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Featured JW Shop: Project Awesome

If you have a love for Purses, Clutches and all things fabulous, then we are thrilled to be able to introduce you today to the colorful designs of Project Awesome.

Kimberly and Francesca are the masterminds behind this wonderfully vibrant shop! They use their incredible seamstress skills to create purses, wristlets, keychains and more -with a woman’s touch.

Their handbags give off a perfect balance of color + function, making them a versatile choice for work, ministry or everyday. They work great for pairing up perfectly with Meeting or convention outfits!

As the weather warms up, ditch the monochrome bag you’ve been hauling around all winter in favor of a purse like the ones Kimberly and Francesca have designed. We love them!

Want to know more about the creators? We were able to invite them to our interview room a few weeks ago for a fun chat about their spirited shop: Project Awesome.


Hi, we’re so happy to be a part of this. Both Kimberly and Francesca are here chatting.

Hello to you both! So glad you could make it sisters! We would love to give the friends an opportunity to get to know you better -the faces behind the shop. So could tell us a little about yourselves and how you came to start this beautiful business together?

After 13 years of working in the same engineering firm together, we were given the opportunity to work at Warwick.

When our company wasn’t able to give us the extended time off that we would need, we made the decision to leave our jobs. Warwick was not something we were willing to let pass by.

Once our assignments there were finished we realized that our next secular job needed to be something that was flexible and would allow us to be available for whatever assignment Jehovah had in store for us.

And so…Project Awesome was born. We both loved sewing and design, and always dreamed of starting our own business that would put those passions to work.

Aw, that’s so wonderful! I bet working at Warwick was quite an experience! We’ve known a few friends who had an opportunity to go as well and according to them it was something they’ll keep in their hearts forever.

Yes, it was definitely worth giving up our jobs!

For sure! We pray that Jehovah will bless you both and your incredible sacrifices to be able to be flexible in your service to him. You have incredibly beautiful selection of handbags and wristlets and other lovely things in your shop. What would you say is the inspiration behind the items you create? Or even the patterns and colors that you pick?

Well, Kimberly will say that there is no inspiration, we just love pretty things, but we’ve always been in love with prints and patterns. I get excited every-time I walk into the fabric store.

We spend lots of time in the aisles of Joann Fabrics mixing and matching the perfect fabric combinations.

We have a background in graphic design and photography, and we’ve traveled quite a lot, and I think that influences how we put colors and patterns together.

We try to always make things that we would be excited to wear, not just because they’re pretty, but because they’re functional. I hate getting a bag that looks great, but doesn’t hold what you need it to hold, or is too fussy to use.

Do either of you have any personal favorite items from your shop?

So this is like trying to pick a favorite child. LOL. We both love our knitting bag, mostly because (on top of having both polka dots and a sheep) I just love using it – it’s incredibly functional.

Kimberly’s favorite (at the moment) is the mint green wristlet with gold chevron accents. My favorite is the navy nautical anchor set. And we’re both in love with our leopard print crossbody bag.

It’s very important that we support our spiritual family members, in whatever way we can. So what does it mean to you both, as JW business owners, when a brother or sister makes a special effort to support you?

For lack of a better phrase, it means a lot. When friends make that effort to support us, not only by shopping with us, but also by offering their encouragement, it makes reaching our spiritual goals possible, and it confirms that we made the right choice in putting those spiritual goals first.

That’s perfect guys. Thank you both Kimberly and Francesca for doing this! We are definitely so excited to feature you and your beautiful goodies.

Thank you so much!


To see more of Kimberly and Francesca’s Work,
please visit Project Awesome.

Until next time, Friends!

How to Keep Track of Product Pricing

A couple of weeks ago we released a really handy tool for handmade sellers: a set of worksheets that will help you to price your products competitively in whatever market your products fit into.

(Psst! You can find that free printable & grab it for yourself by clicking here)

Some friends have decided to include those sheets in their business binders so they can always reference them.

But if you’re finding the sheets a little too bulky, today’s free business printable is a worksheet that takes up much less space and you can reference all of your products & their prices easily on one page.

As a seller you may find that sometimes you will calculate the pricing for your products only to forget later what your profit-margin was or what the cost to create an item was.

You could end up re-calculating things all over again because you didn’t keep good records. This worksheet helps prevent all that fuss and confusion.

We hope that it will help to organize your JW Shop or Business just that little bit more!

Who has access to this free printable?

All of our free Business Printables will be available to logged-in users with selling capabilities. So if you have a shop on I Shop JW and are logged in, you should be able to view the download link at the end of this page. This is our way of supporting friends that support I Shop JW & it’s mission. If you would like to have access to this printable for free, you can apply to be a seller by registering & submitting an application to sell.

How To Price Your Handmade Products (Printable)

 

As a handmade seller, it can be difficult to figure out how to price your items so that they stand apart from other handmade items.

You’re not a big corporation and often times don’t have a team that can help you to fairly and competitively price your items in a range that shoppers will be most comfortable spending.

As a selling member of I Shop JW we can be that special team that helps you to make sense of the ins and outs of handmade selling. Every few days we’ll be releasing a free printable that sellers like you can use to boost their JW Business.

This will help you to better support your family, your service to Jehovah, your ministry & the organization that benefits from our voluntary donations to continue this vital worldwide preaching work.

What qualifies us to be your special team?

Our family has over 25 combined years of experience in digital and online advertising. One family member in particular has worked with several large digital magazines and publications as an Administrator of Digital Marketing over the span of 14 years.

Since we have this expertise and have noticed many friends have expressed feeling lost when it comes to marketing & running their handmade JW Business, this is our way of extending some of that expertise to our spiritual family. We hope that our library or printables & business tips will help many more friends to expand their ministry & support the worldwide preaching work more fully.

Who has access to the free printables?

All of our free Business Printables will be available to logged-in users with selling capabilities. So if you have a shop on I Shop JW and are logged in, you should be able to view the download link at the end of this page. This is our way of supporting friends that support I Shop JW & it’s mission. If you would like to have access to this printable for free, you can apply to be a seller by registering & submitting an application to sell.

Featured JW Shop: Impressions Design

Makayla Dornacher’s first steps into the world of designing started with a love of Photography. As someone with a natural talent for art & design, it only made sense to combine the two- and she does that quite artfully!

We are more than thrilled to have had the opportunity to invite Makayla to our interview room to learn more about her shop & how supporting her helps support her service to Jehovah.

Makayla’s design are a crisp style all her own and her expansive skillset allows her to create bespoke designs for any occasion. She offers discounts depending on the size/quantity of your order & has recently created a beautiful line of notebooks and phone covers with Theocratic themes.

You can see more of Makayla’s talented work on her Instagram page or in her Online Portfolio.


Hi Makayla, thank you so much for doing this with this!

You’re very welcome! My name is Makayla. I’m very excited to have this interview, I’ve never done anything like this before.

Well we’re very excited to have you, sister! So can you tell us and all the friends a little more about yourself? We’d love to be able to get to know the sister behind the shop.

Well I started to become interested in graphic design during high school. I love drawing, nature photography and can learn various computer tasks relatively easily.

So why not combine those “hobbies” and find a job that would allow me to serve Jehovah to my best and be able to support myself? I’ve been in this field for almost 4 years now and love it!

What kinds of design services do you offer?

I create invitations, business cards, flyers, wedding invitation sets (including menus, place cards, etc.), door hangers, logo and branding.

The purpose of iShopJW is to encourage friends to support one another and all the wonderful skills that our worldwide family has. Our family has a personal motto that if we can get something from a brother or sister, we’ll always choose to support them first.

On that note, what does it mean to you when you know that a brother or sister has made a special effort to support you?

It means a lot since we’re supporting one another and keeping the unity that the organization and Jehovah commands us to have. And every time I’ve received business from a brother or sister that I’ve never met before that has contacted me, we’ve felt like friends that’s known each other for years afterwards.

Thank you! And my final question: What is one of the greatest joys you’ve had as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses?

That’s a hard one, there’s so many! One, having a close relationship with Jehovah. Second, being able to enjoy the wonderful privilege of the preaching work, sharing the same message globally.

Completely agree! Thank you for taking the time to do this intreview with us Makayla, we are so excited to share your skills with our brothers and sisters!

You’re very welcome and thank you for reaching out!


To see more of Makayla’s Products & Designs,
please visit Impressions Designs.

Until next time, Friends!


More Shop Features Coming Soon!

Hello friends! We hope you have enjoyed our JW Shop features so far. We have several more Shop features from some lovely brothers and sisters coming soon!

It’s amazing for us to see so much talent among our spiritual family and we’re honored to be able to highlight not only those talents but also the faithful brothers and sisters behind the shop. Shop features give us all a chance to learn more about who we’re supporting and what we’re supporting them with. But most importantly it gives us a chance to know brothers and sisters we would otherwise never be able to meet.

We’ve got big plans for ISJW over the next few months and several shop features already lined up. We’re so excited! We hope you all stick around to see the site grow because there are wonderful things in the works!

May Jehovah bless ans support you all in his service and we extend our Christian love to each and every one of you.

If you’d like to have your shop featured for free (limited time) please get in touch!

I Shop JW Milestones & Updates

Hello friends! We are so delighted to have so many of you as part of this new special project! This website is a new idea, since it is free and will allow so many friends who previously couldn’t to start a shop. Some have found it hard to believe, but this website really will be free forever for our worldwide family. We hope that it will prove to be a wonderful tool for brothers and sisters seeking employment to further their ministry or increase their service to Jehovah.

While going through applications for our first 100 sellers on I Shop JW, we’ve received some amazingly heartfelt messages on why having a website like I Shop JW (ISJW) is so important. We’d like to share some of those expressions with you here.


Comments About I Shop JW

I like the idea of helping one and other out. I love to buy and sell within the organisation if possible. As a seller, I’d rather have other witnesses to deal with than with worldly people, if at all possible. At the same time, I’m not comfortable selling directly to the brothers and sisters in the hall unless they ask me for something directly. Therefore this is the perfect forum for me. -TL

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I am a regular pioneer. We have too many medical bills to pay. My trust and reliance is in Jehovah but I also know that I need to do my part to continue pioneering. I have pioneering for 10 years and this is what I will like to keep doing. Is what it gives me the strength that I need to help my family and others to serve Jehovah and enjoy everlasting life in paradise earth. Thank you for all your help and support. -MS

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As a new shop I think that is is just a great opportunity to help me get out there in front of other brothers and sisters. There are a lot of bonuses to having an extra option, even if it is just for features, that is free of fees. I know that it is hard to keep things free so I thank you for giving all us small shops such an option, and I want to help support you. When we work together we all win! I’m hoping this year I can grow my shop to the point of working from home full time so that I can be with my daughter more. This may just be the extra boost my shop needs! -BM

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I really appreciate the circle of friends all working towards the same goal of supporting our service to Jehovah. I rather shop JW, knowing I am supporting someones else’s service just as much as I am being supported in mine! -KH

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As part of our product features on our I Shop JW Instagram page, we’ll be sharing more of some of the beautiful messages we’ve received from friends all around the world. Thank you so much for your love and support, friends!


Website Milestones & Updates

Every month or so, we will post updates on the progress of our project (this website!) & any improvements or enhancements that we’ll make to the marketplace to make it more functional for you all. So far, we’ve only had 1 week’s worth of activity but the stats are very promising!

Site Traffic & Stats

We’re pleased to say that ISJW has received 6,078 individual visitors to the website since we made it public on January 9th, 2017. That’s 5 days!

Over 250 people have expressed interest in selling on I Shop JW, which is wonderful! We’re still sorting through applications, but we are so grateful for the support.

We will update you all as we progress in this journey together. For the first 5 days, we are amazed by all of the support but not surprised because after all: we are Jehovah’s People!

Until Next Time!

Welcome to I Shop JW!

Hello & Welcome to I Shop JW!

This website has been created by JWs for JWs as a marketplace where friends can list, sell or buy products from one another easily and for FREE.

Our main objective in creating this website is to help make it easier for brothers and sisters to support one another in their chosen crafts. It can be hard to find a brother or sister to support, and if you’re a business owner it can be hard to put yourself out there where friends can find you!

We hope that this website will help us all to keep the commands at John 13:35 and 1 John 3:18 which are to “have love among yourselves” and to “love, not in word or with the tongue, but in deed” by showing support for our spiritual family members any way we can.

I Shop JW has been lovingly created for our worldwide family by us; a family of 4 JWs! Members of our family have experience in online and digital advertising and have experience with 3 digital magazines, so this is our way of extending some of that skill set to our spiritual family members.

4 Reasons To Love I Shop JW

  1. We help brothers and sisters find and support one another.
  2. Listing your products is completely free, forever. There are no hidden fees, renewal fees or hidden costs.
  3. It’s an organized place where friends can search, browse and find items made by JWs only.
  4. Items are from all over the world. No matter your country or currency, you can list or sell here.
  5. Everything, including the website, is made by JWs for JWs!

Why Shop JW?

We picked the name “I Shop JW” because of what it means.

When you “Shop JW,” you know that you are getting something that has been carefully and lovingly made just for you by another brother or sister in our big worldwide family.

You know that you are supporting a Pioneer’s long service days, a Need-Greater’s Ministry, A Single parent’s Journey, A Family’s daily efforts, or an Elderly one’s everyday needs.

You know that you are supporting someone who loves Jehovah.

Please feel free to have a look around! And thank you for stopping by and supporting our worldwide family.