Friday, March 12, 2010

Internet Artisan Interview - Craftomania

I thought it would be a good idea to introduce you to the talent behind Craftomania. Can't remember where I first found out about them... it was definitely one of etsybloggers teammates. If you want everything Etsy-related at your fingertips, the Craftomania Toolbar is the way to go. I got a little more engaged with the designers behind the toolbar for this interview, and found a trio of fabulous artists in their own right. So don't fail to go by their individual shops and check out the art they're creating.
  • What's the name of your website, and who operates it?

We are a team of 3:
Noica, Founder, Possum, Designer and CTA
Plush toys and graphics Designs

TheVintageBearLair, Coconspirator, Creative Department, Development and Possum management, Bear.
Anything Vintage or scented with time..

NuritDesign, Mama Bear, Producer and Mental Support
Jewelry Dreams

  • Tell us briefly the major thrust of your website? (bear with us {:-D )
Bear:" A couple of months on Etsy were more than enough for Noica, the industrious possum, to assemble a very detailed and ever growing list of her favorite Etsy related links, and She was baffled ;Navigating through the endless list of blogs and magazines and tools. Every site or blog led to a new exciting one, and on it went.."

Noica: "I was wondering to myself that there had to be a better way to manage my store and my time on Etsy. Luckily, my Bear was in the toolbars business, and he showed me the ropes. I felt so excited starting Craftomania Toolbar; finally, order from mayhem, neatness from Chaos! (Yeah, I'm a bit of a control freak. I guess that's why my bear calls me Noica). I categorized my lists of everything Etsy. And finally there was serenity: I was 1-click away from everything I needed and even the morning coffee tasted better. My Bear reminded me that it's selfish to keep it all to myself and that others should benefit from my sickness. That’s when we teamed up and created the Craftomania Tools Team."

Bear: "It started with the Craftomania Toolbar and taken a life of its own. Now we are dedicated to anything Etsy and handmade. Our first goal is to create a Tool which is a synonym to managing your store on Etsy. The Craftomania toolbar is a lot more than a links index; Among many things is has html/java script capabilities, gadgets and widgets support, a COOL radio player, weather updates, Email notifications, community chat room, and it is totally customizable.

Our major thrust or Vision is:
a. A better welcome for new Etsy users, especially sellers, where all the information, Indexes, tools, gadgets, blogs, sites, magazines and anything Etsy is easily available, sorted out and categorized for easy use.
b. To keep improving and building Tools that will serve ALL Etsy community whether via Craftomania Toolbar or widgets for your shop, gadgets with statistics (hearts count etc..)
c. Having fun while meeting new friends as our community grows, promote free crazy campaigns like the color theme, hold discussions on Etsy forums, help our community with assorted easy-read articles and guides, technical tutorials and marketing tips, SEO tricks, promotional interviews, and basically spreading the love of anything handmade, unique, personal or original.

  • Do your website owners also operate independent blogs?
Yes: Noica has one:
And a Flickr:
And a vimeo:
Told you she was industrious.

  • If so, show us a piece of artwork you recently finished
Noica just finished creating "Noica":

Noica- The magic doll from noa brumberg on Vimeo.

And Nurit just finished creating these:

  • What handmade items are you working on right now? Any sketches?
Bear: Glad you asked that. I almost finished developing, the first of many, floating gadgets and widgets that will keep track of hearts your shop and items receive.

In this example you can see Noica's shop hearts:

Everyone with the toolbar installed could use this floating gadget.

  • What does your website use for advertising? What do your avatars look like?
Since the toolbar is free, and will remain that way, our budget for advertising is limited. We are always adding new blogs, magazines, and Etsy sites to the toolbar and since we link directly to them from our site and from the toolbar, we request the owner of that site/blog and to post our banner to show support.
Several of our new best friends already did that:
amyholtondesigns, theAshGrove, creativitaeblog, creativemamma and many more.. More banners to choose from are here.
  • Tell us about your favorite widget.
Craftomania Toolbar. Of course ;-)

  • Are you involved in social networking? What's your favorite and why? If you're not involved, you must have a good reason!
We have a twitter (Join us!) Which we love because it gets instant results and feedbacks, and it's a great way to stay in shape.

And a facebook group: (Join us here too!)

  • All of us can use a helpful business hint once a week. What's yours?
Noica: "If you can dream it, you can do it". (Walt Disney)

Bear: Basically, to remember the old Bear-poet words: “Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there someday.” (I'm a cleric of "The Tao of Pooh")

Nurit: "Diamonds are easily shaped than men..."

  • We'd love to see your little corner of the world, where you operate your business
[I found this photo on Noica's blog, that probably summed up where you can find her, sometime during the day]

  • Where do you see your website (and artwork) in one year? Any plans in the works?
Plenty. The Bear is now developing several of the mechanisms that will connect us to Etsy API. Once we have that – we're planning many surprises and loads of fun for our community; floating gadgets that let you know in real time your shop & item hearts, widgets, an Etsy control panel and many exciting features and components. Lots of members requested an option to add things to their toolbar like blogs and such, so we're working on that too.

And of course, our relentless possum will continue adding more and more friends, blogs, Etsy sites and tools, and will make Craftomania toolbar the best source for anything Etsy and handmade.

We see a community of friends chatting over the morning coffee, collaborating and offering assistance, bloggers interviews, magazines reviews about Craftomania Tools, the Toolbar being passed around by Etsy Users as the ultimate tool for Etsy Sellers…and of course, an interview on Martha Stewart.
  • OK. It's the storybeader's turn to pick a favorite.
First of all, you need to go by Noica's flickr page, and watch some videos! They're great, especially The magic doll (above) and Post it pirate - the end (both great music choices.) And I think Nurit's rings are superb! But I really fell in love with Noica's plushes. Here's my favorite... not in the etsy shop, Symour:


TiLT said...

Fab Fab fab!!!! I have the toolbar, but haven't played with it much yet...thanks for this awesome insight on it's creators :)

Amy Holton Designs said...

What a great interview! I love Noa and "The Bear" as well as Nurit. Such lovely people. Their dedication to economizing Etsian's time through the Craftomania toolbar (without much return aside from a simple "thanks" and perhaps a blog/site link) is so generous. They work tirelessly. I know I've convoed with them at un-godly hours by Tel Aviv's clock! Love, love, love my supportive, far-away friends. I hope to meet them in person one day!


BeadedTail said...

Fun and interesting interview! I hadn't heard of the toolbar but will check it out! Love your pick too!

Joy (The Art Of Joy) said...

Awesome interview! Thanks for the shout out!

babytogo said...

Great interview!
I love craftomania toolbar. Well done!

nitsan said...

noica i loved your designs
good luck

SSheilah said...

Great interview! It's nice to get to know the people behind my favorite toolbar...

AshleyMom said...

Thank you so much for this interview. I love all the gadgets on the toolbar, and now I know who to thank for it!

DreamBubbles said...

Fantastic review! So great to learn mor eabout such industrious people tha tmake our everyday lives easier :D

Sofisticata said...

Wonderful Interview! Nice items advertise! and great hints! I love all of the 3 shops! :) and of course, I'm already a craftomania addict!!
I was able and happy I shared how to download the toolbar to one new etsy shop owner last night! :)
Have a great day!!... and thank you for the opportunity you have given me to be featured on the toolbar!

Brenda and Kristi said...

Thanks for the toolbar - I have it and use it but I know it does alot more that I have yet to explore. I'm a little, well, actually alot computer timid. I like very much what I have used though, it does make etsy life a little easier. Thank God for you people who know how to do this stuff. And I really enjoyed reading the interviews of the designers. Lovely ring and fabric creations also!

JoyAnna said...

I have the tool bar, like it and use it, but I haven't explored alot of its features yet. I'm a little,well, actually alot computer timid. What I have used does make my etsy travels easier and I am thankful. And, my thanks to you, the talented persons, who designed and implemented it. I enjoyed reading the interviews and seeing your awesome creations.
Will go follow you on Twitter right now.

JoyAnna said...

Brenda and Kristi are from and

Thank you,

Craftomania Tools said...

Thank you very much for your kind words friends :)

creativitae said...

The Craftomania toolbar has made my life MUCH easier! LOVE IT!

Splendid Little Stars said...

very informative....must try that toolbar!

♥SimaG Jewelry♥ said...

LOVE "Craftomania toolbar" you made my day so easy!!!
What a great interview!

tbranscum said...

Wow! This is the first time I have heard about the Craftomania Toolbar. Going to check it out right now!

Ruthie said...

What a great interview! I've been using the tool bar and it's a lot of fun to learn more about the team :)

The Ash Grove said...

Awesome interview! It's really nice to get to know the folks who created my favorite Etsy tool.

Noica, Bear, Nurit - I <3 you guys! Thanks for the shout out! I'm proud to be a Craftomania BFF! :D

Viki said...

This is GREAT! Knowing the people behind this wonderful tool...

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