Friday, August 31, 2007

seller of the month: sudlow

Rachael Sudlow - Kansas - USA

WHO (Your name, general description, any random bit of info about yourself, a vague sentence):

My name is Rachael Sudlow, I'm a mid 20's full time artist. I live in the heart of the midwest in Kansas & and I'm slightly OCD about making my least I love it, because i'm constantly creating. You can always find new designs in my shop at least weekly.

WHAT (Tell us about your shop, the items you make): is my main selling outlet & I peddle my jewelry. For the most part, I make what I think I'd like to wear & then post it on etsy & see how the reactions are. Pieces like my Peapods & Monet's Waterlilies series have been bestsellers. I'm always on the hunt for new colors & beads & trying to learn new techniques.

WHERE (Why do you sell on Etsy?):

Because it's the best full time job I've ever had. I quit my dull office job & haven't looked back. It's really fulfilling to work with customers directly & to create new pieces based on their preferences.

WHEN (When did you start making handmade items? When did you start selling on Etsy? Any tips for current/future sellers?):

I started making art & jewelry ages ago, back in highschool. I went to the Rhode Island School of Design & that further pushed me. After leaving school I worked a regular job for awhile + just making items for myself. when I discovered etsy in November 2005, I was hooked. Things have gotten better & better from there & I've learned a lot. I always put 100% into my shop & my work, & I think it reflects that. I tell people the key to selling is quality pieces & good photography. Fast, good customer service is always a plus & doing custom work doesnt hurt as well.

WHY (Go on, free self-promotion time! Why should people buy from your shop?):

Because you're getting an original work of art. Most of my pieces start from the basics...a plain sheet of metal, a few beads & some chain...I hand saw, form & solder all my pieces, including small components like clasps. I have amazing customer service & often get custom special orders done within HOURS rather than days. I'm willing to alter & customize my pieces to suit your needs, whether it be a different color, a special stamped message or the length or size.

FUN (Whatever you feel like talking about. A favorite shop or item on Etsy, a website you think others should check out, why butterflies and toe socks should rule the world):

I'm heavily involved with my street team, EtsyMetals. They are my creative muses & a great sounding board for my work. Our group site is & it has a listing of all the members & showcases some incredible talent that's worth checking out.

Also, if anyone is in the NE Kansas region, I teach at the Lawrence Arts Center in Lawrence, KS...I'm happy to get new people in to hammer, saw & create.

Aaaand…RANDOM QUESTION! If you could design your own wellies, what would you want on them?::

Bumblebees...I'm really into bugs right now.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007


a friend of mine just commissioned me to make him a book like the one in the never ending story. FUN!

Friday, August 17, 2007


i have a showcase reserved for tomorrow! i believe it will start at midnight...? :D i'm pretty excited, and am in the process of listing a few new items so my inventory will be a little more full! i didn't get a chance to make some new books like i had hoped, but new jewelry is always fun! i also have another showcase reserved for sept. 1st, so i'll have more books up by then ;)

if you get the chance, check out my items on etsy tomorrow! :)

Sunday, August 12, 2007

experimenting with necklaces

so i decided to try my hand at beading necklaces :) i honestly think i have much more fun with earrings (twirling wire, yay!) but it was still fun doing this! alas, i cannot get my pictures to show the true colors of the blue beads for the life of me ;_; i tried taking pictures outside, inside, in sunlight, blue light, yellow light, shade, during daytime, nighttime... argh! :( i am doomed. i have no idea why it shows up so light! ahh well... i included a link in the description that i found on google of a more accurately colored bead, which someone in the forums said would hurt me more than help but i think that i would rather let the customer see what it would really look like than get the necklace and be like "schwaaaa~t??" :P

i also decided to try making necklaces with the whole burning leather thing! custom initial leather necklaces, with practically all aspects made to your specifics! we'll see if anyone will want one of these :)

Monday, August 6, 2007

new books!

i've finally made a couple new books. the first will be put up for sale on etsy, and the second is a custom order from my boss at the theatre XD

i had to put in the last picture because... it looks like it's glowing! hee!

i've added a few new items to etsy, including twins of the ear threaders i made for my friend :) i liked em so much i made another pair!

and i discovered a fun new site called etsytools on the forums! it puts on stats and all of that good stuff from etsy for everybody to see! check it out!

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

couple o' fun projects

i decided to try to play with leather last night, and here is the result of testing out all of the different points on my toy~
haha i know, it's just a mishmash of blah, but i had fun and that's all that matters XD

and today was my roomie alex and her twin sister's birthday, so i made them some earrings! the ear threader one is for alex because she thought the leaf earrings i just (half) made were cute and that they were cool because she had never seen ear threaders before :)

seller of the month: MyHandboundBooks

each month i will be supporting an etsy seller who i believe creates unique and interesting items. the first seller of the month is myhandboundbooks! :D

WHO (Your name, general description, any random bit of info about yourself, a vague sentence):

Rhonda Miller - Nova Scotia - Canada

I am a bookbinder - unemployed librarian & web developer - mommy & spouse.

email pertelote [!at]

WHAT (Tell us about your shop, the items you make): is my shop. I make books. Lately I have been doing most of my books with limp leather covers, but I also enjoy making hardcover books using as much Japanese paper as possible. I especially like to learn about really old bookbinding traditions, and then try to replicate them.

WHERE (Why do you sell on Etsy?):

When I first decided to sell online, I went to Ebay because I thought it was the easiest option. Since then a number of people recommended Etsy and when I finally took the time to check it out, I loved it instantly. So I switched to Etsy as my main outlet.

WHEN (When did you start making handmade items?

I started bookbinding about six years ago when I took my first bookbinding course. In an previous life I tried making and selling jewlery. And even before that, my mother and I did a lot of crafts using dried flowers and wicker, very trendy at the time, and people bought the stuff...but that was a long time ago.

When did you start selling on Etsy?

I joined Etsy in March 2007. At that time, I was working full time at an office job and seemed to have a lot of downtime so I was able to do a lot of the early work setting up the shop and preparing listings on company time.

Any tips for current/future sellers?):

Make your photographs as good as you possibly can. Of course we are not all photographers, but it is really important to have nice pictures. If you take some photos and they are blurry, then start again and take new ones! Don't ever use blurry photos.

WHY (Go on, free self-promotion time! Why should people buy from your shop?):

I want to make books that people will like, and so far, people seem to like them. I want to make books that are functional, durable, beautiful, and unique, and they are. I try to make each of my books unique so if you have one of my books, you can be pretty sure that nobody else has one quite like it!

FUN (Whatever you feel like talking about. A favorite shop or item on Etsy, a website you think others should check out, why butterflies and toe socks should rule the world):

Everyone needs to see this video on YouTube, especially if you are a book person in any capacity. Even better if you are a book person who has worked in the IT industry.

The Medieval Helpdesk - A monk is learning to use a new technology (the book) and has to contact the help desk for user support.

Aaaand…RANDOM QUESTION! What is your favorite constellation?:

I like The Hunter, mainly because I can always find him and be sure that it is him. Most constellations elude me and I am never sure if I'm looking at ursa major or ursa minor :\

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