Check Out the Great Photography Advice from Michael Garbutt
Selling on Etsy can take some getting used to. Not only do you have to create unique and high quality work, but you also have to be able to photograph it in a way that lures in shoppers. Michael Garbutt is a professional photographer in Australia who has put together a VERY informative guide to product photography. Simple, easy to read language for non-photographers paired with excellent photos and illustrations. I can't think of anything I didn't like about it. The guide comes emailed as a pdf, and you can either read it from your computer or print it out. I printed mine and put it in sleeves in a 3-ring binder so that I can reference it easily. Check out his photography and guides in his Etsy shop here
Fabulous Rocks and One Dolce Vida
Two shops run by one super awesome woman named Linda. She's great to work with, and runs all sorts of promos and sales. Very active promoting her shops AND other shops. Gotta love a lady who isn't afraid to share the spotlight. Plus, she's an excellent source for small quantities of great gems and findings. She's also my SOLID white gold wire source.
Lilly's Bead Box and Lilly Luxe
Lilly owns a bead shop in Knoxville in addition to running two bead shops on Etsy. She's quite lovely, and very helpful. Lilly also happens to be gorgeous, but she's so sweet that you can't really begrudge her those good genes. I like to stop in her shop and gaze at all of her sparkly gems, and when I need just a few of something I usually find a few more things I never knew I needed. Lilly is also great about my small time orders, even splitting strands from her Luxe store for me. (Unlike some of the more established jewelry designers out there, I can't just drop a couple thousand on stones at one time.) The link above left goes to Lillys Bead Box on Etsy, and the right (with just the blue topaz) goes to her upscale LillyLuxe shop on Etsy.
When I die, I want to be wrapped in Beata's beautiful yarn. I'm dead serious. I'll be the best looking mummy anywhere! I bought a couple skeins of 100% silk singles yarn on a whim, and fell in love. The kind of obsessive love usually reserved for Twilight fans. I'd thought that having really great yarn would motivate me to stretch my knitting abilities further than rectangles in stockingette stitch. The problem is, Hedgehog fibres yarn is so wonderful I just want to hoard it a bit like Smeagol in the Lord of the Rings. The colorways are so lovely, and they are so soft to the touch. 100% silk singles in the Petals colorway is shown here, and in case you were wondering, right now this is my very favorite, although I would gladly wrap myself in anything from Hedgehog fibres shop.
Fluffy, squidgy, smooshy yarn. Oh, how I have fallen in love with the handspun Falkland wool yarn that Daniela has in her shop. It just looks and feels like.....home. While it doesn't drive me to madness the way that Beata's yarn does, it ALWAYS makes me smile. There is just something so comforting about a fluffy bit of knitting.
Snowberry and Lime
Veronika at Snowberry and Lime has been lovely to work with, and her soy silk yarn is pretty amazing stuff. It really does look and feel like silk-soft and shiny. I think that her shop is probably right up there with Beata's Hedgehog Fibres. Really yummy yarns that make me wish my knitting skills could properly showcase them.