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Tuesday Feature over on the blog: Early Girl

Old Asheville,North Carolina

One of the things I love about Asheville is it’s a mini melting pot of the country. We have so many fantastic artists and handcrafters. I am constantly amazed at the versatility of the Asheville Etsy Street Team. I am not sure where I first ran across this shop but was instantly charmed by the cute apple cozies, I thought what a unique idea.  Shannon also has some wonderful photos in the shop and I featured a few of them here. So, lets read about this great artist.

best wishes

bl

How did you get started with Etsy?
I stumbled upon Etsy.com by word-of-mouth shortly after moving to North Carolina in September 2004. For the first two years I was strictly a buyer. In November 2006 I decided to kick-it-up a notch and open an official Etsy shop, complete with banner and all even though I really had no clue what handmade goods I was going to sell. Out of boredom and the desire to stay home with my (then) three young kids, I found myself making a lot of handmade cards and marble magnets for friends, teachers, and gifts. It’s safe to say, marble magnets was what got me started with Etsy.

What inspires you?

Thinkers, makers, and do-ers.

Where is your hometown? and current location?

I was born and raised in San Jose, California, then moved to southern Oregon where I attended High School and some college. I currently live in east Asheville, NC.

What do you like about where you live now?

The strong buy/support local presence. The food, the entertainment, and the little-big city vibe while remaining nestled in the mountains.

How did you begin with your art?

After years of not picking-up a hook, I took a refresher crochet class in Spring 2007. Like with the marble magnets, out of boredom (and unemployment…) I started making scarves, cloth sets, and rag rugs for friends, teachers, and gift giving. My friends were great, and insisted on buying my handmade goods. It was after a month or two of giving my crocheted wash cloths a good trial run, that a fellow California friend living here in Asheville begged me to start selling these locally if not on Etsy! Looking back, that was my ultimate toe-dipping experience as a seller.

Within a month of selling my crocheted creations on Etsy, a sweet deep south Bed & Breakfast owner had me busy making color coordinated washcloths to match the bathrooms in Bed & Breakfast bedrooms. Needless to say, she was my very first loyal Etsy customer.

Do you work outside of the home?

No. I currently work from home keeping my Etsy.com shop stocked, fulfilling wholesale orders for shops located in Virginia and Oregon, and keeping my eyes peeled for local selling opportunities (ie: local shops and craft fairs.) I also keep busy devoting a little time each day with Asheville Etsy Street Team related stuff such as: responding to emails, Etsy communications, pushing Asheville Etsy’s presence on the Internet via our Team blog and Facebook page, which includes passing along local/regional vending opportunities to Team Members.

Are you more creative in the morning or evening?

Both actually! I find I need to balance it on both sides of the day to keep things rolling and from becoming stagnant. This also allows me breaks to take time for family-related obligations such as homework, sports/clubs, and meals. When my Husband gets home from work in the evening, I generally try to grab another hour or two to work; it helps me unwind.

What do you do for fun?Apple-a-go-go

Read/browse used bookstores, see live music, watch my children play soccer, take lots of pictures, thrift shop for vintage Pyrex (which I collect – my Husband would say “hoard”), and browse the local well known and not so well known antique shops for vintage buttons – and more Pyrex.

How would you describe your experience with Etsy?

My experience with Etsy has been exceptional. Most notably, Etsy.com was the main source of my recognition, and in turn, is what initiated contact to submit an application to be chosen to appear in a book – which I was! My Apple-a-go-go pattern was published in a book “Lunch Bags!” It was released in bookstores August 2010 by C&T Publishing.
Apple-a-go-go
Are part of any Etsy teams?

Yes. Aside from Asheville Etsy Street Team I also belong to: Crochet Originals, Etsy Crochet Lounge, and Etsy Hookers.

Do you sell your products on other sites?

No. I’m a loyal and exclusive Etsy seller. Apple-go-go

Do you sell in Etsy BNR’s? What do you like or dislike about the experience?

Okay, I actually had to Google “Etsy BNR” to find out what this question was referring to. No, I don’t sell in Etsy BNR’s.

Cupcake Love - 5x5 print

If you have other sites, blogs, facebook etc, please list your links here.

I reluctantly keep a blog that’s 75% Etsy related and 25% life related at: www.ashevegan.blogspot.com –

I also keep a flickr account at: www.flickr.com/photos/earlygrrrl/ where I visually chronicle handmade goods I make, things I see, and places I go

.The Birds - 5x5 print

Monday Teaser: Early Girl Feature my blog

You dont want to miss this adorable shop feature on Early Girl. Check the blog out on Tuesday.

Apple-a-go-go

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Tuesday Feature: Sew Upscale

Image representing Etsy as depicted in CrunchBase

Image via CrunchBase

This week we head to Morganton, NC not too far from Asheville, where we find the lovely shop of Asheville Etsy Street Team member Linda Johnson of Sew Upscale. I admire people you can take scraps of fabric and create a landscape or anything for that matter. I am in love with her fabric postcards,what a unique idea. I can see her love of the Western Carolina mountains represented in many of her designs. There is something so comforting in her creations maybe its my love of nature but I think you will enjoy reading about how she creates her pieces. So read on and thanks to Sew Upscale for giving us a look into her process.

best wishes

BL

How did you get started with Etsy? I first joined Etsy as a buyer. My son told me about the site. He heard about it from a friend. I later decided to start a shop.
What inspires you? I’m inspired by my surroundings, by the landscape, by colors and by fabric. I even like thread. Almost everything inspires me!

Looking Over The Land Fabric Postcard Art Quilt
Where is your hometown? and current location? I’m from Asheville, NC but now live in Morganton, NC which is about 50 miles east of Asheville.
What do you like about where you live now? Morganton is a small town. Anywhere you go, you always know someone. The weather is very moderate although it can get hot in the summer.

Eiffel Tower at Night Landscape Quilted Fabric Postcard Art Quilt-RSRVD for JeNai
How did you begin with your art? I first started sewing when I was about 9 or 10 years old. I first started making quilted fabric postcards about 3 or 4 years ago. I saw one and thought it would be great for me since they are small and could be finished in a short amount of time. I have a problem with finishing projects! I taught myself how to make them and have since developed my own style. My favorite subject matter is the mountains. But I also love making any kind of landscape.
Do you work outside of the home? I no longer work outside the home. I left my full time job as a social worker recently after having a heart attack. The stress in that job was so great. I am now concentrating on my quilted fabric postcard business.
Are you more creative in the morning or evening? I’m usually more creative about mid morning. I like to get my workout finished before I start work on my art.

Landscape Quilted Fabric Postcard Art Quilt-Lone Star
What do you do for fun? Love to hike, travel, and spend time with my family especially my granddaughter, Nadia.
How would you describe your experience with Etsy? Etsy has been a work in progress for me and for Etsy. I think Etsy is very easy to use. I am constantly learning more on how to make my shop better. The photographs are the hardest part for me.

Who the Owl Quilted Fabric Postcard

Are part of any Etsy teams? I belong to the Asheville Etsy Street Team, Quiltsy Team and the Smoky Mountain Treasury Team
Do you sell your products on other sites? I have a shop on Artfire but I don’t spend much time on it. I also have a beautiful website my son designed.

Inspirational Sunset Seascape Fabric Postcard Art Quilt-RESERVED FOR JENAI
Do you sell in Etsy BNR’s? What do you like or dislike about the experience? I haven’t participated in the BNR.

Country Snow Scene Fabric Postcard Art Quilt
If you have other sites, blogs, facebook etc, please list your links here.
Twitter- twitter.com/sewupscale
Facebook– www.facebook.com/pages/Sew-Upscale/72860661647
Website- essentialdesignstudio.com/sewupscale/sew_upscale_index.html
Blog- www.sewupscale.blogspot.com/
Artfire www.artfire.com/SewUpscale

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Tuesday Feature: Raige Creations On the main blog

Feature on the main blog http://www.beckleecottagedesigns.com

 

Our feature today is the very hip shop of Raige Creations, one of my fellow Asheville Street Team members. Tokini’s how cute are they? Her shop also sells vintage items. Asheville is  a great city for creative and craft folks to live and Riage’s Etsy shop is a perfect example of craft meets creative. Well, I will stop chatting now and let you read all about this great Etsy shop.

Best Wishes

BL



 

Where is your hometown?
I grew up in a suburb of Buffalo, NY. I got to experience all the snow, blizzards, and Lake Effect storms anyone could ever hope for. J

What do you like about where you live now?
We recently moved to the mountains of North Carolina, and so far I love nearly everything about where we are now. What I love about this area, first but certainly not the only thing, is the mountains themselves. They are just amazing, beautiful, and take my breath away each time I see them. I almost don’t mind shopping at Wal-mart, because when you walk out of there, the view is breathtaking!Toekini's - Bare Foot Sandal Thong - Lady bug button

I also love that everyone we have met here is friendly and makes us feel welcome. Coming from NY, that is a real treat.

Tell us a little about your daily life. Do you work outside of the home?
After working many years in the corporate world, I am thankful that I can now concentrate on Raige Creations, and my family. My day consists of making sure the kids get to school, and then take whatever comes my way as a cue as to what direction the day will have. If I have a sale, the morning goes in a slightly different direction than if I don‘t. The morning involves getting the order ready to ship and heading out to the Post office. If there has not been a sale, I either write an article for IndieSmiles.com or my blog, or create, but usually it is a little bit of each. By afternoon, I prepare for the kids coming home with dinner prep and cleaning up the mess I no doubt created. I try to have checklists each day, and tick off as much as I can each day. I do love the flexibility, though, and when the mood takes me in one direction, I usually follow.

How did you get started with Etsy?Winter Blues - Blue Finger Free Gloves with Blue and White Flower
A bout of unemployment plus a gift of a crochet hook and some practice yarn for Christmas got me started with Etsy. I created some bags and purses as my first projects once I started crocheting again (hadn’t done it since I was a child). After seeing what I could do, I thought, maybe someone would buy my creations. I read about Etsy in Real Simple magazine, my favorite magazine, and checked it out and it seemed like a great place to start.

What inspires you?Some Like It Hot - Chili Pepper Toekini's - Barefoot Sandals
I love to create fun things, to try to change people’s ideas of crochet. It’s not just old fashioned stuff – it can be cool and fun. I love vintage things too, because of the life each item had before what it is now. The story behind the item adds so much to what is can be in its new life.

How did you begin with your art?
Art in my life began as far back as I can remember. Art and music was always in our house. My father played the piano and organ, my mother was a professional photographer who also dabbled in other mediums. My grandmother was a piano teacher and also made quilts. It wasn’t until after they all had passed that I really embraced my creativity as my main work.

What do you do for fun?
When we moved here to the mountains, we tried zip-lining with Navitat, and I absolutely had a blast! I can’t wait to do it again, and I highly recommend it to anyone who thinks they can’t have fun anymore.
On a more regular basis, I enjoy walking and taking in nature and the beautiful views.

How would you describe your experience with Etsy?
I have met so many great people because of Etsy, and have learned so much about creating and selling in the online marketplace. It has been a great experience, and continues to teach me, and I continue to meet other fabulous creators.
Vintage Woodworking Plane
What advice would you give to an Etsy beginner?
It is difficult to give advice, being that I feel like I still have so much to learn. I could suggest that any beginner in the online marketplace needs to have patience, work hard, and most of all, enjoy what they create. There are many tough days to get through, so if you don’t enjoy what you are creating, it will be even harder to sell what you create. Have fun, take good pictures, and be active online. The opportunities to meet other artisans in your area are great so you should embrace that. Don’t get discouraged if things start out slow. Remember why you started, and see if that can get you through.

As a buyer and seller what excites you the most about either?
As a buyer, of course it is the thrill of getting your new item to use and enjoy. As a seller, it is tough to explain the feeling when one of the items you created, put so much into, was good enough that someone want is and is willing to pay you for it. I get giddy every time I have a sale, and can’t help smiling all day.

How do you deal with orders, do you have a system? What type of packaging do you use or found that works the best. As I eluded to above, I deal with orders by smiling a lot and feel giddy. I take each order as it comes, package each with the same care, and get to the post office as soon as I can.
Retro Hot Pink Button Lace Flower Purse - Summer Sling, Shoulder Srap, Hip Length
What type of shipping service do you use? I use US Postal Service. I have found that to be the best way to ship my items. The shipping time is very good, and the cost is great compared to some other services.

What type of payment processing do you use? I use Paypal and also take checks from people I know.

Have you tried Amazon? Just as a buyer

Are you on any Etsy teams? If so what do you like about Etsy teams?
I am a several teams. Handmade logy Team, Pure Handmade Team, On Fire for Handmade Team, Handmade Harbor Team, The Asheville Etsy Street Team, and the Active Asheville Artists Association Team. Phew! I try to be active in these team, as they are all full of supportive people. I also try to support others so we can all benefit from these teams. When we moved here I was so pleasantly surprised there were so many people in the Asheville area on Etsy. Some of the first people I met after we moved here are Etsy people I met online, and I wouldn’t have met if it wasn’t’ for Etsy.

What do you think about the BNR Experience? I have never taken part in a BNR.

Easter Egg Cozy Baskets - set of six - your choice

Do you sell your products on other sites, or have blogs if so list the link.
I have three online shops at the moment, and try to keep up with a blog, as well as write for IndieSmiles.com, and I try to keep a presence on face book too. Recently, a local gift shop has decided to carry some Raige Creations items, and so far that has been great. The gift shop is in Weaverville, called Stacies, and right on Main Street. All of their cut goes to help their Home Health Care business, so I am thrilled to be represented there.

www.zibbet.com/RaigeCreations

www.etsy.com/shop/raigecreations

www.artfire.com/users/RaigeCreations

www.raigecreations.blogspot.com

www.facebook.com/RaigeCreations

Please recommend someone you would like to see featured on our blog. It does not have to be an Etsy shop.
My friend Terri Riley, from POPEmbroidery, formerly Paper On Parade, also moved to the Asheville area recently. We met through Zibbet.com, and met in person a few months ago and hit it off immediately. She makes great key fobs and embroidered items. www.zibbet.com/PaperOnParade. Thank you!

 

This week on my main blog: PhotograBee

Weee and we are off its Tuesday Feature time. PhotograBee is one of my Etsy Street Team members and I am wowed is that a word, well anyway see for yourself. Her images are simply divine. Eventho we live in the same part of the mountains she has given me a new insight into my own backyard. I have featured some of my favorite photos from her shop.

Thanks for the interview and read on. Best BL

 



 

Where is your hometown?

Sylva, NC

What do you like about where you live now?
Pretty much everything – I love being outdoors and can’t imagine living in a prettier place than Western North Carolina. Sylva is small but has a great vibe – good restaurants, bookstores, coffee shops, a lively downtown at night, etc.

Tell us a little about your daily life. Do you work outside of the home?
I do. I’m an Assistant Reference Librarian at a public library. I’m surrounded by books all day – what could be better? – but while people always assume libraries are such “quiet places to work”, well, they’re not. Every day is an adventure, to say the least!Blush

How did you get started with Etsy?
I was a fan of Etsy for a long time before I took the plunge and opened my own shop. My goal going in was just to have a place to sell prints of some of my favorite photos but without having to rely on it for sole income.
What inspires you?
Nature, music, words, capturing on camera the beauty of the people I love (few things thrill me more), strong emotions of all kinds.

How did you begin with your art?
My dad was an amateur photographer all throughout my childhood and I remember being fascinated with his camera when I was about 10 or so. I inherited that camera a few years later and took photos throughout my teens, then as a Commercial Art major in college I took two years of photography classes and really fell in love with it. It has been my favorite creative outlet since that time. I’m fascinated the most with people and portraits (casual mostly, not posed) but since most of these are of my friends, they’re not in my Etsy shop!

What do you do for fun?Bebe
Read voraciously, obsess over music, camp & hike & swim & bike & fish & garden with my husband, cuddle with our cats, knit badly, enjoy the company of the wonderful friends I have in my life.

How would you describe your experience with Etsy?
Great, actually. I’ve learned some things along the way and had mishaps, but I find I am always pleasantly surprised by how nice Etsians are. It’s such a supportive crafty community.

What advice would you give to an Etsy beginner?
Don’t be afraid to ask fellow Etsy shop owners in your selling genre for advice – I did, and it was invaluable. Also, just have fun and enjoy the experience and don’t let slow sales stress you out.Wild blue

As a buyer and seller what excites you the most about either?
As a seller, it’s always exciting to me to see what photos people respond to the most, or how they express verbally to me what they think of my art prints. Photography has always been so tied in with emotions and feelings for me and so I am fascinated to see what feelings they evoke in others. As a buyer, everything excites me! Ha. I love everything I’ve ever purchased on Etsy and would spend a lot more there if my budget allowed. It’s also important to me to be able to support local and smaller artisans – I’d much rather give my money to them than some big, cookie-cutter business, if at all possible.

How do you deal with orders, do you have a system?
I solely use Mpix for photo processing because, in my opinion, they’re the best and I’m always beyond pleased with their products. I order prints at the time they’re purchased from me on Etsy and have always been happy with how quickly Mpix gets them to me so that I can package them and have them mailed to the buyer shortly thereafter.

What type of packaging do you use or found that works the best. What type of shipping service do you use?
I ship USPS first class and prefer it, and of course, with photo prints, finding a sturdy mailer is always a necessity.Candy apple

What type of payment processing do you use? Have you tried Amazon?
PayPal only, and no, I have not tried Amazon.

Are you on any Etsy teams? If so what do you like about Etsy teams?
I’m a member of the Asheville Etsy Street Team, and Photographers of Etsy. I love the shared experience of being on a team and the mutual support and ideas.

Please recommend someone you would like to see featured on our blog. It does not have to be an Etsy shop.
My friend Megan, who is just getting started on Etsy selling her unique upcycled bottle cap and wire jewelry. Her friends have been big fans and we’ve all encouraged her to open an Etsy shop so that others can enjoy her jewelry as we have.www.etsy.com/people/SylvanMade

 

Anchorsteam Bottlecap Earrings

 

Monday Teaser for Tuesday this week PhotograBee from Asheville

Fellow Asheville Etsy Street Team is the Tuesday Feature this week. Incredible photos.

http://www.beckleecottagedesigns.com/etsy-3/monday-teaser-this-week-photograbee-tuesday-feature

Biltmore Estate architecture set SALE

Etsy Feature on Friday: Lavenderkay

Do to an admin error:D Tuesday’s feature has been moved to Friday this week. The wonderful shop of Lavenderkay is our feature. Please stop by and give her some love. http://www.beckleecottagedesigns.com/etsy-3/etsy-feature-on-friday-lavenderkay

il 570xN.228921395 Etsy Feature on Friday: Lavenderkay

Tuesday Feature on the new blog: LoveKnots4Baby

http://www.beckleecottagedesigns.com/tuesday-feature/tuesday-feature-loveknots4baby

Cloth placemats

Monday Teaser on the blog: Unexpected Treasure this week

Image representing Etsy as depicted in CrunchBase

Image via CrunchBase

You must read about the wonderful and amazing Etsy shop. I met her in one of my first Buy and Replace treasuries on Etsy. She has a fantastic sense of humor and killer with the enter button. There is so much to read about this sweet woman and her art. Below a few examples of her shop.

BeckLee  http://www.beckleecottagedesigns.com/etsy-3/monday-teaser-this-weekz-unexpected-treasure

Tie-Dye - Yellow Ribbon - Small Altered Composition Notebook

 

FAN-DAY-FRIDAY: Lucymoonglow Appreciation Day on the blog

Come over and read the comments from Lucy’s Etsy fans

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