Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Etsy Shop Feature: Smitten for Knittin'

Today, I'm featuring Angie, the owner and creator behind the Etsy shop, Smitten for Knittin'. She creates all kinds of beautiful knits for all ages. I love her knitted headbands!

Read below to find out more about Angie and Smitten for Knittin'! Click on the pictures to be taken to the listings in her shop!


1. Tell me a little about yourself! What are your hobbies, etc?
I'm Angie! I'm a 23 year old recent college graduate. I love knitting, hockey, yoga, and watching my favorite bands play. 
Burgundy Women Headband - Cranberry Ear Warmer for Her

2. Tell me about your Etsy shop. How did you get started in your craft and what made you decide to sell on Etsy? Do you sell anywhere else?
I got started with knitting about 6 years ago when I begged my grandmother to teach me. My first cast on and stitches were a total mess. But after a lot of practice (and a lot of patience) I finally got the hang of it. When I went to college I found out that one of the girls on my floor could crochet. I wanted to learn, and she wanted to learn to knit, so we taught each other! I started selling on Etsy when I decided that my family and friends likely had more knit things than they could ever possibly need. In the winter months I also sell at local craft shows which I absolutely love! 
White Slouch Hat - Unisex Slouchy Beanie

3. What is your favorite thing to create? Where do you get your inspiration? Do you have a favorite listing in your shop?
I love making custom orders! Even if it's a pattern I've never tried before. I love making anything new. I get my inspiration from stores (my friends are probably tired of hearing, "I could make that...") and from my lovely ladies on Instagram! They're always coming up with the most amazing projects, and they're absolutely wonderful women! My favorite listings are my infinity scarves!
Knit Infinity Scarf 21 Colors Available - Knit Cowl

4. How has your business evolved since you first started out?
I feel like I've come a long way since I started! I was so excited for my first sale (I still get excited every time!) and I love working on my shop. This summer I'll be doing a total shop overhaul with new branding and pictures. Lots of exciting things to come! 
Kelly Green Headband for Women - Cable Ear Warmer

5. What tips do you have for others interested in opening an Etsy shop or starting a small business?
Planning, planning, and more planning. Do your research and decide where your product might best fit, or find a hot new color for the market. Don't be afraid to ask for help! Also, don't forget to provide incredible customer service to keep customers coming back. 
Fuzzy Knit Infinity Scarf - Multicolor Circle Scarf

6. How do you see your business growing in the future?
I see this business growing to be something really amazing. I've had a great first few months and I think with my upcoming overhaul, introduction of new products, and excellent customer service that Smitten for Knittin' could make its way into some boutique shops this fall, and be an awesome local brand! 

Teen Fuzzy Headband - Green Yellow Orange and PinkFuzzy Pastel Knitted Kids HatKids Crocheted Scarf Bright Purple

Follow the links below to learn more about Smitten for Knittin'!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Etsy Shop Feature: Paper & Dots

Today, I'm featuring Shayna, the owner and designer behind Paper and Dots on Etsy. She sells beautiful invitations, Save the Dates, and RSVPs... I wish her shop had been open when I was planning my wedding! I love the intricacy of her designs mixed in with the whimsical fonts. There's definitely something for everyone in Shayna's shop!

Read below to learn more about Paper and Dots (click on photos to go to listings!):


1. Tell me a little about yourself! What are your hobbies, etc?
I am a recent college graduate with a Graphic Design degree who lives in the snowy mountains of Colorado! I have a passion for design and a love for typography and the color pink. When I'm not designing, I like to spend my time outdoors on the river, at the lake, hiking or just soaking up some sunshine.
Floral Printable Wedding RSVP - Flower Series


2. Tell me about your Etsy shop. How did you get started in your craft and what made you decide to sell on Etsy? Do you sell anywhere else?
After I graduated, I started designing wedding invitations for friends. I loved it and wanted to do more of it, so I thought that Etsy would be the perfect fit for me. I do not sell wedding invitations anywhere besides Etsy, but I do provide freelance services (you can see my personal website here)

Printable Wedding RSVP: Roses Series, Made to order download


3. What is your favorite thing to create? Where do you get your inspiration? Do you have a favorite listing in your shop?
Currently I love designing printables. I even offer free printables on my blog. I get inspiration from other Etsy shops, Pinterest and the outdoors. My favorite listing in my shop is probably this one (below). I like the simplicity of the lines and delicate touches of the rose pattern.
Printable Wedding Invitation: Roses Series, Made to order download

4. How has your business evolved since you first started out?
I am still new to Etsy, but am increasing in views, favorites and sales every month. I am really excited to see where it will take me :)

5. What tips do you have for others interested in opening an Etsy shop or starting a small business?
I would definitely go in with a game plan. Know who you are, what you are going to sell and who you are going to sell to. There are so many resources out there to help new sellers get started. I actually purchased this (link) when I got started and it really helped me to organize my thoughts and I actually had a starting place to do more research and brainstorm more ideas. 
Modern Printable Wedding Invitation - Black and White Series

6. How do you see your business growing in the future?
I hope my Etsy business grows and grows and grows! I love all my customers and love it even more when they send me their photos of their printed invitations! As most designers, it feels good to make designs that people use. I hope to keep my customers happy and keep producing more and more designs.

Printable Wedding Save the Date: Roses Series, Made to order download

Aren't those some of the cutest invitations and wedding stationery you've ever seen? It makes me want to get married all over again! Click the links below to read even more about Paper & Dots! 

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Etsy Shop Feature: Aunt Matilda's Jewelry Box

This post features Leslie, the owner and designer behind Aunt Matilda's Jewelry Box on Etsy. She specializes in handmade jewelry with a vintage steampunk flair! She has nearly 300 items for sale in her shop, so everyone is sure to find a new favorite piece!

And Leslie has been generous enough to offer a 10% discount off a purchase, exclusive to PrintableWisdom readers! Just use the code "ASHLEY" at checkout! Thanks, Leslie!

Read below to find out more about Leslie and her beautiful shop! (Click photos for links to listings)


1. Tell me a little about yourself! What are your hobbies, etc?
My name is Leslie Kill and I live in Daytona Beach fl. My hobby is beach combing
Mended Irish Heart Necklace Steampunk Copper heart Mother's Day Gift Free US Shipping
2. Tell me about your Etsy shop. How did you get started in your craft and what made you decide to sell on Etsy? Do you sell anywhere else? 
I like to say that I was an artist disguised as a middle school science teacher for 17 years. On the last day of school my principal notified me that for the next year, I would be a reading teacher! So I decided to let my inner artist out and open my own jewelry business. My Etsy shop is called Aunt Matilda’s Jewelry Box. I specialize in Steampunk jewelry. The idea behind the shop is that you are looking through the jewelry box of this eclectic old lady, Aunt Matilda. Each piece is unique and has a story behind it. I also sell at art fairs and festivals throughout Florida.
Double Angel Wing Earrings antique silver dangling wing earrings Mother's Day Gift Free US Shipping
3. What is your favorite thing to create? Where do you get your inspiration? Do you have a favorite listing in your shop?
I like to create my Steampunk necklaces the most. I get my inspiration from the Victorian time period. I raised my children in a Victorian Home in Ohio. During that time I restored the home and filled it with antiques and period reproductions. I like the Victorian attention to detail. The whole industrial movement was new at the end of the Victorian time. Steampunk combines that attention to detail with the geekery of the industrial revolution. To that I add a little whimsy, and that is my formula for art! My favorite listing is My Steampunk Gears Locket because my son actually designed that piece. 
Steampunk Gears Locket Pendant Steampunk sliding locket Mother's Day Gift Free US Shipping
4. How has your business evolved since you first started out?
I started out just making wire wrap earrings, then gradually the Steampunk ideas started creeping in. now they are defining who I am.
Steampunk Gears and Cogs necklace Steampunk mixed metal Mother's Day Gift Free US Shipping
5. What tips do you have for others interested in opening an Etsy shop or starting a small business? 
When you have your own business, it is very hard to get time off! I work about 10 -12 hours a day every day. It is hard to stop working, but I love what I do so I don’t want to stop. It is not all creating jewelry, a lot of time is spent on marketing and promoting my jewelry. It takes a lot of persistence and it is not for the faint of heart. 
Aqua Bead Ear Cuff handmade wire 2 metal ear cuffs Mother's Day Gift Free US Shipping
6. How do you see your business growing in the future?
My business is less than a year old and steadily growing. In addition to festivals, I also do home parties. I would like to branch out with my party line and also get my jewelry into stores and boutiques.
Cross Necklace Victorian vintage style Cross antique silver Easter Gift Free US Shipping

Click the links below to find out more about Aunt Matilda's Jewery Box!

Etsy Shop Feature: Gloria Faye

I was lucky enough to interview Randi, from Gloria Faye on Etsy today! She creates handmade ceramic pendant necklaces and bracelets that are some of the most beautiful and unique pieces of jewelry I've ever seen - on Etsy or anywhere else!

Learn more about her creations below! (Click the photos to be taken to the corresponding listings)


Hello! Tell me a little about yourself and your shop! 
I am designer who is lucky enough to work with art everyday. I went to school for interior design and I ended up working at a handmade tile studio. There is where I was introduced to clay and tile as art. But I love to work in all different types of media, making a lot of the art in my home. Being around all the clay and glaze inspired me and had me thinking about how pretty it would be as jewelry. I took home some clay, put textures on the strips, and cut out shapes. Once it was dry I layered them with multiple glazes. From there I was hooked! 


Cuff Bracelet with Ceramic stone, antique brass, - Shadow

How did your business get started? 
After months of thinking and talking to people, I decided to open up shop on Etsy. I named the shop in honor of my grandmother. Each piece is unique and no piece is identical. Every time I open the kiln it's a surprise. Which adds a lot of excitement and enjoyment to what I do. 

ceramic diamond necklace, blue diamond shape pendant, antique brass chain- next to me

What is your favorite item in your shop right now? (Click the photo to be taken to the listing!)
My favorite item in my shop right now is this piece: 

Ceramic necklace, turquoise bird pendant, round handmade ceramic necklace- Poetic Justice

How do you see your business growing in the future?
I would like to see my business grow into more of a full time job and have my own artist studio.

Cuff Bracelet with Ceramic stone, antique brass, wire wrapped- alone

Click the links below to learn more about Gloria Faye:

Custom Home Portrait: My parents' home!

One of my favorite listings in my shop is for my custom home portraits. Each house is so unique and I love adding little details to really bring the drawings to life! Recently, I drew a portrait of my parents' home for them as a Christmas present and thought I'd share the drawing compared to the photo with y'all!

If you want your own custom home portrait, I'd love to draw it for you! Just check out this listing in my Etsy store!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Quick and Easy Pinterest Recipes!

I've been trying to find some quick recipes on Pinterest lately and have found a lot of great ideas! I thought I'd share them with y'all using the brand new "Pinterest board" feature that's available. 

Click below to go to my "Let's Get Cooking" board and find some great new recipe ideas!

Let me know what your favorite is, or if you have any suggestions for other quick and easy recipes I should try!

Etsy Shop Feature: LoveStar 1

Today I'm featuring Jenni, the owner of LoveStar 1 on Etsy. She sells adorable bunting and banners for every occasion! Her shop is approaching it's 2nd anniversary and she has a great selection available. You can choose from shapes, holiday themes, and even word banners. I love her "Mr. and Mrs. wedding banner pictured below! Make sure to click on the images throughout her interview to be taken to the individual listings! 


1. Tell me a little about yourself! What are your hobbies, etc?
I live in Central Florida with a man I am deeply in love with. We go to concerts, amusement parks, and camping.
2. Tell me about your Etsy shop. How did you get started in your craft and what made you decide to sell on Etsy? Do you sell anywhere else?
My shop started after I made these banners for our home and was already pretty obsessed with scrapbook paper. It was a perfect choice for the need I felt to craft and be creative. I had been shopping on Etsy and knew it was where I belonged. I have never sold anywhere else.
3. What is your favorite thing to create? Where do you get your inspiration? Do you have a favorite listing in your shop?
My favorite thing to create is a custom order with specific colors to match. I must say, I am pretty good at finding colors that match the photos my customers send me. I get inspiration from new color combinations and beautiful paper. 
This is one of my favorite listings.
4. How has your business evolved since you first started out?
When I first started my photos were terrible, prices were way too low, and my packaging was unfinished-looking. I also didn't open my account with a good shop name. That's something I might change in the near future.
5. What tips do you have for others interested in opening an Etsy shop or starting a small business?
Start with a specific look and branding. Create a uniform shop, packaging, business cards, and website.


6. How do you see your business growing in the future?
I see my shop growing in number of items and sales every day. I hope to offer as many options to the customers as possible. The possibilities of colors and styles are endless and I love exploring the options.

Follow these links to learn more about Jenni and LoveStar 1!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Etsy Shop Feature: Koolnecks Accessories

Today's interview is with Sheena, the owner of Koolnecks Accessories on Etsy. She creates and sells beautiful jewelry and is working on getting her first sale on Etsy! Learn more about Sheena and her shop below, and go check out all the amazing things she has available! Click on the pictures to be taken to her listings.


Hello! Tell me a little about yourself!
I am Sheena, the owner, designer, creator and imagination behind Koolnecks Accessories. I have always loved nature – animals, flowers, and the beauty that comes with everything that is not manmade. I was born in Barbados, which I will always call “home”. Being close to the beautiful crystal blue waters and warm sand is how I spent my earliest days. I am married to a great guy, who is also an artist (drawing and graphic design). We have the “four legged children” LOL, one dog, a little mini doxie named Willow and a Desert Box turtle, named Kauai. I love reading, relaxing, going to the beach and of course, creating what I term “artsy stuff”.


Tell me about your Etsy shop! 
My Etsy shop is named Koolnecks Accessories. I must tell you the history! A friend of mine began teaching me how to knit and crochet. I fell in love with it and “went crazy” buying tons……like TONS of yarn and needles and etc to feed my newfound love. After a while, I decided “hmmmm…..this would be nice to do on the side and make a little extra change”. So I thought about names and came up with Koolnecks, because we mostly ear scarves in the “cool” winter weather, and around our “neck”, so why not – coolnecks, but with a twist on the spelling. Hence, Koolnecks was born. It was at first Koolnecks Scarves. Then, my desire to knit and crochet fizzled off a little. About a year or little more ago I began learning how to make jewelry. Funny thing, the same friend that was teaching me to knit and crochet is the same friend who began teaching me (and a few others of us) how to make jewelry. Ok, you guessed it; I fell in love with that too! This time the love for this craft has sprung into what you see now – my Etsy shop! Koolnecks Accessories. I decided to keep the name because it was “my baby”, I was attached to that name (and it fits so perfectly). So instead of Koolnecks Scarves, Koolnecks Accessories! I stumbled upon Etsy one day at work, I saw one of my co-workers had the site up and I saw that vivid orange Etsy sign and was curious. I typed in the browser and it was “love and first sight!” So, came home showed it to my hubby and read all about Etsy and decided to open my shop. I opened my shop in May 2012, but had not actually listed anything until October-ish or so. I had, by this time, created quite a few pieces. 


Do you sell anywhere else?
Yes, I do sell elsewhere. My hubby is a jewel. He decided to talk to one of the owners of a salon and spa that he knows and ask them about having me set up a display in their shop. They wanted to see some of my work, so I stopped in one day and brought in a couple photos of some pieces and they loved what they saw and said “YES”!!! So, I have a contract with them, I have a display set up in the store and it has been going pretty good!! 

What is your favorite thing to create? Do you have a favorite item in your shop?
I think would be earrings. I love earrings, myself and I see so much potential in them. I am an Island girl through and through. So I am always seeing something “Islandy” in my mind when I create. My favorite item changes from time to time. I think at the moment I have a couple, these are the links to them: 
These are, I think, my favs right now, because of the color and quality of the beads themselves and the intricacy with which I surprised myself that I was able to use to create them. For instance, I hand wrapped the wire for the earrings on the blue set. I am so proud of how I was able to wrap the wire around the smaller beads in the earrings. I say that because I still consider myself quite an amateur. 


How has your business evolved from when you first started out?
My business has evolved, in that I am more knowledgeable now on what it takes to run a business than when I first started. I had no clue. I have been able to take my shop from being empty to having a few pieces and having no views….when I say no views, I mean “0” views, NONE, LOL. Now I have lots of views, I get favorited all the time, featured in treasuries etc. It has been soooooo exciting. I never thought that my little simple, “island girl” hands could make something that people would love to see and compliment me on, I get so excited, it is an indescribable feeling. I have worked really hard on making my shop a place that people admire, and like to visit and find a little bit of the “islands” there for themselves. However, even though I love that others find my shop and my jewelry pretty, it has been a way for me to express my creative side and to stay true to myself. 


What advice do you have for others who want to open an Etsy shop or start a small business?
To anyone interested in opening an Etsy shop, I would say “go for it”. It has been a wonderful journey thus far. I have learned so much in what I consider a short space of time it is amazing! However, you must also be willing to put in the effort and the work it takes. It does take work. It is rewarding to be able to look back on something that you’ve created, something that you’ve done…..an expression of you, and smile with a healthy measure of pride yet a humble sense that you still have a lot to learn. I also advise all starting out, to be like a sponge, soak up all the wonderful advice that experienced Etsy sellers and others have to offer, such advice and tips have been invaluable to me and my shop. Also, join teams, active and supportive teams, be a supportive of other Etsy sellers and participate in the Etsy community. You won’t regret it! Also, read, read, read and research anything and everything you can about your craft and business. Acquire all the knowledge you can to aid you to be successful. Remember, also to measure success carefully, do not measure it solely based on sales numbers, you may be disappointed, but base it on something more and the sales will come! Finally – HAVE FUN!!!!


Where do you see your business going in the future?
My goal is to eventually have my business to a point where I don’t need to work for anyone else………. let’s see where this journey takes me! 

Visit the links below to learn more about Sheena and her jewelry!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Etsy Shop Feature: Point of View Creations

Today's post features Cheryl and her beautiful shop, Point of View Creations, featuring fine art photographic prints, note cards, photo jewelry, and scripture art! She opened in January of this year and already has a great selection of amazing photographs. Read below to find out more about her and her shop (click the pictures to be taken to the shop listings!). 


1. Tell me a little about yourself! What are your hobbies, etc?
This is the hardest question! I grew up in a small town and moved to our state capital to go to college. I have a degree in Child Development and taught school for several years. I now work for the state legislature. I love all things crafty. I have two nieces that I adore. 


2. Tell me about your Etsy shop. How did you get started in your craft and what made you decide to sell on Etsy? Do you sell anywhere else?
My shop was a huge step out of the box for me. A friend talked me into opening the shop. Its scary to put yourself out there. I found a love for photography a few years ago. I haven't had any formal training (yet). I simply take pictures of what I love and try to create beautiful images. At this point I only sell on Etsy. 


3. What is your favorite thing to create? Where do you get your inspiration? Do you have a favorite listing in your shop?
I love taking a photo of an every day object and turning it into something new, finding a new perspective. I think some of my favorite images are the ones that end up looking like paintings. Nature and landscapes are what I veer toward when taking photos. But I like to experiment with still life and natural-light family portraits a bit. 


4. How has your business evolved since you first started out?
My shop has only been open a few months. I'm experimenting a bit in what I offer to see what people like best. Along with photography prints, I have photo jewelrynote cards, mouse pads, and scripture art

5. What tips do you have for others interested in opening an Etsy shop or starting a small business?
I think joining teams on Etsy has been the most beneficial move for me. Connecting with other sellers, learning from their experience, and getting feedback is essential. Promotion and networking are also important. I have a Facebook page and when work slows down I am thinking about starting a blog. Pinterest is also a great tool for promotion.


6. How do you see your business growing in the future?
I would love to specialize in matted, framed prints eventually. My dream is to travel more. To have a place to show my work, maybe a small gallery or shop.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

One of my printables was featured on "The Olive Tree" blog!

I wanted to share a great blog with you all today (and I'm not just saying that because the author, Christina, featured one of my designs in her "Devotional Wednesday" post!). 


This printable is featured... and it's one of my new "instant download" listings, also! I have a whole new section in my shop of files that are immediately available to you after checking out on Etsy!


So go check out the post, and follow "The Olive Tree" blog! Happy Wednesday!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Etsy Shop Feature: JustTCsgirlscrafting

This post features Kathy and her new shop on Etsy (she just opened shop on February 3rd!), JustTCsgirlscrafting. 


This shop is run by a team of mom and her four daughters - doesn't that sound fun?! They offer a beautiful collection of baby clothes, scarves, miniature bears, blankets, jewelry, and more. Read below to find out more about this talented family of crafters!

 1. Tell me a little about yourself! What are your hobbies, etc?

We are just a mom and four daughters who love to craft and make one of kind items and want to share them with others. I have been crafting since I was a very young girl. I crochet, knit, sew, quilt, cross-stitch and I shared these and other skills with my daughters. It is a blessing to me that my girls allowed me to share my art with them and that they appreciate it so much that they have gone on to learn new skills and techniques making better pieces then I could imagine. Please take the time to browse our shop and you never know you might find that special something that you are looking for, for yourself or for someone else. 


At the heart of all we do is a love for Jesus Christ and we do all things for Him. Colossians 3:23, "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men." We hope that you are blessed by stopping by and taking a look whether to buy or just to get some ideas.

2. Tell me about your Etsy shop. How did you get started in your craft and what made you decide to sell on Etsy? Do you sell anywhere else?
We have been crafting for so long, there has never been a time that we have not had something going. We believe that idle hands need something to do, so we have always created things that we love and sometimes that other people love and then give them away. We have sold a few items, but for the most part it has been just a blessing to bring others joy through our crafts. 

For a short time we did have our items in a crafters consignment shop and this was not a successful venture. We sold one item, and paid a lot in consignment fees. This really burned us out and we lost a little hope. We began giving our items away again. When we recently moved to Oregon we decided that we would give Etsy a shot. We have been so happy.

3. What is your favorite thing to create? Where do you get your inspiration? Do you have a favorite listing in your shop?
One of our most favorite things to make are our miniature jointed bears. They are super unique in that we honestly cannot make any of them the same. If they do come out close to each other that is about as good as we can get. We have made so many (50 or more) and we only had two that came out even remotely the same. They are our twins – Actually we have two sets of twins a set of girls and then a boy and girl set. The most wonderful thing about making bears is that you start out with cloth or yarn and then it just becomes what it needs to be. You may think you are making a girl, but that is not what the material decided to be. The product tells us what it will become. This is truly a work of our heart as we develop these little guys into sweet little collectibles. 

Another item we love to make is scarves. We like to use and make our own patterns for the scarves. We have been very blessed to have two of our scarves featured in treasuries on Etsy, which really is a huge honor with all scarves out there to choose from. 

Our inspiration comes from the sheer enjoyment that we get when people enjoy our items. It is not about the money (although that is nice), it truly is a ministry of giving joy to others. 

4. How has your business evolved since you first started out?
Our business (crafting) has just always been. It has evolved itself into what it is. 

5. What tips do you have for others interested in opening an Etsy shop or starting a small business?
I would tell others to not give up, to follow the Lord’s guidance, and to trust that hard work and a heart of service to others will truly never return void. It is easy to get lost in Etsyland, very easy as there is so many talented people out there using this venue to fulfill their dreams of shop ownership; however, don’t lose heart. Even though it is hard to put down the craft and network, networking is necessary; join a team of like minded individuals. Share your things, but most importantly help others out as well. If you get into someone’s treasury, provide their information on your item so that when people look at you they can also look at them. Etsy is very competitive, but if you look at it as a fun venture, that truly is not that expensive, you will have as much fun as we are having and so far we have not sold any items; however, we have numerous followers and people who admire our shop.

6. How do you see your business growing in the future?
If we had a plan for the future we would love to open a crafters consignment store front with a tea house attached, a tea and trinket kind of place where individuals could come and have a peaceful tea break and be able to peruse ours and others crafts in a very relaxing setting. I do not know if we will ever realize this dream, but it would be super nice if it happened. Otherwise, we will continue on Etsy!

Visit JustTCsgirlscrafting and learn more about their wonderful shop at the link below!