Etsy Shop Spotlight – Esscentual Alchemy

What do you make/sell on Etsy?   Natural Perfumes are my exclusive domain When did you start doing your craft?  I am a classically trained opera singer. Specifically I am a lyric coloratura. So when I started learning perfumery, in 2010, it made sense to me that I should start off with classical perfume ingredients. The ones that made perfumery what it is today. To me, to jump into this field without a firm grasp on the basics, would be a tragedy. Like trying to paint without learning how colors go together. Botanicals, and Natural ingredients, feel like the foundations of this art form for me. Is this to say that the synthetics have any less validity, no. There are many perfumers … [Read more...]

Etsy Shop Spotlight – Engelfelt Designs

What do you make/sell on Etsy?  I make felted soaps with needlefelted designs on them (kind of like fine art on a soap!)  I also knit and crochet original scarves, cowls, fingerless gloves, hats, and baby props.  I use repurposed wool garments to make such things as hot water bottle covers and sachets. And finally, I do some Nuno Felting as well. When did you start doing your craft?  I knit my first item (golf club covers) when I was 8.  I learned to crochet when I was about 10, and the felting came along later in life, though as a kid, I always thought it was cool that one of my Danish relatives owned a felt factory in the "old … [Read more...]

Etsy Shop Spotlight – Elegantly Eclectic

What do you make/sell on Etsy? I make hand beaded "more than coffee scoops", hand beaded antique silver serving pieces and tea cup bird feeders. I also make a line of hand beaded wedding cake sets that I hope to get up on Etsy soon. When did you start doing your craft? Early 2008. I had been laid off the Monday after Thanksgiving in 2007 and had to make Holiday gifts. They were a big hit and in January I approched a gallery I love and talk to them about carrying my products. They did and it grew from there. Who/what inspires you? I am really inspired by color and texture. I am also really inspired by the places I have traveled and look at those photos for continued inspiration. For … [Read more...]

Etsy Shop Spotlight – Shaka Soap

{psst... discount code at bottom!} What do you make/sell on Etsy? I make soaps, lotions, lip butters, sugar scrubs, and bath salts When did you start doing your craft? I recently started in August of this year. It seemed like a fun hobby , and I was right! It has taken over my home. I just fell in love with creating my own products! Who/what inspires you? I am constantly inspired by the beautiful scenery of Hawaii. There are so many shapes, textures, and aromas to draw creativity from. I feel very blessed that I live in such an amazing place. Where do you create? I create in my home. I have a space in the kitchen that is deemed "Jess's Area" and I always have something going on … [Read more...]

Etsy Shop Spotlight – Anna Delores Photography

Etsy Shop Spotlight Anna Delores Photography  What do you create/sell?   I am a photographer!  Most of what I sell in my Etsy shop are photography prints, but I also have calendars, notecards and postcards, as well as photo jewelry.  I also started offering gift certificates in time for the holidays.  : ) When did you start doing your craft?  I got my first camera (a purple plastic 110 film Kodak) before I was 10 years old and I’ve been obsessed ever since.  I was always the girl at parties, restaurants, family gatherings, and vacations taking photographs of EVERYTHING to the point where people would yell, “Emily, quit taking so many pictures!”  I’m glad I ignored their advice!  I … [Read more...]

Etsy Shop Spotlight – Naturally Estes

Etsy Shop Spotlight Naturally Estes When did you start doing your craft?  Well I have always been the "crafty" type, but last year I made an "Arkansas Razorbacks" wreath for my house and people loved it. People began to ask me if I sold them or had an online store; it really blew me away. So that holiday season I offered to custom make wreaths for people and I had a great response. Off and on for the next year people would ask for my handy work until finally my family talked me into opening an Etsy store. Who inspired you?  As far as crafting inspiration, wow, pretty much anywhere and anything. Sometimes I'll randomly see something and think I could turn that into something awesome. … [Read more...]

Etsy Shop Spotlight – Esscents {+ a discount code}

Etsy Shop Spotlight Esscents Audrey and Paige are co-owners of Esscents – Scents, Soaps and More. Audrey started Esscents in 2009 as a hobby and Paige joined her in early 2011. Good friends for years, they decided to join forces to take Esscents to the next level and make it into a bigger business. They now sell their products wholesale, as well as online and at craft shows. When did you start doing your craft?  I started in 2009, when I wanted to make scented candles out of soy for less than the stores. I loved all the different scent options, started ordering more of them and got hooked. After candles, I branched out to bath and beauty products because I started reading about all the … [Read more...]