Featured Zibbeter - Ariamy
Friendly folks abound in Zibbet’s Community and Arty Lou is one of them. If you haven’t had the chance to “meet” her there yet, you will enjoy getting to know a little about her in this week’s interview.
Arty Lou enjoys creating fine jewelry designs as well as creating shop banners and selling jewelry supplies in her shop called Ariamy.
Arty Lou uses Twitter to promote her work. She writes a blog where she shows off beautiful photos of the majestic country of Greece where she lives with her husband and sons. You can also stop by Zibbet Community to see her pages complete with music or meet up with her in some of the fun Zibbet groups she has joined.
Tell us a bit about yourself?
I’m a mum of two beautiful young boys who has been living on one of the Dodecanese (Twelve) Islands in the Aegean Sea, for over ten years. I was born in Bairnsdale, Australia but grew up in Melbourne till my family decided to move to Greece. In Greece, I taught English as a foreign language part-time but gave it up to devote myself to my young sons who needed me more.
Apart from being ‘creative’ what do you do?
Apart from being creative, I teach my sons English, use the Internet often to blog, socialize or simply promote my work. My family also has a small business in the tourist industry that I help out with on occasion. I would be happy to have people visit our fan page on Facebook to see the beauty of Greece.
What inspires you to do the kind of work you do?
What inspires me is what I see around me. There are so many beautifully created pieces out there, it’s difficult not to feel the urge to create yourself.
Do you look up to anyone? Who? Why?
The one person who I look up to is my older sister. She has been through many difficult trials in her life and she still manages to remain strong. She is always encouraging and supportive of my decisions.
What other passions do you have in your life?
I would say I feel very strongly about animals - cats and dogs in particular. It bothers me when they’re callously left to the streets to die. Once, I had nurtured a pup of one or two weeks that was abandoned on the street in a rubbish bag. I couldn’t keep it at that time so I gave it to a person who wanted it when it was old enough. Given the chance, I would do it again. Right now, I have three adorable kittens of my own. They also needed a home.
What do you like most about Zibbet?
What I like most is that our opinions are heard and that we‘re able to contribute in a small way. On the whole, I’m happy to be a part of such a vibrant community whose common interest is Zibbet’s success.
What ‘new’ things would you like to see added to Zibbet?
I would definitely love to see the thumbnails of all images enlarge when we scroll our mouse over them without clicking to view them. Also a ’heart’ feature or something similar would be nice. (We’re fussy Zibbeters I think!)
How do you promote your work?
I promote via Facebook, Blogger and Twitter. I also have a display of my jewelry in my brother’s hair salon and I‘m happy to say it‘s doing well for me. At one point, I used Google Adwords to promote my shop but only temporarily. There’s so much more I could do to actively promote my work especially locally. I need to urge and push myself a little harder to accomplish this.
How would you recommend other Zibbeters make the most of Zibbet.com?
I would recommend other Zibbeters make the most of their referral code now that it’s still at $9 to introduce more people to Zibbet and receive a lower monthly bill at the same time. Zibbet also has other wonderful features that could be put to use to increase their sales. I also suggest they never be discouraged no matter if there hasn’t been a sale yet. They should continue to do what they love best, list frequently and promote, promote, promote!
In the future I’d like to be…
A successful seller who has achieved her goals. I would like to contribute financially by doing what I enjoy in the comfort of the surroundings of my own home and family. There’d be no greater satisfaction than that for me.