Oh my goodness, are you ready? I am still not ready, talk about last minute! Life has certainly been so busy for me this year! I am going last minute shopping this week and Saturday! Oh, my! Again I am featuring some Etsy sellers that I have interviewed and they have answered all my questions for this blog. I have asked them all how this holiday season is going for them. They love to create, have plans for the new year, and have all come up with their Christmas plans.
When reading Denise Nendza’s about page you will understand why she named her shop TinkerMansLegacy. She writes in her About Page on Etsy that growing up in a tinkering household her parents encouraged freedom of expression and nourished the creativity. Her parent’s taught artistic skills so she could visualize ideas in her mind and all the creative process to flow, so manifesting an idea into reality.
Denise’s father was nicknamed “The Tinker Man,” and has always had some sort of a project going on around the home or out in his workspace in the garage area. Between the parents, there were always cool projects coming to fruition. They always had some sort of project in the works going on around our house and out in the garage. They updated cars and made ceramics. There are also family photo albums that showcase the family’s creative growth.
From this upbringing, Denise has always wanted to create and has her Etsy Shop that focuses on handcrafted bracelets. Her bracelets are beautiful and look to be great gift ideas. It speaks to me and having a positive attitude and we all are taught to have in Artisan Indie. I love the saying! I am sure you will find something that speaks to you in Denise’s shop!
Denise has been working on the sale of local orders and she is sure she will have some more calls for bracelets this week (for last minute shoppers like me!). Denise still has presents to make for her family members as she does not purchase gifts, she loves to handcraft for family and friends. She like many small business owners will be pulling some all-nighters. She loves it though, no complaints!
Once Christmas is over, she will begin the daunting task of counting and will check all of her inventory for the end of year ~ taxes! Another Oh my, as I need to do that too! Once Denise has counted inventory she has new designs dancing in her head… Fa~La~La~La
Second up is Leslie D. Tucker Etsy seller~
Leslie D. Tucker of Surprise Designer sells all year round. She does not close her shop unless she is actually away on vacation (some sellers shut shops up for a couple of weeks at Christmas since mailing is super hard and busy).
Leslie is one of my favorite sellers as she crochets pinks feminism “pussycat” hats. I am in love with her hats! When the marches on Washington start again in January 2018 she will be super busy crocheting hats. I am going to have to order one for myself! I love them!
She also makes fingerless gloves which I also want! Since most of Leslie’s products are somewhat cold weather items, so it is her time of year to be selling. She has orders coming in now and she will be filling orders from a holiday gift guide she is in.
Leslie’s’ Christmas shopping is for her older kiddos so gift cards are all the rage. They do not require many things… which makes life much easier!
For 2018 Leslie goal is designing everyday accessories so she is able to have a new venture and sell year round. She also has some creative new ideas for coats and other clothing items.
Also in 2018, Leslie will be starting a local chapter of BAM (Business Among Moms) in her area. She believes in giving back to the community.
Next up, well, is me! I have two Etsy shops and a Website. I have changed some of my plans by opening a Bridal Accessories Shop on Etsy and I will be adding items that also will be for Bridal on my Website. My bridal shop on Etsy is Nikeebottalico Designs My Jewelry Supply Shop is Objectsandoddities and I offer supplies of all kinds new and Vintage and small art. I also will show you how to create items in the listing! I am all for helping other sellers, it is my way of giving back. My Website is NikeEBottalico, I also have a blog at that site where I blog about weddings! I would love to see you at each of my sites.
I am really wishing you a Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, & a Happy Hannakuah. I appreciate you reading my blog. I will continue to write each week, telling you about Handmade Sellers! Please drop me a note here or private message me on Facebook if you have an Etsy Shop and would like a feature!
All three of us women, in this blog, are all successful members of “Flourish” which is now becoming ArtisanIndie. One of the super things going on with ArtisanIndie is that you can go on your phone and there is an app through MightyNetworks! So easy to get to the site from an app, you can get to all the Training and Small business coaching on the go! Who does not love that! The people who have all used the training to better their businesses from Sarah Sewells Coaching Community and her Experts are helping people to be successful in many ways! I am a member too, I learn more and more each day. I love to give Sarah a shout-out as the community is great and will assist anyone with their small business to grow. It is a delightful community and I hope you all investigate it! Sarah Sewell had her own 6 figure business on Etsy and had her own website so she knows what she is talking about~ Do check her site out!
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Welcome to another blog here on WordPress! I will be featuring 3 Etsy Handmade Sellers again this week. Our topic for the week is to learn what do Etsy sellers and Autumn (Fall) have in common? Well, it is all about creating in the fall and I have asked them just what is going on in their studio in the next couple of weeks?
Most of us are really busy getting ready for the Winter Holiday Season and are making many products by hand. Possibly the rest of the peeps who aren’t creating are thinking about their Gift list!
My First Handmade/Handcrafted Seller is Harry Wood:
Harry Wood at Oscarcrow not only make fabulous jewelry but he is the go-to person for all kinds of art supplies. Please do not only pursue his handcrafted jewelry but he also has an “in” to purchase Vintage Frozen Charlotte’s and he also has a kiln (and many other tools for making!). He makes wonderful pottery findings with Raku finishes! It is an honor for me to showcase Harry as he is such a wonderful talent! I own several of Harry’s Raku finished pieces and a few Frozen Charolettes and have always been pleased with my purchases!
Harry has a basement full of supplies and art! If you ask Harry how to describe him as an artist he would probably reply that he is a maker, he is always learning, super curious, a teacher for other makers, a person who gives, and an explorer of eclectic and esoteric realms as a talisman maker. I would give almost anything to be able to visit he and his wife and explore his studio to see his workbench and see all his different methods of making!
Ellen Wodoslawsky Gonchar’s Etsy shop ( BufferflyLoftDesigns) is filled with delights! Ellen has been in the “jewelry business for some time and in the sale of jewelry. She began to be interested in the construction of jewelry after a time. She found that she had many broken pieces and wanted to give life to these. She studies books for a while and began to experiment. Ellen’s designing methods she says are best described as “one of organized chaos.” Her work table in her studio is covered with “…vintage bits and pieces, beads, rhinestones, brass stampings, and filigree along with other new jewelry components.” Ellen’s pieces are unique and are for a woman who wants to stand on her own two feet and aren’t afraid to be bold in her fashion sense. I love Ellen’s design style, I admire her work and want one of her pieces for my jewelry collection.
Last but certainly now least is another of my favorite jewelry designers, Lori Prull Meyer. Her shop ParisienneGirl on Etsy showcases romance! Oh-La-La, Lori’s designing style and methods are delightful confections for the “unabashed romantic soul who has grace, timeless beauty which infuses delight by wearing her jewelry.” Lori makes beautiful jewelry that will fit any woman who wants to sparkle! Would you like to feel like Audrey Hepburn– buy some of Lori’s jewelry for yourself or for a magical gift for another. I love her offerings and she has beautiful collections coming regularly, all I can say if you see something you like, get it right away so you do not lose out ~ you will not regret it! I love her style and would really love to see each piece in her collections! I cannot wait to get a piece myself!
Thanks for reading the blog, and be sure to check out the Etsy Sellers featured for all your Holiday Shopping needs, it is so important to shop handcrafted! These three artisans make quality jewelry and you will love what you buy. It is so important to support the community of handmade/handcrafted artists we have here in the USA!
When I blog about overseas artists I will let you know because it is important to shop small business no matter where someone lives. We artists are just trying to make it in this world and delight in making products just for you!!
Peace to you, and thanks so very for reading, and please comment and share! I will be doing a blog each Wednesday so do come back and read each week! Some of these artists are members of Artisan Indie which is a community of Artist who are learning how to run a small business and how to make it grow, come visit us there!
Everyone or every item I blog about I do not receive compensation. I want you to know that I do support persons or brands on my Lifestyle blog because I love what they do or what they sell without any compensation whatsoever. Please feel free to contact me if you ever have any questions as I am happy to answer!
I have been writing about Sellers on Etsy.com which is teaming with Creative people who make items with their own hands and their own designs! I have the unique experience collaboration with so many of these sellers by being a member of the Joyful Entrepreneur and Flourish. I am able to see so many other artists and creative business owners. I am honored to be among all these talented people!
I have been interviewing Creative Artists about how they get ready for the Autumn Season in preparation for Fall, Autumn, Halloween, and Thanksgiving (and really, the Christmas Season). There is a lot of work that goes into getting ready for the Holidays when you own your own business. Creative Artists usually are a “one person show,” designing and making the creations for you.
Amanda Hollis‘ shop SewBlondeStudio and her tagline is “Handmade things with a farmhouse style!” She loves making handmade farmhouse chic items that have a classy sophisticated, and modern rustic feel! She is living in Historic Tennessee. Amanda says “I am getting ready for the fall season, especially Thanksgiving, by thinking about what I love most about that holiday and time of year in general – family, togetherness, beautiful colors, and, of course, food!” Amanda finds getting together with family and the holiday season really assists her in designing and her inspiration for the Fall Signs she has in her shop. Personal tradition for her and family is to have a Traditional Family dinner at her parent’s home. When dinner is finished, she and her sisters scour the sales ads for any “must have sales.”
Amanda Hollis’ Art Work
Carlin Donart lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Carlin’s shop LoveAcrossTheMiles. She is the owner and sole creative for her shop. Carlin Donart’s tagline for her shop is “Making long distance [relationships] happier, one step at a time. With all the news about the flooding in Louisiana, we wish her well as well as all the Louisianians well and really good positive thoughts for the safety of people affected by the flooding.
Carlin is not only a Creative but she is also an Engineer (immediately my social work “hat” goes on… Carlin is able to use the right and left sides of her brain… Oh my, she has really balanced brain function, I have a little brain envy [not in a negative way] as I know she is much more organized than my spazzy creative brain).
Carlin’s shop is geared toward persons who are involved in long distance relationships. You are able to tell Carlin has thought hard about “long distance relationships.” She notes that the definition for her in long distance is best friends who attend different colleges or universities or best friends who graduate college and go off to first jobs that are across the country, to our nation’s military, one deployed and the other in the US or young couples separated by a distance in miles only for the time being. Carlin has been able to make the leap and connection that many businesses do not make early on, that you need to make an experience between yourself (the creative) and your buyer or customer. Carlin has tapped into that notion very well.
Carlin believes in having her seasonal items up early in the year for her shop. She had her significant other (boyfriend) in mind when she made some of her items. “The fall-themed wooden sign is my favorite piece of decor I have, and I can’t wait for the weather to cool down to hang it up!” Currently, Carlin is working on a Thanksgiving sign and a Halloween sign, so she is focusing on the general season coming up. Carlin enjoys Fall for football season, time with her family and friends, NFL games and her younger siblings. Carlin’s younger siblings will often paint with her while she visits home.
Marybeth Mullen of Beastiebabies is Ready for Pumpkin Seasons — just look at this Baby Bib with Pumpkins all over it! It gives Joy just looking at it!
Marybeth Mullen lives in a historic town Oregon, Ohio and the town is near Lake Erie. Marybeth says that her favorite time of year is the fall. Marybeth says that her items are “unique and made with plenty of love.” She actually begins to get ready for Fall in July (like many of the supply stores will begin to show Fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving even Christmas items in July)! As buyers, many of us want to be ready for the “best Season of the year so it is great these sellers are ready for you! She says “hooray,” for Fall!” Marybeth will have items available for you for the upcoming season and she welcomes custom items.
Marybeth says that she loves picking out all the fabrics for Fall and loves making bibs for babies and little girl skirts. She designs new bibs for Halloween, Fall Harvest and a designs a new Thanksgivings skirt each year. Marybeth has customers who return each year to purchase the “new annual designed skirt,” for their girls. Marybeth will also complete custom children’s clothing. Do go to her shop and send her an Etsy Conversation.
Fall is also the time of year when Marybeth has her traditional vacation “up north.” She meets with good friends, goes shopping, eats good food and enjoys plenty of fun kayaking on the river. Marybeth also enjoys fishing with friends. She says that the fall colors are the best this time of year and is her favorite. Fall colors are her favorites and she leaves the colors up year round. It does not matter to Marybeth that they are pumpkins and leaves. She loves them! Marybeth also loves to get new fabrics! I
It was wonderful to get know to each of these sellers more personally. We all are in a group together and I love knowing them better than before.
I have more Etsy Sellers and other handmade / handcrafted sellers coming up. I do hope you will share with your friends and let me know if you would like a feature!
You will see next Nadine Lorgeoux Jalem who lives in Florida, Kim Ringenbachwho lives in Alabama and Marilu O’Malley of CountryCuteBagDolls. I am also waiting on a couple others to get back with me answering my questions~ I really hope you will join us. If you are an Etsy Seller and would like a showcase –please write me and we can figure it out~
What are you doing to get ready for Fall? Have your children all gone back to school? Do you have specific ways you prepare for the Holiday Season that is just coming around the corner? I have contacted and curated a number of different Etsy Sellers that I will feature together in the Blog so you see some beautiful Fall, Autumn and Halloween.
As it nears to Christmas, and time goes ticking by, I will be preparing several different blogs leading up to the Christmas Season. Some if this is a nod to how we all feel when we go into Michael’s right after July 4th and see OHMYgoodness…. Have you been to Michaels recently? They have Halloween out –right??!!
Well, I am going to blog about some wonderful creatives who are able to make you gifts that are handcrafted for the Holiday Season! Well, you can shop in your jammies and get it delivered no fuss, no muss! What better way to support small business and handcrafted or handmade (whatever you call it) items and give a gift made by a person who really cares about their customers.
As a blogger, it is my intention is to show you worthwhile information and to entertain you a bit. I am a Mom, a grandmother, a small business owner and creative maker, and most of all I am deep down I have an old artist soul. Also, I care about what I create and what I share with you on the blog.
Becca Valenti of CustomCraftCorner16 makes many forms of crafts including glass etching, hair bows, headbands, tutus, vinyl, and more! She loves to create and makes many types of handmade items! Fall to Becca Valenti, means the changing seasons, beautiful colors, upcoming holidays and fun with her family. She stated that “Tis’ the season for pumpkin spice and therefore my favorite season!” Becca believes the season is a time to give thanks for everything. She and her family have been given a lot in life to be thankful for. I have featured a really cute Fall, or Halloween baby item, perfect for a gift or a baby shower!
Cutest Little Pumpkin in the Patch
My next Creative Ashley Kajewski ofOLilMissSparklesO and she has another item that is great for a dress-up party or perfect for Halloween. This item is based off of the Grimms Fairytale “Rapunzel” that was first published in 1812. A lot of little girls would love this costume (or any in her shop). I remember when my daughter was young she wanted to live in her tutus or dress-up clothes for everyday wear. Let Ashley be your creative director for your child’s fall dress up wear, Halloween or even a Renaissance Faire. The Texas Renaissance Festival runs from October 8, 2016- November 27, 2016. Costumes from Etsy Sellers will be perfect for you and for you family! This is Ashley’s Handmade Crocheted and sewn Rapunzel Tutu Dress.
My next handcrafted designer is Ashley Roberts of AshleyRCreations. She lives in Oklahoma with her family. Ashley creates custom reclaimed wood home decor & nursery decor.
Ashley gets ready for the Fall holidays by buying everything pumpkin! She gets in the “Fall frame of mind” by getting Pumpkins~Here we are “in mid-August and she has already baked pumpkin bread and cookies with her oldest son.” She also loves the aromas of pumpkins or Fall scented candles while she is creating her products. Ashley believes the aromas help her productivity and keeps her Joyful while she works.
Ashley gets ready for the Fall holidays by buying everything pumpkin She states “it gets me in the fall frame of mind.” Here we are in mid-August and she has baked pumpkin bread and cookies with her oldest son. She also loves the aromas of pumpkins or Fall scented candles while she is creating her products. Ashley believes the aromas help her productivity and keep her mood up.
Ashley and her family have traditions for trick or treating and they all dress up. Ashley starts planing costumes in advance as she makes them herself for she, hubby and the two children. The first year they dressed up as characters from the Flintstones, Barney Rubble and Betty Rubble and Bam-Bam. Now. there is another baby the family is dressing up as the Ninja Turtles. Like most creatives Ashley has been creating most of her life.
For Thanksgiving the family is going on a family vacation to a new city. They really like to go to cities to take part and see all the AZA Zoos they can visit. That is a family Tradition the family is building. What are your Traditions around the Holidays?
Well, what is coming up next?
I will go into what I do for the Holidays and any of my Traditions. I do go visit my grandsons while they Trick of Treat and I love it so! Holiday times change as you are older as I want to celebrate with family-time with my adult kids as they are very grown up adults (which is great). I want them to have memories in their own homes with their families so I visit there. I will talk more soon. I have 3 or 4 more Creatives to celebrate in my blog very soon. Please share the blog to others who may be interested. Thanks ~
For my Blog Series, have reiterated the agreement I have already obtained prior to writing about the Creatives I feature for a blog, that they will share the blog post to all their own social media and that they will Comment & Like with the star icon or Heart with the Heart Icon at the top of the blog.
I have learned from a couple of people that commenting portion for the Blog may have been difficult to find. If you find it difficult please click what looks like a piece of paper to open up the blog or click on the Blog title — if they are unable to do this that they contact me in a private message and I will assist with more detailed instructions. I will see if this works or maybe I need to change the Template my blog…. I also want to note I also obtained each person’s permission to use their photographs in my blog and they understand that the blog could be shared in the blogosphere.
I have used a couple of pictures from Creative Commons & from Canva and I will note on every blog when I use internet photographs to give credit.
Post Script ~Oh and I always want to give a shout out to Sarah Sewell of The Joyful Entrepreneur who made a lot of this possible for me as I am able to focus on being joyful in my own work. I also know the gift of my own creative spirit, and to have a positive mindset! She is a fabulous Creative Coach. All my years of having an online presence she has been the best Creative, & business coach for me to have. Join the facebook group!
Just imagine becoming the way you used to be as a very young child, before you understood the meaning of any word, before opinions took over your mind. The real you is loving, joyful, and free. The real you is just like a flower, just like the wind, just like the ocean, just like the sun. Don Miguel Ruiz
Why do I support Etsy Sellers so MUCH? Well, I love the handmade seller. I am a handmade seller and want to support my cohorts (and I am an affiliate blogger, but still — eh). I used to be a Team Captain for an Etsy Team (loved it, had to give it up due to health issues). I also love the mantra or basic belief of supporting small businesses. There is just something to me, having something that is made by a someone. I know, I am helping a family directly, and for the most part I am helping a woman owned business (not always but for the most part).
I am showcasing Edis Lamps on Etsy. Panagiotis and Despina own Edi’s Lamps and are a husband and wife team who work from their home. As with many creative businesses who work from home there is a difficulty not working 24-7 and carving out that time that is work versus home life.
Despina answered the same questions posed to the participants of the last for the last 3 blogs.
Panagiotis and Despina, spend their lives and loves as a couple “in life and creation.” We run our Etsy shop together and we love it! I learned from the couple that running their business is really challenging as working from home draws a really “thin line” between your personal and working time.
The first thing they do in the morning is enjoy their breakfast! When they worked outside the home there was not enough time to take part in eating breakfast together so they have started a new family ritual. After breakfast, Despina sits in front of the computer to check e-mails, social media accounts and to update their Etsy shop. Panagiotis is responsible shipping, buying supplies, printings etc. After the nitty-gritty of the business tasks are complete, the design process comes into play. They sit together and discuss about new designs and products.
Being a Joyful Entrepreneur for Panagiotis and Despina is being able to do things they were not able to do before like “taking a five-minute break to just look at the sea view from our balcony…” (they live in Athens, Greece) listening to music they love and sing while working. (Oh me, oh my, I have hit my perfect interpretation of being Joyful!) Panagiotis and Despina are able to breathe and enjoy. It is not that they do not have busy times, they do! But they love everything they do!
Despina and Panagiotis are excited when creating new products that meet the goals of their shops and find ways to celebrate every little milestone they reach. The key to success for them is being open and ready to learn new things that they will develop through time.
The couple tries to stop everything at 8 p.m. at the latest and make plans to do something fun like a walk, see friends, family, or watch a movie.
Panagiotis and Despina’s daily schedule is about to change dramatically as in November of this year as they are expecting their first baby! While this could be an upcoming challenge for the couple they are staying positive. The couple is “fairly sure” that things work out in the best possible way! (So am I and I am excited for them!).
I appreciate all the participants for this short series. I will have new topics and other Etsy sellers/shop owners to showcase. I do that you give some love, check out, visit and buy from all the Creatives shop owners that I featured in the past Blog entries. Also, I hope you visit Panagiotis and Despina’s Shop named Edi’s Lamps and give them some love, plus purchase a fantastic light! I know that I am ordering one!
Oh and please be sure to visit Sarah Sewell at the Joyful Entrepreneur whose Coaching has inspired me to be Positive and to Seek in my journey!
Lots of love & hugs
p.s. I love this couple as my name is Nike the Greek Goddess of the Samorace (for reals!)