Monthly Archives: August 2014

Featured Artist AND Giveaway: JWhizCrochet

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Yes, you read that right! Not only is this our normal Friday, featured artist post, but, a VERY special post, because it’s a giveaway too! Are you excited? You better be! But first! JWhiz’s interview. She’s one of my favorite crochet shops on Etsy! We asked JWhiz the questions and here are her answers!

 

How did you get started on Etsy?
I’ve I had never been much by the way of anything crafty until college. I was taking Small Business Management not even sure what I was going to do with this degree. I had been given a small earring making kit which I loved. I never thought of selling them until I had to come up with a business model of a fake business for my Entrepreneurship class. At first the only thing I thought of making was jewelry related items. It was definitely a learning curve going from simple earrings to jewelry of all types! Now you’re probably asking yourself, “This is a crochet shop why are you telling me about jewelry?” Well folks, I started my jewelry shop (Jwhiz.Etsy.Com) long before I ever thought about crocheting. That’s what brought me to Etsy in the first place and what inspired me on my yarn quest.


What is your inspiration for your shop?
My customers! Almost every item in my shop at one point or another was a custom request item from a customer.

What is your favorite item from your own shop and why?
My cupcake hats – www.etsy.com/listing/76751576/custom-cupcake-hat-teen-and-adult-size
It was the first crocheted item I ever made. It was my first time not only picking up hooks but writing my own pattern!

How do you unwind when you’re not creating?
Reading, I LOVE to read. Though recently I have been addicted to Pinterest as I plan my baby shower lol.

List 3 of your favorite Etsy shops.
Oh this is so hard I love so many! The first three that come to mind are:
www.etsy.com/shop/ReVampingVintage
www.etsy.com/shop/hillsidebakery
www.etsy.com/shop/frozenwaterdesigns

 

How would you describe your work style?
24/7 lol, I don’t think there’s a moment I’m not working or thinking about what I need to be doing for my work. I LOVE what I do so I’m always searching out new ideas even in my down time.

If you could choose any one superhero power, what would it be and why?
Teleportation I would to be able to just picture myself somewhere and *Pop* just be there lol.

 

If you knew then what you know now, what would you do differently in opening your shop?
I was already running a jewelry shop when I opened this one, but I think the one thing I would do across the board is better branding. I didn’t tag any of my crochet creations in the beginning, didn’t have business cards, and really didn’t set myself apart as a brand.

 

You can find JWhizCrochet on

Etsy: http://www.JWhizCrochet.etsy.com

Second Etsy Shop: www.JWhiz.etsy.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JWhizCrochet

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/jwhizcrochet/

And now for the giveaway! The item you can win is this sooo totally cute and adorable Scarecrow hat! Click the picture to be taken to the entry form! 😀

 

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Featured Artist: ProjectGlove

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We sat down (virtually) with Margie from ProjectGlove, and asked her some questions! Margie knits! She makes some pretty amazing fingerless gloves (ask AddSomeStitches how amazing, and she’ll tell you her child is still wearing them. Yes, in August.) We asked the questions, and Margie replied! Here are her answers!

How did you get started on Etsy?
I’ve been knitting and crafting for as long as I can remember. I always made things, but didn’t always have an outlet for them. I was doing some research online about crafting and crafting communities about 7 years ago; I came across Etsy and opened a shop immediately.


What is your inspiration for your shop?
My inspiration comes primarily from nature, but my customers have greatly inspired me over the years as well. Customers push me to grow, give me new ideas and challenge me to be successful at what I love to do.

What is your favorite item from your own shop and why?
I think every time I complete a pair of gloves it becomes my new favorite pair! But lately I’ve been really excited about my handspun yarn. I just started spinning about 4 months ago and I absolutely love it! Here are a few examples:
www.etsy.com/listing/197634995/handspun-yarn-mini-skein-hank-16-yards
www.etsy.com/listing/194523813/handspun-yarn-mini-skein-hank-11-yards
www.etsy.com/listing/193233551/handspun-yarn-mini-skein-hank-12-yards

How do you unwind when you’re not creating?
Crafting is how I spend the majority of my days, but I also spend a lot of time with my 2 dogs and 3 alpacas. My animals are so peaceful and loving. Oh and I should mention my husband here too 🙂 We love to enjoy awesome vegetarian and vegan meals together.

List 3 of your favorite Etsy shops.
Oh man! That is a tough one because there are so many amazing shops! These are just a few of my favorites from the last few weeks:
www.etsy.com/shop/EpicallyEpicSoap
www.etsy.com/shop/EoSunWoMoon
www.etsy.com/shop/DianesDiversions

How would you describe your work style?
SUPER organized!


If you knew then what you know now, what would you do differently in opening your shop?
I don’t think I would do anything differently because I jumped right in and started trying things and getting involved. One of the best things I did for myself as a seller though, was to order from other Etsy shops;I learned so much about the entire process, plus I got ideas from other shops as to how to handle different situations, packaging and marketing. Another good thing I did for myself was to help promote others by favoriting, telling others about shops I liked and helping people with SEO:
www.etsy.com/listing/111332296/overall-shop-analysis-specialized-shop

 

You can find Maggie on social media here:

Facebook Fan Page:
www.facebook.com/PGFingerlessGloves

Twitter Project Glove Page
twitter.com/ProjectGlove

Pinterest Project Glove Page
www.pinterest.com/projectglove/

Tumblr Project Glove Page:
projectglove.tumblr.com

Featured Artist: The Jewelry Dish

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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.