Member Feature: Nemezinda

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Please join us in welcoming Betti of Nemezinda, our featured member!

Nemezinda

Tell us about yourself.

My name is Betti Horvath and I am the owner of my one-person enterprise, named NEMEZINDA.
I have three children and we live in a village very close to Budapest. The philosophy of Waldorf pedagogy stands close to is, so we enrolled all of our children to the closest Waldorf school.
I have a MSc degree of Chemical Engineering, but I have always been love with art crafting since my childhood. I worked 6 years in a Pharmaceutical Company till my first son was born. He was born with cleft palate, which was operated successfully at his age of 9 months, and I decided to stay at home with him and his younger brother. When they started the kindergarten I met the wet felting craft. This felting hobby became so serious, that I finished a 2-years-long felting course at the Heritage House of Hungary. There I studied a lot about the historical, social, traditional background of the felting craft.

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

The first scene was Etsy’s marketplace where I showed my felted items. I opened my first Etsy shop (former name FeltedbyBetti), Nemezinda, in 2015.
The first product was made for Valentine day, felted hearts and bowls integrated with red sequins. While I was waiting for my first sale I changed the profile of my shop: I left the sequins and found a niche market: felted playmats, playscapes in 3 dimensions. So trunks, small hills, flowers, volcanoes were growing on the play mats inspired by the nature and mainly by my daughter. Meanwhile we moved to abroad and being on Etsy helped me to continue my work.
I chose Etsy’s Marketplace, because it is international, easy to use and the fees are affordable. The international delivery of my felted items is not difficult, because they are light, non fragile items.

Tell us a bit about your products.

All of my products are handmade by the wet felting technique by me. I offer different types and sizes of playscapes, playmats in the Nemezinda shop. The size of the smaller ones is similar to an adult’s palm, the largest is 24”x24” /60cmx60cm. They are great for playing, for storytelling or for a season table. Usually my customers buy them for birthdays of age of 1 to 6. My daughter, who is 8, still loves to play with them. I also offer felted fairies, gnomes and elves to complete these playscapes.
I opened my second shop, called BohoNemezinda, in 2018, where I offer colourful, boho, nunofelted scarves, flowers and accessories.

What inspires your work?

My main inspirers are the Mother Nature, my daughter, Sophie, and my customers.
I am amazed by the colours, forms, plants and animals of our planet. It is inspires me everywhere I go, every season I live.
I love to see children playing on the playscapes and they always have great ideas for stories as well as for new designs.
The most popular playmats were originally custom orders from my enthusiastic customers. I love to felt their dreams!

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

This year I would like to launch the playmats into my local, Hungarian market, meanwhile to increase the international sales via Etsy. My goal is to get steady sales and make my customers happy.

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

There are two main types of felting: wet felting and needle felting.
The needle felting technique is very popular in the western European countries and USA, it results in very nice, detailed items, however they can usually serve as decorations.
Wet felting technique originates in Middle Asia where it was mainly used to make felted blankets and rugs. Wet felted items have strong, durable, washable texture, they last long. That is why I use this traditional felting method to create the playmates, playscapes. They are also stands out with their 3D elements, like hollow caves, trunks, trees and flowers.

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

Fortunately I can use the largest room in our house as a felting studio. I bought 4 second-hand large desks and now there is enough space for the wet felting work, for the dry work (mainly embroidery), for stocking of the materials and also for photography. I used to make wet felting courses here for 4-6 students.

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

I knew that good photos are essentials for online selling, but I needed time to realize what it means a really good photo. My husband’s hobby was photography, so I have a good Nikon camera for this purpose.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

If you sell outside the USA, which is I think the main market of Etsy, you have to find a niche market and offer a unique product at excellent quality on it. Usually people prefer the local market, so you have to stand out to get their attention.
I think that natural, environment friendly, eco are the future’s tags, so maybe it worth to develop products with these qualities.

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

Sports and travelling. I love running in the forest and travel to the sea. We lived one year on the tiny island of Malta in the Mediterranean Sea and we usually return there.

What is your favorite quote?

“Creativity takes courage” – Henry Matisse

Where can people find out more about your business?

I started a blog several years ago: nemezinda.blogspot.com
I use Instagram and Facebook page as Nemezinda, although I should be posting more regular.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

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Member Feature: Elliot’s Playground

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Please join us in welcoming Clara of Elliot’s Playground, our featured member!

Elliot’s Playground

Tell us about yourself.

I’m a Florida native who moved to Chicago to escape the heat.  After ten years of designing costumes for local theater and film, working in an artist collective and waiting tables in the Windy City I met and fell in love with my Australian husband. I was lucky enough to move to Melbourne and have completely fallen for this country especially the flora and fauna, extra especially Koalas. I have two little humans and a fluffy pup who I love to get messy with but I’m not so great at the clean up afterwards part.

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

I opened my Etsy store back in 2012 after I had illustrated a few children’s books. I wanted to sell art prints which garnered sporadic interest but nothing substantial. I kind of let the store lapse until 2 years ago. When my daughter was born I made her this little felt pixie hat. My mom was visiting and asked me if I would like her to jazz it up a bit with some embroidery. I loved what she did and asked her to show me how the stitches. That was it. I was hooked. I watched every YouTube video I could find on embroidery stitches and started making ornaments. It’s been pretty amazing. I mean building up a “following” is a slow process but the support has been great. I am a Christmas nut so being able to make something that someone can display on their tree of in their home is really meaningful to me.

Tell us a bit about your products.

I still offer personalized illustrations for children but mostly my shop centers around Christmas ornaments. My ornaments are all hand sewn and embroidered. They are made with wool felt and mostly DMC floss. They are plushy, toy like and kind of big. But I love BIG Christmas ornaments.

What inspires your work?

Australia for sure! The birds are a big one. I get lots of custom requests for birds and have certainly learned about lots of new species. My Norwegian ancestry is another. Who wouldn’t want to make gnomes? I also love all the Christmas time traditions from around the world. We take the kids to see St Nicholas and his friend Krampus every year at the Austrian Club. My cute version of Krampus is one of my best sellers. The other one that was a surprise hit is my Tardigrade. I love Tardigrades! My husband saw it and asked “who in the world will want that?” My first one sold within an hour of listing to a microbiologist who has a microbiology themed Christmas tree. Another one sold as a present for a girl who had studied Tardigrades as a research project. It’s cool when you connect with people who share you funny interests!!

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

I’m really working on making more patterns. To be honest sitting in front of a computer is not nearly as much fun as making an actual craft but I love being a small part of other people’s creative process. A friend of mine used some of my patterns to make ornaments for all of the grandparents. Her husband and the kids all got involved and embroidered together. I love that!  Another upside is the selling a digital download is easy peasy! There’s no work to be done after the sale.

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

I try to make things that aren’t super typical. I mean I still love to make snowmen and reindeer but also like to throw in an Axolotl or Leafy Seadragon to mix it up. I am 100% NOT the most talented hand embroiderer on the planet but I do take a lot of pride in my work. I want these items to last a long time so I do my best to deliver the highest quality work I can. I also like to personalize items for people with names or dates.

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

Ha! My family wishes I did. That would cut down on the felt and floss scraps all over the house. I have pretty much taken over the dining room as my craft supply room but do most of my actual work in the living room while hanging out with my two-year old. I wish I could show you a cute, quirky little working space but it’s more like badly organised chaos.

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

Don’t compare yourself negatively to people who have been doing this for years! Learn from them. There are some amazing ornament and pattern makers out there. I read their blogs and follow their work. It’s good to see what kinds of themes people are drawn to.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Give it a go!!! It’s a small amount of money to try to if nothing else it will be a good learning process. I honestly really thought I would be totally concentrating on illustrations but couldn’t have been more wrong! The embroidered felt ornaments have really been the ticket. It’s great because I absolutely love making them!!

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

Does trash TV count? Haha! I love to go on Sunday drives to different country towns near Melbourne. I love being in and around water. I used to read all the time but that’s a bit hard to squeeze in with the rugrats but a good book is still one of my all time favorite things in the world.

What is your favorite quote?

“It’s best not to be too moral. You cheat yourself out of too much life.” ~ Maude from “Harold and Maude”

Where can people find out more about your business?

I have a blog that I need to update more than I do!
elliottsplayground.blogspot.com

And on Instagram @elliottsplayground

I also have a Pattern website that has all my offerings. Starting 1 December my shop is only on Pattern,while I am making all holiday orders.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

$1 from every sale I make in my Etsy store goes to the Save the Koala Fund.

Thanks for letting me talk about myself and share my work!!

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Member Feature: Jhoomka

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Please join us in welcoming Geneviere of Jhoomka, our featured member!

Jhoomka

Tell us about yourself.

I’m a bit of a gypsy, was born and raised in South Africa, spent ten years in Canada and now I live in beautiful Australia. I’ve traveled quite a bit too. I’m a mom and I have my chef qualifications. I started Jhoomka to stay at home with my little one.

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

I opened my business 2 years ago and in the beginning it was more of a hobby but I have been working really hard on making it grow and I am now a mom so I work from home to spend time with my little one.

Tell us a bit about your products.

I make earrings upcycled from doily cloths. Sustainable fashion at its brightest! I paint and stiffen the earrings to make them bright and firm. The doilies are light and bright and unique. I also make glass bead earrings from beads I have found at op shops and in my travels as well as felt ball earrings.

What inspires your work?

Nature in all its glorious colors.

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

My goal is to keep growing until this becomes my full-time job!

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

My earrings are bright and bold and pretty unique.

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

I have a space set up in the sunroom of my house. It’s the best as it gets lots of natural light.

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

I have learnt a lot along the way! Its been such an incredible journey so far! I don’t think there is anything I’d wished I’d known beforehand.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Concentrate on your SEO and join a support group! They help a lot!

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

I love to walk, read and ride horses.

What is your favorite quote?

My favorite quote is by Bob Marley
“Love the life you live, Live the life you love ”

Where can people find out more about your business?

You can find me on instagram @jhoomka or on Facebook myjhoomka.

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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.

International Seasons: DesignsbyCristal – #CIJSeasons

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Fall Is The Favorite Season Of Cristal From DesignsbyCristal

DesignsbyCristal

 1. What is your favorite season and why?

Fall is my favorite season. I love fall because after the hot and humid summers in GA this cool and crisp weather is a welcome feeling. I also love the fall because I can visit Stone Mountain Park or any of the mountains to see the beautiful colors in different hues of red, yellow and orange from all the trees changing.
There is one mountain my kids and I walk up called Kennesaw Mountain National Park and you can stand on top of the look out station and view all the beautiful colors for miles and miles with the city of Atlanta in the backdrop!

2. What season is it now where you live? Have you seen a visible sign of the season changing?

Right now in GA we are still in the summer season. Although in 12 days Fall is supposed to start but with 91 degree temps expected over the next 10 days it would be hard to tell. The only thing that tells me Fall is upon us is the morning sun is coming up earlier than before and a few mornings have been kind of cool which I love.

3. What item in your shop represents your favorite season and the story behind it?

This dog bandana is one of my items that represents the fall for me. In GA everybody seems to love this season as you can see many places already putting out their decor. I have friends who are even decorating the inside of their homes with fall decor! I can’t wait to start driving around neighborhoods to see their beautiful fall displays of pumpkins, hay,scarecrows and all the pretty foliage that represents our fall season.

4. What seasonal traditions are celebrated in your part of the world? 

In GA we celebrate with fall/harvest festivals every single weekend!! You will find them at churches, parks, and even quite a few farms. I attend about 3 or 4 as a vendor and get my booth dressed up in fall decor to go along with the warm atmosphere. The others we just go as a family to enjoy all the festivities each one has to offer.

5. What are your social media sites?

INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/creativedesignsbycristal
FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/creativedesignsbycristal
TWITTER: www.twitter.com/dsignsbycristal
PINTEREST: www.pinterest.com/dsignsbycristal

International Seasons: ZenCatPottery – #CIJSeasons

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Summer Is The Favorite Season Of Margie From ZenCatPottery

ZenCatPottery

1. What is your favorite season and why?

Summer! I grew up in S. California and love the beach and warm weather. Flip flops are my favorite footwear. I dislike wearing a lot of clothing and being cold!

2. What season is it now where you live? Have you seen a visible sign of the season changing?

It is still summer, but things are beginning to move into Fall. The nights are getting colder and the days are getting shorter. The other day, I saw a tree whose leaves were beginning to change! It made me sad, but the person I was with was very happy (she loves Fall)!

3. What item in your shop represents your favorite season and the story behind it?

The Lemon Yellow Fruit Juicer in my shop represents summer. It is bright and cheerful. It can be used to make lemonade in the summer. Growing up we had a lemon tree in our back yard. During the summer, it was always full of lemons. My mom used to make pitchers of lemonade for us to drink on hot Los Angeles summer days!

This juicer can be used all year round to squeeze lemons, oranges and limes.

4. What seasonal traditions are celebrated in your part of the world? 

I live in the mountains of northern New Mexico. Summer here is filled with outdoor activities: hiking, camping,swimming,biking etc. But I sure do miss the beach!

5. What are your social media sites?

Twitter: twitter.com/ZenCatPottery
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/sarrao/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ZenCatPottery/
Instagram: www.instagram.com/zencatpottery/
Blog: zencatpottery.blogspot.com

Trending On Social – #CIJParty 2018

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

I am fascinated by trends. Are you? There are weather trends, work place trends, business trends, job trends, food trends, real estate trends, hair trends, fashion trends color trends and so on.

The definition of a trend is a general direction in which something is developing or changing. In college I took several classes on trends. I remember distinctly studying pre peak – peak – post peak timelines. I find trends intriguing. They pique my curiosity.

Trends unite us. Give us a common ground. A connecting point.

Today during the #CIJParty 2018 let’s discover what the team has trending on social media!

Follow The Etsy Christmas In July Team On Facebook

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Photos From The #CIJLovesJuly Photo Challenge – #CIJParty 2018

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

During the #EtsyCIJ 2018 event the Etsy Christmas In July team has been hosting a photo challenge.

Many team members shared their photo during day of the challenge. Please join us as we celebrate their photos!

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  1. CIJLovesJuly Photo Challenge 2018
  2. Emily from OrnamentationShoppe Instagram: ornamentationshoppe
  3. zizzybob from zizzybob Instagram: zizzybob
  4. Linda from LindaBrittDesign Instagram: brittdesign2
  5. Heather from MooseintheMint Instagram: mooseinthemint
  6. Cristal from DesignsbyCristal Instagram: Creativedesignsbycristal
  7. Alissa from PoppyAndPeonyDesigns Instagram: poppyandpeonydesigns
  8. Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter Twitter: TandTCrafter 
  9. Britney from LitByBrit Instagram: litbybritmelts

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  1. CIJLovesJuly Photo Challenge 2018
  2. Claudia Marie from ClaudiaMarieFelt Instagram: claudiamariefelt
  3. Rebecca from OrnamentsbyRebecca Instagram: ornaments_by_rebecca
  4. Judith from FabriArts Instagram: fabriarts
  5. Clara from elliottsplayground Instagram: elliottsplayground
  6. Diana from joliefemmebydiana Instagram: joliefemmebydiana
  7. Peggy from christmaskeepsakes Instagram: peggyrhuff
  8. Mairi from mairidesign Instagram: mairidesign1
  9. Judy from PiecesOfMePaperCraft Instagram: piecesofmepapercrafts

Thank you so much for joining us on our #CIJLovesJuly photo challenge!