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My name is Andréa from Stitch Silly.  I make handmade items to for families.  I have been sewing and knitting for as long as I can remember.  After some encouragement from from friends, I opened my Etsy shop in April.  While I haven't had any sales directly from the site, I've made a few sales from other venues.  I love creating new and interesting items in all craft forms.  I'm always on the look out for new and interesting ideas.  You never know what will inspire you next.
This is just a part-time adventure for me right now.  In my regular day job, I am a systems engineering consultant.  I like to think my engineer and creative sides build on each other.  Being an engineer makes the business side of this incredibly fun for me as well.

Please stop by my shop and take a look around.  If there is something specific you are looking for, I am happy to discuss custom options with you.  You can find my shop at:  I also write a blog ( with information about small businesses, product brain storming, and sometimes even my mindless ramblings.  For special promotions or insider information, follow us on Facebook at
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Hi, all.  My name is Mary Davis, and I am the artist behind Roselynn Designs.  I am a legal secretary by day, and single mother of a 15 year old daughter.  My shop features jewelry made from gemstones, beads and wire.  I started making jewelry about 5 years ago.  A co-worker brought some of her handmade jewelry into the office, and everyone gathered around to buy it.  I’ve always loved jewelry and was amazed that anyone could make it.  Ever on the lookout for opportunities to make extra money, I decided I wanted to try.  I went out and bought the book Jewelry Making for Dummies.  Craving more knowledge, I began buying book after book.  I’d wear my jewelry and soon those same co-workers were buying jewelry from me instead!  That is when I thought “I can do this!”  I started making more jewelry and selling to friends, family and at craft shows.
My main focus now is wrapping gemstone cabochons in sterling silver wire.  I also enjoy making wire bracelets, earrings and necklaces. I haven’t taken any jewelry making classes except one to make the crystal heart shown on my website.  Other than that, I am completely self taught and I think I do very well. 
I opened my Etsy store more than a year ago, but wasn’t sure how to do anything beyond downloading the pictures.  This year, I became more focused on promoting and marketing my shop in and outside of Etsy.  Who knew running a website would be so much work, but I enjoy every minute of it!  As long as I am doing what I love to do, and I know others enjoy wearing what I create – I am happy.  You can view my site here:
am a high school French teacher by trade, thus the name "Escargot." I started making mini collages on glass tiles using bits of magazines. They became magnets and then pendants! Voila! The Escargot Artsy Bits was born! I love how each one is a surprise and completely one of a kind. I have also started making rings and necklaces out of vintage costume jewelry I pick up at auctions and flea markets.
Sara Rask



Andrea said…
I love the purple pendent you posted, what a great piece. Thanks for featuring my nap blanket, it is one of my favorite pieces.

I have other products on my blog

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