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Thursday Feature – Abigail’s Attic

6 Jun

This week we get to know Julie from Abigail’s Attic who creates crocheted and sewn headbands and more!  Julie’s shop is full of adorable delights and I just love her product photography!

il_570xN_439298348_5rvc1. Tell us a bit about yourself and where the inspiration came from to start your Etsy shop. 

My name is Julie. I live in Maine with my husband, daughter, a few chickens, the occasional pig, and a cat who thinks she is a dog.

Abigail’s Attic is named after my 1 year old daughter. She is my inspiration. When my husband and I found out we were expecting, we decided that I would stay home with our child. Daycare is so expensive that it wasn’t worth it to have me working outside the home. But with me not working anymore, money got very tight. I knew I needed to do something. I wanted to be able to not just help provide some income for my family but also be able to set aside some for Abby’s future.

I have been crocheting and sewing most my life. After I purchased a headband for Abby for Christmas is when I had the “ah ha” moment to start the Etsy shop.

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

Oh that is a hard question. I really enjoy the Baby Flower Headband- “The Abigail” and the Heart Headband. These are both some of my first pieces. That is part of what makes them my favorites. I also love how cute but super simple they are. I love more minimalist pieces.il_570xN_437246622_ejm3

I can’t say there was much thought process. I have a tendency to have ideas suddenly pop into my head. In all areas of my life, not just the shop. With the shop, it seems to work well. I usually have to create the item as soon as I think about it and then tweak it a little to work like I was hoping. With the rest of my life….well, don’t ask my husband about some of the meals I have created. 🙂

3. What is it that makes your shop unique?

A few things. The first is how simple my items are. A lot of other accessory shops and businesses out there right now, especially for babies, go a little more over the top. Mine are more simple. I want my accessories to help show how adorable your baby is, not overpower them.

Second, the majority of my items have multiple color and size options. This makes it easy to basically customize your purchase at no extra charge.

Third, my items are very affordable. I want the average mom who may not always have a lot of extra income, like myself, to be able to treat herself and her child without breaking the bank.

4. What’s next in the pipeline?

More sewn items. I’m hoping to add some items like hooded towels and shopping cart covers soon. I also have more crochet items to add this fall, just in time for winter.

I just purchased three new colors for headbands so those will be coming soon. Even with adding more variety to my shop, baby headbands will always be my first love. 🙂

5. Tell us something about you or your shop that you haven’t previously shared!

First and foremost, I am a Christian. I am so thankful that God blessed me with my crafting talent so I am able to help provide for my family while being able to be a stay at home mom.il_570xN_437238288_5cr8

Random facts about me: My husband competes in lumberjack competition so I spend my weekends all summer and fall cheering him on. I have even started helping run some local competitions in the past few years.

6. And finally, let us know where we can find you.

Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/AbigailsAttic112
Website: www.abigailsatticaccessories.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/AbigailsAtticAccessories
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/abigailsattic13
Instagram: www.instagram.com/abigailsattic

Julie has also kindly created a coupon code exclusively for The Candy Tree readers! Use coupon code BLOGREADER at checkout to receive 15% off your entire purchase.

Thanks for sharing your shop with us, Julie!  Crochet is one of those skills I can never imagine being ever to work out myself and I cannot wait to see your new crocheted products!

Thursday Feature – Finding Starlight

16 May

Today we are getting to know Sarah from Finding Starlight, an Etsy shop featuring a wonderful selection of handmade earrings and crocheted headbands.  I especially love Sarah’s headbands as they make a wonderful and versatile accessory!

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

I first started crafting as a young girl. My mother was the one who first put a crochet hook in my hand and who bought me my first beading kit. I was seven years old when my mom taught me how to crochet, and I fell in love with it right away. My first ever project was a scarf. My mother taught me how to create my own patterns. She always says, “Why use someone else’s pattern when you can make your own?” When I was nine, she bought me my first “grown-up” beading kit, and I suddenly had a new and wonderful hobby. I spent my time creating bracelets and earrings for everyone I knew. Ever since then, crafting has been a passion of mine.

Many years later, I’m now a poor college student who does this in my spare time to try to make some extra money for necessities. But first and foremost, I do this because I love it. I love having a way to express my creativity. When I first discovered Etsy, I was so excited because up until then I had just been making things for my loved ones. But to have an opportunity to share my passion with the world is truly thrilling.

2. Do you have a favourite piece? Tell us about the thought process involved in creating it and why it is your favourite.il_570xN_357120266_ojud

My favorite piece in my shop would have to be my “Something Blue Earrings.” When I look at them I instantly think of walking down a beach on a partly cloudy day (my favorite kind of day). It’s like I can almost feel the mist of the ocean on my skin and the wind blowing my hair in my face. When I was making them, the inspiration for them all started with the ear wires. I loved the seashells on them so much and I knew I had to make something with those. I’ve seriously considered on more than one occasion taking them down and keeping them for myself.

3. What is it that makes your shop unique?

I specialize in making quality handmade jewelry and accessories. But I also do my best to make them affordable as well. As I mentioned earlier, I’m a poor college student, so I understand wanting to be able to buy nice things for myself and as gifts, but not wanting to spend too much. So in addition to trying to keep my prices low, I frequently have coupons also.

I put my whole heart and soul into everything I make. And I never put something up for sale unless it’s something I would proudly wear myself. Also, in most of my listings, I put a quote in the description. And I do that because before I started selling on Etsy, I saw a listing once where someone did that. And it made me smile. And I started thinking that if I smiled from seeing that, then maybe other people do also. So when I opened my shop I started putting quotes in my descriptions as well. Because that’s who I am: I’m the girl who likes to make people smile.il_570xN_421396835_4toe

4. What’s next in the pipeline?

Hopefully this summer you’ll start to see some brand new products in my shop. I really want to expand my crochet line that I have. So hopefully soon you’ll start seeing some new headband designs, some scarves, and some crochet flower hair clips.

5. Tell us something about you or your shop that you haven’t previously shared!

I’m going to let you all in on a secret. I’m going to tell you the meaning behind my shop name: Finding Starlight. To me, stars represent something beautiful that seems so close – like if we just reach out a little bit further we could touch them – but when in fact they’re far away. So to me, stars are sort of a metaphor for life. We’re always searching for something. Whether it’s love, friendship, a new career; we’re always on a journey to some sort of end goal. And that’s what Finding Starlight is all about. It’s about that beautiful journey we’re all on to make our dreams our reality. It’s about finding the starlight.

6. And finally, let us know where we can find you.

You can find me on my Etsy shop page at www.FindingStarlight.etsy.com. Or on my Facebook page where you can be the first to hear about coupons, sales, and giveaways! www.facebook.com/FindingStarlightil_570xN_352283078_51xv

Sarah has also kindly offered The Candy Tree readers an exclusive 10% off coupon!  Simply use coupon code 10FORSPRING13 at checkout!

Thanks for sharing your shop with us, Sarah – I especially love your explanation of where your shop name came from!  Also, I’ve never been able to master crochet and I just adore your designs – I can’t wait to see your new products!

Etsy Love – These Tiny Treasures

8 Mar

Next up in my Etsy Love series is Amber from These Tiny Treasures who sells crocheted items, fairy dust jars and Rapunzel hair!  Amber’s shop has a wonderful, magical feel and a hint of childhood innocence about it.  Browsing These Tiny Treasures, it is easy to get lost in a world of make-believe, fairies and pirates!

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

I am a mother of 4 children, this is why many items in my shop are small and for children. I love being a stay at home mom and watching my children learn and grow. Since my friend opened an Etsy shop about a year ago and had much success, I’ve wanted to also open one.

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 piece is probably these fairy dust jars.  I love believing in magical things like a child would. This item is new to my shop and I imagine a bride and her fairy tale wedding running through a rain fall of glitter-it would be perfectly magical and beautiful. The picture that I took with these has china that my great-grandmother bought just after she was married. The hair piece is the one I had from my wedding so even the picture has special meaning to me and I love it!

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

I think the biggest milestone so far with my Etsy shop was getting to the 50 items point. I really wanted to have 50 before the end of February and I made it!

4. What are your future plans for your business?

Future plans for my shop would be just to expand and hopefully be able to be successful with sales nearly every day. I want to create new ideas and add to my shop.

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

Etsy Shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/thesetinytreasures
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Thesetinytreasures/295392697183358
Blog: http://www.thesetinytreasures.blogspot.com/

Thank you for sharing with us Amber and for allowing us to delve into your magical shop!  It’s always great to discover something a bit different and I think you will find lots of success with your beautiful shop.  I wish I was young again so I could try on some Rapunzel hair (but I think my colleagues would become slightly worried!)