Friday, June 19, 2015

Friday Feature ~ Pamela Baron Designs

It's Friday Feature time again and this time we are featuring Pamela Baron Designs. She makes some beautiful watercolors and also does custom house portraits.




1. What is your Shop Name and URL ?
Pamela Baron Designs, https://www.etsy.com/shop/PamelaBaronDesigns


2. To which Etsy Teams do you belong?
SF Etsy, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)





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 shop houses my prints, paintings and hand-cut sticker packs. I make everything from my studio in Oakland and take pride in selecting high quality materials, locally whenever possible.

I got a degree in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design, but it took me several years of working and collaborating with other artists in a variety of fields before I ventured out on my own. 


4. Tell us two (or more) interesting things about you.
In college, I worked as a glass blowing assistant and still continue to blow glass as a hobby. My boyfriend is a professional glassblower so sometimes we get to work on projects together although our styles are very different. My glass tends to looks like wonky children's drawings, and his are very elegant and complex.

If I am not painting, blowing glass, or hiking, I can be found fussing over the many plants. Many of them I have grown from tiny sprouts, or received from close friends. At this point, I kind of consider them my pets.





5. Do you have any other sites you would like featured?
https://instagram.com/pamelabaron/

My Instagram account is the best place to find new work and see what I am up to.


6. What inspires your creations?
I love getting out into nature and engaging with my environment. Almost all of my work starts from something that I have taken a picture of. Living in the Bay Area brings so much inspiration.


7. How did you get involved with Etsy?
I learned about Etsy in college but only seriously started using it after joining the SF Etsy Team. It's been so wonderful and inspiring to be a part of such an activate community.





8. What is your favorite item in your shop (currently for sale or previously sold)? Why is it your favorite?
My favorite item in my shop is the custom house portrait!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/218375708/personalized-housewarming-gift-custom?ref=shop_home_feat_2

Architecture has always held a special place in my heart. There is so much rhythm and character in all the line work involved, it's almost musical. From painting a client's five cats peaking out of the windows (true story!), to obsessing over special plants in the front yard, my favorite part is adding the meaningful details that make a space personal.


9. What crafting skill(s) do you wish you had or hope to learn someday?
Embroidery! Someday I'll embroider mini portraits of all of my plants.




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Friday, May 29, 2015

Friday Feature ~ Frances Marin

Our Friday Feature this week is artist Frances Marin. She paints custom portraits of people and pets, illustrates logos, paints and makes textiles.


1. What is your Shop Name and URL ?
My shops name is Frances Marin and the URL is www.francesmarin.etsy.com

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

 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 sell custom portraits, prints of my artwork and some original work on Etsy. I also get custom requests for special projects. 

I have been painting and drawing since I can remember and I went to school for my BFA. 

My creative process involves being in a good headspace and environment, first and foremost. I get into the flow of working and lose track of time. I experiment with every brush stroke, learning new things and revisiting technique from years of practice. These days, I like to work loosely and simplify. I often conduct a little research to look at patterns, colors, places, so I am always learning new things by making art. That is an important aspect to my process. 




 4. Tell us two (or more) other interesting things about you.
I went on an art residency in Cadiz, Spain last November. It was an incredible experience, working in a studio on the top floor of a museum that overlooked the sea. The ideas and influence that has had on me has been immense on my recent work. Also, I dropped out of high school my freshman year and later on received my BFA in pictorial art and and an MLIS (library science). I guess I like to do things my own way. 


 7. Where else can we find out more about you and/or your creations?
http://www.francesmarin.com/
https://instagram.com/francesmarin/

8. What has been your biggest success and/or proudest moment since opening your Etsy shop?
When the editor of HGTV Magazine ordered from my shop, as well as when I received custom portrait orders from actors in Belgium and from a band I love. Also, when Etsy featured my portraits on their blog in 2012. That's how the portraits took off! Thank you, Etsy. 




9. If money were no object for just one day, what would you do?
I would sail a boat to a tropical island, swim for a little while in the crystal clear water. Jump out, eat some plantains, black beans and fresh fish. Then, lay in a hammock and sketch all day. Later on, have a bonfire with some good family and friends. 

10. Give us some insight on how you personally, or your shop, gives back to your community.
I love sharing my knowledge with others. Between my art and library science education, I have a variety of creative and research skills. I have developed a good knowledge of art business skills from a course I completed as well as the internet so I try to answer questions people have for me regarding creative business. If I hear of an opportunity that would be a good fit for an artist or maker I know, I will reach out and send it to them. Last summer, I was an instructor for the Etsy Craft Entrepreneurship Program and this has led to some potential future opportunities for teaching. I have taught art to children and adults, even in a juvenile hall for girls some years ago. That was one of my favorite experiences in giving back. 


11.What's next for you?
I will be creating an art installation for the SubZERO Festival in San Jose June 5th and 6th. I love this festival since it is in my city and shows off all the artistic talent we have to offer. The range of art and music is mind-blowing so don't miss it!




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Sunday, May 24, 2015

FAQ For the South Bay Craft Party and Supply Swap at SJMQT


We are really getting excited about our upcoming South Bay Craft Party and Craft Supply Swap at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles!

We've had some questions come up, so we thought a FAQ might be helpful!

Is there a charge to participate?
No! Donations to the museum are always welcome, as a thank you for hosting, but the Craft Party and Supply Swap is free.

How does the Craft Supply Swap work?
The swap looks like this: we ask participants to bring any craft supplies that they might be willing to donate to the swap. Materials do not need to be new but they should be usable. Swappers will place their donated materials in the appropriate spot(s) in the swap (we'll have signs out to help you organize) and then everybody will be invited to browse through the swap and take those materials that they can use. We ask that folks not be greedy, but the most important thing is to get materials where they can be used! Any leftover craft materials at the end of the swap will be donated to appropriate organizations such as FabMo, RAFT, SCRAP, etc.

Can I sell my craft supplies? Can I sell my handmade crafts?
No. There will be no sales at this event.

Do I have to bring craft supplies to participate in the swap?
No, but it's recommended. We will give the first browsing opportunities to those who have brought materials to donate.

Will we be making any crafts?
Yes! Etsy has put together a fun paper weaving craft that we will have available. If desired, you can bring your own photo or paper materials (8x10 is suggested) but we will also have materials on hand for you to use.

Can I bring my kids?
This is a family-friendly event.  Please note that very small children will probably not be that interested in the swap or the paper craft. For safety reasons all children must be supervised by an accompanying adult.

Do I need to RSVP?
Please do! You can RSVP through our Facebook event page or the Etsy calendar

Let us know if there any other questions! Hope to see you at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles on June 6th from 2 pm to 4 pm!


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Friday, May 15, 2015

Friday Feature ~ MiaView

This week we are featuring MiaView. Maria Ines Adover is the owner and she makes some amazing acrylic jewelry.





1. What is your Shop Name and URL ?
MiaView, miaview.etsy.com


2. To which Etsy Teams do you belong?
SfEtsy - https://www.etsy.com/teams/5196/sf-etsy
Etsy Success - https://www.etsy.com/teams/5002/etsy-success
Kawaii Jewelry - https://www.etsy.com/teams/18746/dkawaii-jewelry3






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 name is Maria Ines Adrover (M.I.A.). I am a fashion designer from Argentina and came to California in 2011. Since then, I have had the idea of doing something related to jewelry, but it wasn't until 2014 that MiaView was born.

My shop is about fashionable perspex rings, earrings, brooches, necklaces and everything related to beautiful accessories for your everyday outfit. And all in an original packaging that is the essence of the brand.

All the process of creation, elaboration, design, material selection and even the final packaging is entirely done by me. The desings are inspired from many places, things, drawings, paintings, I take common elements out from their comfort zone and place them in a newly different dimension.

I want to give a touch to the outfit, mark the difference, create color without using it, and go beyond.
I am surrounded by technology, we are all surrounded by technology, technology is in the air.
I want to combine the structure of the technology, represented with the laser cut of the products, with the volatility of the art, the drawings, the touch that comes from the hand. That is MiaView a combination of form and counterform.


4. Tell us two (or more) other interesting things about you.
I had a job in Argentina as a fashion assistant until we decided to move to California for my husband job, so everything was hard to get started. I did not know anything about best places here for my designs and everything was IT related, so I decided to make jewelry with a technology touch.

I watch all kind of movies and tv shows, really, all, so I am in charge of the remote control in my house. I like hiking, though you should focus more on the "like" rather than "hike", as I barely have time! I love traveling and enjoy meeting people here from all around the world, the mix of cultures is what I love most from California, I even have "International dinners" regularly with my friends from many parts of the world.


5. Where else can we find out more about you and/or your creations?
www.miaview.com
https://www.pinterest.com/MiaView/
https://instagram.com/miaviewdesign/
https://twitter.com/MiaViewdesign
https://www.facebook.com/miaviewdesign
https://www.hatch.co/maker/miaview
https://www.aftcra.com/miaview



6.What is your favorite item in your shop (currently for sale or previously sold)? Why is it your favorite?
My favorite item in my shop is "Milk With Tea" ring. Because I love wearing rings all day (my husband is all the time trying to protect his body from my sharp rings!) and because it makes me smile everytime I see it.


7. What crafting skill(s) do you wish you had or hope to learn someday?
I am everyday trying to incorporate new techniques to expand my shop sections. I am also doing some online trainings.
I like innovating and doing different projects at the same time, I cannot be just doing the same type of activity, so I am now starting with softies like https://www.etsy.com/listing/231267368/doll-softie-cotton-handmade-sewed




8. What has been your biggest success and/or proudest moment since opening your Etsy shop?
My first admirer! It was beautiful that somebody from very very far likes what I love doing. It made my day.




9. Tell us about your first sale ever?
My first sale was to a woman that bought my coffee brooch to give it as a gift to her friend that just opened her new coffee shop.
I really think it was a beautiful idea that many other people can use!






10. What's next for you?
I plan to give more exposure of my products and participate in some upcoming shows.


11.Anything else you would like to add?
Being a designer is a really tough path, so no matter what, you have to enjoy what you do


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Friday, May 1, 2015

Friday Feature ~ Saffron + Kumquats


This weeks Friday Feature is super special. We recently had 1400th member join the SF Etsy team. So without delay here is a little insight about Vanessa Larson and her store Saffron + Kumquats



1. What is your Shop Name and URL ?


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


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 shop is a way to share my love of food and cooking.  I do this with a subscription box for cooking, DIY food kits, and fun food-focused t-shirts.  The subscription box is delivered monthly and is filled with recipes and unique ingredient samples such as spices, grains, and beans.  Each month focuses on a different global cuisine. Past boxes have included Jamaican, Japanese, Moroccan and Indian.  

My creative process starts with an idea such as an interesting dish or a cuisine I'm fond of and I begin to research. I look into spices and various recipes.  I then begin to develop the recipes. Sometimes these are based on traditional recipes that I've adapted and sometimes these are all my own.  This is the fun part! Once I have nailed down the recipes, I order the recipe cards and ingredients.  The ingredients come in bulk and I then repackage them in a commercial kitchen.  The boxes are shipped out the first week of the month and the cycle starts all over again.

I've traveled all over the world and taken cooking classes in several countries that I've visited. This gives me the foundation for figuring out the recipes for the boxes.  I love to cook so Saffron + Kumquats has allowed me to share my hobby and my passion.



4. Tell us other interesting things about you.
I've lived in Paris and Hong Kong, and I love to travel.  Currently, I'm fascinated with the Middle East and Africa and I hope to visit both in the near future.

I'm obsessed with taking pictures.  I'm a never-ending tourist taking photos all over San Francisco (where I've lived off-and-on for 10 years!) and everyplace I travel.  I'm a visually-orientated person and photos make me happy.

I won a cooking competition for the tsukune chicken meatballs that I developed for the Japanese box. I won audience's choice and second place from the chefs.   

5. Where else can we find out more about you and/or your creations?
6. What inspires your creations?
I'm inspired by my travels and by everything I eat.  Whenever I eat something remarkable, I take a photo and write it down.  You never know when it might be the perfect start for a new recipe!

7. How did you get involved with Etsy?
I started as a shopper.  I loved the idea of directly supporting small businesses and artisans. You can find such beautifully designed and unique product on Etsy!  Then, when I started Saffron + Kumquats, it seemed like the perfect place to sell my creations and to connect with this wonderful network of creators!



8. What is your favorite item in your shop (currently for sale or previously sold)? Why is it your favorite?
The 3-month subscription box for cooking.  As cooks, we all get stuck in ruts.  This is a great way to try new flavors and to make cooking fun again! I like to think of it as a way to taste the world from the comfort of your own home.  


9. If you had a gift certificate to Etsy for any one item you wanted, what would you buy?
The Doer Tote in Leather and Waxed Canvas / Black on Black/ Simple and Classic Market Tote.

I am always looking for a good tote bag for carrying things around the city and this one is so beautifully designed.  I love the classic look, the protective leather bottom, and the double handles.
 
10. What has been your biggest success and/or proudest moment since opening your Etsy shop?
I participated in the Etsy holiday market in San Francisco and it was so wonderful.  I remade some of the subscription boxes that I've done as cooking kits and let people choose their cuisine.  It was a big hit.  What was really great was meeting people and talking to them about the product.  The interest and support that people expressed was so gratifying and lovely!



11. If money were no object for just one day, what would you do?
I would fly to Paris for the day. I would have croissants and bread with a cafe creme in one of the beautiful cafes.  I'd walk along the Seine, stopping in L'Orangerie, one of my favorite art museums.  Lunch would be at Miznon, an Israeli restaurant in Le Marais.  Afterwords, I'd do some shopping.  Paris is filled with beautiful stores! I would stop by my favorite garden in the Palais Royale. I'd meet friends for an outdoor aperatif in a cafe and then we'd all go to dinner at a favorite restaurant such as Beaucoup or Verjus.  That is my perfect day.


12. What is the craziest gift you have ever received?
My mom is known for giving crazy gifts.  One year for my birthday she gave me a piggy bank.  It was a purple pig in pink high heels and it was wearing a feather boa.  I don't even know where you find something like that!


13. Give us some insight on how you personally, or your shop, gives back to your community.
I have just started a new program that I'm very excited about called Share to Give.  Customers share the recipes that they made from the subscription box on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.  For every share, I give 10 cents to No Kid Hungry, a program that helps fight child hunger in the US.  You can find out more information here: http://www.saffronandkumquats.com/pages/give


14. What's next for you?
I am teaming up with a friend who has this amazing airstream trailer company called Clubhouse Caravans on a few events.  She has these renovated airstream trailers that can be used as bars, stores, lounges, etc for weddings and other events.  We are going to create a mobile store at events such as the Hayes Valley Urban Air Market and the Patchwork Show in Oakland.  Visit us there!





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Thursday, April 30, 2015

SFEtsy is now a proud Kiva Zip Trustee


We have some very, very exciting news to share with you today!
When Kiva Zip launched, they formed a partnership with Etsy that highlights the benefits of Kiva Zip for Etsy sellers and supporters of the handmade community. Read more about Etsy & Kiva on the Etsy Blog.
We are super proud and excited to announce that SFEtsy is now a Kiva Zip Trustee. Our first endorsement will be for Alana Rivera of Etta & Billie (Read Katy Atchinson's Studio Visit Post). Alana has slowly been building her bath & beauty business over the last several years and is now taking the big step of securing a micro-loan through Kiva Zip and the SFEtsy team is supporting her!

So what does being a Kiva Zip Trustee mean? It means that we have the opportunity to endorse our team members as they go through the Kiva Zip loan process. As a Trustee, we are providing our "stamp of approval" for team members on Kiva Zip and help through every step of the process. Read more about the SFEtsy Trusteeship here - https://zip.kiva.org/trustees/3876
Kiva Zip loans don't utilize a bank for underwriting. They are funded through what is called "Character Lending". During the loan application process, Alana was never asked about her credit score or other typical questions that banks ask, rather she was asked to tap into her social network to help fund the first portion of her loan. 
I'd like to invite you to support Alana. If you wish to contribute to her campaign, you can loan her as little as $5. Not only will you be helping Alana grow her business, but you will enter the world of Kiva Zip where you can learn the stories of many small businesses, just like you, that are growing through the program. 
Read more about how Alana plans to use the money here -  https://zip.kiva.org/loans/13757/i/jnr
If you've never lent money before in the Kiva Zip Program, here are a few simple steps to get you started:
(1) Click the following link:  https://zip.kiva.org/loans/13757/i/jnr
(2) Select the amount you would like to lend in the panel on the right-hand side
(3) Click the orange "Lend Now" button
(4) Click the white "Register" button
(5) Enter your full name, email and desired password in the appropriate boxes. Check that you have read the Kiva Terms of Use
(6) Click the orange "Register" button
(7) You should be redirected back to your checkout basket. Confirm the amount and click "Checkout"
(8) Choose to "Pay with your PayPal account" or "Pay with a debit or credit card"
(9) Fill out your payment information and click the orange "Pay" at the bottom of the page

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

South Bay Etsy Craft Party and Craft Supply Swap at SJMQT: June 6, 2-4 p.m.






Join the SF Etsy Team for a family-friendly craft party and craft supply swap hosted by our friends at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles! 

At this free event, you can meet other local creative folks, de-stash your supplies, and take home new craft making treasures. Just bring along any usable craft supplies that you no longer need, and come "shop" through the supplies that others have donated. And since this is SF Etsy, we'll also have some handmade crafting going on! 


Don't forget that while you’re there, you can also take in the current exhibits at the museum. It's truly one of the hidden gems in downtown San Jose. For more info or questions, contact the museum.  

We will be accepting a few walk-ins, as space permits, but to reserve your spot be sure to RSVP at the Etsy Craft Party page.


Friday June 6, 2015
2 to 4 p.m.
At the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles
520 South First Street
San Jose, CA 95113


Hope to see you there!


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Thursday, April 23, 2015

SFETSYFlash25 25% Off Sale April 27 --> Twenty Seven Participating Shops


#SFETSYFlash25

ONE DAY ONLY Flash Sale April 27 - GET 25% OFF  

From these 27 Participating SFEtsy Etsy Stores –  9am to 9pm PST


USE PROMO CODE at Etsy Check Out For Savings: SFetsyFlash25



It's Spring and Time For Mothers Day! Treat Yourself! 
Follow us on TwitterFacebook and Instagram the day of the sale and we will walk
you through the best deals we find throughout the day. 

Check out your favorite shops or discover new SFEtsy small businesses that you never knew about before. We guarantee you'll find some amazing items before the day is out.

MsAmandaJayne

An Astrid Endeavor 

Atelier verteX

Cut.Color.Create

Eko Jewelry Design

Gabriella Design

Laughing Devils Design

Lori Delisle - Salt  and Light

PoppyPeach

Rainbow Earring

Stylish Canine

Todos Organics

Splendid Colors
L Day Shop

Flower 7

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