Our eBook Review!

We are so pleased with the response to our eBook & we are also excited to share with you our first review! http://www.beadinggem.com/2015/07/book-review-and-giveaways-art-of.html The Beading Gem is run by the lovely Pearl! She also runs a great Etsy Store! https://www.etsy.com/shop/beadinggem Above and beyond that! We are also doing another giveaway over there with Pearl! So, … Read more

Handmade Stories – PageFree

Today we bring you a little something from a wonderful Etsy Seller Joelle of PageFree . Joelle does some awesome original art collages and household goods featuring upcycled paper! We are a big fan of her aesthetic! Anyway, as always we love sharing something a little more from all the makers who get in touch. It’s … Read more

7 Of The Coolest Easter Gifts

Today we thought we would hunt for some Easter inspired gems! Bunnies, eggs, easter egg hunts, chocolate too much chocolate! It’s one of our favourite times of the year. So, we have compiled a list of 7 Easter Gift ideas and Easter inspired products on Etsy. If you sell Easter inspired products be sure to … Read more

Handmade Stories – Designs Tandem

Where to begin! Okay so, this is a great piece we have for you! Below is the story behind Designs Tandem! These handmade superstars do wonderful self branding ideas and stationery! We have a really soft spot for makers who do this kind of work. Have read through – gives you a great insight to … Read more

6-Figure Handmade Business Strategy – Renae Christine

Hey All, So, you are considering how to grow your business! Well our friend By Renae Christine has a new training out which may help you grow your current business through her….6-figure Handmade Business Strategy. It’s definitely an event you DON’T want to miss! Get involved or if you know someone who is in the process … Read more

Handmade Stories – Tulips Apothecary

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The story behind the amazing Tulips Apothecary and the wonderful Amanda & Nicole! Trust me this one is a gem of a read! I must say I adore their branding – very simple but effective! Tulips Apothecary Tulips Apothecary was born on a girl’s weekend in 2013. But not just any girl’s weekend…a sisters weekend … Read more

Interview with Brit’s Bauble Shop


We adore hearing about the people behind the handmade businesses online! This week we got a chance to have a bit of a chat with Brittany from Brit’s Bauble Shop. . Brittany is a fairly new seller to Etsy and we were keen to hear about her experience so far and ask her about her with use … Read more

A little bit of insight – Hunting Handmade

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Hunting Handmade was set up with one purpose alone to assist and champion those bold enough to go out and start a business within the world of the handmade goods & crafts.

It is difficult starting out in this area, competition is fierce and there are many individuals trying to get their products to a wider audience.

Through our avenues like our initial offering @etsyhunter we hope to provide the wonderful makers of all things handmade more opportunities to reach a larger customer base!

This is just the beginning! So…..

Spread the word and tell your friends! I think the below quote sums it up pretty well!

A sustainable world means working together to create prosperity for all.” 

Interview with Robin Fator of Dark Pony Designs

Dark Pony Promotional Video by Tyler Faires

This week were luckily enough to have a little chat with Robin Fator of Dark Pony Designs, with the opportunity to discuss her experience with Etsy and what drives her to make beautiful Classic Handmade Glamour! Not only are her garments and accessories very unqiue. But they are inspiring and have a sense of fun & freedom – which no doubt has lead to her success selling on Etsy. Anyway here is what she has to say :)

1. Tell us about your store and what you offer?

Dark Pony Designs is a handmade brand designed for the modern woman who is not only the master of her own universe, but knows how to have fun and turn heads. In my store you will find bridal gowns, party dresses, resort wear, tulle skirts, costumes, along with jewelry and accessories.

2. What inspired you to start your store?

In 2009 with an economic crisis on my hands, I knew the time was right to begin my journey as a designer and jump into the business of fashion. The inspiration for Dark Pony Designs came after shopping for a party dress at my local department store, I was disappointed with the cheaply made selection that just didn’t have the WOW factor I was after. I decided; I must not be the only girl in the world who wants to wear a high volume, mega sparkle, glamorous cocktail dress. The idea for Dark Pony Designs was born: create a wardrobe for my own ultimate fantasy life and then share it with the world.

3. How has your life changed since starting on Etsy?

My life has changed tremendously. I went from being a stay at home mom who felt guilty about making time for her own dreams, to a stay at home mom who runs her own business, uses her creativity to pay the bills, and knows the value of her time. It isn’t an easy lifestyle, and I do work 7 days a week, but I am very grateful that I have the opportunity to peruse a career I love without being chained to a 9-5.

4. What has been your biggest lesson so far selling online?

Strangely enough, it was not charging enough for my products. When I first started I assumed a low price was best and that I would sell more that way. Unfortunately that attracted the wrong kind of customer and I realized fairly quickly that my time and my products were special and that I should charge accordingly. Etsy’s pricing for profit guide was really helpful.

5. What do see the future holding for darkponydesigns?

My goal for the future of Dark Pony Designs is to move my business to Los Angeles, hire a few employees to produce the line so that I can be more focused on the creative design aspects of the business. I would love to do more boutique wholesale and to put my brand in front of a larger customer base. A line of handbags would also be amazing. And, of course a large scale fashion show would be a dream come true!

6. What are your favorite other Etsy sellers?


7. Best piece of advice for any other seller starting out?

No matter how absurd your idea may be, no matter what people say or think about your product, you must try it and see what happens. There is no shame in trying. Etsy is a great place to experiment and test the waters. You should ask your self what’s the worst that could happen? The answer: the product doesn’t sell. That’s ok. Do it again and again until you feel successful.

There you have it people! I hope you enjoyed this as much as we did. Be sure to check out Robin’s store, put it in your bookmarks because no doubt there will be an occasion that she can help you with!!

Darkpony Designs

Turn Wine Corks Into Art

Let each new bottle of wine you drink contribute to a beautiful piece of art.

This monogram wine cork holder by Etsy Shop: LeCoquetterieShop gives you a place to put those corks once youre done with a bottle.

Over time, the corks will eventually fill in the letter and create a memorable piece of art. If youre a big wine lover you can even spell out an entire word in cork.

Images via Etsy Shop: LeCoquetterieShop