Thursday, December 11, 2014

December Shop Feature!!
Click on banner to shop!

1. Please explain a little about your shop and what items you sell and what inspired you in your product and shop design?
 I started my shop as a way to deal with the large amounts of cards I create as samples for my other business, which is as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator. I love to make cards, but I'm not very good at sending them to other people, at least in the amounts that I make them, so I have a lot of cards! I decided the best way to deal with this was to sell them on Etsy, and now I have gotten to the point where I am now making cards just for that purpose. I am a perfectionist, so I only sell my very best work, and I am very picky about the details of my products and making sure they arrive at the customer's house in perfect condition.
My shop design was done digitally in My Digital Studio, which is digital scrapbooking software that I bought from Stampin' Up! I designed the banner as well as my shop blog banner and Facebook banner this way. I went for a vintage look, harking back to the days when everyone corresponded by mail and bundles of letters or cards would be tied up with ribbons and stored for someone to look through whenever they wanted to experience the good memories that went with them.

2. Have you had a positive sellers experience on Etsy?
 I've had a very positive experience on Etsy. I like how supportive Etsy is and how much they try to help you make the most of your business. I love how there is a community here, and the ability to join teams to help boost each others' businesses. I belong to a number of teams, but I have to say that Team Serenity has been the best one I've belonged to in terms of the amount of team work and the great leadership! 

3. What are your goals for your business short & long term?
 My short-term goal is to reduce my inventory of cards. Long-term, I'd like to get to the point where I make enough between my two business to buy all my toys for my hobby of stamping as well as have the leisure to do nothing but make cards and other things to sell. 

4. What kind of space do you create in?
 I create my cards sitting at my grandmother's chrome dinette table, which I first inherited from a sibling when I got my first apartment, and it has moved with me ever since. It used to be the table we ate dinner at, but now it's where I create papercrafts in a room in the basement where I have all my stamps, punches, dies, paper, ink pads, etc. People can be quite overwhelmed when they walk in this room when they see all my "toys"! 

5. Where are you located?
 I am located in Redford, Michigan, a small suburb outside of Detroit.

6. Do you ship internationally?
 I do ship internationally.

7. How did you come up with your shop name?
My shop name "JanTink" is the name I selected for my first user name on AOL in 1996. It is a shorted form of my name, and when I started being a stamping demonstrator and had my own blog, it really became my name. My real first name is Janine, and people started calling me Jan because they knew me as Jan Tink, and I've grown used to it. In fact, if you google "Jan Tink" or "JanTink" you'll find almost every hit refers to me. It seemed natural to go with that when I created my Etsy shop. 

8. Please name one of your favorite fellow Team Serenity Shops?
One of my favorite Team Serenity shops is The Owl Shoppe. I love handmade felt items, and hers are super cute!

9. Please list all your social media sites below:

My shop board on Pinterest:

My Facebook page:

Twitter (JanTink):

Shop blog on Tumblr:

Instagram (Jan_Tink):

My blog for my Stampin' Up! business

Saturday, November 8, 2014

November Shop Feature

The November feature is NanainDoor!

1. Please explain a little about your shop, what items you sell and what inspired you in your product and shop design? How did you come up with your shop name?
Relaxation time. for me, is something to be treasured, a time to do something I really enjoy. But I am one of those that can't sit idle and just watch TV or read - I have to always be doing something else too. My grandmother (Nana) taught me to knit, crochet, and sew as a little girl, and I always seemed to have a project (or 3, or 4) in progress next to my chair at night. Now I can usually be found on the sofa, with my pet baby "Emmy" (a non-shedding Havanese puppy) on my lap, crocheting my fingers off to supply my shop. 
My shop actually started on a whim. In the years since we moved to Door County, our family has grown to include 3 beautiful granddaughters. I started making little treasures for my granddaughters to enjoy - doll clothes, hats, scarves, pillows and the like. They loved my little treats and were always eager to see what "Nana" had made for them since their last visit. I figured that if my friends and family liked my finished products, maybe others would too. Having been an avid Etsy shopper, I decided to try my hand at a store on Etsy. The origin of my shop name was simple - ask any of my granddaughters where Nana was when they were first learning to talk and they would tell you - "Nana in Door.".

2. Have you had a positive sellers experience on Etsy?
I love the handmade, homegrown atmosphere on Etsy. The shop started small, and hopefully will grow to heavenly proportions. It's like shopping at your own private boutique, with the largest selection of unique items anywhere worldwide. Anyone that purchases an item from an Etsy store is supporting a small business. I am thrilled to report that I have had a very successful October thus far - with a sale every single day! It makes me feel proud to know that others love what I do and are willing to support my small business.

Now that I am part of the Etsy team, I am very proud to be in this group of talented artisans. And I hope my little treasures will make you smile!

3. What are your goals for your business short & long term?
I would love for my shop to be able to support my lifestyle. That's everyone's long range goal. For now, I just want to be able to support my habit - shopping for yarn! The lifestyle thing will come in time.

5. Where are you located?
When my husband and I moved to Door County, WI, we were supposed to be slowing down to "smell the roses" and enjoy life. Well, he's still working from home, and I'm still driving to work.

 Please list all your social media sites below:
Besides my Etsy shop link -
I also have a Facebook page
and a Twitter Account
and a Pintrest account
where I post all my favorite treasuries, Etsy items, and other stuff I can't ;live without at the moment.

Sunday, October 5, 2014


The October shop of the month is......

1. Please explain a little about your shop, what items you sell and what inspired you in your product and shop design?
Created by Vanessa started from a suggestion that was made by my oldest son's girlfriend. Sarah was visiting us with Chad and saw an item that I was making for a family member and said, "You should sell your crocheting on Etsy!" At the time, I had no clue what Etsy even was. I also have to credit Sarah with the name of the shop. 
I find myself constantly searching for different items to crochet for the shop. There are so many crochet shops on Etsy, that I feel that I have to go beyond the norm and feature as many diverse items as I can. So along with the normal crochet items, expect to see more and more different products being offered. I have lots of ideas. I just need the time to make them.

2. Have you had a positive sellers experience on Etsy?
I have had very positive feedback from my buyers and a lot of returning buyers which really makes me feel really good. I have actually had buyers express surprise at the high quality of the products that they receive from me.

3. What are your goals for your business short & long term?
My main goal for the future is to expand the shops size and bring in more variety. I would like to have about 100 to 150 items in the shop which means at least doubling it in size. That seems like a lot when you are also working a forty hour day job. I have thought of adding another crocheter along with myself but I'm afraid of losing control of the quality of the items and that would be too large of a price to pay for quantity in my opinion.

4.  Where are you located?
We are located in the foothills of the Adirondack mountain in upstate New York. It's a peaceful little community and a great place to create especially during the cold winters when I really feel like hibernating.

5. Do you ship internationally?
At this time, I am not shipping internationally. I have in the past but due to lack of time, I've backed off from it. I might have to reconsider it sometime in the future.

6. Please name one of your favorite fellow Team Serenity Shops?
I really love Etsy and all the wonderful shops it has but like all of us, I have a couple of personal favorites. One of my favorites is our own Harmony5. Jennifer has a fantastic shop that I absolutely love. Her earrings tempt me time and time again. I'm really excited to see that she's getting into necklaces now too. I have several pair of Harmony5 earrings in my jewelry box and I have my eye on several other pieces. I also admire her dedication to her team. She works tirelessly for all of us and I know I owe a lot of my own success to her. Thanks, Jenn, for all that you do for us!

Shop Link:

Friday, September 5, 2014


The September shop of the month is
ObscureGems! Click on her banner to shop~

1. Please explain a little about your shop and what items you sell and what inspired you in your product and shop design?
We're ObscureGems, a small handmade artisan craft shop run by a mother x daughter duo Nancy and Frances Bukovsky. We make unique yet functional handmade items that will fit into our customers' lives, whether it be an easy to match bracelet set, or a fun cat toy for that insanely crazy kitten that tears up the curtains. Textures, color combinations, and shapes really inspire us and our products, as well as materials. Sometimes just walking through the yarn aisle or looking at various stones can inspire a new product line!

2. Have you had a positive sellers experience on Etsy?
We have had a positive selling experience on Etsy, even though we are still growing beyond a beginning stage. Part of our positive experience has been not only getting to share our items across the world (to imagine something of ours in France is amazing!), but finding a very welcoming and encouraging community between sellers. Making those connections with other makers is just so great and allows us to start building a community beyond our immediate rural setting.

3. What are your goals for your business short & long term?
Our goal for this year is to double our sales from last year. We're about halfway there and are eagerly looking forwards to the holiday season (which we are creating new product colors for) to push us over the edge. In the long term, ideally ObscureGems would be Nancy's full time job. For now we are working on monthly sales to start building up to this goal.

4. What kind of space do you create in?
Our working space has sort of consumed our house, haha. While we have a room for storage and product photography Nancy loves crocheting on her end of the couch while I use my drafting table or diningroom table. We also own quite a few of those fold up tables that we'll use in various places around the house.

5. Where are you located?
We are based in Springfield Center, New York, which is a fifteen minute drive north of Cooperstown.

6. Do you ship internationally?
 We do ship internationally and have shipped to Denmark, France, England, and Canada.

7. How did you come up with your shop name?
ObscureGems came from the want to create the unexpected. We want to reflect that we are individuals with our designs by using interesting or unusual colors, patterns, and ideas through materials and shapes.

8. Please name one of your favorite fellow Team Serenity Shops?
One of our favorite Team Serenity shops has to be ArtbyAsta. We're both cat people, and we both love illustration.

Please list all your social media sites below:
 Twitter: @ObscureGems
Instagram: @ObscureGems
Pinterest: @ObscureGems

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Friday, August 1, 2014


Our August shop of the month is PYKNIC2!
Congrats on being featured!

Please explain a little about your shop and what items you sell & what inspired you in your product design?
 I would like to welcome everyone to my "jewelry box" of edgy and a little quirky jewelry pieces for girls and guys. With my photography background, I tried to give my PYKNIC2 shop an edgy overall feel to match my jewelry designs. That was not easy, and it took me over 6 months to "get it right" BEFORE I even opened my shop! Since jewelry is one of the most competitive categories (which I didn't know when I started )..I try to incorporate pieces that are a little different from others so I have a chance for a 

Have you had a positive sellers experience on Etsy?
Oh YES!!! I never dreamed I would "meet" and talk to customers and shop owners from all over the world! My shop has been open almost one year and I've made some wonderful etsy friends! Everyone on etsy has been supportive and helpful and I couldn't have been as successful without the help of all my teams that I joined! 

What are your goals short & long term?
Well, I have weekly and a first year sales goal that I did exceed...BUT it was much harder to achieve than I thought it would be!! It was slow going at first, and I wished I had researched the social media upfront and had that all in place BEFORE I opened up my shop. I learned you can have the most wonderful shop and items, but if no one sees your shop, you can't make a sale!! Helpful hint: I keep my weekly goals taped to my computer screen so I'm forced to keep on track each week. 

What kind of space do you create in?
 Nothing fancy, I like my big dining room table to spread out the pieces I'm working on. I try to keep the area not too cluttered, otherwise I get overwhelmed with the mess!!

Where are you located?
 I live and work in the southern tier of New York. We get tons of snow during the winter, so I have no excuse not to work on my jewelry projects!! 

Do you ship internationally?
Yes, I would say 25% of my sales are international. Etsy makes it so easy to ship overseas and I've had good luck so far with packages arriving safely.

How did you come up with your shop name?
 I have some friends who own the PYKNIC tee shirt company and I sold wholesale jewelry pieces to them for a couple of years. When I wanted to expand my design line onto Etsy, I loved their name and expanded on it and the PYKNIC company wished me well on my new journey!

Please name one of your favorite fellow Team Serenity shops.
This is really a hard one because there are so many shops that I like and support on our team. I'm going to pick Marie from We were partners in the Etsy school for new shop owners last fall that team Serenity sponsored and we became fast friends!

Please list all your social media sites below:
 this is an ongoing project...but here's the list so far:

PYKNIC2 website:

Thank you to Sandy for answering these questions! Please check out her shop & show some love!!

Monday, June 30, 2014


I am happy to announce the July shop of the month!

Shop Link: 

1. What inspired you in your product and shop design? 
I love color. My artwork is very colorful and is the main inspiration for how my shop looks. I have always created things and have found art interesting and fun. In the past few years I have painted more often and with the intention of selling my work. I have made my colorful, happy painting images into many different objects, such as; pendants, prints, magnets, key chains and mugs. 

2. Have you had a positive sellers experience on Etsy? 
Etsy has been fine. I haven't had any bad experiences. I have better experiences in a public place, such as festivals and art booths, selling my artwork and prints and other items. I think this is because people like to touch an item before they buy it. They like to try on a pendant or see the size of the painting in person and are then more likely to make a spontaneous purchase. 

3. What are your goals for your business short & long term? 
My short term art business goals are to continue promoting my website and Etsy store, getting my name out there along with my paintings and go to more art events to sell my work. My long term business goals are to make a living off of my art, spreading happiness and positive energy to everyone who encounters my artwork and hopefully have more art shows in galleries around the United States.

4. What kind of space do you create in?
I create my artwork in my home. I have an area in my living room that is my "studio" area. This way I can work while listening to audio books or the T.V. I can also contemplate a painting from across the room as I am eating dinner or hanging out with friends. 

5. Where are you located? 
Vancouver WA

6. Do you ship internationally? 

7. Please explain a little about your shop and what items you sell?
My shop is named Visual Lifesavers Art, Eye Candy for the Soul. I create colorful, whimsical, happy paintings that I have also turned into prints, art pendants, cards, magnets and key chains. Hence the name Visual Lifesavers, as my art is often described as colorful candy for the eyes. Many people have told me that my art speaks to them in a deeper, more personal way and they often have a positive emotional reaction to it. This is very encouraging and wonderful thing to have happen. I love the idea that my artwork is not only on someones wall, but it makes them happy when they see it. 

8. Please name one of your favorite fellow Team Serenity Shops?
This is a pretty interesting

9. Please list all your social media sites below:





Sunday, June 1, 2014


I am happy to announce the June shop of the month! Fischerimages!

What inspired your shop and product design?
 My interest in photography, started when I was young. I love taking photos & seeing the results. I love trying new things. I'll take pictures of anything. I love this passion that God has given me, it keeps my soul alive!

Have you had a positive sellers experience on Etsy?
 I am happy to say yes! I love it when I get feedback from a customer, that thinks my photography prints are beautiful, or that I did such a lovely job on a quilt or cross stich item! Such a wonderful feeling!

What are your goals for your business short & long term?
My goals are to get more sales(which I believe are most Etsy shops goals), in the long term, someday I would like to be able to quit my job. I am happy where my life is now, so if it doesn't happen that way, then that is the way God intended it to be. 

What kind of space do you create in?
My space is everywhere, my office, kitchen, the little nook in the living room, & of course the great outdoors.

Where are you located?
 Boscobel, Wisconsin. Also known as the "beautiful woods".

Do you ship internationally?
Yes. I get excited when I get some orders from far away places. I have a world map on the wall with pins for each place!

Please explain a little about your shop and what you sell
My shop is special to me because my niece got me started on it, & I am so glad she did. I sell mostly photographs, but also sell cross-stitch items, quilts, notecards, jewelry, & bookmarks.

Please name one of your favorite fellow team shops.
There are so many great shops. Here is one of my favorites:
They have unique jewelry that is different from anyone else. I love the style!

Social Media Links:

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