Member Feature: NVillustration

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Vaishali of NVillustration, our featured member!

NVillustration

NVillustration

Tell us about yourself.       

Hello all, we are a fun loving couple from India. We love to explore new things and like to create unique wearable and home decor items. All our products are hand painted and we love colors and nature, “God’s creation” inspires us a lot, so we make colorful products which brings charm and happiness in your daily life. Our products are inspired by nature mostly forest ,animals and birds and we are coffee lovers too.

We doodle everyday with a cup of coffee!

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

Our small Business turned one year on Christmas last year, we opened our Etsy shop on 25 December 2015.

While working on a model making project we got an idea of making our sketches into tangible products and that’s how our small business call “”NVillustration” came to life. It was little tough for us in the beginning but after few orders we are happy to know that people around the world liked our products. And the best part is they liked our bird necklaces, those are very close our hearts so it was great to know that people liked them and bought them also. It’s fun shipping your product to different countries, it feels amazing that your art can connect you to the world. Today we have a few happy customers and that is everything for our small business.2

Tell us a bit about your products.           

We makes wooden products, we explore many material, soon we will work with clay too. We doodle the nature around us and fill our sketch books with beautiful birds and props we use or see in our regular life.

The main USP of our business is hand painted products, we love painting. Our each and every product is developed from a doodle to a final illustration and then converted into a product through laser cutting and then carefully hand painted with love so our customer feels special and we can give them happiness.
We always prefer quality products we want to leave our buyers not just with product but with satisfaction.

We more believe in “HAPPY PRODUCT HAPPY BUYERS”.3

What inspires your work?           

“NATURE” is the only inspiration and mundane things around us inspires our product so people can connect to it .4

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

Our future goals are to develop more unique products and try different materials and processes.
Soon we will be launching our new HOME DECOR collections and DIORAMAS.

The dream we have is to get in the world of miniature art and dioramas and expand our studio with more useful tools and techniques so that we can keep on making more amazing things!5

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

We make hand painted products that’s the thing which gives our products a unique character and secondly our designs are such that the people will connect to them easily.6

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

Right now we are working from home, our room is our studio And we are happy with it.

We are equipped with all the basic amenities we need to make a product.

Maybe soon we will have our own  studio and workshop.7

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

We learned many new things while working. Like different material acts differently, sometimes like for e.g. wood acts very different in different climatic conditions because of its porousness, sometimes it becomes a major problem. We learned a lot about how to produce a final product with keeping in mind all the different possibilities and problems. We understood how to run a business successfully with minimum resources available.

It was a great journey so far and we are sure it will be wonderful ahead.

We are happy with our learning process life is all about exploration, world is endless there is still much more things to learn about , nothing is perfect before : “EXPERIENCE MAKES IT PERFECT”!8

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Yes why not, if you make something unique than Etsy is the place where you will find right people who will appreciate your creation.

Keep on working more and more, good work will always make you happy and wealthy too!9

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

When we are not working we will be found with birds and coffee at some random highway cafe.10

What is your favorite quote?

Work until you no longer need to introduce yourself.
– The Wolf of Wall Street11

Where can people find out more about your business?  

FACEBOOK : nvillustration

INSTAGRAM : nvillustration_vaishali

PINTEREST : vaishali007
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  Is there anything else you’d like to share?         

Be happy and  spread happiness!13

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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.

Men’s And Women’s Fashion

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Over the years there have been so many different trends and looks in fashion. There have been bell-bottoms, flapper wear, leisure suits and more.

What do you have in your shop that relates to men and women’s fashion?

What can you tell us about the fashion? What year is it from? What decade? Tell us anything and everything you can about it.

Barbara from MermaidsHatbox says films like the Great Gatsby, Miss Fisher, Downton Abbey show us the very creative decade of the 20th. Luxurious materials such as silk, velvet and lace are precedence, many in Gold and silver for the grand appearance. Embellished with sequins and sparkling beads and buttons.

I love to make the Cloche Hat of this decade. It makes a lot of fun to go looking for particular materials and to tread them.

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1920s Cloche hat

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit said the perfect gift for Father’s Day, we offer the option of having a personalized gift message engraved on the inside cover and offer a select of designs and fonts to choose from for monogramming. It’s never too early to shop for Father’s Day! Plan a personalized gift for Dad in 2017! We added this wallet, a manicure kit, and business card holders all available in a variety of colors to provide affordable personalized gifts for every recipient and every occasion! Get social @DesignstheLimit and keep us in mind for all of your gift giving occasions!

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Personalized engraved wallet

LM Shewalter from BackoftheDrawer states that I think this vintage hat is from the 70s. It reminds me of the “Mary Tyler Moore Show” or “Maude”. They wore so many cool things! This hat is made from patterned white and gold fabric with glints of gold and silver metallic threads. The velvet bow and the netting are in great condition. This hat looks like it just came out of Mary Tyler Moore’s closet.
It’s just a bright, fun statement of the decade… spunky and assertive!

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Vintage 1970s womens hat

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says fashion outfits are always completed by accessories…. and this is where jewellery steps up to the plate!
These earrings feature handmade paper beads and seed beads and are ideal accessories to spring and summer outfits, and are also perfect for the transition from day to evening wear!

Triangle shaped earrings-pastel pink paper and bead earrings

Dream Kitchen

Contributor post by Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady

Dream Kitchen

I love this topic! I have many dream kitchen scenarios in my head and in the course of adulthood have had the pleasure of making some of those dreams reality. Right now my kitchen is a dreamy retro cafe with vintage radio and soda bottle collections, restaurant booths and even a Coca-Cola vending machine in the nearly dining room.

To many the words DREAM KITCHEN means with all the bells and whistles – new appliances, granite countertops, plenty of storage space. To others this could mean just the perfect combination of space, themed decor and a breakfast nook to enjoy their mornings. What kind of dream kitchen do you envision or have you seen/visited over the years? We’d love to see your accompanying items and hear your stories.

Pam Maggio from PamsPawsJewelry says

Well, I hate to cook, LOL! My idea of a Dream Kitchen or pretty one is a theme in pretty colors and of course a big enough one to eat in and decorate, LOL! So, for now how about a cheerful blue and white kitchen with an Asian theme and Oriental flare!

On shelves above you can have Asian style artsy items in blue and white, maybe a wall hanging embroidered with the gorgeous Japanese style gardens that I have seen! Doors leading outside to a small Japanese themed herb garden with little stone pagodas and such!

The table which is the center of most kitchens in many cultures can be set with bamboo place mats and a Chinese or Japanese fancy ginger jar or two, along with some bonsai trees and Oriental style flower arrangements! Then, set the table for tea with a pretty Asian teapot like mine I have posted below, matching tea cups, and have a relaxing time with friends having Asian cuisine and tea!

Domo arigatou gozaimasu! (Thank You very much, in Japanese!)

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Asian Hexagonal Vintage Teapot

Leila Blakely from LasLovelies says

I almost had a dream kitchen. I loved my re-wired 20’s stove and oven on legs. I was able to feed my cats under there. Ha! Loved it. I even had the old-time refrigerator with the motor up on the top.
I decorated the tops of my cupboards with Hills Brothers Coffee Tins and every nook and cranny with Royal or Schilling Tins along with my red and white Hall Pottery collection. I added the red and white gingham curtains with white ruffles and black ribbon. Perfectly cute. Now I want to have a farmer sink and porcelain drain cupboards. I really don’t care if I have a dishwasher since the only thing that fits in them are plates which are the easiest items to wash. My coffee cups don’t even fit.

As I mentioned before my tastes are changing but I still like the black, white and red accents. This is a fabulous decorator piece. It would look good in a modern, farm-house chic or even a retro kitchen. I’m sure someone would love to decorate with this nostalgic, workable food scale. Whether it’s in a grouping with other items such as fruit, flowers or utensils it will be sure to capture one’s eye. It is beautiful, intricate and in fine vintage condition.

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Vintage Retro Scale

After we made the last college tuition payment for our son, I was fortunate to be able to remodel our dated kitchen! We now have gorgeous cherry cabinets, quartz counters and, my favorite feature, a Grohe “touch less” faucet!
The contractor even honored my wish for a “curio” cabinet at one end of the island! It came out fantastic with wood shelving and glass doors. I enjoy displaying some of our Shop items inside. My daughter and I love finding retro (and kitschy) kitchen items, here is a cute trivet we found in Shipshewanna, Indiana.
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Metal Trivet

Linda from LazyYVintage says

We are now just finishing a kitchen remodel. It is kind of a farmhouse style with white brick walls and hickory cabinets. Just some trimming out and hanging my wall decorations back up and Jim is done.

But I love to cook and bake. So my favorite part of the new kitchen is a yellow painted peg board to hang up my cooking tools. Wire whisks, spatulas, ice cream scoops, tongs, etc. Julia Childs always have a peg board that her husband would put up where ever they lived in the world. I couldn’t wait for that piece to be done in my new yellow, green, and pine cone brown kitchen.

And, these are my new old everyday dishes. It was a big set of a service of 16, so some have made there way into the shop.

Vintage cotillion cups and saucers set of four

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says

Love these cheerful items above! Really my dream kitchen is one that’s inviting and accommodates a lot of people. My kitchen right now is warm and inviting and our family loves it. The one thing that drives me crazy though is that our kitchen sink is right next to the back door, which is the door that everyone uses. So my dirty dishes are the first thing that people see!! When I win the lottery I’m definitely remodeling that!! Still, it seems the kitchen is the happiest place in our home!
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Printable Sign

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says

Aahh – a dream kitchen! For me kitchens are about creating food – and food is about sharing with family and friends! These intimate dishes epitomize sharing – salt, pepper, dukkah, even candles! Enjoy
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Salt & Pepper Cellars

Carrie from TheMarchingBee says

My dream kitchen would be centered around drinks and fun. I would have a very nice hot drinks bar where I can make all sorts of versions of coffee and tea. I would have an espresso machine, french press, electric kettle, and of course a way to brew a big pot of coffee. I want a wide selection of teas, from simple black teas to herbal remedies. Although I’m not a big alcohol drinker, I still would love to have a small alcohol bar as well. I want wines for special occasions and a couple of nice bottles of whiskey for my husband to have a glass now and then. My center bar would also have comfortable bar chairs for sitting to play board and card games with guests. The decor would reflect my family’s nerd love, fun and playful. My kitchen is very large, and I’m happy to say that we are well on our way to making this dream happen!
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Travel Coffee Mug Cozy

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says

We offer a variety of gifts for kitchen and entertaining, but nothing is more of a dream for preparing and serving than our personalized bruschetta set. We personalize one side of the board and you can turn it over to reveal a bread knife and bread board perfect for preparing bruschetta. Set even includes three ceramic dishes for self-serve appetizers in style!

@DesignstheLimit we offer a wide variety of quality products as a canvas for our artistic personalization. We also offer an ever-expanding number of professional services including gift cards, engraved gift messaging on the underside of the board, and everything you need from graphic design to gift wrap to bring your ideas to your doorstep!

Personalized Bruschetta Bread Board Set including Ceramic Bowls and Bread Knife Engraved with Family Monogram Design Options

Bruschetta Bread Board

Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady

I love all your dream kitchen ideas and your items.I would like to visit your dream kitchens, have a bite to eat, something nice to drink and warm company ,thanks everyone! It’ll be in the blog form soon.

I think if I had an extra kitchen (because I love my chickens and roosters in the main cooking part of the present one) I think I would decorate with owls, this black and white one would be useful.. the counter-tops could be black marble and the back splashes white marble.

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Wooden Owl Paper Towel Holder

Member Feature: Grabacoffee

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Eszter of grabacoffee, our featured member!

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grabacoffee

Tell us about yourself.       

I’ve been an artist since I was born. With my mom, we always created something… I have learnt to sew, embroider, or bead work when I learnt to speak or walk! I always wanted to create perfect things, so I have stopped everything… but when my son born, somehow I taken back my creativity. I’ve started to make jewelry first, but what I really love is making kids happy with my cute, crazy, and sometimes beautiful felt ornaments!g

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

I have opened my shop on Etsy in 2012. – After all of my friends and family members had enough felt ornaments and jewelry, they convinced me to show them to the world.g1

Tell us a bit about your products.           

I am making ornaments for every occasion – and the main priority is Christmas! Also, people asking me to create hanging ornaments for baby showers or as nursery decoration as well. I love to make custom things, like crazy colored animals, or funny figures!g2

What inspires your work?           

I would say everything around me! Sometimes I look out of my window and see something what helps to make something new … sometimes a book with fairy tales. I am getting requests from my son also! Inspiration is everywhere!g3

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

I am so happy what I have accomplished already. I would like to get as much happy feedback from my customers as last year. My big dream this year is to get featured in a magazine.g4

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

I have a wide range of designs, and color combinations. You can ask me for custom design, and also embroidered items. I am proud of the quality I can provide, and great customer service.g5

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

I don’t have separate place – in most of the times, I am sitting at my desk in front of my computer. But anywhere I am going, I bring my sewing kit! I am sewing where I have my coffee!g6

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

Well… the power of social media is a must to know. I had less products listed before, but I was working with the same quality of materials, and most of my designs are coming from my first drawings. My shop has started to grow when I have learn how to use social media to show my products to my audience.g7

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Create everything with love, make perfect products, good and light photos, long descriptions, and have passion to keep all of these all through the year!g8

What is your favorite quote?

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Where can people find out more about your business?  

Etsy: grabacoffee
Facebook: grabacoffee
Instagram: grab_a_coffee
Website: craftingwithfeltg9

  Is there anything else you’d like to share?         

Do more what makes you happy! – and if it’s a piece of Art, show it to the World!g10

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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.

Show Us Your Workspace : Oppning

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

Today we visit the workspace of oppning from oppning who stocks vintage & home decor. Please visit her shop and favourite some items, maybe even buy something!!

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

Our Studio is a small desk in our living room, close to the window where we can enjoy the view when working.

We installed our photography studio on the sideboard next to it. Most of the time we can use the window light for photos

I really love working here because it is a big and bright room
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Member Feature: KayLaneSisters

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Regina of KayLaneSisters, our featured member!

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KayLaneSisters

Tell us about yourself.       

It was my daughter’s future that inspired me to join the Etsy Marketplace.  As a single mother on one, I needed to be able to earn enough extra income to send her to college one day.  I was introduced to Etsy about 10 years ago and immediately fell in love with the idea of turning my love for crafting into a  small-business of my own.k

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

I opened my store in 2011, it took a full year before I was able to create a single pair of tiny baby booties that I felt were truly perfect.   Every year that went by I continued to change the way I was making them, trying to complete with a store-bought pair of shoes.  While there were so many frustrations along the way, I couldn’t bring myself to give up.  I knew that the shoes I offered were going to be incredibly special to so many families and it was important to me that I pushed myself to make sure our personalized baby shoes became a reality.  I quickly became very busy with my shoes and loved every minute.k1

Tell us a bit about your products.           

My personalized, monogrammed baby booties are made for your Little Prince and Princess and these shoes are a beautiful keepsake for families to have years to come.  Each pair is hand-made from a bolt of fabric, no pre-made shoes here.  I created these shoes with care and tons of love.k2

What inspires your work?           

My daughter is my biggest inspiration for my shop.  Even now as she has becomes a young lady I consider her being where she is today as a direct result of my passion and commitment to my Etsy Shop.  It wasn’t easy but I’m so proud of my daughter and her accomplishments in school, and now a Senior in college, I can’t even believe how fast the time goes by.k3

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

My goals for the future of KayLaneSisters is to be the best I can be, and enjoy every single pair of shoes I make.  I often dream of doing this business full-time, I have an amazing support system in place and one day with will be my sole income.

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

Our shoes are hard to duplicate, I see others try, but the secret ingredient in our process helps keep us heads and shoulders above our competition.  I offer a wide range of customizing options, to colors and fonts and most of the new ideas you see in my shop comes directly from my customers, wanting to order a pair they don’t see in my shop. I had a customer want a pair of baby shoes covered in little pearls and I thought, I had not seen that before but i would love the challenge.k4

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

I do have a separate studio where I do all my brain storming and production.  It’s a great to have a little space of my own to get lost in the moment, knowing that a sweet little baby will soon be wearing my shoes on their special day.

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

I have learned so much since opening my Etsy shop.  Mostly how to be inviting thru emails and communications with potential customers.  With an online business you have to learn to put your personality down on paper.  Your customers can’t see how excited you are when you get their order, so it’s up to you to convey that to them.  I wish I knew all the little ticks of the online business trade before I started.  I think I would have been a lot further along than where I am today.  I do try to offer up anything information that I come across and share that in the Etsy forums.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Advice for anyone thinking of opening a Shop on Etsy… do it and do it now.  Pick a craft that you love, and your business will flourish.  I have encouraged 5 of my friends to start their own shops on Etsy.  With me giving each of them as much knowledge as I have to give, they are all doing very well.  I tell them, it’s all about promoting, promoting and promoting.

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

When I’m not working on my baby shoes, I love to be with family and friends.  My hobby is my sewing, and I really enjoy making money doing what i love…and that is sewing. Creating is such a wonderful outlet for stress.k7

What is your favorite quote?

My favorite quote or saying is: Challenge yourself everyday to do better and be better.  Remember, growth starts with a decision to  beyond your present circumstances.

Life doesn’t always turn out like you would want it to, but it turns out like it’s supposed too …and once we accept that, life moves in a direction that makes sense.

Where can people find out more about your business?  

Everything you need to know and more can be found in my shop on Etsy.com  KayLaneSisters.k5

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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.

Welcome February New Team Members

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

Joanna Marzec from PaintingsGallery says

 Hi my name is Aska, I work from my airy studio ON Isle of Mull 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 other people.
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Three piece wall art

Hello!
Anne & I would like to introduce you all to Lullaby Quilts & more! We have attached one of our rag quilts & would love for each of you to check out our shop for more treasures. Each project is truly a work of heart . . . and every new quilt becomes a new favourite. Enjoy!

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Rag quilt

Please visit our new members and help them feel welcome!