Hi! I'm Rachel, and I live in Seattle with my husband & our cat Rufus (and we had a sweet old dog named Bodhi for four years; there's lots of photos and videos of him if you go back far enough in my posts). Elephantine is a journal of my days and a treasury of things I like. I started this blog in 2007 and two years later I opened a jewelry shop as a hobby, filling orders at night after getting home from my 9-to-5 job as a graphic designer. A year later and I quit my day job to make jewelry fulltime. In early 2012 I opened a little kitchen shop as an ode to my love of baking. My deepest aspiration is to be a novelist and I share snippets of my writing on this blog.
How do you say "Elephantine"?
I pronounce it "ella-fun-teen". You won't offend me if you pronounce it a different way :)
What camera do you use?
I mainly use a Canon T3i with either a Canon 50mm f/1.4 or a Sigma 30mm f/1.4. The majority of the film photos on this blog are taken with a Canon A-1. Any camera can take a good photo; your perspective is a hundred times more important than your equipment.
Who designed your blog? What about Mignon Kitchen Co.?
I want to open an Etsy shop...any advice? Is it hard?
Yes, it's hard. I work way more than I did when I had a 9-to-5 job. But all those hours are worth it if you enjoy it. My best pieces of advice are to love your customers but also do what's best for your business, listen to your instincts, and pay attention to the little details.
Can I advertise or do a giveaway on your blog? Can I submit a guest post for you?
Sorry! I don't do any of these.
Will you feature my shop/website on Elephantine?
My focus has shifted to posting my own original content, so I'd recommend submitting to one of the many other lovely blogs out there that regularly feature shops.
Can I share your photos/videos on my blog?
Of course! As long as you link back, I'd love to be featured on your blog.
I tried to leave a comment on one of your posts, but it didn't show up.
I'm so sorry if this happens to you. Occasionally comments get filtered as spam, so please let me know if yours aren't showing up. I really appreciate the time you take to leave a comment.
Any recommendations for a visit to Seattle?
Yes, lots. Check out my Seattle guide.
How do I contact you?
I removed my email address from this blog in an effort to prevent spam. If you have a question for me, please feel free to leave a comment on one of my posts and I'll reply directly to the comment or will email you back. Please note that I do not accept product submissions, sponsored posts, and so on.
Thanks so much for visiting!