Sunday, March 30, 2008

BlackStarBeads - the WOW factor



If you are looking for an incredible array of vintage and specialty beads, your search can start and end at BlackStarBeads. Katie, much loved Esst member known for quick and delightful wit, will also delight you with affordable beauty for your jewelry creations. Get to know the ever original BlackStar as she graciously answered the following questions.
You sell beautiful jewelry supplies, how long have you had this treasure trove?

I've been 'officially' collecting vintage beads for over ten years now, but I've always owned vintage baubles of some sort. I spent hours of my childhood playing with the jewels in my mom's jewelry box. I spend hours now playing with the beads in my bead boxes.

What is different about your supply shop than other bead suppliers?

I specialize in vintage glass beads. Many of the beads that are for sale in my shop have been in my collection for years. Because of this, a lot of them are no longer in circulation and their supply is limited. I'm always on the lookout for new beads to add to my collection. I keep in mind the season or specific holiday that is coming up and stock my store accordingly. Right now, it's Spring in Tennessee, so my shop is bursting with vintage blossoms. I do, however, have fall hues for those folks that are heading into the Autumn season.

Do you have a favorite type of beading you work with?

My favorite type of bead is glass. I especially like matte glass. It has the look and feel of beach glass; which I love dearly. As far as colors go, periwinkle is my favorite. You'll rarely see periwinkle beads for sale in my shop unless I have an overabundance of them.
You have another shop for jewelry, http://blackstar.etsy.com/, would you like to share how you got started making your special designs?

My husband and I worked together. He's a licensed contractor. Long story short- he broke an ankle which put our jobs on hold for a while. I got a bead catalog in the mail, ordered some supplies, sold some jewelry, fell in love and the rest is history.

How has being a member of ESST benefited you?

This morning I woke up and logged onto Etsy. The forums were down and I was unable to post in our ongoing thread and say hi and see what everyone was up to. It was a sad moment. Who knew that joining a street team would bring me together with a group of women (I think we are all women) that are so different but have that one thing in common- our love for supplies and the work that we do? It's nice to be able to bounce ideas off each other and support each other. The exposure and the sales are nice, but it turns out that they aren't the most important things about being on this team. Thanks for letting me be a part of it.
To browse and purchase from Katie's bead shop visit http://blackstarbeads.etsy.com/ and see her luscious jewelry creations at http://blackstar.etsy.com/.














Saturday, March 8, 2008

Artful Mosaic Supplies - Love those mosaics!




ArtfulmosaicsbyDana has an exciting sister shop bringing you a wide assortment of beautiful mosaic supplies. Artfulmosaicsupplies has an astounding array of supplies that burst with color for your mosaic projects. Find out more about the artist in charge in the following interview:
Dana, could you sum up your supply shop in a couple of sentences for us?

My supply shop is a reflection of my many interests! I never could do just one thing so I sell a variety of items for mosaic artists including handcut plate tiles, handpainted mosaic tiles, handmade ceramic tiles, stained glass tiles, handmade glass gems, handmade mosaic bases and some commercial mosaic supplies.

What do you feel is different about your mosaic supplies than other shops?

I would have to say that the biggest difference between my shop and others may be the fact that I offer handmade kiln-fired clay tiles and handpainted ceramic and glass tiles. Most of my supplies are handmade. I seem to be all about handmade!

Do you use your supplies in your own products?

I do use my own supplies in my mosaic art. I have used my own tiles for many years because I enjoy using them and this also guarantees that the products that I offer for sale have been tested by me.

Do you have any upcoming surprises you would like us to watch for?

Everything that I do is always a surprise for me! It wouldn’t be a surprise if I told you but I’ll say that future plans involve a new line of handmade clay items and more handcut plate tiles.

How has ESST been of aid to you in your Etsy experience?

ESST has been a godsend! My Etsy experience has been enhanced by the friendly and helpful team members and leaders. This wonderful team has given me a real sense of community. My sales have definitely increased since joining this team. ESST is one of the best street teams on Etsy and I am very proud to be a member. Thank you team leaders and fellow teammates!
To look at and shop for Dana's mosaic beauties click here: http://artfulmosaicsbydana.etsy.com/
and to shop for those beautiful supplies: http://artfulmosaicsupplies.etsy.com/