Member Feature: TiffanyTwists

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Tiffany of TiffanyTwists, our featured member!

TiffanyTwists

TiffanyTwists

Tell us about yourself.

30 something. I work with adults with disabilities for my day job and make jewelry to relax.

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

2014, Girlfriend encouraged me after I ran out of people to gift my items to!

Tell us a bit about your products.

Great gifts! Hand stamped, wire wrapped, something for everyone.3

What inspires your work?           

Nature, Family, Love, Pets, Charity.

Those are my inspiration my motivation, my goals, my life.

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

Continuing, growing, making  pretty things that people love. I have exceeded all goals.

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

My customer service, my speed, my charitable giving.2

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

I have a small room in my home that I have converted to a studio, though I much prefer working outside at my picnic table with my pets and the sunshine.

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

The whole first year I had no idea what I was doing, so I just wish I had been more prepared.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

It is a lot of work, it is not a get rich quick scheme, but it can be a huge blessing.1

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

Hiking and spending time with my pets, I am also active in my community.

What is your favorite quote?

I like “She believed she could and so she did”.

Where can people find out more about your business?  

Instagram: @tiffanytwists4

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Member Feature: LaSouciqueStudio

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Kimberly of LaSouciqueStudio, our featured member!

LaSouciqueStudio

LaSouciqueStudio

Tell us about yourself.

I am a silver and freshly-trained goldsmith having apprenticed here in the USA and in the UK Channel Islands of Guernsey. Up until deciding to take the artistry route, I was working in Offshore Trust Fund Management where I managed portfolios for Argentinian and Russian millionaire and billionaires. The job nearly broke my spirit, and if not for metalsmithing, I’m not sure what sort of mental state I would be in at the moment!img_1195

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

I will celebrate our one-year anniversary on March 1st, 2017 and did not think very much about silversmithing as a full-time career until I was selected as an Emerging Artist in the Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts in Tampa which is a juried art festival that brings the country’s best artists. It was a springboard into full-time artistry that I’ll be forever grateful to be a part of.

La Soucique is Guernsey French, which is a latin patois spoken only by 4-500 people today. My husband’s family’s home was named, “La Soucique”, which means a timeless sense of style.img_1460

Tell us a bit about your products.

While living on the island of Guernsey, I would walk the often-lonely beaches and pick up sea glass – I had never seen a piece before and we would get an ice cream bucket full in 20 minutes! So, I had jars of it sitting around and when I came to bezel setting, rather than using expensive stones I began setting seaglass. After all, if I mucked it up, it was free. Guernsey is notoriously difficult to ship to so stones were extortionately priced (even Amazon won’t ship and you cannot get an iTunes account to save your life!). I came to find how lovely seaglass glowed when set in sterling and it is still my favorite setting.

We’ve island hopped since moving to Guernsey from Kentucky; to Guernsey then to Tybee Island (Savannah, GA), and now we live in Amelia Island, Florida. There has been no shortage of inspiration – but there is not much sea glass to be found, sadly! I rely on a lot of friends and through art shows, I’ve been able to pick through many clients’ gorgeous seaglass collections.img_1538-1

What inspires your work?           

The sea, absolutely. And the glass that it tumbles. Seaglass represents a journey of transformation, where your past doesn’t decide your future. It’s lived so many lifetimes! If only it could tell us its story… what once was clear and fragile is now strong with a certain patina, like the change from childhood to adulthood.

And reading. In fact, if you’ve never read, “Gift from the Sea” by Anne Morrow Lindbergh, you ought to. Written in the 1950’s, its still especially applicable today.img_1603-1

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

Slow and steady wins the race. I feel that so many jewelry artists are hungry to get hundreds of wholesale accounts but I cannot fathom what kind of quality of life that would bring. I feel that doubling my annual sales is a fair goal, which with two daughters under 8, I think is a brilliant move. Dreams are another thing! I dream of financial independence and having an income stream that is wholly my own to rely upon.img_1327

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

Flexibility and being innovative. It seems that the larger you are, the less time you have to create new work which I absolutely need. I change gears quite a lot in the day, so it’s been a challenge to focus on collections but I’m working on that.img_1372

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

Yes – a simple one just in our home. I took the plunge and bought a flex shaft which has changed my world. I still rely upon my trusty creme brûlée torch, though!img_6639

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

I believe that university business classes and in my case, communications classes, do not prepare you for sole proprietorship but merely to serve a corporation. I wish that I had known more about the freedoms of owning my own business which I wish now that I had began before having children!img_1621

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Etsy is a fantastic springboard as well, to get your work out there and to offer it for sale. It can be harrowing, at times! My first Etsy sale was quite traumatic, which made me almost quit the platform altogether. But we stuck it out. And sometimes, selling a piece is like saying goodbye to an old friend, but when you see someone happy with a piece which are gifts in many cases. That is brilliant to get those happy messages.13087086_10103427582060000_3344178603281378313_o

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

We head to the beach here in Amelia Island. Peter’s Point is my favorite and Black Rock beach is fabulous, or to Hanna Park in Jacksonville (where I find 5 pieces of sea glass per hour, on average)! I read a lot and watch a lot of movies.la-soucique-portfolio

What is your favorite quote?

“The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. To dig for treasures shows not only impatience and greed, but lack of faith. Patience, patience, patience, is what the sea teaches. Patience and faith. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach – waiting for a gift from the sea.” — Anne Morrow Lindberghfolk-sons-2

Where can people find out more about your business?  

We’ve launched our own website with an Etsy shop link – www.LaSouciqueStudio.com and can be found in four locations.img_9791-1

Facebook: La Soucique Studio

Instagram: La_Soucique_Studio

Pinterest: Kimbery Hanna Wallis

 Is there anything else you’d like to share?

I am a staunch believer in Community over Competition so if anyone has any questions, even about techniques or processes, please reach out. We’re all in this together – thank you again for the feature!img_9479-1

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Member Feature: SimplyLifeHandmade

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Sveta of SimplyLifeHandmade, our featured member!

SimplyLifeHandmade

SimplyLifeHandmade

Tell us about yourself.

Hello everyone!

My name is Sveta. I`m Russian, 42 years old. Almost 3 years live in Istanbul, Turkey with my family and have 4 years old son.

I graduated from Moscow State Academy of Light Industry, like engineer-technologist of light industry (textile). Many years worked like in garment companies in Russia, after worked like head of production department in advertising company, purchasing POS materials, OEM products from all over the world, mostly from China. I traveled for business a lot all around China during 5 years and learned many about all kinds of productions (glass, ceramic, textile, cosmetic bags, sport equipment, daily use and cosmetic products).

I love my family, my native country and my friends.img_4725-1

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

I opened my small business in 2013 when my son was born. Maternity vocation let me create different ideas for  handmade items, sewing and knitting,  which I dreamed during my long years job, but always didn’t have enough time for it.

I started to sell my ideas first through Russian web-site for handmade products.

After moving to Turkey I looked for opportunity to continue my small handmade business and in October 2014 joined Etsy. I was lucky to find fashion trendy giant merino yarn here. Having wide experience in sells and purchases in past I easily started new business.img_1790-jpg-1

Tell us a bit about your products.

I really love the yarn I sell and the items:  scarves, hats, pet beds, etc. But the most favorite are blankets…OMG! They are the most luxury in the world! I enjoy touching yarn during knitting, enjoy creating them and all the time think about customers how they will enjoy it too. Yarn is very soft, warm, Australian wool is the best in the world.

Giant yarn is unique: merino wool (hypoallergenic wool, acceptable even for newborns) have 3% elastane to keep yarns shape. I’ve never met any other Giant yarn with elastane.img_1651-jpg-1-jpg-1

What inspires your work?           

My customers inspires my work, their warm reviews and repeated orders from the same people. It means I did my job proper and this is the biggest inspiration.

Of course I’m looking through all fashion trends, colors, collections, ideas and trying to adopt them to my yarn.base4pkxljs

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

I’m planning to place free of charge patterns in Raverly, and create some patterns for sell.

My dream is my business bring me satisfaction and enough money. This year because of range system changing I wasn’t so successful with Etsy but it’s just motivation to grow up and became better and better.fullsizerender-18-jpg-1

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

Giant wool with elastane – thanks designers who created it, to keep yarn shape and as a result – to keep products shape from big stretching.img_3567-jpg-1

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

I don’t have separate studio, but I have nice seaside view.img_5715-%d0%ba%d0%be%d0%bf%d0%b8%d1%8f

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

I learned many about business development in Etsy, Instagram, other sites. I learned how to take photos and improve them (still study), and many programs helping to follow up business. I have met many interesting accounts and really talented people making excellent job.img_5217

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Never give up! It’s job, not much easier than in office, sometimes non-stop. You will be boss, and only you will be responsible for sells. Good luck!fullsizerender-7

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

I like sports, swimming, long walks with my family along Bosphorus, like go to cinema, reading detectives, and being with friends.img_4331-%d0%ba%d0%be%d0%bf%d0%b8%d1%8f-jpg-1

What is your favorite quote?

Never give up!fullsizerender-4

Where can people find out more about your business?  

You can follow news from shop:
Intagram: @simplylifehm
Facebook: SimplyLife888
Twitter: @SimplyLifeHM
Pinterest: SimplyLifeHandmadea5277e671b8bb8086345feb8f74519f374c2b5ceb8f18b5bf5pimgpsh_fullsize_distr

 Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Thank you for your attention!img_2046

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Welcome May New Team Members

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

Join us in welcoming new members that joined during May …. visit their Etsy shops, favourite some items and maybe even share some on social media!

Dorota from YORNAMENTS says

Hi Everyone , My name is Dorota and I am thrilled to join this team.
I did join in April actually… but did not have a chance to introduce myself yet. So.. here I am in May.
I am fairly new to Etsy – started my shop last November with so many ideas, but so little time. I think this is everyone’s challenge here.
This July will be my first “Christmas in July” event. I am very eager to learn what to expect and will be very thankful for all your pointers.
My passion is to “play” with beautiful fabrics, felt and various embellishments to create unique ornaments.
Here is an example `- The family of cats – “coordinated, colorful and happy”. They can be personalized too.

family ornaments,cat ornaments

Hi! My name is Przemila (rz reads like ch) – Many people ask how it is possible to read so many consonants together  I am a painter and I offer paintings in my shop. My favorite topics are animals and flowers. I’m crazy for dogs and horses but cats are often guests at me too
I also make funny clocks.

Thank you for your very warm welcome on the team. Very glad I joined.

Custom dog portrait

silverrovadesign0308 from SilverRovaDesign says

Hello All!
Silver Rova Design is named after the street where we live. But the story is actually more than just that. In Dec 2015 my wife and I had a catastrophic house fire resulting a total loss of the house and items inside. For the last year and a half we have been rebuilding back to what it once was. We would out that all of the wood was being thrown right into the local dump. Some of it was not affected by the fire or smoke but still was destined to the dump. My wife and I started using that wood to make into art. Our first pieces were from our actual house! Anyways now we have moved back in and started using any reclaimed wood we can find locally. From the ashes Silver Rova has risen!

Industrial shelves

Welcome New Team Members!

Member Feature: TraditionalDyeWorks

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Fatima of TraditionalDyeWorks, our featured member!

TraditionalDyeWorks

TraditionalDyeWorks

Tell us about yourself.

I’m Fatima and although I was born in Portugal I’ve lived in England for over a quarter of a century. After originally qualifying as a chemical engineer I worked for many years on software development. A few years ago I felt I needed a break to do the things I have always loved to do, although it looks like it is becoming permanent!

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

I have a friend who sells natural dyes and who first told me about them. When I started using them to dye fabric and yarn as a hobby, I was totally won over by the beauty and depth of the colours.

There is a growing interest in natural dyes and some years ago I looked at selling naturally dyed products and created my first website, added a Facebook page at the end of 2013, and in 2015 I finally opened my Etsy shop.3-p1070236_50

Tell us a bit about your products.

I started out by dyeing ready-made “blanks” (such as white silk scarves) and yarn with natural dyes.  As time went by, I started sewing my own products. That gives me greater flexibility and enables me to upcycle garments which also helps to preserve our valuable resources.

I often dye silk fabric to make silk scarves and I’m currently finishing sewing an organza patchwork scarf which was printed with onion skins. I have also recently started to make bags from scratch, which I love and I’ll soon be adding cushion covers and men’s ties to my shop.

I do everything myself, from dyeing in my kitchen, to sewing, to taking the photos and posting on Facebook and Instagram. It really is all about saucepans and sewing machines! I feel truly honoured when people buy something I dyed or made.4-p1080393_70

What inspires your work?           

For my dyed products the inspiration mostly comes from nature but I don’t normally start knowing exactly what the finished item will be! Rather, I adjust the design until I get the right feeling from the piece I am doing (for example,  shades of green to reflect the sea in Portugal on a winter’s day).

Natural dyes and prints respond beautifully to “over-dyeing”. So, I start by dyeing a scarf in a certain colour. If for example the colour is not deep enough, I give it another bath.5-p1080582_1_60

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

I will always work on a small scale. My main goal is to increase sales to the point where it becomes a viable full-time business, my other goal is also to inspire people to learn about natural dyeing, try it, and have fun.6-p1070630_3_70

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

We all create products according to our personal taste, I just hope people will like my own designs and sense of fashion enough to buy!

I am constantly re-evaluating my methods and materials and thinking about how I can make them more eco-friendly. I’m increasingly moving towards recycling materials wherever possible, using local plants and home-prepared dyes. I’m also just starting to try sourcing organic fabrics.7-p1080232_70

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

I have a small room which I use mostly for storage.

I dye in my kitchen and normally work on the breakfast room table next to the kitchen. We will hopefully be moving to a larger house soon and my dream is to have a dedicated dyery and a huge work table!8-p1080267_1

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

The power of pictures. After a slow start in 2015 I asked for help on Etsy groups on Facebook and was kindly advised to look again at my pictures. It took me a while to re-take them but I started to get more sales after that.

I’ve also learned to be methodical. I need to get better but I am trying to post on my Facebook page, share the post, and post on Instagram as regularly as possible. I have had sales coming directly from my FB page.9-p1060715_1

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Do not lose heart! Most businesses take a while to build.

Make sure your photos are yummy just to look at.

Ask for help in Etsy groups and do the changes they suggest.

Every week, take a look at your pictures, titles and tags and decide which ones need improvement.

Decide which social media suit you best and build up an interested audience.

Be patient!10-p1080448_1_60

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

I love the English countryside in all seasons. Going for a walk with my camera – and maybe stopping for good pub food – is something I always look forward to.11-p1060883_50

What is your favorite quote?

“Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.” – Henry James12-p1060575_1

Where can people find out more about your business?

Etsy
TraditionalDyeWorks

Facebook
TraditionalDyeWorks

Instagram
traditionaldyeworks

Website (needs updating!)
traditionaldyeworks

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Show Us Your Workspace – LMHolidayCreations

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

Today we visit the workspace of Letecia from LMHolidayCreations who makes beautiful Wreaths and Garland for the holidays…  Please visit her shop and favourite some items, maybe even buy something!!

Here’s what she says about her workspace:

Hello everyone! I work in a storage room located in the lower level of my home. The room is unfinished, no drywall and flooring, but is the perfect space for creating my wreaths and garlands.

Member Feature: katrinreifeiss

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Katrin of katrinreifeiss, our featured member!

katrinreifeiss

katrinreifeiss

Tell us about yourself.

Katrin Reifeiss is a Beacon, NY based designer and artist who owns and operates her namesake collection of hand-dyed clothing and home goods. Influenced by her love of travel and painting, and the inspiration she finds in her happy place the beach, Katrin creates textile designs using Japanese Shibori and other dye techniques in her upstate NY studio. Specializing in Shibori Katrin takes the traditional Shibori techniques and re-creates them into modern patterns. As a designer it is her goal to create timeless designs, often of simple shapes to best feature the beauty of the hand-dyed fabric. Katrin creates for those that appreciate the time and effort that goes into each creation, focusing on craftsmanship and creativity, as her pieces are not meant to be disposed of after one season. All items are designed and manufactured in the USA and using when possible materials made in the USA. In addition to creating her own designs she teaches Japanese Shibori at Garrison Art Center and has taught at Beacon Art Studio, the Textile Arts Center in NYC and at organizations such as the Japan Society in Manhattan.fullsizerender

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

I opened my business in 2008 while working full-time. I decided that being financially stable with a day job, it could fuel my passion of creating hand-dyed clothing and textiles. I also have a very understanding husband who understood that nights after work and sometimes weekends I would go straight from my day job to my studio. In 2014 my position moved to another state so it was the perfect opportunity to work full-time on my passion. Now I am a mom and balancing work and motherhood has been difficult but terribly rewarding.photo-2

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What inspires your work?           

Mainly my happy place, the beach. When I dream of the beach I dream in blue and in effortless designs that can be worn from beach to street.screen-shot-2017-02-17-at-1-54-11-pm

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

I like to think my designs stand out from other businesses that also create pieces using Shibori by the way I dye my fabric and also what I create with my fabric. I believe that everyone has their own hand, way of dyeing fabric that becomes unique to that person.screen-shot-2017-02-17-at-1-53-52-pm

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

I am lucky, I have a studio in our house. The perfect set up for me and my son. Eventually in the future I would like to have a bigger studio outside the house but right now I am happy!screen-shot-2017-02-17-at-1-40-25-pm

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

I now have a great list of suppliers for fabric, notions and other goods but when I first started out I should have done more research about finding the best suppliers for my needs.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Take great photos, can not stress that enough. I had not so great photos at one point, I think I can always improve on them but lighting I think along with background are the two most important things for a good photo.

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

Taking walks with my son. Love having my studio in my house but also it is in the house! So I like to get out often. Luckily we live within decent walking distance from town and are surrounded by trails and public parks which are also easy to get to.  Getting out the house is important for the exercise and just to clear my mind. Other hobbies include cooking, especially now that we have a kitchen that doesn’t just fit one person like our Brooklyn apartment did.screen-shot-2017-02-17-at-1-58-48-pm

What is your favorite quote?

h there are lots but a recent one is – When you buy from a small business an actual person does a happy dance.

Where can people find out more about your business?  

I often have a lot of information on instagram – @katrinreifeiss or on my website www.katrinreifeiss.com.

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