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Feature Seller – Fat Dog Beads

15 Jan

I am a married mom and grandmom (with #3 overdue about a week, and #4 due in June)…a copywriter by profession who opened my own itty bitty ad agency when I was laid off about 2 years ago. Am also the daughter of an artist – but my art talent is ehhhh….

Am passionate about: my family, my dogs (currently 3 – a 14 year old basset hound, a 4 month old basset hound and a 6 year old cocker spaniel), my Phillies and all shapes, sizes and colors of beads.

What is your favorite craft to make and why? 

Wire-wrapping jewelry. It allows me to mix and match colors, textures and shapes of different beads and metals. Although I have a strong preference for silver and copper. Right now, I have about 3,000 beads – and I keep buying more! My goal is to find new ways to use them in different kinds of organic jewelry.

Who got you involved in crafts?

I took one wire wrapping class at Bead Fest Philly – an absolutely huge jewelry making event held each year. Thousands upon thousands of people come to take classes and shop the hundreds of vendor booths. I was amazed that I could actually walk away with a bracelet I would want to wear after one class!

Do you have an Etsy shop? If so, what is the name?

My shop is called Fat Dog Beads which was named in honor of my pudgy pups…and because almost everything I make involves beads in one way or another

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I would really like to master the art of making my own lampwork beads. I am just getting into soldering…(though have a loooooooog way to go)…and could see me popping my creations into my own little kiln. I do not see myself working at this full time – ever. Because I always want it to be fun and exciting – not a job

What advise would you give to other crafters?

Take as many classes as you can afford. Look constantly at others’ work – not to copy it – but to figure out how it was made…and then put your own spin on it. Don’t undersell your talents or your hard work. Help all those who ask for it – and hope that others will help you too.


Feature Seller – Wire Bazaar

2 Jan

Hello my name is Benessa. I enjoy all things crafty, reading writing.. pretty much everything right brained. I love working on wire wrapping rings and necklaces whenever my 20month old son lets me.

What is your favorite craft to make and why?

Wire wrapped rings are my favorite to make though I really love the necklaces I have created aswell. I don’t get out much so it’s nice to have something craft to do that I really enjoy and the possibilities are endless.

Who got you involved in crafts?

One day I just woke up and decided I’m going to do wire wrapping. My husband was skeptical at first but now helps picking out my beads and wire!

Do you have an Etsy shop? If so, what is the name?

Yes, Wire Bazaar.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I hope to have a stable income from jewelry making and a better workplace with lots of beads and wire. Year by year I hope to just gradually increase my skills with wire wrapping and have my family push me forward every step of the way.

What advise would you give to other crafters?

Keep at it and dont give up. When you find yourself running low on new creative ideas just open your mind and eyes and take in whats around you. I often feel like I can’t possibly think of a new ring/necklace design but the moment I stop stressing about it so much, an idea (or 5!) come rushing in 🙂

Feature Shop – Letters by Landmark

29 Dec

Feature Shop – Letters by Landmark

Jamie and Stacy are high school friends that began Letters by Landmark, LLC the summer of 2008. They photograph actual letters from local landmarks to create names or words, which are framed and matted as a keepsake.

What is your favorite craft to make and why?

Our favorite orders are the custom ones that truly mean something to the customer. It creates such a unique and personal item that is a great conversation piece.

Who got you involved in crafts?

It’s always been a hobby of ours. We just decided to make a business out of it!

Do you have an Etsy shop? If so, what is the name?

Yes – lettersbylandmark

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Continuing to grow our business but maybe have some helpers.

How long have you been at I AM WHAT I AM?

Since it opened April 2011

What advise would you give to other crafters?

Listen and respect feedback but continue to do you what you know and enjoy.

Feature Shop – Beach Sea Crafts

23 Dec

Feature Shop  – Beach Sea Crafts

Hey, my name is Marilyn and I have been crafting for over 30 yrs. Since I can remember, my mother taught us all (5 siblings) to hand make just about everything. I am from a small town in SC and love to collect fossils and use my hands.  No matter what challenge was or is put to me…I love to find the answer. I love being organized and my favorite movie is Forrest Gump. I also love Disney. Cartoons are my favorite to draw.

What is your favorite craft to make and why?

I love to make shark tooth jewelry from the fossils I find and paint seashells. I draw quite often also.

Who got you involved in crafts?

My mother and her creative talents. Thanks Mom!

Do you have an Etsy shop? If so, what is the name?

Yes, my shop is called Beach Sea Crafts. For the love of the beach and the art I create from it.  Mother Nature provides me with surprises and fun items to paint, use in projects and make jewelry.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Here on Etsy with a bigger shop. I hope to expand in a few years once retired to include a wider range of beach crafts. However, I will always make my shark tooth jewelry and create art with shells.

What advise would you give to other crafters?

Never give up, there is always a way. Artists and crafters are their own worse critics. I feel trial and error is a learning curve we all must go through. Even the smallest idea can be so special and unique. Keep the faith and try harder!

Feature Shop –

8 Nov

When promoting handmade items, Etsy is a great place to start. So I want to take shops that have helped me in the past and new shops that are trying to get their names out there by having Featured Shops on my blog. For my First Feature Shop I was to give a shout-out to my brother’s shop


He started this shop back in May for basically a summer job. In his shop lovelylovepatterns, he sells (you

1995 Uncut Simplicity Pattern 9570 Size A (3,4,5,6)

guessed it) patterns! Most of them are vintage and include brands like Simplicity, McCalls, Butterick and Vogue. He decided to start selling patterns because in my shop lovelylovedesigns, vintage patterns sold very well. All of his patterns range in sizes, designs, and age, which means everyone will find a pattern that will work for them in this shop.

2000 Uncut Simplicity Pattern 9142 Size A (.5, 1, 2, 3,4)

Some of his most popular patterns deal with children’s clothes. Since children quickly grow out of there clothes, sewing patterns are the way to go. This is because if you create the original outfits and then adapt the clothing for the growing child.

Other sections that are found in his shop are the years each pattern was put out. Since people might be looking for a particular pattern, the year the pattern was created is the easiest to search. The following years can be found on his shop:

If you are looking for a particular pattern or style do not hesitate to ask him! He has thousands of patterns to list so keep checking his shop for updates. 
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