Member Feature: theDelhiStore

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Vandana of theDelhiStore, our featured member!

theDelhiStore

theDelhiStore

Tell us about yourself.

I am Vandana, founder of the Etsy shop, theDelhiStore. I love textiles, diverse cultures and handicrafts.il_570xn_694806140_fnlb

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

I opened my Etsy shop in the year 2012. After completing college and working in IT education for a while I left my job as I wasn’t enjoying it much. Few years later I decided to combine my passion with my work, and start my own business in the textile industry.il_570xn-1162593345_mobl

Tell us a bit about your products.

I promote the work of Indian artisans who practice century-old handicrafts which require a lot of skill and patience. I sell hand block printed fabrics which are printed using hand carved wooden stamps, hand-woven fabrics, vintage fabrics, hand carved wooden stamps and trims. I also take custom printing work.il_570xn-822338454_r31w

What inspires your work?           

The urge to promote dying regional handicrafts and help save the livelihoods of the people who practice these crafts drives me and gives me a sense of purpose and direction in my work.il_570xn-1102575531_19oa

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

To setup a ready to wear and made to order garments section made from my fabrics.

I see my business becoming a known name among people who value handmade things, quality, hard work and support slow fashion.iss_fullxfull-6809469_5gi2f24n

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

Quality and designs.

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

Yes, I do have a separate work space where I store all my fabrics and work.1-img_4346

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

I wish I had not overstretched myself in running my business and should have given my health and fitness a priority but now I have mend my ways.1-2015-06-21

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Success doesn’t come overnight-it requires a lot of hard work and persistence, so, take one step at a time, and give your best. Also, put your customers first, and provide the best quality products and best possible customer service.1-2015-07-05

What is your favorite quote?

“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.” – Benjamin Franklinil_570xn-1178668137_euw8

Where can people find out more about your business?  

Instagram: thedelhistore
Pinterest: theDelhiStoreil_570xn-780422294_875l

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Member Feature: JapaneseRubberStamps

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Nico of JapaneseRubberStamps, our featured member!

JapaneseRubberStamps

JapaneseRubberStamps

Tell us about yourself.

My name is nico from JapaneseRubberStamps.

I make cute and unique handmade rubber stamps.

I love art and creating, and analogue person, so I sketch my ideas on my notebook.

I live in Japan with my husband now and I have lived in the UK.

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

I opened JapaneseRubberStamps 2013 when I lived in the UK.

When I lived in Japan, I was full-time worked. I am completely free 24/7, so I wanted to do something nice hobby.

I found hand carved rubber stamps on the internet. I fell in love with these original stamps.

I couldn’t wait buying rubber and knife.

I made lots of rubber stamps, but I just have shown them to my family. It was not enough, so I opened my shop on Etsy.japaneserubberstamps-1

Tell us a bit about your products.

My rubber stamps are designed and carved by hand one by one.

I like cute and unique designs, so when I find a nice designs, I can’t stop making and showing stamps as soon as possible. I am really enjoy making stamps.

What inspires your work?           

When I go to a big shopping centre, I always see the display and decoration.

When I see a nice display, I get lots of ideas from the nice place.

I love Pinterest as well. When I see them, lots of wonderful ideas come to me.

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

As you know, so many people don’t know about my shop.

So I would like to spread my handmade stamps all over the world and I want to get some orders constantly.il_fullxfull-812599066_eaip

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

I love creating and my designs are very cute but some of them are unique and eccentric.

I would like to make unique stamps more!p1480123

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

Rubber stamps are very small suppliers, so I don’t have a separate workspace.

I am making rubber stamps using computer!

It is messy sometimes on my desk, so my husband is shocked, but I love my workspace.

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

We could purchase lots of lovely items from the big stationery shop in Japan. I couldn’t find them often in the UK.

It is because people are creating themselves. So I knew handmade is the one of a great place to sell unique items in abroad, so I started opening my shop when I lived in the UK.

Also people love handmade items instead of machine-made.

They cheer creators purchasing handmade items and we can get motivate.p1480253

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Let’s start! That’s it.

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

I love going out and eat delicious foods with my husband.

What is your favorite quote?

Life is short.

Where can people find out more about your business?  

My website: japanesestamps
FB: Japanese-Rubber-Stamps
Twitter:@nico_stamps
Pinterest: Japanese Rubber Stamps

 Is there anything else you’d like to share?

I started Youtube channel last year. I can show the photos and descriptions on Etsy, but it is not enough to show how to make and play rubber stamps.

I think Youtube videos are easy to understand how to use and how easy you can create new works using stamps.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCf7m7TTJVX6ZsNvejzS7bbA

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Member Feature: TopGracia

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Tatiana of TopGracia, our featured member!

TopGracia

TopGracia

Tell us about yourself.

I was born and live in Ukraine. I have been married for 10 years, we are now with my beloved husband bring up our small daughter Victoria. I am a happy mother and wife. From early childhood, I loved all the bright, colorful and brilliant. I was good in drawing. Although I received two higher educations, technical and economic, and then worked as an accountant and have more than 10 years banking experience, I was still constantly attracted by creativity and handiwork. Initially, I combined the basic work and my favorite hobby. But one day I decided that I would devote more time to my occupation and eventually the hobby grew into a favorite work.

Over time I began to make new acquaintances with creative people, including hand-makers, photographers, models and stylists. In such a way I opened my another passion – photography.

I am grateful to my husband for having supported me in my enthusiasm, helped with advice and have always believed that I will succeed!avatar

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

I remember that long time ago, over 10 years back I once saw silk flowers made by hand on the Internet in one forum. I was very much impressed with silk floristry. I gathered information in internet about this handiwork where I only could, bought books in Japan and then the materials. I ordered the tools, textiles, paints etc. worldwide. Gradually, while studying the science of silk flowers creating, I myself have become a manufacturer of fine silk flowers. I had a lot of orders, which I had hardly time to do. But I wanted to develop, to move on, try new materials.

And so over time, I began to make wedding accessories with crystals, pearls, fabrics and various accessories. I devise and produce all models by myself. My new passion for photography helps me to take right pictures of my products.hair_flower_

Tell us a bit about your products.

My items are reminiscent of elements of nature that inspires me continually. These are flowers, flowering trees sprigs, leaves, and buds. Crystals sparkle like dew drops with multicolored hotspots woven using jewelry wire. My every product contains a piece of my soul and positive energy! I try to make them flexible and weightless, so that the owner could wear jewelry, feeling only comfort and enjoying. I care about the presentation, order gift boxes with my author’s design in which I send the accessories to buyers.leaf_crown_rosegold_

What inspires your work?           

The most important inspiration – it is nature, especially in the spring! In my parents’ house, my mother planted many flowers in the garden. I started every morning with dipping my face in blossoming roses, peonies and other beautiful and fragrant flowers. I do not cease to be surprised how big the power of nature is! Each petal is the creation of Divine art!

I am also inspired by beautiful works of other artists. I like to learn new techniques, study from the geniuses in various direction. After all, many people are very talented!hair_piece

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

This year I plan to implement one of a thousand of ideas in my head. Also, I should do my best to organize my workspace, maybe to equip a studio. Also to consider bookkeeping. My dream is to have more time in a day than 24 hours!

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

The most important thing in business is honesty and quality. The buyer chooses among similar products the one where the best photo will be, where it is possible to examine the product from all sides. Also the description should contain all the details.

I offer only real photos to my customers. I also try to make products quickly and send. I have a system of discounts and loyalty program – every customer receives a gift coupon with a discount. It is important for me that the buyers come back to my shop more than once.3_

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

I have private studio only in my plans so far. Now I occupy a room in my apartment. I bought a lot of containers for storage of materials. My workplace is a table near the window, so that to have a lot of natural light. The number of accessories is increasing all the time and I need to do so something in order to prevent the apartment from turning into a warehouse!1_

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

Since opening their business, I learned how to manage my time, you need to set aside some time for imagination, but also to fulfill the orders you have to be very responsible, to do everything in time. For me, the new thing was international shipping, completion of documents, declarations, etc.2_

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

I highly recommend this resource! Here you can find a lot of creative people from around the world. Buyers – true judges of handmade decorations. Do your work honestly, be hardworking. Take part in promotion in social networks. Internet makes people from all over the world closer!crown_

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

My free time fully belongs to my family. The greatest pleasure is the joy of communicating with my child. This gives me energy to create further. In summer, we are walking around the lake which is located nearby our house. We love to go to seaside, visit the puppet theater and all sorts of attractions. In cold season we visit the pool, where we like to splash.

I love to travel with my husband. We enjoy the beautiful nature very much. And we love to taste different cuisines of other countries!

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What is your favorite quote?

In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different – Coco Chanel

Where can people find out more about your business?  

My network
Pinterest: TopGracia
Facebook: Wedding-hair-accessories
Instagram: TopGracia
Twitter: TopGracia

 Is there anything else you’d like to share?

You’re welcome any time!

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Member Feature: WindDancerPhotos

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Gale of WindDancerPhotos, our featured member!

WindDancerPhotos

WindDancerPhotos

Tell us about yourself.

Photography has always been a passion of mine; after thirty years as a trial consultant, I crossed my fingers and plunged into full-time fine art photography.  I’m the Director of a co-op of professional photographers in Old Town, Albuquerque (Albuquerque Photographers’ Gallery) and am also represented by Johnson’s Fine Art in Madrid.  Additionally, I’ve been juried into numerous fine art shows.  My life is rounded out by being a wife, mother, and human to two wildly rambunctious malamutes.

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

I opened WindDancer Photos in June of 2008.  Most galleries predominantly feature regional art but my camera is with me wherever I go and my photos are not confined to the Southwest.  I wanted to expand my customer base for all of my photographs and Etsy was clearly the best option.i

Tell us a bit about your products.

All photography, of course.  I sell both raw prints and matted prints; some of my photographs are printed on canvas and, in the last few years, more and more of my photos are presented as infused aluminum prints.  The infused aluminum prints add depth and a stunning luminescence to my photographs.

Similarly, I’m printing more of my raw prints on metallic papers.infused-alum-jemez-red

What inspires your work?           

My father was a professional photographer and from the time I was little, he taught me to “feel” a place and that the best photos result when you have a strong connection to what you are photographing.  My goal, always, is to produce a photo that captures how or what I felt when I saw it:  the power of nature, the eons of time reflected in the textures and rhythms of our planet –in mountains, rocks, trees, oceans; the forgotten stories held by falling down, rusting, abandoned buildings, houses, cars.  The photo below is of 3 classic cars by a brick building, a rather mundane photo.  But when I saw the scene, I had a sharp image of old cars by a motor court in Needles, CA Route 66 on a blazing hot summer night.  The final photo reflects what I felt when I took the photo.o

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

My first goal is to expand my offerings of photos taken in other places.  Second is to learn more about online promotion of my art and the uses of social media.  Ultimately, my goal is to build business as I enter retirement years — understanding, of course, that my idea of retirement is to travel more and take even more photographs!h

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

There are numerous excellent photographers on Etsy.  I’m a perfectionist and I strive to make sure that each photo I sell reaches the customer in perfect condition and meets or exceeds their expectations.  I’m always happy to customize a listing to a client’s need. Beyond that, I list only photos that have met my personal standards for capturing what I felt and saw.c

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

The fun part about what I do is that the entire outdoors is my work space.  I take a couple of long road trips each year and frequent smaller jaunts in and out of the state to take photographs.  I have a home studio for organizing, processing and printing my photographs but it’s not much to look at:  a seemingly disorganized jumble of computers, printers and shelves of photo paper!t-office

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

I just jumped into opening my store. I didn’t realize the amount of time it takes to properly work your store:  scheduling your listings, promotions, varying your features, etc.  I’m still behind the curve in learning about using social media in promoting one’s art.m

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Decide what your initial goals are and count on spending more time than you expect to list and promote your art.  Do regular “cruises” around Etsy both in your own field and in others to see what other artists offer, how art is promoted, and more.  Join a few good teams and get to know the artists on those teams.

Learn as much as you can about how to use social media outlets.  The good news is that Etsy is a fun place  – I can always find answers to my questions, other artists willing to help.  I’ve never had a bad experience on Etsy and I’ve found some outstanding and unique presents!dancing-among-the-trees-1000-pix-copy

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

I’m an avid reader and I enjoy cooking and gardening.  But, when all is said and done, I don’t view my work as work so I’m just as likely to go out and take new photographs or embark on learning new photography skills.gale-photographing

What is your favorite quote?

“Never stop learning, never stop pushing yourself to improve.  The only failure is not trying.”
My father, Jeff Suttonfrontier-gas-rt-66-johnnie-1000-pix-copy

Where can people find out more about your business?  

I have two additional Etsy shops:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/ForDaGuys which specializes in “Guy Gift” photos:  old cars, Route 66, sports and more.  The second shop:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/TwoGenPhotos is new and is devoted to scanning negatives and printing my father’s World War II photos (he was a Marine combat photographer) with profits donated to the Navajo Code Talkers.

My personal website is: www.galesuttonphotography.com and I can always be found through the Albuquerque Photographers’ Gallery:  http://www.abqphotographersgallery.coma

 Is there anything else you’d like to share?

A world without art (in all of its forms), without things lovingly made by hand would be a bleak and dreary world.  If you have a talent, nurture it, develop it and find joy in what you create.  And, it goes (almost) without saying: support artists by buying their work because no matter how much joy is involved in creating, joy alone does not put food on the table.mystic-morning-honoloa-bay-new-1000-pix

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Member Feature: Hieropice

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Dara of Hieropice, our featured member!

Hieropice

Hieropice

Tell us about yourself.

I’m a jewelry/home decor artist based just outside of Boston.  I’ve been enamored with all things nature since I was a child, and nature is the focus of my work. I’m also a foodie, and like exploring the creative intersections between the culinary and craft worlds.  When I’m not making things, I’m cuddling the furry creatures in my life, foraging for materials, and I may have seen a “Housewives” episode or two!

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

I started on Etsy full-time in 2010, and was a part-time maker before then.  I was laid-off during the recession, and struggled to find a full-time position in my field with comparable pay/benefits to what I’d had, so I decided it was time to try to make a go of my own business.2

Tell us a bit about your products.

I started out solely selling my jewelry online and in stores, but have since expanded my product line to offer a variety of home decor items, including etched glass vessels, wall-art, ornaments, magnets, etc.  The botanical theme is present in all of my products; I sculpt miniatures from polymer clay and combine them with preserved natural elements to create “miniature terrarium necklaces,” make ornaments, magnets and wall-art from preserved, foraged and created natural materials.  I etch glass vessels with my original botanical illustrations of culinary plants for use as decanters, oil pourers and diffusers.  I am always working on developing pieces that will be interesting and consistent with my brand.3

What inspires your work?           

There is plenty of inspiration in nature.  I think I am on an everlasting quest to try to capture it, in its most perfect form.

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

I aim to increase my sales outlets this year.  I will be looking into more brick-and-mortar venues, which I’ve generally avoided in the past because my jewelry was so time-consuming to make and the price of consignment/wholesale so steep. Some of my new items will work in for consignment/wholesale much more easily.  Ultimately, I could see running my own brick-and-mortar shop.

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

I try very hard to make original products.  Of course, when you come up with a good idea, someone is bound to try to do their own take on it.  I always strive to create items that are different from what’s currently in the marketplace, and hope my customers can distinguish the value of my handmade work from others trying to replicate it.  “Terrarium necklace” yields a lot more search results than it did when I began making them, and while I don’t see others identical to mine out there, a flooded marketplace means it’s time to move on to new things!5

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

I do have an in-home studio, as of 2015.  It’s small, but it really helps with production!6

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

The importance of meticulous record-keeping.  Tracking expenses for supplies, travel to purchase supplies, to craft shows, the profit you make on the sale of each item, etc., it’s all very tedious.  But it means the difference between a viable business and a potentially costly hobby.  I was really reluctant to break down the numbers initially, particularly since with jewelry you’re literally talking about the cost of a single bead sometimes… Had I not, I would’ve probably abandoned my business long ago, I would have had no understanding of how to actually profit in my business.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Do your homework!  There’s a wealth of information in the Seller Handbook.  Ask questions of seasoned sellers in the forums.  Etsy has changed a lot since its inception, the days of tossing up some listings and waiting for sales are gone.

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

I watch so much tv!  I hate to admit it, but having it on in the background helps me destress.  I love Zumba and sing in a community choir as well.  I love trying new restaurants and try to find a new one each week to test out.  And Netflix documentaries are the best!

What is your favorite quote?

I don’t have one, really.

Where can people find out more about your business?  

Facebook: Hieropice

 Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Thanks so much for including me in this feature!4

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Member Feature: MustHaveBeenTheCat

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Cat of MustHaveBeenTheCat, our featured member!

MustHaveBeenTheCat

MustHaveBeenTheCat

Tell us about yourself.

I live in Tasmania, the beautiful island state of Australia. Surrounded by mountains, river and sea it’s truly a beautiful place to be.

I love all sorts of craft and I love to combine my love of sewing with my love of cats and so MustHaveBeenTheCat was born. I make all sorts of quirky cat creations but my most popular item is my cat shaped neck and shoulder therapy packs which can be used hot or cold.

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

I opened MustHaveBeenTheTheCat in 2011.

MustHaveBeenTheCat was the perfect chance to combine my love of cats and my love of sewing.

I chose MustHaveBeenTheCat as it’s often the cat that gets blamed for anything that goes wrong.

“Who knocked that expensive vase off the shelf?” “It must have been the cat!”tillie

Tell us a bit about your products.

My best selling items are my heat packs. I have cat, dog and fox shaped neck and shoulder wrap heat packs. Great for easing those sore and stiff necks.

I also have cat dolls,cat themed totes and phone covers, book covers, fleecy scarves and hand warmers.

My newest range are my cat shaped weighted shoulder wraps and lap pillows for those with sensory processing issues.2015-10-21-20-45-02

What inspires your work?           

I am inspired by my love of cats. They are so irresistible. Every cat has its own personality. Just like my own creations, no two are the same.

I have to admit to being a fabricholic or is it a curator of fabric? So much beautiful fabric and so little time and so little room.

Being able to sell my creations made with gorgeous fabrics gives me an excuse to buy more.fox6a

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

 I’d like to get a standalone website up and running and use up some more of my gorgeous fabric collection.c2387013154ca0cf52dd8f1de07ca540

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

I think I have a niche market ans no-one else creates the things I do but if I we are just talking about heat packs mine are unique as they are cat, fox and dog shaped made in gorgeous fabrics and no two are alike.

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

My work space is my kitchen table so it can be frustrating as I have to pack up everything at the end of the day and set it up again the next time.

My ultimate dream would be to have a dedicated work space …. my own studio.78fa376f2fd4c0060381c9fd90bbfb8d

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

I wish I had known how much work it would be and also how much fun it would be and that I would find such a wonderful support network on Etsy.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Make sure you join an active and supportive team it can make all the difference to your success.

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

When I’m not working I’m studying. I’m doing a second degree course as well as a certificate course. It keeps me busy and out of mischief.

I’ve also taken up quilting and love to use up all those scraps from my creations to make new fabric and exciting quilts. Well if I’m really honest I make lots of quilt tops but haven’t actually finished any yet. So many things to do and so little time.ab35b19e70093909eb4c16441222e4df

What is your favorite quote?

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Where can people find out more about your business?  

You can also find me on:
Instagram: http://instagram.com/musthavebeenthecat
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/musthavebeenthecat

And my Shopify store: https://must-have-been-the-cat.myshopify.com

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Member Feature: PinkParchmentSoaps

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Trish of PinkParchmentSoaps, our featured member!

PinkParchmentSoaps

PinkParchmentSoaps

Tell us about yourself.

I am a wife and mother. I have a wonderful husband who supports me in all of my endeavors. I have 2 wonderful girls, now in their 20’s and they are my pride and joy.

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

Created in 2007, Pink Parchment Soaps offers a complete line of all natural, fun and unique soaps as well as body butters, sugar scrubs and solid perfumes.

Why? Because we love making all natural, almost all natural and simply fun products! Years ago we bought some handmade soap. WOAH Hold the water, hold the bubbles, hold the soap! Who knew the difference? We didn’t, but then we did and what a difference it was. We immediately fell in love with handmade soaps and bought more and more and more. (Yes we LOVE handmade soap) Finally one day Jim (Dear husband and father) said, “You know, I think you could make this yourself”. Waa Haa Haa, boy was he right! And how much fun we had! A few classes and a couple of boat loads of soaps later, we had more soap than we knew what to do with AND we still and a thousand new ideas we wanted to try.soap-room

Tell us a bit about your products.

We make handmade bath and beauty products. Our current line up includes: Soap, Sugar Scrubs, Body Butters, Shower Steamers, Bath Bombs and Perfume. We are planning on adding bath salts and some aromatherapy products this year. Stay Tuned! We love searching out and finding ingredients that come from small businesses  as well as local businesses.2

What inspires your work?           

That’s a hard question! I’d have to say mostly nature. Flowers and color combinations that are beautiful.moon-glow-4-1000

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

We would love to be able to grow our business and be able to hire some local people who have our same ideals and goals. For me, this includes being able to pay a living wage, provide health care, have an inspiring work place, work with creative people who love their work and love to laugh and of course – have fun.

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

I think what makes us stand out the most is that we make beautiful products, use the highest quality ingredients, and make products that make people feel better about their day!

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

I currently have a separate kitchen and separate “soap room”. The soap room was once our living room.

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

Oh my! There is so much that I have learned! Go to conferences! Meet people who are in the same line of business and really, truly listen to what worked and didn’t work for them and why. Get inspired by the people you meet. Take customer suggestions and feedback seriously – but evaluate if what they have to say works for you and your current business model. Know that you will make mistakes. We all do. Get over it and move on.

Have a dream and dream big!

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Yes! I would suggest doing research on what kind of products you want to sell. And I know this has been said a thousand times – have good titles, tags, keywords and most of all have good photos. Fill in all of your information, and I think this is the most important – make sure you show up in the search. Think like someone who is trying to find your product and what they would search on. Because, if no one can find you, well you simply won’t sell anything.

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

We do lots! Gardening is always on the top of the list. Yoga, walking in the woods, cooking YUM – we all love trying new recipes, traveling, going to see bonsai exhibitions – what a fantastic art this is! Going to the movies, the zoo, plays, musicals!

What is your favorite quote?

One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.
Virginia Wolf

Where can people find out more about your business?  

Etsy: PinkParchmentSoaps3

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