Today in my Etsy Love series we meet Michele from One December who sells rustic home decor, custom tumbled marble coasters, vintage finds and original photography. One December has a wonderfully rustic feel to it and the range of products compliment each other really well. Michele has managed to establish a very successful shop and I think that part of that success is due to her ability to portray her love and devotion for her craft in the way she has presented her beautiful products.
1. Tell us a bit about yourself and where the inspiration came from to start your Etsy shop.
I am Michele, a creator and a collector of cool vintage items! I live in Connecticut with my wonderful family, two overly friendly cats, and a backyard speckled with goats. I love this location and the changing seasons. We live in the country, but are only one hour from all the hustle and bustle of New York City! I have a terrific husband and best friend and I’m a Mom to two awesome little kids with our third on the way! They’re awesome and they keep me very busy!
2. Do you have a favourite piece? Tell us how you found it and why it is your favourite.
My personalized tumbled marble coasters are my favorite. I’m not exactly sure which design, but I love knowing that I’m creating something special for my buyers. I’m giving them something with meaning to them. It may be the names of their family members, a special date, or a set of initials. Many of the designs featured in my shop were inspired by the ideas of my customers!
3. What is the biggest milestone you have achieved so far whilst selling on Etsy?
When I hit my 500th sale I was pretty excited. So far, that sticks out as the biggest milestone I’ve achieved! For some reason, I had never imagined I’d reach that many sales, and when I did, it felt like a huge accomplishment…like I could actually be on to something here.
4. What are your future plans for your business?
I’d like to continue on with my Etsy shop. I’m always thinking of new ideas…new coaster designs, completely different products to try out in the shop (which is always fun), and I would definitely like to expand the vintage section of my shop. I love vintage! Maybe one day I will open a separate shop focusing only on vintage items! I’d also like to eventually have my husband working alongside me, creating and selling on Etsy. He is so talented and creative, I know it would be awesome!
Etsy Shop: http://www.onedecember.etsy.com
Thanks for sharing with us Michele! I have to say I’m very jealous of your lifestyle. I’m sure it is very hectic, but the idea of living in the countryside surrounded by natural beauty sounds so appealing! I wish you all the best with expanding your shop and look forward to seeing your new designs.