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Yay! Some (Australian) Etsy Faves!

You may or may not know that I landed the DREAM job (alongside Cath) of Creative Courage Challenge Mentor for Etsy a few months ago. What does this mean, you ask? Well, it meant that for 6 weeks (or so) I talked to a bunch of local Etsy sellers about what it means to be a creative, the best ways to market creative work, how to get noticed online, the benefits of collaboration and a whole lot more. Like I said, DREAM JOB! (Frankie interviewed me about it here!)

The challenge wound up on the weekend and I thought it would be a great idea to share the work of a (tiny) few of my favourite sellers. Of course, I have always kept an eye on Etsy and shop their regularly, but this program opened me up to a bunch of people I may never have found. I am grateful for that!

I’m also grateful for all the conversations we had over the course of the program – lots of chatter about creative confidence, support networks and the ridiculous amount of tenacity you need to have to make a living out of creativity. These are good things to talk about, right?! I think so.

Here are a bunch of wonderful new friends I made via #EtsyCreativeCourage – check out even more ace graduates on Instagram via the #ECCCGraduate hashtag!

(And if you are reading this and took part in the Etsy Creative Courage Challenge – feel free to leave a link to your shop in the comments and tell us a little bit about what you do!)

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Kirralee and Cokirralee and co

Brisbane mama, florist and maker creates these gorgeous hanging vases from their off-the-grid workshop. All materials are either rescued or ethically sourced.

Etsy Store: Kirralee & Co

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RMIT graduate, illustrator and textile designer Jane from Doops-D makes a bunch of lovely homewares and accessories out of her Byron Bay studio. I want to GO THERE. I want to hang out and look at all the pretty, stylish, messy stuff!

Etsy Store: Doops-Designs

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I am in love with Laurie’s work. I bought a piece from her shop the second I discovered her! (Mine is the koala, but I am also coveting the unicorn ring holder and a sloth!!)

Etsy Store: Yellow Tree Store

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Ghify make bespoke furniture pieces from rescued and salvaged materials. They’re based in Brisbane and I really love the kitchen benches they create.

Etsy Store: Ghify

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Do you have any local Etsy faves that you’d like to share?
Or maybe you want to share YOUR Etsy shop?! Feel free!

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    October 20, 2015 at 2:43 PM

    Love all these, especially the sloth necklace! Thanks for sharing, love finding awesome new sellers on Etsy. I just added some new products to my own store too:

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    October 14, 2015 at 7:08 PM

    This course was a hoot! So many creative people with such invaluable advice, thanks for all the good times! Here’s a link to my wee little shop…

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    October 14, 2015 at 10:35 AM

    Thanks for 5 great weeks. Everyone was very supportive. I learned so much and feel like I now have all the tools to keep going forward.

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    Laurie Melia
    October 14, 2015 at 9:56 AM

    Thanks so much for your support, Pip!! You da best 🙂 xxx

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    Chrissie Mellado
    October 13, 2015 at 9:35 PM

    I feel very lucky to have been a part of this challenge. The creatives are just amazing & yours and Cath’s knowledge is just priceless. Thank you so much. I’m still a noobie at all this but I’ve learned a lit & can’t wait to implement it all. I cosmically create dolls, softies & spacey stuff!

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    October 13, 2015 at 9:17 PM

    Thank you again Pip and Cath! A great blog featuring talented ECCC designers. http:\\

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    Julie Gravelle
    October 13, 2015 at 9:09 PM

    The challenge was great. In fact I launched my shop during the challenge. Thanks you for the inspiration.

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    October 13, 2015 at 7:00 PM

    Hi Jess from Jaffa Cat here, I design whimsical wood brooches and earrings.
    Absolutely loved the Etsy Creative Courage Challenge! Not only was it great advise but I also found some lovely Aussie designers to follow on Etsy and Instagram. The course has really helped me improve my product photography and social media presence. It was great to be apart of the FB community too. Thanks for taking the time to help us all find our courage 🙂

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    October 13, 2015 at 5:30 PM

    Oops this is my shop link:

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    October 13, 2015 at 5:29 PM

    I really enjoyed my time doing the etsy creative courage challenge. Thanks for your support.

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    Jenny Nunn
    October 13, 2015 at 5:13 PM

    A lovely blog Pip!! once again a big thank you to you and Cath. I love your few favourite shops you’ve posted they’re so fresh and innovative. I look forward to following your blig and facebook very so often
    Warmest regards

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    October 13, 2015 at 5:10 PM

    i loved this course so much! Fab mentors (natch) and such a brilliant community spirit of love and support. I still have a way to go with my etsy store but I really feel like I know what I’m aiming for now and have the tools to get there! Nicola Insta and facey hookandtwist. ????

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