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Thursday Feature – Studio 5T2

27 Jun

Today I am chatting to Candy from Studio 5T2, who offers a variety of handmade accessories and knitwear.  Candy’s shop is wonderfully presented with striking photography, which really brings her bejewelled goodies to life!

il_570xN_454596083_2he91. Tell us a bit about yourself and where the inspiration came from to start your Etsy shop. 

We are a team of three people and found out about Etsy from a small space in the Cosmopolitan magazine. They advertise that if we have any talent for crafting, sites like Etsy can help us turn our hobby into a small income opportunity. Since I already knit for charity (knitting caps for children, blankets for the Salvation Army, chemo caps for cancer patients), I figured  that it would be a good way to earn a little on the side to help those in need.

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_454499284_lw7g

Our favorite piece and most rewarding so far has to be our dangle sparkle earrings in the form of a tear drop.  Probably because we all work in the healthcare system and we encounter so many life changing events that we see how a tear can touch people differently. Parents teared up to their newborn, loved ones being mourned for their loss, tears from acute and chronic pain, tears from frustration due to bad news, tears of joy when cancer is a sore loser.

So as you can see, I end up seeing that shape as a form of opportunity. Starting that piece was also a healing process since I had to grieve over my loss of a parent. So, the final product is very personal to me and yes, we decided to put it on sale (with the rest of our jewelry creations) to complete my healing process and letting it go.

3. What is it that makes your shop unique?

From the critics we have read so far, our shop can be quite confusing for a regular shopper: knitting products with fashion jewelry! But, that is so us! Life should be all roses and diamonds, unfortunately, it ain’t for some. Plenty of wealthy people do charity work in different forms. So, why can’t we have both! We love the glam and we also love doing some good for those in need.

Charity support goes mainly to three foundations that we have supported for a long time: St-Jude Hospital, Breast Cancer and the National Kidney Foundation in California. Each year, we also try to sponsor a few random participants for the AIDS walk. Some of our knit items that have not sold or sample pieces are sent to the Salvation Army for better use.

4. What’s next in the pipeline?il_570xN_454527318_6ubj

Our next project goal is to expand the tech accessories (iPhone 4/4S is so 2012!), we are in the process of crafting other 3D molds for iPhone 5 and iPad mini cases. We are also looking into having more jewelry pieces added soon. And, a website is under construction. That will be a good way to let the world see “what’s next” and also a more intimate side of us.

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

Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/Studio5T2
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Studio5T2
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CandyLau
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/Studio5T2

Thank you for sharing your wonderful shop with us, Candy!  Not only are you crafting beautiful products, you are helping so many people in the process – it must be so rewarding!

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Friday Finds – Spring Fresh

5 Apr

‘Spring Fresh’ by The Candy Tree

It finally feels like Spring is starting to arrive! Here are a selection of bright and breezy finds for Spring.

Click on the images to be taken to the relevant Etsy listings for more information.


Hand painted silk chiffon sc…

$48

Wedding cufflinks chevron li…

$30

Lime green lampwork glass dr…

$22

Origami Rustic Paper Butterf…

$8

Czech Glass Turquoise blue a…

$2.15

mauve purple and white gold …

$20

Peach Wall Art-Upside Down-S…

$25

Sweet Bees – 8×10 Fine Art P…

$18

Mint ear studs, floral, gift…

$15

Moleskine journal cover, aqu…

$18

Purple Theme Rainbow Color F…

$4

Fiber Art Scarf – Luxurious …

$135

Wallet Ready to Ship

$39

cuff bracelet /pink leather,…

$58

Vintage jewelry recycled GRE…

$32.5

Seashell Photography – 8×10 …

$18

Treasury tool supported by the dog house

Treasury – Spring has Sprung

2 Mar

‘Spring has Sprung!’ by The Candy Tree

A wonderful selection of spring goodies.  All of these items are available with free UK postage for the month of March – simply use Coupon Code FREEMARCH13 at checkout!


Teal & Turquoise Tree Painti…

$115

English Rose Scented Organic…

$3.4

Silk cocoons, hand dyed – br…

$3

Emerald heart bracelet turqu…

$24

Handspun yarn uk knitting su…

$9.99

Cherry Pink Ribbon Necklace …

$25

Rabbit Brooch, Zigzag Geomet…

$6

Frida silver plated floral b…

$45

Womens Blue Scarf Dusk Blue…

$10

Brown and teal peacock frame…

$19.5

Purples green yellow light…

$12.75

Glass Bottle Lavendar Twirls…

$16

Wide Cuff Perspex Bangle, Pi…

$55

Celtic Love Heart Cross Stit…

$17.99

Glitter Turquoise Fossil Ear…

$50

Pink & Blue Lampwork Glass N…

$40

Treasury tool supported by the dog house

Treasury – Autumnal Tones

8 Aug

‘Autumnal Tones’ by TheCandyTree125

Autumn is one of my favourite seasons. The beautiful colours, romantic walks in the evening and kicking up the leaves – this selection of goodies sums it all up beautifully!

I’ve entered this treasury into the SEOTeam Treasury Competition on Etsy.  To help me win please click here to be taken to the original treasury on Etsy and help me increase my view count.  Thanks for your help!

As always, if you would like more details on a particular item – just click on the picture to be taken to the relevant Etsy shop.


Vintage Orange Floral Tote B…

$37.00

Mosaic Trivet, Candle Holder…

$22.00

Leather necklace variety of …

$35.00

Custom Cowl or Infinity Scar…

$32.00

Golden Yellow Sunrise landsc…

$20.00

Brown ribbon bracelet gold p…

$14.00

Fall Napkins, Cloth Dinner N…

$36.00

Original Abstract Modern Sun…

$37.00

Wall Hanging Birds Hand Embr…

$95.00

rose gold tragus earring tra…

$190.00

Organic Cotton Yarn Lion Bra…

$6.75

Leaf Necklace Vintage Fabric…

$15.00

August Sale – Pumpkin Vegan …

$5.00

Fabric bowl gold rust fall a…

$17.99

Fall Wreath, Twig Berry Wrea…

$15.00

Fabric Bead necklace. Purple…

$22.80

Treasury tool supported by the dog house

Etsy Love – Maxies Knitwear

3 Mar

  Next up in my Etsy Love series is Julie from Maxies Knitwear who sells handknitted accessories, scarves, gloves and beanies.  Julie clearly has a lot of skill when it comes to wielding a pair of knitting needles and I particularly love her beanie hats which look really cozy and come in a range of great colours.

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

Hi my name is Julie and I live in beautiful New Zealand with my husband and gorgeous cat named Max.

My mum taught me how to knit when I was really little and she’s a fantastic knitter. I was truly inspired while growing up; watching her create the most gorgeous jumpers and accessories for our family.  She also passed on to me her passion for knitting!  My friends were the ones that encouraged me to open a shop … I’m so glad they did.

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 difficult to choose a favourite, but I really do like these fingerless mittens. They are incredibly easy to knit, and the best part is once knitted, they are comfortable to wear and look fabulous … I know because I own a pair!

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

The biggest milestone was reaching my first sale!  At the time I was starting to doubt I’d made the right decision in selling online, but that one sale did wonders for my confidence… and in that same week I received a custom order from someone else who saw my Etsy shop.  Sales have progressed (although slowly) since then.

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

Future plans for my shop … my goal is to reach 100 listings before the middle of this year, and into the future I’d like to start listing baby and children’s accessories.  For crafting in general, I’d have so many designs that I haven’t even started knitting yet –  like most of us I could do with extra hours in the day! One day I’d also like to learn how to crochet, but that may be a long way off yet as there is so much knitting to do ….

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

Etsy Shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/maxiesknitwear
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/maxiesknitwear
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/maxiesknitwear
Google Plus: http://plus.google.com/u/0/b/110704225387323282927/
Blog: http://www.maxiesknitwear.blogspot.com/
Tumblr: http://www.tumblr.com/blog/maxiesknitwear
Stumble: http://www.stumbleupon.com/julieandmax

Thanks for sharing with us Julie.  I know EXACTLY where you are coming from – there just isn’t enough time in the day to get all of our ideas and new designs created (I know I could use an extra couple of days each week to catch up!)  I wish you all the best with your shop and hope there are many more sales to come.