Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Our Challenge winner is: Trish Munro with WhimsyJig with her entry for the challenge:
The colour Black, with all it's shades and textures
Sewing Girl Necklac...
black sweater, upcy...
you're old -- b...
Tree of Life Neckla...
Art Deco Bag Black ...
Fingerless gloves, ...
Christmas Cards, Bl...
Felt Hat- Handmade ...
Stacked Mini Girls ...
Egg Photograph Food...
Antique Photo Coupl...
Hand made personali...
Antiqued Silver Tri...
Black/ Silver Metal...
Trish will be featured as our inspiration shop in our upcoming team Blitz!
Thank You to everyone who participated. Please check out our other challenges for more chances to win promotion and prizes!
Thursday, November 8, 2012
We started this business with the quest for Whiskey Stones, Made in Canada and were amazed to see a huge hole in the market. So My Husband, with his trusty saw, in our backyard, decided to fill that void. So with the support of his Wife (me) and our three little men, he started creating stones. With his mechanical savy and my artsyness we designed and branded Polar Stones ~ Whiskey on the Rocks. We started with just the stones and have moved on to attractive packaging, and accessories. We rack our brains to come up with new ideas, this year it is our Christmas coal.
Life in our house is chaotic to say the least, with both of us working our “day jobs” then our whiskey stone business, all while trying to raise three boys. Our work space is somewhat isolate to our office and workshop. There have been times where I have had to move a sippy cup or two out of my work space, but that being said, those three little boys are why we do what we do.
You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, our website (www.polarstones.weebly.com) and we also have a blog that you can find through our website. We are just starting out trying craft shows and will be at the Christmas Handmade Market in Southern Ontario.
We are proud of what we have started together, and happy with the amazing feedback we have received and our repeat customers have proven that our products are valued in Canada, the US and around the world.
We love selling through Etsy, It opened us up to a world-wide market. We have currently sold thousands of sets throughout the US and Canada, but also to Colombia, Iceland, Great Britain, France, Israel, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand.
My advice to other members would be don’t be afraid to open your market and ship overseas, who knows the places you could go. It is exciting to know that someone is using something that you have created on the other side of the world.
100 mile finds: http://100milefinds.com/polarstones
Thursday, November 1, 2012
What is your main craft, hobby or artist talent?
What other crafts, hobbies or artist talents (if any) do you have?
I try my hand at crocheting
A friend at work started making her jewelry and I thought “WOW I want to do that” and the rest is history. I have been making jewelry ever since.
What is your favorite crafting medium to work with?
Beads,beads and more beads along with findings of all kinds.
What is your craft or work space like? Is it well organized or messy? Do you have a dedicated space or is it spread out all over the house or office?
I would have to say it is messy most of the time. I have organized it in the past, and then I can’t find what I am looking for when I want it. I am lucky to have my very own room for my studio. I absolutely love that.
Who and/or what inspires you? What is your creative process like?
I love browsing magazines (Yeah real paper), my friends at work are awesome to give ideas, and sometimes all I need to do is go to my studio and start playing with my beads and something pops into my head.
Is your Etsy Shop your main job or do you have another job?
How did you choose the name for your Etsy Shop? What meaning does it have, if any?
Actually, my friends at work played a role in that also. It seems they think I talk a lot,LOL hence the name Babbleon.
Why did you turn your hobby into a business or was being a business always in the plan?
I had not thought of it as a business. It was more of “I could save some money if I made my own jewelry”. But as I began wearing it to work and other places, people would ask where I got it and the seed was planted.
What is the best and/or worst experience you have had since opening your Etsy Shop?
Worst: waiting so long to get that first sale. Best: Meeting so many great artist and making new friends across the world.
What tips do you have for other team members?
Keep plugging away. I have found that creating treasuries is a great way to get your own shop out there for all to see.
What tips do you have for new shop owners?
Do NOT get discouraged and give up. So many newbies tend to think after a couple of months if they aren’t selling like crazy, it isn’t going to happen. You HAVE to be patient and work your shop. It can’t do it on it’s own. YOU have to promote it.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not running your Etsy shop?
I love sitting on my patio, having a cup of coffee, watching the hummingbirds and of course shopping.
Where else can you be found online?
Friday, October 26, 2012
There's nothing on Earth so beautiful as the final haul on Halloween night. ~Steve Almond
Women's Round B...
Orange Black Hallow...
Raven masquerade ma...
Sterling Silver Ora...
20% OFF - Halloween...
Vintage European Ke...
Candy Corn - Cute H...
Arm Warmers: Zombi...
Under A Halloween M...
Mini Top Hat Steamp...
Full Moon Halloween...
Dog Tutu Dress Oran...
HALLOWEEN Haunted C...
Halloween Pillows -...
Tribal Coffin w/ Ap...
Large Skeleton Tree...
This treasury was picked by a panel of judges. Karen's shop will be featured on our social media sites (i.e. Pinterest, Facebook, Blog) and will be a featured shop for the next challenge.
Thank you for playing everyone!! See you next time!