Friday, December 12, 2014

Friday Feature ~ Sundrop Jewelry

It's that time of the week again for another Friday Feature. This time we are featuring Sundrop Jewelry. Tawny Reynolds crafts some beautiful jewelry with molten glass and silver wire. She is currently offering free gift wrapping with code WRAPITUP.

1. What is your shop name and URL?
Sundrop Jewelry

2. To which Etsy Teams do you belong?
SF Etsy
Etsians in the Rough
Handmade Jewelry
Daily Etsy Sales
Recycled Artists

3. Please tell us about the items in your Etsy shop. What do you make? How did you learn your craft? What is involved in your creative process?
My sun-melted glass teardrops are handmade from recycled bottles and stained glass. I use a giant magnifying glass to focus sunshine and melt old liquor bottles and stained glass - the temperature reaches 3000 °F on a good clear day! Sundrop Jewelry is shaped solely by gravity, making my signature droplets a glittering symbol of the combined power of the Earth and Sun.

4. Tell us other interesting things about you.
I grew up in Alaska, which still holds on to a bit of the old "use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without" motto.  That mentality really encourages learning to make your own... everything!  And to improvise as needed.

My daughter was born nearly three years ago, and continuing to run a company (especially one that involves molten glass, sun-bright spots of light, and choking-hazard-sized beads) while being the primary caregiver has been a challenge!

5. What inspires your creations?
I get inspired by colors.  A new bottle color I see in someone's recycling bin, a sheet of multicolored stained glass, new millefiori rods in the glass shop - I want to try them all!  I love the way translucent glass glows in the light, so it is really fun to find new glass colors and patterns to experiment with.  And once I've made the individual colors there is all the fun of finding lovely and fun combinations for my Chime and Cascade earrings!

6. What is your biggest challenge related to your Etsy shop?
Managing to keep up with posting new listings.  Finding the right time to do photography with a toddler running around is always a challenge... actually, the biggest challenge in every aspect is always finding the time!

7. What has been your biggest success and/or proudest moment since opening your Etsy shop?
Just two months after opening, I had an order from Japan for five pairs of earrings.  That was really exciting, but then two weeks later the same person ordered nine more pieces!

18. Where else can we find out more about you and/or your creations? 
I sell my standard lines and colors of jewelry on my own website (, while my etsy shop is primarily home to one-off, experimental, and limited edition colors - often made from glass I can never get again. I share lots of stuff on Facebook: new items and collections, events, behind the scenes and in-process photos, and more (

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Volunteers For the Indie Holiday Emporium

How Can I Help? 
Four simple little words that mean so much. 

On November 29th/30th, 2014 the SFetsy Team organized an epic craft fair - The Second Annual Indie Holiday Emporium at Pier 35 in San Francisco. The turn out for the show exceeded our expectations -  but the behind the scenes and the tasks that preceded the fair are truly what amazed me personally and what I believe makes the SFetsy Team sparkle. 

The selflessness of the volunteers and leaders within the team, that had made this show great, truly inspires  --  and we just want to say Thank You.

Empty and Getting Cleaned Out - Pier 35, San Francisco Before the Show Began

Lead by our Etsy Team Captain, Rebecca Saylor from OodleBaDoodle, and our friends at Popupsters - they took what was an impossible challenge, to a successful creative event by putting in lots of hard work. The leaders of the SFEtsy team and volunteers added their strengths and skills to the mix and it because of it all, it became the highlight event of the year for the team.

Indie Holiday Emporium
Photo by J Astra Brinkmann

SF Etsy Leadership
Photo By Kathryn Fink

Special Thanks to these SFEtsy Team leaders who helped to make the show possible.  Stephanie Bolton, Katy AtchisonMarja Huhta, Betsy Reiche, Imelda Jimenez, Ms AmandaJayne ( and her Mom), Fleurette Sevin, Jillian Knox, Crafts By Ionyka, Deborah Styer, and Daisy Church.

Hilary and Janice Worthen - Indie Holiday EmporiumVolunteers
Photo by @SunsetShutterbug

Katy Atchison the volunteer coordinator for the event headed a troop of volunteers whom we would also like to thank:  Susan KlekarMeera KeskarNancy GarbarinoLaarni San Juan, Jade KingSabrina HomLillianna Torres, Eko WrightKirstie Arribas, Amanda Klekar, ChristineAngel Huntington-OrtegaRochelle Anicete, Michelle Ki, Rachael Jones, J.K. KaufmanJoey MuchaIsabel Ajuria, Jessica Seid, Hilary Worthen, Janice Worthen, Amanda C, Justin Pon, Maureen Murphy, Michelle Chang and Kristin Silverman

Birds Eye View of the Indie Holiday Emporium
Photo By Kathryn Fink

Shopping at the Indie Holiday Emporium
Photo By Kathryn Fink

Gift Wrap from Etsy
Photo By Kathryn Fink

Gift Wrap from Etsy
Photo By Kathryn Fink

Gift Wrap from Etsy
Photo By Kathryn Fink

Jillian Knox and Imelda Jimenez at the Indie Holiday Emporium
Photo by @SunsetShutterbug
Vendor Photo of the Indie Holiday Emporium

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

2014 SFEtsy & Popupsters Indie Holiday Emporium Vendor List

Thank you to all that came out to support the SFEtsy team over the weekend! Here is a list of all the vendors and how you can find them online. Happy shopping!


24-7 Daddyhood


A Slice of Delight

A Touch of Life, LLC

amy rose moore illustration


Animal Instincts Apparel

Apila Design



Art of Daisy Church

Ashleigh Hodges Photo

Atelier Vertex

Avolie Glass


Basmati Bags

Bayou Bites, LLC

Bernal Burrow


Betty and Beth Designs

Blowtorch Studio

Bluehour Studio

Boii Studio

Bottle of Clouds

Brave Moonman

Bryan Kring

Bugs and Monsters


Carine H.C.R. eco-design



Compass Rose Design

Crafts by ionyka

Cubee / Heatherdale Art & Design, LLC


Cuppa Fog


de Wolf Designs

Dee's Woodshop


Devika's Art

Do Good Biz Succulents

Donura Designs


earthquake state designs

Easily Lars' Natural Skin Care

eco-leather design

enflux jewelry

Enjoy Globally

Evelyn X

Everyday Love Art

fakeFake Couture

Fanchromatic Nails

Fleurette Sevin, Glass Artist

Fluff Engine


gabrielle | made


Glass Elements


Good Juju Ink

Gooseberry Press

Grits n' Hokum


Hand Crafts by Mercedes

Heart's Desire Jewelry

Heavens to Betzy

Hey Hey Gourmet

Hilary Williams

Holly Mcclain Designs


Iris Elise Jewelry

Iris Willow

J.Fein Designs


Jess Kay Designs

Joules Jewels Vintage

Karma Lit

Korrupt Label

Lalun Naturals

Laughing Devil Designs, LLC

Laurel Begley Ceramics

Libation Lab




Lucy & Mabel

M-square Press

M.O.C. Woodworks

Mac Cutting Boards

Made In Mayhem

Made In The Haight

Maggie Hurley ~ Whimsy & Whatnot

Marja Germans Gard Studio

McAdams Co

Meadow Valley Lavender
Etsy shop.....Meadow Valley Lavender

Melisa Joy

Michelle's Zoo



MXM Jewelry & Design

My Dear Darling

Nancy Benton Art Studio

Natasha Grasso


No Coast Paper Co


Odds & Ends

On the Nose Fragrances


Oxgut Hose Company, Inc.


Passport to Paper

Pebble and Fire

Pooka Queen

Prefectly Random Designs

Pretty Print Shop

Pumpkin Toes Knits


Raina's Textile House

Real Cool Frozen Treats

Reclamation Etchworks

Red Icebreaker

Redthred Clothing Co.

Rose La Mer


Ruth Easterbrook Ceramics

Saffron + Kumquats

Salamander Feltworks

Sara Amrhein Firenze


Scampi in SF

Sculptural Accents

Shastablasta and

Shieh Design Studio



Skincare by Feleciai

Slim Pockets

Soda Pop Prints

Splendid Colors

Squishy P's Sew Shop

St. Ambrose

Sugar Cane Inc.

Sugar & Spun Cotton Candy

Sundrop Jewelry

Sweet & Cool Design


Tanya Madoff Designs

Tarabud Design

Taryn St. Michele

The Curious Potter

The Enchanted Square

The Healing Place Apothecary

The Lei Stand!themed-gallery/c20sh

The Merry Spinster

The Paper Medley

The Pink Camellia

The Stroopie Gourmet

The Weekend Store

Theresa J - and -



Tiffany Anne Studios


Titus Design Company




Treasured Wares

Tresor Valeur

Two Tumbleweeds

urban geometry

usagiteam / Bowtie Factory

Wonderland Organics

World Photos by Paola

Yankee Hawker Hawker

Yarn & Clay

Yerba Buena Botanicals

Yes & Yes Designs

Zodiac Zone

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday Feature ~ Iris Willow Jewelry

Welcome back to Friday Feature. This Friday we are featuring Iris Willow Jewelry. Iris is a jewelry designer living and working in the Mission in San Francisco.

1. What is your shop name and URL?
Iris Willow

2. To which Etsy Teams do you belong?
SF Etsy Team

3. Please tell us about the items in your Etsy shop. What do you make? How did you learn your craft? What is involved in your creative process?
I make handmade enamel jewelry in my studio in the Mission in San Francisco. My jewelry begins as copper sheet metal, that I cut, shape, file and drill holes in before sifting the jewelry with powdered colored glass enamel. I then kiln-fire the jewelry at 1500° to fuse the glass to the copper. I sometimes screen-print organic and geometric designs in enamel or use fine silver rivets to combine two enamel pieces together, which allows for movement of each piece. My jewelry is finished with handmade sterling silver ear wires or sterling silver or gold-filled chains. If you want to see me in action, I have a short artist's video on my website outlining my process here:

I began experimenting with enamel while living in Santiago, Chile while studying with a local jeweler. I fell in love with the many colors of enamel I could apply to my jewelry, before that I had been working mostly in silver, copper and brass. It was exciting to have so many colors to choose from! Upon returning to San Francisco, I continued my experimentation and set up my own studio and have been creating new pieces ever since.

4. Tell us two (or more) other interesting things about you.
1) Travel is a huge passion of mine. I have traveled to 28 countries outside the US and have lived in Italy (studying art), Thailand, Laos and Chile (teaching English).
2) I was named after a flower, a tree and the Greek goddess of the rainbow and this is also the name of my business.

5. What inspires your creations?
I'm inspired by my travels and the colors and patterns found in nature and throughout my beautiful city. I'm also inspired by the colors of the enamels and how the interact with each other.

6. What is your biggest challenge related to your Etsy shop?
My biggest challenge is getting traffic to my shop and driving sales. I'm new to Etsy and am just learning the ropes. I'm hoping that joining the SF Etsy group will help me develop some strategies to use etsy more effectively.

7. What is your favorite item in your shop (currently for sale or previously sold)? Why is it your favorite?
My favorite item right now is my brand new Lower Half Necklace in the Curves Pattern in dark gray over sparkly copper. I have been playing around with screen-printing patterns in enamel and I love the way this super long necklace turned out. It's perfect to wear over a sweater as the weather starts to turn a bit colder.

8. If you had a gift certificate to Etsy for any one item you wanted, what would you buy?
I really love Jo Boyer's ceramic pods - they have such beautiful textures. I'd like to hang one on my wall in my studio.

9. Where else can we find out more about you and/or your creations?
You can find out more about my work on my website: which hosts my blog, a gallery of my work and a list of upcoming craft shows and stores where you can see my jewelry in person. You can also follow me on twitter @iris_willow or instagram @iriswillow to see photos of my jewelry in process.

If you're an Etsy seller in the San Francisco Bay Area, visit Our Team Page about joining SFEtsy!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Tuestorial: Business Card Tin

Craft show season is here! Are you ready? If not, don't fret! I have a quick and easy business card holder to add a little pop to you display! The best part? It will take no time at all! 

Materials Needed:

  • Altoids tin
  • White mailing labels
  • Trim (use materials from your handmade items or something that represents your shop's style)
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Step 1:

Time to give this Altoids tin a new life! Start by covering the exterior with mailing labels or you can glue decorative paper on the outside. Anything that will cover it's past life!

Step 2:

Print a label with what you would like your customers to see. I selected "Please take one! Online shopping & custom orders". You can keep it simple or make a statement. I left room to decorate with my material of choice. You can also hand write this.

Step 3:

Decorate! Of course, I choose glitter. I used scraps of material I make my zipper pouches from in a pattern that matches my shop banner. Color, sparkle, and sass. 

Step 4:

Viola! A handy display that will show-off your business cards and it doubles as storage! Now, back to crafting...

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Monday, November 10, 2014

SF Etsy & Popupsters Present the 2014 Indie Holiday Emporium

SF Etsy and Popupsters to Host the 2nd Annual Indie Holiday Emporium at Pier 35 comes to life in this unique shopping experience in San Francisco. 

WHAT: SF Etsy and Popupsters will host the 2nd Annual Indie Holiday Emporium on November 29th & 30th from 11am – 5 pm at the old SF Cruise Terminal (Pier 35) on the Embarcadero in San Francisco, the event will feature local artists, artisan food and crafting station provided by GoGo Craft. A great event for the whole family, there will be a wide variety of unique local, handmade wares - many first-time craft show vendors! 

WHO: SF Etsy and Popupsters along with a community of local handmade goods artists and food artisans - Visit our EtsyLocal Event Page for a listing of the participating SFEtsy shops - Indie Holiday Emporium on Etsy Local

WHEN: Saturday, November 29th, 2014 and Sunday November 30th from 11 am to 5 pm

WHERE: Pier 35 (Old SF Cruise Terminal) 1454 The Embarcadero San Francisco, CA 94124. Plenty of nearby public parking available and easily accessible via SF Public transportation and by bike. 

WHY: comes to life in this unique shopping experience in San Francisco. Come out and shop and support over 180 local artisans and small batch food vendors as the local San Francisco Etsy team showcases their work. This event is an excellent opportunity to get your holiday shopping done in one place.

For more information, please visit the event page on Facebook
CONTACT:  Popupsters -

        SF Etsy Leadership Team -

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Tuestorial: Thrift Store Craft Display

Do you hear that? Santa's sleigh? Jingle bells ringing too? That's the sound of craft show season on the horizon. Besides planning for all that inventory you need to make, you also need to plan for an awesome looking display too!

Today I'm here to show you how to find inspiration and save money by shopping your local thrift store for your craft show booth. Whether you have your booth aesthetic down or are just starting out, a thrift store can be a great resource. 

Here are the questions I ask myself when thrift store shopping for a display item:
  • Can I store it? (pre and post show)
  • Easy to travel to shows with?
  • Does it match my display?
  • Will I use it more than one?

Idea 1: Frames

Every thrift store has an abundance of pictures frames waiting in stacks for a happy home. I've used these to display item prices or promote deals. It can be eye-catching or just do the simple job of displaying information. With some paint and a good clean, even the ugliest frame can find a home in your booth. 

Step-it-up: Glue a piece of wood inside a detailed frame and paint it with chalkboard paint. Ta-da! A reusable sign for all your shows.

Idea 2: Drawers or Baskets

Straw baskets are the glue that holds a thrift store together. They are everywhere and they are begging for a new life. Spray paint one of these babies, line it with some cute fabric, and you have easy storage on your table. Stack them (covered) and you have different heights to play with. They are light, cheap, and can be versatile. 

Thrift stores usually have a good selection of storage drawers, organizers, and office supplies too. These are items that are easy to play around with to create a way to showcase your items or store them. 

Step-it-up: Plastic office trays are easy to cut to customize the display you need. If you need a tray (4 sides), find two plastic office letter trays. Cut the side off one and glue this to the open side of the other. Paint it a solid color that goes with your display and viola! Instant (and light) tray.

Idea 3: Knick-Knacks

This can be an easy thing to overlook. Obviously you are showcasing your handmade items in your booth, but sometimes they need a story. Knick-knacks can set the scene to show potential sellers how your items can live in their life. It can also draw someone into your booth and start a conversation. 

A small vase with a flower, a vintage pieces that shows some humor (and holds your business cards), or a piece that fits inside your item to show how it can be used.

I sell wine bags and started displaying my wine bags in a "bar cart" scene to show their potential. Before I started doing this, people weren't immediately sure I was selling wine bags (true store: someone once asked if I was selling sand bags). When I placed them on a tray, with wine glasses, a cork screw, and a wine bottle around them, the message is clear. "Hey, that's a wine bag that my lushy friend might like!"

Step-it-up: Have a particular color theme for your booth? If you find a figure or item that fits your style, paint it a solid color that matches your booth. It can be an easier fit in your booth as a solid color and will give it a little something-something. 

Idea 4: Target Clearance Items

Not such a secret anymore, but Goodwill sells Target's overstock clearance items. You can find some interesting items that your local Target could not sell at their lowest price. At my local Goodwill, I found outdoor umbrellas, different types of shelving, decorative marbles, and containers. 

This is a great starting point for a thrift store newbie. An item that is lower than Target's clearance price and still in it's original packaging? Yes, please! 

Step-it-up: Find some mis-matched shelving brackets with a Target clearance price and no matching buddy in sight? Use the brackets to create your own small display. Glue or screw a piece of wood on top (any length you need!). This can create an interesting visual display and give some height to your items. You can cover the mis-matched brackets with fabric or paint them the same color to match. 

If you're an Etsy seller in the San Francisco Bay Area, visit Our Team Page about joining SFEtsy!
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