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Etsy Love – JanJat

15 Jan

Today I caught up with Catherine from Janjat Jewellery who sells eyeglass chains and handmade jewellery including jewellery made using sea glass.  The soft, natural tones of Catherine’s shop have a very calming effect as you browse, and as a nature lover I especially love the sea glass pieces – each pendant is unique and one of a kind! il_570xN_354145703_7b3l

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

I started creating jewelry for fun and for myself. Over time my jewelry collection grew to the point of being ridiculous and all my friends/family were enjoying my work so much that I thought about selling my pieces. To be honest I didn’t know where to start until a friend mentioned Etsy. To me it seemed less frightening than approaching stores so I made the jump with a lot of support from my family.

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_341426844

My gemstone stack necklaces have to be one of my favorite pieces. I remember seeing the stones in a store and they just jumped into my hand. I love the soft, pastel colors of the gemstones and they have a lovely sparkle. Also, unlike many stones that are faceted or even rough cut these stones are polished soft which makes them fabulous to handle and fiddle with when you are wearing them. I enjoy the tactile nature and the simple elegance of these pieces.

3. What is it that makes your shop unique?

My store is unique because I refuse to do just one thing! I can see the beauty in very simple, minimalist pieces but I also love bright, bold jewelry so I make both. Also, I am fortunate to live near a beach which offers an endless supply of sea glass that I love working with and creating absolutely one of a kind pieces from.

4. What’s next in the pipeline?

Next in the pipeline… Well, if I had to pick something it would be gemstone earrings and sea glass earrings. I need to hone my skills to wire wrap smaller pieces and I’m really excited for this next adventure.

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

I think the best part of my business is when I receive custom orders. I really enjoy working with a customer, getting to know them and creating something for them that is just perfect. I have been very fortunate to work with some absolutely fabulous people and it makes the finished jewelry piece much more memorable to both the client and I.il_570xN_412663588_f0nc

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

Etsy Shop: www.etsy.com/shop/JanJat
Facebook: www.facebook.com/janjatjewelry
Flickr: www.flickr.com/photos/janjatjewelry
Pinterest: pinterest.com/janjatjewelry/

Thanks for sharing with us Catherine – it must be wonderful to be able to wander along the beach and pick up supplies for your craft at the same time!  I wonder if the feeling of serenity I get from your shop is from the calming influence of your surroundings.

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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!

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/

Rainbow Love – a Valentines Day Treasury

2 Feb

‘Rainbow Love for Valentines Day’ by thecandytree125

Here is a rainbow of valentines day gift ideas – straight from the heart!


Big Red HEART Valen…

$19.00

Valentine garland, …

$28.00

Papier Mache Orange…

$10.00

Rustic Heart Sterli…

$35.00

Yellow heart brooch…

$8.00

Lemon yellow heart …

$10.00

Green Heart Mixed M…

$3.00

Mint Green Heart Sh…

$28.00

blue heart dish – 3…

$10.00

Blue Heart and Red …

$25.00

Heart Valentines La…

$5.99

Crystal Heart Neckl…

$34.00

White Hearts Waterc…

$15.00

CALM Purple and Vio…

$12.99

Wire Wrapped and Re…

$18.00

Purple Heart Magnet…

$8.00

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

Hope you enjoy my treasury – just click on a picture to be taking to the item listing on Etsy for full details!