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
www.etsy.com/shop/IrisWillow

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: iriswillow.com/my_process

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: iriswillow.com 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.





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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
Etsy.com 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 etsy.com 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 etsy.com 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: Etsy.com 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 -  info@popupsters.com

        SF Etsy Leadership Team - SFEtsyLeadership@gmail.com







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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. 

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tuestorial: Candy Corn Vase

Tuestorial: Candy Corn Vase

I can't believe it, but Halloween is almost here! There are many craft-inspiration ideas for this time of year, but I thought I would be inspired by my favorite seasonal candy...the humble candy corn. Some love it, some hate it (we aren't friends), but you can enjoy it in this unique form with most items you probably already have around your house.



Materials Needed:
  • Empty wine bottle (easy find in my house)
  • White paint (acrylic or glass friendly)
  • Yellow paint
  • Orange paint
  • Paint brush
  • Painter's tape

Step 1:

Clean your empty wine bottle of any labels or dirt. You want a pretty surface before you start painting. Once it's clean and dry, apply at least two coats of white paint to the entire bottle. This will provide a good base for the other colors too.


Step 2:

Once the white paint is dry, mark the section for yellow with painter's tape. The edges don't need to be neat (should be uneven to look more like candy corn), but this makes it easier when painting. Start with yellow at the bottom!


Step 3:


Once the yellow section is dry, remove the painter's tape and mark off the top (just below the neck of the bottle) for the orange section and go to town. See how delicious it is looking?




Step 4:

Once the orange section is dry, just remove the painter's tape and you are done! You can go back to make the other edges less neat or touch-up any boo-boos (technical term). Put it on display for all your trick-or-treaters! 


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Tweet Chat Recap (10/14/2014)



Below is a recap of last weeks Tweet Chat.



NOTE: The first post is at the bottom.


 
block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Enjoy the rest of your week folks ... good night!! Go team! #sfetsy
2014-10-14 22:00
 
 
block Wonderland Organics @wonderlorganics
@RedIcebreaker @sunsetshutterbg thank you!! #sfetsy


block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
RT @ESDhandmade @sunsetshutterbg I did, thank you! And just reaffirmed that I'm not alone in this! :)#sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:59
 
 
block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
RT @RedIcebreaker @sunsetshutterbg thanks for the chat! I certainly learned some tricks #SFETSY Good luck to everyone!


block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Next week we'll be talking about displays. Join me next week and share your favorite tips/tricks to have an amazing display! #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:59
 
 
block Wonderland Organics @wonderlorganics
@sunsetshutterbg @rjsaylor yes thanks! Looking forward to our show #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:59
 
 
block earthquake state @ESDhandmade
@sunsetshutterbg I did, thank you! And just reaffirmed that I'm not alone in this! :) #sfetsy

 
block Red Kerria Designs @RedKerria
RT @RedIcebreaker @sunsetshutterbg thanks for the chat! I certainly learned some tricks #SFETSY Good luck to everyone!
2014-10-14 21:58
 
 
block Andrea Bruns @RedIcebreaker
@sunsetshutterbg thanks for the chat! I certainly learned some tricks #SFETSY Good luck to everyone!


block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Well I hope you all got some tips and learned something about inventory for your upcoming shows.#sfetsy

 
block Rebecca Saylor @rjsaylor
@AstridEndeavor yeah please no candy! Lol #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:57
 
 
block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
RT @AstridEndeavor one year I had candy, but that just makes their hands even dirtier! So, I think stickers will be the trick!! #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:57
 
 
block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Yes, it's almost 10! The hour just flew by. #sfetsy

 
block An Astrid Endeavor @AstridEndeavor
@rjsaylor one year I had candy, but that just makes their hands even dirtier! So, I think stickers will be the trick!! #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:57
 
 
block Rebecca Saylor @rjsaylor
Ok guys so good to see your ideas :) I'm sleepy #sfetsy

 
block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
@AstridEndeavor @rjsaylor Stickers sounds like fun for the kiddies. #sfetsy


 
block Rebecca Saylor @rjsaylor
@AstridEndeavor that's a good idea! Distractions :) #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:55
 
 
block Wonderland Organics @wonderlorganics
@AstridEndeavor @rjsaylor maybe bring samples for them? #SFETSY


 
block An Astrid Endeavor @AstridEndeavor
@rjsaylor It depends on whats going on sometimes I have to intervene. Maybe this year I'll bring stickers to give to the kids. #sfetsy


 
block Wonderland Organics @wonderlorganics
@AstridEndeavor @rjsaylor good to keep in mind! #sfetsy



block An Astrid Endeavor @AstridEndeavor
@rjsaylor #sfetsy I have a hard time with parents that let their kids paw all over everything. It's pretty amazing. (and I love kids!)

 
block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
So much information! Do other folks have any pressing questions or bits of advice to share about inventory? #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:50

 
block An Astrid Endeavor @AstridEndeavor
@sunsetshutterbg @rjsaylor @kmknits #sfetsy good point.



block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
RT @rjsaylor As things sell, you don't want your booth to look sparse or over picked, so keep it stocked :)#sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:48
 
 
block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Plus moving things about keeps you moving instead of sitting around looking bored like I've seen at a lot of shows. #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:48
 
 
block Rebecca Saylor @rjsaylor
As things sell, you don't want your booth to look sparse or over picked, so keep it stocked :) #sfetsy



block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Yay! RT @wonderlorganics @rjsaylor @kmknits thanks! This is my first fair so any advice is great #SFETSY
2014-10-14 21:47
 
 
block Red Kerria Designs @RedKerria
RT @sunsetshutterbg @rjsaylor @kmknits You may walk by a booth and 30 mins later see something new you didn't see the 1st time. #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:47
 
 
block Wonderland Organics @wonderlorganics
@rjsaylor @kmknits thanks! This is my first fair so any advice is great #SFETSY
2014-10-14 21:47
 
 
block Red Kerria Designs @RedKerria
RT @rjsaylor @wonderlorganics @kmknits just move things about - reorganize your booth, just keep it flowing :) #SFETSY


block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
@rjsaylor @kmknits OH yeah, that's smart. You may walk by a booth and 30 mins later see something new you didn't see the 1st time. #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:45
 
 
block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
MT @rjsaylor Q6: my booth mate last year @kmknits taught me 2 constantly shuffle stuff around to keep it moving out #itworks #sfetsy


 
block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
MT @rjsaylor Q6: my booth mate last year @kmknits taught me 2 constantly shuffle stuff around to keep it moving out #itworks #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:45
 
 
block Wonderland Organics @wonderlorganics
@rjsaylor @kmknits switching the products around? #sfetsy


 
block Andrea Bruns @RedIcebreaker
Q6: if i see the demographic is diff then i'll try to switch up pretty early. #SFETSY or change my display people aren't looking
2014-10-14 21:42 - Question 6
 
 
block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
RT @rjsaylor A5: I echo the sentiment of "don't bring one" there is some shopper psychology about having choice, but not too much :) #sfetsy


block Rebecca Saylor @rjsaylor
A5: I echo the sentiment of "don't bring one" there is some shopper psychology about having choice, but not too much :) #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:42 - Answer to question 5
 
 
block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Q6: How often do you change up your inventory during a show? Or do you usually keep it the same for the entire show? #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:40 - Question 6


block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
RT @RedIcebreaker I used to just make one of a new product now I always make 2 so i have an extra if i sell one #SFETSY or make 2 diff sizes
2014-10-14 21:39
 

block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
RT @RedIcebreaker Q5; when you start or you have brand new product it's hard to know what's going to sell #SFETSY you have to trust your gut
2014-10-14 21:39
 
 
block Andrea Bruns @RedIcebreaker
@sunsetshutterbg I used to just make one of a new product now I always make 2 so i have an extra if i sell one #SFETSY or make 2 diff sizes
2014-10-14 21:39
 

block Wonderland Organics @wonderlorganics
@ESDhandmade this is great advice! #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:38
 
 
block Andrea Bruns @RedIcebreaker
@sunsetshutterbg Q5; when you start or you have brand new product it's hard to know what's going to sell #SFETSY you have to trust your gut
2014-10-14 21:38
 

block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Oh yeah! RT @ESDhandmade And just because you bring it all doesn't mean you have to display it all - bring some to restock sales! #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:38
 
 
block earthquake state @ESDhandmade
@sunsetshutterbg And just because you bring it all doesn't mean you have to display it all - bring some to restock sales! #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:37
 
 
block earthquake state @ESDhandmade
@sunsetshutterbg Maybe, don't underestimate? For most of our lines/shops, bringing extras can't hurt.#sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:37
 
 
block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Q5: What are some experiences/lessons that you've learned when it comes to inventory that could help others avoid the same mistake? #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:36 - Question 5
 

 
block Red Kerria Designs @RedKerria
RT @sunsetshutterbg @rjsaylor get crafty during downtimes during the show. It's a great way to have customers see you creating! #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:34
 
 
block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
@rjsaylor This would be great if you create things that can come in different sizes and colors. Makes ordering easy peasy. #sfetsy



block
Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Good tip! RT @rjsaylor Well just have photos of your products whether it's online or printed, so you can show customers #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:32



block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
@rjsaylor Oh yeah, or get crafty during those downtimes during the show. It's a great way to have customers see you creating! #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:32
 
 
block Rebecca Saylor @rjsaylor
Well just have photos of your products whether it's online or printed, so you can show customers#sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:32
 
 
block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
RT @rjsaylor A4: I've also been known to make things the night of the first day so I have more inventory on the second day :) #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:31
 
 
block earthquake state @ESDhandmade
@rjsaylor THIS THIS THIS! Or, during the show. Like fingerless gloves. Oops! #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:31
 
 
block Rebecca Saylor @rjsaylor
A4: I've also been known to make things the night of the first day so I have more inventory on the second day :) #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:30 - Answer to question 4
 


block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
@rjsaylor Can you elaborate on the photo and order forms? #sfetsy


 
block earthquake state @ESDhandmade
@RedIcebreaker @sunsetshutterbg Haha, SAME! That would be lovely... #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:29
 
 
block Rebecca Saylor @rjsaylor
A4: Make sure you bring photos and order forms. Also have your answers for customer questions ready#SFETSY
2014-10-14 21:29 - Answer to question 4
 
 
block Andrea Bruns @RedIcebreaker
@sunsetshutterbg Q4: I hope to have this problem one day #sfetsy :)




block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Q4: Have you run out of inventory during a show? If so, how did you handle it? #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:26 - Question 4
 
 
block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
RT @rjsaylor I recently read that typical small retail businesses make 25-50% of their annual revenue during the holidays #sfetsy



block Rebecca Saylor @rjsaylor
I recently read that typical small retail businesses make 25-50% of their annual revenue during the holidays #sfetsy


 
block Andrea Bruns @RedIcebreaker
@sunsetshutterbg Q3: I try to get info on number of expected attendees and use that as a guide#SFETSY
2014-10-14 21:24
 
 
block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
RT @RedIcebreaker A3: I've been bringing around 50 pieces to smaller shows and going to bring over 200 or the holiday shows #SFETSY
2014-10-14 21:24
 
 
block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Colors! Yes! RT @ESDhandmade A3: I need to start bringing more colors! That's my goal - a few great/popular styles in more options. #sfetsy

 
block Andrea Bruns @RedIcebreaker
@sunsetshutterbg Q3: I try to get info on number of expected attendees and use that as a guide#SFETSY
2014-10-14 21:24
 
 
block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
RT @RedIcebreaker A3: I've been bringing around 50 pieces to smaller shows and going to bring over 200 or the holiday shows #SFETSY



block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
RT @RedKerria RT @rjsaylor A3: always bring more than you think :) #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:24
 
 
block Andrea Bruns @RedIcebreaker
@sunsetshutterbg Q3: I've been bringing around 50 pieces to smaller shows and going to bring over 200 or the holiday shows #SFETSY
2014-10-14 21:24
 
 
block earthquake state @ESDhandmade
A3: I need to start bringing more colors! That's my goal - a few great/popular styles in more options.#sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:24 - Answer to question 3
 
 
block Red Kerria Designs @RedKerria
RT @rjsaylor A3: always bring more than you think :) #sfetsy


 
block Rebecca Saylor @rjsaylor
A3: always bring more than you think :) #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:23 - Answer to question 3
 
 
block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Q3: This was touched on a bit by Rebecca, but how much inventory do you bring to a show? That's a common question people have. #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:19 - Question 3
 

 
block Rebecca Saylor @rjsaylor
@RedIcebreaker that's what I love about square - the reports #sfetsy



block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
RT @ESDhandmade @RedKerria @RedIcebreaker @sunsetshutterbg That's so smart! Excel is great for organizing. #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:18
 
 
block earthquake state @ESDhandmade
@RedKerria @RedIcebreaker @sunsetshutterbg That's so smart! Excel is great for organizing. #sfetsy



block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Keep it real! RT @ESDhandmade Hand-write! There's something cathartic about it for sure. BUT maybe for the bigger shows this year - #sfetsy



block Andrea Bruns @RedIcebreaker
@sunsetshutterbg I love excel because I can run reports on my inventory and sales #SFETSY
2014-10-14 21:17
 
 
block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
RT @RedIcebreaker @sunsetshutterbg A2: I have an Excel spreadsheet but now that I have almost 100 items it's getting harder to use #SFETSY
2014-10-14 21:16
 
 
block Red Kerria Designs @RedKerria
RT @RedIcebreaker @sunsetshutterbg A2: I have an Excel spreadsheet but now that I have almost 100 items it's getting harder to use #SFETSY



block earthquake state @ESDhandmade
@sunsetshutterbg - I'll need to make more inventory, and have a more formal system! Eep. #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:16
 
 
block Andrea Bruns @RedIcebreaker
@sunsetshutterbg A2: I have an Excel spreadsheet but now that I have almost 100 items it's getting harder to use #SFETSY
2014-10-14 21:16
 
 
block earthquake state @ESDhandmade
@sunsetshutterbg Hand-write! There's something cathartic about it for sure. BUT maybe for the bigger shows this year - #sfetsy


block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
RT @rjsaylor A2: Personally I track everything in Square #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:15
 
 
block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Sweet! RT @ESDhandmade @sunsetshutterbg I make a list! My pieces are big enough that I haven't had TOO many to count... yet! #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:15
 
 
block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
For the list folks, do you hand write it or go electronic? I'm always curious? #sfetsy



block earthquake state @ESDhandmade
@sunsetshutterbg I make a list! My pieces are big enough that I haven't had TOO many to count... yet!#sfetsy



 
block Rebecca Saylor @rjsaylor
A2: Personally I track everything in Square #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:13 - Answer to question 2
 


block Red Kerria Designs @RedKerria
RT @AstridEndeavor @rjsaylor #sfetsy and a wide variety of items in various price points.
2014-10-14 21:13
 
 
block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Q2: How do you keep track of your inventory? From packing to when you're selling items? #sfetsy


 
block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
RT @AstridEndeavor @rjsaylor #sfetsy and a wide variety of items in various price points.
2014-10-14 21:12
 
 
block An Astrid Endeavor @AstridEndeavor
@rjsaylor #sfetsy and a wide variety of items in various price points.
2014-10-14 21:12
 


block earthquake state @ESDhandmade
@rjsaylor GENIUS #sfetsy



block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
RT @AstridEndeavor @rjsaylor #sfetsy speaking of getting sick- remember for inventory at fairs- wipes, hand sanitizer and paper napkins!!!
2014-10-14 21:11
 
 
block Rebecca Saylor @rjsaylor
RT @AstridEndeavor @rjsaylor #sfetsy speaking of getting sick- remember for inventory at fairs- wipes, hand sanitizer and paper napkins!!!
2014-10-14 21:11
 
 
block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Totally!! RT @rjsaylor A1: always bring plenty of your best selling items :) #sfetsy



block An Astrid Endeavor @AstridEndeavor
@rjsaylor #sfetsy speaking of getting sick- remember for inventory at fairs- wipes, hand sanitizer and paper napkins!!!
2014-10-14 21:10
 
 
block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
RT @RedIcebreaker A1: I guess the demographic; sometimes it's hard to tell. Sometimes more mainstream pieces or more edgier pieces #SFETSY
2014-10-14 21:10
 
 
block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Good tip! MT @rjsaylor A1: I like to start w/ the end in mind. I figure out how much $ I want to make & bring 4x amount in product. #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:10
 
 
block Rebecca Saylor @rjsaylor
A1: always bring plenty of your best selling items :) #sfetsy


block Andrea Bruns @RedIcebreaker
@sunsetshutterbg A1: I guess the demographic; sometimes it's hard to tell. Sometimes more mainstream pieces or more edgier pieces #SFETSY
2014-10-14 21:09



block Rebecca Saylor @rjsaylor
A1: I like to start with the end in mind. I figure out how much $ I want to make and then I bring 4x that amount in product. #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:09 - Answer to question 1
 
 
block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Q1: First off, how do you figure out what the heck to bring? How do you decide what products to sell?#sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:08 - Question 1
 




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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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