unique components and my personal touch with my add-on gift bags. I want them to be as unique and not mass made as possible.

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

After my oldest son moved out I reclaimed his room for my work yet again. I have a wonderful couch and table that I use as my shipping station. I have a desk  to bead and a shelf to store all the items listed on Etsy. And another table and chair in my living room by a window to take my pictures.

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

I think is the knowledge that online selling is so different from in person and direct sales. Pictures matter  the most in attracting customers.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Do your homework !! As in make sure the market in what you like to sell is not totally over saturated and then rethink what you like to make that will bring a fresh approach to that product. Also awesome pictures and great descriptions.

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

I love to read and see Korean movies on drama fever, travelling, spending time with family, cooking and baking.

What is your favorite quote?

“Who will guard the guards?”

Where can people find out more about your business?

My Etsy shop : https://www.etsy.com/shop/LizPOriginals

On Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/LizPjewelry/

On Twitter : https://twitter.com/austriagirl625

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Enjoy your crafting and make the most of it!

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Member Feature: Baby Nest Bed

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Please join us in welcoming Katerina of Baby Nest Bed, our featured member!

Baby Nest Bed

Tell us about yourself.

I was born in Russia and I was graduated from University Tourism Economics and Management . I was working in Turkey as a tour guide and I met the person of my life.
We got married and have a lovely boy in 2012. We were working in tourism but something happened in 2015. There were no more people coming to visit Turkey because of the terrorist attacks and the Coupe attempt.
We lost our jobs but it was a gift because I started to do something I like.
I love to make nests, pillows and toys for babies. I did it for a long time as a hobby for my friends and family. And now I am making nests for babies and sending to all over the world.
Just a few days ago I have sent the 1000th baby nest to over seas.
It is wonderful to think about 1000 babies are sleeping comfortably and their parents are having a better sleep!

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

I started my business in 2016. After me and my husband lost our jobs. We were working in tourism and there were terrorist attacks in Turkey. But everything is really good now here. We don’t have that kind of problem anymore.

Tell us a bit about your products.

Baby nest bed is a portable bed, a play mat and even a changing table !
I use only organic cotton for my products. It s so comfortable, super soft and breathable material. They are all certificated material.
I have 3 sizes. Newborn size, medium size and the ones for toddlers.

What inspires your work?

Happy moms are inspiring my work. I know how difficult to be a mom of a newborn. You need to wake up a few times every night and walk to the baby room and nurse. it is exhausting. With my product they nurse their babies right in their bed and get more sleep.
Your little one sleep more, you sleep more!

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

My future goal is to grow my brand and make it known all over the world.

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

The difference is Me I guess. I check every details by myself.I make the quality control and I don’t ship any item with a mistake. Handmade with love.

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

I work in a little room upstairs in my house.

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

I wish I knew it’s not the end of the world when my suppliers were not keeping their promise and my customers were waiting for that product.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Please do not panic. Everything is gonna be alright.

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

I am a movie lover. I am watching movies for relaxing.

What is your favorite quote?

“Everything’s gonna be alright”

Where can people find out more about your business?

You can find out more in https://babynestbed.com/ and I have beautiful prints and fabrics on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/babynestbed.

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Member Feature: SightStraps

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Please join us in welcoming Susanne of SightStraps Eyewear Accessories, our featured member!

SightStraps Eyewear Accessories

Tell us about yourself.

I have always been interested in the arts and self employment.  I have formally been trained in the culinary arts and worked many years in this field until my employer closed the kitchen.  Having enjoyed working with my hands and a love for animals, I went back to school and became professionally trained as a groomer operating my own mobile dog grooming business. Sadly I wasn’t able to continue working in this field due to a back injury. Needing to keep busy and enjoying being creative, I picked up some jewelry making tools, wire, semi precious gemstones and beads and started designing accessories.

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

I opened my business in 2014 on Etsy with my shop BeachandButterfly listing a small collection of earrings, bracelets and necklaces. I started making eyeglass lanyards because I was at that lovely age now where I was starting to need readers.  I kept losing them and thought to myself, there must be something out there that I could wear that will keep them always handy.  I searched the internet but I found nothing that caught my eye and was quite what I was looking for.  I started creating some designs and tested them on friends and family, finally listing them in the shop. The lanyards started selling really well and so I decided to work on building a new line and branding.  I opened a new shop in 2016 – SightStraps Eyewear Accessories that now offers unique high quality eyeglass lanyards, chains and necklaces for men and women.

Tell us a bit about your products.

My eye wear lanyards are made with high quality materials.  I use premium Greek leather certified lead free and enjoy designing with copper, silver, brass, pearls and gemstones.  The lanyards are in styles ranging from modern to rustic and most are adjustable in length and versatile to wear as a stand alone necklace or to hang your readers or sunglasses on. Every order is sent in lovely packaging ready to receive as a gift.

What inspires your work?

My inspiration comes from all around me.  I enjoy spending my time outside hiking and camping and find I am drawn to rustic colors found in nature.  I also enjoy vintage styles, textures and time-worn patina on metals and draw inspiration from these too.

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

My goals this year is to expand my product line to include vegan faux leather and more one of a kind pieces.  I also would like to see my brand expand into gift shops and boutiques.

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

I feel my brand of artisan handcrafted eyewear accessories are very affordable and versatile making them unique gifts for both women and men. I also strive for excellent customer service and have had many happy customers who return to buy these lanyards from me as gifts for friends.

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

My studio work area is located in my home in a small corner of my dining room.  I have a beautiful old solid wood desk that I work on and some shelving and storage located nearby.

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

What I have learned since opening my business is that I wish I could have started sooner.  I absolutely love what I do.  Since starting the jewelry design business I have taken a few workshops on silver-smithing as well as Lapidary.  I hope to add more metalsmithing courses in the near future.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Don’t wait !  Open up a shop and start.  The old saying stands true…”Do something you love and you will never work a day in your life” It is so rewarding when you hear positive feedback that your jewelry design has been noticed and appreciated by someone.

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

When I am not working I love to spend time with my fiancee and our two fur babies, Annie a miniature poodle and Zoey a border collie puppy going for nice long walks.  I also enjoy gardening, photography, road trips, camping, hiking, rockhounding and riding our dirt bikes and atv’s

What is your favorite quote?

My favourite quote is “Do what you love and you will never work a day in your life”

Where can people find out more about your business?

I can be found on Etsy using this link:  https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/SightStraps

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Member Feature: ClaireMcCallArt

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Please join us in welcoming Claire of ClaireMcCallArt, our featured member!

ClaireMcCallArt

Tell us about yourself.

I am a modern impressionist painter specializing in figurative work and light-filled beach scenes. I paint mostly with a palette knife rather than a brush. Originally, I picked up the palette knife to loosen my painting technique. With a brush in hand, I was often tempted to agonize over the detail. I actually love the loss of control that the knife provides and the application of oil paint with its buttery texture.

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

It was the exhibition of one artist that flicked the artistic switch for me in my early thirties. Fifteen years on there have been many painting miles refining my skills with varied and bold brush strokes to give my works visual texture.

Tell us a bit about your products.

In my Etsy shop, I offer giclee art prints on 100% cotton rag paper, ready to hang canvas prints and original paintings. You have to be quick to snap up an original…fortunately they are in high demand and the reproductions provide the opportunity to own a piece close to the real thing for a much smaller investment. I also offer commission paintings which gives my customers the chance to create their own family masterpiece. Just send me your photos..it’s a simple process.

What inspires your work?

There have been no formal art lessons in my time as a painter, only a few demonstration workshops by a select few painting heroes of mine, but my greatest teachers have been the actual artworks of the impressionist masters of yesterday and today. As a visual learner, the written word has meant very little in my journey but the images of bold impressionist strokes, rich colour and bright lights have been everything.

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

My dream is to gainer wider exposure for my art and achieve greater recognition of my very distinct painting style. I hope that others can enjoy my works as much as I enjoy creating them and maybe one day I will be the inspiration for another to immerse their artistic self in a love for painting.

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

A bold approach to painting makes my work distinctive.
Abstract or impressionistic backgrounds applied with a palette knife
are combined with realistic subjects detailed in textured brushstrokes.
My work captures everyday moments in time.Typically, a figure turned away
from the viewer in a candid pose.
The viewer is invited to complete the story..to fill in the blanks about
time, place, thoughts and emotion.

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

I have an art studio attached to my house which enables me to create a mess and not have to clean it up straight away.

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

I never realised what an impact that art can have on people’s emotions, especially custom work featuring their loved ones. I would have offered personalised commissions earlier in my career had I known this..it is very satisfying to bring such joy to someone’s life.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Persistence is the key, adding new product consistently and engaging in promotional activity will keep attention coming to your shop.

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

I’m lucky as painting is my happy place – it is my unwind amidst a busy family life.

What is your favorite quote?

“Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do.” Edgar Degas

Where can people find out more about your business?

My website at www.clairemccallartist.com

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

The greatest compliment someone can pay me is to genuinely stop in their tracks. They may want to take the time to study the range of values and textures of my paintings. Or they study the drama of abstraction vs realism that is my style. Or perhaps just because it captures their eye and holds their attention. This is when I feel that I have really made an impact on the viewer.

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Member Feature: Heartfelt Giver

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Please join us in welcoming Christine of Heartfelt Giver, our featured member!

Heartfelt Giver

Tell us about yourself.

Small business owner, wife and mother of 4 beautiful girls. I am just an easy going person with a lot of hopes and dreams like most people.  

 

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

We opened Heartfelt Giver in 2006.  It started off as a hobby business to sell my stained glass and etched glass items.   I had a custom ask me how I made my etched glass and I explained I used vinyl as the template.  She asked me to cut a piece of wood and add wording to the sign for her.  She received the sign and loved it.  She told me to stop making glass and sell signs.  We have been selling signs ever since.

 

Tell us a bit about your products.

We make interior and exterior wood signs for homes and businesses.  Our exterior signs are made using pine boards that are primed and painted with a quality exterior grade house paint.  The vinyl lettering we use is also of outdoor quality.  Per the vinyl manufacture the vinyl has an outdoor life of 5 to 7 years.  Exterior vinyl is used on boats, cars, trucks, buildings and store windows to name a few.

What inspires your work?

I think signs are a great way to express one self.  Interior signs show the person’s sense of style and belief.  Exterior signs are used to help provide direction, warning and/or express a concern as well as relay a message when the home owner is not around.  Business signs also provide a message whether it be direction or to just let the customer know that someone will be with them shortly, puts one at ease. Signs with a purpose.

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

We are lucky, each year our business has been growing.  Growing a slow steady manageable pace. So the bigger and better is always our goal.  Currently, we make more exterior signs than interior signs.  In 2019 we look to expand on our interior signs portfolio.  Wish this we hope to get the attention of more people to our shop.  Our long term dream is to grow the business to were we can hire staff and expand into the wholesale market.

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

The quality of the materials we use.  The exterior paint, the exterior vinyl and the fiberglass rods all are key to a long lasting sign.

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

We use two areas of our home. We are working towards building a work space that will allow us to combine both spaces into one outside of the home.

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

Patience… like anything else things only grow with time.  I wish I got started with social media a lot sooner.  Etsy helps but you still have to market yourself.  Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are all good sources to use for marketing.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Make sure you start off with 40 items to sell and market through social media.

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

We still make it a point to have dinner together and ask each other about their day.  Sharing time with family no matter how small. I still enjoy working with glass.

What is your favorite quote?

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
Eleanor Roosevelt

Where can people find out more about your business?

Our website heartfeltgiver.com or on etsy www.etsy.com/shop/heartfeltgiver

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

We are a hard-working family that brings handmade items to you.  The shapes we use are hand cut and no CNC used.
No matter who you purchase from this season make sure it is handmade.  You help small businesses grow and we thank you for that.  We would also like to thank CIJ for allowing us to share our story with their viewers.

Best Wishes to Everyone

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Member Feature: HollyBeeandCompany

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Debbie of HollyBeeandCompany, our featured member!

HollyBeeandCompany

Tell us about yourself.

I am a compassionate women who loves to be passionate about my businesses. I love taking something that is pretty much nothing and finding a new use for it! I love coffee, yoga and being creative.  One of my greatest passion is helping others find their talents and put them to use. I love seeing others succeed!

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

I opened my business 4 years ago just selling to my local community. Two years ago I had a friend encouraged me to open an Etsy store to expand. I have always been creative and sold items here and there but Etsy took me to the next level. I absolutely love the growth I have had in the past 2 years on Etsy. I love sharing my talents and seeing all the different places my work goes around the world.

Tell us a bit about your products.

We use a lot of reclaimed materials in our products. We like to keep with the idea of taking something old and making it new. We make all our stain from earth pigment so each piece is unique in the fact that the stain is custom. We liked to work with the outdoor elements and bring a touch of outdoors inside.

What inspires your work?

Nature inspires us. We also like to keep up with the trends and incorporate that into our own style! Yoga and meditation is where a lot of my inspiration comes from. When the mind is quite it is free to create.

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

My goal is to expand my following and my customer base. We want to continue to add new designs to our shop and offer the best products we can. I would love to see my business double in size by the end of this year. It is our dream to have Hollybee and Company be our full time income that allows us freedom to do what we love most.

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

It is our desire to see everyone be successful at what they are doing. We care deeply for our customers and send each product out with love and hope. I also think our passion for keeping things as environmentally clean and safe as possibly by using natural products as much as possible sets us apart.

One thing for sure we are grateful for each and every order we receive. We love what we do!

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

We work from our basement and garage right now. We are hoping our dreams of owning a separate studio come true this year For now it has served us to work from home.

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

Photography, shipping, and marketing. It’s so hard to say because I feel everyday I learn something new. If I had waited until I thought I had everything figured out I wouldn’t have ever opened my my shop. The one thing I would say is ask for help. Hire out what you are not comfortable doing. Don’t try to be everything all the time. Wearing too many hats leads to burnout.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Just go for it! You never know until you try and there is a place for everyone! I am a dive in and figure things out as you go kinda gal. You will learn and grow. Don’t be afraid to push yourself past your fears and step into something. If you fail you just try again. I would say I have learned to fail faster. The faster I fail the quicker I will succeed. Not all my products have been successful but I kept trying and it has been a joy!

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 yoga, hiking, and  spending time outdoors. We love to travel. Mostly this business is my hobby and I am lucky to have it as a job as well.

What is your favorite quote?

Whatever is good for the soul do that!

Where can people find out more about your business?

Website: www.hollybeecompany

Instagram: hollybeeandcompany

Facebook: HollyBee and Company

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