Ali of AliBaliJewellery is a fellow member of ETTEAM and makes gorgeous jewellery that deserves its place on Etsy's front page! (The necklace above deserves to be in my jewellery box, but that's another story...)
But what of the woman herself?
Cats or dogs?
Dogs, definitely. Cats are sneaky, dogs are loyal!
Star Wars or Star Trek?
Neither.... never really got either of them!
Fruit or chocolate?
OMG, is there a choice!! Chocolate all the way, although I do like strawberries dipped in chocolate, yummy!
A good Thai curry.
City break or weekend in the country?
Weekend in the Scottish hills.
Soaps or documentaries?
Documentaries, I am proud to say I don't watch any soaps!
Bath or shower?
Horses for courses. Shower in the morning to wake up, long lingering baths in the evening or at the weekend!
Now we’ve got you warmed up…
What brought you to online selling?
I started making jewellery about 2 years ago for myself. Then, my friends started asking me to make stuff. From there I tried my luck at craft fairs, other crafters told me about Etsy and that was that. I have shops on Etsy, Folksy, Dawanda, plus I've just opened on Artfire and Coriandr.
What’s the favourite item you’ve made so far?
It's normally the last thing I've made!! I have a few favourites, I like my crochet bracelets, especially the new wider and chunkier ones I've made for custom orders recently. I love my hollow dome pendants and funnily enough they were one of my first designs!
What has been the most useful lesson you’ve learnt so far?
Promote, promote, promote!! And .... get great photos!
If you could start again, is there anything you’d do differently?
Work on my photos before loading them onto any sites and I would have started blogging earlier. I've only recently got my head around social marketing and I wish I'd started that last year.
How do you see your store developing?
I think I'm gradually finding my own style and I want to start developing that further, concentrating more on precious metal clay. I have loads of ideas buzzing around my head!
What have you been doing today that I’ve interrupted?
I'm at work! It's okay though, it's 8am and I'm not due to start until 9am!!!
What’s your top marketing tip for today?
Stumbleupon, use it for everything you do, new listings and blogging!!
Thanks Ali! I don't know about you, but I think Ali's photos are fantastic, and I can recognise her style easily. Check out her shop here AliBaliJewellery and her blog here!