Member Feature: Treasures From The Lake

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Please join us in welcoming Donna of Treasures From The Lake, our featured member!

Treasures From The Lake

Tell us about yourself.

My name is Donna and I live in NE Ohio. close to Lake Erie. I am married, and have one daughter who is an RN at a big Children’s Hospital. And I have two grandchildren (4 and 8 months), who I watch a few days a week. We have been collecting beach glass and other items for around 4 years. Prior to that we used to collect shells when we vacationed in South Florida. I have always loved the beach.

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

I opened shop two years ago in June. After collecting all the beach glass in many containers, my husband said that i should do something with the glass. So I began looking at tutorials on the internet, youtube, and other crafting sites. I self taught myself wire wrap techniques, that I am always trying to refine. My family encouraged me to sell the creations So after being persuaded, I decided to give it a try.

Tell us a bit about your products.

I design jewelry (necklaces, bracelets and earrings) from genuine Beach glass that I collect from Lake Erie. There are rare colors (blues, reds etc) that I will on occasion purchase from very trusted sources. I also make bookmarks, keychains and specialize in keepsake Christmas ornaments including trees, bells, and angels.

What inspires your work?           

I take inspiration from many things. Sometimes it is the shape of the glass and sometimes a design pops into my head. Other times I have no idea, and the wire seems to take over and have a life of its own I work best at night when most people are sleeping Other times, the customer tells me what they have in mind as I welcome special orders.

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

 Continue to refine and expand my wire techniques and expand into drilled pieces. I hope to increase sales and my customer base My goal is to have my first show this year.

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

My glass is genuine beach glass Most of it I have collected myself. But since some colors are very rare, I will purchase them from trusted sea glass seller sites to ensure quality and genuineness. Customer service is very important to me and I want each and every customer to be completely satisfied with my work. I treat customers they way I would want to be treated, and keep them informed in the order from start to finish. When I send a package, I want the customer to feel like they are opening a present, and package my designs creatively. Every purchase is accompanied with a Thank you Card and many times I send extra free gifts. You never know when they turn into extra orders.

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

I do not have a studio. That would be a dream for the business. The design table is the dining room table and my supplies and glass are in a hutch. There is also a card table with tools and beads and other supplies. Packaging supplies are under the card table in plastic bins.

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

I wish I had learned more about social media as that is a constant challenge. I am getting better at it, but being 60 puts me behind the learning curve (lol) And learn how to take better pictures. Learn about SEO. I still struggle with it.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Learn as much as you can about setting up your shop, tag words, seo, taking pictures Don’t expect immediate success. Although oddly, I sold an item the first night, so I did think it would be. Then I waited months. I wouldn’t wait to think you know it all though, as if you did that,you might never start up. It’s a work in progress constantly.

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

In the summer I love swimming at the pool And I love reading by the pool or beach. Walking the beach of course. Spending time with my dog, Abby

What is your favorite quote?

Live Laugh Love

Where can people find out more about your business?  

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TreasuresFromTheLake/

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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.

New Team Members July

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

Join us in welcoming new members that joined the Etsy Christmas In July team during July …. visit their Etsy shops, favourite some items and maybe even share some on your social media!

 

Hiya, I have been on Etsy for a few years now but this is the first year I have taken part #EtsyCIJ. I just love Christmas and to be able to make Christmas items in July, that’s a bonus! Here is my favourite Christmas make. I used mine for almost 6 years now.

 

Thank you I have an art shop in Etsy where you can find original paintings and prints. My shop has been accepted to the wholesale category. I am an artist working and living in Israel. Have exhibited word wide. For now I look for selling my art as my studio is full! I prepared some starter packs in my shop and some famed prints that could use as Christmas gifts …Please enter and see my art …hope you will like it. I will be glad to receive comments.

 

Hi, I’ve been an Etsy seller for many years! I create and design chakra gemstone jewelry! Thank you for accepting me into the team! Here’s one of my bracelets that I created with Murano glass that I purchased in Italy during my travels!

Dorothy Lollipop from DorothyLollipopKnits says

Hello I am Dorothy Lollipop…. my name is my brand! I market my knitted toys as ‘Unique’ because I design and write all the patterns myself. Having built up a range of unique hand-knitted toys over many years I began selling on Etsy in 2013 Some of my toys have been used to support charities in the UK and Australia. They have been used as props for professional photographers and for stage productions. I also do a variety of commission work and have designed two knitted characters for a Children’s book. Each of my toys can be custom made using any choice of colours and details. All my knitted toys have been professionally tested and CE labelled “safe and suitable for babies and children of all ages”. It’s so nice to have been accepted into the CIJ Team My favourite Christmas item is the knitted reindeer…. I love making them as each one has it’s own unique character and cheeky smile!

 

Hello everyone, My name is Jurgita and i am from Lithuania. I am making stone beaded jewelry and hair accessories. I love travelling, it inspires my creations. My brand name – “Ta-Daa Accessories”. I have my studio at home and sell my creations online. I am happy to be a part of CIJ and spread my creations around the world!

Hi my name is Mikshita and I’m from Surrey, U.K. I am owner and maker of Small special moments. We make unique message in a bottle and this is our first ever year doing Christmas in July. Thank you for letting us be a part of it. We started last year October(fairs only) and have now decided to concentrate on our Etsy shop this year.
There are plenty of message in a bottle on Etsy so what makes us so unique? We are the very few who hand foil each personalised message with customers chosen colour, have the message hanging perfectly with or without a charm. We offer our customers the chance to build their own bottle and offer option to have it freestanding, hanging or as a magnet. Last year’s best sellers over Christmas were these little beauties.

Member Feature: Simple Green Habits

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Please join us in welcoming Vidya of Simple Green Habits, our featured member!

Simple Green Habits

Tell us about yourself.

“I am a stay at home mom of 2 girls. I am the owner, designer, photographer, marketer, shipper and customer service contact. During the day, I’m a mom, cook, chauffeur, karate mom. After dinner, I am a crazy sewer with head phones on listening to some audio book while I sew.

Reducing waste to keep the Earth cleaner for our children and the next generation has motivated me to sew reusable cloth products.

I grew up using cloth products so it was easy for me to use cloth instead of disposable paper. I believe that it is my responsibility to teach my daughters (who will I hope someday be mothers) to use reusable cloth products instead of disposable paper to reduce waste for a cleaner Earth.”

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

I opened my Shop in 2015. I wanted to use reusable products to reduce waste and help others accomplish the same.

Tell us a bit about your products.

I make reusable cloth napkins. Everyday Cloth napkins can help reduce a lot of waste.

What inspires your work?           

To reduce waste.

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

 I want to add more reusable cloth products.

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

Communication to customers on every step of the order process and same day shipping as order day.

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

I have a closet to store fabric and finished products. I work on a table in the family room.

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

I wish I had started this business earlier.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Just start selling.

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

I like to spend time with my family.

What is your favorite quote?

“Be the change you wish to see in the world” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Where can people find out more about your business?  

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

 Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Reduce waste.

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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.

#CIJVacation – Tomorrow The Christmas In July Vacation Begins

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

We are getting excited for the first Christmas In July vacation! Since the CIJ team is worldwide we are going to hold a virtual #CIJVacation right here on our blog!

The vacation begins on Friday – August 4th, 2017. As I mentioned the team is international and we are going to visit many favorite vacation spots along the way!

As a member of the CIJ team there is a way for you to get involved today before the fun begins on Tuesday. Please go to the CIJ forums and there is a thread that explains all the specifics! We want to include as many of our talented team members as possible! So far the vacation spots we are going to visit are in Greece, Canada, United States Of America, Switzerland and Australia! Where will we go next?

If you are not a member of the team please feel free to join the team today! Otherwise you will have to wait until Friday to see what we have planned!

Please use #CIJVacation on social media as you vacation with us!

Etsy Christmas In July Team

Etsy Christmas In July Team

Want a sneak peek of one of the vacation spots we will be visiting?

Melody from OnSiletzBay will be sharing her favorite vacation spot – Crater Lake, Oregon, USA! Come meet Melody in August and learn about her favorite vacation. Thank you Melody for participating!

Crater Lake, Oregon, USA

Crater Lake, Oregon, USA

So mark your calendars, invite your friends, and get ready to go on vacation! A #CIJVacation!

Member Feature: PaintingsGallery

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Aska of PaintingsGallery, our featured member!

PaintingsGallery

PaintingsGallery

Tell us about yourself.

Hi, My name is Aska and I come from Poland. I been living in Scotland ten years now in Tobermory on a beautiful Island of Mull. I share my time between being a mum to a 12 year old fantastic boy called Jakub, being a wife, home carer and my love of painting nature.new-etsy-logo

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

I absolutely love painting and creating. I want to try and capture the beauty of ever changing landscape in my canvases and share it with You. Different art techniques and painting effects has plenty challenges and I like to enjoy the end result. After nine years of painting and creating, successfully selling my pieces in the local Gallery I decided to open an online shop on Etsy.

Tell us a bit about your products.

I love to paint in acrylic and oil which gives my work vivid colours and depth.  Also experiment with different mixed media techniques. Etsy gives me the opportunity to offer my paintings and and prints online.  I photograph, print, mount and frame it with a great help of my husband who is a computer literate and an artist. I print my images on high quality Canon canvas with 100 year light fast ink- they will last a lifetime and more. Printing on canvas has great deal of rich texture like qualities.loch-na-keal-3-in-1a-for-etsy

What inspires your work?           

Living in such beautiful country us Scotland I am surrounded by inspiration. I just wanted to paint it all or at least to try capture the beauty of it. I am happy to share with You what I love and are inspired by. Sunbeams through the sky, red sky and sun before it goes  behind the horizon, approaching rain and bright sunshine when it shows through the clouds. All brings feeling of warm and happiness. I look for ways how best to capture this beautiful and frail moment I have the honour to witness for that split second.loch-na-keal-3-with-sign

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

 To put some of my creative ideas into reality. Improve my Etsy shop.

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

My paintings and prints  are unique and colourful. Printing on canvas gives my prints beautiful finish.loch-na-keal-3in1-b

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

I have a separate studio.

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

Make sure You spend plenty time to think What it is that You want to sell, have bright  photos and research SEO for your products.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Make sure you spend plenty time to think What it is that Yyu want to sell, have bright  photos and research SEO for your products.il_570xn-1116364803_nfrw

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

I take a great joy in creating and it is very inspirational when people enjoy my art work and buy.

What is your favorite quote?

LOOK FOR THE POSITIVE!

Where can people find out more about your business?  

Etsy: PaintingsGallery
Facebook: Aska-Joanna-Marzec
Twitter: ScottsIslandArt
Pinterest: joannamarzec142il_570xn-1045102135_ny66

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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.

Member Feature: GanzaDesign

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Cinzia of GanzaDesign, our featured member!

GanzaDesign

GanzaDesign

Tell us about yourself.

Hello, my name is Cinzia and I live in Rome.

I grew up in a family of craftsmen and have been used to seeing the thoughts become out of the hands of my accomplishments. I ran a boutique in the center of Rome together with my sister selling clothes and high fashion accessories discovering a passion for bags. I think the bag is the most important accessory in the day of a woman. Here in Italy, people say, looks inside the bag of a woman to find out who she really is, but remember that if she is letting you look, you will be married shortly.1

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

So, thinking about a bag that could be reflected and achieve it by choosing the material, the forms by designing and making something that I loved, has become my dream in 2015.2

Tell us a bit about your products.

Our goal is to realize bags made in Italy in real leather to keep in life the old tradition of our master craftsmen that, with passion and personality from over three generations.

Our goods are unique, totally hand made and dedicated to all that want to stand out with elegance.3

What inspires your work?           

Each creation is like the birth of a child, seeing it grow slowly is a great satisfaction, especially when my clients are appreciative.4

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

 My goal is to increase the choice for my clients and meet their needs!5

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

Quality. Quality. Quality.

The true Italian craftsman who loves worldwide!6

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

I design and make in my little home studio. My friend’s brother Antonia helps with the assembly. He has a laboratory for 30 years in Rome, in the old district of Campo dei Fiori.7

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

You must know how to win the trust of your customers.8

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Etsy is a mom, you have to work hard to get the right results.9

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

I spend almost all my time to my work that I love.

I enjoy my time with my family and I have two grandchildren.

I like cooking the delicacies of the Roman cuisine.

What is your favorite quote?

Tried to bring my hand bags and losing them, I added a strip and put my shoulder.
-Coco Chanel10

Where can people find out more about your business?  

SHOP WEBSITE: www.ganzadesign.it

FACEBOOK : Ganza

TWITTER : Ganza_Design

PINTEREST: ganza_Design

INSTAGRAM : ganza_design

TUMBLR : ganza-design

WORDPRESS : ganzadesignblog11

 Is there anything else you’d like to share?

I present my favorite model, her name is Cristel, my grand daughter!12

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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: Elsiegeneva

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

Today we visit the workspace of Shelley Koozer from elsiegeneva who makes a great range of handcrafted gifts and accessories…  Please visit her shop and favourite some items, maybe even buy something!!

Here’s what she says about her workspace:

Hello! My name is Shelley and my shop is called Elsie Geneva (named after my much loved and late grandmother). I’m new to this team and as time allows (which time is getting more limited as we are all now approaching Etsy’s busy season) I will look forward to participating in this team. In the meantime, I am posting a photo of my little work space. It’s nothing extravagant but it’s where it all happens for me.