Friday, 28 February 2014

BC Etsians

I'd like to introduce you to a new team on ETSY. 

BC Etsians

We are a small, dynamic and highly motivated team from all areas of the crafting community. We use social media to promote the work of our team mates. 

Click on the pictures to visit the ETSY shop.

I'll start with the team captain
Susan (AKA Dottie) of Dottie Designs creates unique memory books, keepsake boxes and wedding albums. Items can be customized for your special event.
Next (following the team list) is 

Ailsa specializes in polymer clay jewellery and chainmaille. 

 I love the sterling silver jewellery that Carol designs. Her shop Designs by Caz is filled to the brim with glittery goodies that I covet madly. 

I especially love the simple yet stunning design of this bracelet.

 And the last (but by no means least) of the leaders is Diane from Adien Crafts.And this evening after a few years of being in teams with Diane I have recognized that Adien is an anagram! Bit slow. 

 I remember the butterflies in the rainforests of Central America last year and these Blue Morphos are my favourites.

If you would like to join our BC Etsians click on the flag above. 
You can also follow us on facebook
on Pinterest
and twitter

Thursday, 27 February 2014

House of Wonderland - Seller Interview

This week I had the pleasure of interviewing Tessa from House of Wonderland 
Her work always attracts my attention as it is quirky, original and a bit odd  ( in a good way!) 

Tessa sells a range of products in her ETSY shop from pendants to tins to journals. My favourite products at the moment are these tins filled with mints.

Some background first. 

Tessa studied Art & Design whilst at college in Skipton, Yorkshire where she developed a passion for innovative craft and design. Tessa is constantly inspired by Japanese and vintage styles as well as her own children. This has resulted in colourful, unique designs.
 Tessa uses the age old method of 'trial and error' whilst playing around with new materials. .  I use this myself! It really helps you to understand what the materials can do and how they react with others.

With such a wide range of products in her shop I was keen to find out how Tessa organized her work. She replied that all the new products are made in batches so they are all 'ready to go' and so customers are not kept waiting. I can vouch for this. My map pendant was quickly dispatched and well packaged. 
I asked Tessa how she found the time to make when she is so busy selling? How do you organize your time?  
She replied ....I don't sleep!... :D ....I plan new ranges to make very carefully.  I plan every aspect of them, how I will make it, what would be the best material to use, where can I get this material etc, etc.  Once every aspect is planned I then buy everything in one go. Which means... lots of happy post! Whoo hooo! As they are all planned and I know exactly what to do it's faster to get the products made and a lot more organised! 
My favourite items in the shop are the Alice inspired creations. I wondered if Tessa had a favourite.
My personal favourites are the tattoo pieces.  I have a phobia of needles and I am way to scared to get a tattoo! So the jewellery is a perfect choice for me!  One of my favourites is the new tattoo compact mirror in collaboration with Elektrisk Tatovering.  

and finally I asked for a TOP TIP for selling on line. 
Network! Network! Network!