Monday, April 26, 2010

Handmade Shop of the Week: Mootsie

Audrey Angrisani, of Mootsie, considers her work to be mixed media art, though most of it ends up as wearable Jewelry. She opened her eclectic shop in 2007 as a way to reach her customers without working the craft fair circuit.

Why did you decide to open your handmade shop?
I used to do shows, I found them to be exhausting , was looking for some other way to sell my art that made sense.

Has your inventory changed much since you first opened?

Who are the majority of your customers? How did they find you?
Mostly Women who appreciate unique handcrafted jewelry, I find alot of customers on Twitter.

What inspires you to create?
Mostly vintage supplies like buttons, ribbons, broken jewels, I lay them out and just play, sometimes I have a sketch, Nature also is a huge inspiration.

What is your favorite item in your shop currently? Your most popular item?
My Nest Pendants are my Favorite, I can't stop making them, and they are probably the most popular next to my Alice in Wonderland items.

What has been your greatest resource to make your shop successful?
Etsy Forums, Twitter and I belong to a group of artists called CAKE, we have a BNR on etsy and promote each other on the forums and on twitter.

Any changes coming to your shop in the future?
try to add more items daily

Mootsie loves nest pendants and she would love to share one with you.

here's how to enter: one entry for each action, giveaway ends May 2nd, 2010
1) visit Mootsie and comment here on your favorite item in her shop
2) make mootsie one of your favorite shops and heart your favorite item
3) follow her on twitter and be sure to tweet about this giveaway
4) write a blog article about Mootsie and her giveaway
5) make a purchase in her shop!

Interested in being featured? Email me for information!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Am I In Treasury East?

Now there is an easy way to find out: Handmade Spark has written an article about this cool new search app.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Handmade Shop of the Week: Fabled Charm Designs

Welcome to the 8th edition of the EtsyNJ Team Tuesday blog hop! Here's how it works - write a feature about any EtsyNJ team member on your blog (as long or as short as you'd like it to be) and then add the blog hop code at the end of this post and check out all of the other great features - get to know the EtsyNJ street team!!

Carrie A. Cahill, of Fabled Charm Designs, has been selling her delicate Jewelry and Handbags on etsy since December 30, 2009. She combines crystal beads with metal accents creating a subtle but beautiful effect.

Why did you decide to open your handmade shop? 
I sell handmade jewelry to local boutiques and want to get more exposure on the web.

Has your inventory changed much since you first opened? 
Yes, even though I've only been open since December, I've been tweaking my inventory based on what I see sell more on etsy.

Who are the majority of your customers? How did they find you? 
Most are adult females. I've been found on twitter and facebook.

What inspires you to create? 
I love beads. Working with the colors and textures of different beads is a process I love. My inspiration starts with matching up colors, textures and shapes and then putting them together to create a unique product.

What is your favorite item in your shop currently? Your most popular item? 
I recently created a pair of lucite tulip earrings that are probably my favorites. I almost kept them for myself.  In its first day it had 40 views.

What has been your greatest resource to make your shop successful? 
So far, my views and sales increased as soon as I started promoting in the forums and putting items on twitter. 

Any changes coming to your shop in the future? 
I will probably be adding some scrabble tile pendants. They are fun and easy to make, so I will probably add some here and there in between making actual jewelry pieces. 

How else can we find you online? Any team affiliations? 
Other than EtsyNJ, I don't have any team affiliations yet. I just opened a new website. and I'm on twitter:

I have a pair of cute earrings with small porcelain owls that I would like to list as a giveaway. They are hook style earrings with pewter rings and tiny porcelain owls with green wings.

Here's how to enter: 
You will get one entry into her giveaway for each action. Giveaway ends April 25th, 2010
1) Visit Fabled Charm Designs and comment here on your favorite item in her shop. 
2) Heart her shop and your favorite item.
3) Follow her on twitter and tweet about this giveaway.
4) Write a blog article about Fabled Charm Designs and this giveaway.
5) Make a purchase from her shop.

Interested in being featured? Email me for information.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

love yarn?

I love ravelry. There are soooo many reasons to love ravelry but this is definitely a major one. GIVEAWAYS!

Super Delicious Giveaway!

Dropped Stitches makes beautiful yarns, blogs about them and sells them online as well. She has decided to give away 2 skiens of her gorgeous recycled yarn to those who enter her giveaway before this monday. A winner will be chosen at random. Good luck to everyone who enters!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Handmade Shop of the Week: Aquarian Bath

Cory Trusty, of Aquarian Bath, loves to make bath & body products. This herbalist, mother, organic gardener, and soap maker opened her shop in October of 2008. Cory has an amazing variety of products that will delight the senses and satisfy the soul.

Why did you decide to open your handmade shop?
I had a cohesive line of herbal salves and soaps that I was selling on another site with jewelry and crystals. I wanted to have a shop that was dedicated to the bath and body products, and also become a part of the Etsy community.

Has your inventory changed much since you first opened?
I have added a greater variety of soaps as well as solid and roll on natural perfumes. I also now have microwavable organic lavender and organic flax neck wraps, which I don't believe I listed my first year.

Who are the majority of your customers? How did they find you?
The majority of my customers at this time are local return customers. I sell outside of Etsy at various local venues. Facebook and blogging has been a great way to keep in touch with my local customers.

What inspires you to create?
I'm inspired by the materials that I work with themselves. I use a lot of organic herbs and essential oils. There are so many ways to combine them. Right now I have some amazing wild harvested virgin coconut oil from the South Pacific that my husband brought home from a trip. I was just laying in bed thinking of what kind of balm I would like to make with it, and the herbs just came to me: first the organic Bulgarian roses that I have been meaning to play with, and wouldn't those be nice with the white sage, and... ooh even better with the organic lavender that I have left from the neck pillows. So that is my next project.

What is your favorite item in your shop currently? Your most popular item?
My favorite item is my Ocean Waves Sea Salt soap. It is an unscented soap made with nearly 50% sea salt. It is really wonderful for opening my pores, and it is especially during these dry winter months when my legs can tend to get rough itchy patches.

My biggest seller at this time is my Carrot Shampoo Bar. It is pretty commone now that when someone buys one bar, they come back for 3 the next time. I had a return customer purchase 8 for Christmas presents. I had another customer request that I have 8 bars reserved for her at the upcoming Sea Side Herb Society Festival this spring.

What has been your greatest resource to make your shop successful?
My Etsy Street Teams have been a great help to me, in particular Unique Women in Business, Etsy Twitter, and the Florida Etsy street team.

Any changes coming to your shop in the future?
I currently ship next day, but I plan to cut back to shipping 1-2 days a week starting in May when I am expecting a new baby. I'm not sure sure how long it will take me to get back up to speed, but I will be sure to have my shipping times disclosed in my shop. I'm currently stockpiling inventory, so I don't have to worry too much about keeping popular items available.

How else can we find you online? 
My main website is where you can find my facebook fan page, blog, twitter page, and mailing list.

I would like to give away a 1/2 oz sample size of my Well Belly Balm for indigestion. It is a great salve for people with occassional digestive upset. I made originally for my daughter who was experiencing gas and loose stools after one too many birthday parties filled with sweets.

To enter to win you can leave a comment here about one of the items in the etsy shop. Contest is open until April 18th, 2010 to US and Canadian residents only.

For additional entries:
-Tweet this contest for one extra entry
-Become a fan of AquarianBath on Facebook
-Follow the blog at

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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Chris Burkholder; friend and artist

I love the work of Chris Burkholder. He can paint a plank of wood like no one else. He takes photorealism to a whole new level. He also has the honor of being my uncle's best friend. He recently decided to give his art to the world via the internet and opened his first online store. Check out the recent work for sale here.

Chris Burkholder was born in Ohio in 1952 and grew up in Houston, TX. He attended Angelina College in Lufkin, TX on a basketball scholarship, but is primarily self-taught as an artist. He left college to work in the studio of Ancel Nunn in Palestine, TX and in 1972 set up a studio and residence in Pennington, a small east Texas community in the midst of Davy Crockett National Forest, where he still maintains a studio. He lives in The Woodlands, TX with his wife Janice and their two daughters.

Evidence of his concentration on his art is the fact that since college his art has also been his livelihood. Early in his career he won numerous awards in open shows throughout Texas and Louisiana, and in 1977 was honored with a one-man show at the Masur Museum of Art in Monroe, LA. In September 1990 he had his seventh one-man show at Harris Gallery in Houston, TX where he has been represented since 1978. he is also represented by Still-Zinsel Contemporary Fine Art in New Orleans, LA; Novus Gallery in Atlanta; JoAnne Chappel Gallery in San Francisco; Markel Sears in New York, NY & Perry Nicole Fine Art in Memphis, TN
bio taken from perry nicole fine art

Monday, April 5, 2010

Handmade Shop of the Week: Knits by Jo

JolĂ©n Sindelir, of Knits by Jo, loves to knit. She is young and enthusiastic about her craft. She opened her shop in October of 2008 to share her work with the world.

Why did you decide to open your handmade shop?
I originally opened it after trying to sell my knits on Ebay. I didn’t like that I had to price so low to get a sale there. I felt like they were worth more. A parent of one of the students I was teaching saw me knitting one day on a break and told me about Etsy. I signed up the next day! Truth be told, there was a long period of time that I didn’t attend to my shop, and in November 2009, I got more serious and considered it a sort of “re-opening”.

Has your inventory changed much since you first opened?
Yes, when I first opened it, I had only two items. I now realize I need to add more to my inventory to attract different types of customers for different price points. I didn’t add coffee cozies until late 2009 and I’m glad I did! The one craft show I did got people talking about them, and many more sales have come from word of mouth than online. They are also something I can knit up faster than a scarf, especially the entrelac versions. I also hope to start making fingerless gloves, wash cloths, and to get some patterns up as well to increase my diversity.

Who are the majority of your customers? How did they find you?
So far, the majority of my customers have found me either through a craft fair I did and then word of mouth thereafter, or through showcases I’ve done. I do get many views through listing on forum threads but have not received sales there so far. I’m looking forward to do doing more showcases!

What inspires you to create?
It’s typically either color or challenge. Colors I see together in all kinds of situations inspire me to look for them in a yarn and find a way to incorporate them. I also love looking around at objects and seeing patterns in them that I think might look good in my next project. I remember loving winter in Minneapolis because I would always be checking out other people’s hats and scarves and thinking “I could probably make that”.

What is your favorite item in your shop currently? Your most popular item?
My personal favorite is my Raspberry Mocha Entrelac Scarf. It’s one of those projects you take on because you are so excited about it, but you knit it to sell. Knitting for profit can be so conflicting!

As for most popular, it depends on what the terms are. In sales, my most popular is the Cabled Moss Green Coffee Cozy, but in comments and hearts, my most popular is The Cranberry Waves Entrelac Scarf.

What has been your greatest resource to make your shop successful?
I currently have few sales online, so I am always looking for ways to make it as successful as is possible. I have gotten quite a bit of traffic when doing showcases, but look into new ways to spread the word each day. I truly have been sweeping the country by sending out business cards to family and friends that live in each corner of the U.S. and asking them to help me hand them out to people they think might be interested. I will continue to take part in the shop critiques in the virtual classrooms on Etsy in hopes that mine gets picked! I do find that even if mine is not picked, I learn so much each time. Etsy does a great job of supporting its sellers.

Ultimately, I think my strongest move was to get involved in teams. I find so much support in each of them, and can’t imagine doing this all on my own!

Any changes coming to your shop in the future?
I would love to get some patterns in my shop as soon as possible! Possible patterns I would like to add are for the Cranberry Waves Entrelac Purse, for my coffee cozies, for my entrelac scarves, and for a custom scarf that I knit in the round. I will most likely post my NY Yankees pattern in this round scarf as well as opening it up as a custom order option. It can be seen on my Facebook fan page. I am currently working on a set of cotton wash cloths, would love to do fingerless mittens, projects made out of “plarn” (a yarn made out of upcycled plastic bags), and will continue to expand my inventory as well as my creative abilities along the way!

How else can we find you online? Any team affiliations?

I have a blog through Blogspot
I also have a Facebook fanpage, join me!
I am a proud member of these Street Teams:
Etsy Knitters
Crafting in Color
SC Etsy

Pick a coffee cozy :)
Here's how to enter:
Go to Knits by Jo and heart her shop then come back and comment about it. Be sure to let us know which one is your favorite!

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