Seller Highlight: Sharon / Sheepmaysafelygraze

As part of our run-up to the Etsy Christmas pop-up shop at the end of this month, we’d like to introduce some of our sellers to you. We asked them a few questions about their shop, how they became an Etsy seller and their golden tips for online success!

This episode: Sharon from SheepMaySafelyGraze

Sharon makes beautiful pieces of original jewellery, made from her own hand spun wool. She spins the fibre, knits it into beads, which are then felted and strung into wonderful necklaces and earrings.

How did you choose your shop name?

This is my favourite Bach tune, and as my pieces are hand spun, it felt just right.

How did you decide to be an Etsy Seller?

I love making jewellery, and want my pieces to be available to anyone who appreciates the craft and work that goes into producing original, hand crafted pieces. I felt that Etsy was the market place to find such people and artists.

What do you love most about your products?

Making the whole piece from first principles. I choose the fibre, spin it into yarn, then knit the beads which are put together in a variety of ways to make up into beautiful pieces of jewellery

What have been your biggest challenges in running an Etsy Shop?

Remembering, and making the time, to upload new pieces. Sometimes it is too easy to get caught up in the making, you almost forget the marketing!

What are your best tips for running an Etsy shop?

Being sincere about your product, and ensuring the descriptions are full and accurate.

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Come meet Sharon, and our other sellers at the Fountain Inn, 12 Regent Street, Cambridge!

29th November 2014: 11:00 – 20:00

30th November 2014: 11:00 – 20:00

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yvettebessels

Hi - my name's Yvette! Originally from the Netherlands, I am a kind, lively and laid-back person with a can-do attitude. Together with my husband Sean, we have moved from the Netherlands to Newcastle-upon-Tyne (UK), Leamington Spa (UK), Sheffield (UK), Sydney (Australia), back to the Netherlands, to Dusseldorf (Germany), Cambridge (UK), Frankfurt (Germany and now Toronto (Canada) in the last 9 years. And no, I don't think this is our final stop either! I have learned most of my photographic craft whilst at Art college (quite a few years back), from the two portrait studio jobs I held in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and from assisting fine art dealer Linus Carr in Warwick. Even though I still own and use my digital camera, I mainly shoot on medium format Black and White film, using a Rolleiflex TLR. As I become more and more fascinated with old photography techniques, I started shooting wet plates in 2013. You can see some of my work on www.yvettebessels.com As anyone who has visited my shop 1000crows.com or '1000crowsVintage' on Etsy may attest to, I am a big fan of carboots / charity shops as well as vintage fairs, garage sales, auctions ..... you get the idea - and my house is slowly filling up with beautiful random things - some of which I sell online, and some of which I will hoard for a while. x

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