Thursday, September 13, 2012

Let Me Introduce you to Rebekah from Pixie’s Trinkets


I recently had the opportunity to interview Rebekah from Pixie’sTrinkets on Etsy.
Rebekah is a successful Artist, designer and Etsy Shop owner.
You will find beautifully designed and crafted jewelry of all types at Pixie’s Trinkets.
A great place to shop and treat yourself (or someone else) with a splash of color and style!
Vibrant, fun and fresh!!








A Short Bio on Rebekah


Rebekah’s Family is from Pennsylvania, However thanks to the Air force she grew up all over the United States.For as long as Rebekah can remember she has been crafting. Rebakah can recall a friend of the family teaching her how to make a pair of earrings with some vintage beads and wire, she has pretty much been a self taught artist since then.When she sees something cool or something she just wants to make she will try it out and work on it until she gets it right!

Rebekah has always found crafting to be a lot of fun and a great hobby but she thinks she really discovered her talents much later, Especially when people starting to notice her jewelry and requesting pieces from her!

Rebekah loves to mix colors and textures together; she would describe her work as eclectic and her style Bohemian. She is not afraid to try things out and loves all different styles. There is definitely a great mix and variety in her shop, catering to all different styles.





When asked to describe her style Rebekah remarked:

“My style is all over the place. When I’m in my office working, I listen to my mp3.
There’s all kinds of stuff on there, from Sinatra, to Owl city, to Nicki Minaj, to Patsy
Cline. If I had to define it in one word, it would be bohemian. I find myself using
that tag a lot!!’’

I asked Rebekah who or what has had the greatest influence on her and what inspires her to keep going and motivated?

“I have a very close friend who talked me into selling my work online. He asks
me all the time about my sales, how my shop is doing, what I’m making. He
keeps me going when I have artist’s block. (if there is such a thing!?)
I also stay motivated because I have a very stressful and hectic day job
working in an ER. When I come home after a long day, I lock myself in my
office, turn on some tunes, and I can be do or make whatever I want. It’s very
cathartic.”



Can you give us a visual of your workspace?

“My office, two words: mass chaos!!! Two desks, tons of shelves, boxes, a
computer, printer. Lots and lots of colourful pictures and things to play with
when I’m trying to come up with new ideas.”

How many hours a day or week do you create or spend time on your shop?

“I try to spend an hour a day on my shop when I’m working my other job. On my
days off I probably spend way too much time there!! I put at least one full day a
week in. I’m always doing something.”

Rebekah how does creating art make you feel?

“Amazing!!Everything I make is a little piece of me. When I get feedback about
something someone has bought, and they love it, it makes me so happy to
have been able to do that for them!!”






How has your experience been on Etsy?

“I think it’s been positive. I had my first sale shortly after opening, so that was
encouraging. I’ve been able to meet a lot of really cool people, and have
learned so much.”

 How do you handle the business side of being an artist and shop owner?

“The business side has been the biggest hurdle. I’ve never owned my own
business and have limited management experience. When i first started,
I thought, “I’ll try this, and if I sell anything, great, if not, I’ll just give all this
jewelry to my friends!!””



What’s the hardest part of being an artist or shop owner?

“The hardest part for me has been pricing my work. There’s always someone
out there who will question your pricing. I think people have to realize that
what we’re selling is handmade by one person and not mass produced.”

What has been your most exciting moment as an artist on Etsy?

“My first sale!!”

What are your goals for your shop, the future? Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

“My goals, to keep doing what I’m doing now. Maybe add another site or two.
When my daughter gets out on her own, I’ll be converting her bedroom into a
larger office. Then I’d like to try my hand at a few other projects. Maybe open
another shop!!”

Rebekah, Do you have any advice for new Etsy shop owners?

“Get a good camera and learn how to use it!! Keep working to make your
shop better. Join teams, read blogs. There are all kinds of free resources out
there!! Use them!!”





I would like to thank Rebekah for taking time out of her very very busy day to share with all of us! Best of luck to Pixie's Trinkets! Please also find her below......




Read and Follow Rebekah’s Blog

Follow her on  Pinterest

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Pixie'sTrinkets on Etsy




By: Ash of AntiqueAlchemy

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

TEAM SERENITY WEEKLY CHALLENGE #7 9-12 thru 9-16


This weeks winner picked by Jennifer is Rebekah from pixiestrinkets


This weeks Inspiration piece is from Rebekah's s shop pixiestrinkets
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lil blue posies stamped polymer clay silver post earrings


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Each week the shop that is being featured will pick their favorite treasury and I will than decide a item that will be featured next from the winner.

~ Treasuries MUST BE TAGGED : Team Serenity and TSChallenge8

~ Inspiration item must be in one of the top 8 spaces

~ All 16 spots must be filled with the above featured item, and all others from any shops here on Etsy. 

~ Post your treasury in this thread!!!!! Only the treasuries submitted in this thread will be considered in judging. 

~ You can post in other teams that you belong to for exposure.

~ Make as many treasuries as you would like to enter into the challenge.

~ Submission deadline will be Sunday, Sept 16. 

~ The Winner will be announced Monday, Sept 17.

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What do you get? 
♥ A chance to have the winning treasury for the following week, 
♥ All winners are chosen by the featured shop of the week. 

♥YOU also get extra exposure on Pinterest, As I pin as I can threw the week. 
From shops that participate in the thread. 
♥All treasuries entered will be pinned

♥ AND a spot on our team captains blog located here :


Let the challenge begin, and have FUN!!!

...........✿( ¯`v´¯) 
..........✿...`•.¸.•´
✿...Lornajane✿...

Thursday, September 6, 2012

My Day with Rebekah of ArtistBeeBee


I was so honoured this week to be taken into Rebekah of AristBeeBee’s world and to find out all there is to know about her, her shop and her craft in Crochet and design.




www.etsy.com/shop/ArtistBeeBee


A Short Bio on Rebekah of ArtistBeeBee

Rebekah grew up in Houston, TX and ever since she could remember, She loved artsy crafty stuff.

course when you’re young it's just crayons and coloring books and maybe some craft projects that you do in church or school.”

It wasn't until her early teens that she really got into art, Her Mother realized she had some talent in drawing and signed her up for art classes which she took until she graduated high school.
It's been twelve years since she graduated and in that time she has realized that while she may have a lot of talent drawing, she doesn’t like it!
A little over a year ago a friend of Rebekah’s introduced her to Etsy, She had just learned to make dish scrubbies and thought they would be a great thing to sell.  Since then she has discovered her passion for crochet.






When asked how creating made her feel, Rebekah replied:

a very soothing thing for me to just sit and crochet all day. I absolutely love it, it makes me happy!”


My Interview with Rebekah

Rebekah, when did you first discover your talent and passion for Crochet? What is your approach to design and how would you characterize your work?

“I don't think I have an approach to design. When it comes to making my dish scrubbies I'll just have a thought about what I want to do and do it.  Then again it's not a complex process making dish scrubbies.”
With the rest of my crochet items I'm still new enough to the craft that I use patterns on everything I make.  Someday when I'm more advanced and know more I hope to create my own patterns.”

Tell us about some of your work? How would you describe your style?

"I just finished a brand new item for my store; it's an owl poncho for 2 to 4 year olds.  I'm super excited about it mostly cause it's adorable and partly cause it's the most complex project I've ever crocheted.  I don't really know what my style is.  I like colorful things and I like pretty things.  Pretty much if it strikes my fancy I make it.”

http://www.etsy.com/listing/108297828/crochet-owl-poncho-2-4-year-old-size





Rebekah, Give us a visual of your workspace?

“A visual of my workspace hmm...well I get up and make the bed then I gather what I want to work on for the day and sit in the middle of the bed and watch tv and craft.  Very professional I'm sure lol.  Though whenever I need sunshine and fresh air, I sit on the front porch and craft.”

How many hours a day or week do you crochet or spend time on your shop?

“Lol, I have a confession, I'm an Etsy addict.  When I get up I get on Etsy for about 2 to 3 hours and then I get on and check it every hour or so during the day.  In between my Etsy fixes I crochet, I do this until my husband comes home.  I'd say on average I spend 8 to 10 hours a day Etsying and crocheting.”




  


How has your experience been on Etsy?


“Very positive! Etsy is full of super talented and kind people.”



How have you handled the business side of being an artist and shop owner? What’s the hardest part of being an artist or shop owner?



“I'd say the hardest part for me is keeping track of my expenses.  Doing the book keeping brings you down from the heights of creativity to the reality of whether or not you can afford that beautiful yarn.”



What has been your most exciting moment as an artist here on Etsy?

“The absolutely most exciting moment was when I sold my very first order.  That's when I realized that I could do this and make it work.  I started putting a lot more time and effort in my shop after that.”



Who or what has had the greatest influence on you, your vision for your shop or as an artist? What inspires you to keep going and how do you keep yourself motivated?


My husband is a pretty big influence, but not on my work he really doesn't have an opinion there lol.  He's just very encouraging and super supportive.
My absolute love for crochet, keeps me going and motivated, that and all the gorgeous patterns I find on Etsy. I find a new pattern and I just have to make it!”


Rebekah, What are your goals? Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

“I hope to still be on Etsy selling my items. I don't plan very far in advance though.  Things change so fast and everything that you plan just goes by the wayside.  You just have to be open to what God has planned for you.”



What advice do you have for new Etsy shop owners?


“Be patient I think would be the best advice, oh and take good photos of your items.  I've seen so many things that look like they might be cute but the photos of it are not good; it just turns off a buyer I think.  First impression is the picture, that's what makes you click on a listing.  You can have all the best items and really good descriptions but if you don't have a great photo to pull the customer in they won't see it”





I would like to thank Rebekah for taking time out her busy schedule and creativity time to share with us!!

I am sure that there are many many of us that are Etsy Addicts too, Rebekah, You are not alone there ;)






Please also LIKE Rebakah’s shop Page on Facebook


And follow her on  Pinterest




By: Ash of AntiqueAlchemy
Serenity Team on Etsy