Sunday, 23 February 2014

Yellow Bear Wares

It is the final week of Etsy School Partner Program and we have been working with Claire from Yellow Bear Wares.

Claire makes amazing rings, bracelets and necklaces from vintage knitting needles.

Gorgeous Knitting Needle Ring

It has been really hard to pick faults in her shop as it is soooo good already but we have hopefully helped her out with a little bit of SEO guidance and a truck load of positive comments. 

Claire makes Crochet Hook Rings too!

I have one of Claire's rings which I bought at Craftaganza, it is an amazing beige with a red top and a number 7. The beige and red match my favourite/only jacket and 7 is my favourite number, because it was the first times table I learnt by heart...

My Yellow Bear Wares Ring

I don't really do coordinating so it's strange that I wanted this ring to match my jacket...

My baseball jacket given to me by my dad, photo courtesy of hello DODO

Claire has recently started adding some new designs to her shop, which are just as awesome! Claire is a keen climber (so I can gather from her facebook and twitter!) and has started to create a collection of rope designs with beautifully complex knots. They are really amazing designs, that have evolved from her love of climbing. They really are nothing like anything I have seen before!

New experimental design, not yet available!

One of Claire's customers modelling their purchase

Go right now and check out Claire's Etsy shop as I'm sure you'll like what you find! 


Claire's craft fair display


Captain's Summit Berlin

I have been invited to the Etsy Captain's Summit in Berlin which is being held on the 14-15th March.

Thirty European Team Captain's will be there and I have been asked to write a presentation on how I run the Brighton Etsy Team! Eeeekk!

Jacques and I will be extending our stay so that we can see a bit of Berlin (we've never been) so if you have any suggestions of where we should go or what we should do please do let us know!

Hopefully some new designs will come from our trip too, we always come back from a holiday refreshed and overflowing with ideas!

I. Can't. Wait!

Monday, 17 February 2014

AT Openhouse

Last year we visited AT Open House (you can read all about  it here) but this year we have been invited to show there!

We are very excited to be part of the Open Houses this year and especially pleased to be in AT Open House.

The house will be open every weekend in May, I know it is a few months yet so I will make sure I remind you all! Last year there was amazing cake and the sun was shining, we are hoping for the same this year.

There are so many awesome artists and designers packed into this awesome house, here are some links and a snapshot of some of their work.

Alice Pattullo: illustrative prints

Becky Blair: paintings and prints

Dead Methods: letterpress, screen prints and books

Delicious Industries: small press, cards & prints  

hello DODO: screenprints and cards 

Inkyskipper: collage and photos

An Alleweireldt: Oxx jewellery

James Sawyer: icons, shadowboxes & shrines 

Mr Wingate: hand printed textiles for your home

Nathan James Page: drawings, prints and cards

Petting Zoo Prints & Collectables:handprinted critters

Sophie Abbott: paintings and ceramics

Teresa Stewart-Goodman: paintings, cut-out animals & collage

Toypincher: toy photography, prints, cards & badges

Winsome & Saucy: knitted accessories and jewellery

I think I'm going to struggle not to buy a million and one things in May!

Tuesday, 11 February 2014


This time last week we were at The Old Market setting up for the first ever BtnEtsy Talks, it was a brilliant night with an amazing turn out.

Emma from Bets and Bobs gave us an outline of what PR is and how to achieve it, followed by Lyndsey talking about how she applied that to her small business What You Sow.

It was a really interesting evening that not only informed, but also inspired us to get back out there and start shouting about our products again.

Some of Lyndsey's features!

There was even a surprise appearance from George!

George in Emma's presentation

The next talk we hope will be in April but I'll keep you posted.

Inspired by Lyndsey I am now creating a Press page for designosaur. Hopefully you'll be able to find this on the blog soon.

If you came, I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did, if you didn't make it this time, make sure you come to the next one. If you want more information check out the Brighton Etsy Team Blog.


Monday, 3 February 2014

BtnEtsy Talks

The Brighton Etsy Team has added another string to their bow. We are now doing Talks! The first one is tomorrow at The Old Market. It is a FREE event, and although it is run by the Brighton Etsy Team if you aren't an Etsy seller or aren't a member of the team we would STILL love you to come along.

Our first speakers are Emma from Bets and Bobs who will talk about PR and Marketing your brand followed by Lyndsey from What You Sow who will explain what PR and Marketing she has done in her first year of business!

I can't wait!

Want to come along? RSVP here

Hope to see you there!