Sunday, June 27, 2010

Meet Rose L'Abbate

Please meet Rose L'Abbate, owner of Rose Petals Jewelry on Zibbet. Rose currently resides in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Tell us about yourself… I'm 65, retired and enjoying the good life. We are building a new house and I can't wait. My husband and I travel extensively. We also golf, go for walks, spend a lot of time together. We are best friends. He doesn't bead but has helped me out at craft fairs.

Describe your “style” and how it sets you apart from your competition. I don't have a particular style. I go from stringing or weaving beads to wire wrapping everything sight. One day I'll be on a pendant kick, the next it's earrings. What ever catches my eye at that moment.

What is the “story” behind your shop name? My name is Rose and the petals are the pieces of art that I make.

What is your favorite item in our shop at the moment? Mint Green crystal handwoven bracelet. I love the color and the femininity of the piece.

What is your favorite Zibbet shop? I like Metal Flair. I think Cherry Blossom Branch Cuff is unique.

How long have you been a Zibbeter? Since April, 2010

As a seller, what do you like best about Zibbet? I like the fact that it's small and as a community we are getting to know each other. There doesn't seem to be all the nit picking that I've seen on other sites. People are helpful and encouraging.

As a buyer, what do you like best about Zibbet? I haven't bought anything on zibbet yet.

What else would you like the world to know about you and your Zibbet shop? Each of my pieces is made with love and care and are truly a part of me. From the gathering of the elements to the finished product and always guaranteed.

You can connect with Rose in her Zibbet shop and on her blog.

Wire wrapped Triangle glass with charms
Turquoise and silver necklace ala southwest

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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Meet Jill Wilson of Jilly's Stuff

I'm excited to introduce you to Jill Wilson, owner of Jilly's Stuff on Zibbet. Jill's shop contains a variety of items including note cards embellished with lovely crocheted pieces, crocheted dog sweaters and craft supplies. Jill resides in Ontario, Canada.

Tell us about yourself…  I am a married "older" mom with a 12 year old boy at home. He is our grandson that my hubby and I adopted from his daughter when he was 3. I have recently retired from Michael's Arts and Crafts as a custom framer. I love lace, linen, crafts, stitching, vintage, flea markets and thrift stores. I love my silly beagle, Buck, and he has introduced me to more of my neighbors in 3 months than I ever knew in the 11 years we have lived here.

Describe your “style” and how it sets you apart from your competition. I can only describe it as eclectic.A mix of old and new, upcycled, updated, etc. I learned a lot from my mom who lived through the bombings of London during WWII, and have carried on with her "do and make do" attitude. I am also a child of the 60's and love the freedom to randomly pick and choose from various craft and art supplies to put together my cards.

What is the “story” behind your shop name? I am Jill and this is all of my stuff. I loved George Carlin and his routine on "stuff". I seem to fit into that quite well. Also, my hubby once called my partially finished craft projects as "junk". He learned quickly to call it stuff instead since he couldn't take any of his junk, upcycle or revamp it and use or sell it.

What is your favorite item in our shop at the moment? I think it would be the Cross bookmark note card. I just loved the elegance of the cross and the simplicity of the card.

What is your favorite Zibbet shop and why?  Only one?  That's hard to do.  Nearly everyone has something I just have to have. I could fill a page with shops and links.

How long have you been a Zibbeter?  I opened up my shop in January, 2010.

As a seller, what do you like best about Zibbet?
I love the blogs, forum, members, all of the shops, the ease of browsing around, but mostly, the very positive attitude that Zibbet reflects.

As a buyer, what do you like best about Zibbet? Unfortunately, I have not purchased anything yet. I have to try and narrow down my wish list. My day is coming and I will succumb to the urge to shop. My willpower is weakening.

What else would you like the world to know about you and your Zibbet shop? I am always here to answer any questions or concerns the buyer may have. I am very big on customer service and everyone deserves the same courtesy and attention regardless of whether they make a purchase or not. As I see it, internet shoppers want honesty, availability and communication from the shopkeepers. You still have to "be there" for them even if it is not in person.

You can connect with Jill at her Zibbet shop, Jilly's Stuff, and on her Zibbet's Community blog page.

Rocky Coastline Note Card
Crocheted Business Card Holders
Custom Medium Dog Sweater

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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Meet Barbra LaBosco

I am pleased to introduce you to Barbra LaBosco, owner of All About the Buttons on Zibbet. In addition to posting regularly on Zibbet's Community website, Barbra is also an editor and columnist for Indie Smiles. Barbra's Zibbet shop is filled to the brim with a wonderful mix of items that you don't want to miss. Please take a few minutes now to meet Barbra.

Tell us about yourself… Retiring from an education career has given me the opportunity to pursue my interests virtually full time. Moving from New York to South Carolina has afforded me the space to spread out. I was an art major in college and truly was creating at about age 5 and never stopped. I sold things starting in college and on and off during my career and parenting. Grandma's and Mom's famous cookie tin of buttons were always a source of joy and using them as embellishments rather than just as they were intended is fun to envision. When I'm not playing with the buttons, I work part time for my son's business or I watch his 2 boys so he and my daughter-in-law can have some free time. My husband and I are greatly enjoying having time to call our own and being in charge of how it's spent. I was blessed with a great career and a healthy family and am now blessed with a new chapter.

Describe your “style” and how it sets you apart from your competition. My style may be a disadvantage but it is me. There are certain materials I absolutely love. Obviously buttons are #1. But I love paper, ribbon and yarn as well so I have attempted to mesh them all. The cohesive factor may be the buttons but I have so many interests and products it may be a bit scattered for some. The portability of yarn work makes it attractive and I love trying to go out of the box a bit with the clocks especially, and pins. My various bookmarks came about as I am an avid reader and the mini purses were also developed out of a need to organize my pocket book.

What is the “story” behind your shop name? In the early 90s I started seriously making pins and barrettes with buttons for sale. They are both closures so my first name was "Closings" but this was before the instant stores on the internet. I then added clocks and bookmarks so "Closings" was not appropriate. Since everything had buttons, it evolved to "All About The Buttons". I almost feel guilty if there's an item without buttons which does happen.

What is your favorite item in our shop at the moment? My favorite is usually the latest. I love the new magnetic bookmarks and of course my clocks but the longest lasting favorite, Button Heart Shadow Box, is still for sale and hanging in my house. It is the 3rd in a series and real love went into it. It includes buttons, paper and ribbon but I forgot the yarn!

What is your favorite Zibbet shop and why? Wow, that's like asking to name your favorite child! I love Mrs Supply. Jen is a very special lady with several Zibbet shops. Her supplies are top notch and sent with care and beauty. I bought this Flower Charm Ribbon and just love it. In fact I need more.

How long have you been a Zibbeter? I started in July 2009 so it's almost a year.

As a seller, what do you like best about Zibbet? Instantly, there was such a great vibe. When the owner of the company fixes your banner for you, I knew I was someplace special. I particularly love the larger photos for the customers and the amazing one page ease of listing items. Now with the Zibbet forums, the wonderful attitude is extended to include many more great people.

As a buyer, what do you like best about Zibbet? It is such a smooth process. I confess...I am a shopper. I love to support others and get a kick from being someone's first sale. I have made many purchases already and not one snag yet.

What else would you like the world to know about you and your Zibbet shop? Aside from indoor creating, I'm an avid, untrained gardener. Those first spring flowers or the bud of a tiny tomato are a kick. I love to create, indoors and out. I cannot sit still. My yarn work is always with me in the car (not when I drive, of course!) for that unexpected wait and goes with me to doctor appointments and car service. I cannot watch TV or a movie without needles clacking. It's in my blood. My father was a professional designer and my mom was a master seamstress so maybe it is genetic. I still get a thrill knowing someone in Greece or Canada or Idaho is wearing or using something I created. I will never stop and of course, the extra cash flow is welcome in these economic times. Everything is made with love and what better way to spend my time?

You can connect with Barbra at her Zibbet shop, All About the Buttons, as well as Facebook, Twitter and her blog, All About the Buttons.

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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Today ONLY!

Receive an additional 5% off your total purchase when you enter coupon code EXTRA at check out from all three of my Zibbet shops!

That's 28% off regular prices PLUS another 5% off with the coupon! Coupon expires Sunday, June 13, 2010 at 8:00AM Central Time! Hurry--you have less than 24 hours to receive this extra discount!

Anniversary Sale ends at 6:00AM on Monday, June 14, 2010.

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Anniversary Sale!

On Saturday, June 12, 1982, I married my sweetheart in a wedding ceremony that almost didn't happen. Twenty-eight years ago today, I called my matron-of-honor and asked her to take me to the emergency room as I woke up extremely ill that morning. I was admitted to the hospital and spent the next two days and nights in ICU. Thankfully, I was released from the hospital on Friday well enough to proceed with the wedding the next day! And as they say, the rest is history...

In celebration of 28 years of marriage to my sweetie and best friend, I'm having a SALE! Prices on everything in all three of my shops have been reduced by 28% from today through Sunday, June 13! If you make purchases from more than one of my shops, I will combine shipping and refund the difference!

Thanks for shopping at Zibbet!

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Friday, June 4, 2010

The Girly Place - Found Only on Zibbet!

Joanie of The Girly Place told me that the title of her autobiography would read “My Life as a Child.” She explained that she tries to teach everyone she meets that “being childish doesn’t mean being immature.” Instead, it means seeing the wonder in all things and always being willing to learn. When you visit Joanie’s shop, you will no doubt understand her childlike viewpoint of the world! Joanie’s creations are playful and fun.

Joanie says that she “loves, loves, loves” her Fluff N Stuff tutus, especially the listing for “Choose your color” because the customer can choose up to two colors to create a custom look for that special little ballerina! When I went browsing in Joanie’s shop, I couldn’t resist this little Ladybug Resting FELT Clippie. I also discovered that tutus are not just for little girls. Joanie also offers adult length tutus for the little girl in all of us!

Of course, pink is on Joanie’s list of favorite colors. She also loves yellow because it is a “happy, sunny color.” Light blue makes the list too because “it looks so good on my son.” I asked Joanie to tell me how I would identify her shop in a brick and mortar craft mall, without being able to see to shop name. She responded, “Gee, I haven’t seen any Ba and M tutu shops, so I’d guess all the miles of fluff would give it away!” I think she’s right—I’ve never seen a B and M tutu shop either!

If Joanie could be any fictional character, she would choose to be Spiderman. Can’t you just picture Joanie swinging through the streets, saving the city from bad guys? I can imagine that there is never a dull moment at Joanie’s house. When I asked Joanie to tell me about her most “interesting” encounter with an animal, without expounding she told me that she is allergic to reindeer and that her dad once slapped a bear! See what I mean?

The Girly Place along with All Felt Up can only be found on Zibbet. Connect with Joanie on Facebook, Twitter and The Girly Place blog.

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