Member Feature: chapelviewcrafts

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Cheryl of chapelviewcrafts, our featured member!

chapelviewcrafts

chapelviewcrafts

Tell us about yourself.

My name is Cheryl Cunliffe and I am the the owner, designer, maker and tea drinker at Chapel View Crafts. I have always liked food and started working with polymer clay 15 years ago and love recreating cakes and foods in miniature.

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

It started as a hobby making dollhouse miniature food which I still make to a lesser degree. As I grew in skills and confidence I then started selling on the internet. Since 2014 I have been selling on Etsy and this has allowed me to sell to people all over the world.

Tell us a bit about your products.

There is a strong food theme running through my products. Mainly cakes and biscuits made in polymer clay which are textured and then turned into jewellery, sewing accessories, planner accessories and other polymer clay gifts. I also continue to make dollhouse miniatures but the craft based items are my focus at the moment.

What inspires your work

Colour and texture tend to inspire my work. I love making something look like it could be picked up and eaten, I like looking in cake shops and bakeries and thinking that I could recreate that.

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

My goals for the business are for it to continue to grow, slowly adding to my product lines and being a success in what I do. This year I am actively taking part in some craft fairs to go out and meet people rather than selling over the internet and I hope this experience will give me ideas of where to take me in the future.

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

It’s the attention to detail I believe that make my products stand out. I spend a lot of time behind the scenes mixing clay, practicing techniques and improving my skills. I think my background as a miniaturist gives me an eye to look at the small things and be as accurate as I can in my reproductions.

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

I have two rooms in my home I use for work. One is a studio space and one is a storage and packing area. I am lucky that I have this space to work in, I can walk into the room in the morning to work and then shut the door when I am finished for the day.

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

Let customers help you decide the direction of your business. I started in one area food jewellery but in the past 6 months the business has started going in a different direction which came from a customer request and has proved one of my most popular items and sales to date. This new direction of needle minders and knitting charms is where my current focus lies but would never have thought of it before.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Read up on how etsy works in terms of search etc and then keep learning. Have fun customers on Etsy really appreciated the personal touch many sellers give as it’s not another auction site with massed produced items it is a collection of unique products made by unique people.

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

I knit and crochet and currently I am working on a cross stitch sampler.

What is your favorite quote?

I don’t really have a favourite quote but I have a favourite word – serendipity which means the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way, which describes my life perfectly.

Where can people find out more about your business?

Etsy – chapelviewcrafts
Etsy – chapelviewminiatures
Facebook – chapelviewcrafts
Instagram – chapelviewcrafts

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Member Feature: SovietWatches

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Alex of SovietWatches, our featured member!

SovietWatches

SovietWatches

Tell us about yourself.

My Mission : Give New Life To Vintage Watches.

We restore and repair watches and they keep their original form. My team has mastered the method of vintage watches restoration! We remove the top layer of the watch case and putting a layer of gold.

As a result – the new watch case, which will serve a long time. And the mechanism remains vintage.

I always loved mechanical watches, it is some kind of magic when one complicated mechanism
consists of many small parts and gears, which are working together.

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

I have collected watches for a while, but in 2012 I decided to open an Etsy shop. At first it was small, it was some kind of hobby for me. But step by step it grows and now my shop is my full time job.

Often watches which I find at flea markets are in very poor condition, but I think my mission is to help them keep alive, so in 2014 I opened another Etsy shop with restored vintage watches, and you are welcome to visit it!
TickTackShop

Tell us a bit about your products.

Vintage watches and clocks from USSR.

What inspires your work

Love to the technique.

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

Make my own trademark with unique stone watches.

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

I have a unique stone watches and a watch with a dial that is hand-painted.

Experience, a large assortment, a thorough check before shipping and the ability to return the order.

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

Yes.

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

About promotion.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Great place.

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

Yoga. Sauna.

What is your favorite quote?

Best is better.

Where can people find out more about your business?

Instagram: SovietWatches

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Member Feature: FlosCaeli

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Tsvetelina of FlosCaeli, our featured member!

FlosCaeli

FlosCaeli

Tell us about yourself.

My name is Tsvetelina Abadzhieva, I’m fro Bulgaria and I’m the founder of Flos Caeli Shop. After 2 months I’m finishing my bachelor’s degree of Fashion.

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

I made my Etsy shop the day after I turned 18 because of documents and stuff (6 years ago) but I participated in many craft fairs before that with my handmade accessories.

Tell us a bit about your products.

I make women accessories – headbands and makeup bags with colorful fabric designs and patterns that could not be passed by.

What inspires your work

It’s very different for what I’m making. If I’m designing clothes I like to go trough fashion magazines, trends for the next season, art galleries. If I’m making accessories for my shop the inspiration comes from colorful fabrics and I just go shopping.

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

I never thought that 6 years after I’ll have that many sales international;y and my headbands will be liked by that many people so it’s a dream come true right now. I wish to keep growing and make many more cool designs.

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

Hmm… maybe my major in fashion played a role in my taste because I think I know how to mix fabrics.

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

I’ve started by buying my first sewing machine all alone in school, I was working back then and sewing in all of my free time on my computer desk in my room. After that I had a special desk made to store all of my fabrics with shelves and now my 3 sewing machines in separate room.

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

I’ve learned so many things in the process about photographing, seo, photo editing and etc. but maybe I would be grateful if someone told me that “You have to make more to make more”.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Do not hesitate try it and maybe it will be your thing. If it is – it wil change your life and way of thinking.

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

My job is my hobby when I don’t make clothes I make accessories and I really like to travel it’s really inspiring and vital for me.

What is your favorite quote?

‘Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is Art.’ -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Where can people find out more about your business?

I have all social media stuff – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest but maybe I like most Instagram! Find me at floscaeli!

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Do not quit your dreams and keep working every single day!

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Member Feature: AsmaOriginal

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Asma of AsmaOriginal, our featured member!

AsmaOriginal

AsmaOriginal

Tell us about yourself.

I am Asma Syrian French living in Dubai, UAE with my husband and two daughters. I love to travel and  have visited more than 28 countries so far. I have studied business and worked as a financial analyst for over a year. Now I work as an illustrator full time which is my passion since forever.

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

I loved Etsy and the concept of selling handmade goods and just wanted to be part of it. I have opened my shop AsmaOriginal in 2013. It has been a pleasure making custom portraits since then.

Tell us a bit about your products.

I mostly make custom mixed-media travel portraits. The illustrations showcase all the cities a couple or a family have been to. I use a variety of art mediums such as watercolors, paper collage, glitter and fabric. Sometimes I even use unconventional materials like nail polish.

What inspires your work

Travel is definitely my inspiration. I love illustrating the famous landmarks from around the world and I got to explore lots of interesting places while illustrating them for my customers.

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

I just accomplished one of my goals by lunching my website www.asmaoriginal.com last week. Now I am focusing on creating new layouts and ideas for my custom portraits. Also improving my photography in my shop.

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

Using paper collage and fabric flat on paper is a unique technique for custom portraits and I love doing it. Specializing in travel also make my custom portraits stand out.

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

Having a studio is a dream, but for now I work on a desk in my living room.

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

I wish I had known that it is okay to give the painting all the time it needs. I used to give very short deadlines when I started my business, now I calculate how many days each painting will need to be completed in a more efficient way.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Never stop improving your shop. This means working on your listings descriptions, shop policies and photography regularly. There is always a room for improvement.

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

My 4 years old and 7 months daughters are taking all my free time. I can only squeeze Pilates classes 3 times a week.

What is your favorite quote?

“Be happy with what you have while working on what you want” – Helen Keller

Where can people find out more about your business?

Etsy: AsmaOriginal
Website: asmaoriginal
Instagram: asmaoriginal
Facebook: asma.original.art
Blog: asmaoriginal.com

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

I encourage anyone to follow their passion, That will bring them joy on a daily basis.

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Member Feature: JewelryByREffa

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Rachel Effa of JewelryByREffa, our featured member!

JewelryByREffa

JewelryByREffa

Tell us about yourself.

I live in Columbus, Nebraska, USA. I am married with one child, a daughter. I’ve lived in this town my entire life. Crafts and art have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.

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

I have always loved crafts. I got a seed bead loom at the age of 10 or so. My grandma also did beading and worked in craft store in Arizona. I would order beads from her store and make all sorts of things. At some point, I lost the desire and it was all put away.

I visited my grandparents in February 2011. While there, we looked at all her beading stuff and I was sent home with a lot of her extras and such that she didn’t need. In March of 2011, my home was robbed. I had most of my things that entertain me stolen. While waiting around for insurance and such, I dug out my seed beads that had been all mixed up and sorted them. From there, the desire to make jewelry once again
sprung up.

I started with the extras from my grandma and purchased some on my own. It just grew from there. I have now built up enough made pieces where I can start selling and keep up with demand if successful.

I would definitely say my grandma is the inspiration behind this. When they visited last summer, I showed her all the pieces I had made to that point. Her opinion on them meant the most to me.

I love jewelry and hope that shows in each piece that I have made.

Tell us a bit about your products.

I make, one of a kind, handmade jewelry pieces. They are made from stone, glass, and other materials from around the world.

What inspires your work

Many things inspire me. Sometimes it is a color palette. Or a scene from nature. Most of the time, it comes from the beads themselves. I choose what I want to work with and then lay them out in different patterns until I get something I like. Certain beads are bought with a certain idea in mind, but most are purchased without such thoughts.

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

My main goal for the year is to make enough profit to finally register my business name in my state. This also gives me time to try and come up with a catchier name, if possible. I also do craft shows throughout the state. My goal for 2017 is to get a stable set of shows to try and attend each year. My overall dream would be to make this a full-time career. My sister has experience in the jewelry industry, and to open a store with her would be an ultimate goal for me.

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

My biggest stand out feature is that no two pieces are the same. There may be two with a similar pattern, but the metal or stones would be different. One thing I find appealing about a handmade item is that even when replicated, there are no two that are exactly alike.

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

At present, my work and storage space are where ever I can find space. I do have plans to clean out the computer room in my home to make a small work and storage space for myself.

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

Keeping up on promoting is more time consuming that I would have realized. I knew this whole venture would be lots of hard work, but just how much caught me off guard.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Don’t give up and don’t let yourself fall into a promotion slump. Set up a set schedule on when you promote your store and stick with it. If you only have time to do it once a week, then just focus on making sure you do that. If able to promote 3 times a day, then stick with it. If you find that something doesn’t work, then don’t be afraid to make changes. Tweak items titles to improve SEO results. If able, study your views to see what people like, what they search for, how they found you, etc and work on improving that. Don’t let yourself get discouraged.

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

I like to read, write, paint/color to relax. I’m also a gamer, and often use my various types of videos games to relieve the stresses of life.

What is your favorite quote?

“Do or do not. There is no try.”- Yoda, Star Wars

Where can people find out more about your business?

I’m on a variety of social media sites. You can search for “jewelry by rachel effa” on the following: Facebook, Twitter, Pintrest, Google+, Instagram, and Tumblr.

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Member Feature: Lorilan

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Lori of Lorilan, our featured member!

Lorilan

Lorilan

Tell us about yourself.

My longtime love for jewelry became a career when I began to wholesale bridge jewelry from Italy in 1989. In the summer of 2010, my desire to have more control over the designs led me to delve further into the industry with Lori Kaplan Jewelry Design. My BFA from Moore College of Art is put to work with colorful designs exhibiting unexpected shapes and textures. I am solely the life force of the brand and do it all from designing to creation to final photography.

Tell us a bit about your products.

Colorful stones are the focus of my line and influence the unique designs. Many of my pieces feature semi-precious stones and recent pieces incorporate precious sapphires and emeralds. My classic, sophisticated yet understated jewelry is crafted from precious and semi-precious metals including sterling silver, 14K gold fill, 10-18K gold and 22K gold vermeil. New pieces will feature additional precious metals and stones and an expansion of the 18K gold line. I also offers limited edition pieces and one-of-akind creations.

What inspires your work

To keep growing and learning. I will never know enough.

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

I have a studio in my apartment. It’s small and cozy but has everything that I need.

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

How to go about sourcing materials.

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

This is what I love to do. oh, and watch movies.

What is your favorite quote?

quote the raven never more ….. no idea why. just love edgar allen poe

Where can people find out more about your business?

Website: lorikaplanjewelry

Twitter: LoriKaplanJewel

Facebook: LoriKaplanJewelry

Instagram: LoriJewelry

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Member Feature: Clayfuffles

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Karen of Clayfuffles, our featured member!

clayfuffles

clayfuffles

Tell us about yourself.

I LOVE creating! I not only have my Clayfuffles polymer clay shop but also a handmade jewelry shop on Etsy. Feelings of Love Jewelry! I make anything and everything clay, I quilt, make all types of jewelry, I cross-stitch and the list goes on! I currently reside in a city called Oshawa, which is about an 45 minute drive outside of Toronto. I have an amazingly supportive hubby and have 3 fur kids, 2 dogs – Winston and Georgie and one cat Ella, who thinks she is a dog!

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

I first started making jewelry and like many other people, I was told that I should be selling online! So I started out on Etsy in 2010. The sales were great but I found that I needed to do something that was more creative, something I could get my hands in to and introduced myself to polymer clay! I Love working with clay because you can turn a piece of plain coloured clay into a piece of beauty! That to went over well and after a bit of a push from a friend I met online. Hence the beginning of Clayfuffles!

Tell us a bit about your products.

Because i have a love for jewelry I make all types of clay jewelry which some people think there is nothing pretty about it but if you take a look at my pieces you can see the amazing colors that can be made! I have expanded now and make my own ring dishes which are extremely popular! I also make custom beads for other jewelry makes. If you need something different and unique this is the shop to come to!

What inspires your work

Colour inspires me! If I can make a beautiful colour mix than I am off to the races! I try that color in many of the necklaces and bracelets and even the earrings.

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

My dream would be to have a boutique style shop and be know for the pieces I make.

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

I have to be honest it’s my customer service. There are many clay artists that are stand out but to have A1 customer service is important to me. Good customer service is very hard to find these days and when someone leaves your shop after having a positive experience, they well be back and besides that, I like to treat my customers the way I would expect to be treated.

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

I do have a large studio in my home and spent most of my time there. It also has a living area and it’s great because I can have my customers in so they can either pick up their order or sit and have coffee and a good chin wag!

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

I wish I had known more of the techniques used in polymer clay. There is a lot to learn with polymer clay!

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Be patient! It takes time to build up a shop and get clients but the things you learn will help you in your journey to getting your own website!

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

I love to do any kind of hobby I can. Beading is a big one. I also like to watch a good movie and any good tv show!

What is your favorite quote?

The earth smiles in Flowers.

Where can people find out more about your business?

You can go to clayfuffles.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

I would like to thank Michelle for the opportunity to share my shop with everyone!

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