Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday Feature ~ Timberly Designs


Happy Friday Folks!!!

This week we are featuring Timberly Designs. Timber Johnson is a jewelry designer who mainly makes necklaces and earrings.


1. What is your shop name and URL? 
www.etsy.com/shop/timberlydesigns

2. To which Etsy Teams do you belong?
I joined SF Etsy, EtsyMoms, Moms of Etsy and New jewelry shops

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?
Timberly Designs is a jewelry shop featuring earrings and necklaces that, for the majority, are beaded with silver wiring. I have always loved anything arts and crafts and have had a lot of hobbies, including acrylic painting, leather work, crochet, batik, needlepoint. Making jewelry is a new craft for me but I have always loved jewelry design. I used to try to make new pieces of jewelry from older jewelry but many would not last very long. I took a wire working class with a friend of mine several years ago and everything just fell into place. Since then I've been obsessed with jewelry. My creative process is very fluid. I usually start with the supplies, mostly beads. I gather whatever catches my eye, I'm drawn mostly to cool colors, silver and mixture of textures. Then I take my treasures home and see what happens! 


4. Tell us two (or more) other interesting things about you
 Jewelry making is just part time for me. I have full time day job as a small animal veterinarian at Redwood Animal Hospital in Castro Valley, California. At home, I have a beautiful family, my husband and our crazy 3 year old son (and 2 silly cats!). 


5. What inspires your creations?
The most inspiring thing for me is to imagine someone wearing the jewelry I made. In everything I do and all the other art forms I've dabbled in, I have this need to make things that have purpose and can be touched, felt and used. I've always loved jewelry and enjoy the design aspect and the materials. The weight, texture and color of the beads and wire I use kicks off endless possibilities in head. My husband has a much more "zen" approach to art and feels that the act of making should be enough. I love the simple act of creating my pieces and would be happy to work on them all day long, but to have the end product end up with someone who will use it and find some small happiness through what I make is the real goal. 


6. How did you get involved with Etsy? 
I have been an Etsy shopper and buyer for several years. I discovered it through a friend. I loved Etsy as a way to find unique and handmade items that support a small business or hobby. I've purchased things for myself as well as many presents. Also love to window shop and favorite amazing things! I always daydreamed of opening my own store, but until I began making jewelry I didn't have something that I produced that I thought others would enjoy looking at and buying. I was so excited when I was finally able to make that happen! 


7. What is your biggest challenge related to your Etsy shop?
Creating a handcrafted item and opening and maintaining an Etsy shop takes a lot of time! I love doing it, but being a full time working mother means that my time is at a premium. I would love to be able to spend more time each day on my jewelry and shop, but don't want to sacrifice quality time with my family. Luckily they are very supportive and my son loves to play with his toy beads right next to Mommy.


8. What is your favorite item in your shop (currently for sale or previously sold)? Why is it your favorite?
This was one of the first necklaces I made for my Etsy shop. I used to hate turquoise jewelry until I got some of these turquoise magnesite beads. Once I had them in my hands, I fell in love with them and it inspired me to be adventurous and try new materials that I hadn't worked with before. 


9. If you had a gift certificate to Etsy for any one item you wanted, what would you buy? 
This was one of the first shops I favorited. I love all of the artwork on these plates and have been meaning to make a purchase whenever I have some extra fun money!

10. Where else can we find out more about you and/or your creations? 

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tweet Chat Recap (10/07/2014)


Last weeks  tweet chat was a information filled session with lost of useful tips about how to prepare for a craft fair. Below is a quick checklist, followed by the tweet chat transcript.



NOTE: The first post is at the bottom.

Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
We'll keep the #craftfair chat going next week! Craft show prepping all month long so you can do awesome at your shows! Weee! Nite!! #sfetsy


Lisa Spinella @tickleandsmash
Get in habit of having a mailing/email list .. offer show specials to local customers - incentive 4 them to find you at other shows #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:57
 
 
Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Well folks, thanks for a great chat!! Hope you got some info that will help you gear up for the shows this holiday season. #sfetsy


Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
MT @tickleandsmash Consider cash box situation & how you will handle $. All you need is to be distracted 1x & your day is ruined #sfetsy


Lisa Spinella @tickleandsmash
Consider your cash box situation & how you will be handling your $. All you need is to be distracted once & your whole day is ruined #sfetsy


Lisa Spinella @tickleandsmash
all you need is a hole punch! RT @bluehour23 @tickleandsmash Ooh. Great idea! #sfetsy


Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Yes!! RT @tickleandsmash i use MOO mini cards for hang tags.Its pretty affordable if you catch a sale#sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:53
 
 
Debbie Styer @bluehour23
@tickleandsmash Ooh. Great idea! #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:53
 
 
Lisa Spinella @tickleandsmash
i use MOO mini cards for hang tags.Its pretty affordable if you catch a sale RT @bluehour23 Yes, and easy to read price tags too. #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:52
 
 
Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Amen to that! Don't make customers work hard! RT @bluehour23 @tickleandsmash Yes, and easy to read price tags too. #sfetsy


Debbie Styer @bluehour23
@tickleandsmash Yes, and easy to read price tags too. #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:51
 
 
Lisa Spinella @tickleandsmash
@RedIcebreaker @sunsetshutterbg stuff on wheels totally rocks... especially come 6 oclock #sfetsy



Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
RT @RedIcebreaker I have a dolly to lug heavy stuff back and forth #sfetsy but youre right, pack light where you can
2014-10-07 21:51
 
 
Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
MT @tickleandsmash Don't forget signage for your booth.. signs either answer questions or encourages conversation #sfetsy


Andrea Bruns @RedIcebreaker
@tickleandsmash @sunsetshutterbg I have a dolly to lug heavy stuff back and forth #sfetsy but youre right, pack light where you can


Lisa Spinella @tickleandsmash
Don't forget signage for your booth.. People usually hate asking questions. signs either answer questions or encourages conversation #sfetsy


Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Portable! MT @tickleandsmash If you have heavy items in your display you may want to rethink it.. it needs to be compact & light #sfetsy


Lisa Spinella @tickleandsmash
@sunsetshutterbg Heavy things.. If you have heavy items in your display you may want to rethink it.. it needs to be compact & light #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:48
 
 
Urban Air Market @UrbanAirMarket
RT @sunsetshutterbg: Here's Handmadeology's big craft show list http://t.co/oFhOndQAia #sfetsy


Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Anything folks should just leave home? #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:47
 
 
Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Etsy's What to Bring to a Craft Fair https://t.co/THDd9qHGeU #sfetsy



Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Yes, and a jacket and scarf for SF ... even though it's been a warm year, @karlthefog still likes to hang out ALL DAY! #sfetsy


Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
RT @tickleandsmash Sun Glasses, water, hat and Asprin.. because sometimes its just that sunny #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:45
 
 
Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Here's Handmadeology's big craft show list http://t.co/oFhOndQAia #sfetsy


Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
MT @tickleandsmash The Apron. Craft Show Accessory Must! It keeps hands free & you can keep several tools on you at all times #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:44
 
 
Lisa Spinella @tickleandsmash
The Apron. Craft Show Accessory Must! It keeps your hands free and you can keep several of your must have tools on you at all times #sfetsy



Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Test those readers out first! RT @bluehour23 @tickleandsmash Yes...and give them all a test. #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:43
 
 
Debbie Styer @bluehour23
@tickleandsmash Yes...and give them all a test. #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:43
 
 
Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
MT @tickleandsmash Bring extra readers - Square, pay pal reader etc - and Find out in advance if you will have internet connecivity #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:42
 
 
Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
MT @tickleandsmash bring list of inventory you take so you can easily keep track of sold merch. U think you'll remember but u won't #sfetsy


Lisa Spinella @tickleandsmash
Bring extra readers - Square, pay pal reader or whatever you use - and Find out in advance if you will have internet connecivity #sfetsy



Lisa Spinella @tickleandsmash
bring list of all inventory you take to show so you can easily keep track of sold merch.. You think you will remember but you won't #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:40
 
 
Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
What are some other questions, advice, etc. do you have for making check lists for craft shows?? #sfetsy


Lisa Spinella @tickleandsmash
Good Tip MT @UrbanAirMarket Pretend you are making the list for someone else to run the show for you. #sfetsy


Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
RT @tickleandsmash you will remember tie downs and weights forever when you see people's displays flying in the wind #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:38
 
 
Andrea Bruns @RedIcebreaker
@sunsetshutterbg Other vendors are so helpful with advice #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:38
 
 
Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
RT @bluehour23 Take notice of how vendors are interacting with folks. Being friendly and awake (& cheerful) make a huge difference. #sfetsy

 
Lisa Spinella @tickleandsmash
@sunsetshutterbg you will remember tie downs and weights forever when you see people's displays flying in the wind #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:37
 
 
Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Good one!! RT @UrbanAirMarket Not silly at all. I'd say pretend you are making the list for someone else to run the show for you. #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:37
 
 
Debbie Styer @bluehour23
Take notice of how vendors are interacting with folks. Being friendly and awake (and cheerful) make a huge difference. #sfetsy


Urban Air Market @UrbanAirMarket
@RedIcebreaker @sunsetshutterbg Not silly at all. I'd say pretend you are making the list for someone else to run the show for you. #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:36
 
 
Andrea Bruns @RedIcebreaker
@tickleandsmash Oh photos of the setup! Good idea #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:36
 
 
Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
MT @tickleandsmash I do same thing. It lives in kitchen for a week. Take photos too so I kno where things go the day of show #sfetsy


Lisa Spinella @tickleandsmash
@RedIcebreaker I do same thing.. It lives in kitchen for a week. I take photos too so I know exactly where things go the day of show #sfetsy


Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
@tickleandsmash I'd imagine maybe it might be good to talk to other vendors at shows? Maybe get some tips from them?? #sfetsy


Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
RT @tickleandsmash Q4 do your research. Go to a few craft show & make of list of things you found other vendors doing successfully #sfetsy


Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
@RedIcebreaker Love that!! #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:34
 
 
Lisa Spinella @tickleandsmash
@sunsetshutterbg Q4 do your research. Go to a few craft show & make of list of things you found other vendors doing successfully #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:34
 
 
Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
RT @RedIcebreaker A4: Maybe silly, but I do a visualization before big shows where I set everything up as if I were at the show #sfetsy



Andrea Bruns @RedIcebreaker
@sunsetshutterbg A4: Maybe silly, but I do a visualization before big shows where I set everything up as if I were at the show #sfetsy


 
Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Smart! BRANDING! RT @RedIcebreaker @tickleandsmash And I'm bringing gift boxes and gift wrap for holiday shows #sfetsy


Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Q4: What's your best advice for making a checklist for your first craft show? #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:32 - Question 4
 
 
Andrea Bruns @RedIcebreaker
@tickleandsmash And I'm bringing gift boxes and gift wrap for holiday shows #sfetsy



Lisa Spinella @tickleandsmash
@RedIcebreaker @bluehour23 Thanks... I love the forum.. its magic! #sfetsy



Debbie Styer @bluehour23
@RedIcebreaker @tickleandsmash Cool, I will check it out. #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:30
 
 
Lisa Spinella @tickleandsmash
Its always good to have things like tape, scissors, zip ties or clamps in your tool kit... and gift bags and packaging #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:30
 
 
Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
MT @tickleandsmash I've never bought insurance bc i haven't done shows that require it but think its 4 liability for damage or pain #sfetsy


Andrea Bruns @RedIcebreaker
@bluehour23 @tickleandsmash There's a thread in the forum on insurance #sfetsyhttps://t.co/cN6KfwVzUc


Lisa Spinella @tickleandsmash
@bluehour23 I've never bought insurance because i haven't done shows that require it but I think its 4 liability for damage or pain #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:29
 
 
Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Yes!!! RT @UrbanAirMarket don't forget a buddy to relieve you so that you can use the bathroom and check out other vendors #sfetsy



Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Haha and a money tree wouldn't hurt on the table either! RT @RedIcebreaker @sunsetshutterbg A3: Maneki Neko!! http://t.co/eempsCNKfc #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:29
 
 
Urban Air Market @UrbanAirMarket
@sunsetshutterbg @tickleandsmash don't forget a buddy to relieve you so that you can use the bathroom and check out other vendors #sfetsy



Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
RT @tickleandsmash @sunsetshutterbg Mints, Hand Sanitizer.. and Business Cards.. you can never have enough #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:26


Debbie Styer @bluehour23
@RedIcebreaker @tickleandsmash What is show insurance and what does it cost? #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:25
 
 
Lisa Spinella @tickleandsmash
@sunsetshutterbg Mints, Hand Sanitizer.. and Business Cards.. you can never have enough #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:25
 

Andrea Bruns @RedIcebreaker
@tickleandsmash Yes! And I just bought show insurance. Some shows require it #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:24
 
 
Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Q3: What are some MUST HAVES for you to keep going for a couple hours (snacks, water, etc.??) since you're on your feet for hrs? #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:23 - Question 3



Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
MT @tickleandsmash A2 seller permit is a MUST Remember! Everyone needs to contact BOE for each location for all of your shows.. #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:22
 
 
Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
RT @bluehour23 A2 This time I would like to bring a wider range of sizes and prices. #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:21
 
 
Lisa Spinella @tickleandsmash
A2 seller permit is a MUST Remember! Plus everyone needs to contact the BOE for each location for all of your shows.. #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:21 - Answer to question 2
 
 
Debbie Styer @bluehour23
A2 This time I would like to bring a wider range of sizes and prices. #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:21 - Answer to question 2



Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
RT @RedIcebreaker I bring tools to adjust necklaces to different lengths #sfetsy It's hard to guess before you do a couple of shows
2014-10-07 21:20
 
 
Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
RT @tickleandsmash A2 Weights for my Easy Up... Wind is a huge bummer & extra Dollar bills in my change. I underestimated big time! #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:20
 
 
Andrea Bruns @RedIcebreaker
@sunsetshutterbg I bring tools to adjust necklaces to different lengths #sfetsy It's hard to guess before you do a couple of shows
2014-10-07 21:19
 




Lisa Spinella @tickleandsmash
@sunsetshutterbg A2 Weights for my Easy Up... Wind is a huge bummer and extra Dollar bills in my change. I underestimated big time! #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:19





Debbie Styer @bluehour23
A1 Yep, I do have most of my stuff ready to go but I am always on the lookout for new ways to display my work. #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:18 - Answer to question 1




Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Q2: What's something that you wish you had brought the first time you did a show that you now bring?#sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:18 - Question 2
 
 
Lisa Spinella @tickleandsmash
Smart! @RedIcebreaker A1: I have a couple boxes in my garage with most of my stuff, so I can grab and go. I keep and pen/paper list #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:17
 


Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
MT @tickleandsmash I keep a doc on my ipad to take with me & on computer at home. + I have pinned several onto a pinterest board #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:15
 
 
Andrea Bruns @RedIcebreaker
@sunsetshutterbg A1: I have a couple boxes in my garage with most of my stuff, so I can grab and go. I keep and pen/paper list #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:14
 
 
Lisa Spinella @tickleandsmash
I keep a doc on my ipad to take with me and on computer at home.. plus - I have pinned several onto a pinterest board #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:13
 
 
Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Q1: How do you organize and track your list of things to pack for a show/fair? Paper/pen, spreadsheets, apps?? #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:12 - Question 1
 
 
Andrea Bruns @RedIcebreaker
@sunsetshutterbg My booth display is constantly evolving, so I have to adjust my checklist #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:12
 
 
Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
So let's get started! #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:12
 
 
Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
@bluehour23 Yes, good point! I'd imagine the list would vary depending on the size of the show #sfetsy



Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
@bluehour23 Yes, good point! I'd imagine the list would vary depending on the size of the show #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:12
 
 
Debbie Styer @bluehour23
I missed the last chat so I need to make a brand new list. This is the biggest show I have done, so my list will be quite huge. #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:10
 
 
Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
How are your lists coming along so far? Want to put out some feelers #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:06
 
 
Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
@tickleandsmash Hello my dear! Welcome! #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:04
 
 
Lisa Spinella @tickleandsmash
howdy everyone! #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:04
 
 
Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
@RedIcebreaker Hello!! Yes, always in progress, love it! #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:02
 
 
Andrea Bruns @RedIcebreaker
@sunsetshutterbg Hello I'm here! I have my always-in-progress checklist #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:02
 
 
Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
@bluehour23 Hey Lady! #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:02
 
 
Debbie Styer @bluehour23
Hi Everybody! #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:01
 
Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Hey hey hey, it's 9pm! Who's ready for tonight's #craftshow chat? Did you all bring your checklists??#sfetsy



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Monday, October 13, 2014

Immerse Yourself in the Season

Fall marks a unique time of the year when so much is beginning to change. As opposed to spring which revives us from the sleep of winter with the blossoms of summer's fruits, fall comes silencing the flirty abundance, leaving us in an awkward relationship with the introverted and coy squash, roots and tubers. There is beauty here among the earthy tones and flavors. Seeing it is just a matter of immersing ourselves in the season.


When I was younger, a chef I worked for took me under his wing, offering his wisdom. Wisdom shown in bouts of rage. He really did try to impart so much knowledge. He was always yelling at me. As the season's change approached, I would prepare to rewrite my portion of the menu to the tune of him marching around the kitchen before each shift demanding, "grind yourselves in the season!" At a time when seasonal, organic and farm to table fare was still climbing out of the dark ages, he was guiding me into the natural gifts of the seasons. It took me some time to become fully open to this simple concept, which would ultimately set me free. Immerse yourself in the season.

As a chef who currently works with small farmers and farmer's markets it is quite simple for me to follow the seasons as I create my preserves and ferments. Hey, if it's not coming out of the ground or off of a tree I can't use it. However, with my other creative pursuits I still use the seasons to get an inspirational charge. "Art imitating life" is not a new concept and I know many of you out there draw upon your experiences and surroundings to feed your creativity. This is a great process but one which we can overlook.

Pomegranates bursting when ripe remind me of hidden jewels.
As with finding inspiration for being creative during the colder and sometimes drab months we call the fall and winter, as a shop owner it is imperative to find the motivation and follow the natural trends of the changes in seasons to update our crafts, listings, and possibly, shop. Changing tags to encourage search results for the season and upcoming holidays is a good idea, as is placing items suitable for the time of year in your 'featured items' slot.

The holidays will begin to fill up the space in-between the autumn days, bringing about events, plans, commitments, and family gatherings, adding much joy along with stress. The demand of orders for your items will hopefully begin to increase as well, leaving you with a lot to accomplish: baste turkey, pack orders, mash rutabaga, pinch nose, mail packages, chat with aunt Marge. Still many of you will also be taking your shops and wares out to various locations in the Bay Area, ever increasing the demand on your time and energy. In the midst of all of the festive chaos, DO NOT let all of the hustle and bustle of the holidays interfere with the opportunity for you to get out into the world and experience what the season has to show you.

Natural patinas, color contrasts and textures. Autumn brings
so much inspiration to be enjoyed.

Submitted by Klee Wiles-Pearson of Entropy the Shop.


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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Tuestorial: Pick-Me-Up Banners

"Because I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and, doggonit, people like me!"

Stuart Smalley and the power of positive thinking

Sometimes you just need a reminder that you are awesome and doing a great job. As we gear-up for the busy Holiday season, I thought a positive-thinking craft would be helpful. This week's Tuestorial features one that is easy to make and will hold your hand while you start the busiest season of the year!



Materials Needed:
  • Felt or wool in two different colors (any size will work!)
  • Craft glue
  • Scissors
  • Wood skewer
  • String
  • Printer or alphabet stencils 
  • Bonus: glitter 
Fold twice to create the perfect banner shape
Step 1:

Select a color of felt or wool that will be your background color for your banner. Cut to any size and add the classic "banner" to the bottom (two triangles). 


Plan it out
Step 2:

Select your positive saying to cut your second color of felt or wool from. Here are some examples:
  • "You're Awesome"
  • "Good Job"
  • "It's OK"
  • "That's Amazing"
  • Thumbs-up sign
Make it short and sweet, and meaningful to you.


A beautiful mess
Step 3:

Use alphabet stencils or print your saying to trace from. Outline your second color of felt or wool with the letters. Cut and glue on your first piece on your banner.

Pro tip: Make sure the letters are the right size for your piece before cutting.


Binder clips are helpful!
Step 4:

To hang, take the wood skewer and fold over the top of the banner to create a "lip". Glue the edge of the lip to the back of the banner. Cut the sharp piece of the skewer off so there are no positive affirmations accidents. 

Tie each end of the string to the end of the wood skewer to create a loop so you can hang your banner. 


I feel better already!
Step 5:

Once everything is dry, you will have your completed banner! Hang it above your craft space to remind yourself that you are doing a great job.




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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Twelve #InstaSFETSY Days in October




#InstaSFETSY 12 Days in October


 Its the Craftobergram
Instagram Photo Challenge!




SFETSY Team
We LOVE Instagram and Seeing Your Pictures So We Selfishly Decided to 
Challenge You to Share Your Pictures! 

October 20 - 31

Instagram Team Challenge Rules

  • Must have Instagram account and follow SFETSY on Instagram


  • We highly suggest a Facebook Fan Page, Pinterest and Twitter Account to extend your reach.


  • Follow the SF etsy Fan Page and @SFetsy Twitter Account to see everyone's #InstaSFEtsy posts!


  • You need to post a photo daily from list below using the team challenge hashtag #InstaSFetsy in your Instagram posts. The tag encourages everyone to go see and share your pictures. To increase your traffic -  we have also included popular tags you can choose from for the individual topics - Use them to reach a broader audience if applicable.


  • You need a cell phone or tablet that allows for an Instagram App Download to participate.


  • Sign Up - (See Link Below) October 12 - Sign Up Deadline


What We Will Do:


SF Etsy will tweet and promote all the photos using the hashtag #InstaSFETSY on Facebook and Twitter. We want your images to go viral. Our goal is to gain some momentum with this contest online and get you some new likes and follows for you. We want to see your insights and your influence online grow. Plus we think it will be super fun and creative.


We encourage non-participating and participating members from the SF Etsy team to promote and share favorite images on their own personal social media venues.  We want to see the team post comments, heart and tweet their experience. Let's Go Viral! All shares, likes, comments and RTs  count towards your exposure ..  get friends and followers to help!


At the end of month we will review the images that were tagged in the 12 days in October and see what the most popular photos were based on its Instgram popularity (number of hearts). Your social media platforms like Instagram, Twitter , Pinterest and Facebook are the tools you have and we encourage you to use them to engage your audience.

Instagram is an amazing way to brand yourself and your Etsy shop. We want to share how creative the team is and we look forward to what you share.  


If you don't have Instagram yet - Start an account - its a free app --> Instagram


Note: Your images may be used in the promotion of the Instagram contest on SFEtsy but photo credit will be given to photo and uploader.


Each day you have an Instagram mission!  
Here is the list for each day of the challenge in October
with its photo topic goal and the suggested popular tags.


  • October 12 - Sign Up Deadline
  • Sign Up Here ---- https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1L2bme9YKNDM5CeOK9LwOpJSSO53GuJZXYIuAfdT8cTo/viewform


  • Oct 20.  SFetsy WIP  #Art #Maker #IMadeThis #Crafty
  • Oct 21. Selfie #FollowMe #Igers #InstaDaily
  • Oct 22. Tools of the Trade  #MakerGear #SFMaker #tools #handcrafted #handmade
  • Oct 23. Where You Create  #Art #UrbanArt #Studio #MakerSpace #ShowYourArt #SmallBiz #EtsyShop #CraftMess #WorkSpace
  • Oct 24. Vintage Style #Fashion #Retro #InstaFashion #Heels #LoveIt #OOTD
  • Oct 25 Bay Area Moment #BestOfTheBay #Mode #WestCoast #SanFrancisco #YayArea #StreetPhotography #Architecture #BuildingPorn #510 #415
  • Oct 26. Seasonal #Fall #Autumn
  • Oct 27. Outfit of the Day #OOTD #Fashion #InstaFashion #Model #Style
  • Oct 28. What Is SFEtsy To You #Friends #Mentors #BayArea #SmallBiz #LocalMakers
  • Oct 29. Share your Shop #WorkDay #IMadeThis #ShopEtsy #ShopLocal #SFMaker #SmallBiz #Art #ShopEtsy
  • Oct 30. Bay Area Love #SF #SanFrancisco #WestCoast #StreetPhotography #510 #415 
  • Oct 31.  Halloween #Art #WestCoast #StreetPhotography #StreetArtistry #Halloween

Here are Some Photos from the 2013 Craftobergram

Friday, October 3, 2014

Friday Feature ~ Camillette80

Happy Friday Folks!!!


We are back with our Friday Feature again. This week's interview is with Camillette80. Camille Ouellette makes silver jewelry and each month she donates half of the  revenue on a selected item to a charity.


Copper and brass arrow on silver chain necklace from Camillette

1. What is your shop name and URL?
Camillette80
www.etsy.com/shop/camillette80

2. To which Etsy Teams do you belong?
  • SFEtsy team
  • Les Joailliers du dimanche (jewelry collective from Montreal, Canada)
  • Montreal 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 am making modern and simple jewelry combining silver with various materials like brass or copper. At the core of my work you will find geometric shapes and contrasting textures, materials and colors.
I took jewelry making classes when I was a teenager and I got instantly hooked. I then took a few more classes and I got a bachelor diploma in industrial design. I also participated in a school exchange at Haute École d’art et de design in Switzerland where I further developed my jewelry making skills.

A lot of things inspire me: art, design, illustration, and architecture. I usually sketch a little, keep the best and make a few prototypes. I don’t have a specific creative process except that when I know I hold a good idea, I can hardly get it out of my head until I make the piece! It’s hard to shut down my brain sometimes…

Darken silver necklace - oxidized spike star silver pendant on silver chain, eco-friendly


4. Tell us two (or more) other interesting things about you. (Hobbies, achievements, favorite something-or-other, family situation, jobs, etc…)
My main occupation is being a sustainability consultant. I run my own consultancy developing communication solutions and campaigns to promote various projects (eco-design, green building, etc.) for not-for-profit or corporate clients. I originally come from Montreal, Canada. I moved in the lovely South Bay area about a year ago. To me, California feels like being on holidays all year round! I set up a small jewelry workshop in the garage of the house my husband and I are renting.

5. What is your biggest challenge related to your Etsy shop?
Increase my sales!  So far, I have been relying on word of mouth and participating in a few craft fairs to sell my jewelry. I have had an Etsy store for a few years now, but the volume of sales never picked up. Shame on me because I never devoted the time to improve my listings and maintain my shop. Who wants to follow a shop with always the same items anyway? Working part time on my jewelry, it’s often hard to find time in a fully packed schedule for promotion activities. I usually prefer to spend hours in the workshop actually making jewelry instead of marketing. This is about to change as I plan to update and continually refine my Etsy store from now on. Etsy is an amazing tool for artists and crafters to put your work out there and expand your clients’ base.  This is the opportunity I want to leverage more.

6. Give us some insight on how you personally, or your shop, gives back to your community.
I recently introduced a “Buy 4 a cause” item in my Etsy listings. Every month, I will select an item, which half of the sales revenues will be given to charity. Every month, I will suggest a different charity, but the buyer can also propose a charity of its choice. In September, I chose the item Square brass earrings - small colored cube earrings in brass and silver and the suggested charity is Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease". I find it a pretty neat alternative to the ice bucket challenge. It’s my way to get socially involved and give back to people in need.

BUY 4 A CAUSE - Square brass earrings - small colored cube earrings in brass and silver from Camillette















7. Where else can we find out more about you and/or your creations? (blog, website, flickr, facebook, twitter, etc…. please provide relevant links)
Before living in the US, I spent five years in Sweden where I met a fellow jeweler and friend, Sofia Sandell. We used to share the same workshop space so we decided to create together our website, camilleandsofia.com. You can find on our website all my jewelry as well as Sofia’s. Now that we live away from one another, it’s a great way to keep in touch and updated with each other’s work.
I also have a Facebook page . Please Like it if you enjoy what you see! 
You can also subscribe to some of my Pinterest boards.

8. Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about your shop or your work?
I am also part of a wonderful Quebec’s based jeweler collective called Les Joailliers du dimanche. Bringing together both hobbyists and professional jewelers who wish to share their work, it’s a great platform to promote and support local handmade jewelry and their artisans. The collective organizes jewelry exhibitions and curated sales, and is very active in the local jewelry scene. The website is mostly in French, but some articles are in English. I have been involved with the collective for a few years now, participating and organizing events, writing articles and managing the website. I recommend you to have a look at the portfolio section, where you can discover the work of the many talented members of the collective. The collective also has a Pinterest account and a Facebook page.


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

Thursday, October 2, 2014

SF Etsy Team --> What A Treasury! Challenge Results!


WOW! SF Etsy Team 
What A Treasury Challenge!

Etsy Treasuries - The ever-changing, 
member-curated shopping gallery


Its been a few weeks since we officially challenged the team to an SF Etsy Team Treasury Challenge on our blog  - And lets just say - We Are Impressed!  We didn't expect the heart and creativity we saw in every treasury made. Thank you for your participation. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed your curated treasures.


September's Theme: End of Summer 

Did you notice the new traffic to your shop? To your treasuries? Being exposed to new audiences on Etsy and social media is always so exciting and a challenge!  By making treasuries and sharing other seller’s items, you increase the exposure of the shops you picked and in turn your own. We hope you received some great new follows and sale potentials from this experience! 

Besides being posted on the team's social media ( Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter ) we saw the individual team members communicating with each other, commenting, liking and getting to know each other (and their Etsy shops) better - which was our ultimate goal.  Plus, we wanted you to have some fun on your individual social media venues seeing your shop and name promoted to our thousands of followers. We love all your tags, the tweets, the hashtags, and the overall reciprocal team love.. it was awesome.

For me - reaching out and sharing the works of the team these last few weeks has been so rewarding -  and it was an honor to promote your shops every day.

Enjoy the following team treasury gallery! 

Curated Just For You,  by The SF Etsy Team Members 
for the SF Etsy team Members..

End of Summer - Melody in Brown  by ArtsyLadyVintage 
END OF SUMMER by Theresa J
Fall Is My Favorite  
End of Summer SFETSY Team Treasury Challenge  by Tickle And Smash
End of Summer - Menagerie in Purple by Artsy Lady Vintage
Dear summer, please stay just a little longer! by Pacific Crafts
End of Summer - Autumn Colors by Eledjo
SF Etsy Team Treasury Challenge - End of Summer by Timberly Designs 
Fall is coming!  By City Circlets
SF Etsy End of Summer by Flower 7
Handmade Black & White by Hunting Dragons
SFEtsy Love - Beautiful Things! by TheresaJToo 
Summertime - an SFETSY Treasury By TickleAndSmash
Goodbye Summer By Entropy The Shop
SFetsy team end of summer- Everything brown by PaperUnlimited
End of Summer - Fresh Greens By Threads By Ionyka
A Summer Swansong  by PoppyPeach
Sunset on Summer by Amy Rose Moore
END OF SUMMER- Change in Season by Irene Irene Art 
END OF SUMMER - Falling for colors! by Camillette80 
SF Etsy Team - Delights by Victoria Veedell
Summer's Last Sigh by The Gypsy Titmouse
End of Summer Blues By Corvus Tabernus
End of Summer By PebbleAndFire
Indian Summer in San Francisco by Dorothy Designs
Wishful Thinking by Jen Norton Art Studios 
Into the Fall By Phiden
South Bay Area Collection by Christmas Tree Tops
Last Time To The Beach By VampKittyDesigns
Colors of the Pacific  by OpheliasJewels 
California's Indian Summer by Daisy Church
SFetsy Owls by OodleBaDoodle
End of Summer by DivviCali
End Of Summer By AMHodrick
Autumn's Approaching by Green Horse Craft
San Francisco .. Etsy By The Bay By Local Colorist
With Love From San Francisco By Pebble And Fire










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