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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Inspiration from Buyer to Seller on Etsy

For any of you who are married, you know how crazy the wedding planning can be. So many choices, decisions, options. If you are like me..very untraditional..your options become limited. After spending hours of wasted time on the internet, I decided if I was going to get exactly what I wanted, I would have to make it myself.
I started buying hat bases and buckram forms on Etsy. I then fell in love with some gloves from ZenAndCoffee that I would wear on my Wedding day. I then expanded to making my Bridesmaid's hair pins. After much creating, recreating, found a vintage featherband that I added touches of "me" to. It was perfect.

Photos by Dawn Alderman. Gloves by ZenAndCoffee.
After this, I realized that there was other brides out there experiencing the woes that I was going through. From there, I started experiementing with day to day pieces as well. Thats how CReid0409 was started. A buyers account turned shop.
TIP to anyone wanting to open a shop-DO NOT USE YOUR BUYER NAME! A lesson I learned the hard way. My name was horrid. The banner reflected a totally different name. Even so, I had a few sales and 200 shop hearts. A shop name was a desparate must. So, I made the change to FeatherAhead for my bridal, hats, feathery..nontraditional-outside the box pieces and CreationsByCReid for my crocheted pieces.
Crocheting is something I orginally learned from my mom. I found out later on that she taught me the wrong way. lol. For me, its a great way to work out frustrations in a positive way. I can follow most simple patterns but find that I like to alter them to fit my style more. It has taken off locally. It is very hard to get noticed amongst all the talent and variety of Etsy Crocheters.
The shop changes have been slow. I have kept my original shop open as a closeout shop. There is a coupon code listed in the announcement. If you see something here that you would like, please feel free to make me an offer.
Being apart of Etsy has been a learning process everyday. It is teaching me patience too. Something I desparately need more of! I have met wonderful and talented people along the way as well. I hope to feature many of these shops as I aquire more followers.  Here is a sneak peak of one of the shops that will be featured:

Newest piece listed in FeatherAhead. It was inspired by another Etsy shop owner, TatterPunk. She helped me with the initial creative process, the title and description. She is amazing! Check out her shop! She has started a curiously wonderful hat line! Did I mention she was amazing?

1 comment:

  1. SQUEE! Thanks for metioning me. I seriously ADORE that piece you made - Apres le feu. It is just gorgeous and screaming for a good home.
    It's cool getting to read about how you got to be doing what you're doing. I shall await more cool posts from you!