Thursday, November 1, 2012
Are you an INCrowdTeam member wondering why these folks are so special? Be sure to sign up for our team newsletter and check into the Roll-Call thread on Facebook or our Etsy team discussion page!
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Just a reminder to INcrowd members tag your items listed on Etsy with INcrowdteam so that we can easily find and promote each others work! We can find you easier and purchase items from your shop faster, I know if I have an INcrowd member selling something I am looking for, I will stop right there!
|Incrowdteam Wire Wrapping Treasury|
Monday, March 28, 2011
|I Want Your Love item listing|
My inspiration came from a song by Florence and the Machine called "The Dog Days are Over". I have not listed the piece on Etsy yet but below is a sneak peak! Since the dog days are over, that must mean its time for the cats to rule! This piece was made from a vintage belt that my friend Jessica found, we re-purposed it with vintage brass chain and a piece of faceted Jet.
|Rana Salame Designs|
Monday, March 14, 2011
Monday is often times a day that some people dread and others look forward to. Either way, whether you consider Monday the beginning of the week or the day after Sunday, lets make it new and inspired! Today, I have been editing a photo album for a wedding I recently shot, and I have been listening to the popular music list on Grooveshark, and I can't stop smiling, dancing, and bouncing around. So, choose a song from any genre that inspires you to create, it can be from any year going back to the first billboard chart in 1936!
Send me a picture and a caption for your creation, and I will feature it in next weeks follow up blog post!
Send: jpg file of your creation, your name, shop url, and a link to item if its posted
Send to: email@example.com
|My Inspiration: The Dog Days Are Over|
Friday, March 4, 2011
I was born in Beirut in 1982, during the beginning of the Lebanese war. My mother has told me stories about how highly stressful it was for our family to escape the bombings from the north to the south, yet how life was still normal. It amazes me how anyone can live in or around such turmoil, especially the effect it has on small children. The memories I have are pleasant though, of labne and cucumber sandwiches (labne is a type of salty yogurt cheese), the Mediterranean sea, and playing on the ancient roman ruins of Baalbek. We left when I was four years old and joined my mothers side of the family who were already living in Dearborn, MI, where I grew up. I went to college in Mount Pleasant, MI, lived in Chicago for six years, and I now reside in Anderson (its a long story and I'm sticking to it).
|I am far left, looking at the ducks and I still dress as colorfully.|
I like to say I am always doing the four c's, cooking, cleaning, creating, and crafting, interchangeably and individually. A few things I recently learned and did: tiled the kitchen floor (I am a DIY lover), completed my studio, forged three beautiful rings, made some B&G both from scratch (that was breakfast). As for my snap happiness, I took a photojournalism class at CMU my senior year and I fell in love with the camera. I currently freelance and do mostly weddings, band stuff and portraits. Check it out here. I began making jewelry only last year but found that I have a real knack for it. My partner Nathan signed me up for Jewelry Making 1 at Lillstreet in Chicago last winter and it was really more like metalsmithing 101. I learned some great techniques and have been continuing to learn and grow as a metalsmith and jewelry designer.
|Part of my studio and my love Marbles!|
Inspiration is everywhere, I write about all the things I love on my blog (A Vision of Love). Or as my bestie Kendal calls it, the Chronicles of Ranacles (pronounced rah-na). As for striving to be a Martha, nothing says love like DIY, especially when it's from scratch. I live in a 1890's farmhouse on three acres of land, I tend to my gardens, prune the fruit trees, cook and bake a wide variety of foods, from Mediterranean delights, to all American classics! I have made my own pickles, dried my own herbs, harvested walnuts, made a paper lantern, theme parties (with Martha's famous cocktails) and the list goes on. My house keeps me busy from inside to out through each season. I love entertaining, great conversations, learning and teaching. Creating just happens.
I am happy with my progression so far, I have learned so much from Etsy and the fellow Etsians that I have reached out to. I love the community of it all! I love everything about Etsy, I think it is fantastic. I think the best advice I can give is to be persistent, keep growing, watch the wonderful tutorials that pertain to you and actually apply the knowledge that is presented, there are so many inspiring features on Etsy, and I think I am just starting to figure it out. I am still in the beginning stages of my shop, and can't wait to see where I am a year from now. I am currently working on revamping my banner and general appearance. The two things that keep getting brought up are the photographs and the story, and I am still working on it. I am great at capturing moments but for some reason these shiny little things elude me. I have been told to look at my favorites and find the trend in the picture style, and strive for that. If anyone has advice or feedback I welcome it! Please convo me!
|Pink Calcedony and Vintage Charm Sterling Earrings|
I love these earrings, the way they swing, the color, and so I am not redundant, I usually explain why I love a piece in the description of the item in my Etsy shop. Another of my favs are my crystal teardrop necklaces I love the way they catch the light. I would heart them all for different reasons! I take great pride in creating items that are well crafted and elegant. I was recently commissioned to make an engagement ring with a non traditional gem and it was amazing (still waiting for the proposal so I can post pictures!).
|Drusy and sterling silver ring commission.|
I would love to learn to sew and how to preserve small flowers and butterfly wings in an enclosure.
This month I am going to do my best to learn more about SEO. This PDF is a great resource that is mentioned on Etsy. And I can't wait for the first bonfire this spring.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Monday, November 8, 2010
The INCrowdteam on Etsy
If you're a current member we hope you like our new digs.
If you're a prospective member, please take a chance on us - we think you'll be glad you did!
Monday, August 30, 2010
Other shops featured include:
Friday, August 27, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
2nd Annual Hoosier Artisan Holiday Boutique
When – Saturday November 27th, 2010
Time – 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Where – Hamilton County Fairgrounds Exhibition Center
What – A lightly juried show highlighting Hoosier artisans and crafters and their handmade wares. Get in the mood for the holidays, and help support local artists and the local economy!
Vendor Notes - Lightly juried show highlighting all Hoosier artisans. Vendors must be artists/crafters residing in the state of Indiana. Only handmade items will be considered; items that are up-cycled, re-purposed, significantly altered from their original state are considered handmade and will be permitted. NO COMMERCIALLY PRODUCED ITEMS ALLOWED. Will include a raffle benefiting Toys for Tots!Applications will be posted soon, along with fee information and booth details – please check back for more information!
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
INCrowdteam: Is there any meaning to your shop name? What made you choose it?
Raven Haired: When I first signed up on Etsy I was only thinking about buying and the idea of a shop hadn't occurred to me yet. So the name of my shop is actually a translation of my name, Brenna, from Gaelic. It's always been an ironic family joke that my parents gave me a name that means "raven haired" and I have bright red hair!
INCrowdteam: Tell me about items for sale in your Etsy shop.
Raven Haired: I mainly have knitted laptop sleeves in my shop as well as sleeves for Ipods and Ipads. Many of the sleeves have fabric designs on them; flowers and animals, ect. I make each sleeve to order. How did I decide on making laptop sleeves for my shop? When I was working I had to buy myself a new laptop. Within 24 hours of taking it out of it's box I had gotten two scratches on it from just shoving it in my purse. I wanted to keep this investment in good shape so I knitted up a simple sleeve for it that wouldn't be bulky and would fit in any bag I had. As soon as I started using it I had friends, family, and co-workers asking where it came from. Flashforward and here is the the answer, "Raven Haired on Etsy"!
INCrowdteam: What’s your real-world job?
Raven Haired: I've spent my time out of college working on political campaigns. It's long hours and hard work, but it's worth it. I started Etsy now that I'm taking a break from that and am hoping that if I keep working hard my shop will be a success and it can be my sole focus.
INCrowdteam: How did you learn your Etsy craft?
Raven Haired: Completely on my own and with a lot of trial and error! I'd known how to crochet since I was 11 or so but in high school I wanted to make my own cool knitted designs. I got a few books and just experimented with a lot of things. All through high school I knitted scarves and gloves for my family and friends. I never really learned to read patterns, so I just make it up as I go.
INCrowdteam: What's your muse, or what turns that little creative light inside you on?
Raven Haired: I have an almost constant desire to create. If it's not knitting or crocheting, it's usually cooking! I would never really consider myself an artist (that's my sister) but I do have this urge to create these wonderful functional creations.
INCrowdteam: What are your five favorite shops on Etsy?
Involution - She makes this amazing jewelry with felted wool. It's beautiful, check it out!
Pottery by Barbara - The best are her baking dishes
INCrowdteam: Which three of your own items for sale are your favorite? Why do you like them so much?
Raven Haired: That's a tough call but I like these three just because they are my favorite shapes and color combinations.
INCrowdteam: What's the best compliment you've received from a buyer?
Raven Haired: I've only had one buyer so far but her feedback was enough to keep me going for a while:"This laptop sleeve is so cute and it fits perfect! Beautiful work! And shipped fast too!"
INCrowdteam: Where else can we find you on the Internet?
Raven Haired: I also have a Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/ravenhaired
That's all for today, folks! Stop by Brenna's shop and have a look around - some really cute stuff in there - I'm thinking those laptop sleeves would make GREAT graduation gifts!!
Monday, April 12, 2010
- The Cocoon Wrap Mama - http://www.thecocoonwrapmama.etsy.com/ (this is my sisters website)
- Gudonyatoo - GudonyaToo.etsy.com
- My Beautiful Girl - MyBeautifulGirl.etsy.com
- Paper and String - paperandstring.etsy.com
- Rabbit Stop - rabbitstop.etsy.com
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Friday, February 5, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
Hello happy blog readers! This week's feature is coming a day early -- I'm leaving for a week-long fabulous San Diego vacation, so enjoy meeting Carrie Davies, of TimeandSand jewelry.
Name: Carrie Davies
City: Columbus, Indiana
Is there any meaning behind the name of your shop? In 2003 I became quite ill, had surgery and was bed-ridden for six weeks. My husband bought me some wire, beads and a wire-wrapping book I spent most of that six weeks learning to make wire wrapped pieces and listening to Sarah Groves. Her song “Pictures of Egypt,” spoke of the exodus from Egypt and the long time spent in the desert. The line, “Why all this time and sand? Is this so I will appreciate the promised land?” spoke to me. This experience changed my outlook on my artistic talent, and TimeandSand jewelry was born.
What’s your real-world job? I am the director of outreach and care for Grace Lutheran Church here in Columbus.
How did you learn your Etsy craft? I started with a book, beads and some wire. Over the past five years I have taken some classes, learned a lot from other artists on JewelryLessons.com and am now teaching classes to others. But mostly I am self-taught.
What's your muse, or what turns that little creative light inside you on? I often am inspired by something I see in nature, such as a wintery night or a beautiful sunrise, but sometimes it is an idea that pops in my head, or often someone will ask if I can do a particular thing. Then I am off, trying to make what’s in my head into a piece. It's the best challenge for me, and I never back away from a challenge.
What are your five favorite shops on Etsy?
- zacszoaps -- This is my son’s shop. I am his helper. He has made soaps for three years. At 15 he is quite the entrepreneur.
- MuttsAmore -- This is my daughter and my shop. She makes the dog treats. All the dogs in the community know her, and they appreciate her work!
- ConduitPress -- This is an INcrowder. I love her repurposing.
- quecraft -- She has some of the most beautiful hair accessories I have ever seen, very elegant.
- teaman -- He makes the tastiest teas! I love his decaf mild chai tea. I am addicted to it!
- Black Agate Druzy Woven Bezel Necklace -- This is the first woven bezel I made that did not have supporting wires in the back. I was proud of the accomplishment and I love the stone! Now I never use supporting wires, I like the fact that the way a wrap is how the stone stay put with no glue, no solder, no supporting wires! How cool is that? (top photo)
- Family Tree Pendant, custom piece -- I had an idea to do a piece with birthstones and was working on a Tree of Life and bam, the two ideas came together, and now I make custom pendants with your choice of birthstones. Every one is different, and each tells the story of a special family. (middle photo)
- Singing the Blues Bracelet -- My first pieces were beaded and linked bracelets like this one. They hold a special place in my heart. My first sale was one of these bracelets to a woman behind me in the Wal-mart line. It was the first time I believed what everyone had been saying: “You could sell these." (third photo)
What's the best compliment you've received from a buyer? A few weeks before Christmas I received an order from Sharon, a woman about my age living in California who wanted me to make five pendants with the birthstones of her and her four sisters. They had just learned that their oldest sister had terminal cancer, and Sharon wanted to give a family pendant to each of her sisters for what would probably be their last Christmas together.
This story touched my heart. Having lost loved ones to cancer, I knew the point they were at: trying take the news in, and time was short. It was a big order, and I took it on with honor. I worked hard, and each piece was as identical to the other as I could make them -- a difficult task. Each piece usually takes on a personality of its own. Feeling wonderful about my work, I sent them off and felt satisfied that I had done the best I could.
A few days later I received an email from Sharon.
I came home after a very long day at work to find that the pendants were delivered in today's mail! They are just beautiful -- even more so in person than I imagined. I can't wait to give them to my sisters this weekend, and I know we will all cherish each of them as a beloved keepsake for years to come. Your heart is clearly in your work! Thank you so much for doing such a lovely job, for the great customer service and for your warmth and humanity. Happy holidays!
I cannot explain how much this meant to me. This is my goal with each piece. I imagine that my jewelry will be passed down from generation to generation and become family heirlooms. I am so touched when someone lets me in their story, shares their joy, sorrow, pain and happiness.
Where else can we find you on the Internet? I have my own Web site and just finished updating it this week! I have two other shops. kitsaboodle is my newest shop where I make sit-and- create kits for all ages. There are jewelry kits sewing kits, and crafting kits. mybeadsyourbeads is my destash shop. You can find my blog here and my Facebook here. I also tweet.
Are you an INCrowdteam member who'd like to be featured in this Q&A? Or maybe you know a member who'd be perfect for it? If so, contact me at Jaclyn1423!
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
- Eat -- Let's face it: Everyone loves to eat, and finding cool stuff to put on your walls in the kitchen is sometimes difficult. This goes with all kitchen decor. (image at top of post)
- Live, Laugh Love -- I love to see groupings on walls. It makes a room look well put-together. (middle image)
- Colts -- Need I say more? It makes a great gift for men or a sports lover, and if you live in Indiana, you likely love the Colts. (at right and below)
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
City of residence: Columbia City, IN
My other shop, mamaslittletreasure, was inspired by our two beautiful daughters who were adopted from China, Gracie and Annie. I started out designing and creating boutique children's clothing and selling my designs online. When that became too overwhelming and time-consuming, I started writing my designs up in eBook patterns, which are sold online at www.youcanmakethis.com. I also have craft projects, hand-crafted journals, totebags, pincushions and a few other home decor items in the mamaslittletreasure shop.
- I absolutely LOVE audryandgrace! The designs and artistry of the garments in this shop are amazing!
- pink purse is so dramatic and romantic!
- Pamela at the delightfuldesigner is great! I buy lots of my lace from her for my embellishment projects.
- Jeanette from jeanettejed is one of the most generous and thoughtful people I have ever met!
- The handcrafted cards in Lamar's shop lamarlynch are gorgeous.