Valentine Picks

Valentine's Day is around the corner and even though it is a Hallmark made up holiday it is a sweet day for kids and adults.  Express your love for your loved ones; partners, parents, friends and children.

Here are a few of my favorite picks from Etsy.

A polar bear, a penguin and a bike. How can one go wrong? From ShawnCarneyArt.

Are you into more vintage style? Know someone who is a fan of Cupid or mythology? AdornmentsNYC has the perfect gift.  A Cupid medallion.  

Feeling old school? I love the memories of friendship bracelets.  Emily of SlopeGirlKnits is offering these adorable hand crocheted friendship bracelets in a variety of colors. 

Happy Valentine's Day! 

Tracey

www.traceytoole.etsy.com |   www.traceytoole.com

MEET the ARTISAN: Firelight Jewelry & Designs + GIVEAWAY

"MEET the ARTISAN" is a blog series that spotlights Etsy New York Team artisans and their craft. In this feature, we learn more about Jenn, the creator behind Firelight Jewelry & Designs.

Q: What is Firelight Jewelry & Designs? Can you briefly describe your business for us?

A:  Firelight Jewelry & Designs is mostly a jewelry business. I work primarily with gemstones and Swarovski crystal elements and silver plated copper and brass wire and findings to create earrings and necklaces. I like to make pretty things. I like to design simply but with a fun twist. I believe you should be able to go from your cubicle to cocktails without changing your accessories or breaking the bank. To that end I shop sales and closeouts to get the best price I can pass on to my customer.  In addition to the gemstone jewelry I also transform photos into wearable pieces of art. I call them photo-tiles. I consider myself an amateur photographer; really, I just love to take photos. I found that transforming them into jewelry was a fantastic way to join my two creative passions. As for the design element of Firelight Jewelry & Designs I also make small limited run batches of hand stenciled, stamped or painted totebags, cosmetic bags and wooden trinket boxes. The runs are so limited that I usually only sell those in person when I do a fair or a market. I plan to add prints of my photos that are available as phototiles soon as well.

Q: Some artisans develop their products to meet consumer needs, while others craft products based on things and/or experiences that inspire them. What is the inspiration behind your business?

A:  Everything and anything really. Inspiration is everywhere; art, photography, graffiti, nature, music, architecture etc. I love to create. I love to find new uses for old things. Or new uses for random things. Lately I have been obsessed with the miniatures section of the craft store and am figuring out how to transform some of those items into jewelry. I already have a couple of prototypes in the works from there and another few things that I love, that still have me stumped. I typically don't read fashion blogs or magazines because I don't really like to be told what's "in." I feel like, if you like it, it's "in." Wear what makes you happy and feel confident about it and yourself. That's kind of how I started making jewelry, I wasn't always happy with what I found when I was shopping and I had some coworkers who made stunning jewelry in their free time and something just clicked. Before I knew it, I was up to my eyeballs in supplies and having a blast. Almost every single thing I make and sell is something that I would wear myself. So, sometimes it's hard to part with a creation.  I tend to read a lot of DIY type blogs and magazines and am always inspired by my fellow artisans and crafters. I will admit that sometimes I see something somewhere and think, I have to make something like that. Right now, that something is wine charms. I had all the materials sitting there, so I'm giving it a whirl. And finally, the seemingly endless hoard of supplies I have accumulated over the years inspires me. I mean, I HAVE to do something with it sometime right? Ultimately, my personal fashion inspiration is the epic quote by Gilda Radner, "I base most of my fashion sense on what doesn't itch." Words to live by.

Q: Oftentimes, each artisan has a different strategy and objective for their business. What are the next steps for you and your business?

A:  Right now the next step is finally getting my studio space set up. We moved last year from our Astoria apartment to a house in Lynbrook, in Long Island. We now have an attic which I will use to work in as opposed to a cabinet in the corner of my living room! I had to put the business on hiatus for a while until I was able to start unpacking the multitude of supply boxes. My studio space hasn't even begun to be worked on yet, but I have managed to eek out a corner of a room and start to get set up again. I feel like I am perpetually reorganizing it instead of creating as much as I want to. So priority number one is to get back into the swing of creating and making and then start to navigate the markets in my new area. I miss doing craft fairs and markets. I love directly interacting with my customers and talking about my product and process. I also love directly interacting with other artisans selling their wares. It's like water cooler talk for us! Honestly, I'm just a chatty cathy, haha. Hopefully I'll be at a Nassau County fair this year! Just as up there is working on setting up my blog and photogallery. Blogs have come a long way since I used to have a hyperlocal neighborhood blogspot blog and it's time to take it up a notch. I hope to focus not just on my business in it, but also how a lifelong city gal is navigating being in suburbia now!

Q: As many artisans look to grow and further develop their businesses, do you have some advice that you can share with fellow artisans?

A:  Never stop learning. Learn about other crafts. Take classes. Watch youtube videos. Talk to other artisans. You are never done learning. To that end, does anyone have advice for me? haha! I could always stand to learn something else.


Special thanks to Jenn for sharing with us. You can find her products showcased on her Etsy shop at www.firelightjewelry.etsy.comAnd, details of her special product GIVEAWAY are below. Please enter for your chance to win!

Enter to WIN here!

Win a Firelight Jewelry & Designs Charm Necklace. Perfect for summer, this fun and whimsical charm necklace from the charmers line features a sterling plated dolphin playing in a "sea" of blue howlite with a "seafoam" white shell and Swarovski crystal accent. It is strung on a 16" silver finished chain with a 2" extender and lobster claw clasp.

Entry period ends at 11:59pm on Monday, August 17, 2015!


MEET the ARTISAN: Spirit of the Druid + GIVEAWAY

"MEET the ARTISAN" is a blog series that spotlights Etsy New York Team artisans and their craft. In this feature, we learn more about Belinda, the creator of Spirit of the Druid.

Q: What is Spirit of the Druid? Can you briefly describe your business for us?

A: Spirit of the Druid creates handcrafted metal and gemstone jewelry that is inspired by nature and influenced by Celtic themes. I have always been fascinated by the Celts and nature has heavily influenced my art and creativity, and that is how Spirit of the Druid was created - an embodiment of my spiritual, personal, and creative journey.

Q: Some artisans develop their products to meet consumer needs, while others craft products based on things and/or experiences that inspire them. What is the inspiration behind your business?

A: The jewelry that I make is based on things that inspire me. Nature and Celtic themes are my biggest influences, but really, anything can inspire a new piece of jewelry. Sometimes it’s a photo, a dream, a story, another artist, or an idea will just pop into my head. Anything and everything is my inspiration!

Q: Oftentimes, each artisan has a different strategy and objective for their business. What are the next steps for you and your business?

A:  The next steps for me and my business is to continue to learn and grow. I love making jewelry and learning more each day that I create it, so my goal is to continue making and learning, because as my knowledge grows, my business continues to grow as well.

Q: As many artisans look to grow and further develop their businesses, do you have some advice that you can share with fellow artisans?

A: Yes! - Always continue to learn about your craft, no matter what you work with. Keep learning and keep an open mind. The more you learn, the more you grow as an artisan and as a person, and the more your business can continue to grow.

Special thanks to Belinda for sharing with us. You can find her products showcased on her Etsy shop at www.etsy.com/shop/SpiritOfTheDruid. And, details of her special product GIVEAWAY are below. Please enter for your chance to win!

Enter to WIN HERE!

Oxidized Sterling Silver Ring set with White Topaz

This beautiful ring is made of sterling silver which has been oxidized and features a prong setting with a sparkling white topaz gemstone. Inspiration for this ring came from the contrast between the dark, night sky and the pale glow of the moon. White Topaz is a stunning gemstone that is known for its healing and energizing properties.

Entry period ends at 11:59pm on Monday, June 15, 2015.

published by Susan Ng

www.NaturallySusans.Etsy.com | www.NaturallySusans.com

MEET the ARTISAN: J. Topolski + GIVEAWAY

"MEET the ARTISAN" is a blog series that spotlights Etsy New York Team artisans and their craft. In this feature, we learn more about Jenny, the creator of J. Topolski.

Q: What is J. Topolski? Can you briefly describe your business for us?

A:  I create unique jewelry mostly inspired by animals, along with some urban landscapes. I work primarily by traditional acid-etching, wax-carving (by hand), metalsmithing, and with an eco-friendly resin. Everything is handmade in my studio.

Q: Some artisans develop their products to meet consumer needs, while others craft products based on things and/or experiences that inspire them. What is the inspiration behind your business?

A: I tend to create work that I am interested in, and that I believe is different than the other options in the marketplace. However, when an animal or theme is requested from me repeatedly, I try to find a way to go with the trend.

Q: Oftentimes, each artisan has a different strategy and objective for their business. What are the next steps for you and your business?

A:  I have been introducing gemstones in a more major way, and that's main goal for this year. I have been using small stones to accent pieces for a while now, but I'm excited to start designing around some big rocks.

Q: Can you tell us some of the partners you have made? Retail stores where we can find your product?

A: I have work in the Harvard Museum of Natural History shop, The Brass Owl in Astoria, Better Than Jam in Bushwick, and Space Montrose in Houston, to name a few of my favorites. I also have a partnership with Urban Utopia Wildlife Rehabilitation (NYC's first mammal-focused wildlife rehab group), and a portion of profits from my squirrel necklaces go to them.

Q: As many artisans look to grow and further develop their businesses, do you have some advice that you can share with fellow artisans?

A: Set your business up properly at the beginning, instead of trying to backtrack and get organized as you become more successful. Figuring out sales tax, bookkeeping, licenses, etc. only becomes scarier as you get further behind.

Special thanks to Jenny for sharing with us! You can find her products showcased on her Etsy shop at www.jtopolski.etsy.com. You can find Jenny at her May 1st market event at Artrider at Lyndhurst. And, details of her special product GIVEAWAY are below. Please enter for your chance to win!

Enter to WIN HERE

The GIVEAWAY this month from J. Topolski is a personalized 18" gold-filled chain with lobster clasp with a 1/2" brass locket and elephant charm!

Entry period ends at 11:59pm on Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

published by Susan Ng

www.NaturallySusans.Etsy.com | www.NaturallySusans.com

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Friday Finds- Autumn

print by Joseph DeAiro Designs - Autumn Stream

print by Joseph DeAiro Designs - Autumn Stream

Happy Halloween! If you haven't purchased or made your Halloween costume you better get a move on.  However, the autumn season is in full swing.  Here are some beautiful items to make you look and feel good

Hand dyed organic cotton canvas pouch by  Katrin Reifeiss

Hand dyed organic cotton canvas pouch by Katrin Reifeiss

Italian wool knitted into a beautiful lace shawl.  Perfect for these chilly afternoons.

The Vermont Shawl by Knitting Guru

The Vermont Shawl by Knitting Guru

Etsy NY has no shortage of jewelry designers.  Wood and leather earrings from Rebel Ideal.

Wood and leather earrings by Rebel Ideal

Wood and leather earrings by Rebel Ideal

Wearable art by Pauletta

Wearable art by Pauletta

Not too many days left when we can wear an open collar and show off beautiful stones.  Pauletta on Etsy turns art into something wearable. 

 

Enjoy the weekend!

Tracey

https://www.etsy.com/shop/traceytoole

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Finds from Our Team

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Celebrate Brooklyn! Artist Lineup Part 3!

pj cobbs

pj cobbs

 

This summer the EtsyNY team is excited about selling for the 4th year in a row at Celebrate Brooklyn! in Prospect Park.   Today we will be taking a closer look at three of the artists that will be featured at the park all summer long.  

First we have J. Topolski who makes jewelry inspired by nature's curiosities. Her products show a fascination with science and the world's organic beauty. Skeletons, insects and the like are traditional art and design motifs, but hers incorporate the biological specifics more than simply the aesthetic. All work is handcrafted in Williamsburg Brooklyn, using techniques such as acid etching, wax carving, and casting epoxy resins. This is her second year at Celebrate Brooklyn. She enjoys being a vendor here because it is an opportunity to connect with people who would not typically attend a craft market.  To see her full line visit her shop at http://www.jtopolski.etsy.com.

                                                              j.topolski

                                                              j.topolski

Another wonderful jewelry line that will be featured at Celebrate Brooklyn is Be in the Moment. Be in the Moment is a handmade collection of enamel on copper jewelry with sterling silver and gemstone accents.  Be in the Moment was founded in 2010 with the goal of bringing beautiful, artisan enameled jewelry to a new audience. They use both new and traditional enameling techniques to create their jewelry, ending up with colorful and affordable statement pieces for every occasion.  See more at www.beinthemoment.etsy.com.

                                                                                        be in the moment

                                                                                        be in the moment

Ever been walking around NYC and felt inspired?  The next designer definitely does!  It is PJ Cobbs who is a British-born artist who takes her inspiration from the streets, buildings and people of New York!  A former lifestyles journalist with a love for fashion and design, PJ found herself absorbing inspiration from different lifestyles and cultures around the world. After spending two years in Paris creating paintings and wearable art on silk, back home she found herself inspired by her surroundings while selling paintings in New York’s Union Square. When fans of hers started hanging the pieces as art, PJ began turning them into color-saturated canvases, featuring favorite neighborhoods and local spots like McSorley’s and Second Avenue Deli. These have now been turned into hand-cut 3D art, prints on canvas, shadow boxes and jewelry.  Her work has been worn by Queen Latifah and Heidi Klum, and featured in the New York Times, House & Garden, Continental Airlines and Essence magazines. And for the first time, at Celebrate Brooklyn!  Find more of her work at www.pjcobbsarts.etsy.com.

                                                                                                 pj cobbs

                                                                                                 pj cobbs

Celebrate Brooklyn! starts tonight, June 4, be sure to stop by the EtsyNY booth to check out all of the fantastic designers!

Annie  www.BrooklynOwl.etsy.com