Thursday, July 10, 2008

Etsy Shop Feature: PaintedHorse

I would like to tell you all about a wonderful shop today! I recently discovered Etsian, PaintedHorse and fell in love with her work! 

The bracelet above is the item I received from her shop (the bracelet is just as stunning as I thought it would be by seeing the photo). Shipping was super quick and I was surprised and overly impressed by the quality and care she put in her packaging.

Here are some photos of how she packaged the bracelet I received!

Below is my interview with PaintedHorse:

How long have you been on Etsy? Less than 3 months

Where are you from? Originally from the Catskill Mountains in NY, then several years in PA, and moved to the beautiful Rocky Mountains 5 years ago.

When did your first start creating jewelry? Began making earrings about 8 years ago and "that’s all she wrote"! :) I am self taught but have taken many classes along the way…

Do you create any other forms or art? What is your favorite? Yes, I make handmade cards for my own use. Jewelry is my passion, however.

What is your favorite part about Etsy and the Etsy community? Oh, hands down, it is the wonderful, talented, caring artisans I have “met” there. Etsians are so generous with their time, experience and knowledge. I have learned so very much in the short time I have been there.

Where do you hang out at the most when you are on Etsy? Well, aside from checking my own shop approximately 100 times a day, I visit the forums quite often… and of course, window shop a lot!

I see that you are a newer shop. What have you found most helpful or what have you found that works the best for you to get your name out there and sell your items? Any tips for new sellers? 

Well, when I first opened my shop, I sent an email to absolutely all my friends and family, asking them to take a look at mu shop, let me know what their suggestions and/or comments were… and if they liked it, to please pass the link on to everyone they know! I also make copies of my designs and wear them all the time. I often get compliments from co-workers and strangers alike and then I hand out my business cards, when appropriate. 

I am still learning myself, so don’t have any sterling words of advice for newbies, except to visit the forums and read everything that pertains to your craft. There are amazing artists at Etsy who are so willing to share and help! Also, believe in yourself and your designs!  (GREAT ADVICE!)

It also helps to have a wonderful husband who is so encouraging and supportive of what I do!

If you had an unlimited budget, what Etsy item would you purchase? Honestly, I would be the FIRST one to buy an item from SO many new shops on Etsy. That first sale is so exciting, and I would be happy to make that come true!

Please take the time to check out this AMAZING shop! You will not be disappointed! 


Octavine Illustration said...

wonderful interview!~

Ronalyn said...

Now that is awesome packaging!

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