Monday, June 23, 2008

Etsy Seller of the Week: WhimsybyMari

This week's featured seller is WhimsybyMari! Check out her shop for fresh, fun jewelry. I especially love her earrings! From now till next Monday (June 30th) she is offering 10% off if you mention "Rain's Blog" in notes to seller at checkout! :)

How did you find Etsy?
A very good friend “Angelinabeadalina” thought it would be a great outlet for my jewelry. She already had a shop and was having success. I registered and shopped for awhile to get comfortable then slowly started stocking my shop.

What do you love about Etsy?
There are so many things I love about ETSY. Number one are the people I have met, everyone is so helpful and supportive. I love it that people from all over the world has a chance to purchase my jewelry. I love being able to look at everyone else’s shops.

What is your favorite dinner?
This is the hardest question yet. I love BLT with my heirloom tomatoes straight from the garden, fresh picked corn and a cucumber salad. Homemade ice cream would finish off the meal.

What would you like us to know about your craft/shop?
That I craft each piece as if I was to keep it myself. I use the highest quality supplies and best Lampwork beads I can find. Each piece is a small work of art in itself.

If you could take an all-expenses paid trip anywhere in the world, where would you go?
It is several places, I would like to visit all our National Parks. There is so much beauty in this country I have yet to see. I have had the opportunity to see a grizzly bear in Glacier National Park, a condor flying over the Grand Canyon and shooting stars over Crater Lake. I don’t want to camp, I would like to stay in the nicest rooms at the lodges.

What do you love about what you make/sell?
I love the glass, the small little treasures each piece contains, the way the glass reflects differently with the sun. I love the look in someone’s eye when the try on that perfect piece and know they have to have it. I love putting different components together to make a piece of jewelry. Sometimes I play with them forever until I get it just right.

What is your favorite way to relax or unwind?
I like to read, and garden and of course playing with the dogs. We have a 14 year old Golden, a Brit and a ShihTzu, three cats round out the family. I love to take my coffee out on the deck early in the morning and watch the world come alive. I like to walk and canoe too.

What do you like to shop for on Etsy, even if it is just browsing, not buying?
I love to pounce, just to see what comes up. I don’t have a organized pattern to shopping on Etsy! I have bought beautiful bangles with scripture written on them, lampwork beads ( a girl can never have too many lampwork beads!), purses, the list goes on and on. If I like it I usually buy it. All the gifts I have purchased this year have been from Etsy, that is a good feeling.

Where so you see yourself after a year on Etsy?
I hope that I will have many repeat customers, that is when I will feel like I have accomplished my goal. Success in my book does not always mean monetary, sometimes it is knowing I have done a great job.


WhimsybyMari said...

Megan, Thanks for the opportunity for the interview, it was fun. Many happy sales to you. Mari

ElegantSnobbery said...

What a lovely feature interview of such a sweet seller! And she has great tastes in favorite dinners! Yum!

angelinabeadalina said...

Loved reading Mari's responses to your questions! Mari creates such beautiful jewelry, and she has a beautiful personality to match :)

JillSymons said...

Another great thing about Mari, is you get a little bit of her sweet spirit in each of her creations so that you can take her attitude with you!

Makes me want to come join her on the deck! Great profile.

Amy Costin said...

What a great way to get to know a creative seller!

Karren626 said...

After knowing Mari for a few years and being an owner of some of her art, it so wonderful to finally she her getting the recognition that she is due. All of her work is crafted from the heart, and wearing it gives you a smile. I hope she continues to delight your clients as well.

MsTerie said...

My dear cousin Mari is making new discoveries every day about faith, life, and her risen Lord. Her joy overflows into her conversation and her handiwork. I love wearing her amazing earrings, which evoke fond memories of childhood visits, laughter, and getting a warm hug from one who lives far away! Mari is as special as her artwork!!