Member Feature: LindaBrittDesign

Contributor post by Cindy Humphrey of Cynhumphrey

Please join us in welcoming Linda Britt of LindaBrittDesign, our featured member!

Tell us about yourself.

I’m Linda Britt, a creative person who has always made things with my hands.  I am an artist, a creator of handmade jewelry and a retired interior designer.

I grew up in the Midwest (Missouri), got my graduate degree in Housing and Interior Design and married my teenage sweetheart.  We moved to California where I taught home economics and art in high schools.
Eventually we moved to Tucson Arizona and I started my interior design business.  22 years later my husband died and several years later I met Peter.  It was one of those ‘online’ meetings!

We now live in Prescott Arizona, a charming community founded in 1863 with over 500 historic landmark homes.  (Lots of Victorians)

My home is at the edge of the Prescott National Forest and I get to create among the pine trees with big black ravens doing daily patrols through the trees.  Lots of birds, deer, javelinas and other wildlife visit us.

I love nature and photography and keeping busy!

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

I dabbled in making jewelry for years but when my husband died, I needed to focus my energy on something besides my interior design business.  My dad and brothers mined a stone in the Mojave Desert in the 1970’s so I had some background.  When my dad died I received many of the cabochons he cut from the stone.  It made sense to get serious about making jewelry.  I discovered the fun of creating with metal clay, took classes and became certified to teach.  I kept taking classes and experimenting and learning.

When I retired about 10 years ago and moved to Prescott Arizona, I started my jewelry design business – really as a hobby.  Now I just can’t stop creating!

Tell us a bit about your products.

My handcrafted jewelry is designed for the woman who wants something unique to show her individuality.  Each piece of my jewelry is handmade by me and there are no two pieces exactly alike.  My choice of materials range from metal clays, sheet metal, wire, polymer clay and beads.  I love designing and creating to enhance an individual’s personality.

What inspires your work?

Nature inspires me.  The colors of a birds feather, the wind on grasses in a lake, the patterns of insects, the petals of a flower. You name it.  I love to find the line and structure of plants.  Looking closely as I go on walks or listening to classical music or playing with my lizards give me time to let my mind wander for ideas to come.

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

I’ve started working with the idea of collections – 10 related items in a collection.  I am going to tell a story in those 10 items and it is exciting to build that idea.  I’m more focused and I think more creative.

This year I am building a website (it is almost done) and that is a challenge I’m enjoying.  I hope everyone who sees it will also enjoy it!  At the beginning I will have 2 collections and will be adding more as I get the photos taken.  I’m surprised at how many hours this takes!

I also want to add men’s jewelry to my lineup.

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

My business reflects my desire to make jewelry for the individual woman.  I make one of a kind pieces and use a variety of materials.  Quality craftsmanship and attention to detail are very important to me.

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

My studio is half of a long room that was once a porch.  It is enclosed with lots of windows where I can see the pine trees sway and the birds visit on the feeders.  The squirrels romp on the railing and I’m very entertained!  The other half of the room is Peter’s office where he works on his computers and builds harpsichords.

I have a U shaped arrangement in my half of the long room where I work with various materials in different areas.  It gets a little crowded if I don’t clean up often!

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

Balancing fun things to do with the doing of business (record keeping, inventory, etc) is often difficult and takes planning.  Some days I just want to play!

I also have a 4′ display space in a local art market and keeping the inventories separate from Etsy has been a learning experience.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Don’t expect instant success.  There is lots of competition and a method to succeeding.  Take some classes on SEO’s – I found Renee Christine’s to be most helpful (look her up online).  Also Marmalead.com is a good tool.  Be prepared to spend time getting to success.

Seeing and hearing from people around the world is fascinating and exciting.  Explore that with Etsy.

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

I love to read mystery novels and occasionally practice the keyboard.  I’m an avid birder, love my bearded dragon and take daily walks.

In the evenings Peter and I listen to classical music with a glass of wine and a fire in the fireplace in winter. Our cabin in the woods feels like a vacation home!   Actually I love being retired.

What is your favorite quote?

“Don’t be afraid to go where you’ve never gone before or do what you’ve never done.  Because both are necessary to have what you have never had or be who you’ve never been.”  The Universe

Where can people find out more about your business?

www.lindabrittdesign.etsy.com
www.lindabrittdesign.com
www.lindabrittdesign.blogspot.com
www.facebook.com/lindabrittdesign

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Finding something that I love doing whether I sell it or not was my key to success.

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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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Show Us Your Workspace: Butterflykilns

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

Today we visit the workspace of Carolyn T from Butterflykilns who creates beautiful  ceramic  home decor  and pottery tablewares.

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

Hi, I’m Carolyn and I’ve been designing unique ceramics on Etsy since 2012. I have been off and on Etsy for a while, as I have moved around so much within the last 4 years! The challenge was shipping all my ceramics and kiln from Virginia, to California, and now living in Idaho! Most of my inspiration starts flipping through Wayfair catalogs, trips to Pier 1 and patterns in nature. I like experimenting with different patterns and contrasting colors on ceramic pieces. I see them as a blank canvas waiting to happen! From there, the creative magic happens in my small workspace in the garage; it’s a bit messy and challenging since my husband also likes to do welding and car renovations.

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Butterflykilns

#CIJPopUpMarket #1 – AnniMaesCollectibles

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

#CIJPopUpMarket #1 Shop – AnniMae from AnniMaesCollectibles

AnniMaesCollectibles

AnniMaesCollectibles

1. What is name of your shop and what is unique about your shop?

My shop is AnniMae’s, which is actually short for the longer version started online over 16 years ago – AnniMae’s Emu Egg Collectibles. I started online in early 2000 with a website of that name to showcase my decorated eggs that I was doing at the time – ostrich, emu, finch, quail, goose and duck eggs made into dioramas, jewelry boxes and necklaces. What is left of those creations is now in my shop, along with vintage collectibles and jewelry, handmade jewelry, my canvas artwork and my latest interest in sawblade painting. I occasionally have supplies available too.

2. What is your favorite July activity where you live?

Getting together with family around good food, lots of love and a swimming pool!

3. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

Greece and Italy! I LOVE the counryside of these areas and the architecture.

4. Who do you most admire in life?

The beauty in nature and all the living creatures, big and small.

5. What is a skill you’d like to learn and why?

I think making jewelry from scratch with precious metals and gems, especially learning about and how to use gems in jewelry.

6. What are your social media sites?

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/annimae9
Facebook: www.facebook.com/AnniMae9
Twitter: twitter.com/annimae9

Vintage Old Garden Roses

Contributor post by Catherine from DesignsbyCnC

Roses, which have been enjoyed for thousands of years, have a rather long history.   Rose cultivation dates back to Greek and Roman times, and many varieties are descendants from ancient garden plants in China, Persia or Turkey.

Roses are divided into different categories, one of which is the vintage Old Garden Roses.  Old Garden Roses were popular prior to the 20th Century.  Predating 1867, a true Old Garden Rose is a tough, durable shrub that has stood the test of time.  Many are considerably more fragrant than their modern counterparts.  Most (but not all) are once blooming, and would be used in the landscape similar to a Lilac or Hydrangea.

Like my grandfather and father before me, the rose has always been my favorite flower.  I have fond memories of sunny summer afternoons spent outside on my grandfather’s porch surrounded by fragrant roses cascading from the trellises all around.  Many happy moments were spent with my father while he worked in our beautiful rose garden at home.

Anticipating the upcoming blooms of spring, I asked my fellow teammates of the Christmas In July Team to share items from their shops which feature vintage Old Garden Roses.

Valerie Brown from FirepanJewellery said,  I am  inspired by the Antique roses grown in my garden. I grow many different varieties, including Jacobite rose (Rosa alba), Queen of the musks, and Apothecary rose (Rosa gallica). They are varying shades of pink – so this lovely carved rose necklace is an homage to them.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/226831103/spring-rose-necklace-carved-rose-quartz?ref=teams_post

Spring Rose Necklace

 

Evelyn and Lucy from artsyEVE explained,  for our house shaped pillows, we used a colorful vintage rose pattern for the rooftops.  

https://www.etsy.com/listing/225108840/house-shaped-pillows-tooth-fairy-pillows?ref=teams_post

House Shaped Pillows

 

Lisa Neal Behrens from sparkklejar says,  this trio of Mason jars features vintage rose images replicated onto decals. It adds a pretty cottage flair to the freezer jar caps on old jars.

www.etsy.com/listing/222324726/3-vintage-pint-ball-mason-freezer-ja...

Vintage Pint Ball Mason Freeze Jars

 

Tetiana from DiMaryboutique shared, this beautiful crocheted baby dress and hat feature a delicate soft pink vintage roses.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/236540629/crochet-handmade-baby-dress-and-hat?ref=teams_post

Crochet Handmade Baby Dress and Hat

Show Us Your Workspace – Bijou Chantale Gelinas

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

Today we start our regular “Show us your Studio” blog feature, and we are beginning with fellow team member Chantale Gélinas from BijouChantaleGelinas who makes gorgeous stainless steel and hand painted resin jewelry.

Chantale  creates all of her resin in her garage and builds the jewelry components on her kitchen table to be close to her family.

Here’s a shot of Chantale in action

UntitledFor a chance to be featured on both the team Instagram account and this blog become a member of the  Etsy Christmas in July team and check out the Show us your Workspace thread.

#CIJPopUpMarket #2 – Gypsymoondesigns

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

#CIJPopUpMarket #2 – Gypsymoondesigns

Gypsymoondesigns

Gypsymoondesigns

1. What is the name of your shop and what is unique about your shop?

Gypsy Moon Designs creates handmade jewelry with a bohemian flair.

2. Where do you live and how does where you live influence your creativity?

Living in rural Montana I am influenced by its rustic nature. I patina metal to give my jewelry that same rustic feel as my environment.

3. What is it about having your own business that you love? 

I love being my own boss and the master of my domain! (A little Seinfeld thrown in there!)

4. What is your greatest business achievement?

I have been wholesaling my jewelry to many gift shops around the state of Montana. This July and October my jewelry will be published in two magazines!

5. How would you like to see your business evolve?

I am working on growing the wholesale part of my business.

6. What are your social media sites?

Facebook: www.facebook.com/GypsyMoonDesigns

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/gypsymoondesign/

Twitter: twitter.com/gypsymoondesign

Google +: plus.google.com/+JulieBurns