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Etsy Love – One December

2 Mar

 

Today in my Etsy Love series we meet Michele from One December who sells rustic home decor, custom tumbled marble coasters,  vintage finds and original photography.  One December has a wonderfully rustic feel to it and the range of products compliment each other really well.  Michele has managed to establish a very successful shop and I think that part of that success is due to her ability to portray her love and devotion for her craft in the way she has presented her beautiful products.

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

I am Michele, a creator and a collector of cool vintage items! I live in Connecticut with my wonderful family, two overly friendly cats, and a backyard speckled with goats. I love this location and the changing seasons. We live in the country, but are only one hour from all the hustle and bustle of New York City! I have a terrific husband and best friend and I’m a Mom to two awesome little kids with our third on the way! They’re awesome and they keep me very busy!

After finding myself home with the kids, I wanted to find a way to work from home. Etsy has opened my eyes to a whole new world of possibilities I never knew existed! It is so wonderful! I’m so glad that I get to do what I enjoy and be home with my kids! I love being able to connect with people all over the world through Etsy!

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

My personalized tumbled marble coasters are my favorite. I’m not exactly sure which design, but I love knowing that I’m creating something special for my buyers. I’m giving them something with meaning to them. It may be the names of their family members, a special date, or a set of initials. Many of the designs featured in my shop were inspired by the ideas of my customers!

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

When I hit my 500th sale I was pretty excited. So far, that sticks out as the biggest milestone I’ve achieved! For some reason, I had never imagined I’d reach that many sales, and when I did, it felt like a huge accomplishment…like I could actually be on to something here.

4. What are your future plans for your business?

I’d like to continue on with my Etsy shop. I’m always thinking of new ideas…new coaster designs, completely different products to try out in the shop (which is always fun), and I would definitely like to expand the vintage section of my shop. I love vintage! Maybe one day I will open a separate shop focusing only on vintage items! I’d also like to eventually have my husband working alongside me, creating and selling on Etsy. He is so talented and creative, I know it would be awesome!

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

Etsy Shop: http://www.onedecember.etsy.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/onedecemberm
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/onedecember
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Little-Shop/150729294948010
Blog: http://www.micheleiljazi.blogspot.com

Thanks for sharing with us Michele!  I have to say I’m very jealous of your lifestyle.  I’m sure it is very hectic, but the idea of living in the countryside surrounded by natural beauty sounds so appealing!  I wish you all the best with expanding your shop and look forward to seeing your new designs.

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 – 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!