I really enjoy talking about other bloggers and sharing them with you, especially all the new decorating and creative blogs out there. There’s such an endless fountain of beauty and information that comes from so many places. It’s exciting to discover this endless stream, so refreshing!
Tamar from gorgeously green Shelburne, Vermont (a location we don’t hear about often in blogland), recently wrote in about her blog and decorating business, Nest Decorating. An interior decorator and crafter (she has an etsy store), Tamar writes about her passions in life that so many of us can relate to: decorating, gardening, and crafts. Of course, coming from her voice makes these topics fresh and unique, and seeing life in a Vermont setting is so appealing to me.
Great blog Tamar, thanks for sharing it with us!
(images from nest decorating)
To keep our Shop Girl series rolling, I had to post this letter from Alicia today because I think opening an Etsy shop is on the minds of many lately. I receive a steady stream of emails on this very topic each week, so let’s open it up as a discussion to see what your experiences with Etsy have been, as either a shop owner or buyer, and hopefully, answer some of Alicia’s questions below.
“You write about different Etsy shops a lot, which I love, and I was thinking eventually I would open one. I wondered if you knew anything about having a shop in general. I’m concerned that perhaps a lot of sellers make stuff that just doesn’t sell, probably due to lack of buyers or publicity, or, how do you even know if your product is interesting to others? Anyway, do you know how well the average seller does? Is there a website that discusses this? I think Etsy is so amazing because there is so much inspiring stuff to buy and I can’t resist being so inspired as to do it myself.” -Alicia
Okay gang, we need to help Alicia out. Anyone have some advice to share? (If you’re a freelance writer, take this as a cue to write your next “How To” guide, there’s certainly enough books about eBay out there – someone write an Etsy book – quick! Even if you self publish on Lulu.)
Psst: If you’d like to read more small biz related posts, click on the words “shop girl” or “small biz” below.
Thanks for writing in Alicia!
(image from etsy store owner munieca)
Happiness is looking at a group of images that swells your heart with so much joy and causes your creative juices to overflow. Go ahead, indulge in the beauty that is the everyday life of Twelve22 in her previous London home, now Minneapolis home dated 1917. View Anna’s flickr sets here for even more visual goodness. Ah.
(images from twelve22)
These handmade items from Dutch Etsy seller, Stiksel, are so pure and lovely. I thought you might like to see them and visit her store today.
(images from stiksel)
I know I’ve been showing you a lot of prints lately, it’s just that etsy is exploding with prints lately, seems everyone is selling fantastic prints and you know what, good for them because that means there’s more for us, enough to satisfy all tastes.
Margarita Barry from Colored Gurl sent over news of her new Etsy store, Shades of True, where she will offer soon offer a wide range of original paintings and prints. For now, she only has a few things up, but I thought a little decor8 lovin’ may help her start her new business. It’s so encouraging to see someone venture out into the unknown and start a small etsy business. Constantly making progress is so important in life, don’t you think? And Margarita is doing just that, which makes me very proud of her and all the other newbies rising up and joining the Etsy ranks. Go indie!
And congrats, Ms. Barry!
(images from shades of true)
How cute and sweet for Spring are these new planters from J Schatz? I think, outside of their hanging bird “egg” feeders, this is my other fave product from J Schatz. Jim sent these over today and I just had to blog them because I want one in every color to hang at different lengths on my tiny patio.
I love the yellow and blue best, but would prefer using them indoors so I can enjoy them more often. They’d be so pretty with ivy, don’t you think? No two are alike, these are available in 8 hand-carved ceramic earthenware “eggs” in glossy color combinations. $85.- USD each.
Thanks for the tip, Jim!
(images from j schatz)