slide show of CC Design's Jewelry

Saturday, August 30, 2008

My First Blog Contest Giveaway


I'm hosting my first blog prize giveaway. I'm giving away these earrings to the lucky person that will be picked by putting all of the names in a hat.
My requests for you to be eligible are for you to visit my shop on etsy.

(1.) I would like a critique on my jewelry. I would like one good comment and one bad comment. I will work on the bad comments to make them better. Everybody wants their shop to be as best as they can right?

(2.) Make sure to leave your email address so I can contact the winner. You may email me at cportalatin@gmail.com if you aren't comfortable leaving it on my blog.


I will be holding this event through September 15. I will post the winner on September 16. I will also be holding a give away each month until the end of the year. So make sure to come back again.

HKExpressions Blog Feature


Heather has her shop as H K Expressions. She creates drink coaster, hand painted glasses, and wine glass charms. Here is a bit about her and a couple of my favorites in her shop.

Who are you?
My name is Heather, I’m 29 and live just outside of Boston, MA with my husband Matt

How long have you been crafting?
Forever! Honestly, probably since I was able to hold a crayon in my hand. I have tried or wanted to try everything out there. Always been involved in art classes since I was very young. I used to have craft stands when I was little. Instead of a lemonade stand, I would try and sell my handmade ornaments, magnets ect to the people driving by!

What feeds your imagination?
Etsy for one. I’m inspired constantly by the amazing things I see people making. I also work in the design field so the creative juices are always flowing. I get inspired by fabrics, patterns, color, you name it!

What made you decide to make your crafting a business?
I had been making these items as gifts for people for a couple years. For a time this past year I was unemployed due to company I worked for going out of business. I thought it was a great chance to see if I could do it and jumped in!

How did you find etsy?
Complete luck! I couldn’t even tell you how, but I just found it one day. Was blown away that there was this online world where people were doing what I had always wanted to do!

Have you ever been published in a magazine?
Not yet! Wouldn’t that be a trip!

What is your most effective marketing venue?
The forums I think. Those and word of mouth, family and friends.

What is your goal for your business 1 year from now?
To still be going strong, hopefully even stronger! To introduce new items ( I have a list of all the things I want to try and add) And to just be happy and loving this adventure!

Do you sell your products on other sites or businesses?
No, etsy is enough for me to handle right now. We’ll see down the road though, I’m always open to something new!

Friday, August 29, 2008

AllieBeans Feature




Allie has some really cute tissue pouches and fabric coasters in her shop. She also is a new seller on etsy this month.


Who are you?
I'm Allie from San Francisco, California. I'm an architect by day, and a crafter by night - my newest obsession is making fabric pouches and pencil cases! There is just something so satisfying about holding the finished product! I have a newfound love for fabrics, and wish I had the time to sit and stare at fabrics all day!

How long have you been crafting?
I've been doing artsy things ever since I could hold a pencil. A neighbor still has one of my drawings from when I was 2 years old, insisting that someday the little doodle would be worth something. I took art classes all throughout my childhood, and never failed to leave a paper placemat without a drawing at any restaurant we visited. I almost took the route to something related to medicine, but ultimately chose the artistic route (though somewhat too technical for my taste...). So, to satisfy my creativity and love for crafts, I make and create in the evenings as part of my relaxation ritual!

What feeds your imagination?
The city that I'm surrounded by, my friends, family and all the lovely creations on Etsy.

What made you decide to make your crafting a business?
I could make fabric pouches/pencil cases/coasters all day long - but soon had too many to keep for myself and give away to friends. I wanted to share my love for the pouches and cases with other people! Selling my creations will also help feed my need to buy more pretty fabrics!

How did you find etsy?
I found Etsy through a link via a design website, promoting a beautiful gocco print by treetopstudio. After purchasing the beautiful print, I found myself addicted to the website - I was in complete awe with all the handmade creations people were selling - there was so much to see and be inspired by!

Have you ever been published?
I am a featured seller on http://pleasureartsblogs.blogspot.com. I'm fairly new to Etsy and the business of selling crafts online - but I hope to be published a lot in the near future!

What is your most effective marketing venue?
I hang out in the Etsy promotion forum once in a while to promote my items and see what other people have to offer. Other than that, word of mouth is what works for me so far! It's a tough job to promote a business with so many other competitive businesses out there, but I hope my soon-to-be buyers will help me spread the word too :)

What is your goal for your business 1 year from now?
I hope to have a steady flow of business at my Etsy shop! I also hope that my shop will contain a wider variety of products, made with all the beautiful fabrics out there!

Do you sell your products on other sites or businesses?
Nope, just Etsy!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Vidia2be Feature


Vidia2be has an etsy shop with paintings and vintage clothing. Here is a favorite of mine to share with you. Check out her shop
to see what she has to offer. Heather has been an etsy seller since July.

Who are you? My name is Heather and im 30 a single mom of 2 girls Hailey who is a cancer survivor at 5 and Belle, the most charming energetic autistic lil girl you could ever imagine.
How long have you been crafting? Seems as long as I can remember back to my plantation days on the farm in Alabama.
What feeds your imagination? My children are truly inspiring along with my own events in life from Back home to the time I served in the US Marine Corps and beyond through every day no matter a desert sunrise to being suprised by a freak thunderstorm
What made you decide to make your crafting a business? I never treat it as a business really, I treat it as a passion I am lucky enough to share with others.
How did you find etsy? Actually I found etsy to post an alchemy request spent a little time in chat and was encouraged to open my own shop and to this day I stil speak to those lovely encouraging people
What is your most effective marketing venue? WOMMA otherwise known as word of mouth mass marketing
Have you ever been published? NO
Do you sell your products on other sites or businesses? No but I do keep a facebook with updated links.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Marge54 Shop Feature

Marge has really great photography in her shop. I found a couple of favorites here to highlight. Giraffes are one of my favorite animals to check out at the zoo. Marge also has great photos of flowers and this purple coneflower is very pretty. Purple is my favorite color.


I am Margaret from Little Rock, AR. Married for 25 years to a wonderful man; we have two daughters, 20 and 16. I am part of the ARetsy (Arkansas) group and POE.


I've crafted for twenty years or so; sewing, knitting, cross stitch, and now photography and notecards.

My imagination is fed by nature; love to garden and do macro shots of flowers, insects and birds.

Well, I'm not sure I'd call it a business quite yet; being in my fifties, with children leaving home, I wanted to expand what I create.
I found etsy by doing a google for a product; it is a wonderful site.
I have never been published.
I have my photos on flickr and facebook.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

ElizaLeigh Feature



Here is a sister team named
ElizaLeigh
that I met and knew you would enjoy checking out their shop.



Who are you?
ElizaLeigh is actually me and my sister. We live in Louisville, KY. The name comes from a combo of our middle names. I am Eliza and she is Leigh. I sew the pillows and blankets and she is in charge of the aprons. I think we really compliment each other.

How long have you been crafting?
Wow. Ever since I can remember I have been creating something. I learned to crochet at a very early age and also loved to make things out of paper. I created a whole town out of notebook paper when I was about 10. That was fun. I have only been sewing for about a year and a half. I wanted a Christmas quilt, figured out it would be cheaper to sew it for myself and it just kind of blossomed from there.

What feeds your imagination?
I get a lot of stimulus from many places. I never know when something is going to be triggered. It could be a book, or a tree or a conversation. The Sunny Daydream blanket in our shop, for instance, is an interpretation of lying in the grass looking at the sky on a bright sunny day.

What made you decide to make your crafting a business?
My son's French class is going to Paris and Barcelona in March. I'm trying to make enough to pay for the trip!

How did you find etsy?
A friend asked me one day if I had ever heard of it. I don't exactly remember why. I was hooked from the first second.

Have you ever been published? Only in blogs. So far.

Do you sell your products on other sites or businesses? Not yet, but I really would like to be in some shops here in Louisville. We have a very active handmade community.

Please let me know if you need anything else.
Dawn
Eliza

Monday, August 25, 2008

Timeless designs


I just love Esty. It's a really great place to meet people and see the great things that they create. Today I met Annette from Timeless Designs . Here is a little bit about her.


Who are you?
Annette from Timeless Designs; a creative and passionate person who enjoys every moment that life has to offer!

How long have you been crafting?
I started crafting officially about 20 years ago. I opened a floral and folk art painting business. A year ago I started Timeless Designs and designing my passion in jewelry!

What feeds your imagination?
Just about anything, nature, my kids, my family, friends…and even my customers have given me great ideas.

What made you decide to make your crafting a business?
A couple of years ago, I bought several beautiful pieces of fused glass jewelry. I took a few classes to learn how to make it. In the class we learned to bead, and then I took a wire working class, this is were I figured out my passion for the jewelry. I loved working with the wire, there just isn’t anything you can’t do with wire! So, I decided to open my own business to share the designs and offer high-quality jewelry at inexpensive prices.

How did you find Etsy?
I was consigning in a shop here locally and the shop owner and I got to talking one day about advertising and marketing. She mentioned Etsy and that I should check into it as another avenue to sell my jewelry.

Have you ever been published?
Not yet, but I did purchase a spot in the Handbook to Handmade Vol. 7 and waiting for the book to come out. My turquoise and silver link necklace was chosen for the front cover, so I’m pretty proud of that! So, if that counts, then I guess you could say I’m sort of published.

Do you sell your products on other sites or businesses?
Yes, I have my blog which has links to both Etsy and DaWanda. I also have a few pieces listed on my in-laws website as marketing with links to my Etsy shop. I also do local craft shows and festivals.