Item: Autumn Leaves Place Cards
Meet Angela, the crafter behind the Etsy shop ThePinkDillo. There are so many great things in this shop, but I wanted to share my favorite thing listed – these cute place cards! With Thanksgiving approaching (as well as other autumn feast occasions), these place cards would make a perfect addition!
I heard about Angela and her shop via my Etsy Item of the Day shop submission form.
“Hi! My name is Angela, and I live in Austin, Texas with my boyfriend and our adorable chihuahua, Scar,” she told me. “I make a variety of paper goods and magnets, and love using fun patterns, colorful combinations, and cute paper punches, stamps, and embellishments. I first discovered Etsy the summer of 2009 and immediately knew I wanted to open up a shop, to support my creative side that until then, I didn’t really have an outlet for. I love creating things, and always have way more ideas swirling around inside my head than I have time to actually make, and I would love one day to make this a full-time venture. Until then, I’m grateful that my current day job supports my crafting addiction!”
Angela told me that it’s pretty rare for her to not be doing Etsy or craft related activities. But when the time comes for a break, she says she loves to cook and try out new recipes.
“I also enjoy reading, Yoga and Pilates, spending time with my boyfriend and our dog, and catching up with friends over happy hours and dinners,” she said. ”I wish I had more time and opportunity to travel, and would love to return to Europe one day and visit Santorini, Portugal, and Ireland (just a few of the places on my long list).”
Here are some other great items from Angela’s Etsy shop that I wanted to share with you guys:
When Angela heads to Etsy.com to shop, she really spreads the love.
“I don’t think there’s one shop in particular that I frequent all the time, and I try to share the love by supporting a variety of artists and shops,” she told me. ”One of the things I buy the most on Etsy, though, are bath and body products, as evidenced by the large stockpile of soaps stored in my bathroom.”
“Some of my favorite B&B sellers are Dennis Anderson (just LOVE his whipped soaps), Ophelia’s Apothecary [I featured this seller here!], and OrangeThyme,” Angela said. ”I love the wonderful nature of handmade soaps and the amazing variety, and always get a little excited when I get to open up a new product to use at home.”
If you’re new to selling handmade on Etsy.com, Angela has some great advice for you:
“I spent a few months preparing and researching before I actually opened up shop, and I scoured the Etsy forums for advice, tips, and other helpful suggestions about how to run a shop. I highly suggest other new sellers do the same,” she suggests.
“I gathered a lot of information about photography, the convenience of PayPal shipping, how to brand your business, discovered some great suppliers, the importance of completing your profile, policies, and shop announcement, and much more,” she continued. ”It made me really stop and think about all the business aspects of selling online, rather then just listing a few creations and expecting to make sales. It takes a lot of time and work to do this, which I think a lot of brand new sellers don’t necessarily realize at first.”
Angela is anticipating a busy holiday season at her Etsy shop!
“I hope to also have a busier shop this year for the holidays, and am currently trying to prepare and stock up on supplies and packaging materials, as well as discover new ways to get my shop out there and discovered by more and more people. Overall, as cheesy as it sounds, I just want to continue doing what I love and hope that others love what I do as well,” she said.