Wednesday , 27 August 2014

The Handmadeology Team

The Handmadeology Team is dedicated to the handmade movement and exists for the purpose of teaching artists how to successfully sell their handmade goods online, and to feature the newest handmade, vintage and supply items found on Etsy.  Join the Team

Meet the Team:

Timothy Adam

Handmadeology Editor: Timothy Adam

I am a self taught metal artist, and a certified Mig welder. I started designing modern metal furniture in 2004. I built my first piece in Baltimore with my sister-in-law who is a furniture designer. I found my passion in metal and kept on designing and building. I struggled for 4 years to make a name in local galleries in the Grand Rapids Michigan area. A friend of mine introduced me to Etsy in February of 2007, and it changed my business. I started creating a jewelry line and have not turned back. In November of 2007 I had to quit my full time job cause my passion was becoming a dream come true! I am now selling all over the world through my Etsy shop. I also have wholesale accounts around the country with galleries, museums and salons.  Handmadeology launched in January 2009 and refreshed and redesigned in August 2010.

I love the handmade community and Etsy… and Handmadeology is my way of giving back!

 

Bree Cooley

I’m a Style Expert and the voice behind Stylist Diva.  After over 16 years working as a Celebrity Stylist & Costume Designer I was inspired to start my blog where I could share my sense of style and what inspires me.  I love mainstream fashion but appreciate independent design and support it 110%.

I love scouring Etsy and finding fab new designers.  I’m excited to be part of the Handmadeology team and share my stylish tips with all of you!

After growing up in the Midwest, living in Las Vegas and Europe for several years, I’m happy to say I’ve settled in Los Angeles.  In my opinion, LA is the greatest city in the country, where I live happily with my two lovable canines and an insane collection of handbags.

You can follow me on… FACEBOOK / TWITTER / PINTEREST 

Hi, I’m Beth, graphic artist and illustrator, author, and entrepreneur of more past businesses than I care to count.

I LOVE drawing and painting and have done it for as long as I can remember. When I was little and everyone else

spent their allowance on toys, I went to the office supply store and bought paper, markers, paints and more crayons-

always more crayons (nothing like the smell of a new box of Crayolas!)

I started my Etsy store about a year and a half ago, not having a clue what I was doing- I was actually thinking about

knitting things to sell, when I ran across digital graphics. Eureka!!!  I found something to do that I would love, and did not

include me having to have inventory, employees or overhead.  After selling a very successful stationery/invitation

manufacturing business that I owned, design for and ran for 8 years-my mantra was do something that didn’t require any

of those 3 things!

Truly clueless as to what to expect, Great Graphics was a hit!  My goal was to have at least 5000 sales in my first year-

like I said I was clueless- but guess what- on the morning of my one year anniversary I woke up to my 5200th sale!  I now

have a website also, Great Graphics Designs which is growing by leaps and bounds- especially since it has instant downloads,

and no one has to wait on me to send their graphics!

You can find me here: WebsiteEtsy, PinterestFacebookTwitter or Email Me

 

 

Andrea Mansfield

It was an “ah ha” idea on my way home from my day job and Brand & Bloom was born. I intentionally surround myself with creative people, many who were in the midst of either starting small business or growing one–there is no lack of passion, there is a lack of direction. Without direction passion can feel overwhelming and the original BIG idea can be lost.

I opened Brand & Bloom in 2011 to coach and motivate small creative business owners to a place where they feel confident in their ability to see and utilize their memorable brand. A small business brand is about value, transparency, and connection to their ideal customer–Brand & Bloom shows small creative businesses how to discover theirs.

Etsy shop: brandandbloom.etsy.com

 

Lisa Connolly
I am a brand marketer, a style blog author, a lover of life and the creative soul.  Love for fashion took its hold on me at an early age.  It led me to earn my B.A. in fashion design.  My first job out of school was as a textile designer.  While I loved the work, after 5 years, I got the itch to learn more about business, so I went back to school to get my M.B.A.  Since then, I have held various product development and brand management roles in style-driven industries such as beauty products, fashion accessories and children’s products.  I feel fortunate to have business exposure across such a wide variety of companies and categories.

Recently, I started a style blog called The Sparkle In Her Eye as a creative outlet to share all the wonderful inspirations I find along my journey and I have found through this and other social media platforms a great to way connect to all kinds of smart, passionate, creative people.

I am thrilled to contribute to Handmadeology.  It is such a great resource for creative business owners and one of my joys is to see passionate, creative people realize their dreams and reach their business goals.  I feel most comfortable when I am surrounded by this energy.  I plan to share some of the lessons I have learned along the way in my marketing career with you.

I look forward to meeting and connecting with all the great members of the Handmadeology community.  I can be found also on Twitter @HerSparkle and Facebook.

 

Devon Brown; Co-owner of the Etsy shops The Country Barrel {thecountrybarrel.etsy.com} & Lonely Tree Design {lonelytreedesign.etsy.com}. Originally from Sandpoint, Idaho and now currently living in Eugene, Oregon with my fiance who is the better half of both our shops. I believe that there is a purpose for everything and the inspiration to create comes from absolutely anything. I quit my day job to pursue our shops full time, since then we have been blessed with the opportunity to have customers all over the world and requests for our items to be featured in magazines and blogs. Etsy is not only a place to buy handmade goods from the world’s best artisans, but a place where you can be inspired by their artistry, passion, and creativity all while you discover your own shop. I am so excited to be part of the handmade community, and help others by sharing our experiences and knowledge through valuable articles here on Handmadeology.

Handmadeology’s Resident Professional Photographer : Mariano Pastor

I am an advertising photographer living in NYC. My pictures help large companies sell more and to keep their brands looking fresh. I am also the founder of Via U! , an online studio dedicated to assisting artists selling in Etsy increase their sales too.
In Handmadeology I share my experience with you. I show how to use light to make your product look fantastic and suggest ideas on how to take pictures that make objects stir emotion.

Writer: Cindy Fahnestock-Schafer

Hello everyone! My real name is Cindy Fahnestock-Schafer, but my pen name is Ira Mency. When I’m not working as my husband’s promoter and marketing agent, I’m designing store
displays, creating assemblages, writing books and running several shops including RetroChalet on Etsy.
I love upcycling vintage and run a plastics design and melamine dinnerware history blog. Since I travel so much I take that opportunity to find vintage components to use in my art and sell in my shop.

As a self-taught artist, I love the idea of a handmade community.  Etsy embraces the notion for all people to craft what they love, and provides inexpensive opportunities for anyone to showcase
their wares and be their own star!  That is a powerful tool in itself, and having several shops there,  I yearned to learn more about social networking and growing my online business.
I became easily confused with all the technical jargon out there on the web, especially when it came to SEO, blogging, networking, back-linking, etc.  I was hoping someone would come along and break
it all down for me in easy to understand terms.  Along came Tim!

Just the idea of going to ONE place to find everything and network with others is a dream come true-and that dream is reality here at Handmadeology. You can take your handmade selling (or any online
selling for that matter) a step further with lots of education and easily learn the tools you need to succeed.

I’m happy to be part of the new HMET team on Etsy, and part of this site.  I am a firm believer in Timothy Adam and have personally learned a lot from him.  I believe that it takes one to know one. Tim’s vision for the handmade community is very powerful, and he shares the secrets he’s learned along the way with others.  I personally rushed out to preorder his book and have personally endorsed it to my team.  I am so glad to be here and part of this and think you will be too!

Hello readers and fellow crafters! I am excited to become a part of the Handmadeology team. I’m a graphic designer by day, and runner of 4 Etsy shops by
every-time-in-between. They are MegansBeadedDesigns.etsy.comGlamour365.etsy.comMegansCreativeDesign.etsy.com, and
SteampunkDream.etsy.com. I love to create unique jewelry and hair accessories, especially with BEADS. A unique design coming together by means of a thousand
little seed beads is very gratifying to me. I make all of my own designs (usually coming up with them as I go along) and love custom creations.

I ♥ sharing my handmade experience (plus a lot of other bits of randomness) on my blog, megansbeadeddesigns. So far it’s been a
fabulous adventure, and I’m looking forward to even more excitement!

Thank you,
Megan Petersen

 

Writer: Meagan Visser

Hello all! My name is Meagan Visser, & I am the owner & creator of Baby Swank, my Etsy shopmy blog. In my shop you will find fashionable & eco-friendly products for babies & toddlers, & on my blog you will find articles on shop how-to’s, small business advice, marketing, SEO tips, time management, goal setting, etc. My mission is to guide online sellers to pursue business success & to help mothers learn to grow a successful business without sacrificing their families!
I am a SAHM, & I live in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains of East Tennessee with my husband & two little guys! I enjoy spending time with my family, natural living, herbs, homesteading, growing my indie biz, & crafting galore! I enjoy doing anything creative! I’m always finding some new craft to try! My latest obsession is cake decorating! UUUMMM…I love me some cake! LOL!
I’m thrilled to be a part of the Handmadeology Team. I can’t wait to share great, exciting things with you all! I’m also a regular on the Team SASSY Blog where I offer Etsy sellers mini critiques each week, & I’m an active member of the EtsyMom Team as well. Being a part of both of these teams allows me the opportunity to do what I’m passionate about…helping small indie business owners build their businesses & balance work & family!

Writer: Johanna Draper
I am self taught in the art of crochet, and began designing my own patterns around the age of 16. I soon began honing down on my niche, and fell in love with nature inspired thread crochet.
My family moved into the country in the middle Tennessee area, where I found plenty of inspiration for my designs. A few years later, in 2008, I discovered Etsy and opened a shop of my own, http://www.joyoustreasures.etsy.com . Since then it has been my pleasure to share my designs with the world.
I am also a local photographer and play the piano as a hobby. Although I have dabbled in many different kids of art, crochet, photography, and music are the ones that stick with me.
I have more recently begun developing my skills as a writer, and began my blog http://www.etsytreasurechest.blogspot.com my way of giving back to a community I have come to love.

energy shop - 	 Lisa Jacobs

 

I’m Lisa Jacobs: Owner of the Energy Shop and Author of Market Your Creativity and The Rescue You Program. I’m from Pittsburgh, PA and currently living with my husband and our four children in Wellington, New Zealand. I have a passion for self-discovery and personal transformation. I like to spend my free time enjoying family, friends, spirituality and business books, Oprah, and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills :).

I’m honored to be part of the Handmadeology community. I love to talk to shop and help build the handmade marketplace. As Howard Thurman so beautifully stated, “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

I love this life and I follow this credo: “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman

 

Regina Morrison

Regina Morrison

About a year and a half ago I was stuck in a dead end job; chained to a paycheck.  I desperately needed a creative outlet, so I spent my days at work writing about one of my passions, food, on my blog Taste {http://gina-taste.blogspot.com}.  I soon needed a venue for my passions beyond food, so I started a small handmade accessories business, Acute Designs {www.acutedesigns.etsy.com}.  Along with the business came a blog all about style, fashion, and running a small business.  My Acute Designs blog {www.acutedesigns.org} has allowed me to grow as a writer and connect with so many people in the small and indie business community.

I hold a Bachelor’s in English from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio and use my love of writing as a way to connect with the community and showcase my business and other small businesses.  My writing and my passion for Acute Designs got me through that soul sucking day job and I am now contently working full time for myself, growing my business to meet my dreams.  I feared wasting my life in a 9-5 and Acute Designs is my journey.

I am originally from the Midwest, and a bit homesick, but am happily avoiding winters while residing in San Diego, California with my husband and two crazy dogs.

This is not just a hobby for me. The investments that are made in my store help to provide for our family, when I’m not reinvesting the profits that is. Except for our small mortgage, we are debt-free. Even living a very financially conservative lifestyle, it’s still difficult to make ends meet. We would love to be featured in “Quit Your Day Job” on Etsy, except I already did that three years ago to be home for my family.

I “retired” from the corporate world to be a stay at home for my two children. It doesn’t pay much, but it’s got great benefits! (My marriage has never been better, and my relationship with my kids is awesome!) My degree study is in computers, and God blessed me with a great talent in that field, but I just couldn’t justify that anyone else needed me more than my kids. So, yeah, it’s tough sometimes but completely and utterly worth it, every penny-pinching, coupon-clipping minute of it! I also homeschool, which leaves me almost no time to myself, but yet I have been consumed with this passion to sew. And, somehow, it all works out anyway. (Coffee–Eight o’clock, hazelnut, whole bean!)

My husband is so extremely supportive. He’s the one that taught me to sew. (He learned from his mom.) He has years of experience in Sales and Management, but he is now a field boss during the day at TDCJ Coffield (think Cool Hand Luke but nicer!) and a prison chaplain by night. He never says one word about the tons of fabric that he has to remove from our bed daily, and he is lulled to sleep by my sewing machine each night! He delivers my packages to the post office and brings me snacks when I get too busy Etsying to take care of myself. He is my heartbeat, and I could never do this without him.

I am excited about this new opportunity to share words of wisdom concerning all I have learned about sewing, finding and displaying vintage items, writing descriptions, making your own simple but elegant banner using the “vintage” software (Paint and Microsoft Photo Editor), taking great photos (even using your husband’s two year old Blackberry), researching your items, and taking care of your customer.  I hate for all of this information go to waste, like a beautiful ornament on the wrong side of tree.  Now I just have to bring all of these ideas and bits of information into submission and turn them into easy-to-read, interesting, helpful posts.  One of my favorite books as a child was “The Little Engine That Could”.  Hmmm, that has the makings for a great starter post….

Hi! I’m Sharee Johnson, also known as aShareeDesign. I am a dropout of the corporate world and now live with my husband at the edge of the most beautiful wilderness area in the country – the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). My studio literally looks out over a boundary waters entry point lake where beyond is a million acres of wilderness bordering Canada.

I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, so what am I doing being creative? Don’t ever let anyone tell you that creative people have no business sense or that business people aren’t creative!

I love to recycle/upcycle. Good thing because we have to be resourceful way up here in the north woods! We can’t always get what we want when we want it, so it makes for some extra ingenuity or at least planning a lot ahead for that trip to a bigger town.

Recently I started a blog to talk about things I’m currently interested in, working on, what I’m cooking, or just some random thoughts on a cold winter’s day. My hope is that some of it might interest or inspire you.

Check out my Etsy shop and follow my adventures at my blog: www.aShareeDesign.blogspot.com

18 comments

  1. I am so pleased to ‘meet’ all of you and I am looking forward to reading your blogs.
    michel

  2. Thanks for showing up here!

  3. Etsy and Etsyfolk are so inspiring… Handmadeology, too! Thanks for posting. :)

  4. This is a great site..just found out about it. Look forward to more articles. Thanks guys for putting this together.

  5. So glad I found handmadeology. I am a fairly new etsian, part of the success team, new team captain for Treasury Island team, and so excited to have started Bates Mercantile Co. with my husband. Trying to read anything and everything on how to build a successful business on etsy. Thanks for this great resource!

  6. Thank you for a wonderful site! Enchanted Makeovers also believes in the power of handmade and creativity to heal the lives of women and children living in shelters and communities. ox

  7. Hello, Handmadeology Team!

    It all sounds so exiting, I just love the Etsy Community, am fairly new with actually listing items, and want to learn as much as possible. Which would be pretty easy, being a self taught artist and designer:)

    Thanks for being out there, and please feel free to visit my shop and comment!

  8. Great website. I’m glad I found it. I look forward to reading about other etsy sellers.

  9. Great place to stop for selling tips, new blogs and eye candy.

  10. Wow I had no idea the team was so large and had that many people. your stories are very inspiring. I just hope I can be a big success like all of you!

  11. What an AWESOME Team!!! Love the Concept and can Feel the Love!! Way 2 Go!!!

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