Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Isn't this little guy I mean girl amazing! She was handcrafted by Luanne just for me! Luanne makes these glass bead dragons (yes that's right not only is it a sculpture but it is also a beads)names them and they even have birth certificates. You can have one custom made to your pick of colors and name. Not only does she make dragons (they just happen to be my favorite) but she also makes frogs, cats,dogs, beads and whole assortment of great things. Luanne is on the list to have a liver transplant and has to make many trips to the mayo clinic which is quite a distance from where she lives her sales on etsy help to pay for some of her trips . Here is my short interview with Luanne of sheltie19
Q. What do you love about etsy? I love the fact that everything is homemade. and it is such a great community of people.. I can get things that I would normally not be able to get.. and since I don't have a car.. it is great to be able to have things delivered to my door.
Q. Do you consider this a business or a hobby? Both I guess... the extra money is much needed right now with all my dr. bills and trips up to rochester... doing this has been so great for me.. I finally have something to do with myself everyday.. and I so love to make things.. even my dr.'s say it is really good for me to do this.
Q. What is your favorite meduim to work with? I would have to say glass.. I am totally addicted to my glass. I so love to create my little dragons,, and beads.. when I am out in my studio.. I am in my own little world of peace.. it is so relaxing to me when I am creating with my glass.
Q. What inspires you? I can't put a finger on one thing that inspires me.. there are many things. somedays it my disaase the inspires me.. and others it is things I see or do.. or someone else... my critters inspire me too.. my hubby supports me.. but isn't into it at all.
Q. Tell us a funny story about yourself! Well,... there are way too many to even tell.. but I guess one thing that is pretty funny is.. well with my disease I have times that my brain is totally foggy... I went on a business trip with my hubby.. we were out to eat with another employee. Well there we were in a busy restarant,,, and out of nowhere.. I suddenly and very loudly mind you.. say utnmsetitghwseiweatuia... it was a mess of goobly gosh,,, I was so embarassed... and looked down cause my face was so red.. later I said to my hubby.. He does know I am sick right... and he goes... with a snicker.. well he sure does now.
Q. Where else can we find your work? I have some of my work on http://www.beadartists.org/Gal4392_Sheltie19_s_Gallery.asp
Q. Is there anything else you would like to add? I just wanted to let everyone know how deeply I appreciate all their kindness and support and help... I could of never done a couple of my trips up to rochester without all of you... You guys are a bigger part of the reason I get up everyday and actually do something and not just give up.. there is no words for how grateful I am for all of you.. Such big caring group of people.. and I thank God everyday I have found you all
Not only does Luanne work with glass but she makes candles, lip balm and cards on days that she can't get out to torch So get over there and check out her shop http://sheltie19.etsy.com
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
First why is time management important?
If you are like me and have a job outside of the home and are trying to start a successful business and have children you already know why time management is so important! Everyone chooses to work from home for different reasons but some of the key reasons are flexibility, available for children during the day. However it is still important to find a balance and set boundries to ensure that the time you have is used productively. In the corprate wold you have a boss that is setting deadlines and helping to manage things. It also helps that your job is on the line...As a small business owner you are the boss... NO your customer's are your boss if you have no customers you have no business!
As a small business owner, you will be the only person who is responsible for keeping an eye on the day to day deadlines, like meeting with a customer, shipping items and the longer term deadlines, like getting your product, displays, photographs and paperwork ready in time. I think working online is probably one of the most difficult in terms of distractions. Add the online distractions to those around you at home, and before you know it is bed time and you have wasted hours of the day! I am going to share all the tips and advice that I have aquired so that you can also learn to deal with some of these distractions not all the information will apply to you and your individual circumstances however a great deal can be used by everyone or the concept can be adjusted to fit your lifestyle.Once you find a happy balance you will feel that you have greater control and you can begin to see the positive results that will make your business more productive. I will have your first step in Time management posted soon so keep checking back !
Monday, February 11, 2008
Your lucky your names combine so nicely can you just imagine what the shop would be called if it were Alicia and emily.....lol alright I know that was cheesy! Get outta here and go check out Samily at http://samily.etsy.com Don't forget to come back and check out all the other great featured shops!
Friday, February 8, 2008
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Dianna also makes these wonderful glass marble magnets in a variety of themes. At the moment She is exclusively on etsy so get over there and check out her shop at http://bagsnstuff.etsy.com .
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Q: What do you love about etsy? I love the fact that its handmade items and that I can find almost anything that I would want on here! Etsy is what my life revolves around. I get up thinking about it and I stay up way to late messing around on it! lol
Q: How did you pick your shop name? This may be silly but I wanted a name that meant that I had very cute items that wont just become trash in a few days and I wanted a name that would get me on the top of alphabetical order lists. This way people found me first. So AbsoluteTreasures was born!
Q: Do you consider this a business or a hobby? This is both for me! I cant work due to health problems so this is my income. It is also my hobby because I love to be creative and I love talking with people. So there for Etsy is a Passion and a way of life for me!
Q: what is your main focus of your business/hobby? To bring top quality low cost items to everyday people like me. You know the kind. The ones that live from pay check to pay check!
Q: Tell us an intersting fact about your self? When im working on something and its not comming out just right I go to my extra room and eaither play my flute,keyboard or drums! It helps me relax and to take a deep breath. Then I go back to working on what I was doing and all comes out well!
Q: Where else can you be found ie blogs, websites, stores etc? My Slice of Etsy and Life! http://absolutetreasuress.blogspot.com/
Get over there and check her out at http://absolutetreasures.etsy.com/ !
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Sara is another great person I have met on etsy. She tends to gravitate towards the big, bold and funky. She also loves seasonal wearable art, Valentines, Halloween and Christmas designs are among her favorites themes to work on.
Q: What do you love about etsy?
love the feeling of being part of a big and creative family. How everyone helps everyone out in their time of need and is very supportive. I love the fact that everything on Etsy is handmade - I buy as much as I sell!
Q: How did you come up with your shop name?
Sarahinflorida has been my e-mail ever since I first got an e-mail address. I had just moved from England so I thought it was appropriate.
Q: What inspires you?
I make what I would like to wear, I love bright colors and funky designs. Also I am going to school to become a jeweller so I am inspired everytime I go to class and learn something new.
I love copper and semiprecious stones.I am a chemist so I love to play with chemicals and try cool patina effects.
Q: What is an interesting or funny fact about you ?
Hmmm a funny fact? Well I play the drums and keep my drum set next to my work bench, if I get frustated I can just take it out on the drums!
Q: Where else can you be found?
I can be found on eBay user name sarahinflorida
Sarah also has a great supply of the funkiest charms in her shop so if you are a designer looking for something out of the norm check her out
What are you all still doing here get over there http://sarahinflorida.etsy.com