Thursday, May 21, 2009

Featured ETTEAM seller: Waterrose

Contributed by: NiftyKnits

Waterrose is a Etteam member, and known to many as "that girl who makes the stunning cuffs"...but there is so much more to find out. Let's see...

Cats or dogs?

3 Dogs --a brussels griffon, brittany, and a rotweiler and 4 Birds...that are far, far from my studio!

Star Wars or Star Trek?

Both, but the early versions.

Fruit or chocolate?

Both, fruit dipped in chocolate!

Favourite colour?

Blue...any shade

Favourite meal?

Today it's Prime Rib, Baked Potato, Corn on the Cob and creme brulee

City break or weekend in the country?

Weekend in the Country, with a great breakfast and either hiking or off-roading. And a great book and music.

Soaps or documentaries?

Documentaries --but actually movies...especially the ones with Katherine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy...and the list goes on. Old movies are the best.

Bath or shower?

Shower mostly. Baths on those days when I definitely need to relax.

Now we’ve got you warmed up…  
What brought you to Etsy? Tell us about your shop (or shops) Do you sell anywhere else?

I have been trying to remember for years how I initially found Etsy, but can't for the life of me remember. I opened my first shop in October 2006. But like so many others didn't realize I couldn't change the name once I signed on. So a year later I opened this shop. I kept my other shop because I hope to put vintage in it one day. Well it's more then a hope, since I have tons of vintage that I've been collecting to sell....better get busy before the house overflows!

I also sell at 1000markets.

What’s the favourite item you’ve made so far?

I love all of my cuffs and each time I create a new one...that becomes my favorite. I get so excited when a new design idea pops into my head. It's almost to the point that I have to stop everything I'm doing and make that cuff.

What has been the most useful lesson you’ve learnt (about Etsy) so far?

That there's a lot of great people on Etsy. People who are willing to help and people who become great friends. I have also become a much better photographer...which I was never concerned about before.

If you could start again, is there anything you’d do differently?

Well the one thing I did was open a new shop with the name that I really wanted. I wish I had made the change sooner. I probably would have visited the Virtual Labs sooner. It always seemed scary to step into a virtual room. But now that I have I have learned so much more about how to market my creations on etsy, from tagging to getting the photo's right. I probably would have begun blogging sooner.

How do you see your store developing?

I am adding new lines with necklaces/earrings etc. I also want to increase the home decor section. I just need to find a few more hours in my day.

What have you been doing today that I’ve interrupted?

I was talking to customers regarding my other business...I needed a break.

What’s your top marketing tip for today?

Put yourself in front of people outside of the craft/art world. Let them know what you do. It brings people to you that are interested in finding unique gifts for their friends and loved ones. Then it spreads like wild fire.

Saturday, May 16, 2009


The winner of our giveaway is:

Congratulations, Krystal!  You will be receiving the beautiful charms shown here from MidnightCoiler of the ETTEAM.  I'll be emailing you today to get your shipping info.  

Thanks to everyone who entered our giveaway, and stay tuned as we will be doing this again soon!!

Eteam BlogMistress

Friday, May 8, 2009


The Etteam knows how to do a giveaway!  

Our own fabulous MidnightCoiler has provided us with some of her beautiful hand made charms (24 total - valued at over $30.00) for our first big blog giveaway.  You jewelry makers are going to love these gorgeous rustic charms that Lynn makes.  The charms are a stoneware/pottery that are lovingly crafted and fired, each a unique individual work of art.  They will look fabulous in any jewelry project that you have.  The charms in the photos here are the actual charms that you will receive.

The giveaway starts today, Friday, May 8th, and will end at Midnight Pacific time on Friday May 15th.  We will use a randomizer to pick the winner.  You can have multiple enteries, but be sure to make each of your entries in a *separate* comment here on the blog.  The winner will be announced on Saturday, May 16th.  Be sure that you put your email address, Etsy store, or blog address in your entries, otherwise I won't be able to contact you if you win!!

How do you enter?

1.  For one entry:  Visit the Etsy shop of MidnightCoiler and tell us in a comment here what item of hers is your favorite! 

2.  For a Second entry:  Follow our ETTEM blog - and let us know in a comment here.

3.  For a third entry:  Tweet about this giveaway on Twitter, and let us know about it in a comment with your Twitter account name. 

4.  For a fourth entry:  Blog about this giveaway on your blog, and leave us a link to your blog post in the comments section here.

We'll be back here next Saturday, May16th to blog about the winner!

Spread the word!!