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~
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!)
I really wanted to showcase a number of creative artists for this blog as they really inspire me! I asked four artists to tell me how they go about their days,from waking up, to what they do the first thing in the morning, to how they schedule in their work time, to getting ready for bed and do they have any nightly rituals. I will be able blog my “internal quota” once I hear back from these busy creatives!
You know how I love the Gulf of Mexico,on South Padre Island.
You know my love of flowers so you will always get a few pictures from my garden or my pond.
Since the women I am interviewing are are all creatives, (I am owner of Objectsandoddities) I want to know how they fit their work into their days. I can say from personal experience that we creatives tend to be creating in their minds all the time. I also asked another question what (many of them SAHM IE: Stay at home moms) the experience is running a small Etsy business, raising small children, not losing their sanity, most times being so busy running a one person shop all the while staying positive.
I am always so curious as to how my fellow creatives stay Joyful when having a growing small business. It is a goal for me to stay Joyful & Positive. I want to internalize this in my soul. I want to note that many of the blogs from today on, (until I tell you otherwise) will be Etsy sellers who belong (as well as myself) to The Joyful Entrepreneur. We learn from Sarah Sewell’s who is a “Business Coach for Creatives” and her mantra is to “Stay Positive” and experience Joy!” Sarah is a huge help and support for the handmade seller. I do not know how she does what she does. I am so happy to be a part of her wonderful group. Please check her site out or ask questions, I will steer you to her group!
My first creative I spoke with online is Catherine Norris, who owns the MemoryThreadCo. She really inspired me! She was the first to answer all my questions I posed to her. I really appreciate her getting with me, answering so honestly and quickly! I love her handmade art! This beautiful picture is out of her shop and I have her permission to use the picture.
I chose this beautiful item as it gave me joy to look at it! It is a child’s drawing carefully stitched to a handkerchief. What a treasure to have!
Catherine lives in the United Kingdom with her husband and their daughter in a very typical 3 bed semi (I needed to clarify what a 3 bed semi was, all you who read from other places get to laugh at me!!). I learned a 3 bed semi is a like a 3 Bedroom home in the United States. Catherine stated that she lives in a common area for young families. Catherine’s hubby gets up early in the morning for work. The first thing in the morning Catherine hears is her little girl’s voice calling “SUN’S UP!!!!” (who could not get Joy from that!). Catherine is not a morning person (I am not either… another similarity for a creative). Catherine must eat a good breakfast and have a “cuppa” to have a great day. I had to ask again what it was and it is a cuppa learning that telling me that her “cuppa” is tea and is essential!
Catherine walks her daughter to school, after she has about 6 hours for work. Typically, she responds to any Etsy enquiries, then she sews. Her “studio is in the is in the “box room,” and she has shelves up to the ceiling for her fabric.” Another ritual she has is listening to “BBC radio while she works and she loves a programme called Woman’s hour.” Catherine has a small garden and likes to cook wholesome food.
As with any small business owner, Catherine feels “quite rushed because I have this deadline of 3pm to get out of the house for the school run.” Once she returns home she spends times with her daughter, grabs her a “biscuit” (cookie is US), a glass of milk and they read a book together. Her daughter is 5 and “her reading is coming on so well.” She has dinner to cook, a child to get to bed and all the normal things one needs to do before bed.
Catherine told me that she is always positive as she loves what she does. This is a drawing below is that of a work in progress. It is a very romantic piece, with handwritten notes stitched on linen napkins for a wedding present to his bride. “There was one where he’d sketched a portrait of her, and one of them was her something blue. I loved making those. How can you not be positive with so much love around you.
Catherine says “That’s the thing, my work is all about love really.” Do give Catherine’s shop some love!
Next time I will showcase more Etsy sellers and some of my own work too! I need to wrap this up and make some jewelry!
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lots of joy, love and peace.
Come see my new site Bridal Jewelry at my Etsy site on Objectsandoddities . I am very excited to be creating for the bride and her bridal party.
You will find that I am going to lean toward Woodland style, Bohemian, Romantic, and Unique Wedding Jewelry and items for a Bridal party!
The coffee is percolating in our brains now, do let me know if there is anything you would love for us to make for you as this is a family affair! My family and I are so excited to pull together all our artistic resources!
What style would you love to see on our new site? Do you have a wedding coming up or have a family member? Do let us know. We are most excited to work for you and your needs. Coming soon are items that we will be offering and as we grow there will be more!
We will offer dainty silver charm bracelets to Art Deco and Art Nouveau pieces with a little vintage here and there as we find it to add to our collections.
Or do you love the straight lines of a Grace Kelly look?
Or is this image from Google more your idea? We love Dia los de Muertosmore your style? Let us know and visit often as you will see as our collections develop!
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We will be making wedding cake toppers too! We are so excited. I will be blogging on this site as well as you can find out about the goings on over at Etsy. Please leave comments! We will be waiting to hear from you! We are wanting to start and email list for info on all things bridal and jewelry related. I have opened a Mail Chimp account and am itching to do a give away!
Every year I wait for the Pantone Color of the year! I begin to plan my jewelry designs, purchases of supplies and how to come up with a 10 piece jewelry collection… even my art boxes will be in the colors chosen….
This year the colors seem to want us all to calm and be tranquil… all of life appears out of control with what is happening in the world. Maybe the colors will help us see peace in all areas of life.