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Featured Team Shop

We like to feature one of our team member’s shops each month…

Here is an interview with Natalie, owner/designer at PaperFlora. She won the February WedEclectic Treasury Challenge. : )

How did you start your shop?
During the months of planning my own daughters wedding, I redesigned my mothers wedding cake topper and replaced all the 60 year old paper flowers with handcrafted new flowers. I loved doing it so much I decided to design more and it all grew from there.

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How did you come up with your shop name?
I began making flowers out of paper. So after a brainstorming session with my daughter she thought of PaperFlora. Paper from the material and Flora from one of my favorite aunts.

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What has the response been like from the (local/online) community since you opened?
My shop quickly evolved into more than just cake toppers. There was a lot of interest in wedding accessories that matched brides wedding palettes. I have been blessed to have felt very welcome in the online community.

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Tell us about some of your favourite items in the shop.
Some of my favorite items are the one of a kind ring pillows that are in the shop. I love creating a keepsake and encourage each bride to keep the pillow out in their new home. Tucked away on a chair of a shelf as a thoughtful reminder.

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What inspires you?
I’m always inspired by all the beautiful fabrics and colors that are available. When I see a wonderful print collection I immediately start thinking of what I could design from it.

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What is your favorite wedding trend (now or past)?
I love the trend of handmade touches. Whatever a brides style from Formal to Rustic Chic, brides are adding their own personalities and handmade touches throughout their special day.

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What do you think the future holds for you / your shop?
I hope to continue to create beautiful keepsakes and useful gifts that each bride would be proud to give or receive.

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Featured Team Shop

We like to feature one of our team member’s shops each month…

Here is an interview with Julie, owner/designer at OddLotEmporium, and one of our most active new team members. She won the February Treasury Challenge. : )

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How did you start your shop?

I have been an artist and an online artist for years. I got my start at a popular POD site and then heard about Etsy through some friends and decided hey why not!?

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How did you come up with your shop name?

I have an offline website and blog that goes by the name of Odd Lot Weddings and my Etsy shop Odd Lot emporium was suggested by some friends b/c I offer so much more than jsut wedding printables. I do handmade wood blocks also!

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What has the response been like from the (local/online) community since you opened?

Oh man, I really just thought it would be slow and Id have to build, but the response has been overwhelming! I have had my offbeat wedding invites in a magazine, featured on Offbeat Bride and been asked to exclusively design for 2 online stationery stores. So this year has been great! And of course my brides are amazing and I feel so honored that I get to create amazing design for their weddings!

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Tell us about some of your favorite items in the shop.

Man, some of my favorite are my sugar skull designs, s much so that hubby has actually gotten one on his leg tattooed while we were on vacation in Mexico! Another is my Gothic skeleton wedding suite. I just LOVE offbeat weddings!

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Who or what would you say has had the most influence over your craft?

I would have to say that just comes from within. I have always been told I was “unusual” and most people think I’m a little quirky. That’s fine with me!!! lol. I am the type of person that can be inspired by almost anything, especially the weird! I love a challenge!

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What inspires you?

The funkier, more unusual and just weird the better. I will often be walking and have to do a double take to stop and capture an image with my phone. I just get inspired by everything and have to take notes that very second so I don’t forget it.

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What is your favorite wedding trend (now or past)?

Oh man, I have always loved gothic steampunk all the way.

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What would you like to see at more weddings?

I’d just like to see Brides not be scared. Take your wedding to the next level and be unusual, be yourself. Its your day and you shouldn’t live up to anyone’s expectations except your own. Let your personality shine through in everything you do and it will be a very memorable day full of fun.

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Given the opportunity, which celebrity would you like to see wearing your designs?

Bah! Dita Von Tess absolutely! She would rock it!

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What is your unicorn – that is, what is an object or skill that has eluded you so far?

Marketing, lol. I am good at designing but really need to learn how to get my name & what I do out there to the public.

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What do you think the future holds for you / your shop?

The future is great. With hard work and dedication to being the best person with a great attitude for my brides, it can only grow! Because when it comes down to it, my designs are great but I am offering not only those but also my compassion and helping hand to my clients to make their day special and memorable.

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Featured Team Shop

We like to feature one of our team member’s shops each month…

Here is an interview with Keri, owner/designer at DelaneyJewelry, and one of our team leaders.

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How did you start your shop?

I was making seasonal jewelry collections and selling it in local boutiques, and through my main website, but wanted another presence online other than eBay. A friend told me about Etsy, so in July “08 I opened my shop. In 2010 I almost closed it due to low activity. Thankfully, I decided to give it one last big attempt, joined my local Etsy team, learned how to work with Etsy and my sales started picking up.

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How did you come up with your shop name?

After having 3 boys (I wanted 4 girls) I decided that my business would be named after the daughter I never had. Fast forward a couple years; I got the girl, but the name did not fit her. I decided to change the name of my business. My daughter’s name is Delaney Jane, after her grandmother.

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What has the response been like from the (local/online) community since you opened?

I love what I make. My business has always been well supported by my community. I think the sweet e-mails that I get from people around the world are what makes it doable, even at 2 or 3 am.

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Tell us about some of your favorite items in the shop.

My favorite items, by far, are the sterling silver and 14K gold framed photo tiles. I think they are so pretty, and they make my work (your jewelry) even more one-of-a-kind.

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Who or what would you say has had the most influence over your craft?

I met a photographer, Michaela Winkley, who became the catalyst for my photo tiles. I desperately wanted to design something with photos baked in clay, but for over a year I had one fail after another. Michaela’s desire to offer her clients high end photo jewelry is what kept me plugging away.

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What inspires you?

The birth of my daughter is what inspired me to create my photo jewelry. I had gorgeous photos of her that I wanted to wear for everyone to see. I thought mother’s with new babies would be my audience. Ironically, my memorial charm is my #1 seller. I find myself working with the images of very loved and very missed people from around the world. Giving my customers a way to remember their loves ones was my new found inspiration. I have lost many
loved ones, and I definitely feel the magnitude of loss, heartache, and love in every order.

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What is your favorite wedding trend (now or past)?

Using personalized items to remember the day; like shoes, hangers, memorial bouquet charms (of course), clothing, jewelry, cake cutting utensils, toasting glasses, etc. But running a close second are items that can be handed down to your oldest son or daughter, or borrowed by all of your children for their own special day.

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What would you like to see at more weddings?

I love the guest participation, so anything along the lines of table games would be a favorite of mine.

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Given the opportunity, which celebrity would you like to see wearing your designs?

Oprah; I wanted to make something with her dog on it.

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What is your unicorn – that is, what is an object or skill that has eluded you so far?

I love custom designs, and I feel that PMC (precious metal clay) skills would allow me to produce one-of-a-kind sterling frames for my photo tiles. I just can’t find the time to take a class. But it’s coming.

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What do you think the future holds for you / your shop?

I feel myself being pulled into finger/thumb print photo tiles. And a even stronger pull toward pet memorials.

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Owner/Artist

DelaneyJewelryDesigns.com

DelaneyJewelry.Etsy.com