Feature Friday: The Jewelry Dish

May 9, 2014 at 7:08 am (Feature Friday, Interviews) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

1. How’d you get started on Etsy?

I’ve always had an interest in running my own business. Even as a
young girl, I was always trying to make money and sell something. When
I was about 10 years old, I started making beaded necklaces and
selling them to other kids in the neighborhood. After thinking about
it for a while last year, I decided to go for it. My fiancé has been
very supportive and encouraging in my pursuit.

2. What was your inspiration for your shop?

Art Deco being one of my favorite styles of art, has definitely been
an inspiration since I began designing and selling on Etsy.

3. What’s your favorite shop item and why?

My favorite item is a pair of orange and brown flower earrings. The
bright orange flowers really pop against the brown beads. These
earrings remind me of Autumn (my favorite time of year).


4. How do you unwind when you’re not creating?

In the evenings and on weekends, I like to read, write, cook, and
spend time with my fiancé.

5. What’s your favorite kind of cupcake?

Without a doubt, my favorite cupcake is Red Velvet.

6. What was your worst job?

Possibly the current one I’m in. After I graduated college, I went to
graduate school for 2 years to become a high school teacher but with
the recession and scarce job market, it’s been tough landing a job. I
needed money so I took a job as a secretary.

7. What’s your favorite cartoon as a kid? As an adult, if you stumble
upon it while channel surfing now would you stop & watch?

I really enjoyed watching “Jem and the Holograms.” I liked Jem because
she was a talented and successful young woman. She also had these pink
star-shaped earrings that would allow her to change her image
instantly from Jerrica, a manager of a music company, to Jem, the lead
singer of a rock group. I would definitely watch now it if I saw it on
television.

8. What’s your fantasy job?

My dream job is to be able to run my Etsy shop full time and open up a
quaint jewelry boutique somewhere near home in New York City.

 


9. Do you have a secret guilty pleasure? Reality TV.

10. List 3 things you are so obsessed with it is torture to ever say no to.

-Jeopardy (TV Show)

-Chocolate

– Coffee

11. List 3 of your favorite Etsy shops.

-Love You A Latte Shop

-Thuja Shop

– Tommy Kane Shop

12. Do you have a favorite author? When you read, do you use a proper
bookmark, bend the page, or grab anything handy to mark your place? My
favorite contemporary author is Joyce Carol Oats and my favorite
classic author is Edgar Allan Poe. I rarely use a standard bookmark. I
read a lot on the subway and I often find myself using my Metrocard
which I have actually noticed other fellow New Yorkers do too!

13. If money was no object and you can live wherever you want, where
would that be? New York City (my current home), I can’t imagine living
anywhere else.

14. What is your best childhood memory?  On Sunday mornings, my father
and I used to walk to the bagel store to get breakfast for
everyone…it was our special time together.

15. How would you describe your work style?

My office day job keeps me very busy from early in the morning to the
late afternoon. I work in a hospital in Midtown Manhattan so things
are always happening. When I work on my Etsy shop in the evenings and
weekend, I work just as hard but with a more relaxed environment. I
like to listen to music, drink coffee and sit by the window while I
make jewelry and think of new ideas.

16. If you could choose any one superhero power, what would it be and
why? Time travel so I could experience the world in different eras.

17. Who are your heroes? Lori Greiner, an entrepreneur and inventor.
Donna Mahar, one of my professors from graduate school.


18. What would you do if you won the lottery?

I would open a jewelry boutique in New York City, travel Europe with
my fiancé and save the rest for a rainy day.

19. What was the last movie you watched? Was it good? I watched “Eyes
Wide Shut.” It was great to watch it again, a little older. I was a
teenager when the movie first came out in theaters.

20. If you knew what you know now, when you first opened your store,
what would you do differently? I think I would have spent more time on
my shop photos and perfecting that skill. Photographs are crucial to
selling successfully online.

 

You can find The Jewelry dish on ETSY, TWITTER, PINTEREST,  FACEBOOK, and her BLOG.

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Feature Friday: ClassicRetro

June 21, 2013 at 8:23 am (Etsy, Feature Friday, Interviews)

It’s no secret, I’m a total vintage lover. Now, ClassicRetro is one of my favorite vintage shops on Etsy. ClassicRetro has tons of vintage item, from kitchen and barware to clothing, to jewelry, even vintage toys! Here are some of my favorites:

Cocktail Glasses

Cocktail Glasses

Vintage Hunting Jacket

Vintage Hunting Jacket

Mini carved animals

Mini carved animals

You can find ClassicRetro on Etsy and Facebook

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Vintage Week: BlackMagicEmporium

November 23, 2011 at 10:18 am (Etsy, Etsy D-Listers, Interviews)

I did this amazing interview with my friend BlackMagicEmporium!

1. How’d you get started on Etsy?
A couple of years ago a lady I met in my silversmithing class told me about Etsy. I spent a lot of time looking at the site but just wasn’t sure if I could do it for awhile. It turned out that my boyfriend’s sister-in-law has a shop on Etsy called Lazy Day Artifacts (www.etsy.com/people/lazyday). She encouraged me to start a shop for my jewelry and gave me a lot of really useful tips.

2. What was your inspiration for your shop?
I love making jewelry! And I love collecting vintage jewelry! My shop gives me a way to share my passion with others.

3. What’s your favorite shop item and why?
OOAK Pink Swarovski Crystal, Green Glass, Copper and Silver … by BlackMagicStudio $76.00 USD
Favorite

I think this is my favorite because a whole vision started when I found the green glass pendant on the front. It took a lot of work and more than a few tries to fulfill my vision, but I was so happy with the result. I also love all the layers of colors, textures, and materials.

4. How do you unwind when you’re not creating?
I love to be outdoors- walking, camping, bird watching. I also like to just relax around the house, watching tv in my jammies.

5. What’s your favorite kind of cupcake?
Yellow cake (from a box) with chocolate frosting and sprinkles.

6. What pushes you to want to create something?
One random item will attract me, I let an idea grow from it over time, then I won’t be able to stop until I’ve created what is in my head.

7. What’s your favorite cartoon as a kid. As an adult, if you stumble upon it while channel surfing now would you stop & watch?
I liked a lot of cartoons when I was a kid. I think my favorite was The Smurfs. I would probably watch it today just to make fun of it (yeah, I’m that kind of person).

8. What’s your fantasy job?
My fantasy job would probably be making and selling my own jewelry, only with lots more money to invest, all the equipment I want, and many more sales. Or I’d love to be a research scientist focused in mathematics.

9. Do you have a secret guilty pleasure?
Candy, candy, candy. I eat a pretty healthy diet, but I’ve go to get some sugar in there.

10. List 3 things you are so obsessed with it is torture to ever say no to.
My kitties (they own me), chocolate, coffee.

11. List 3 of your favorite Etsy shops.
My absolute favorite so far is Jumi Felt (www.etsy.com/shop/JurgitaMi) Her wavy felted shawls are amazing!
I also love Anatomology (www.etsy.com/shop/Anatomology)
and Zen and Coffee Designs (www.etsy.com/shop/ZenAndCoffee)
But there are so many more!

12. Do you have a favorite author? When you read, do you use a proper bookmark, bend the page, or grab anything handy to mark your place?
I don’t have a favorite. Any more I read much more non-fiction than fiction. And I usually just grab whatever is handy and use it as a bookmark.

13. If money was no object and you can live wherever you want….where would that be?
I would say Hawaii, which is too bad because my boyfriend would say Alaska.

14. What is your best childhood memory?
Going to midnight mass on Christmas and getting to open our presents afterward. They always magically appeared while we were gone.

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Kick-Start to Vintage Week!

November 21, 2011 at 10:15 am (Etsy, Etsy D-Listers, Feature Friday, Interviews)

I’m excited to kick off Vintage week! First, it’s Sunday, so we’re going to do a Sunday Special! My good friend and vintage lover BlackMagicStudio is doing an interview with me!

What was the first vintage item you ever owned? Where’d you get it?
The first vintage item I ever owned was a necklace that I bought in a small town my family was visiting in Wisconsin when I was 13 years old. It was a choker with yellow flowers that had orange rhinestone centers from the 1950s. I bought it for $3.50!

What sparked your interest in antiques/vintage items?
I really don’t know what initially sparked my interest. I’ve loved vintage/antiques for as long as I can remember, even though no one else in my family is even remotely interested in it. I do know that I love thinking about the history that is connected to each piece. And there are so many beautiful things from the past that aren’t made today.

Art Deco Deeply Carved Coffee Brown Bangle

How did you end up selling antique/vintage items?
I looked at other people who were selling vintage/antiques and thought “Why am I not doing this?? I love this stuff!”

What’s your favorite part about finding antique/vintage items?
I love feeling like I’m on a treasure hunt. I get so excited when I find a rare or special piece, especially if I get a really good bargain!

Vintage Copper Art Glass Necklace

What is your favorite antique/vintage item that you own?
I have a 1930s Pennino necklace that is absolutely gorgeous and in perfect condition. The history of the craftsmanship of the Pennino brothers is really remarkable, and their pieces are very valuable. I got incredibly lucky and it will probably be the only piece I ever own.

Vintage Black Beaded Evening Purse

FB- www.facebook.com/BlackMagicStudio
Twitter- twitter.com/#!/BlackMagicJewel
Shops- www.etsy.com/shop/BlackMagicStudio
and
www.etsy.com/shop/BlackMagicEmporium

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Feature Friday: LittleChampArt

October 14, 2011 at 8:19 am (Etsy D-Listers, Feature Friday, Interviews)

This week’s Feature Friday is my good friend LittleChampArt! Her shop is amazing! Check out the links at the bottom and read her awesome interview!

1. How’d you get started on Etsy?
I can remember ALWAYS wanting to sell my crafts as a kid. I probably had 50 string friendship bracelets made at all times, just in case 😉 I originally started my Etsy shop to sell personalized items, and then I discovered how fun a sewing machine was!
Honestly, I had never even heard of Etsy until I asked friends on facebook if they knew of a place I could sell crafts online.

2. What was your inspiration for your shop?
Entrepreneurship is in my blood. Mom used to own a Children’s Clothing Boutique. Dad owns a couple Toy Stores. I studied Small Business Management in college… I was basically born to have my own business. I love making things, too… thus, my Etsy shop was born!

3. What’s your favorite shop item and why?
I love all of my Kii-Bees, but I think my new fabric boxes (not online yet!) are going to be my favorite. They’re so funky and fun. I basically love the ability to incorporate so much color in each of my items.

4. How do you unwind when you’re not creating?
Fiddling around on the internet (I’m a sucker for any silly kitty video!)
Playing nerdy video games – like World of Warcraft, Starcraft 2, or The Sims.
Snuggling with my kitty, Pidge, and watching TV or reading.

Brown, Aqua and Orange Coasters- Set of 6

5. What’s your favorite kind of cupcake?
Honestly, I’m not a huge cupcake fan. My favorites are the simple ones made from boxed cake mix with frosting from a can 😉 I’m a simple kind of girl!

6. What pushes you to want to create something?
Restlessness. I get bored of doing the same thing day in and day out. Heck, I get bored just trying to sit through a 30 minute TV show!
I also LIVE for having projects to do. Its one of the things I miss most about being in school – there’s just something awesome about coming up with a plan, doing it, then getting to admire the finished project 😉

7. What’s your favorite cartoon as a kid. As an adult, if you stumble upon it while channel surfing now would you stop & watch?
I was a kid of the late 80s and early 90s – there were WAY too many cartoons to list! Pretty much all of the old NickToons were my favorites – Doug, Rugrats, CatDog… a few friends and I tried watching an episode of Rugrats not that long ago – its definitely not as entertaining now! haha

8. What’s your fantasy job?
Owning a solid, true business. I’m not sure what that means, exactly, though! Maybe it means a brick & mortar store, or just a successful online business. All I know is that I want to be able to sell my own creations for the rest of my life!

Rainbow and Butterflies key fob Kii-Bee Keychain

9. Do you have a secret guilty pleasure?
Hmm.. actually, I love purses. Its a disgusting addiction, and luckily I don’t have expensive designer taste! I use a single purse until it is falling apart and dead, but have tens of them stashed away! I’m not very girly, so I’m sure that would surprise many people to hear.

10. List 3 things you are so obsessed with it is torture to ever say no to.
Disney World, Disney World, Disney World.
Although, I never DO say no to that – or anything related to that little slice of heaven in Florida 😉

11. List 3 of your favorite Etsy shops.
http://www.booboozoo.etsy.com – her booboo bags have come to my rescue many times! chronic knee pain, kidney stones, migraines… you name it, I’ve put a booboo bag on it!
http://www.funkychunkies.etsy.com – i’ve never received a more fun package in the mail! i got a Mickey Mouse bracelet from her and the box was stuffed with colorful tissue paper, I felt like I was opening a present!
http://www.hautecards.etsy.com – i think everyone on the dteam is part of the haute cards fan club! she does incredible designs, listens to her customer, and her products are so cute! 🙂

12. Do you have a favorite author? When you read, do you use a proper bookmark, bend the page, or grab anything handy to mark your place?
I have MANY favorite authors. I was forced into owning a Kindle because there’s no more room for books in our apartment and I’m unable to throw them away!! When reading a “real” book, though, I bend the pages. I actually trash my books, because when I get really into it, I pick at the edges. So my most well-loved books look beaten to death.

13. If money was no object and you can live wherever you want….where would that be?
Colorado! Its gorgeous there, my best friend of the past 22 years lives there, and you can see snow 365 days a year!

Pocket tissue Pouch

14. What is your best childhood memory?
Honestly, I had an incredible childhood and it is impossible to pick a favorite! The majority of my memories include the aforementioned best friend, though 🙂 I do remember always having craft projects to do with my mom – one of my favorites was creating papier mache caves for my plastic dinosaurs. I think she got the idea because she was tired of me using the laundry dryer as their cave!

Find LittleChampArt on Etsy , Facebook and, Twitter.

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Interview: Simply Clutch

April 17, 2011 at 2:48 pm (Interviews)

I’ve been totally in love with bags, purses, clutches, coin purses, etc lately. There really isn’t a particular reason why- at least none that I know of! Maybe I’m just outgrowing my tomboy-ish ways and becoming a girly-girl! LOL My friend over at SimplyClutch who makes these AMAZING and beautiful clutches and coin purses did this awesome interview. So, here it is! (pictures are links to the listings on Etsy- there are more photos and info on the items- so get to clickin’!)

1. How’d you get started on Etsy?
I was planning for my wedding in 2009 and found so many of my things on Etsy (veil, ring bearer bowl, card holder, invitations!) I just fell in love with the atmosphere and I saw myself contributing as well!

2. What was your inspiration for your shop?
I loooooooove purses and creating! It was tough to not want to do everything jumbling in my mind, so I started with the idea that stood out the most, which was bold colors, silks, and clutches.

Off-White Silk Clutch with Gold Embroidery by SimplyClutch

3. What’s your favorite shop item and why?
Antique White Pleated Clutch! It has a vintage-like frame and looks so elegant!

4. How do you unwind when you’re not creating?
Read for fun (mainly fiction) and spend time with my puppy Phoenix.

5. What’s your favorite kind of cupcake?
A homemade cupcake! Preferrably chocolate with chocolate frosting. Rainbow sprinkles, of course.

6. What pushes you to want to create something?
It varies. Sometimes it’s a print on a fabric, maybe a particular color fabric, and of course magazines help too!

7. What’s your favorite cartoon as a kid. As an adult, if you stumble upon it while channel surfing now would you stop & watch?
I watched such a variety of cartoons… Darkwing Duck, Talespin, Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, Tiny Toons, etc. I will always stop and watch Animaniacs and Pinky and the Brain. I also routinely watch Family Guy.

Vintage Flowers on White Clutch by SimplyClutch

8. What’s your fantasy job?
Oooo. I would love to get paid to read books and make purses all the time.

9. Do you have a secret guilty pleasure?
Of course! And it’s a secret! Actually, my latest guilty pleasure is I’m reading a fantasy novel series, which is so “not me,” but I love it!

10. List 3 things you are so obsessed with it is torture to ever say no to.
My dog. She’s just so freaking cute. I have to discipline her without really looking at her face. I can never say no to iced tea. I LOOOOVE iced tea… mostly green. My favorite is jasmine green tea. This is making me want some tea!

11. List 3 of your favorite Etsy shops.
There are so many fantastic shops and I know I haven’t really had the chance to check them all out. But off the top of my head: DiffractionFiber, CoutureCrochetbyKT, and RoverDog.

12. Do you have a favorite author?
Not really. I really try to read a variety.

When you read, do you use a proper bookmark, bend the page, or grab anything handy to mark your place? Usually I end up using the receipt from the bookstore or a scrap of paper. Lately, I’ve been reading on my Kindle, so it remembers for you!

Red Silk Coin Purse with Ruffled Flower by SimplyClutch

13. If money was no object and you can live wherever you want….where would that be?
I would have several homes of course. Europe… maybe southern Germany or Italy, Buenos Aires, and San Diego.

14. What is your best childhood memory?
Any memory with my childhood pet, my kitty Oreo. He was my best bud and I loved him very much!

You can find SimplyClutch:
Etsy: www.simplyclutch.etsy.com
Blog: http://simplyclutch.blogspot.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SimplyClutch

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Sunday Interview: GracieBeal

April 10, 2011 at 1:58 pm (Interviews)

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, I know! I’m a total lazy-bones. So, here it goes! Also, the pictures are click-able links- as usual. :]

1. How’d you get started on Etsy? one of my friends showed it to me after i started making my jewelry and i just got hooked

2. What was your inspiration for your shop? i’ve always loved earrings…i started making them before i had my ears pierced!

3. What’s your favorite shop item and why? i really, really like the curliecue romantic wire heart earrings because they’re so cute and dainty but easy to wear!

Butterfly studs in lime green by GracieBeal

 

4. How do you unwind when you’re not creating? if i’m fortunate enough to be at my summer house, i LOVE to walk along the beach. if i’m not there, i take hot baths and catch up on my reading!

5. What’s your favorite kind of cupcake? really anything from sprinkles! i love their coconut dark chocolate and their peanut butter chip, but anything and everything there is amazing

6. What was your worst job?  it’s not really a job, but doing the chores for mom. how is it ever enjoyable to do laundry and the dishes!?

7. What’s your favorite cartoon as a kid? As an adult, if you stumble upon it while channel surfing now would you stop & watch? tom and jerry! and haha maybe for a little while! i think its so funny how it can make me laugh without the cartoon even making a sound!!!

8. What’s your fantasy job? i think it would be super fun to run a vintage shop, i love to rummage through piles of old things and find treasures. but that doesn’t mean that i couldn’t have a little section of modern-day earrings….hey, it’s a fantasy! either that or to design a jewelry line for a label i really love!

9. Do you have a secret guilty pleasure? hmm…it’s a secret for a reason, right?

Floral studs in Mustard yellow by GracieBeal

 

10. List 3 things you are so obsessed with it is torture to ever say no to.
anthropologie…it’s my weakness!
vintage stuff.
pasta…..

11. List 3 of your favorite Etsy shops.
barberryandlace
musettemade
wickedwonderlands

12. Do you have a favorite author? When you read, do you use a proper bookmark, bend the page, or grab anything handy to mark your place? i LOVE nicholas sparks. and i’m guilty of dog earing the pages…sorry!

13. If money was no object and you can live wherever you want, where would that be? oh thats tough. probably somewhere in europe…maybe greece or italy!

14. What is your best childhood memory? spending summers up at my summer house in michigan. i loved picking strawberries fresh off of our friend’s farm with my siblings and laying down in the fields! and all the barbeques…

15. How would you describe your work style? kind of random, very inspired. if i start working, i’ll work for a long time. also i’m very goal-oriented and list-happy! i love lists; i’m super organized!

 

Fabric Bumblebee studs by GracieBeal

16. If you could choose any one superhero power, what would it be and why? flying because a) i’ve always wanted to and b) it’d be SO much cooler than walking! (and faster, too!)

17. Who are your heroes? oh man, it’s so hard to pinpoint them. i’ll have to go cliche and say my parents, because they are my heroes! also all of the relief workers around the world. you guys have made such a difference in the world, and thank you for it!

18. What would you do if you won the lottery? that’s tough! i would put a LARGE chunk into savings, earn some interest there, and probably splurge on some life-long dreams and relax with the knowledge that i don’t have to worry (that much) about money anymore!

19. What was the last movie you watched? Was it good? the notebook; and yes, it was wonderful as always!

 

Purple Drop Earrings by GracieBeal

 

20. If you knew what you know now, when you first opened your store, what would you do differently? take better pictures. my pictures were AWFUL! also, market. put a lot of effort in because then a lot of positive will come out of it!

Find Graciebeal on Etsy at: http://www.graciebeal.etsy.com

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