Friday, November 28, 2008

Etsy Artisan Interview: Rose Works Jewelry

Ruthie, at roseworksjewelry is a fella Etsyblogger, and an extremely active member on the team. I would be amiss if I didn't first tell you about the radio show, called Spotlight on Artisans, she will be co-hosting with Lily from Tulip's Treasure Box. Blockheadrod, from the Blockhead Radio Show, will get the ladies started, and run the chat room for them. Catch the opening show, with the jeweler behind TheChainMailleLady. That's on Thursday, Dec 4th at 12 Noon eastern time. You can also record it, if the time doesn't fit your schedule.

On with the interview:

  • What's the name of your Etsy shop?

  • What types of products do you sell?
I sell an eclectic mix of jewelry. In my store you will find more traditional designs, fun and quirky designs, handwoven bead work, wire-work, and if I get everything in gear, I'll have hemp up by the time you read this!

  • What is your favorite item in your shop today?
I have to pick just one? I'm a rebel - so here are my TWO favorites - because I can't pick! I love my Heroes bracelet - I've gotten a lot of positive feedback off of it. And I also love my purple snake bracelet, I love the colors and the texture!

  • How did you find out about Etsy? Where you a buyer before a seller?
I found out about etsy through a friend of mine that was trying to convince me it was time to start selling my work. I had been thinking about selling for about 2 years, and when I was introduced to etsy, I finally was ready to start! I browsed around and signed up straight away as a seller. Of course I quickly became an addicted buyer too...

  • Are there additional venues where you sell your work?
I put up one item weekly in my blog that you can buy right off the blog! I'd like to expand into more venues, but I also don't want to spread myself too thing, so for now it's basically etsy :)

  • Are you involved with any of the Etsy teams?
Yes! I'm currently involved with the Etsybloggers and the Big Damn Crafters. Both teams are a lot of fun and very supportive. If you aren't currently a part of a team your missing out on a LOT! A lot of my sales have been generated from team mates, and you find out about all sorts of opportunities that you would never hear about other wise.

  • Over the years, what materials and mediums have you worked with? What's your favorite?
What haven't I worked in? LOL As far as jewelry goes I've worked with seed beads, swarovski crsytal, wooden beads, metal beads, plastic beads, glass beads, semi-precious stones, wire-wrapping, hemp, and goodness knows what else! I've also done some hand sewing (I have a quilt I've been working on forever by hand,) and I'm learning to crochet and knit. I know I've done others too - but my brain is deciding to take a vacation right now...

  • Everyone knows images are important when selling on the internet. What's your procedure for taking photos of your products? Do you have any tips on taking better photographs?

Well - I personally think I need a lot of work on my photos. I'd like to build a light box, but it's kind of waiting on me having the time and money in conjunction with each other! I use multiple lights and I take lots and lots of photos. And then I make sure I edit the photos.

  • Are selling your products a full-time job, or do you have an additional occupation, outside the home?
Yes, no, maybe? LOL - I have some serious health issues that I'm dealing with right now, and I was forced to both quit my job and quit school. I do work very part time doing transcription work for the local university, but other than that, I try to take care of my health first, and making jewelry and writing are both therapy for me. So in a sense this is my full time job... but not in the sense that I'm making enough money to be doing that!

  • Do you have an online photo storage site, where we can see more about you and your surroundings?
I should have one of those huh? I do have a flickr but that is on my list of things I really need to update and a tool I need to use more effectively.
  • We are all looking for good marketing advice. What's the best tip or trick you can share with us?

Blog! Having a blog lets people get to know you, and you'll get to know a lot of people! Be willing to spend time promoting yourself and your shop and not just in creation. It also really helps if you have a variety of price points in your shop.

  • Where can people find out more about you - do you have a blog, website, instant messaging account?
Whew - here's the list of links!
Etsy Shop:
Rose Works Jewelry

Rose Works Jewelry
Rose Works Jewelry's Treasury Blog
A Jedi's Musings

Facebook under Ruthie Stickney


My turn! My favorite piece? I love the beadweaving rope technique.
Maybe I can get Ruthie to give me some pointers?


uniquecommodities said...

Awesome Interview! Thanks for helping us to get to know more about the AWESOME RUTHIE!

BeadedTail said...

Wonderful interview! I absolutely enjoyed learning more about Ruthie!

Rose Works Jewelry said...

Aww - you did such an incredible job with this! Thank you so much Deb!

Tulip's Talking said...

Awesome, Wonderful, and Aww know, what < they said!!!



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