It’s a doggie bling double bill!

Something a little bit different this week, that I know will appeal to all of you dog lovers out there. We’re making the jump from last week’s colourful, quirky designs by Ip Dip to strictly doggie bling… introducing Alison Hatch from Crystal Wolf Collars and Lorretta Wyatt from I Made These Terriers

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Firstly hello to Crystal Wolf Collars… Could you introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about you and your Etsy shop?
IMG_3480My name is Alison, and my shop is Crystal Wolf Collars, specialising in top end dog collars and accessories that all have the optional added sparkle from Swarovski Crystals. I started making dog collars after rescuing my lurcher Tilly, four and a half years ago from the RSPCA, she was the most glamorous pup in West Sussex. All the lovely comments I got on my dog walks inspired me to open my Etsy store in 2014, producing beautiful but hard wearing collars, for everyday use. I come from a fashion background, and have been working in the professional dance wear market for last 20 plus years, think Strictly Come Dancing! I wanted to bring a little of this glamour to dogs and their owners.
I’m a fan of Strictly Come Dancing and love the glamour of ballroom dancing I’m slightly envious of your skills, what a fab idea moving your skills to dog accessories!
I am surrounded by sparkle and beautiful fabrics, some of which find themselves made into collars. I also love recycling garments and fabrics. My recent wool dog coats are made from Scottish blankets or scarves. I’ve also used vintage pillowcases and clothes for collars.
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What a fabulous ibandanadea,  I love dressing my dogs in bandanas and bow ties (much to the husband’s dismay). What are you currently working on? 
Matching bandanas for my collars, as well as machine embroidered bags made from the wool blankets I make the coats from. I am also trying out using the machine free hand, to embroider the heads of different breeds of dog. So far I have only attempted a terrier but was happy with the result.
Sounds fab! How have you found your Etsy journey so far?
My Etsy journey so far has been a very slow one but I realise now how naive I was. At the beginning had no idea about the importance of SEO, good photos, networking, etc. No wonder I got no sales for ages! I have almost given up several times, especially in the beginning, but now sales are better. I still have a lot of work to do but the high I get when a customer is happy, has made me determined to make this work.
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Any lessons you would like to share with fellow Etsy sellers? 
Joining the Etsy UK Sellers Networking Group on Facebook has been the best thing I have done, I’ve learnt so much it is incredible. I also think its really important to be completely honest and transparent with customers, the more I communicate with them and show an interest in them the better the rapport. I would say definitely say don’t give up, I sometimes have no sales in a month but the next can get five or more.
Your best seller?
My favourite make is most probably my best seller, which is my blanket dog coats. They have really taken off, especially in the USA. I’m really proud of those as they seem to be really different to what else is on offer.
What’s next?
Next for my shop I plan to spend more time developing the bags, as well as my fleece whippet coats (of course this will be alongside working on my SEO’s and photos).
Your Etsy Crush?
My etsy crush would be the little felted animals created by PuppyDuckMakes.
They are adorable and am sure will hit the spot for all of the animal lovers out there! Where can we find you on social media? 

Stay tuned because next up for a little bit more doggie inspired fox terrier bling, we introduce Loretta Wyatt from I Made These.

Hi, could you introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about you and your Etsy shop?
Ever since I can remember I’ve enjoyed creating. In 2007 I discovered metal clay and started creating jewellery this way. Metal clay is lots of microscopic particles suspended in an organic binder (the clay part) which can be moulded, dried and then fired in a kiln or with a torch. I love to work with metal clay. It’s very much like working with ceramics but on a smaller scale and it means that I don’t need to buy a rolling mill or other larger scale machinery, which is great when working in a small space! We have always had dogs growing up and our family is hooked on Fox Terriers including my beautiful fox terrier Pippa.


We regularly attend a fox terrier walk that has become such a big event that on last count I believe there were near to 80 terriers with their owners! During the walks it became apparent that I wasn’t the only one who was obsessed with fox terrier artifacts – figurines, photo frames, tea towels – you name it, and when I was complimented for my ‘Pippa pendant’ that I was wearing I thought that it would be a good idea to start a new range of terrier inspired jewellery!

This year I spoke with a group online called The Terrier Friendship Fund UK  who do a fox_terrierfantastic job of helping to raise money to help any terriers who need help for vet bills and support owners online by just being there for them really. They were very approachable and I wanted to help as best I could with raising money for their cause by donating 20% of all sales to them. I’ve had some very positive feedback so far and I’ve even had some owners buying pendants for their dogs to wear on their collars. Very stylish!

What are you currently working on?
I am working on other Terrier inspired jewellery, including cufflinks, brooches, more pendants and charms for another terrier charity. It’s top secret at the moment but I promise to update everyone once I have the go ahead so watch this space!

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How wonderful, that sounds very exciting and we can’t wait to hear more! How have you found your Etsy journey so far?
I discovered Etsy resolution in 2016 and thought that I should really give Etsy another go after giving up with an earlier shop. If others on Etsy can make it work for them well so can I! I’m self taught when it comes to social networking and finding out different ways to get your work out there has been an eye opener, exciting and inspiring! The main lesson that I have learned is that you can’t just stick some photos of your work somewhere and hope to make a sale, it involves so much more work that that!

Your favourite make so far?
That’s tricky as I only have five items so far but my favourite has to be my ‘Pippa pendant’ as she was my lovely dog so I am completely biased!

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Your best seller?
I think these terrier charms are popular as they can be worn as a necklace, added to a charm bracelet or used as a phone charm. Its also a simple stylised design.

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Very versatile, I can see why they’ve proved so popular! What’s next for your shop?
I would love to expand to other breeds of dogs. Maybe pugs. They are a popular breed at the moment and they do have very cheeky faces which I’m sure I could capture using metal clay.

Your Etsy crush?
I have many including, Forever Foxed, Rock Rose Jewellery, and Curious Magpie Designs.

Oooh lovely shops! Thanks so much for the recommendations. I’ve included my fave finds from each of the shops so readers get an idea of the types of things sold, why not click in and have a closer look:
Forever Foxed 
Rock Rose Jewellery 
Curious Magpie Designs

Where can we find you on the web to come and say ‘hi’? 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/imadetheseofficial
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/imadethesedesign/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/IMadeThese

Thanks so much to both Loretta and Alison for sharing their doggie makes this week. If you have time don’t forget to go and have a browse of their shops and treat you and your doggies? Also don’t forget to tune into social media so that you can be the first to hear about new lines and offers as they come up. If you have time please pop on over to our Rose Filtered blog where we say hello to the lovely Amy from Hope the Black Dog, it’s a really great read so I do hope you can come over and show your support.

Thanks for reading!

Leanne x

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