Father’s Day Design Board

Father’s Day picks from the Etsy community.

Amelie Jo’s Father’s Day Picks from the Handmade Community

Shaving Mug with Monogram by MiriHardy Pottery

Handmade Vintage Wood Sign by The Lizton Sign Shop

Waxed Canvas Backpack by Tram21

Custom Pet Portrait by Natali Artist

Custom Guitar Pick by CandT Custom Lures

Custom Grandfather Keychain by Ingrained Inc

Hand Lettered Step Dad Card by Atiliay

Handmade Chat Janny’s Girl

Jannysgirl Summer Scarf
Summer Infinity Scarf

“I love browsing through fabric stores and dreaming of what a beautiful piece of fabric will become. Sparkly buttons, lace and vintage dresses have a special place in my heart. Who wore them in a time past, what was her life like, how did she feel when she wore it. Those are the things that inspire me to create.”

Jannysgirl totes chevron
Tote bag set

“I began sewing at a very young age. My earliest memories are of sewing with my Mother. We hand stitched doll clothes as we couldn’t afford a sewing machine at that time. As I grew older, my passion for sewing became stronger. I began making my own clothes for school. Then began making handmade gifts for family and friends. I have my Mother to thank for being my greatest teacher. She taught me everything I know. Some of my prized possessions are the handmade baby clothes my mother hand stitched for me and the 2 baby scarves she knitted for my son before she passed away.”

Jannysgirl handmade scarf
White Cotton Gauze Scarf

“My advice is educate yourself beforehand by reading how to books, blogs and even the Etsy seller handbook. Gaining as much knowledge about what you want to sell is key to being successful. You have to love what you do, so let your creativity flow. Check out the competition and don’t under price what you create and never try to match or compete with big box store pricing. What you make with your own hands from your own creative mind, the story you tell will speak volumes to the buyer.

My other advice is to treat your customers as if it were their birthday everyday. Communication and Thank You’s for your customers will keep them coming back. And, you will meet some wonderful people along the journey as well.”

Jennysgirl handmade scarves
Cotton Scarf in Beach Glass

“I love Etsy and have met some of the nicest people. I have so many favorites, but here are just a few very talented Etsy artists I know:
Kelly Bermudez
CariJoy Designs
A and B Design Studio
The Painted Mug
And many, many more, too numerous to mention them all”

You may find Janny’s Girl on Etsy and Facebook.

Handmade Chat Anna Pavlovna

“Hello!
Our names are Anna and Katherine. We are from Penza, Russia
In early 2008 we established our studio called Annapavlovna
All of toys are one-of-a-kind, in unique and limited quantity and they are made of natural materials, mainly, mohairs, alpacas, suede and wool felts. We create each item by hand. We also like natural colours, such as white, beige, brown and black.
Most of our ideas are nature inspired. Forest, earth, plants and flowers around us are helping us to create our toys. Very often our toys are inspired by children themselves.”

Made to order teddy bear
Made to Order Teddy Bear

 

“Katherine and I have loved teddy bears since childhood. Growing up, our mother and grandmother would make clothes, dolls, and stuffed animals for the kids in our family. We inherited our love of needlework and artistic skills from them. Today, Katherine and I support each other and work as a team. Though she studied economics and I studied fashion design, we work together to design and construct our collection. Toys are created with only high quality materials. It is our priority to use strictly natural materials.”

Anna Pavlovna
Elephant PDF Pattern

“We had to work hard to find own style. It’s not easy.It’s not a quick process.
Be prepared to do each and every task a business needs done! You’ll need to take on the role of everyone from designer,photograph, accountant, salesperson,customer service …”

Who are some of your favorite handmade artists?
River Luna
Ingugu
Friendly Toys

Anna Pavlovna
Made to Order Stuffed Fox

 

What are your business goals for 2015?

“- Build a better brand ForestMisha
– Customer Satisfaction
– Don’t be lazy
– Be patient and persistent
– Try something completely new”

Please visit Anna Pavlovna on Etsy and Facebook.