Thursday, 31 March 2011

FIRST SALE FEATURE: Gabby's Bizarre

This undiscovered shop is still waiting for it's first sale, a beautiful selection of salt dough ornaments and fridge magnets with plenty of choice available. We don't think Gabby will be waiting for her first sale much longer!


www.gabbysbazaar.etsy.com

http://www.facebook.com/#!/GabbysBazaar
www.gabbysbazaar.blogspot.com

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Featured Seller

This weeks featured seller is Anna Jackson of Black Cactus in London

Please introduce yourself and your business
I'm Anna and my shop is Black Cactus In London where I list hand printed fabrics and the home wares and accessories I make with them. 
I have recently opened a Supplies shop where you can find lots of fabrics and small project packs for your special sewing work - Black Cactus In London Supplies.




When did you establish your business?
Not that long ago, less than a year.



What prompted you to start your own business?
After too many years of working in offices I was (very happily) made redundant, so I thought 'Hmm what do I really want to do now?'.  The choice was clear - finally set up that print studio you've been dreaming about and get busy!

If you make handmade items, when did you first start working in your chosen discipline?
I originally studied Fine Art and majored in Printmaking.  Lots of things interest me and I've tried a lot of different mediums, but have always come back to Printmaking.  I love every time I lift the screen or press to see how the print turns out.



What inspires you?
Largely objects and shapes from nature.  I like how every little thing seems the same but on closer inspection is unique in it's own way.  For example, every leaf is different from the next and I enjoy capturing that.
I also enjoy having fun with my designs and making fabric you might not expect to see like my Peeved Rabbit and Tally Ho! prints.



How did you hear about Etsy?
Etsy has been in my head for so long now I can't remember how or when I first heard about it.  I think it must've been mentioned in an article somewhere.  No great Eureka moment but it's a great facilitator for the handmade market.

How did you feel when you made your first sale on Etsy?
Hooked!


What do you like about being part of Etsy?
Etsy's a very attractive and functional website so although the competition is fierce it's a great vehicle for your product.  And since joining the British Sellers on Etsy Team I've enjoyed the feeling of community too and it has really enhanced my experience.


What advice would you offer other Etsy sellers out there?
I haven't been selling long enough to really give advice beyond saying the usual thing about how important photography in your shop is and to use social networking to help increase your views.

Would you like to offer the British Sellers on Etsy Blog readers a special offer?
Please use the code 'British Sellers on Etsy' for 25% off in both shops. 



Where can we find you?

Etsy shop links:



Blog: Coming soon on my website!




Monday, 28 March 2011

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

This weeks Treasury Challenge Winner BLUE DAISY GLASS

Apologies this is a little late this week, but this weeks winner is DAISY BLUE GLASS
This lovely Mothers Day treasury really caught my eye this week, but it was a tough choice between this treasury and Charlotte Done's Moss Themed Treasury
To be included in next weeks treasury challenge post your treasury links in this thread

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Featured Seller

Todays Featured Seller is Gemma of Homemade Gems

Please introduce yourself and your business
Hi my name is Gemma and I'm from North West London. I work part time at a local nursery and spend the rest of my time working with fabric for my shop 'Homemade Gems'.




When did you establish your business?
I started to sell on Etsy and other UK craft sites in April 2010.



What prompted you to start your own business?
I was inspired by the series 'Kirstie’s Homemade Home' a year or so ago. I really disliked it when other people had the same bits and pieces that I had and I was in need of a door stop, so I decided to give it a go and make something unique.



What inspires you – either to design/make something or the selections you choose to stock?
I love soft furnishings, especially cushions. You can instantly change a room by adding a few cushions. Cushions can make a room feel cosy and homely..which is how I love to feel. I am also inspired by silhouettes and the beautiful shapes they make. A lot of my work is simple and I feel that silhouettes create this 'simplicity'.
  
How did you hear about Etsy?
From blogs. In the blog world there are hundreds of women who put their talents on Etsy for the world to see.




How did you feel when you made your first sale on Etsy?
I felt magic. I was on a high for ages. It is a struggle to be seen on Etsy, let alone to have people favour your work over others. So to have any sale is a huge achievement.




What do you like about being part of Etsy?
I love the fact that you can buy something unique from practically anywhere in the world. I love the treasury feature too.

What advice would you offer other Etsy sellers out there?
Firstly, make your descriptions clear and accurate. Your pictures should be clear and to a fairly high standard, remember your pictures are what make buyers look at your shop in the first place.
Secondly, promote promote promote!
Twitter and Facebook are a great way to boost views. The more people that view your items, the more likely someone is going to buy something. Blogging is also an option, which allows potential buyers to get to know you and your shop on a more 'personal' level.
Thirdly, give customers a little something extra. I provide all my buyers with a discount code, so that they may purchase something from me again. With larger orders, I also add a little gift such as a hanging heart.



Would you like to offer the British Sellers on Etsy Blog readers a special offer?
Yes! Use the code HOMEMADEGEMS10 for 10% off anything in my shop. This discount code ends April 22nd 2011.

Where can we find you?


Blog: You can follow my blog which is about my general life, crafts and cooking

Twitter:  http://twitter.com/Homemade_Gems

Monday, 21 March 2011

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Steampunk.

Over on the British Sellers on Etsy forum, we had a discussion about Steampunk, and although I had noticed it when I first joined Etsy in 2007, the discussion reminded me of how much I liked it! So naturally, it inspired me to blog about it! Here are some of my favourite finds!
Bella - Garnet Steampunk Pendant by PinkWaterFairy

Ada Lovelace Steampunk collection corset and shoulder harness outfit by ZahirasBoudoir

Steampunk Pendant Necklace by pennyfarthingdesigns

Steampunk Tiara by SparkleyJem

Red Clockwork Steampunk Sketchbook by Shosetsu

Large steampunk bee brooch, brass coloured by tinyminds

Steampunk Pendant by BristolTreasuresUK

Friday, 18 March 2011

HOW TO.....use Twitter. PART 2

Retweets and @Mentions

This next post will show you how you can help to spread the word on Twitter and also have a conversation with others.

Retweeting

Retweeting is a bit like forwarding an email, you are basically copying someones status and posting it as your own to share it with your friends, it could be useful information, something funny, or you are helping the person who has made the original tweet by promoting them to your followers.
A retweet looks like this:


The red arrows are pointing to the symbols that indicate it's a retweet, so the arrows going round in a circle shows that this post has been 'retweeted' sometimes people will indicate their post is a retweet by putting RT at the start. Obviously it's beneficial for you if people retweet your tweets as they are reaching a wider audience and this in turn may bring you more followers.

How do you retweet?
It's simple, if you hover over the post as you will see below some options appear:


It tells you when the post was made and gives you the option to favourite the post (this will save the post to your favourites, ideal if you want to come back to something later like a link for example) to retweet and to reply. You just hit the retweet button and twitter will do the rest for you.

@Mentions

Now that I've mentioned the reply button we'll move on to @mentions. If you decide to reply to someone on Twitter, maybe they've asked a question or you just feel like commenting you click the reply button and in your twitter window @(persons username) will come up you can then type your reply after this. The person you are speaking to will know you have sent them a reply when they click on their @mentions tab. Any tweets where someone has used the @ symbol before their username will show up here. So you can use this feature to reply to someone or to help promote someone.


Many of our followers use @britishetsyteam when they want us to see their post, they may be speaking to us directly or informing us of a new product or promotion and want to make sure we see it.

Using the post above as an example, the post is from DreamSponsoring, but they are retweeting TheSoapDragons original post as indicated by the RT. The British Etsy Team was mentioned in Soap Dragons original post so it gets picked up in our mentions again in the retweet.

Hope that has shed some light on the mysteries of Twitter, if there is anything else you would like to know just leave a comment on the blog.

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Featured Seller

This weeks featured seller is Rachel Elliott of Rachel Elliott Glassworks
Better known to us on the British Sellers Team as flyingcheestoastie, Rachel's glass hares have become legendary!


            Please introduce yourself and your business
 I’m Rachel and I’m a glass artist working in Edinburgh, Scotland.  I’m not a native Scot but came here to study my degree in Architectural Glass and after graduating in 2007, decided to stay and opened my own studio in 2009.  I produce mainly kiln-formed glass, with my studio equipped with one of the largest kilns in Scotland as well as two other workhorse kilns.  I use many different techniques including screen-printing in kiln fired enamels, lost wax casting and have recently started water-jet cutting the glass I use to incorporate this new technology into my practice.


When did you establish your business & what prompted you to start your own business?
The business was established in 2009 after I returned to Edinburgh from a work experience placement at a traditional stained glass studio in Birmingham called John Hardman Studio.  It gave me the confidence that there was a market for the type of work I wanted to produce as well as in my own skills to build and maintain a studio of my own.


             When did you first start working in your chosen discipline?
I have been working with glass since a basic introduction in 2000 via an adult education evening class.  I started as a hobbyist and it’s one of the reasons I now teach classes to people with no experience to pass on the skills and let people have a go with something they would never have the opportunity of trying otherwise.




What inspires you – either to design/make something or the selections you choose to stock?
I love details, not the unnecessary frills, but the intricacies in everyday life that some people don’t notice but at the same time are instantly recognisable.  I love making pieces that make people smile , whether that’s through recollection of a past memory or simply at the absurdity of it.  It’s those principles that are in most of my pieces from the smallest brooch to my largest sculpture.

      How did you hear about Etsy?
This sounds bad but I don’t really know when or how I first discovered Etsy, I’ve been browsing and buying since 2007, but only got my act together and properly stocked my own shop in November 2009.

Fringe - Large Shed - Photographed by Simon Bruntell
            How did you feel when you made your first sale on Etsy?
Ecstatic and appalled at the same time!  It was a really unique bead that I made and had come third in British Bead Awards in 2009.  I was so glad to see someone buy it but it sold after about 4 minutes of being listed, despite quite a high price tag, so my first thought were I’d priced it too cheaply, followed by sadness that I’d never make another like it again.




What do you like about being part of Etsy
I like the ease of it all, it’s easy to list something, it’s easy to buy and complete a sale with all the information you need.  I also like how it guides your through things like tagging, and lets you re-edit as many times as you need to, to tweak and get things right.
I also like the community element of it, which for me has been a fairly recent discovery, after venturing from the solo team I was a member of to applying to a further 4 relevant ones in the space of a day!


Storm Troubled Sphere (Tempest Bead) - Photographed by Lucy Hunt


      What advice would you offer other Etsy sellers out there?
Obviously the basics, good images, use all your tags when listing, stagger your listing etc. etc.  But more importantly to new sellers, don’t’ loose heart, the business of hand-made goods is a luxury one and we are still in a recession, when people cannot afford the luxuries as often as they could previously.  This is the wrong profession if you want to make a quick buck as you simply have to be in it for the long haul to see a return on your time and energy in marketing yourself, developing your products and all the other activities of selling your items.  Utilise social networking such as Facebook, twitter, blogs etc, but don’t let them dominate or dictate your time and ensure everything you post or tweet has a follow through to your shop or a relevant item, to make sure people don’t just read and navigate away.


Scattered - Photographed by Sarah Rose Cameron
           
            Would you like to offer the British Sellers on Etsy Blog readers a special offer?
Readers can use the following code for FREE SHIPPING, anywhere in the world and for as many items as you like - FLYAWAYHOME

      Where can we find you?
      My main website:  http://www.rachel-elliott.com/