Member Feature: The Christmas Den

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

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



Tell us about yourself.  

I have got quite smitten with Christmas craft, have always pottered making this and that but do so love my Christmas sewing!!  I make a variety of items with snowmen most probably being my favourite!  I love to use all sorts of different fabrics and quite often add painted features to my craft for a unique look!

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

I opened a Christmas shop at my home here in Napier New Zealand seven years ago.  I am open from October to the end of December and have enjoyed not only the encouragement I have received but the friendships I have made too.  It’s a bit of a family affair with both my mum and mother in law providing some stock for my shop.  I work part-time and this craft gives me a nice balance!!

Tell us a bit about your products.

My products are original and often one idea leads to another.  I love the country-style and often use quite earthy tones in my work.  I love adding detail to pieces and they develop their own character.  I tend to make one offs so each piece is special and unique for the collector.TheChristmasDen1

What inspires your work?

I get inspired from fabrics, notions and all sorts, I try to make as much as I can to go with my craft and it’s always an ongoing challenge!


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

I aim to improve both my Christmas shop from home and my Etsy site each year!  I may not have much of a presence for some time on Etsy till nearer the end of the year but don’t worry the sewing machine is in full swing!  Trying to be a lot more prepared for my second full year on Etsy.  I only hope I provide a little bit of enjoyment with each item I send away to a new home!TheChristmasDen3

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

Here in New Zealand I feel I am quite unique, not many people are into the Christmas craft and it is quite rare to see handmade Christmas items at fairs etc.

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

I definitely do!  I can create quite a bit of mess in a short time but know where everything is and its great being able to shut the door on my workroom!TheChristmasDen4


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

I think I have learned that you need to believe in the talents you have and work towards a goal, may not always be easy but not to give up and that it takes time to be “known” in the craft scene.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Give it a go!  I joined years ago and lasted two weeks, gave up very quickly and was quite disheartened but this time round I will keep at it, its lovely to send work overseas, quite a thrill with each purchase!TheChristmasDen5

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

I am quite addicted to my craft, now it takes up my year from February to December so it certainly is my main focus.

Where can people find out more about your business?

I am on Facebook under the name of The Christmas Shop – you will see a picture of a reindeer in a wreath.  Apart from Etsy and Facebook the other option is to visit me personally in my shop from October to December here in Napier New Zealand

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Craft for me is so much fun and I hope that never changes!TheChristmasDen


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.

Welcome New Members – April

Contributor Post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

Welcome to the members of the team for April – and here is a brief introduction to them and their shops. Please visit their shops and make them feel welcome by favouriting their items and sharing on social media!

Mandi’s shop CraftsbyMandi has just reached its first year etsy-versary! So yay to Mandi! Mandi makes chunky wool scarves, headbands, ear warmers, original still life oil paintings, quirky reversible baby blankets and what ever else you can imagine! She gladly take custom orders! Mandi’s favorite creation right now are her baby blankets. They seem to be selling very well and they are a fun project to use with cute fabrics.

Mandi is also very active on Twitter and looks forward to following team members.



 Kia Ora (hello) from Linda in New Zealand! Linda is totally hooked on Christmas and loves the country style! She is busy working on new creations for her shop The Christmas Den, including NZ themed items such as the pukeko and kiwi. Linda is looking forward to being involved with the Christmas in July promotions and meeting other members who share the Christmas spirit!



Chris from CreativeChris000 is a very eclectic crafter and loves to try all different sorts of projects and techniques. Her Etsy shop is still in its first year and she believes she has lots to learn and any exposure is appreciated.

Currently she is actively pursuing upcycling projects and has challenged herself to find any possible decoration that could be made using soda cans. This past Christmas she had an entire selection of Christmas ornaments made from cans and hopes to increase her selection for this year. Linda is looking forward to participating in the team.