Etsy Seller : Acornbeach

Tell us a bit about yourself
I am a 31 year old, married Florida native who has recently been transplanted to Boston. Before settling down as a Jewelry Designer slash Research Attorney (that's my day job), I attended college in Atlanta, lived on sailboat in Greece, and then wound up in law school. Also I finally learned how to ride a bicycle last year – it wasn't pretty, lots of flailing about and cursing – but I did it. Whoo-hoo!
What are your interests?
I adore spending time at the beach, any beach, but especially the Gulf of Mexico's laid back shore. Travel is very important to me and I am happy to say I have visited several countries, most recently Japan. I also enjoy reading, interior design and architecture. I am trying to talk myself into liking jogging, but it's not going so well.
How did you find out about Etsy?
I read about etsy on a blog titled http://www.dooce.com/ – from then on I was 100% hooked. Well, hooked as a voyeur. It took a few weeks before I had to time (and, okay, courage) to join up and start selling my wares.


Please describe your creative process
My inspiration always comes from nature and it only takes a little something, whether the shape of a shell, or the color of the water, to send me running to my sketch pad. Once I rough out a few ideas for new pieces I will list the components that I need, check my supplies, and place an order with my vendors. Sometimes I use repurposed or vintage materials – but 99% of the time my pieces are compromised of brand new supplies. I enjoy working with sterling silver, gemstones and shells. Each item is handmade in my smoke-free home studio/office. There are times where I will make exactly what I had planned and other instances where the design morphs during assembly – it is not unusual for me to rework a piece several times before I think it is "good enough" for sale. Most often I only create one or two of each piece, which helps my little brain stay fresh. However I have made custom orders wherein I'll produce several of one design for a particular client. Once an item has been purchased, I carefully gift wrap the jewelry and mail it out in a padded mailer with – of course – a handwritten thank you note.


How do you promote your work?
Within etsy I list new pieces frequently, relist older items at least once a week, and actively participate in the forums. Outside of etsy I sell my work to a (wonderful!) store in St. Petersburg Florida, Paper Presence, and plan on approaching more shops here in Boston. I have also posted my work on cs.artjewelrymag.com, and been featured on solsisters.blogspot.com at solsisters.blogspot.com/2008/07/monkey-love.html.


Would you please tell us about 5 etsy stores that you most like?
(1) Annie's Powder Room at http://www.www.anniepoo.etsy.com , a beautiful shop with precious animal-shaped soaps.
(2) Small Impressions Paintings at http://www.smallimpressions.etsy.com , a "gotta have it" kind of shop that sells affordable, lovely landscapes
(3) Lucky Kaaeru Fabric at http://www.luckykaerufabric.etsy.com a funky shop that makes me wish I could sew
(4) LaWoodstock at http://www.LaWood.etsy.com , an adorable shop that sells adorable crochet frogs that I want to buy and sit all over my desk
(5) http://www.lululalaland.etsy.com , a top-selling jewelry supply shop with amazingly low prices

Etsy Seller : Splashesofcolor

Tell us a bit about yourself
I am a mom of 5 and a military wife. Have one girl and 4 boys. My 7yr old son Jacob passed last year. He lived at a place called Holy Angels for medically fragil children. I now donate a percentage of my sales to the. http://www.holyangelsnc.com/

What are your interests?
Searching for new craft ideas. Love watching old movies and reading VC Andrew series



How did I find out about Etsy:
A lady I was thinking of buying a purse from told me about Etsy

How do you promote your work?
I promote my work by blogging, using project wonderful, word of mouth, free online advertising sites

Could you please tell us about 5 etsy stores that you most like?
Some shops I love here

http://www.windrose.etsy.com/ She sells the best mernio wool for needle felting
http://www.youllbeehooked.etsy.com/ has the greatest face scrubbies
http://www.zephi.etsy.com/ is one of the coolest artist on etsy, her drawings
http://www.rockbeckynot.com/ makes wondeful doggie necklaces
http://www.debyo.etsy.com/ can supply all your products to make the best jewelry

Do you know what is Emery Pincushion?

Emery Grain/Sand/Mineral/Powder for who like to Sew ! ! !

Did you heard Emery before ? Or do you have Tomato Pincushion come with cute little Strawberry?

Emery is a very hard rock type used to make abrasive powder. It largely consists of the mineral corundum (aluminum oxide), mixed with other species such as the iron-bearing spinels hercynite and magnetite, and also rutile (titania). Industrial emery may contain a variety of other minerals and synthetic compounds such as magnesia, mullite, and silica.



Crushed or naturally eroded emery (known as black sand) is used as an abrasive. If you use emery ina pincushion, it help to keep your needles, pins clean and sharp. It's very heavy so not move around when you sew. I'm sure you know strawberry pincushion. They have emery inside.
If you like to buy emery for make very own pincushion please check my store. There is big discount now. Also you can find finished pincushions too.

Etsy Seller : Lovelyart

Tell us a bit about yourself:
I'm Claudia form Barcelona (Spain). Since I was a child I were atracted to art and painting because of my uncle and now I'm studing Fine arts. I've a sister 2 years older than me (I'm 20) she is bead addicted and is studing fashion desing. My sleep masks crafts start when I've decided to do a handmade sleep mask (for me). I was searching internet and think to do a inspirated Breakfast at Tiffany's sleep mask. But not the same, I would like to do it with my own desing. Then I tought that I can try sell this at my Etsy sotre. My surprise was when this sleep mask was sold.


What are your interests?
I love Arts and Crafts, tv series, beads, kawaii, vintage, felt. I would like to make things that you like to wear with a smile in your face. I want to do crafts and have fun with this.

How did you find out about Etsy?
My sister have a store there and encouraged me to sell my prints. But they aren't successful so I've decided to do my own crafts and sleep masks.


Please describe your creative process.
All my items are done with care and love. To do my items I have to think about it, search internet, make some sketches and a pattern. Then I love to use felt, cotton and decorations like appliques and beads for my creations.*How do you promote your work? I think that work and photos are the best promotion. But is too useful to be at internet sites like blogs, flirck ... and add them to google. I'm searching for marqueting tecniques!

Could you please tell us about 5 etsy stores that you most like?

Etsy Seller : Bagladee

Tell us a bit about yourself:
My name is Emma, I'm orginally from Newcastle in the northeast of England(UK) but I now live in Nottingham (UK). I moved to Nottingham to attend the Nottingham Trent University, I completed a degree in Fashion & Textiles and after meeting my boyfriend I decided to stay. I've lived here for 6 years now and I work full time in Sales (thats the boring day job that pays the bills). The fun starts after work and at weekends when I can sew until my hearts content!!! I dream of the day when I can leave my job and full time craft.


Blog: http://www.emma-bagladee.blogspot.com/
Website (undercontruction): http://www.bagladee.com/
Shop: http://www.bagladee.etsy.com/
Flickr: www.flickr.com/photos/bagladee

What are your interests?
I love fashion- clothes, shoes but especially bags! I read copious amounts of fashion magazines and like to keep cuttings of things that inspire me. I like to go to the cinema, catch up with my friends and travelling. I love meeting new people, learning new skills and broadening my knowledge of the world. Anything creative is my escape from the mundane day to day job

How did you find out about Etsy?
I discovered Etsy through a friend who is also a member of Etsy. Sarah, (paperandstring.etsy.com) she encouraged me to join and I'm so pleased I did, just wish I had done it sooner


Please describe your creative process:
My creative process usually starts with inpspiration from things I have seen in magazines, the fabric I buy, time spent with friends or even just doodling on pieces of paper. I then start experimenting with technical patterns, making decisions such as handle composition & length, size of compartments and detailing. I then make a mock up (test piece) of the bag and check to see if the overall bag works as a design. Then the fun bit starts where I can choose fabrics, cut out pieces and start sewing to see my creation take shape. Once the main body of the bag is sewn together I can then get more creative and add detailing like diamantes and beads. The hard bit is letting my creations go to their new homes.....but that is soon forgotten once I'm busy making the next. I also do alot of commmission work which is really fun as I try to pick out peoples personalities in the bags I make for them. I like to know my customer, the things they like, what inspires them and most of all how much they love their bag as much as I did making it.

How do you promote your work?
Mainly I give out A LOT of business cards, join in the forum threads in promotions, keep friends and family updated with lots of emails. Make sure my blog is kept up to date and attend as many craft fairs that I can possibly fit in.


Could you please tell us about 5 etsy stores that you most like?

My favourite is:
paperandstring.etsy.com
BaxterAndMadison.etsy.com
luckykaerufabric.etsy.com
vintageinspirations.etsy.com
lrsteiner.etsy.com (there are too many of my favourites but these are my top 5)

Etsy Seller : Kitty Kat Kards

Tell us a bit about yourself:

My name is Tina, 25 years old, female, from Maryland. I have always enjoyed doing origami and picked up this cardmaking hobby within the last year. I like making homemade cards because it's so much more personal than going to Hallmark and getting a card there.

What are your interests?:

Folding origami, making homemade cards. In my non-Etsy life, I love to run, read, swim, play Wii/Wii Fit. Anyone who knows me knows that I love food (Mexican, Japanese, Thai, Italian, Chinese, Indian, etc.) and naps.

How did you find out about Etsy?:

My friend told me about it when I showed her cards that I made and now I'm hooked. Please describe your creative process.: I dunno if there's really a process to my work. However, I do like my items to be colorful and look like time/love went into making them. My signature item on Etsy are my origami dresses, but I've been branching out into making origami troll cards and origami envelopes.

How do you promote your work?:

I put a few of my business cards in my shipped orders. I've been giving my cards away at work. I hang out here in the forums at lot! I hope to do a craft show or something of that nature in the future. I put my shop name on my cards, so that people who receive them can check out my website too.


Could you please tell us about 5 etsy stores that you most like?:
It's very hard to come up with only 5! Here are some of my favorites...
http://scotiamade.etsy.com/ Hilarious Cards!
http://craftpudding.etsy.com/ Awesome Stamps
http://anniepoo.etsy.com/ She helped me a lot when I first started out here on Etsy

Nil a talented crafter!- FemmeDetails.com

I was featured at FemmeDetails.com. I am attached all interview. Thank you very much Emma!!!

Nil a talented crafter!


• Tell me a bit about yourself

Hello. My name is Nilufer but like to use Nil. I am from Istanbul,Turkey but live in Brooklyn,NY for 4 years. I like crosstitches, Yo-Yo’s, Quilting, home decoration and find new ideas for my friends! I was working like Consultant for re-organization the companies. I worked at Gold , Steel, Car Filter and Textile Factories… So for understanding the company and write company manuals I worked at all departments and learn all the production procedures. It was really fun for me to learn a lot of thinks in short time

• What is the name of your Shop?

Actually I have two stores, nakpunar and iloveyoyo. At Nakpunar I sell emery sand, emery pincushions and craft supplies. At I Love Yoyo I sell my handmade Yo-Yo’s. I have nice projects but need more time.

• Please describe your creative process

I like to use scraps! I hate to throw them to garbage. When I have scrap first I’m looking what is the fabric size and kind. I use satin and crepe fabrics for my Ponytail Holders and Table Runners. Cotton’s for Yoyo Quilts. Really small cotton pieces for my Collectible Miniature Yo-Yo Doll Quilts. After I seperate them I am starting to work.

For emery sand I like to wholesale instead of making pincushions! It’s give me much more time for my Yo-Yo’s

• Where do your ideas come from?

I like to talk with my friends about our items.Usually I found new ideas when I talk with them! Example my best friend making dolls. When I see her dolls I think hey she need a quilt for her bed! And start to stitches Yo-Yo Doll Quilt Series.


• How did you get into your craft?

All my life I like to do something nice even I was a small kid. Turkey is very old country. There are thousands crafts. Our families teach some crafts like crocheting, sewing to young girls before get married. We like to create and save them.I still have my family chest that is around 300 years old and Basilisk Woman paint on, my Grandmom’s bridal towel that used real gold and silver threads for to make embroidery. So I cannot say I craft only 3-4 years.

• Apart from creating things, what do you do?

I like to go Manhattan, fishing,reading, see new places especially forests and waterfalls! and of course have nice times with my family.

• How do you promote your work?

I have Blog, I am writing at forums, have eBay,Amazon, eCrater store. Send advertisement to craiglist weekly.

New Group , More Friends and Busy Days


Whole week I was so busy. Because we open new group. "ISOT LADIES" Internet Store Owner Turkish Ladies. I am the group Admin and wow there is no time even for my stores. We already have 19 members in one week and everyday more Turkish Ladies join to our group.

If you're Turkish and have Etsy store please send mail to join our groups:
isotladies-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Please visit us:
http://www.isotladies.blogspot.com

Etsy Treasury

This is my first featuring in a Treasury! I'm so happy and excited! thank you, retrorugrats.etsy.com for featuring me in your wonderful treasury!