Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Member Spotlight: Pulp Sushi

Marilyn from Pulp Sushi helps out a lot with the team, she is on the voting comission, and takes care of our Flickr group. This week the spotlight is on her and her fantastic shop!

Name: Marilyn P. Sushi
Age: 32

What kind of things do you make? I make jewelry, hair pins, and buttons.

How long have you been doing your craft? I'm a late bloomer, I started in 2002 with marble magnets and poorly attempted to make soaps and candles, that didn't work out so well.

When did you start selling & what inspired you to start selling? My Etsy shop opened June 2006 selling custom made notebooks and marble magnets. The marbles started to appear on rings and earrings and from there I wanted to focus on jewelry.

Is this your full time job? At the moment, yes. I accepted a "buyout" from my employer back in the Summer of 2008 and didn't rush to find another 9 to 5 job.

What are your hobbies? Besides making jewelry? :) I enjoy practicing yoga, writing, reading, watching older movies, photography.

What is your favorite color? My favorite color to wear? Has to be burgundy/maroon/wine colors. I like to wear darker colors. Bright colors unfortunately look strange on me.

What is your favorite color combination? I have a few. You'll see a lot of pink and black but I also like to mix green with other fun colors like pink and purple. Pink overall is such an awesome because it can work with anything and remind you of some kind of candy.

Which colors do you use most in your work? You see a lot of pink and black in my shop but again, it can mixed with other colors like yellow, brown, blue. I'm trying to make more items with less pink. Actually, I've been thinking more about purple and orange lately.

What is your number 1 tip for success? It's weird because I don't exactly consider myself a "success" (yet!) but I think it is important to take your business seriously. It is ok to get frustrated and ask "Why isn't my stuff selling?" BUT don't be public about it. That is a turn off for me when I see other sellers on messageboards complaining about their lack of sales. Sure I get discouraged too but I don't want to be seen as a whiner. I just use that emotion and enegry to hammer out new pieces to be excited about. You MUST be confident about what you make. Don't downplay yourself and what you do.

What do you think is the most fun way to promote? I'm still trying to figure out how to make promoting fun lol! It's hard! I think the most fun way to promote your business is selling in person. As I write this, I have only done one craft show but it was so nice to talk to people and just see people stopping by your table to look and grab a card. I think it helps for people to see your items in person sometimes. Oh! I just thought of another fun way, joining a network or a team of like-minded sellers. There is so much you can learn from others. I joined my first group back in March of 2008 and have gained so much more exposure as the result of team events and blogs. It's good to have a support.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Incredible Edibles

OK, crafty ladies! Hope this gives you food for thought - bold, graphic and COLORFUL. But wait! These 4"x4" squares of wonderful art are cookies!!!

Maybe you've seen these before, but I was just left drooling when I came across them.

Chomp them down over at Better Bit Of Butter!

For holidays:

And weddings:

Or just everyday favs:

Which even come with their own little poem!

Until next time!

Member Spotlight: Pippin Designs

Name: Pippin Designs (Or Rachel, in the real world!)
Age: 24

What kind of things do you make? I make lots of lovely felt fancy, including brooches, jewelry, textile art and home decor. I love working with felt, its so satisfying to produce something so instantly colourful!

How long have you been doing your craft? All my life! My mum and my grandma have always knitted and sewn, and its in my blood. My mum even owned a knitting shop when I was born, and I spent the first two years of my life with yarn as my toys! But I've been on etsy with this shop since March. My other shop has been running just over a year.

When did you start selling & what inspired you to start selling? I started selling my work about two years ago, because I got fed up of boring products in shops, follow-my-leader styling, and drab colours. Pippin was my attempt to add a bit of my own crazy personality into the world!

Is this your full time job? I'm currently training to be a textiles and food technology teacher also- both are more than full-time jobs!

What are your hobbies? I love music, spend every waking moment listening to it, and love going to gigs. I'm also a bit of a party girl, and the weekend isn't the weekend without a few too many drinks, and a bit of a boogie down the discoteque. (hehe).

What is your favorite color? Anything bright and cheerful, but probably jade green, cerise, or purple.
What is your favorite color combination? Pink and lime green!
Which colors do you use most in your work? I seem to use a lot of red, which surprises me, and a lot of green.

What is your number 1 tip for succes? Make as much as possible, chat to anyone who'll listen about what you do, and always provide amazing customer service.
What do you think is the most fun way to promote? Etsy chat! There's always someone up for a natter on there. And to promote other people, I just love making treasuries.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Member Spotlight: Linda Boucher

Name: Linda Boucher
Age: 38 years old

What kind of things do you make? I paint pictures, mainly of women and shoes!

How long have you been doing your craft? I started painting, first in acrylics, and pretty quickly switched to oils, about 9 years ago…. Prior to that I was a textile artist.

When did you start selling & what inspired you to start selling? I started selling handmade jewelry-on a very small scale- when I was about 16, so 22 years ago!! I’d also do little ‘design’ jobs- like drawings for flyers…. then, when I was about 20, I started looking for a studio.

I found the space I’m still in now…. I fell in love with it, and wanted to work in it.

I didn’t really having a plan or a real sense of what I was doing… but as the studio is on a beach, hand painted t-shirts seemed like a good place to start.

Eventually, I plucked up the courage to attempt ‘proper’ painting… without any formal tuition, this had intimidated me for years… and fortunately, it has worked out really well for me!

I was inspired to sell by the need to pay the rent, and I wanted to spend all my time doing the things I loved to do, in the little studio I’d set up for myself… I guess at that point in my life I just didn’t have anything to lose!

Is this your full time job? Yes it is. Well, this and telling tourists on Brighton Seafront where the bathroom is!

What are your hobbies? Um, Etsy? J

What is your favorite color? I love them all equally…
What is your favorite color combination? I think they all get along pretty well!
Which colors do you use most in your work? Without question, I use more Crimson Alizarin paint than any other color.

What is your number 1 tip for success? Do what you love, and love what you do.
What do you think is the most fun way to promote? The Crafting in Color Team!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Handcrafted splendour

Hello, crafty ladies!

I'm still sorting through the pictures I took while in India. I didn't get out much, really, because it was too hot to take the baby anywhere, but the couple of places I did go were unforgettable.

I went to a handicraft exhibition once, and here is a sampling of what I saw. All these amazing objects are handmade lovingly by crafts persons from all over the country. They travel together in organized groups across the land, so at any given 'mela' or fair you can see wonderful creations from many different states all at once.

There was pottery in the juiciest shades...mugs, platters, bowls, dishes - they had them all!

Dots, stripes, geometrics, flowers...YUM!

Lots and lots and lots of them...

Some kind of relief work in black and brown...

And pots with personality!

You can see the handcrafted (im)perfection in the glaze on the scalloped edges - you can tell this is the real thing.

I wish I had a better shot of these slippers - they are jute and cotton with bead and sequins sewn on - all made one by one by hand.

And hand-embroidered, sequin-encrusted, embroidered little clutches for the night out...

The fabrics were unbelievable. These stacks are pure cotton, hand-dyed, and printed by hand with wooden blocks. I actually saw this process several times when I was a kid and lived in the fabled Pink City of Jaipur, and it was simply fascinating.

And of course the silks and brocades, spun as if with light, although these were most likely not handmade. But they were fit for a princess, for sure!

Hope you enjoyed this!

Until next time,

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Member Spotlight: Diana Evans

Name: Diana Evans
Age : thirty something

What kind of things do you make?

Neck Art Pendants
Paper Goods - cards
Original Paintings – Acrylic and watercolor
Art Prints
Ornaments coming soon

How long have you been doing your craft? 15+ years
When did you start selling & what inspired you to start selling? I opened up my Etsy shop in February 2008. I heard so much about Etsy from friends and so many artists had their Etsy Shops featured on their blogs so I thought I would check things out. I also had a regular group of people that kept asking me if I had a shop with my work in it…so it only seemed natural to get one up and running.

Is this your full time job? I am a full time Artist and Illustrator. I work on Editorial work and my latest work has been published in children’s literature magazines. I am working on 2 children’s books and love creating fun and colorful art whenever possible. I create each and every day and love what I do.

What are your hobbies? Cooking and Baking and creating new things.

What is your favorite color? The Rainbow…lol

What is your favorite color combination? Blue and Orange

Which colors do you use most in your work? I love all kinds of colors so I would have to say I use a bit of each in each and every piece I create….

What is your number 1 tip for success? BE True to yourself….and the success will come….never second guess your work or why you’re doing it…

What do you think is the most fun way to promote? Blogging, Treasuries, and finding a wonderful group like the Crafting in Color Street Team.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

I'm back!

I'm back from India, the official Land of Colors, and I thought I'd share some pics!

These are pictures I took on the run of a vegetable market in Poona, my home city in India. Most of the market is out on the street, but some of it is in an ancient building with real stained glass windows. It's like walking into a different world. I only wish I had time to compose my shots, but I hope you'll get the idea!

Here's the structure I just mentioned - all old black stone with strange spire-like thingys...

There were bunches of onions and garlic and peppers suspended in mesh bags, along with bananas and pineapples and lemons...

The ceiling is very high, with those windows all around shining red and green.

And this is the outside part of the market:

Can you tell this place would be blindingly bright without those awnings?

I wish I had more pictures of the fruit stalls. There were strawberries and figs and papayas and pineapples and pears and peaches and pomegranates (OK, that's a lot of p's, but you get the idea) not to mention the grapes, bananas, apples, and oranges, of course...and a few others I didn't even know the names of.

This strawberry seller's awnings really caught my eye - they were so festive!

Broccoli, bitter gourd, eggplant and cucumber...

And all the fresh green (and red) things this man could find...

Look at those mounds of produce...stunning!

They had everything packaged and ready to go - corn, lentils, mushrooms, stir-fry medleys...I would happily turn vegetarian with a market like this to go to! Unfortunately, the pictures don't capture the absolute profusion of color all around when you enter this place, but this is the best I can do!

Until nex time!

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