I’ve been an Etsy artist wannabe for a long while now. It’s even how I’ve described myself on many of my social media accounts. “Diane Vautier, MBA Business and Marketing Consultant, entrepreneur, Etsy Artist wannabe and green living enthusiast. Practiced sustainability before it was cool.”
So, why the big interest in being an Etsy artist? Because I think Etsy is just awesome.
I’ve browsed the pages of the site with amazement at what people there create. The raw creative talent is inspiring and plentiful. Search by keyword, color, location or price and you’ll find just about anything you can imagine. There is jewelry, pottery, home décor items, lighting, baskets, bags, purses and art just to name a few. In fact, there are nearly one million handmade items to choose from (942,098 at this writing). Now that’s a lot of handmade beauty.
With so much admiration for the talent on line, I had high hopes of someday finding a talent of my own that would be ‘craft worthy’ enough to be listed on Etsy. Finally in late in 2011 I found something that inspired me; using an industry by-product as a raw material. The true spirit of recycling (well, actually reuse), sustainability, and industrial synergy. I was finally able to change my Twitter profile from “…wanna be Etsy artist…” to official “Etsy artist” with the opening of my Esty Store, Java Jayne.
Java Jayne is way cool. Everything I make is crafted from re-purposed coffee sacks that I source from local coffee roasters, which saves the burlap sacks from entering the waste stream. I sew some really useful items like messenger bags, laptop sleeves, tote bags, and some really fun items such as journal covers, full aprons, waist aprons and firewood log carriers.
Admittedly, I was a little unsure of my rusty stitching skills until I really started cutting and sewing, and until memories of my 8th grade home economics class started flooding back into my brain. Then I was really glad I decided to pull out the old sewing machine that a friend had given me about 20 years ago. Once I had a few projects sewn together and a few more underway, I was pleasantly surprised at the quality and level of work I was turning out. I am Esty worthy.
What’s even better is that not only am I now an Etsy artist, but my creations are even being sold locally at Coffeeberries coffee shop in Londonderry, NH. How cool is that? Look out world I am an Etsy artist wannabe no more.