Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Member Spotlight: BeckyKazana




Name: Becky
Shop:  BeckyKazana http://www.beckykazana.etsy.com



What kind of things do you make?

I create Pipettes! They were inspired by vintage ornaments I've collected for ages. They are made with humble chenille pipe cleaners, but I add lots of luxe embellishments like silk ribbons, antique lace, mother of pearl buttons, feathers, sequins and vintage costume jewelery. Their heads are all carefully hand painted too.





I also love to paint and am constantly making new illustrations, which I sell as prints and greeting cards. The originals are watercolor and ink and they are always whimsical and even a bit silly! 




How long have you been doing your craft?

Ever since I was little, I loved to draw and make things with my hands. The Pipettes originated when I decided to make a pipe cleaner bride and groom for our wedding cake three years ago. I've been making them ever since and they've gone through lots of changes! They've become more elaborate and sophisticated.


When did you start selling and what inspired you to start selling?
I discovered Etsy through some of my favorite bloggers over three years ago. It was love at first sight! It seemed like a friendly place to test the waters for my product, and since my husband and I move and travel a great deal, I like the idea of having a shop that could go anywhere in the world with me!








Is this your full time job?


I am working very hard to grow this business into a full time job. There is nothing I like better than creating something and discovering that someone else enjoys it too. It's the best kind of validation.


What are your hobbies?

I was trained as a florist while I lived in Chicago, so here and there I dabble in making floral corsages and crowns. I just outfitted an entire wedding party for a dear friend! I also like to cook and take photographs. 



My husband and I love to travel and are lucky to have lived all over the world- Kenya, Uganda, China, Chicago, Las Vegas, and now we're trying out life on an island- The Big Island of Hawaii!
We adopted our funny last name- Kazana- while traveling in Africa just after getting married. It's a Swahili word that means "To make a home" and it reminds us that our home is where the other is.





What is your favorite color?

I can never choose between blue and green! Essentially every shade!


What is your favorite color combination?

I love them all, but chartreuse with eggplant or coral pink gets me every time. 




Which colors do you use most in your work? 
I pride myself on using every color of the rainbow. "Colorful" is one of the first words that pops to mind when describing my work.

What is your number one tip for success? 

Renewing or re-listing every day is a wonderful way to keep at the top of searches. And I'm always working on improving my photographs.

What do you think is the most fun way to promote?

I love making treasuries and I often write stories to go along with them on my blog.
http://thefabmissb.blogspot.com/search/label/Treasuries
It's a nice way to make the collections "permanent", and I always get in touch with the sellers I feature to let them know. That part is lots of fun- it's so great to get to know other artists you admire. 



Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Color on Etsy

Believe it or not, the Crafting in Color Team is not the only place to find beautiful, bright color on Etsy!

Here are some colorful, handmade items from non-members for you to enjoy.
(We hope that being featured on our blog inspires them to join our team!)


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Member Spotlight: CraftyChick101




Name:  Michele Gallagher
Age: 27
Shop:  Craftychick101: Trendy Accessories That Won't Go Out of Style  http://www.craftychick101.etsy.com

What kind of things do you make?
I make hand wrapped bangle bracelets and earrings for my shop, but I also love to knit scarves and I'm just starting to learn how to make resin jewelry.




How long have you been doing your craft?
I have been making jewelry for over 20 years. I have been making the hand wrapped jewelry on Etsy for a little over a year.

When did you start selling & what inspired you to start selling?
I started making beaded jewelry when I was young, probably around seven or eight years old. My mother worked for my schools Parent/Teacher Association and she told me that they were looking for crafts to sell at the schools holiday fair that year. I made all different necklaces and bracelets and after the fair she told my my crafts were a huge hit. I was so excited that people liked the things that I made enough to buy them and give them as gifts, and after that I knew that someday I would have a business based on the items I create.





Is this your full time job?
No, but I wish it was! I'm hoping to leave my job and craft full time starting in February.

What are your hobbies?

Besides wrapping jewelry and knitting, I like to sew, read, travel (my new husband and I just got back from our 3 week honeymoon in Europe), try different ethnic cuisines and watch movies.





What is your favorite color?

Purple and orange

What is your favorite color combination?
I like blue/brown and pink/green





Which colors do you use most in your work?
Probably green, purple and white. Those colors go well with almost anything.

What is your number one tip for success?
Don't give up. It takes time to grow a business and you have to grow it one piece at a time. Take your time and do right. Make quality pieces that show your talent. If something doesn't sell, find a way to re-vamp it, or find a different avenue to promote it. Just believe in yourself and your work and keep at it!



What do you think is the most fun way to promote?
Twitter. I didn't understand the concept of it at first, but now that I do I find myself on there all of the time. I have a good time and talk to people and it definitely generates an interest in my shop. I would say about 80% of my Etsy sales have been from people I have met on Twitter.


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Color on Etsy

Believe it or not, the Crafting in Color Team is not the only place to find beautiful, bright color on Etsy!

Here are some colorful, handmade items from non-members for you to enjoy.
(We hope that being featured on our blog inspires them to join our team!)



Wednesday, December 16, 2009

December Team Challenge - Entries!




Yesterday was the last day to enter an item into the December Crafting in Color Team Challenge.


Now it's time to vote!

To vote, please leave a comment on this post with the number of the item you think best fits the description "Frosty Snowflakes."

The creator of the winning entry (with the most votes) will have their mini displayed on the blog next month! You can vote until December 31st!


The winner will be announced on Friday 1/1/2010.

Good luck to all entries and happy voting!










Entry 1


Member Spotlight: loranscruggs




Name: Loran Scruggs
Age: 43
Shop: loranscruggs - www.loranscruggs.etsy.com

What kind of things do you make?
I make recycled repurposed toys, whistles and art. I use found and recycled used bottlecaps and tincans from food cans or decorative tins.




How long have you been doing your craft?
I've been working with tin cans since graduating for college, nineteen years.

When did you start selling & what inspired you to start selling?

I have always been selling, it wasn't until 2006 that are started doing production pieces and selling wholesale. I was inspired by etsy.com and the need to make colorful bright cherry things more often.




Is this your full time job?
Alas not, however I do work as an acupuncturist and love the work and can make my own hours.

What are your hobbies?
Gardening, fixing things. I love giving things a longer or new life, either with repair or re-purposed.




What is your favorite color?

Red. Colorful things are joyous to me, however red is predominately the most joyous of all the colors

What is your favorite color combination?
Oh gosh there are soo many. Green and orange shows up most in my wardrobe and I have orange/red hair, so I'll choose that combination.




Which colors do you use most in your work?

I'm not sure, but I have alot more red scraps than other colors. Maybe red!

What is your number one tip for success?

Do what you love, because you will be happy. If you are happy you have succeeded!

What do you think is the most fun way to promote?

Face to face talking with people who are excited with my work. Everyone is soo unique.


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