A couple of months ago I had a new customer in my shop who ordered an armload of ribbons and trims. Her name was Posie. Isn't that a great name? Her spirit and enthusiasum (even through the internet) was infectious, and I couldn't help but think "Now why doesn't this gal live next door?"! She was recently back, and like your very best girlfriends, left me with a smile. This time I asked more about her shop and what she did with these goodies she was aquiring, she told me about her lovely bags. I buzzed on over to her shop http://www.craftsbyposie.etsy.com/ and took at look at her wares. She does the most amazing collaberations of new and vintage items to make heirloom quality bags. I asked her to drop me a line when she used some of the new trims she bought from me so I could see them in her creations. She recently sent these photos to me, and I was just blown away! I saw no traces of the raw ribbons and trims she purchased from me in this glorious victorian inspired bag. After reading further in her description I was able to pick them out, but it surely proves that artistic vision has no limits. I have seen many beautiful things in my minds eye when looking at the same lovely trims but never have I seen them in this beautiful light. Thank you Posie for sharing your inspiration with me :o)
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009
I sell these amazing fluffy wool felt flowers, in a rainbow of colors, in my shop. I have used them on clothing, hair clippies, aprons, and many other pretty petal crafts. I recently had a customer of mine purchase them and excitedly exclaim "they will make beautiful jewelry!" I had visions of 70's style flower power chokers and brooches. Kelly over at http://www.pinkbuffalo.etsy.com/ came back over for a visit to my shop and mentioned she had some of the jewelry up in her shop. I had to jump on over a visit.........I was shocked! These were GORGEOUS chic necklaces, earrings and hair accessories! They are classy, elegant and very hip. she has an eye for color and the ability to mix the most unexpected elements to come up with the freshest designs! Three dimentional with lush colors these jewelry pieces are sure to stun! Head on over to check her out and be sure to tell her I sent ya!
Friday, May 15, 2009
I always love to hear from my customers, especially to see what they have made with the little treasures they have gotten from me. Sometimes they are my in stock ribbons and trims or sometimes they are little treasures that have been sitting in my studio waiting to find their voice. One of my customers recently sent me a link to this sweet little kitty cat that she created, using some of the trims she purchased from me. upon visiting her shop http://www.queenartist.etsy.com/ I was delighted to see all the other little friends she had created using so many recycled and vintage materials. It is always fun to step outside your studio and visit someone elses vision.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
So one of my most excellent customers, just opened up her new shop! She is Laura of The Blossoming Belle http://www.larbelle.etsy.com/ . She told me she was close to opening, and I have to admit that I was fascinated, Laura is one of those gals that tosses out words like Swank and Shwing, and it just elicits a cool vibe. I could not wait to see her vision. I cruised on over to her store and WOW! She had some fun stuff alright, and these Chandelier tags just jumped right out at me. I admit I saw these really cool kinda aged looking Chandeliers first, and then noticed the other details. They are made on recycled cereal boxes that she layers together, how cool is that?! They have a destinct urban edge to them. Almost industrial looking elements softened with elegant chandeliers. She packaged them all up with pretty black ribbons and a very cool "Swank" tag. The tag is made from an opaque recycled plastic lid of some sort and she added her catch phrase and some black string and vintage buttons. Small details, but they sure have a big impact! She also included a special gift for me, this beautiful altered can! She covered it with a Paris themed paper in my favorite colors, and trimmed it out with her customary Swank", and filled it with a set of personalized magnets for me! My initials and some coordianting papers make up the 5 magnet set, which of course also has another recycled tag, this one made from corregated cardboard. I was just amazed at the little details she put into everything, and all of the recycled materials she was able to use, without it screaming "recycled" I mean they look Chic, Cool, and Urban. I have been sitting here in my studio this afternoon trying to decide on the perfect place for my new treasures, and trying to condense some of my piles down to a more managable level, as I am taking ribbon off of cardboard spools, getting ready to toss them out, I have found myself asking myself........hmmmm what would Laura do with this????
note: photo to follow..trouble uploading.
note: photo to follow..trouble uploading.
Posted by Lesley Christopher at 11:43 PM
Thursday, March 26, 2009
As most of my customers know, I save my ribbon and trim end cuts from my shop inventory, and when I mail out packages to my customers I often include these little ribbon samples. It is nice if someone can use the piece that I send, but I also want them to be able to see the beautiful quality and colors of the trims first hand. The other day I got a message from Kia over at http://www.aoisart.etsy.com/ or visit her own website at www.aoisart.com with a link to this beautiful little felt faux cake she created. She used the velvet ric rac sample I sent her as the icing on this delectable little cake! I have to say I think the sliced strawberry on top is my favorite, my mouth is watering right now! I have said it before and I will say it again, it always amazes me how I can look day after day at these fabulous trims, and still be surprized by the wonderful imaginations of others and how they see the same materials and how they can put them together in a new and totally different way! Visit Kia's shop now, I see from her announcement that she is going to be closed for a couple of months, and her creations are just heavenly! You won't want to miss them!!! I want to add that I used her photo here with her permission, beautiful details!
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
I am so excited about my very first ad coming out in Somerset Studio magazine! It will be for the summer edition in a lollishop cooperative ad! I have seen the proofs and it is so much fun! Here is a little sneek peek at my photo for the ad.........think summer days, sandy beaches, fun in the sun...........
Posted by Lesley Christopher at 12:33 AM
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Tonight my heart is heavy. I know that I should not let things get to me, but sometimes something just hits you and you can't let it go. I have been selling on Etsy for 2 years now. I have seen my shop go through many tranformations, and as it has grown and evolved, I have gotten many wonderful compliments and met some fabulous people. Some people I was aware of before they ever found me. I have been thrilled to have a couple of celebritys shop with me. I have also been thrilled to count among my customers some of what I think of as "the big guns" in the mixed media/ paper crafting genre. One such person, I admired their store, their blog, and their "Style", when she came shopping, I told her how thrilled I was to have her a customer and how I was a fan of hers. She was nice and gracious, and I was so thrilled. Even more so when she came back! Imagine my surprise when I was checking in on some of my favorite shops (her's included) to find that she was now carrying the very products she bought from me! I know they are supplies, and I am buying them to sell, and that others have the same right. If she bought them from me, and then was selling them in another selling venue, now I get that, but to list them in direct competition with me in the same selling venue???? I was shocked, surprised and saddened. There are other people out there that have some of the same things that I have, some probably got the idea from me, but I cannot prove it. This person bought these exact products from me and is now selling them. I just have a hard time with that. It feels ugly. I have worked hard to find my products, to obtain a great variety, to keep looking for new things to bring to my customers. The other thing that bothers me, one of the products comes to me packaged in a certain way, differently than I sell them, I take apart the packaging and repackage them in a different configuration, and she is also doing the exact same thing. I mean direct copying. I just don't understand it. This is a person who is well known, and has her own following and customer base, I don't understand these things. I probably never will......
Posted by Lesley Christopher at 8:34 PM
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Or so the saying goes. Still after being on Etsy for over a year, it is incredible to me that 3 times now in the last 30 days I have been featured in a treasury! The newest one is a springtime medley of fruit salad musings put together by the fantastic seller http://www.theendpeace.etsy.com/ !
My fun and funky lemon petite pom pom trim is featured with a host of other mouth watering items. Check out that watermelon soap, I can TASTE it!!! Here is the link to view this fun treasury http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=46217.
Posted by Lesley Christopher at 9:07 PM
Thursday, March 12, 2009
I was so excited to be featured in a treasury a couple of weeks ago when I got the notification. Imagine my surprise when just two weeks later I got a message from Etsy seller www.fabricatedfamily.etsy.com that I was featured in her Treasury!!! Here it is http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list_west.php?room_id=46480 amazing! Many people think that curating a treasury is an art form unto itself and I think that I will have to agree. First of all to have the patience to wait to get a spot, then to go through tons and tons of items to find the right things to compliment your vision, well THANK YOU!
Posted by Lesley Christopher at 9:40 PM
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
I was very excited to get an e-mail from a fellow etsy seller http://www.monkeythreads.etsy.com/ , informing me that I was featured in her Spring Fever Treasury !http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=41245 This is the first time that I am aware of that I have been in a treasury. The item that she featured is my spring green petite pom pom trim. I am amazed sometimes at how many people do see my little shops :o)
Posted by Lesley Christopher at 12:17 PM
Monday, February 9, 2009
I love my stash of goodies, and getting lost in the studio for hours and hours, then coming up for air and admiring my completed projects. Kicking back in my chair, laying them all out in front of me, and smiling at all the pretties. Of course then I go get the hubby, drag him into the studio and make him admire them too! Recently I have discovered something else that brings a big smile to my face. I have two online shops now packed full of goodies (http://www.christopherpines.etsy.com/ and www.lollishops.com/thetintiara ) and have met alot of wonderful people through both. I have great customers, many of them repeat, repeat,repeat customers! Recently one of my really fabulous customers told me that some of her projects (made with my supplies ) were up in her shop. I just had to pop over and take a look....... OH MY GOODNESS!!! They are so gorgeous!!! I looked at all of the same supplies, and they never came together in my mind in such a beautiful elegant way. I spent quite a time looking at all of her lovlies and admiring her work. You should pop on over and visit her http://www.anitarae822.etsy.com/ and tell her I sent you! These beautiful gray and cream tags are just one of her many fantastic creations.She has girly, girly, vintage inspired, valentines, and even some fun inspiration for your own projects!! Well worth the visit!!!
Thursday, February 5, 2009
I have that song running through my head every time I think about my new Lollishop! This is very exciting! I am still in the process of listing my inventory, and have big photographing plans for the weeked! Check me out www.lollishops.com/thetintiara it looks so very cute!
Posted by Lesley Christopher at 12:30 AM