Wednesday, October 3, 2012

a jewelry giveaway

To win a lovely stcking bracelet
Are you creative with words ?

Can you help naming Sian Kitty's collection ?

just head off to to see how to enter

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Journee de la Femme - Women's Day

To celebrate Women's day on 08 March 2012
A few designers have played the game of defining themselves in a few words.
I'll briefly introduce you to these creative women:

Céline à gauche et Isabelle à droite -
Left : Céline and Isabelle to the right

Their shop/ leur boutique:

defined by 4 words: Family, Madness, Honesty and Curiosity
Famille, Folie, Honnêteté, Curiosité

Marie, of Kazamarie
in 4 words: Tenderness, garden, photos and Dreaming of Elsewhere
en 4 mots: Tendresse, jardin, photos et rêves d'ailleurs
Sa boutique/shop : KazamarieDesigns

Here is  Nancy, 
from Fleur du Luxe, 
a great day for boosting her creativity is defined by
"No phone, great music and sunshine"

Also, Florence Pyndris, whose shop is,
defined in 4 words: 
Black Chocolate in all states: tablet, mousse, melted, ice-cream..., 
Healthy cooking , light and strong in flavour
and Family. 

Florence, definie en 4 mots:    
Le fait-main 
le chocolat noir sous toutes ses formes : en tablette, en mousse, fondu, glacé  
la cuisine saine, legere mais forte en gout 
La famille

Lien boutique :

and Moi, Catherine
in 4 words: Love, jewels, chocolate and travelling
in 4 mots: amour, bijoux, chocolat et voyages.

Visit her shop of bespoke jewellery
Visitez sa boutique de

Bijoux sur mesure

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Get your invitations from Nickelsons

A new interview , Yeah  !
Can you please introduce your business ?

Nickelsons Invitations, Joanna McCartney
I studied art and design at college in Exeter, England and then decided to travel the world. I ended up marrying a handsome american fellow and set up home in California. After managing a stationery boutique for several years, I decided I should be doing what I was passionate about, design and embellishment. I founded Nickelsons Invitations in 2005.

What is your business/craft and give a summary of your handmade process.
Nickelsons Invitations works with clients to create unique and classic pieces of stationery, typically for weddings. Our process starts with a conversation with the client, to see if we can offer what they are looking for, the type of event, the style, the colours, the inspiration. From there we refine it down and carefully select colour pallettes, embellishments etc, then we present a small selection of designs for the client to choose from. Or, sometimes, the client simply wants a specific design and we go from there.

What event, series of events, or situations allowed you to start your business and make money with your crafts?
After I left work to have my baby, I realised it was time that I did what I loved to do, so during those first few months of newborn-hood, when the baby napped, I began working on designs. From there, it just seemed to evolve naturally.

Where does your inspiration for your designs come from?
I am addicted to the haute couture fashion world. I love attending fashoin shows, my favourite DVD is 'Chanel' (a documentary) I read many fashion magazines and blogs, and they inspire me to creat classic pieces of stationery.

How does your culture, upbringing, and/or environment influence your designs/crafts?
I grew up in a beautiful part of Devon, England and was fortunate enough to travel to some beautiful parts of the world as a child, france, spain, america, south america etc. Growing up seeing beautiful landscapes, clutures and especially architechture inspired me to love finding joy in items I found beautiful, and continues to inspire me when ever I travel.

What are some of the ways you market and promote your business/Craft?
I have been fortunate to have been selected for features in magazines for some of my designs, including Bride & Bloom, and Inside Weddings. I use my blog, and Etsy, and I advertise on wedding resources, such as The Knot and Google.

Now, something different. FOOD ! What is your favorite recipe ?
My favourite recipe? that changes! right now, I am obsessed with Jerk Chicken!
My passion for all things chocolate related never changes though. Oh yes, we have that in common, and I shall get some Jerk chicken again

Based on your experience, what advice would you give to other crafters selling or looking to start selling their creations ?

I think its very important to try to keep re-investing your profits into your business - its very hard to balance this as a small business ownder, but your business needs promotion to grow, so advertising is key.

Aside from running your business what are some of the fun things you like to do in life?
Finding inspiration on a daily basis is very important to me.

to know you better, The craziest thing you have done ?
Craziest thing....married my husband after we had dated for 4 weeks. We just celebrated our twelth anniversary! That's amazing and so wonderful.Love at 1st sight...

Which place would you recommend to go to ?
I adore the hidden coves and beaches of Mallorca, and Paris is my favourite city, I can find inspiration on every street!

Your favourite designers / artistsMy favourite designer has to be Carl Lagerfeld. The man is a genius.

your favourite jewelry from me My favourite piece of Catherine Marche Jewelry is the Peridot Silver ring.

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

multi talented Christian artist called Christi


This week, I am introducing you to Christie of Christie Cottage, from Oklahoma US, who is a Proud member and The Team Leader of
CAPS - Christian Artists Promoting Shops
Proud member of
Etsy Promotions Team
Bluebird - Twitter Tree Team

So Christi, what are your passions ?
I like to paint, sew, knit and crochet. Anything that I can recycle is more fun!

My great-grandmother worked with her hands until they worked no more. My grandmother also worked with her hands until they worked no more. I spent a great deal of time with them. More so with my great-grandmother who was also one of the best friends I ever had. I learned that love is easily worked into every handmade item you touch. When I pick up a crochet hook, my great-grandmother's love floods my memory and thus, love is worked right in my piece.

Her little shop has some funny and quirky items, along with pdf crochet patterne to mek you rown little things yourself.
I noticed this little duck, whiochis a cell phone pouch, ideal for a Eastern present

The simple things in life are best. They are easily afforded. And are by far the most appreciated.

My blog:, si a Christian blog promoting handmade

What are some of the ways you market and promote your business/Craft?

I promote others as much as myself, using twitter and my blog. I host giveaways. I do not require the sponsoring shop to send me an item I use that opportunity to promote their shop(s). Items that I feature are either those I purchased or randomly find online.

One thing that I recommend is leaving feedback for your customers immediately. As soon as your payment is cleared, go first to feedback. It is how you thank your customers publicly.

My online sales motto. Don't get discouraged, get busy!

Thank you for featuring me on your blog. May God bless you richly! <>< P.S. I always sign my name with the Christian fish. It may be the only Christian witness people see all day Blessings!
Thanks you Christie for this insight int your creativity and your motivations

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