Sunday, October 13, 2013
This weeks featured favorite shop or shops is My Vintage Alcove and Haute Interiors :
My very first Etsy shop was my hand-crafted shop, “Haute Interiors LLC”. I began incorporating a few vintage hardware pieces into it & they sold very quickly. I was then bitten by the “vintage bug”. I did not like the cluttered look of my shop, so I opened my vintage shop in 2010, “My Vintage Alcove”, and it has changed my life!
I grew up in the 70s with the Avocado Greens and Harvest Golds of that era. For some reason, as a child I was drawn to kitchenware of that period. I remember my mother throwing away perfectly good pieces, and I would go behind her, pull them out and save them. I would pre-shop her garage sales and kept items I would later take to my apartment. I remember her commenting to me how common these items were to her. They might have been common to that time, but I loved them.
As an adult, I look back at these pieces and reflect on the quality, how they were made & how well they have survived the passage of time. When I am out shopping, I purchase these quality houseware & home décor items that I am drawn to. I love reading the notes from my customers of how they saw an item in my shop that triggered a happy memory from the past, or all of their family members had an item and they wanted one of their very own, or why an item was gifted to another. These are part of the reason why selling vintage is so fulfilling for me.
My goal is to grow my shop to the point where it will help support my family. Last autumn, I learned what persistence, dedication & consistency achieved for my shop. Therefore, at the beginning of 2013, I set goals for myself to grow my business. Etsy is definitely a learning experience, but it has also been a fun journey along the way. I get excited every time I hear the cha-ching of a sale on my phone, or see what new destination at item will be shipped to. It still amazes me that I am engaging in commerce internationally.
Etsy is a wonderful world-wide marketplace, and I am an avid supporter of the hand-made and vintage movement. Etsy is a blessing for me and it has allowed me to achieve things that I never would have thought possible for me.
~ Michele Nicholson.
Sunday, September 8, 2013
Here is where we are linking up this week: I Heart Nap Time, Nifty Thrifty Sundays, It's So Very Cheri, Mad in Crafts, CRAFT, Sumos Sweet Stuff, Craft O Maniac, Sugar Bee Crafts, Hope Studios, Ladybug Blessings, Homework, Not Just a Housewife, Elizabeth and Co., Gingersnap Crafts, Handy Man Crafty Woman
Monday, August 26, 2013
So to start off our new weekly Esty Seller Spotlight is the talented and lovely Magdalena of Twisted Thread & Hook. Her stunning shop features amazing hand crafted rope rugs and doormats.
I grew up in Poland where my mom introduced me to crocheting. Throughout the years, I tacked different form of craft and art, but I always found my way back to crocheting. One day I was looking for something unique to make and came across a doily cotton rope rug. I fell in love with it and from that moment, I've been designing and making my own rope rugs. I took that idea even further and started making cotton rope bath mats as well as jute rope doormats and rugs. Both cotton rope and jute rope give great texture, unique look which is what I love about them. However, with my kids in mind, I kept thinking what I could use to make the rugs nursery and children room friendly. That's how fleece rugs idea came to live. I truly love the softness of these rugs (and so do my kids who tend to lay on them more than walk).
When I was growing up, my family summer vacation was always on a sailboat. My love for sailing was deeply rooted in me. After making few of the rope rugs, it came to me all of the sudden that I could create some great nautical rug designs.
I'm so excited to be able to share my passion for crafting, sailing and handmade with others.
Here are a few ways you can stay in touch and see my new designs.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Saturday, August 17, 2013
I adore raw brass findings and stampings, and already carry several styles in my shop, Alyssabeths Vintage. These pieces are so easy to use as is or to age or patina using several different methods from fumes, to chemicals and even paints.
These sweet little flower stampings are found in my shop, I often used them as cabochons in jewelry creations but decided to punch a hole into them to create connector pieces (I found my metal punch at Michaels in the jewelry section)
After these have dried I removed bits of the pink paint with a low grit file until I felt that I had enough of the golden raw brass showing, then sealed with a clear matte finish (make sure your pain or sealer is lead free).
Waiting some more.... and then I simply added gold earring hoops and vintage Czech glass rhinestone teardrops! So easy and very little time!
Sunday, August 11, 2013
Filigree Drops, Dangles and Connectors:
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Vintage, pressed glass intaglio floral daisy cabochons 18x13mm black with flowers hand painted in yellow, green and red. These came in their original packaging and are in wonderful shape!Please note, that these are old, crafted in occupied Japan in the mid 1940s to early 1950s., You will receive 2 cabochons.