Archive | February, 2012

Etsy Love – TA-DA! Studio

29 Feb

  

Next up in my Etsy Love series is Višnja from TA-DA! Studio (what a fabulous name!) who sells handcrafted, illustrated jewellery.  I just love the intricacy of  Višnja’s illustrations, and what a wonderful way of showcasing her beautiful talent by turning it into wearable art!

1. Tell us a bit about yourself and where the inspiration came from to start your Etsy shop.

My name is Višnja Mihatov Barić, I’m a 28 year old artist living in Zagreb, Croatia, but I was born in the most beautiful city in the Adriatic coast, Zadar. I work as a graphic designer and illustrator and a couple of months ago I started making illustrated jewelry. I’ve graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts because I always wanted to become an artist, it was my dream come true. I was fortunate to be surrounded by my creative family, the are my biggest support and it means so much to me, especially for my work. I spend a lot of time on sketching, drawing, making things, and Etsy is a great place where I can show my art!

2. Do you have a favourite piece? Tell us about the thought process involved in creating it and why it is your favourite.

It’s hard to say which of my items is my favourite, I really love them all because I put a lot of effort and work into each one of them. Every single part of creating one item is my favourite, first I make sketches, then I play with various shapes of polymer clay and in my head I have a vision of what drawing would go perfect with each shape.

3. What is the biggest milestone you have achieved so far whilst selling on Etsy?

The biggest milestone? Don’t know, I think I’m on the right path with my Etsy shop! Hope I will continue with making my jewelry this way, soon there will be lots of different items in my shop, like bracelets and necklaces..My biggest goal is not selling, just making jewelry with my own hands, hopefully more and more people will like what I do!

4. What are your future plans for your shop and crafting in general?

I’m taking one step at the time, I’m not rushing into something that I feel won’t work in the future. I’m still learning everything about Etsy and finding the best way to promote my work, it takes time and lot of patience. The only thing I wish the most, is to become my own boss and work full time creating jewelry!

5. And finally let us know where we can find you.

Etsy Shop: http://www.tadastudio.etsy.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/TA-DAhandmade-jewelry/
Tumbler: http://tadastudio.tumblr.com/
Twitter: http://tada_studio.twitter.com/

Thanks for sharing your beautiful, unique jewellery with us Višnja!  It’s always refreshing to discover something a bit different and I love the fact that each of your pieces has its own story.  I hope you accomplish your dream of being able to create jewellery full time – I know I sometimes wish I could craft all day too!

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Etsy Love – Nouveau-Tique

28 Feb

 

 

Next up in my Etsy Love series is Lisa from Nouveau-Tique who sells jewellery,  art, wedding cake toppers, business card holders and more.  If you have been following my blog you will know that I love nature and especially trees so I really enjoyed browsing Lisa’s shop and particularly adore the wire tree sculptures.   These sculptures are so versatile and can be used as ornaments, cake toppers or business card holders.  Lisa also has a varied collection of other delights which are all presented beautifully and it is clear that care and attention goes into every piece.

1. Tell us a bit about yourself and where the inspiration came from to start your Etsy shop.

My name is Lisa and I’m originally from NY and now live in LA. I love creating jewelry and art. I have been drawing, painting and making things since I was little. I’ve made many pieces for myself and as gifts for friends and family, and I got such an amazing response that I wanted to start an online shop to reach more people – and now I have my own little shop on Etsy 🙂

I love shopping (a little too much LOL) and the idea behind Nouveau-Tique lets me combine my love of shopping with my love of creating. All of my pieces are made using jewelry and supplies, like tapestry fabric and vintage brooches, that I find in antique/resale/thrift shops and estate sales. Everything is deconstructed and the different bits and pieces are used to design and create new items with a modern-vintage feel to them. I love the idea of taking things that were once treasured but now are unwanted or broken – and creating brand new pieces out of them.

2. Do you have a favourite piece? Tell us about the thought process involved in creating it and why it is your favourite.

It is hard to pick a favorite piece because everything I make is special to me. I think my favorite piece is something that is not currently in my shop. A friend brought me a broken necklace that had belonged to her grandmother and was very special to her. She had the beads in a bag for a long time and did not want to throw them away. From the beads of that necklace I created two different sets of earrings and bracelets – one set for her and one for her mother. She got tears in her eyes when I gave her the sets, not expecting two, and both she and her mother were so happy that they could now wear these and be reminded of the woman who meant so much to both of them.

3. What is the biggest milestone you have achieved so far whilst selling on Etsy?

Every sale and every happy customer is a milestone in itself for me. My one year Etsy-versary will be April 2012, so that will be quite a milestone as well.

4. What are your future plans for your shop and crafting in general?

I am currently in the process of creating a line of bridal hair vines made with crystals/pearls/vintage beads. I am so excited to be able to show them off soon!

5. And finally let us know where we can find you.

Etsy Shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/NouveauTique
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/NouveauTique

Thanks for sharing with us Lisa, especially the beautiful story about recreating memorable jewellery for your friend and her mother – it must have meant so much to them. 

You have established yourself very well on Etsy considering you haven’t even reached your first Etsy-versary yet!  It is clear that a lot of hard work has gone into creating your shop and making a name for yourself.  I look forward to seeing your new range soon and wish you lots of success!

Etsy Love – Mapanò

27 Feb


Next up in my Etsy Love series is Alessandra from Mapanò who sells fabric flowers, home decor, and accessories for adults and babies.  Alessandra’s shop has a lovely, light air to it thanks to the gentle colours and softness of the fabrics used in her beautiful fabric flowers.

1. Tell us a bit about yourself and where the inspiration came from to start your Etsy shop.

My name is Alessandra and I live near Turin, in Italy.  I’m mom of two daughters (3 years and 8 months), wife, front office manager in a hotel and… a creative!  Mapanò is my shop on Etsy. What’s Mapanò?  MA, for MAMMA in Italian (mom in English);  PA, for PAPA’ in Italian (dad in English); NO, for NONNO in Italian (grandfather in English).  Mapanò is a project that includes ideas and skills of all three!  A beautiful way to live my family and build something unique with people I love!  My creations are unique pieces meticulously designed and handmade!  My inspiration? “To live a creative life we must lose our fear of being wrong”!

2. Do you have a favourite piece? Tell us about the thought process involved in creating it and why it is your favourite.

My favorite pieces from Mapanò are some wall decors made with fabric flowers, beads and lace.  These are my favorite because they are like hanging bouquets and are perfect for making any part of the home precious with a little touch of shabby chic design. I used one of them to decorate my daughter’s nursery and she loves these flowers like a little princess!

I also love my necklaces because every day I use the same kind of creations and they really make part of my style and my look. I don’t use elegant clothes and usually I put on a pair of jeans with a blouse or a shirt. My necklaces are perfect for a casual style like mine, because they have a little touch of elegance in the fabric flower but also the practicableness of jersey. Simple and cool!

3. What is the biggest milestone you have achieved so far whilst selling on Etsy?

Unfortunately the startup phase is still running, so I haven’t had a lot of sales, but my personal success is to be really satisfied about my job and I think that people get positively surprised seeing my latest creations. They are unique!

4. What are your future plans for your shop and crafting in general?

For the future, we are preparing some very nice projects completely different from what you seen until today. Lamps created from wood trunks or original curtain hold backs, for instance, are two very interesting projects that put together the electrical skills of my husband and love of my father for iron and wood.

5. And finally let us know where we can find you.

Etsy Shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/mapano
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mapanò/115077835271835
Twitter: @MapanoGeninatti
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/mapano

Thanks for answering my questions Alessandra.  Your shop is truly adorable and you have done well to get some sales at this early stage (it took me months to get a sale from someone who wasn’t a friend or family member)!  I wish you all the best with expanding your shop and look forward to seeing your new creations.

Etsy Love – Contempo Jewels

26 Feb

 

Next up in my Etsy Love series is Staci from Contempo Jewels who sells original and custom jewellery, stationary and hair accessories.  Staci’s jewellery has a delicate elegance to it.  I’ve always been inspired by nature (especially trees) and the woven silver branches and use of freshwater pearls really call out to me.

1. Tell us a bit about yourself and where the inspiration came from to start your Etsy shop.

I have been on Etsy for 5 years, making jewelry for 13 years. I’m always looking for new outlets for my products and places to meet new people.

I was reading an article about “Handmade Mafia” based out of Philadelphia. I checked out their websites and adored their work. I noticed most of them had an etsy site. Seemed pretty cool, so I started my own.

2. Do you have a favourite piece? Tell us about the thought process involved in creating it and why it is your favourite.

Honestly, I don’t really have a favorite piece. I create jewelry for other people, not myself. That’s why I love custom orders – it keeps me focused and inspired. [That’s OK Staci, I’ll pick a favourite for you – I just love these Pearl Branch Earrings!]

3. What is the biggest milestone you have achieved so far whilst selling on Etsy?

 I’m almost at 400 sales – that’s huge for me! I make jewelry and that’s a tough market, so I’m thankful every time I make a sale!

4. What are your future plans for your shop and crafting in general?

I have been so busy focusing on my b+m shop, that Etsy gets lost sometimes. I want to post something new everyday and work on my shop a little bit everyday – change photos, better descriptions, work on tags…

5. And finally let us know where we can find you.

Etsy Shop: http://www.contempojewels.etsy.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/contempojewelry
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/contempojewels
Other Websites: http://www.contempojewelry.net/
http://www.contempoartisanboutique.com/

 Thanks for sharing Staci!  It’s very clear to me how you have managed to reach almost 400 sales – you have a brilliant talent for creating miniature works of art in each of your designs.  This success is well earned and I wish you many more sales to come!

Etsy Love – Winterwoman Designs

25 Feb

 

Next up in my Etsy Love series is Jean from Winterwoman Designs who creates beautiful and unique jewellery from recycled bicycle parts.  This is such a wonderful idea and I love the fact that Jean has taken bits of unwanted metal and turned them into original, wearable pieces of art!

1. Tell us a bit about yourself and where the inspiration came from to start your Etsy shop.

I love to ride bicycles, both on the road and in the woods! I had been working a full time job doing custom window treatments, but my parents were needing more and more help. So, seeing as my kids are grown and my husband has a good job, I decided to stop working full time. I found a part-time job at a local bike shop and just started playing with the used bicycle spokes that were being thrown out, and one day I made a bracelet from one of the spokes . The bike shop owner loved it and said make more, we’ll sell them. They were selling so well at the shop I started looking around for other places to sell and a friend told me about Etsy.

2. Do you have a favourite piece? Tell us about the thought process involved in creating it and why it is your favourite.

My favorite design would have to be the spoke screw and bead bracelets. There were a lot of spoke screws (aka spoke nipples, they hold the spoke in the wheel rim) left over from all the spoke bracelets and they were sitting there looking all shiny, so I just started stringing them on a wire with beads thinking necklace, but then bracelet popped in my head. Why fave? It’s really pretty!

3. What is the biggest milestone you have achieved so far whilst selling on Etsy?

 Maybe selling 50 items?

4. What are your future plans for your shop and crafting in general?

I am developing biking related items that are not jewelry, but still make use of used bike parts. My goal is to get my items into more local shops and to sell at more craft fairs.

5. And finally let us know where we can find you.

Etsy Shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/Winterwomandesigns
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Re-cycle-ed-Jewelry/209528235761584

Thanks for answering my questions Jean.  I really enjoyed looking at your unique designs, it reminded me that everything has the potential to become something new and exciting with a bit of imagination and creativity.  I wish you all the best in expanding your shop and hope your new items are just as successful as your jewellery.

Etsy Love – Allengrove Vintage

24 Feb

Next up in my Etsy Love series is Mary from Allengrove Vintage who sells vintage clothing, shoes, accessories and home decor.  Browsing Mary’s shop it is instantly clear to me that Mary has a keen eye for beautiful vintage fashion.  I absolutely adore this 1970s secretary dress (being a secretary myself I wish I could get away with wearing something like this at work!).  Each piece in Mary’s shop has its own unique charm and appears to have been carefully selected.

1. Tell us a bit about yourself and where the inspiration came from to start your Etsy shop.

My mom would take me to thrift stores when I was younger, so I believe my appreciation for used things developed from that stage in my life. It’s a huge thrill for me to find beautiful clothes, accessories and home decor vintage or not. I originally wanted to sell my crochet items on Etsy when the website first started around 2005. I was scared, so I never did it. I didn’t think what I had to offer was good enough. So selling vintage was the next best thing for me. I already had a nice collection and frankly with vintage you don’t have that fear and doubt you have with selling your own handmade things.

2. Do you have a favourite piece? Tell us how you found it and why it is your favourite.

My favorite piece is my 1950’s Doris Dodson juniors dress. I bought it off a vintage eBay seller 5 or 6 years back. It’s my favorite because it’s fabulous! I love everything about it, the circle skirt, the plaid material, the boxy neckline. Too bad it doesn’t fit me. And it’s not currently for sale. I can’t part ways yet!

3. What is the biggest milestone you have achieved so far whilst selling on Etsy?

The biggest was signing up for Etsy. It took me 7 years! So sad. But  I’d also have to say getting my first sale. I hustled for that one.

4. What are your future plans for your business?

I have always wanted to open a thrift/vintage boutique. So hopefully that will happen one day.

5. And finally let us know where we can find you.

Right now I just have an Etsy account. I’m hoping to open more social media sites for my shop in the near future.
Etsy Shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/AllengroveVintage

Thank you for getting in touch Mary, it was a pleasure to look around your beautiful shop.  I hope that you one day get to open your boutique and fill it with more enchanting treasures!

Etsy Love – Carden Creations

23 Feb

Today in my Etsy Love series we are getting to know Sarah from Carden Creations – a delightful shop full of colourful jewellery, bridal bouquets and framed art by her husband, Robert.  Sarah and Robert’s shop has a vibrant energy to it, full of imagination and a love for crafting.

1. Tell us a bit about yourself and where the inspiration came from to start your Etsy shop.

I am a wife and mother first. My husband and kids make any journey worthwhile…and interesting! And they continue to be every emotion I have everyday. When things are going good or bad, they are the ones I want to share it with. I work in the field of health and wellness and I love helping people achieve their goals. It is so inspirational to see people who have conquered illness and injury and committed to a more active lifestyle. It never ceases to amaze me.

I am also a student and working on my doctorate in Leadership Studies. It challenges me everyday and I love each new discovery I make and the wonderful people I have gotten to know as a result. I love history, psychology, exercising, and reading. But I have had so much fun making the items you see in my shop. It started with some old wire that my husband never used, some beads, and a rainy day in Texas…and I started making jewelry and didn’t stop. Recently, my husband started making the items in our shop section “Our Back Porch”. He loves to make framed art. He has turned into the talent and I am his manager! Suddenly we made so much stuff that we had to do something with it. I love Etsy and had shopped there forever, so it felt like a natural thing to start a shop and here we are!

 2. Do you have a favourite piece? Tell us about the thought process involved in creating it and why it is your favourite.

I would have to say that my favorite item in my shop is one of the beaded brooch bouquets. This in particular:I love making the jewelry, but the bouquets were something that stayed in my mind for a long time. The vintage brooches and repurposed jewelry had to be used so they could start another beautiful life. It sounds corny, I know, but I can’t help but to wonder where the pieces had been and hope they can be passed on to make people happy.Personally, there is another item that is my favorite:This is one of the pieces my husband made. I am amazed at how good he is at it and how much fun he has doing it. I told I am buying this one if no one else does…at a discount of course!

3. What is the biggest milestone you have achieved so far whilst selling on Etsy?

 My biggest milestone had to be my first sale. I am sure that most Etsy sellers would say the same. And I am talking about the first sale that was not friends or family. While those are wonderful too, I was so excited when someone stumbled onto our store and loved what we had.
 
4. What are your future plans for your shop and crafting in general?
 
We hope to open another store with Robert’s (hubby) pieces of tile art. I think I have created a monster…one that is way more talented and intricate them me! This has been something we have enjoyed doing together as a team. And who knows, maybe we can quit our days jobs someday and just make the things we love to make! 
 
5. And finally let us know where we can find you.
  
 
Thanks for sharing with us Sarah.  I hope your second shop is just as successful as your first.  I’m a little jealous that your husband shares your passion for crafting – I’ve tried to get my partner to knit with me but it’s just not going to happen!!

Etsy Love – Torkkeli Jewellery

22 Feb

Next up in my Etsy Love series is Pasi from Torkkeli Jewellery.  Pasi’s jewellery is visually stunning and his designs ooze class and sophistication.  His shop is so well put together with gorgeously simple photography which allows each piece to really sell itself. 

1. Tell us a bit about yourself and where the inspiration came from to start your Etsy shop.

My name is Pasi Torkkeli and I’m from Finland.  I have graduated from the Institute of Jewelry Design and I had an opportunity to work with the very best jewelers in Helsinki,  Finland. During my career I have done high end jewelry that was sold mainly in Dubai. In the Finnish market I have concentrated in engagement rings and wedding bands. My favorite materials to work with are gold, platinum and silver with precious gemstones. I enjoy doing different kind of jewelry that still represent my design style. 

I heard about Etsy from my girlfriend when she was constantly reading about it from her business books and magazines and I was really excited to have finally found a global market place for my jewelry. After the first visit in Etsy I was sold and started preparing my shop right away. I have really enjoyed this experience here. The community is so welcoming and warm and people are genuinely happy for each other. Every day I see so many awesome designs and products and it is fantastic to know how many talented people there are.

2. Do you have a favourite piece? Tell us about the thought process involved in creating it and why it is your favourite.

My favorite item in my shop is this amazing engraved diamond ring.  It’s my favorite because the ring always delivers the customers’ own story with it and it’s always unique.. My other favorite Item is my pink tourmaline earrings because they are simple and at the same time gorgeous. I also like those earrings, because I have once given this design as a gift to a very important person in my life

3. What is the biggest milestone you have achieved so far whilst selling on Etsy?

Well I had over 5000 views in my shop during the first 15 days and that was so amazing. I’m so happy that people like my shop and designs.

4. What are your future plans for your shop and crafting in general?

I just started designing my new Bright Colors product line, which I will expand. I will also make other jewelry lines that I’m designing right now. I am also planning on starting a new Etsy shop which would sell supplies to high end jewelry, but that is something that I just started to think about, so it might take a while.

5. And finally let us know where we can find you.

You can find me here:
Etsy Shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/TorkkeliJewellery
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/Torkkelijeweler
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/kultaseppa.pasitorkkeli

Thank you for answering my questions Pasi and for sharing your gorgeous jewellery with us.  I am so impressed by your massive number of views, but considering how professionally your shop has been put together, I really shouldn’t be surprised!  I know you will have a lot of success on Etsy and I just hope I am lucky enough to one day receive one of your pieces (I’m going to have to drop some subtle hints around my house!)

Etsy Love – Gabriella’s Treasures

21 Feb

Today I am continuing my Etsy Love series with Patricia from Gabriella’s Treasures who sells vintage clothing, art and collectibles.  Patricia goes hunting for vintage finds with her granddaughter, Gabriella, and it is clear that they both have a great eye!

1. Tell us a bit about yourself and where the inspiration came from to start your Etsy shop.

I’ve always loved Vintage passionately.  My granddaughter, Gabriella, is my inspiration for my shop and my shop name.  I know I am a very eclectic and creative person, and try to bring that to my shop.  I am 64 years young, but by my personality etc. I am sooo not 64!

2. Do you have a favourite piece? Tell us how you found it and why it is your favourite.

Favorite piece, wow, I love them all.   I honestly can’t say, as my nature is eclectic, I don’t even have a favorite color, I like all color!

3. What is the biggest milestone you have achieved so far whilst selling on Etsy?

My milestone for my shop is just jumping the hurdles teaching myself the computer, how to copy-paste-, learn SEO, it is a whole other world for me, but I am loving it, and I always wanting to learn.  Personal life hurdles – you don’t want to know (LOL), suffice it to say I am an excellent hurdler.

4. What are your future plans for your business?

I have always wanted to do something like this; couldn’t afford to open a real shop; did arts and crafts shows years ago (handmade), had to work a real job and raise 3 (wonderful) children, get through life and illness and all that encompasses our lives, put myself on the back burner because I had to.  It is now time for me to do something for me, and Gabriella and I are doing this; I want success, I do want to make money for my future and Gabriella’s also.  I want to fulfill myself and my dreams I’ve been holding onto for so long.

5. And finally let us know where we can find you.

You can find me here:
Etsy Shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/GabriellasTreasures

Patricia still has roughly 200 more items to add to her shop so be sure to bookmark her site and check back often for new delights.

Thanks for answering my questions Patricia.  I think it’s great that you share your passion for vintage with your granddaughter and I get the loveliest image of you both hunting for treasure together – I wish you both lots of success in your adventures!

Etsy Love – Cheryl Brisson Folk Art

20 Feb


Next up in my Etsy Love series is Cheryl from Cheryl Brisson Folk Art who paints jewellery boxes and other vintage and thrift shop finds.  She also sells original artwork, art prints and cards.  I just adore the whimsical style of Cheryl’s folk art.  The attention to detail and vibrant colours are so relaxing to look at.

1. Tell us a bit about yourself and where the inspiration came from to start your Etsy shop.

I live in a small city in Northern Canada and was having trouble finding shops that fit my style of folk art – when I found Etsy I knew I’d hit the jackpot!

2. Do you have a favourite piece? Tell us about the thought process involved in creating it and why it is your favourite.

I loooove every vintage jewelry box that I paint – just knowing that someone gave that piece up and that with a little paint and imagination it will be beautiful and useful again – and holding someone’s precious jewels!

3. What is the biggest milestone you have achieved so far whilst selling on Etsy?

Shipping to Japan!

4. What are your future plans for your shop and crafting in general?

I want to keep growing my Etsy shop…I’m also interested in teaching classes and workshops (I’m a part-time Special Education teacher).

5. And finally let us know where we can find you.

You can find me here:
Etsy Shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/CherylBrissonFolkArt
Blog: www.cherylbrisson.blogspot.com

Thank you for sharing with us Cheryl.  It’s always great to see unwanted items being turned into something beautiful and given a new lease of life, and you do it with amazing style!