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.

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Etsy Christmas In July 2017 – Begins 1 Week From Today

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Etsy Christmas In July 2017 begins 1 week from today! This year our event will be held July 1st – July 10th!

The leaders have been busy working behind the scenes coming up with creative, innovative ideas to get everyone involved in the event.

To participate please join the Christmas In July team! Once you have joined there are many ways for you to be featured on our blog during #EtsyCIJ 2017! Please see the opportunities below!

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Celebrate #EtsyCIJ 2017 by joining us on social media!

CIJ Team Facebook

#EtsyCIJ Facebook Event Page

CIJ Team Instagram

CIJ Team Pinterest

CIJ Team Twitter

We have several events planned during #EtsyCIJ 2017 where you can get involved. Here are 3 of the upcoming events!

#CIJLovesJuly – 10 Day Photo Challenge

Join the 10 Day Christmas In July Photo Challenge! Use the hashtag #CIJLovesJuly in the caption of your challenge photos! We look forward to getting to know you! The team leaders will be looking for your photos on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter to share!

#CIJLovesJuly

#CIJParty 2017

On July 5th we will host the #CIJParty 2017 right here on our blog! We are working behind the scenes right now prepping for the party!

Curious about our #CIJParty 2016? Here is the link:

#CIJParty 2016

We are looking for team members to make this #CIJParty 2017 creative and innovative! Please see the following links to submit a Christmas Inspired Tutorial or Christmas Inspired Printable:

#CIJParty 2017: Submit A Tutorial

#CIJParty 2017: Submit A Printable

Every year we invite team members to write Christmas Inspired Guest Blog Articles. This year the first step in the process will be to pitch us an idea. Then the ideas we choose will receive a submission form for writing the article.

#CIJParty 2017: Pitch A Guest Blog Article Idea

The blog leaders and guest contributors will be writing special Christmas Inspired blog articles for the #CIJParty! Please see the following threads to have an item and the story featured on July 5th!

Alicia: Christmas Wish List – Chance To Be Featured During The #CIJParty

Alicia: Food And Drink – #CIJParty 2017

Alicia: Music – #CIJParty 2017

Alicia: Photo Booth – #CIJParty 2017

Dawn: The Twelve Days Of Christmas – Chance To Be Featured During the #CIJParty

Judith: Christmas Decor – Chance To Be Featured During The #CIJParty

Sheila: Holiday Jewelry – Chance To Be Featured During The #CIJParty

Once again we will serve Food and Drink at our #CIJParty:

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We will also enjoy Music to our #CIJParty:

Music

And new this year to our #CIJParty is a Photo Booth:

Photo  Booth

You are all invited to join us in the fun and festivities!

We have created a Facebook Event Page! Please join us and invite your friends! Christmas In July 2017!

Mark your calendar today and let the preparations begin!

Want a sneak peek of one of the Christmas Inspired Articles that will be featured on Wednesday July 5th? Here’s The Twelve Days Of Christmas from Dawn of DeeDeeDeesigns! A big thank you to Dawn!

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#CIJPopUpMarket 2017

We are thrilled about our third annual #CIJPopUpMarket – a party in the streets of our blog! The streets will be shut down and your tents will be up and ready to showcase your unique items for you.

This will be an innovative and creative way for members of the #EtsyCIJ team to get to know one another and customers.

This year we will host #CIJPopUpMarkets on 4 days!

Tuesday July 4th

Thursday July 6th

Friday July 7th

Saturday July 8th

There are still a few tents available for Saturday July 8th!

#CIJPopUpMarket #4

Etsy Christmas In July 2017 – Begins 2 Weeks From Today

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Etsy Christmas In July 2017 begins 2 weeks from today! This year our event will be held July 1st – July 10th!

We have several events planned during #EtsyCIJ 2017 where you can get involved. Here are 3 of the upcoming events!

#CIJLovesJuly – 10 Day Photo Challenge

Join the 10 Day Christmas In July Photo Challenge! Use the hashtag #CIJLovesJuly in the caption of your challenge photos! We look forward to getting to know you! The team leaders will be looking for your photos on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter to share!

#CIJLovesJuly

#CIJPopUpMarket 2017

We are thrilled about our third annual #CIJPopUpMarket – a party in the streets of our blog! The streets will be shut down and your tents will be up and ready to showcase your unique items for you.

This will be an innovative and creative way for members of the #EtsyCIJ team to get to know one another and customers.

For more information regarding the #CIJPopUpMarket please see this thread:

#CIJPopUpMarket 2017 #3

#CIJParty 2017

On July 5th we will host the fourth annual #CIJParty 2017 right here on our blog! We are working behind the scenes right now prepping for the party!

Curious about our #CIJParty 2016? Here is the link:

#CIJParty 2016

We are looking for team members to make this #CIJParty 2017 creative and innovative! Please see the following links to submit a Christmas Inspired Tutorial or Christmas Inspired Printable:

#CIJParty 2017: Submit A Tutorial

#CIJParty 2017: Submit A Printable

Every year we invite team members to write Christmas Inspired Guest Blog Articles. This year the first step in the process will be to pitch us an idea. Then the ideas we choose will receive a submission form for writing the article.

#CIJParty 2017: Pitch A Guest Blog Article Idea

The blog leaders and guest contributors will be writing special Christmas Inspired blog articles for the #CIJParty! Please see the following threads to have an item and the story featured on July 5th!

Alicia: Christmas Wish List – Chance To Be Featured During The #CIJParty

Alicia: Food And Drink – #CIJParty 2017

Alicia: Music – #CIJParty 2017

Alicia: Photo Booth – #CIJParty 2017

Dawn: The Twelve Days Of Christmas – Chance To Be Featured During the #CIJParty

Judith: Christmas Decor – Chance To Be Featured During The #CIJParty

Sheila: Holiday Jewelry – Chance To Be Featured During The #CIJParty

You are all invited to join us in the fun and festivities! We will be sharing more information in the weeks to come!

We have created a Facebook Event Page! Please join us and invite your friends! Christmas In July 2017!

Mark your calendar today and let the preparations begin!

Want a sneak peek of one of the Christmas Inspired Articles that will be featured on Wednesday July 5th? Here’s Christmas Decorations from Julie of EveryoneLovesGifts0A big thank you to Julie!

Christmas Decorations

Christmas Decorations

Celebrate #EtsyCIJ 2017 by joining us on social media!

Please use the hashtag #EtsyCIJ on social media!

We are ready with social media for CIJ 2017!

CIJ Team Facebook

CIJ Team Instagram

CIJ Team Pinterest

CIJ Team Twitter

Christmas In July Photo Challenge – #EtsyCIJPhotoChallenge

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Good Thursday afternoon everyone!

I’m super excited to share with you that the month of April the Christmas In July team is going to focus on a photo challenge.

Please use the hashtags #EtsyCIJ and #EtsyCIJPhotoChallenge

Please share the article on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter!

Please follow the team!

#EtsyCIJ Facebook: EtsyChristmasInJuly

#EtsyCIJ Instagram: EtsyChristmasInJuly

#EtsyCIJ Pinterest: EtsyCIJ

#EtsyCIJ Twitter: EtsyCIJ

Be sure to check on our social media sites every day!

Thank you and please let me know if you have any questions!

Alicia and Dawn

Leadership Spotlight – TheMarchingBee

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Leaders are an essential part of any team or organization. Leaders help other members succeed and grow as well as help the Captain achieve their objectives. Here at Christmas in July we have some wonderful Leaders and we want to honor your accomplishments in what we are calling Leadership Spotlight.

 

Carrie from TheMarchingBee is our next honoree!

1. What made you decide to join the CIJ team and what do you love about the team?

Honestly, I don’t really remember exactly. I believe that I was searching the groups and stumbled across it. All I remember is that it didn’t take long for me to love the idea of it. Everything is just so organized and alive. That’s really what I love about the group. It’s not dead and drab, but fun and alive.

2. What made you decide to become a CIJ team leader and what do you enjoy most about being a team leader?

I was approached by the captain and was honored. She noticed I retweeted a lot and asked if I was interested in being a leader. It took a little while to get my ducks in a row, but I’m happy to help. I enjoy seeing progress. If I see any improvement in retweets and sales to others, that makes me happy. It makes me feel like I’m paying it forward.

3. What is your style of leadership?

I’ve never been super strict on any leadership role I’ve had, but I do expect everyone to give something. I know that it’s not always easy, or possible, when you manage a large group of people such as Etsy groups, but I am always encouraging. The more I get wrapped up in my leadership roles and projects, the more I encourage others to do the same. I try to do a lot of one-on-one. I find that it works best when you create a bond with your members, not to mention you make new friends along the way.

4. Tell us about yourself and your shop.

I am a happily married mommy from the country in West Virginia USA. I love to read, write, blog, and do pretty much anything that has to do with words in general, including talking. I enjoy crocheting, which is why I opened my shop Little Cotton Tail back in… 2010 I think? It quickly was changed to Stitchy Little Witch and stuck for quite a few years. Then, in 2016, I decided it was time for a revamp. I needed a name that said less “Halloween” and more “kids” because my shop is now mainly for babies and children. My son came up with the name The Marching Bee, and I couldn’t have been happier with it since I love honeybees and was in Marching Band in high school. I used to take a lot of custom orders, but I have decided that life is too short and that my son needed more attention, so I mostly sell in-stock now. It seems like a perfect balance now.

5. What are your social media sites?

I am a member of many, many social media sites, but I mainly use Pinterest and Twitter. I am working on my Facebook page more lately as well. I have given up on Instagram for my shop though. Here are my links:
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/TheMarchingBee/
Twitter: twitter.com/TheMarchingBee/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/themarchingbee/

Leadership Spotlight – EveryoneLovesGifts0

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Leaders are an essential part of any team or organization. Leaders help other members succeed and grow as well as help the Captain achieve their objectives. Here at Christmas in July we have some wonderful Leaders and we want to honor your accomplishments in what we are calling Leadership Spotlight.

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Julie from EveryoneLovesGifts0 is our next honoree!

1. What made you decide to join the CIJ team and what do you love about the team?

I first came across CIJ on Facebook, I posted a few times for their blogs. I was hooked from there. I love the whole idea of shopping all year round (even though I never get there myself).

2. What made you decide to become a CIJ team leader and what do you enjoy most about being a team leader?

I decided to join the team when Alicia asked if I would like to join. I love the idea of being more involved in not only my business but others as well. As small businesses I think it is important to all work together.

3. What is your style of leadership?

I am friendly in leadership but get to the point. I play fair, friendly approachable.

4. Tell us about yourself and your shop.

My shop started after I found out I had Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I am unable to work in a normal employment fashion, but the thought of staying at home twiddling my thumbs all day is enough to drive me mad. I had always wanted to start my own jewellery business and thought it was a good time than any.
Within my shop I love to make awareness jewellery but especially Fibromyalgia awareness jewellery. When a piece sells a percentage goes to FMAUK.com, which is a Fibromyalgia Research charity based in UK.

5. What are your social media sites?

Facebook: facebook.com/EveryoneLovesGifts
Instagram: instagram.com/everyonelovesgifts
Twitter: @every1lovesgift
Pinterest: uk.pinterest.com/everylovesgifts

#EtsyCIJ Small Business Spotlight – ColourscapeStudios

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Small Business Spotlight – Kelly From ColourscapeStudios

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ColourscapeStudios

 1. What made you start your small business?

I started my business because I didn’t find anything within the Australian marketplace creating what I wanted for my daughter’s nursery, and so my print’s business was born back in 2012. I moved into stationery in 2015 and haven’t looked back.

2.  What do you feel is your greatest obstacle facing your small business?

The biggest obstacle facing my business is the speed of growth I’ve had over the last year. It’s really taken off and I’m still finding my feet!

3. What is the greatest strength you personally bring to your small business?

My tenacity! I’m a stubborn, headstrong woman and once I start something I don’t give it up without a fight. I think part of that is making sure I deliver the absolute best product I can to my customers as well, if they’re happy then so am I!

4. What is your small business strategy? How have you set up your business in terms of goals, marketing, business planning, etc?

My strategy is to stay sustainable. I enjoy being a one woman show and so finding the balance in how much work I take on is key. I have several to-do lists running at any given time, covering all the basics like admin work, marketing and social media, and I sit down every 6 months to revise my business plan.

5. What social media sites do you interact on?

You’ll find me way too often on Instagram @colourscapestudios but I’m also on Facebook www.facebook.com/ColourscapeStudios/ and Pinterest au.pinterest.com/KelColourscape/