Member Feature: Vadjutka

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Please join us in welcoming Judit Wild of Vadjutka, our featured member!

Tell us about yourself.

I am Judit Wild, a Hungarian jewelry designer, but I wasn’t born as a jewelry designer. I studied photography, journalism and sociology. I was working as a journalist and a market researcher for 15 years in total, and I slowly changed to making and designing jewelry.

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

I opened my Etsy shop 10 years ago, in February, 2008.  At that time I was already making jewelry for 6 years, as a hobby, and I wanted to have a consistent online presence.

 

Tell us a bit about your products.

I design and make jewelry. You can see my sterling silver work in my Etsy shop.  I love to combine all sorts of materials. My newest love is plexiglass, and it goes with sterling silver very well. Back in the time of opening my Etsy shop I was using glass beads, fused glass pendants, later fabric, and then wood.

What inspires your work?

My greatest inspiration is the sea / ocean, and the sky above.  My main aim is to express feelings via my jewelry, so anything can inspire me from food to buildings and nature.

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

I have a small shop in Budapest (capital of Hungary, my home) and my plan for this year is to have only silver jewelry in my shop. Currently I have the fabric / wooden jewelry as well as the silver ones.

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

Honestly, I have no idea. I haven’t seen too many people so far combining sterling silver and plexi.

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

Yeah, I have a shop in the heart of Budapest, and I make my jewelry there. For the sterling silver jewelry line I work in a different studio, that is suitable for silver smithing.

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

Many-many things. Actually it is a constant learning process. I will try to highlight a few.
1) Being persistent and patient.
2) One should really mind his/her own business, and not look at others too much.
3) Balancing between my own way (artistically) and what people like / want.
4) Listening to my gut feeling. Rational decisions are important, but one cannot neglect the gut feeling.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

I think that being active on 1-2 social platforms is essential for any online businesses. I chose Instagram and Facebook for myself, because they suit me the best. Others may prefer other platforms. The main point is, that the platform you use, suits your skills. (I am strong in photography, but not in 160 characters texts, so Twitter is not for me.

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

Photography, dance and cooking.

What is your favorite quote?

You get in life what you have the courage to ask for. (Oprah Winfrey)

You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever, because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well worn path and that will make all the difference. (Steve Jobs)

Where can people find out more about your business?

I have a website: http://vadjutka.hu/eng/about-myself/
A Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/vadjutka.design/ (mostly in Hungarian)
An Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/vadjutka/ (mostly in English)

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Thank you for reading this through!

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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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Member Feature: YEHsProduction

Contributor post by Cindy Humphrey of Cynhumphrey

Please join us in welcoming Adele of YeHsProduction, our featured member!

Tell us about yourself.

My name is Adele. I am a stay at home mom with four little kids. We used to live in California but relocated in 2015. We currently are serving in a missionary school in Taiwan. We enjoy our new chapter here. There is so much to explore and learn from.

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

Everything started when I had my first baby. I was a social worker before being a wife and mom. When I got married and soon got pregnant with my firstborn, I know I had to stay at home. I want to spend every moment with her. That’s my best investment! So I put my professional career aside and picked up my crafty tools.

After my first baby was born, I felt I had endless ideas! I felt like I want to hand make everything I can for her. That’s about the time I knew about ETSY.  In 2011, I opened my first shop!

Tell us a bit about your products.

Originally I only sold kids related items, such as baby hats, hooded cowl, and etc. with some canvas panel works in between. But mostly, they are all kids related items. Then, I got a chance to design some cast iron pot knob covers for my friend. So you can see some of that in my shop too. Until recently, I started to make aroma stone. I like things that smell well. So when I first learned about aroma stones, I just had to try. Now in my shop, you can see aromatherapy home decors, jewelry, car vent diffusers and even wedding favors and place card holders. I am very excited about my new work.

What inspires your work?

I would definitely say, my kids! Just by watching them grow, gave me tons of ideas. I just don’t have enough time to make all of my ideas come to life. Etsy is a way to share my creations with people.

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

Moving overseas is definitely a big challenge for my Etsy business. My shop has been very slow since we moved to Taiwan. Many potential buyers would show their interests at first, but decided not to purchase due to the shipping time and many other reasons. This year I am hoping I can win back some people by listing some “ready to ship” items.

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

I design all my products. From yarn to plaster, from hats to home decor, I made the designs my own. Therefore you can’t find anything like this in other shops. Also, the time I spent in each product and the detail-oriented work is definitely not something you can find anywhere.

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

I do and I don’t. I have storage with all my craft supplies in my laundry room. But I do most of the work at my dining table.

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

I had no knowledge of marketing. I remember before I opened my shop, I thought I just have to keep knitting and that is enough. I didn’t know that making my shop seen is even more important! Even now I am still learning how to promote myself via social media. I am definitely not born to be a business woman.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Do not be discouraged at first. Build up your inventory and accumulate your ideas and experience. Also observe other Etsy shops, and try to find your own style and pace.

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

I love to sing, more specifically, harmony. So I would pick up any song and start to harmonize with it. I can sing almost any part. I love doing that.

What is your favorite quote?

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
Proverbs 4:23

Where can people find out more about your business?

You can follow me via Facebook page Yarn and Everything and IG Yarn and Everything 

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Do not limit yourself. But also do not be too confident with everything either. Know your inner self, know your limitations, and keep strengthening it. And remember no matter what the result is, keep your eyes on the one above. He will guide you and lead you.

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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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Member Feature: TheLoveStory

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Please join us in welcoming Tamara And Mary of TheLoveStory, our featured members!

TheLoveStory

Tell us about yourself.

We are Mother & Daughter, Best Friends and Business Partners who love what we do. We have so much fun working together, which is what we believe has contributed to our success.

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

We started The Love Story in May 2012 because both my mom (Mary) and my dad had lost their jobs and I was a stay at home mom wanted to help. My mom, on her free time, was knitting for charity and so I looked online to see if she could sell some of her items on line and came across Etsy. We realized then that it would be a great opportunity to work together once again. We saw that there was a heavy wedding presence on Etsy and we love weddings, so we did our research and that’s when The Love Story was born.

Tell us a bit about your products.

We sell everything from jewelry, wedding garters, one-of-a-kind evening bags, baby headbands and accessories, shoe clips and much more.

We take great pride in our products and make sure that we use only the finest materials. Most all of our products are made for special occasions so it’s of the utmost importance to us for our clients to look and feel like a million bucks!

What inspires your work?

We are inspired by two things:
1. LOVE~ The name of our store is no coincidence. We believe that Love makes everything better.
2. OUR CUSTOMERS ~ All of our customers inspire us to be creative because most everything we make is customizable and it’s such a joy to work on something so special for someone and watch it come to life from just a vision.

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

Expanding our collection!! Last year we joined forces with DIYCRAFTSHOPPE to broaden our collection. In order to keep our prices down for our customers, we have to buy in bulk (which means a lot of product sitting on our shelf) so we decided to start another Etsy shop which allows us to sell the same great quality supplies that we use to our DIY friends!

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

At The Love Story we like to offer a variety of items. We don’t just sell one item, we sell accessories that compliment each other. We try to be a one stop shop for that special occasion coming up and/or a place to find the perfect gift for that special love in your life!

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

We first started out in an extra bedroom in each of our homes. We quickly outgrew them and moved into a beautiful studio that we are probably going to enlarge again very soon.

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

We have owned a few businesses together over the years so we were pretty prepared, although the one thing that we are still learning is how powerful Social Medial is and how important it is to stay active on all of the social platforms.  But we are doing our best to keep up!

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

We would highly recommend selling on Etsy! From a back end business aspect, you couldn’t ask for more. Etsy provides so many critical tools to keep you on track financially. And as for advertising, they dominate on Google so you have a great opportunity to get views. They make it seamless to operate on other platforms in order to grow your business and keep your website all together. It really is the best place to market your business on the internet!

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

We are fortunate enough to live on a private lake in Northern California perfectly situated between San Francisco and Lake Tahoe. So, needless to say when the weather is nice and we aren’t overwhelmed with orders we love to either take our kayaks or houseboat out on our lake and enjoy the sunset or take a fun trip to either San Francisco or beautiful Lake Tahoe.

What is your favorite quote?

“One kind word can change someones entire day.”
~Anonymous~

Where can people find out more about your business?

We are doing our best to make it easy to find us either on Etsy (of course), Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, YouTube and our outdated blog. (Not enough time in the day!)

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Etsy CIJ for inviting us to be a featured team member on their blog! We are truly honored to be included and would like to wish everyone a lifetime of love & happiness.

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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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