Monthly Archives: June 2014

Wingo Works

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Meet Aubrey of Wingo Works on Etsy!  Visit her shop for fabulous handmade bracelets and read more about her right here on Promo Junkies of Etsy.

How did you get started on Etsy? 
I graduated from FSU with a photography degree, thinking this is what I want to do and that’s it! It soon became that rock climbing and social media became more of my career passion but I still needed an artistic outlet. Since in climbing we work with lots of rope and cord, I started making bracelets out of those and other recycled materials, but also found that leather and hemp we my favorite materials to work with. I decided to take my new hobby to the next level and opened up shop in October 2012. I have not completely put photography in the trash as I do occasionally have photography gifts and print pop up every now and then!

What is your inspiration for your shop? 
The name WingoWorks is inspired first by my surname. The “Works” aspect of its name encourages its customers that they can find all sorts of great works of art to wear and display. I want my bracelets to reflect a personal and handmade touch to each owner. I’d imagine WingoWorks customers to be adventurous and independent, who don’t need a lot of bling to be confident in their jewelry. You will always find a lot of nature and earth tone options, but still other bright colors that bring out the colors in its owners’ personality. 

What is your favorite item from your own shop and why? 
I truly enjoy my Teal Ceramic Bead and Brown Leather Bracelet. Its earthy tones are truly warm and inviting to wear and has a pop of color that is not overwhelming but provides subtle calming attention. There are many more varieties coming soon!

UPDATE – Teal is sold, check out this gorgeous brown and pink option currently for sale!
Brown Leather and Pink/Green Colored Soapstone Bead Bracelet - Women's Jewelry - Braided Leather Cord with Decorative 8mm Gemstone Beads

How do you unwind when you’re not creating?

I started rock climbing in 2007 and it has played a part in every aspect of my life since. I recently moved to Colorado from Florida to continue my career in the climbing and outdoor industry and am currently a routesetter and climbing instructor in Boulder. You can always find me climbing, hiking, geocaching and outside doing something!


List 3 of your favorite Etsy shops. 
a. HempBeadery – Amazing products and the only place I purchase my hemp from anymore.
www.etsy.com/shop/HempBeadery
b.ShellsfromHeavenoahu
www.etsy.com/shop/ShellsFromHeavenoahu
c. bytherockandweed
www.etsy.com/shop/bytherockandweed

How would you describe your work style? 
I would say you could describe my work style as candid and chaotic. I seem to make creations in waves – my life will change week to week on priorities so at once point I will make bracelets for days during all my spare time and then I will spend a week on Etsy or a week climbing or even cooking! While others are occupied with their craft with some music or other motivation while my style is sitting cross legged on the floor and watching Mythbusters or climbing videos. My mind clears and my fingers do the work for me!

If you could choose any one superhero power, what would it be and why? 
Super strength, but with a normal physique. Flying and telekinesis is overrated… but to always be able to open that stupid pickle jar? Oh man. Oh yeah, and rock climbing would be way easy too!

If you knew then what you know now, what would you do differently in opening your shop? 
I still don’t know a lot! My background in social media has always put me ahead of the game when it comes to promotion and being a photographer, I am always trying to take the best photos of my products. I suppose that I would figure out a better way of organizing my materials and managing my expenses!

Please list where you can be found (FB, Twitter, etc)
www.wingoworks.etsy.com/
www.facebook.com/wingoworks
www.twitter.com/wingoworks
www.instagram.com/wingoworks
www.aubreywingo.tumblr.com
www.pinterest.com/wingoworks
www.picsity.com/wingoworks
www.aubreywingophotography.com

Cake Stand Lady

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Meet Sky of the Etsy shop The Cake Stand Lady.  Check out her vintage and modern cake stands – get one for your next party!  Read more about her here on Promo Junkies of Etsy.

How did you get started on Etsy? Encouragement from a family member who already had an Etsy shop prompted me to seek out a product that I would enjoy making and selling online.

What is your inspiration for your shop? I was inspired by beautiful vintage dishes that I found at an estate sale.

What is your favorite item from your own shop and why?

Gold and Brown Harvest 3 Tier Cake Stand and Cupcake Stand
I love this cake stand very much. There is something beautiful about it that does not come through in the photos. I have it on display in my home to inspire me to create more. I will be sad when it sells, but happy to!

How do you unwind when you’re not creating? Spending time with my kids, age 2.5 years and 11 months. 

List 3 of your favorite Etsy shops. 
www.etsy.com/shop/KarenFudge?ref=search_shop_redirect
www.etsy.com/shop/KateandEmilyDesigns?ref=search_shop_redirect
www.etsy.com/shop/WickedCraftyDesigns?ref=search_shop_redirect

Selfishly, they are my mother-in-law, my sister-in-law, and a dear friend. Their efforts inspire and I love having opportunities to help them in their unique endeavors. 

How would you describe your work style?   Creative, quick, and intentional.

If you could choose any one superhero power, what would it be and why? To fly! With a first name like Sky, I have always wanted to reach for the clouds. Getting my pilot’s license is on my bucket list, so having this superpower would save me a lot of time and training. 🙂

If you knew then what you know now, what would you do differently in opening your shop? Open it SOONER. It dose not have to be perfect in order to open; you can tweak along the way.

Please list where you can be found (FB, Twitter, etc)

Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/CakeStandLady
Twitter: twitter.com/nomonkees
Website/Blog: cakestandlady.com/ 
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/skycroswell/boards/

The Spanish Tin

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Meet Nydia with The Spanish Tin on Etsy!  Visit her shop for delectable premium spices for home cooking and read more about here here on Promo Junkies of Etsy.

How did you get started on Etsy?    I had my son in 2011 and decided to stay home to care for him. So I quit my full time job and opened an etsy shop (originally kitchen accessories centered around a Spanish theme). I’ve always wanted my own business so this was my chance!

What is your inspiration for your shop?    My cultural pride and love of food is definitely my inspiration. My father is from Spain, and my husband and I actually moved there for three years in 2006. I wanted to be able to offer others the ability to incorporate some Spanish flavors in their food. I love to cook and food style too!

What is your favorite item from your own shop and why?  That’s hard but probably the “Kitchen Quad Collection.” It’s a great kit to have and offers some of the most popular spice flavors to get you started.

SALE Kitchen Quad Spice Collection, Foodie Gift, Set of 4 Spices, Gift under 25, Father's Day Gift
How do you unwind when you’re not creating?   Ah, that is easy. Playing with my 2 1/2 year old. He is such a ham and makes me laugh!

How would you describe your work style?   Very detail oriented and perfectionist – in a nut shell.

If you could choose any one superhero power, what would it be and why?   To move things with my mind. Imagine being able to just sit there and move things around. You could definitely multi task!!! 

If you knew then what you know now, what would you do differently in opening your shop?  Start promoting from the get go. I didn’t realize how important this was until a few months in.
 

Featured Artist and Giveaway: TheNewRococo

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Today is a very special post! A giveaway! We recently did an interview with TheNewRococo. We asked the questions and here are the answers! 

1. How’d you get started on Etsy?

It all began in my dorm room in college, I had a sorority sister in my room and we were crafting. I needed to make a friend a present that was unique and meaningful. I made this bracelet for her and other sorority sisters loved it and asked if I could make more. Two years later I made so many different kinds of jewelry and accessories I decided to post them up here on Etsy. I enjoy making jewelry so much it has been an addiction and another artistic outlet for me.

2. What was your inspiration for your shop?

I am inspired by 19th century French Versailles décor and incorporating it to contemporary trends. A major figure in the 19th century was Queen Marie Antoinette; I based my collection of paintings off of her titled Modern Marie. As a high profile fashion icon for taking risks and making her own trends; I see every woman as a Modern Marie, embracing fashion and creating daring looks.

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

I love the Summer Solstice bangle collection! Especially the neon yellow bangle in particular, I do not wear many bracelets in general, being an artist and all, but this bangle is minimal and so lightweight I just love it.

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

Creating is my way of unwinding; I always have something in my hand.


5.What’s your fantasy job?

Creating art for all!

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

Agate crystals!
Moleskin sketchbooks
And puppies!

7. If money was no object and you can live wherever you want, where would that be?
Chinatown in San Fran☺

8. What is your best childhood memory?

Catching dragonflies with my sister in our backyard.
9. If you could choose any one super power, what would it be and why?

Time Traveling! I would love to spend a day in the French Versailles Palace in the 19th century!

10. Who are your heroes?

My heroes are my family. I am so lucky, I was adopted from Ukraine at the age of 2 and cannot imagine life without my parents and sister now, I am so fortunate and now know everything happens for a reason.

You can find The New Rococo here:

www.etsy.com/shop/TheNewRococo
www.percentcotton.com

 

And now for the giveaway details! TheNewRococo is giving away a very awesome bangle set. The giveaway is open to residents of the US and Canada. Enter to win HERE!

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