Tag Archives: jewelry

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 – 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 – Ang’s Divine Designs

18 Feb

Next up in my Etsy Love series is Angie from Ang’s Divine Designs who sells beautiful, affordable jewellery.  Angie’s shop is full of beaded delights at very reasonable prices and I think anyone would struggle not to find something to suit their taste!

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

I started making earrings several years ago when I found out that my daughter could not wear anything that was not nickel free. Any time metal is in contact with her skin, she’ll break out in a rash and itch. At the time she wanted to start wearing jewelry we couldn’t really find much she could wear; so I started making earrings for her with nickel free hooks. When I started making jewelry I knew I found my creative outlet! I loved it! I started showing people I worked with what I had made and started getting requests. I have enjoyed it ever since. My goal has always been to create affordable, attractive earrings/jewelry. I try to get the best deals on my materials so I can keep my prices low for you.

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

I don’t really have a favorite piece. I love creating jewelry, but I am my biggest critic too.

[Well I guess I will choose my own favourite for you! These seed bead bottle earrings are so unusual (and I just love rainbows!)]

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

I love and appreciate that I have had over 200 sales in less than 2 years and I am always excited when my creations go over seas!

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

I love to come up with new ideas and create new jewelry. I would love to get the word out more about my shop!

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

You can find me here:
Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/AngsDivineDesigns
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Angs-Divine-Designs/140295905981439
Pinterest: pinterest.com/AngDivineDesign/

Etsy Love – Rrizzart

17 Feb

Next up in my Etsy Love series is Robin from Rrizzart who sells mixed media art, decoupaged jewelry, collage art, embellished crosses and jewellery boxes.  Decoupage is one of the few crafts I have yet to try and I really enjoyed browsing the vast mix of colours and textures available in Robin’s beautiful shop.  Another key feature of Robin’s designs is that they are one of a kind, meaning you have the opportunity to receive something truly unique!    

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

I have been crafting for years – I’ve worked in every medium imaginable, starting with sewing and cross-stitch and mostly making things as gifts and for my own home. Inspiration really took off when I started working at Michaels several years ago and found myself exposed to all kinds of wonderful stuff! I wound up working in mixed media and decoupage mostly because I love the endless possibilities to combine color and texture. My Etsy shop came about the way many others’ do – I simply had too much stuff to keep for myself!

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

I don’t have one specific piece that is my favorite, but the ones I enjoy making the most are my decoupaged embellished crosses. As I was raised Catholic, I was always drawn to the shape of the cross and the ornate embellishment of early churches. To me it is not so much a religious symbol as it is a more general spiritual expression of faith and hope. I find the shape of it aesthetically pleasing, and I try to make each one in a way that will personally connect with the viewer on whatever spiritual plane they find themselves on. The possibilities of color and embellishment are endless and I never plan them out beforehand – I just let them become what they want to become.

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

I think my biggest milestone on Etsy is the fact that I am here at all! I didn’t start my shop here until I was 50, and I didn’t know the first thing about business and even less about computers. Before I opened my shop I couldn’t even open my email without my daughter’s help! I have learned so much! The fact that I am approaching my 2 year “Etsyversary” and have sold well over 100 items astounds me every day.

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

My plan right now is to just keep growing and adding new items. At some point I would like to add more of the textile work, such as embroidery and crochet, that I started with years ago. As I make a lot of my own clothes by altering and embellishing thrift store finds, at some point I may introduce another shop for ‘altered couture’.

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

You can find me here:
Etsy Shop: http://www.rrizzart.etsy.com/
Twitter: @rrizzart
Facebook: Rrizzart

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions Robin.  It is evident that you have worked really hard at your craft – not just in terms of creating your beautiful items, but in learning about computers and business.  It is inspiring to see that all of your hard work has paid off and I wish you even more success in the future (and happy Etsyversary when it comes)!

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Shameless Plug

14 Feb

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