Member Feature: Kestrel Collection

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Please join us in welcoming Kristen of KestrelCollection, our featured member!

KestrelCollection

Tell us about yourself.

Hello and Well met! I’m an old soul and young at heart. A scientist and an artist. I love to live and live to love. But I’m pretty quiet in day to day life… just observing and thinking… some people think I’m shy but I’m not at all!

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

In 2003 I started making jewelry for friends and relatives. I was working long hours at my day job and was often coming home stressed out. Spending my evenings designing jewelry for someone else turned out to be my favorite way to relax and switch gears before bed. It wasn’t long after that I started up my Etsy store.

Tell us a bit about your products.

I love blacks and grays and find the look elegant so there is a lot of black jewelry in my shop. I also love COLORS especially creating floral and natural inspired jewelry using colors that are brighter than nature.

What inspires your work?           

I’m kind of a nerd.  I take my inspiration from the books I read, the movies I watch, nature, and old mythology. Right now I’m working on a line of steampunk jewelry inspired by movies.

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

 This year I want to increase sales by 10% by utilizing better tags and working with social media more to engage customers. This year I also plan to sell at my first craft show!

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

All of my items are one of a kind. I follow my inspiration and then move on to the next
thing that strikes me.

Because of this all my items are guaranteed to be a gift the recipient will have all to
themselves. They are great conversation starters.

The way I work creates another positive for the customer in that all my items are ready
to ship. My shop policy says I ship within 5-7 days but I am usually faster than that.

Also if a customer messages me I can easily get their order out the next business day
so they have that special gift on time.

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

My workspace is a desk in the corner of my living room. I love being able to work and still hang out with my husband at the same time. I am kind of a neat freak so when I’m done each day everything packs up into the drawers and cupboards. This way I can keep it a multi use space and it keeps everything safe from my feline helper.

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

Advertising and social media are truly vital to the success of your shop. In the past I haven’t enjoyed that part of the work so I tend to neglect it occasionally… But wow! It’s amazing the results that happen when you start connecting with your customers and sharing your process and your day. It’s fun too when you look at it as another way to learn.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

I spent a long time thinking about it, then a long time more planning for it… I wanted to make it perfect from day one and that held me back. You will learn as you go and improve the storefront as you go so just dive in!! One solid piece of advice though is pictures, pictures, pictures. Research how other sellers of your product stage their photos to get a feel for where the market is at. Make yours clear, bright, and use all 5 slots on a listing. People want to see what they are buying!

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

I love to learn and reinvent myself. I’ve been a research scientist, high school teacher, and flavor chemist. Now I’m a project manager for a food company. I love my day job. However, it is through my art that I am able to continuously learn and grow as I try out new materials and techniques. My jewelry business allows me to reinvent myself with every new idea. My other hobby is reading. A book is such a lovely way to experience a new world.

What is your favorite quote?

I am a reader remember? Picking just one quote is so hard… Can I have 2 and a poem? “All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.” -Edgar Allan Poe A man once told the Buddha “I want Happiness.”

The Buddha replied, “First remove I, that is ego. Then remove want, that is desire. Now you have happiness.” “What is Success”? To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;

To appreciate beauty; To find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived; This is to have succeeded. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Where can people find out more about your business?  

I am also on Instagram at KristenCreates. There I share progress pictures of new jewelry plus pictures of my drawings and other adventures.

 Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Thanks for the opportunity to share with you about myself and my art! Have a wonderful day!

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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.

Summer Supplies

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Supplies are the beginning to summer time creative moments!

Etsy Christmas In July team members are sharing their summer supplies with us! Seize the inspiration!

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says:

Flowers are everywhere in summer! I love bringing in the flowers for vases this time of year. This printable paper pack is just cheerful, colorful and useful for creating summer greeting cards or scrap booking those summer events.

ButterflyFeetDigital

ButterflyFeetDigital

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese says:

I love summer time, the warmth, flowers and having some time off to relax. I have these journal cards which are summery colours. They can be used for anything paper crafty including scrapbooking, journaling, card making or other crafts!

DesignedbyAnneliese

DesignedbyAnneliese

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

These hearts are so versatile. As a teacher, I used to hand out paper heart cut outs to students at the end of the day, with little messages written on the back for each student. Customers have purchased these 2-inch single-sided hearts for table scatter or to add to greeting cards. And they’re always practical for scrapbooking.

StockLanePaper

StockLanePaper

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter says:

One of my favorite Summer Supply is this fun Fruit Ribbon. I use it on gifts for those with summer birthdays and also to make a summer meal more festive by wrapping around the bowls filled with summer fruits. I also used a bright yellow or lime green table cloth and wrapped this fun ribbon around the table with a bow to give the table a festive fun summer look.

ThisandThatCrafter

ThisandThatCrafter

Susan-Sharon Passmore from MsPDesignsUSA says:

Summer is such a great time for outdoor entertaining! Colorful decorations will enhance the ambiance of dining in the garden. Our new “Jungle Flower Table Runner” pattern features colorful flowers to create a vibrant setting for your next dinner party. This project is easy to make using your choice of colorful fabrics.

Happy quilting!

MsPDesignsUSA

MsPDesignsUSA

Gari Anne from beadloverskorner says:

Everyone loves to go to the beach or dreams of a vacation to a tropical paradise! This little button can be used in sewing, jewelry making or other crafts to enhance a summer vacation inspired design.

beadloverskorner

beadloverskorner

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.