Friday, January 16, 2015

Quarterly Featured Shop- Jan-Feb-March

1st Quarter Featured Shop is:
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 Please explain a little about your shop, what items you sell and what inspired you in your product and shop design?
I began Sweetchild Jewelry in 2007. I make polymer clay jewelry like pins and necklaces, religious items such as rosaries and mezuzahs, and accessories like barrettes. I also make focal beads and bead sets. I have been a K-12 art teacher, quilt maker, and a cross stitch designer, and began working with polymer clay in 2006. Once I learned how to condition the clay with a pasta machine, I was on my way. I tried PC because the work of others intrigued me. It is so versatile – you can stamp it, ink it, roll, extrude, slab-build, silk-screen, and create very finely detailed canes with it. Every PC artist’s work looks different because of this versatility. 
As for shop design, Marilyn of www.Accentuate.etsy.com created my most recent banner and avatar. I chose it because its small, pieced patterns reminded my of polymer clay canework. I arrange my shop items according to color to create shop cohesiveness and visual flow. I use fotofuze.com to create those lovely pure white backgrounds in my photos. 


 Have you had a positive sellers experience on Etsy?
I generally have had very good experiences on Etsy with buyers. I have also had life-changing experiences of friendship and growth with other Etsy sellers who supported me, taught me, and promoted my work just because that is what good team mates on Etsy do. Promoting one another is key to Etsy success. Join one or two very active teams like Team Serenity www.etsy.com/teams/12408/team-serenity, and then promote one another like crazy. 


 What are your goals for your business short & long term?
This year I hope to increase the complexity and beauty of my canework. I have also been approached by several local shops that want to carry my work, so I am making some forays into wholesaling. I just completed 20 Jewish mezuzahs and house blessing cases to be shipped to a shop in St. Augustine, Florida. And one of my pendants will soon appear in The Polymer Arts magazine. 



How did you come up with your shop name?
My last name, Soskin, actually means “seuss kind” or “sweet child” in Yiddish and German. So my shop became Sweetchild Jewelry. My jewelry is not for children though.

5. What kind of space do you create in?
I work in my grown daughter’s vacant bedroom. In that room I have my computer desk where I do all my shop-related mail and promoting, and opposite that is a huge old executive size desk is my clay table. Its drawers hold my clay, bead and tool stashes. Its surface is stacked with shelving, units of tiny drawers and bottles that hold all my findings, glues, and more. I work on a marble slab. Pantone color chips are displayed. I use a long arm light that can be moved around. It has an OttLite bulb which imitates daylight so I formulate proper colors. I wish I had a giant studio with lots and lots of room to spread out, but alas! 

Where are you located?
My studio is in my house in a quiet suburb of northeast Orlando, in Oviedo. My husband is a prof at the University of Central Florida, and we live 20 minutes from campus. 


Do you ship internationally? 
Yes. 

What is your favorite food?
Chocolate. 

What are your hobbies?
I read a lot of history – Doris Kearns Goodwin and Sarah Vowell never disappoint. I play piano. I love Russian art. Several years ago we took our first trip overseas – to St. Petersburg, Russia, a marvelous city full of art, cathedrals, museums, and palaces. I also do a lot of church work – choir, church librarian, prayer shawl ministry leader, and bible study leader. I am always teaching in one way or another. Education is very important to me. 


Please name one of your favorite fellow Team Serenity Shops?
There are so many! Take a peek at Magicmaker-Scraps (unique clip art), REcreationsyarn (crocheted animals to win any child’s heart), and SewandTellHandmade (stylish foldover clutches). 

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

NEW YEAR, NEW GOALS!

I started Team Serenity in April 2012, and I have new things in store for 2015!
I will be culling down members starting Jan. 1, 2015 and removing inactive members and shops that have closed.

Team Requirements:
1. The most important one is being able to cross promote at least on a monthly basis, I recommend weekly.
2. Also we do require nice photographed items, they don't need to be magazine ready, but we do not allow out of focus photos which do not showcase the item. Items will be shared on all our social media and you will be representing our team. We need cohesive nicely photographed items.
3. Yearly Team Check- in, each year I will start a new thread for all members to check in and if  I or the leaders do not hear from you and you haven't had activity for months you will be removed.

NEW for 2015
- The first thing I have decided to do is instead of having a monthly featured shop I will have a quarterly featured shop. Each quarter a new shop will be chosen and featured on the blog. I recommend each member reading about their shop and sharing it so we can get it seen.
If you would like your shop to be considered for this featured please post in the appropriate Etsy thread. https://www.etsy.com/teams/12408/team-serenity/discuss/14003463/?ref=team_page

-I have started some new promotion threads.

  POST 2 FAV 10- which works really well on other teams, so I thought we will give it a shot.
  https://www.etsy.com/teams/12408/team-serenity/discuss/15781263/?ref=team_page

  FOR TWITTER FANS- TWEET THE ITEM ABOVE YOU
  https://www.etsy.com/teams/12408/team-serenity/discuss/15704947/page/2?ref=team_page

  I started a thread where all team members can post their goals for 2015:
  https://www.etsy.com/teams/12408/team-serenity/discuss/15766570/page/1?ref=team_page

  POST 2 PROMOTE 2- https://www.etsy.com/teams/12408/team-serenity/discuss/15024455/?       ref=team_page

We also have the TEAM FACEBOOK GROUP where you can post up to (7) items a day to showcase your items.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/245459012312972/

If you haven't done so already please become a fan of our Team Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/teamserenity

We have a Team Pinterest Page for people who love to pin!
http://www.pinterest.com/twiggysky24/team-serenity-shares/

TRADE FRIENDLY SHOPS:
https://www.etsy.com/teams/12408/team-serenity/discuss/15447097/?ref=team_page

Please do not open threads. Any opened threads without prior approval will be removed.