Wednesday, March 31, 2010

April Theme Challenge - Pastel Colors

The theme for April's challenge is Pastel Colors!
This theme is very broad and is similar to last month's theme of Spring Flowers, so this might be a great way to enter your item if you missed the deadline last month.


You can enter the challenge with an item you already have listed in your shop or you can make a special item specifically for the challenge!




There are some rules for the Theme Challenge:
  • Items entered into the challenge must be listed in your Etsy shop.
  • Your entry item listing must contain the team tag "cic team"  
  • Your entry must have a link to the team blog somewhere in the item description and mention that your item is entered in the challenge.
  • If any of these are missing, your entry will be rejected until you add them!
  • Only 1 entry per Etsy shop.

To enter your item in the April Theme Challenge, email the link to craftingincolor@gmail.com

(Please remember, the Theme Team Challenge is for approved Crafting in Color Team members only!)



You can enter the April Challenge between 4/1/10 and 4/14/10.
Voting for the April Challenge will run from 4/16/10 through 4/29/10.

Instructions for voting will be explained in the next Team Challenge post on 4/16/10.
Voting will now be done in a poll format rather than comments, but anyone can still vote, not just CIC members.

The creator of the winning entry will have their mini displayed on the blog next month! You can vote until April 29th!

The winner will be announced on Friday 4/30/2010.

To get you started, here are some springtime images to inspire you!

Member Spotlight: DebProductions



Name: Deborah Green
Age: 40's
Location: Sydney, Australia
Shop: www.debproductions.etsy.com


What kind of things do you make?
Bright, soft, warm, knit and crochet accessories in the world's finest fibers. With an emphasis on COLOUR!




How long have you been doing your craft?
All my life. I used to make sewn, knitted and crocheted outfits for my dolls.



When did you start selling and what inspired you to start selling?
I first heard about Etsy in the press in 2006, I finally opened a shop in 2007.




Is this your full time job?
Part time - I'm a full time parent and I also study fine arts (traditional oil painting and life drawing) part time.



What are your hobbies?
I love anything to do with art, decorating, creating. I also love animals and spend lots of time caring for horses, dogs and cats. In Sydney we have a subtropical climate and we spend a lot of time outdoors. I'm lucky enough to live near the bushland and Sydney Harbour, I have a boat and I also love taking photographs of wildlife and flowers. I have a lovely garden with lots of trees and nocturnal wildlife. Also snakes and deadly spiders but they're okay too.




What is your favorite color?
My favourite colours are: hot pink, bright turquoise, canary yellow, bright orange, all blues... the list goes on and on. Then again, I do love the calming nature of pastels, and the serenity of certain neutrals and earth tones. I just love to respond to all the colours around me. I love the bright blue skies of Australia, the hot red deserts and the sparkling turquoise of our beaches.



What is your favorite color combination?
Here are three of my faves: pale baby blue and cream; bright turquoise and purple; bright orange and hot pink.



Which colors do you use most in your work?
It's always a toss-up between hot colours (bright yellows, pinks, reds) and cool colours (greens, blues, purples). I usually go for one or the other.


What is your number 1 tip for success?
Just do what you love - if you try to make things that you "think" will be popular, instead of making things you LOVE, you will be wasting your creativity. Etsy is so big these days, that even if your work (like mine!) caters to very specialised tastes, there will be someone in the world who loves it as much as you do and that is really heartening.



What do you think is the most fun way to promote?
I love talking to customers directly, via convo's and emails, to find out exactly what they want, and how I can help provide what they want. This is the most ejoyable part - getting to know the individual cusotmers and why they want to buy something - it may be a special gift, or they need something made to match something else they already have. I often customise orders, and make to measure. Recently I added cuffs and thumbs to some wristwarmers because the customer wanted them specifically. I love doing that sort of thing.
Always offer your customer a discount on additional and future purchases. And bend over backwards to give them top customer service. Treat them the way you would like to be treated - it's all about karma!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

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!)








by: Blended

























Saturday, March 27, 2010

Weekly Poll

For this week's poll, please vote for April's theme for the monthly theme challenge near the top of our blog page!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Member Spotlight: SilkArtFromBrazil



Name: Maria Brenner-Kelly
Age: 50 - darn! you did have to ask, didn't you? :-))
Location: A little town in the Northeastern coast of Brazil
Shop: SilkArtFromBrazil - http://www.etsy.com/shop/silkartfrombrazil

What kind of things do you make?
I make all kinds of silk things. When I first started, I painted scarves but that are only so many scarves you can paint.
So, after a while, I started looking for new things I could make with those beautifull pieces of hand painted silk. Nowadays, I make purses, jewelry, bookmarks, clocks, and of course, my beloved scarves.



How long have you been doing your craft?
I have been doing some form of craft since I was born, I think. Specifically silk, I have been painting for four years.



When did you start selling and what inspired you to start selling?
I used to have a fulltime, corporate marketing job. Then, when my daughter went to college, my husband and I were fortunate enough to be able to retire and move to my dream beach house. Since then, Silk Painting has been my fulltime job, so selling the pieces was just a natural thing to do (how many silk scarves to you need?). My very first sale was three years ago to a neighbor who was going to Europe to visit family and wanted to take "something unique" as a gift. It felt so good!



Is this your full time job?
Nowadays it is, although I can't say I make a living with it; not even close.


What are your hobbies?
Besides my art? Well, hummm... I read a lot, maybe 2 to 3 hours a day. I also spend time on the beach.


What is your favorite color?
That's a hard one. I always say if I had a motto, it would be "it is all about the colors. I do consider the colors and the color combination the single most important part of my craft.
That been said, I have this tendency to blue. Not that I don't like the other colors, or I like blue better but, when I look at my body of work, blue shows up a lot.



What is your favorite color combination?
Oh, so many!!! Olive green/turquoise, purple/turquoise, orange/fuchsia/brown, pink/green, orange/yellow/turquoise, and I could go on and on.

Which colors do you use most in your work?
As I said, blue is always there one way or the other.



What is your number 1 tip for success?
Be patient, hang in there and . keep doing your thing. It takes time but little by little you'll see your business grow.

What do you think is the most fun way to promote?
Well, if we are talking about fun, I would say craft shows and blogging. Even though I don't blog as much as I should, I have fun doing it.
However, if we are talking most effective, I would say it is word of mouth, and that means promoting to your family and friends, in anyway you can, without being a pest, of course, so you can keep their friendship:-)

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Member Spotlight: The Mouse Market



Name: Mo Tipton
Age: 29
Location: Columbia, MO
Shop: The Mouse Market (http://www.etsy.com/shop/mousemarket)

What kind of things do you make?
I make 1/12 scale foods and floral arrangements and mini food and flower jewelry, all out of polymer clay. I also create detailed room boxes and miniature scenes, which I may experiment with adding to my shop in the near future.




How long have you been doing your craft?
I have been making miniatures since I was a child, inspired by a beautiful dollhouse my parents made for me, and which was modeled after the tree house from one of my favorite storybooks.





When did you start selling and what inspired you to start selling?
I started selling on Etsy in September of last year, and I was largely encouraged by my fiance to put my miniatures out there for others to enjoy, rather than keeping the fun all to myself :)




Is this your full time job?
Almost. I still work about 5-10 hours per week on freelance graphic design and writing projects, but the miniatures are quickly taking up more and more of my time.



What are your hobbies?
I love to read, and I usually have a stack of overdue library books on my bedside table. I'm also a devoted yoga practitioner. After a long day of sitting at my work table, hunched over miniatures, yoga is a very welcome release.




What is your favorite color?
It changes depending on my mood, to be honest, but I suppose blue always catches my eye.




What is your favorite color combination?
I love a mix of orange, red, and pink. I remember seeing a Moroccan inspired room design in an old issue of Elle Decor and being really dazzled by the bright color palette.




Which colors do you use most in your work?
I would have to say that I use all colors fairly equally. Since I make a wide variety of foods and flowers, I draw on a diverse palette.


What is your number 1 tip for success?
Even if your craft isn't a full-time job yet, treat it as a serious venture. Schedule time to do it regularly, create a welcoming space in which to work, print up some business cards to hand out to anyone and everyone, and set goals.



What do you think is the most fun way to promote?
I spend a great deal of time online listing new items, promoting my work, updating my blog, etc., so I love finding ways to get my work out there that don't involve more time in front of the computer. My favorite way to promote my work, hands down, is participating in craft shows. I have a blast meeting other artists and talking to customers, and there are often various media outlets looking for interesting story ideas. Plus I can usually bring home enough to pay my bills for a few months, giving me more time to spend on my work, so it's an all around win-win.

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