Retro Handmade is a group of Etsy sellers who specialize in handmade vintage-inspired items that resemble things from the past or create things that have retro vibe. Please view our team profile for more information about us.
1. What is your shop name? My shop is called vurm, vurm is a Swedish word for obsession, just how I feel for creating.
2. How did you first get started in your craft? Texil studied in high school many years ago. A few years ago I went to a course in wool felting and discovered that I really wanted to start sewing again. Then I also started blog about sewing and got a lot of encouragement!
3. What inspires you? I am usually inspired by the fabrics, I buy lots of fabrics in vintage stores and new mostly Japanese. The fabrics, is the biggest source of inspiration.
4. What are your favorite color combinations? I love all bright colors, and has no favorite combination, but the other day, I combined red/white dots and yellow it was a delight to the eye :)
5. What is your favorite item from your shop? My favorite..just been sold from my Swedish homepage, so I have deleted it from Etsy, my favorite at the shop right now is a bag sewn of recycled fabrics.
6. If you had to use three words to describe yourself, what would it be? I am spontaneous, happy and full of ideas.
7. What superpower would you most like to have? Super Power .. if it can be called super power I would choose not to sleep, I want to have more awake hours of the day.
8. What is the first thing you remember creating? I remember inherit a couple of large leather pants that I cut apart and sewed a leather jacket of when I was 13? That was probably the first thing I sewed on my own. But I have always creating, when I was a child I love to paint.
9. If you could choose any era/decade to live in, when would that be? Why? If I could go back in time it would be 60's, would be very inspiring.
10. Where can we find you? (website, blog, etc.) You can find me here on Etsy and on my Swedish blog http://sytt.blogg.se and my Swedish homepage http://vurm.se my blog and my homepage has the translate-tool from google so you can read it in any language.
Often, it takes more than just your Etsy shop to get your handmade wares noticed and, ultimately, sold. In addition to selling online, you can do quite well by consigning your items at select brick and mortar shops that cater to crafters. I found a list of such shops on the “links” page of Handmade Galleries, a shop in Los Angeles where I rent a booth to showcase and sell my wares. The list was originally compiled by Oak of Boston. Be sure to check out their website (http://www.oakboston.com/catalog/) and Etsy shop (http://www. oakboston.etsy.com) as they deserve due credit for taking the time to search out all of these shops. To note, after stumbling upon this list, I was successful in making immediate contact with a handful of shops that are now carrying my retro-inspired tees and totes. Good luck!
Suzanne (Threepeats) just snagged a treasury list featuring retro inspired handmade items from members' shops! Please check out her treasury list, add a comment, click away, or better yet... shop retro handmade!
Treasury Title Name: It's Not As Simple As B and W Curator: Threepeats Expiration date: Saturday, May 24 at 4:24pm EST
2. How did you first get started in your craft? There has been always a sewing machine in my house, my mom and grandma made me my clothes, and my dolls' clothes... and by the age of 12, I started feeling envious of them, got a yard of fabric, and tried to do what they, with so much fluency, did.
3. What inspires you? Everything, a film, a flower, a forgotten piece of fabric in the drawer, something I've seen on TV or in a magazine...
4. What are your favorite color combinations? My favourite colour combination is turquoise and ruby red, it's shocking and reminds me of the "Wizard of Oz", but I also love emerald green with silver grey (that combination is much more for special events).
5. What is your favorite item from your shop? My headbands, I do love each of them, I make them one by one, choosing carefully the patterns, buttons, and bows, just for a perfect combination. I have lots of them for me, because I think they improve any outfit.
6. If you had to use three words to describe yourself, what would it be? Crafty, active and creative.
I made it when I was 14 years old, and I remember I put the fabric on me and made two pleats on the front, and two pleats on the back, to adjust it. Some ribbon, a zipper, and DONE!
9. If you could choose any era/decade to live in, when would that be? Why? The 60's in the US, (in Spain, the 60's came in mid 70's), because I love the clothes, the music, the spirit, rock n' roll way of living, the furniture and architecture... almost everything.
Kitsch to classic, fun to funky, bizarre to brandish, vintage to vixen! Have we covered it all?
Our company is all about Nikki and Michele: thirty-something moms and cousins who, after years apart just due to life itself, have rediscovered their friendship and decided to channel their creative energies into making daringly different handmade products and gifts!
Convinced that chic is a personal matter and a matter of personality rather than something dictated by the mainstream world of fashion, we chicks have developed a line of “totally bitchin’ bling” meant to meet the adornment addiction of every woman’s taste and style.
The giveaway will run from today Monday, May 18, 2009, until next Monday, May 25, 2009 at Midnight EST (Eastern Standard Time). The winner will receive an item from Nikkimichele’ Etsy shop. This giveaway is open to the US only.
• Official Entry: Choose your favorite item from Nikkimichele' Etsy shop that you hope to win. PLEASE leave a comment with the name of chosen item from Nikkimichele and a way to contact you (i.e., Etsy shop username).
• If winner does not respond to the winning convo / email within 72 hours, a new winner will be chosen.
What is a Twibe, you ask? Twibes are groups of people on Twitter with a common interest. Instead of wading through all those posts on your home page, you can simply go to a specific Twibe page to read Tweets about a specific topic. Several Twibes are already in effect, and you can search through a list on Twitter to find ones of interest to you: http://www.twibes.com/twitter-groups. You can also start your own Twibe, as I did for all of you interested in making retro-inspired handmade wares. Just go to http://www.twibes.com/group/RetroHandmade to join.
The benefits are really worth the effort, which is only a click of your mouse: you can begin to network with more individuals who share a common interest; you are able to see Tweets relevant to a specific group without having to track them down individually; and, the group itself acts as a marketing tool as it can provide a wealth of information for a larger audience interested in specific content.
If you do indeed decide to join the Retro Handmade Twibe, be sure to include “retro,” “handmade,” or “etsy” in you tags so that they show up on the Twibe’s member page.
I'll be checking in regularly to check out your new posts!
~ Win your Favorite Item from Threepeats Jewelry ~
Guess what? You get to choose your favorite item from Threepeats' Etsy shop that you hope to win. Also, PLEASE read her giveaway details at the bottom of this blog post.
Suzanne of Threepeats has been an active member of Retro Handmade Team since New Year’s Day of this year. Why don’t you get to know Threepeats better by reading the interview?
How did you started creating recycled jewelry? One summer I decided to see if I could use some of the beads and chain from broken pieces I had to create a necklace I would actually wear...one that was long, light and versatile. When I got compliments on the necklace, I started creating them as gifts for family and friends and got more compliments. Threepeats was born!
Tell me a bit about your retro inspired creations. Threepeats carries three section necklaces made from recycled vintage chains and beads. They are long and light and can be worn in a variety of ways. They all slip over the head and are hand assembled (no soldering!) Dangle earrings that are also made from recycled vintage chain and beads are available. I enjoy repurposing vintage materials into wearable modern jewelry pieces.
The giveaway will run from today Monday, May 4, 2009, until next Monday, May 11, 2009 at Midnight EST (Eastern Standard Time). The winner will receive an item from Threepeats’ Etsy shop. This giveaway is open to the US only.
• Official Entry: Choose your favorite item from Threepeats' Etsy shop that you hope to win. PLEASE leave a comment with the name of chosen item from Threepeats and a way to contact you (i.e., Etsy shop username).
• If winner does not respond to the winning convo / email within 72 hours, a new winner will be chosen.
Offering others my help has been my most successful networking tool. When conceptualizing ideas to market myself, I try to think of ways I can offer support. Don’t get me wrong. My underlying objective is to market myself. Mother Theresa I am not. However, when I take others’ interests to heart, I seem to benefit more than when I put my interests first. Included here are a few things I’ve started to do on a regular basis, all of which have increased interest in my handmade wares.
- donate a portion of all my proceeds to a local charity - post how-to craft tutorials on my blog and other networking sites like Craftster - post networking tips on my blog and other networking sites like byhand.me - provide feedback and tips in forums on Etsy, among others, on a regular basis - offer my wares or time for charitable donation - promote fellow crafters via networking sites like Facebook & Twitter
To note, my most recent blog post, “50 Free Promotional Sites for Crafters,” has been my biggest networking success to date. In return for the list, readers of my blog were urged to follow me on Twitter. And sure enough, within 48 hours of posting, I noted some 200 plus new followers (and the number continues to increase). In turn, this exposure has lead to more than triple the daily views I was receiving in my Etsy shop. No Etsy showcase, banner ad, or even press clip about my shop has awarded me near the same amount of exposure. And it didn’t cost a dime.
Retro Handmade Team is hosting two (2) featured blog giveaways per month starting tomorrow, May 4th. Each featured blog giveaway will provide their own giveaway details on how to enter the contest. Remember, everyone's different - it doesn't mean everyone's rules are same from one to another.
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