Thursday, 26 May 2011

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Featured Seller


This weeks featured seller interview is with Izzy of They Died For Beauty


Please introduce yourself and your business
My name is Izzy Diccoco and I run "They Died For Beauty" on Etsy

When did you establish your business?
I've had my Etsy shop for about 16 months now, and in that time its evolved a fair bit.

What prompted you to start your own business?
I love crafting, I love taking photos, I don't necessarily have the time to go out and about to craft fairs as my other day job is working with children on a part time basis. I wanted an outlet to be able to set up a store and Etsy, with its ease of use seemed to fit the bill. To be honest when I first set up the shop, I didn't really have a clue how it was going to develop.




What are you doing when you’re not creating?
When not creating, I am either doing my other job, spending time with my two daughters and partner, reading, watching movies, enjoying the outdoors and a nice glass of wine. I am an ex journalist so I have a couple of personal blogs I keep just to keep my hand in. I would definitely get a restless brain if I couldn’t write.
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
That I was a journalist, moved into PR/Marketing and worked my way up the ranks. (I quit and took a huge pay cut to work with kids), I climbed to base camp at Everest when I was 18. (18,000ft give or take).


What is your favourite…? Colour: Animal: Season: Movie: Book: Blog?
My favourite colour is most certainly Purple, I love a Giraffe but Tigers are majestic so that's a close call, hmmm seasons....love Winter for the clean crisp feeling in the air, but you also can't beat flip flop weather! My favourite movie? I always joke that I just can't pick one favourite film, I'm a bit of a film buff, but Luc Bessons Nikita is top 2 for sure and recently I loved loved loved Inception, which will end up being an all time favourite. My favourite book is Haruki Murakami's Kafka On The Shore and as for blogs....I love Dr Ben Goldacre's Bad Science.net and Hubble telescope engineer Phil Plait's Bad Astronomy Blog



When did you first start working in your chosen discipline?
I've took photo's forever, but recently acquired a good DSLR after some years of being without one so I have been thinking more and more about what images are good, similarly with jewellery and card making, its just something I've always done. I am a big fan of the home spun type gifts, so I make for family and friends anything and everything from cards to candles to scrapbooks, jewellery, soaps and bath fizzes etc. What I'm doing with the Etsy shop is just a natural progression of that now I have more time.

What inspires you?
I am inspired by such a wide range of stuff. Music is a big one, you might see that a few of my jewellery pieces and photographic prints are named after songs or lyrics from songs, films also get me going. I've been producing some digital artwork lately and its a bit surreal and on the theme of dreams, although its not literal take on what happens in the film, that has definitely been inspired by my love of Inception.

What’s your favorite piece of work that you have created?
My favourite piece of work I've created is a Photographic Print called Walking On A Dream which was took on a recent holiday to the Isle Of Skye. It was a bit of a fluke photo as I was just taking some random shots of my two girls as we watched an amazing sunset whilst out on an evening walk, but I really love the way it turned out and the title is from a song which I had been wanting to use for ages....it all just fitted together perfectly.


What are you working on at the moment?
At the moment I am working on my new store and putting some new stuff up on The Nightingale Sings. I planned to make some more jewellery today but my 4yo has just come down with Chicken Pox so not sure how much I might get
done in between waiting on her hand and foot (she's milking it). I'm planning more in the All Your Dreams Belong....digital artwork series and working on some mini luck dip gift bags to start selling in my Etsy shop, which will contain some signature pieces from my range or work (think jewellery, mini scented candles, art work etc) and some surprises.

How did you hear about Etsy?
I actually heard about Etsy through a friend who bought her wedding dress from an American seller, I went on the site to look at her dress and found myself favouriting lots of shops myself!




What do you like about being part of Etsy I like the ease of use of Etsy, you can run a store without having any knowledge of web design and code and ecommerce
solutions etc, its literally set up and go and also the support network and forums.


Where else do you sell your work?
I also have some limited items on Folksy under the same name, as its more UK based I think and also my own new website www.theydiedforbeauty.com which is a partnership with my friend who also sells on Etsy, all designed and that by myself!



What are your goals for the future, both work wise and life?
I'd like to be able to make the craft and design business a full time thing, this is the goal for this year, if I can earn around what I do in my part time day job then I'd quit tomorrow! Although I enjoy the work that I do, I'd like to be able to devote my time to creating and crafting as its where my heart lies …..the feeling you get from making something be it jewellery or a card or taking a great photograph is like no other in terms of how it makes me feel achievement wise.
The more I can concentrate on this business also, the more I can have time for my family also and get them involved.
I've already got some ideas for some whimsical photo art using my elder daughter as a subject.....

Do you have any tips or inspiring words for others?
I've learnt that you are the master of your own ship and you can sail it more or less wherever you like, a bit of a cliché I guess but true. I never thought I'd quit the world of PR/Marketing for less pay and job security but I did, and now a few years down the line I earn enough to be comfy working part time and have more and more time as my youngest daughter grows to throw myself into other areas such as the art business. That's because I made a conscious decision that I was going to do this, ramp up the making output and use my marketing and business development experience to support the move.

Izzy's Links



Friday, 20 May 2011

NEW SELLER SPOT - Vespertine Silver

Unique handcrafted Fine Silver jewelry made in England. New Seller Verspertine offer stunning whimsical jewellery that you long to wear. You can view their ever expanding shop below:
www.etsy.com/shop/VespertineSilver




















Happy Birthday..

...AndiaCreations from the 'British Sellers on Etsy' Team!

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Featured Seller

This weeks Featured Seller Interview is with Michelle Shaw of Cardinal Virtues

Please introduce yourself and your business
Hello my name is Michelle Shaw and I am an artist living in Leicester. I run a charity and craft business called 'Cardinal Virtues', where I design and make my own crafts, along with arranging charity art exhibitions where I sell mine and other artists work with all proceeds going to Leukaemia Research.









When did you establish your business?
I arranged my first charity art exhibition in December 2010 and everything else has evolved from that point, really. I wanted to publicize the event and the artists who donated artwork to sell, so I started a website and blog. Which then led to an Etsy shop where I sell artwork, jewellery, textiles and any other bits that have been donated by artists in Leicester.

What prompted you to start your own business?
The charity art exhibition was really successful and I have since collaborated with Leukemia and Lymphoma Research in the Midlands, who have asked me to arrange another one this year. So the business was a way for me to merge everything together under one name 'Cardinal Virtues'.

What are you doing when you’re not creating?
These days I am very rarely not creating or thinking of new designs, but in any spare time I like to read because I like the escapism. My current book is Harry Potter The Prisoner of Azkaban, my Mother in Law bought me a box set of the books which I am working my way through, and loving!




















What is your favourite…? Colour: Animal: Season: Book: Blog?
Ooh these are difficult questions. Ok, my favourite colour is blue and has been for many years.
My favourite animal is the elephant, I can only answer this so quickly because I was talking about this only the other day. When I was at school and all of my (girl)friends had pictures of 'Take That' on their bedroom walls, I had pictures of elephants covering mine. I've always been fascinated by elephants and their social structures, which is very much like ours, along with their intelligence and interesting behaviour.
My favourite Season has got to be Winter, I do like the sunshine but I much prefer it when there is snow on the ground. I also love extreme weather like thunder & lightening.
My favourite book is difficult to answer as there are so many good ones out there. But I think I will go for The BFG by Roald Dahl, I'm a massive fan of all of his adult and children's books and of his brilliant imagination. I also really like Quentin Blake's illustration style, he was a big inspiration when I was starting out as an artist.
And finally my favourite blog has got to be Illustration Rally, which is a beautiful mix of inspirational artwork from all over the world. I entered a piece of artwork into their Ganbare Nippon rally to raise money & awareness for Japan, and was blown away by the artwork from other artists who entered. They also do a really fun rally of celebrity artwork.
http://illustrationrally.blogspot.com/2011/05/ganbare-nippon-no-47.html

What inspires you?
I am inspired by everything around me, people, the environment, friends...everything.

What’s your favorite piece of work that you have created?
The piece of work which I am most proud of as a business has to be the art exhibition, we raised over 1k for Leukaemia Research which was a great outcome. As an artist the crafts I really enjoy making are my textiles pieces, I have a new found love for felt.

What are you working on at the moment?
I have a few things on the go at the moment. I'm currently looking for a venue for the next charity art exhibition, and I'm creating some crafts for my sister's new cupcake business called 'Hiccupcakes'. My sister is making and selling cupcakes for all occasions & I have started a line of crafts in the theme of cupcakes which will be on sale on the website in the near future.


What do you like about being part of Etsy?
I really enjoy the community spirit of Etsy, as soon as I joined I was welcomed into circles and groups. There's a real team spirit in publicising others, which is also a bit part of 'Cardinal Virtues'. There are some amazing handmade pieces for sale, I could honestly spend a whole day browsing through the shops adding pieces to my 'favourite' lists. I also love creating treasury's, it's the best way to spend a Sunday morning.



What are your goals for the future, both work wise and life?
My goal for the near future is for the next exhibition to go as well (or hopefully better) as the last one, to raise as much money for Leukaemia Research as possible. In the long term I hope to continue this into next year and for as long as possible.
In life I would just like to be able to continue crafting for as long as possible.

Michelle's Links
Website:         
Etsy shop:
Facebook:      
Blog:               
Twitter:           
'Hipccupcakes'


Michelle
would like to offer British Sellers on Etsy Blog readers free P&P with 'NICE123'.

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Featured Seller

This weeks Featured Seller Interview is with SherryAnn of Retroimagination



Please introduce yourself and your business
Hello kindred spirits.  My name is SherryAnn and I started my business, Retromagination, in January 2011.  Retromagination is a shop filled with treasures I have found including antiques as well as vintage and retro clothing, jewelry and accessories.
When did you establish your business?
January 2011


What prompted you to start your own business?
I have always loved to share the treasures I find with others.  Previously I sold antiques and vintage through the B&B I owned and operated, as well as participating in an antiques co-op style shop.  When I was made redundant at the end of 2010; I decided now was the time to follow my passion.


What are you doing when you’re not creating? 
I am always on the hunt for new treasures; either in reality or in my head! I love to travel and explore new cultures and history in different countries.  I also enjoy writing and photography.  I am lucky to share these passions with my husband.


What would people be surprised to learn about you?
That my previous career life was as a mental health therapist.

What is your favourite…? Colour: Animal: Season: Movie: Book: Blog?
I love all colours, animals and seasons.  This goes with my need for variety and exposure to new and interesting things and adventures, as well as my passion for history and things from previous centuries and cultures.
My favourite music is anything by the Cowboy Junkies.
One of my favourite books is Four Letters of Love by Niall Williams, and one of my favourite movies is the Triplets of Belleville (it's one of the few I can watch over and over again!)

When did you first start working in your chosen discipline?
As a child, my grandparents were in the antiques business.  They started my “collecting” from about age 2! I always loved assisting them and learned at an early age that the hunt for treasure is one of life's greatest pleasures!

What inspires you? 
Cultures, history, people and their art/craft work.  And most especially, travel to new places.
What’s your favorite piece of work that you have created?
I have many favourites that end up in my shop (many that are very hard to part with).  However, I love the thought of someone else discovering my treasure and wanting to love and own it for a while!  One of my current favourites is the fabulous Art Deco car coat I have listed. (pictured left)

What are you working on at the moment?
Planning further travels to continue the hunt for treasures!  The top 5 places on my list currently are Greece, Portugal, Barcelona (Spain), Cinque Terre (Italy) and the Channel Islands (UK).

How did you hear about Etsy?
A couple old high school friends discovered Etsy and opened shops.  I was inspired by the beautiful things available on Etsy and I thought it far exceeded other website based shopping sites.
What do you like about being part of Etsy? 
The teams and sense of community are very important to me.  I like the constructive criticism and warm fuzzy support you can get from such a variety of amazing people. I could only shop on Etsy and never anywhere else, there is so much great stuff out there!



Where else do you sell your work?  
From my home currently however I wouldn't mind joining a small co-op shop in a little village nearby if the opportunity ever arose.

What are your goals for the future, both work wise and life?
Of course I would love to have enough success on Etsy to not have to do other work other than maybe some writing professionally.  I would like to continue to travel for the rest of my life as often as possible and I hope there is never a time when I cannot do that.  My husband, my soul partner in life and in this adventure, is my co-travelling/co-authoring foundation.

Do you have any tips or inspiring words for others? 
Jump off that cliff!  It's worth every thrilling second!

Retroimagination can be found online@



Blog: www.Retromagination.com

SherryAnn would like to offer British Sellers on Etsy Blog readers a reduction in shipping on any order, small or large. 
"Just convo me before purchase!  I will honor this offer for a month following publication on the blog/website."



Monday, 9 May 2011

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

NEW SELLER SPOT - Kiln Fired Art

An artisan working in various media, such as overglaze painting and fused glass, producing cuff bracelets, beautiful jewellery as well as stunning bottle cheeseboards.

































www.etsy.com/shop/KilnFiredArt

www.firedartjewellery.co.uk

www.dichroicglasspendants.co.uk

www.flat-bottles.co.uk

www.kilnfiredart.co.uk