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Artisan Spotlight: ToysByHand

First off, tell us about yourself.

Hello my name is Mari and I am a fairly new mommy. I have a 9 month old daughter named Cataleya. I’m fortunate enough to have a hubby who makes enough for me to stay home five days (I do work two days). I am a SoCal native but found my home here in the Bay Area with the hubby.

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Where are you from?

I was born in Ventura county. Specifically in Port Hueneme California (it’s a small beach town near Catalina and Camarillo). I have moved over 11 times but all within Cali so I would say in pretty familiar with the state lol. I’ve lived in San Diego, mammoth Lakes, Camarillo, San Francisco to name a few!

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How did you start creating your artwork, and how long have you been doing it?

I began sewing way way way back when I was still a child; my mom taught me! But I began sewing toys while I was pregnant with my daughter I wanted her to have sturdy safe toys that I knew exactly what they were made of plus it’s so much cooler to have toys hand made/sewn. Plus I was able to decide exactly the function and look of the toys. My family kept bugging/pushing me to open up a shop bc they loved my toys so I did last October (2015) I’m still fairly new.

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Where do you get your inspiration from?

My inspiration comes from my daughter: watching the way she plays, figuring out what she prefers, coming up with toys that I could use to educate her with, and the color combos/contrasts she likes… Really helps to have my own model/tester lol.:

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What do you love most about your craft/business?

I love the fact that I am not only able to make my daughter happy but other babies/children too. And I love knowing that they are playing with safe fun educational toys!

Outside of crafting, what else do you enjoy doing?

I am mostly an outdoorsy person: hiking (though it’s way to cold right now), sight walking, swimming, and my job (jcrew worker) and now that I’m not pregnant anymore I can actually work on the window displays again!

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Is there anything else you would like to share?

I always always welcome custom requests: I love working with customers to create just the prefect toy for them and their kids!

Website: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ToysByHand


Artisan Inspiration: NataliyaMalik

My style trend is Handmade Accessories: Felted Scarves, Collars, Shawls, Handbags, Covers, Wall Decor and many more.
Everything that I create, I constitute a pattern and I always count the amount of material since I use only high quality materials. My products are made of wool, natural fabric, natural fiber, water and natural Turkish olive soap and because of these materials; my products easily withstand rain and snow. My products are soft, thin, cloud-like in texture and very long lasting.
Felt is the oldest form of fabric and is becoming popular as people rediscover the versatility and durability of it. Since it may be the oldest fabric known to man, there are many references to felt in ancient writings since it’s not woven and doesn’t require a loom for its production.
The process of felting doesn’t need expensive materials or equipment. Just about anyone can add soapy water to fleece, make a felted mass, control the outcome and then quality felt is achieved through experience and learning. Aside from choosing the best type of fiber for the application, one must consider the layout of fibers for consistent felt, the weight of wool in relation to the area of its distribution to determine shaping, the amount of soap to use and the temperature of water.
It’s hard work, but it’s my passion and one of the things I absolutely love to do, especially when I make them for happy owners!


Handmade in Cleveland, Ohio

WEBSITE Source: https://www.etsy.com/shop/NataliyaMalik

The Simple Shift that will make or break your jewelry biz.. [Video]

Have you ever felt like your efforts were working “against” your success in your jewelry business? Or maybe that you keep plugging along, but something isn’t quite clicking?

It’s totally frustrating!

Shifting into the “flow” and away from the struggle starts with a Shift in your approach to biz.

If you resonate and want more positive energetic flow in your business (like more sales, more profits and a better lifestyle), then check out this 3-part training series via Tracy and Robin of Flourish & Thrive Academy. It’s called The 3 Steps to Your Thriving Jewelry Business.

The first video was super valuable exercise that will help you shave decades off your business learning curve. If you missed it don’t fret, it’s still live!

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In the second video, bespoke jewelry designer Tracy Matthews shares:

  • How she went through a designer’s worst nightmare (bankruptcy)
  • How her experience destroyed her confidence
  • How, with one simple shift, she bounced back (in a matter of months) to sell $30K in 30 days!

It is incredible to watch Tracy share some of her deepest darkest secrets and then use them to show you the shortcuts to success that no one else in the jewelry industry is willing to tell you.

Trust me, she is breaking down barriers here.

Go here to learn how she did it:


P.S. The free video training series isn’t all Flourish & Thrive Academy has to offer. Their  active community of success-driven jewelry designers is one of the best out there. Don’t you think it is time to check it out? Click here

Disclaimer: In the spirit of full disclosure, this is an affiliate link, which means that I may get commissions if you decide to purchase anything from Flourish & Thrive Academy. I only recommend products & systems that I use and feel would benefit my readers.

3 Q’s to Put Your Jewelry Biz on the Map [Video]

As a jewelry designer, it’s pretty normal to feel overwhelmed by owning a business. All that stress can quickly distract you from the passion you originally had for your business.

Well, get ready for some major stress relief!

Tracy and Robin from Flourish & Thrive Academy have a solution to the struggling jewelry designer problem. It’s a FREE video training series called 3 Steps to Your Thriving Jewelry Business.

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In this first video, Tracy shares 3 basic questions that have the potential to help you:

Save time (because you won’t be focusing your marketing efforts in the wrong places)

Build a base of brand advocates (because you are focusing your efforts on your DREAM clients)

Clearly position your brand in the marketplace (with intention and purpose)

Are you ready to find focus in your business and your marketing? Click the link below to skip the jewelry business learning curve!

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P.S. And don’t forget, this training has two more videos packed with goodness coming soon! In the coming days you will discover:

The Simple Shift for Lasting Success

How to Feel Supported in Your Jewelry Business

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Disclaimer: In the spirit of full disclosure, this is an affiliate link, which means that I may get a commissions if you decide to purchase anything from Flourish & Thrive Academy. I only recommend products & systems that I use and feel would benefit my readers.