Member Feature: Treasures From The Lake

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Please join us in welcoming Donna of Treasures From The Lake, our featured member!

Treasures From The Lake

Tell us about yourself.

My name is Donna and I live in NE Ohio. close to Lake Erie. I am married, and have one daughter who is an RN at a big Children’s Hospital. And I have two grandchildren (4 and 8 months), who I watch a few days a week. We have been collecting beach glass and other items for around 4 years. Prior to that we used to collect shells when we vacationed in South Florida. I have always loved the beach.

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

I opened shop two years ago in June. After collecting all the beach glass in many containers, my husband said that i should do something with the glass. So I began looking at tutorials on the internet, youtube, and other crafting sites. I self taught myself wire wrap techniques, that I am always trying to refine. My family encouraged me to sell the creations So after being persuaded, I decided to give it a try.

Tell us a bit about your products.

I design jewelry (necklaces, bracelets and earrings) from genuine Beach glass that I collect from Lake Erie. There are rare colors (blues, reds etc) that I will on occasion purchase from very trusted sources. I also make bookmarks, keychains and specialize in keepsake Christmas ornaments including trees, bells, and angels.

What inspires your work?           

I take inspiration from many things. Sometimes it is the shape of the glass and sometimes a design pops into my head. Other times I have no idea, and the wire seems to take over and have a life of its own I work best at night when most people are sleeping Other times, the customer tells me what they have in mind as I welcome special orders.

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

 Continue to refine and expand my wire techniques and expand into drilled pieces. I hope to increase sales and my customer base My goal is to have my first show this year.

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

My glass is genuine beach glass Most of it I have collected myself. But since some colors are very rare, I will purchase them from trusted sea glass seller sites to ensure quality and genuineness. Customer service is very important to me and I want each and every customer to be completely satisfied with my work. I treat customers they way I would want to be treated, and keep them informed in the order from start to finish. When I send a package, I want the customer to feel like they are opening a present, and package my designs creatively. Every purchase is accompanied with a Thank you Card and many times I send extra free gifts. You never know when they turn into extra orders.

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

I do not have a studio. That would be a dream for the business. The design table is the dining room table and my supplies and glass are in a hutch. There is also a card table with tools and beads and other supplies. Packaging supplies are under the card table in plastic bins.

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

I wish I had learned more about social media as that is a constant challenge. I am getting better at it, but being 60 puts me behind the learning curve (lol) And learn how to take better pictures. Learn about SEO. I still struggle with it.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Learn as much as you can about setting up your shop, tag words, seo, taking pictures Don’t expect immediate success. Although oddly, I sold an item the first night, so I did think it would be. Then I waited months. I wouldn’t wait to think you know it all though, as if you did that,you might never start up. It’s a work in progress constantly.

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

In the summer I love swimming at the pool And I love reading by the pool or beach. Walking the beach of course. Spending time with my dog, Abby

What is your favorite quote?

Live Laugh Love

Where can people find out more about your business?  

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TreasuresFromTheLake/

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The Great Outdoors

Contributor Post by  Sheila and Shannon from BeadyEyedBird 

There are so many ways to enjoy the great outdoors! We asked our Teamies what they love to do outside, and what their shops offer so others can do the same. Here’s what they told us:

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio said:

Nature is such a great source of inspiration for me. The starry night sky, the greenery of the forest and the salt of the sea all snap my creativity into production. I really love my visits to the sea. My kids can be as loud as they want with the ocean waves crashing around them. They can run and get dirty, bury themselves in the sand and then wash it all off in the water. They remind me that I once did that too and coax me out into the wild. We all feel the forces of nature that are greater than us, wind on our faces and salt on our tongues and powerful waves stinging our skin. There is no better place to make me feel so grateful to be alive. This inspirational quote is a reminder of that. And yes, those are my kids and their cousins, doing what kids do best, making their mark on the sandy beaches of the Oregon Coast.

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Kids room Home Decor, Inspirational Art Print, Motivational Quote, Beach House Decor, Children’s art, Get OUT there, feet in sand photo art

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam said:

We spent many vacations with our kids and dog at Southwick Beach on Lake Ontario. We stayed in Our Red Coleman Tent. When my Premie Daughter was born and the hospital told us to take a break for a weekend we stayed on an electric camp site so I could Pump my Milk to keep it going for my return. She is now 30 and in excellent health.

Well we used Sleeping Bags. I am selling a new but vintage Marlboro Sleeping Bag that my sister gave ma as a Gift. She was an Avid Smoker and collected Marlboro gifts.

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New Gift Marlboro Sleeping Bag Unused Camping Plaid Red & Black Checkered Fleece Roll Up Warm Carry Tote Bag Marlboro Cigarette’s Label

Sharon Moore from MooreThanBags said:

This cheery sunhat with daisy trim reminds me of summer days at the beach.

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Sun Hat, Crochet Sun Hat, Floppy Hat, Summer Hat

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage said:

My son and husband built a pond in our backyard 12 years ago.

I can see it out my kitchen window and enjoy watching how it changes through the seasons.

We have fish and “resident” frogs that are fun to watch.

The frogs are highly intelligent and are famous for posing in silly positions for my camera!

These miniature frogs remind me of the characters by our pond:

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Frog Miniature Plastic Fairy Garden Animal 3 Tiny Green Frogs Craft Supply Figurine Set Vintage Hong Kong Novelty Retro Fun Gift Idea

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter said:

 A big part of spring is planting flowers for many… here is a great vintage planter to plant some fun flower in or any of many options… to take this planter outside to plant all your fun plants in it…
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Vintage Ceramic Turtle Planter

Richard and Tatiana from Designs the Limit said:

It’s time to get grilling! @DesignstheLimit we have a propane grill and charcoal smoker which we use year round, but now that the weather is getting warmer it is time to get outside and start grilling!

We have a number of different personalized barbecue sets in our shop featuring canvas or wood storage cases and offer personalization in a wide variety of fonts and styles. Make every gift giving opportunity into a gift giving experience and give a gift that can be useful and appreciated @DesignstheLimit.

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Personalized BBQ Tool Set Engraved with Font Selection including Three Piece Tool Set in Case (Each)

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz said:

I love nature, period. Whether it’s working in my garden, watching birds at the lake or hiking in the wilderness — I enjoy it and couldn’t live without it. And then in the evening we sit around the campfire (yes, I do love to camp and sleep in a tent) and write into my journal. This is when inspiration hits and I can write about nature, my thoughts, my feelings and adventures in a beautiful handmade journal.

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Purple Walnut Tree Journal, Nature Notebook with Inspirational Quote by Vincent Van Gogh, Altered Composition Book with Lined Pages

Cynthia from StraylightVintage said:

I’m not a skier but love the outdoors and belong to a hiking group. We hike in the New Mexico desert every week.

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Vintage 70s Obermeyer Ski Jumpsuit, Womens Retro Black Bib Overalls, Skateboard Sportswear Zip-up Front Ski Pants

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeSupplies said:

Once Spring and Summer arrive I love to wander around my garden and enjoy all the flowers and insect life that suddenly emerge.

These charms, once made in jewellery, keychains or craft projects, can remind us of the garden during the Winter months.

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Silver Rhinestone Metal Charms – ladybird or fruitfly – jewellery making, sewing, making Crafts, Gift Wrapping and Costumes

Linda from LazyYVintage said:

We love to visit Florida and go down to the keys. It is always a peaceful, relaxing time. The ocean around us never fails to amaze us and provide us with spiritual and mindfulness times. To sit and watch the waves, hear its wonderful sounds and know that there is such beauty in the world is all I need.

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Vintage Sea Art A Frigate Afternoon Oil Painting Ocean Key West Picture Beach House Home Decor Nautical Themed Ships Original Painting

Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels said:

The Great Outdoors calls for a pair of warm Men’s Wool Socks that fit in the boots for hiking, working outdoors or sitting in that deer stand waiting for that first deer to stroll by. If the sock should get damp it would still keep the foot warm and dry. What a wonderful way to be outside and yet still be warm! Women’s sizes are available too!

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Men’s All Wool Boot Socks great for Hunting/Hiking, Hand Knit, Size 11. Charcoal – Three Gold Stripes, Casual Socks, Socks & Hosiery

Kristen from KestrelCollection said:
I am looking forward to spring flowers and getting outside to plant my garden. These blue flower earrings are great for this March weather…Blue like ice but with the promise of blooms to come.

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Dazzling Blue & Gold Trumpet Lily- Long Flower Earrings

Evelyn and Lucy from artsyEve said:

Spring is a beautiful time to be outdoors and nothing is more fun with children than an old-fashioned Easter egg hunt. My little child-size tote is perfect for collecting those sweet Easter candies!

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Green Tote Bag

Corkycrafts from Corkycrafts said:

Gardening! In Texas wildflower season is here along the roadsides and prairies the wildflowers emerge with colorful heads to say hello to Texans! I love to share our colors with you! Color your garden this spring with some Texas native wildflowers!

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Texas Wildflower Seeds

Donna Schindler from TreasuresFromTheLake said:

 Everything that I make has been either created by nature or found outside

The piece has earth toned beads to go with the amber brown beach glass. It is a boho like piece to call out your inner hippie.

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Lariat beach glass and bead pendant/Boho Hippie jewelry

Brenda from BetterThanBellows said:

Camping season is in full swing and what’s camping without a campfire?! This fire tool makes fire starting easy and fun! It works great for the fire pit, indoor fire place or your weber BBQ too! A unique gift idea for Father’s Day, Graduation, Birthdays, Christmas, etc.

Father’s Day Gift, Blow Poke, Fireplace Blowpipe, Fire Pit Tool, Wood Stove, BBQ, Campfire Tool, Gift for Him, Birthday Gift, Gift Under 25