Saturday, November 21, 2009
This week I'm featuring Amy from Hunter to the Hunted. She has a wide array of items in her Etsy shop from brooches (pins), to collars, to designer fabric covered buttons. Read on to find out some more information about Amy's work.
I am based in... Torquay, a sea side town about an hour from Melbourne in Victoria, Australia.
I work from... Our Office/Craft Room/2nd Guest Room. And the kitchen table. And the couch...
My inspiration comes from... All over..especially other artists, nature, music, books..
The things I hold most dear are... Family, friends and my sanity...which comes and goes.
The 5 words that describe me are... Obsessive, excitable, quirky, sensitive, honest.
The 5 words that describe my work are... Unique, eclectic, evolving, raw, myself.
In the next year I... Hope to broaden my range further, whilst refining techniques. I also hope to broaden my following!
You can also find me... on twitter at http://twitter.com/HunterOnEtsy
Saturday, October 24, 2009
As promised (and a little early) here's the second weekend feature from an Etsy seller. Amanda from Whitefly makes the most beautiful jewellery by casting directly from real vintage lace, ribbon, satin or string into solid sterling silver and gold.
Enjoy the interview!
I am based in... Los Angeles
I work from... my home studio
My inspiration comes from... I enjoy the inherent beauty of natural materials, and metals. I love balance and the expression of ideas in a clear and simple manner. For example the idea of remembering special friends or relationships with a knotted string.
The things I hold most dear are... friends, family, experiences.
The 5 words that describe me are... loving, open-minded, creative, enthusiastic, ambitious.
The 5 words that describe my work are... elegant, clever, unique, precious, balanced.
In the next year I... hope to continue to grow my own business and transition to working full time for my own company.
You can also find me... Southern Weddings, thebrightsideproject.com, jewelryrevelations.com, indiecraftcorner.blogspot.com, hotcolddesert.blogspot.com
Sunday, October 18, 2009
This week I am featuring EcoChicHandknits. Barbara makes beautiful crocheted nesting bowls from 100% organic cotton yarn.
Read on to find out more about EcoChicHandknits
I am based in... Stony Brook, New York - which is located on Long Island.
I work from... My couch! I have a very small house that I plan on moving out of in a few years *hopefully* but its really the only place for me to work from. I have all my yarns stored in boxes in the closet and keep a few skeins out at a time. Its worked out well for me so far but I dream of the day I can have my own craft room.
My inspiration comes from... things that I would want and need myself. I started making these bowls because I wanted set. I needed a way to organize my dresser and my desk that would still look great. My shop is still very new but I am planning on adding a lot more items in the future based on things that you use everyday and I also try and create things that I can reuse to replace items that I would use and then throw away. I plan on having a line of coasters (so you would use these instead of a paper napkin each time) as well as a washcloths/dishcloths (rather then using paper towels). I like creating simple practical items that will brighten up your day each time you look at them. I am also inspired by our environment and try to do my little part to help out which is why I only use 100% organic cotton yarn (although I am looking into a wonderful new yarn that is made from recycled cotton so keep an eye out for that!).
The things I hold most dear are... my family and friends. I would be no where without them. I am especially lucky for my boyfriend who has been wonderful and very understanding as I have been starting my business. He has put up with many hours of being ignored while I crocheted on the couch trying to get items to post and filling orders and still encourages me to do more to help my business grow.
The 5 words that describe me are... creative, determined, perfectionist, caring, and fun .
The 5 words that describe my work are... organic, eco-friendly, practical, lovely, meaningful.
In the next year I... hope to have many more sales and have a very successful business. I hope to have a lot of different products to offer and hope that they sell steadily and eventually get that craft room ; )
You can also find me... Since my business is still so new I haven't had time to start anything else yet (like facebook, twitter, etc). I am working really hard to get some more items up in my shop first but I am going to look down all these avenues soon. Keep checking my store for updates!
Thanks Barbara for such an interesting interview. Check back next week for a new feature.
Have a great week all.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
If you are living in Japan and more specifically, in the Tokyo area, I would love to meet some fellow Etsians at my next event here in Tokyo.
Here are the details:
Saturday 7th November 2009
Addis Restaurant and Cafe
10% discount for Facebook fans:)
I hope to see you there. Please let me know if you are coming along on my Facebook fan page. If you're not a fan yet, why not join up?!
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Saturday 7th November 2009
I may have the exhibition in a gallery or I'm thinking about having an open studio exhibition. I'll let you all know nearer the time. If you would like to come along for a browse and a glass of wine, please join my fan page on Facebook for more details.
Hope to see some of you there:)
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Well, it has been in my Etsy shop since the beginning with lots of interest and love (quite a few hearts) but until now nobody has been brave enough to buy it. And now it's on its way to the other side of the globe to its new owner. I now have to consider if I want to make more of these rings or just make one for myself so I don't miss this one too much:)
Should I continue to make more? Let me know your thoughts...
Have a great Thursday.
Friday, July 31, 2009
If you don't know what a treasury is, here's brief summary. Etsy members put together a selection of their favourite items based on a theme. They make the treasury online and sit with fingers crossed that the treasury they made will be selected by Etsy admin and make it to the Etsy front page.
Click here to view the treasury
Have a great day:)
Monday, July 20, 2009
I've been working on adding some colour to my work in the last couple of weeks. I gave my Facebook fans a sneak preview of some of these pieces already and none of them have been added to my Etsy shop yet.
Would love to hear your thoughts:)
Monday, July 13, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
My Gypsy Goods
Ask Ms Recipe
1 Blog and 2 Sides
Mommy's Little Corner
Out of the Pink Sky
Sand and Sea Design
Monday, July 6, 2009
Just a couple of weeks ago I created a Facebook Fan Page for my jewellery. I am slowly but surely gaining fans and I'm finding it's a great way to quickly get in touch with people who are interested in my work. I even invested in a 24 hour ad campaign yesterday which has helped a lot:)
If you are interested in becoming a fan, I would love you to drop in for a visit.
See you all on Facebook.
click the link to connect to my page:
bikudesigns jewellery on Facebook
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Well, it had all been going a bit quiet on the Etsy front lately, until today! I just found out from Jacqui at Meeabee via Twitter that I was featured in the Etsy Storque today. It was my nest wrapped silver ring that made the cut and several sales have occured since the feature.
You can check out the Storque here: Etsy Storque Locally Grown
Sunday, June 7, 2009
7,735: Etsy item views
1,694: Twitter followers
374: Etsy shop hearts
269: Etsy item hearts
91: Blog followers
47: Flickr contacts
30: Flickr groups I belong to
34: Facebook fans
7: Times on the Etsy front page
Wow! When I see the numbers like this, I can't believe that I have managed it all in 6 months!
If you are interested in following me on Flickr, Twitter, Facebook etc. just click the links above. I'd love to hear from you:)
Monday, June 1, 2009
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Hubby and I took a trip to Hiroshima earlier in the year and found the experience very moving. When days are stressful, I can easily recall these images to mind and realise that I have a very lucky and fortunate life.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Why not have a look at some of the other soft toys in AYMK's shop too?
Oh no! I just found another really cute item!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Thanks to naventin jewelry for choosing me.
Monday, April 13, 2009
This week's featured item is from Japanese Temari.
I really love the washi eggs that Barb Suess has painstakingly made from a real egg and Japanese paper.
As it's Easter Sunday today, this is even more fitting to kick off the Japan Team Featured Item again.
Happy Easter everyone!
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Let's choose this one Bonnie! OK, Bella... Good choice.
Why didn't Victoria put some biscuits in here for us? What a meanie!
I'll take this one please. I get to choose first as I'm the big sister.
Is it OK if I choose this one Big Sis?
Yawn! We're getting tired now. We need some biscuits to keep our energy up.
Yes, this is the one I wanted to choose. I knew this one would win (because I'm the Big Sis). I knew all along that this one would be the winner.
What does it say, Victoria?
Thanks to everyone who entered the competition. Over 80 of you entered and left wonderful comments on my blog. I appreciate your support for my first giveaway.
I'll be in touch over the next few days to let you know about your free gift!
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Don't forget, if you want to give my giveaway some publicity on your blog or website, I'll enter your name twice more so that you can up your chance of winning.
See the post below for details of how to enter or click the link above to find the info.
Only three more days to go:)
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Would you like to up your chance of winning?
I will enter your name twice more if you advertise my giveaway on your blog. Just copy the photo and the text below with a link to my Etsy store on your blog and send me the link when you've done it!
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Saturday 21st March- Monday 6th April
Open to anyone, anywhere in the world.
The winner will be drawn on Monday 6th April when I'm in Scotland.
The winner will be contacted directly and the results posted here on my blog on Monday 6th April.
How to enter:
- Go to my etsy shop here
- Find your favorite item, write me an etsy convo naming it and saying why you like it. Leave your full name and address.
- Write a comment on my latest blog post.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
The first one I received was from Nancy at nfall2rt design studio and the second one was from Duni at Lovely Purses.
Here are the blogs I think are fabulous:
Jacqui at Blooming in Nihon Japan
Rasa at Happyment
Nicole at Nicole Tattersall
Above Happy Valley
A Blond and a Torch
Sunday, March 15, 2009
You can check out his other ceramics work and his vintage kimono collection in his Etsy Shop.
As always, the dynamic Japan Team blog can be found here.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Bamboo Teardrop Ring was on the Etsy front page twice in 2 days which earned me a couple of sales and LOTS of views and hearts! Thank you if you added me as a favourite.
Thank you to Michon for featuring me in her treasury which made it to the FP. Thanks also to Etsy admin for choosing me:)
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Saturday, March 7, 2009
This week I have chosen a piece of work from one of my favourite jewellery designers in Japan. Yuji Kono makes fabulous organic-inspired pieces in silver often with enamel touches. This piece shows the commitment Yuji has to excellent craftsmanship and design. I really want to buy something from him but I'm so spoiled for choice and can't decide!
For more information about our talented team members you can check out the Japan Focus Etsy Team blog here.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
We have been back in Tokyo for almost 2 weeks now, which is enough time for our Hiroshima trip to sink in. The amount of food we ate during our 4 night stay was INCREDIBLE as we opted to stay in Japanese ryokans complete with onsen (natural spring hotbaths).
Over the four days our tastebuds were assaulted with oysters cooked in numerous ways (and some raw ones too), grilled fugu (blowfish), four different nabe (hot pot) dishes, fish intestines, sashimi of all kinds all washed down with Japanese 'bin' (bottled) beer... Oh no! I'm starting to feel full all over again.
Sunday, March 1, 2009
I submitted my oval bamboo ring to Indiespotting a couple of days ago and have just heard that it has been 'spotted'. Great news. Just thinking about what to submit next week!
Here's the link to Indiespotting. Good luck if you are going to submit your own item:)
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
This week I had to work fast to get the Japan team item to you all. I've been in Hiroshima and Miyajima all week without internet access so today is the first chance I've had to have a search around for something inspirational.
This week's item(s) is from Blue Bonbon Yuuco. I love these prints as they remind me so much of a favourite Richard Scarry cat book I had when I was small. Ahhhh! Hope you like my choice this week. See you all next Saturday with another fantastic Japan Team Item.
If you want to find out more about the Japan Focus Etsy Team you can check out the blog here.