Sunday, 30 August 2015

Product Feature - Handmade 'Belle' inspired dress by ShinkuRose

Our second product feature for this week (Please also see Annie's pallet heart) is this beautiful mustard coloured dress by Emily and Debbie from ShinkuRose. 

Emily and Debbie are mother and daughter and both work together on the brand.

Debbie began sewing when she was 12. She is the older of six with four brothers and one sister who she used to sew items for. Debbie says 'I am continually learning and always looking for new techniques to improve the finished look of the product'. Debbie taught her daughter Emily to sew.  Emily is a university graduate in costume design for screen and stage. Upon graduating she worked in a bridal shop as a pattern cutter and now works in fashion full time. She says ' I am fortunate enough to have a mum who taught me how to sew and now have the privilege of working with'.

Everything they make it one of a kind and made to each client's specification and sizing needs. 

This dress was inspired by Belle's dress from the disney film Beauty and the Beast and old school lolita fashion. 

As well as having lots of beautiful handmade dresses in their shop, Emily and Debbie also make tops, skirts, blouses and accessories.

Please take a look at their shop here: ShinkuRose 

Debbie and Emily are part of the Dorset Team and will be selling at our 'Etsy Made Local' Christmas Fair in December 

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Introducing #DorsetTeamTips - Tips for running your Etsy shop

Have you always wanted to set up your own Etsy shop or currently run an Etsy shop but feel like you need some more tips on how to improve it?

The Dorset Team are running a new series called 'Dorset Team Tips' where sellers from our team will be sharing their tips for running an Etsy shop/ small business.

You can find the tips by searching #DorsetTeamTips on social media (particularly on Twitter).

Do you have a fantastic tip or idea which has helped you with your business or your craft that you could share to help other sellers? Please post your tips and include the hashtag #DorsetTeamTips in your post so that other members can find it. You can post this on any social media platform including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

More to come soon....!

Friday, 28 August 2015

Product Feature - Love heart by Annie from Shabby Chic Pallets

One of our featured product for this week is this beautiful rustic 'shabby chic' heart made by Dorset Team member Annie Edgecombe who runs Shabby Chic Pallets on Etsy.

Annie is based in Dorchester in Dorset, England and makes bespoke wooden gifts mainly from reclaimed wood such as pallets. Her range includes shabby chic hearts, wooden display boards, signs and fairy doors.

Annie has recently joined the Dorset Team and we can't wait to see more of Annie's products. 

You can also find Annie on Facebook and Instagram and Annie will also be selling at our Dorset Team Christmas Fair in Wimborne.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Marketing yourself on Pinterest in the run up to Christmas - Tips for Etsy Sellers

Photo Credit: Beauxoxo who is a member of the Dorset Etsy Team - You can find her shop here

Getting yourself ready for that all important time of the year can be a daunting task, Melissa Drake who is a successful seller on Etsy and also has a huge social media following has put together some Pinterest marketing tips to help you prepare for the Christmas holiday season.

Follow these tips to maximise your Pinterest potential and to reach new customers and hopefully make more sales!


One of the tips that Melissa gives is to join a group board. We have our very own Dorset Team Pinterest page with lots of different themed boards. All members are welcome to pin, if you would like to be invited to pin please post on the Dorset Team forum and we will add you

You can find an example of one of our Dorset Team Pinterest boards here. This is a selection of items from sellers coming to our Dorset Team 'Etsy Made Local' Christmas Fair.

We hope that you will enjoy browsing our Pinterest boards and hope that the article is useful.

Do you pin? We would love to hear your Pinterest tips. Please leave them in the comments section below along with your Pinterest links.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Treasury Tuesday

Kids Party Styling

A showcase of table ware, party decor, pocket money gifts, kids fashion and more courtesy of The Dorset Team.

Pastel Glitter Wool Unicorn Pom Pom Magical Hair Band, Cute Hair Accessory, Pastel Hair Band
White scalloped tag with bunting design - british bunting - small white labels - wedding tags - summer garden party - summer party etsy uk
Punch and Judy birthday invitation, Childrens party invite, Birthday invitation, Illustrated party invite
Heart Wooden Bunting.
Make Your Own Felt Fairytale Collection Kit. Fairy decorations. Princess decor. Sewing pattern
Custom Personalised Birthday Card - Pug Lover Pugging Brilliant Spotty Polkadot Pom Pom Dog Customised Greetings Card
Brown / Colour Choice Elbow Length Furry Faux Fur Cat Wolf Fox Bear Cat Paw Gloves Fingerless Long Arm Warmers Winter Christmas Halloween
Pre Filled Sweet Cone Personalised with Name/Phrase
Ice lolly pin, ice lolly brooch, Summer pin, ice cream pin, bright pink and orange pin, illustrated lolly pin.
Personalized Superhero Kit - Superhero Cape, Mask, Cuffs and Belt, Ideal for Halloween Costume or Dress Up
Personalised badges, keyrings or pocket mirrors by Doodle Dot
SALE - Lill Bunny - Tomo Acrylic Kawaii Bunny Necklace Charm
Fairy Door
Christmas Origami Paper, make seasonal garlands and displays Red and white folk and plaid design 100 sheets 148x148mm
Girls Luxury Pink  Peppa Pig Character TuTu Dress With Bow - Birthday Christmas Party Dress Tulle Ballet Costume
Happy Birthday Banner Bunting Mint Green, Lemon, Lilac and Blue Birthday Party Celebration or Photo prop Custom Made to order

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Monday, 24 August 2015

Branding Your Shop - Etsy Online Lab

One of the great things about Etsy is that they provide lots of educational resources to help sellers. Today Etsy ran a live online lab about branding your shop. The lab was run by two Etsy admins, Tess (who is also captain of the Etsy Success Team) and Parker and they went through how to build a brand which sets your shop apart, why branding is important, what makes a brand stand out and simple strategies which you can use to enhance your own unique brand.

If you missed the live lab you can catch it with it below:

We would love to know what you thought about the lab, what you learnt from it and what was the one thing you would take away from the lab.

Please either let us know in the comment section below on the blog or head over to our team forum for our branding discussion.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Bake off! Baking from the Dorset Team

We love The Great British Bake Off! Here is a collection of items from the Dorset Etsy Team that show our love of baking!

Decadent Sweet Plum Shea Butter Luxury Bath Creamer, Cupcake
Amigurumi Afternoon Tea Pattern - Crochet Pattern by DMC
Star Baker - Gicleé Print
Keep Calm and Scoff Cake - Cute Pink Print
Pink Cupcake Earrings // kawaii earrings // cute pink cupcakes stud earrings
Crochet cupcake decoration (free UK p&p)
Birthday Card, Cake Card, Birthday Cake Card, Greetings Card, Papercut Card
Set of scalloped white cupcake tags - small white tags - cup cake tags - wedding tags - wedding labels - tea party - cake tags - cute tags
Vintage teacup cherry cake pincushion
Glitter baking typography print
Pottery Salt Pig /Server  Made in Uk Wedding Gift Idea - Wedding Gift
Personalised wooden rolling pin - Bake Off competition prize, Mother's Day, Anniversary, wooden anniversary gift (RP01)
Recycled Clear Embossed Glass Bottle Spoon Rest with Wooden Spoon
Cake Bunting Pretty Pinks HAPPY BIRTHDAY Fabric Cake Topper for Weddings Birthday Party and Baby Showers Custom made to order
kids apron turquoise penguin apron 3-6 years personalised

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Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Bird Life from the Etsy Dorset team

There is all sorts of bird life in the Dorset team members shops!

Bird necklace, illustrated bird pendant, Firecrest bird necklace, bird jewellery.
Clive wood pigeon soft toy
Barn Owl Brooch Mini Needle Felting Kit - DIY Craft Kit
Raven Charm, sterling silver 'Edgar'
Miniature needle felted owl brown / fawn / grey / white
Pointy Beaks Birds Artists Toys Photo Postcard Notecard Notelet Thank you Blank Card
Fowl Cushion Cover
Personalised Hen Party Thank You Card - Cheers for a cracking hen do! - Vintage Floral Hen Do L Plate Card
bird wall hanging, OOAK, textile art, textile sculpture, cloth bird, faux taxidermy
Burning Love - 3/4 Pint sized Bone China mug with Elvis the budgie illustration ceramic transfer
Last one! Contemporary Style Vintage Japanese Kimono Pillow Cushion 'Seabirds'
Makower Nautical Seagulls Fabric - 100% Cotton
Robin wire sculpture, ornament, figurine
Retro style bird filigree hair clip - antiqued bronze filigree clip with turquoise swallow bird made by The Dorothy Days - etsy uk
Wooden Hanging Owls
Papercut Art Print, Wall Art, Wall Decor, Beach Print, Seagulls Print, Papercut Print

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