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Fresh Shop: Treeforyou, an Oasis in the Manchester Desert

Aug 27, 2009

by treeforyou

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My name is Anne-Sophie Godby, a.k.a. treeforyou, and I’m a 24-year-old Belgian living in the UK. I started my Etsy shop in May, 2009. I just got married, and I’m planning on going back to Belgium at the end of the year. I started making jewelry when I was 16, and I never stopped! I also love sewing and cooking. I have just finished three years working as a French teacher, and I’m now going to concentrate on my shop treeforyou.

My two passions are tea (I collect teapots, cups and have a cupboard full of tea varieties) and trees. I love going for walks and guessing what type of tree is in front of me. I donate one dollar from each pet tree necklace that I sell to a charity called Arbor Day that plants trees.

A friend told me about Etsy a few months ago, and I’m so delighted to have joined because it helped me meet some amazing, friendly people. I love shopping on here too. You find so many unique and original items. I can’t count the number of times people have stopped me downtown to ask, “Where did you get your T-shirt? Is it from the High Street?” “No,” I say, “Etsy!”

My studio is in my flat in Manchester. I work on a very big table, always drinking a cup of tea, with all the beads laid out in front of me so I can try different combinations. Manchester is such a big city; I really love it, but I miss the Belgian countryside a lot. So, it seemed natural to create these little pet tree necklaces. It is like having a tiny greenhouse around your neck. I have one and never leave the house without it. I’ve named it Terry!

I love nature and trees. I cannot wait for fall and winter to arrive so I can create more seasonal jewelry. I love working with the forest theme. A pet tree necklace would make such a good Christmas gift. I will have to make some special ones!

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108 comments

  • marievan

    marievan said 7 years ago

    Really really nice work! Your necklaces are awesome! and... vive la Belgique ;-)

  • aprilmist

    aprilmist said 7 years ago

    Very sweet idea, how lovely! I visited your shop and really like your cactus offerings. Best of luck on Etsy, looks like you are off to a great start so far!

  • SusanFaye

    SusanFaye said 7 years ago

    What a cute idea--trees are so important to this planet! Hmmmm I suddenly have a craving for a hot cup of tea....

  • SteppingStones

    SteppingStones said 7 years ago

    How cute are these!!!

  • evihan

    evihan said 7 years ago

    very interestingggg...and coool...best of luck:-)

  • 4TheSparrowsNest

    4TheSparrowsNest said 7 years ago

    I have seen TreeforYou around Etsy and have been amazed!! What a super idea, very cute too!

  • BeadinBabe

    BeadinBabe said 7 years ago

    Very cool!!

  • jewelrybyjackie

    jewelrybyjackie said 7 years ago

    I just love this!! How cute! A pet tree ~ such a refreshing change from the "pet rock"

  • LaveMeSoapCo

    LaveMeSoapCo said 7 years ago

    very unique!

  • ClareBears

    ClareBears said 7 years ago

    how cute!!

  • Ferociter

    Ferociter said 7 years ago

    I love anything miniature and these are great!

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 7 years ago

    Nice Work! Goodluck!

  • FatBatShop

    FatBatShop said 7 years ago

    A pet tree- one you can take with you? That is incredibly awesome!!!

  • sakizome

    sakizome said 7 years ago

    so adorable!

  • SeptemberStars

    SeptemberStars said 7 years ago

    I never thought of looking for tea on Etsy!

  • beautifulbridget

    beautifulbridget said 7 years ago

    OMG, I'm in love with them all!! I'm off to shop!

  • hummingbirdmere

    hummingbirdmere said 7 years ago

    wow, love your stuff! I too love trees, tea, and married into living in the UK! Fortunately we don't live in a big city but I still miss living in the country. All the best!

  • TheBishopNine

    TheBishopNine said 7 years ago

    These little trees are adorable....

  • MelroseFields

    MelroseFields said 7 years ago

    Very cute

  • PinkPerch

    PinkPerch said 7 years ago

    Your necklaces are such a creative idea and they look beautiful too! :)

  • babinka1981

    babinka1981 said 7 years ago

    So cute! very nice!

  • worksandfinds

    worksandfinds said 7 years ago

    Lovely. Good luck to you.

  • workingforpeanuts

    workingforpeanuts said 7 years ago

    Nice and simple! Elegant!

  • IcingOnTheCupcake

    IcingOnTheCupcake said 7 years ago

    These are so fun and different! Very nice!

  • uncharted

    uncharted said 7 years ago

    sweet necklaces!

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 7 years ago

    Cute!

  • LuminousDreamDesigns

    LuminousDreamDesigns said 7 years ago

    Very cute necklaces! Great article :)

  • kathryncole

    kathryncole said 7 years ago

    Cute shop!

  • FrillyButts

    FrillyButts said 7 years ago

    Very original! Great stuff!

  • GimCarry

    GimCarry said 7 years ago

    Hi Anne :D very great idea,your shop so lovely^^ have many cute items Thanks + good luck(>^..^<) Toa

  • thebestvintage

    thebestvintage said 7 years ago

    Haven't seen this work before... Lovely!!

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 7 years ago

    Welcome to etsy treeforyou! Your items are charming!

  • vivikas

    vivikas said 7 years ago

    Adorable and very meticulous work!

  • beachhouseblues

    beachhouseblues said 7 years ago

    From a woman who LOVES trees... delightful!!

  • AnniesWearableArt

    AnniesWearableArt said 7 years ago

    A wonderful article...I'm so glad there are other dedicated tree huggers out there, and Anne-Sophie puts her money where her hugs are! LOL...congratulations to a wonderful artist and environmentalist!

  • bluehourdesigns

    bluehourdesigns said 7 years ago

    So incredibly unique and original! I love your designs :)

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 7 years ago

    i just moved to texas from michigan and am missing the trees and forests already. your bit of nature in a bottle is so cute.

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations said 7 years ago

    What a sweet idea! I love that she donates her proceeds.

  • babook

    babook said 7 years ago

    So cute the ''Yellow teacup ring'' i would hoping own of it : )

  • breadandroses

    breadandroses said 7 years ago

    Absolutely ingenious concept & jewelry! Enchanting design, gorgeous shop and I've never known a tea lover I didn't like. There is something to deeply renewing and spiritual about being around large old trees. They are living things and some in our neck of the woods have lived very, very long lives. I like to think of the stories they could tell. Congratulations Anne-Sophie!

  • mykonos

    mykonos said 7 years ago

    lovely!!

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 7 years ago

    beautiful and so unique!

  • sharonclancydesigns

    sharonclancydesigns said 7 years ago

    How cute, love this!

  • sillylittlelady

    sillylittlelady said 7 years ago

    Very cool little shop, love the concept!

  • 2TrickPony

    2TrickPony said 7 years ago

    it's great to meet artists from far away...the little trees are certainly cute:)

  • Fullearths

    Fullearths said 7 years ago

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this idea!!!!! LOVE your product!! I have favorited & facebooked you and will DEFINITELY be making a purchase for the holidays.. these would make AMAZING gifts!! great success to you!

  • QuiltFinger

    QuiltFinger said 7 years ago

    WOW! What a brilliant idea! Beautiful items!

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 7 years ago

    cool shop!

  • KnitStorm

    KnitStorm said 7 years ago

    This shop is soooo sweet!

  • CuttingArtByVictoria

    CuttingArtByVictoria said 7 years ago

    How very original and beautiful, Thank You for sharing.

  • Pirillinca

    Pirillinca said 7 years ago

    oops, you have some spam!! I just bought a necklace from her other shop pinkmoonshop and I love it! Good job, Anne-Sophie! I'll be back for a pet tree necklace! : )

  • MyMoms

    MyMoms said 7 years ago

    Super duper cute choices!!!"spring has sprung" is awesome !

  • ErikaPrice

    ErikaPrice said 7 years ago

    Super cute idea!

  • VixVintage

    VixVintage said 7 years ago

    Very nice, thanks for sharing.

  • MeghanT

    MeghanT said 7 years ago

    Vegetables and trees all over the world are probably thanking you right now. They're probably thrilled to be considered pets vs tasty salads or logs and fiber for paper products. What an original and cute idea! You should do some fir trees for Christmas. Maybe throw a teeny star on the top of them if it will fit. Wishing you much success!

  • bijougirldesigns

    bijougirldesigns said 7 years ago

    What a super cute idea! I love your pet trees. Too adorable.

  • laralewis

    laralewis said 7 years ago

    how utterly delightful! i love the story about the "high street t-shirts" really being from etsy. very cool!

  • madeofjacinta

    madeofjacinta said 7 years ago

    Congrats! Súper original and cite :)

  • zeropumpkin

    zeropumpkin said 7 years ago

    :D so cool yay! treeforyou

  • PenelopeAndAnastasia

    PenelopeAndAnastasia said 7 years ago

    Adorable concept...proud to be a fellow jewelry designer!

  • fawa

    fawa said 7 years ago

    She is so lovely the way she expresses herself...and very cute tiny trees!!! i love em

  • LollyBopBaby

    LollyBopBaby said 7 years ago

    Had to add you to my "wish" list. I'm wishing very hard! Love the necklaces.

  • WithinWire

    WithinWire said 7 years ago

    Wow this is amazing! You have an unique concept. Best of luck!

  • PipocaHandmade

    PipocaHandmade said 7 years ago

    Lovely and thoughtful...these necklaces are wonderful!

  • PookieLovesOlives

    PookieLovesOlives said 7 years ago

    Super cute!!

  • seraphicdreams

    seraphicdreams said 7 years ago

    mini pet plants! they're so cute!~ what a great idea

  • kissadesign

    kissadesign said 7 years ago

    soooo cute!

  • amoronia

    amoronia said 7 years ago

    I love the teapot in the photo :))))

  • miladesigns

    miladesigns said 7 years ago

    They are so cute! Keep it up!

  • DIVINEsweetness

    DIVINEsweetness said 7 years ago

    i've always admired your work, specially those li'l pet necklaces. Had put it as one of my favorites few months ago. Keep up the good work!! =)

  • AcrylicAndSteel

    AcrylicAndSteel said 7 years ago

    Those are really amazing! I Love them!

  • AzitasSurprises

    AzitasSurprises said 7 years ago

    these necklaces are amazing! great idea!

  • pulpsushi

    pulpsushi said 7 years ago

    Your shop is beautiful Anne-Sophie, thanks for sharing your story. :)

  • treeforyou

    treeforyou said 7 years ago

    Thank you soooooooooo much for your nice comments!!! :) Love to everybody!!! x x x

  • ofminedesign

    ofminedesign said 7 years ago

    My daughter and both have admired your little trees. They're adorable and amazing. Thanks for including me with this fabulous collection!

  • collagesheetgirl

    collagesheetgirl said 7 years ago

    What a perfect pet for a collage student. Love your work.

  • PIFS

    PIFS said 7 years ago

    I think what you're doing is beautiful. You definitely know about paying it forward. Thank you for helping our environment! We love the article, your items, and that green tea pot. Take care friend!

  • virginiawyoming

    virginiawyoming said 7 years ago

    The Arbor Day Foundation is a great cause. What an interesting idea your have here. Thanks for including my teapot. Virginia

  • wildcubs

    wildcubs said 7 years ago

    what a great idea! Beautiful!

  • mgilinfo

    mgilinfo said 7 years ago

    Gorgeous!

  • SweetLollipopShop

    SweetLollipopShop said 7 years ago

    Such beautiful creative jewelry, simply brilliant.

  • ColourHarmonics

    ColourHarmonics said 7 years ago

    Love the cream tea loofah!

  • odiliafu

    odiliafu said 7 years ago

    Very special!! It's the first time I see plants on jewelry. Keep up the wonderful work. Beautiful shop!

  • OwlandMouse

    OwlandMouse said 7 years ago

    I love how sweet and tiny they are!

  • EmbellishYourself

    EmbellishYourself said 7 years ago

    What a great idea!

  • JewleryDesignbyFaith

    JewleryDesignbyFaith said 7 years ago

    What a wonderfully fresh idea! Very unique gifts:)God Bless!

  • PaganGypsy

    PaganGypsy said 7 years ago

    Very different and unusual designs. Absolutely love them!!

  • joelmasouza

    joelmasouza said 7 years ago

    Gorgeous!

  • IslaNewYork

    IslaNewYork said 7 years ago

    That opening photo is amazing! Super cute and fresh jewelry pieces :)

  • SepiaSmiles

    SepiaSmiles said 7 years ago

    I love tea too!

  • icanspellit

    icanspellit said 7 years ago

    So much CREATIVITY. I love it!! http://icanspellit.etsy.com

  • wonderlake

    wonderlake said 7 years ago

    "Manchester desert" LOL Our fair city is noted for its rainfall !

  • jannio

    jannio said 7 years ago

    Hello Mannchester long time no see.New interesting work good luck!

  • FairyDecos

    FairyDecos said 7 years ago

    Your idea is magnificent and also the charity thing You do. Love to see, how many wonderful people are around us. All the best!

  • TheHourglassStudio

    TheHourglassStudio said 7 years ago

    What a great idea! Hope you do well here, I am very new (2 days) but I am finding it to be a very nice place and such amazing talented artist here. Glad it fell in my hands. I truly enjoyed all you wrote on yourself, great reading, wish I could do that. In peace and light,

  • reticulateddesign

    reticulateddesign said 7 years ago

    really, really cute! Yes, I'm new too. Etsy rules!

  • NoisyButterfly

    NoisyButterfly said 7 years ago

    What a super cute idea. Fabulous!!!

  • AdultIndulgences

    AdultIndulgences said 7 years ago

    What a beautiful concept. So beautiful--like a little piece of the world you carry around with you. I wish you the very, very best on your wonderful idea!

  • HoneysucklesCafe

    HoneysucklesCafe said 7 years ago

    Your jewelry is really cool. I love it. I was Born in Belgium too and I love it there. COngratulations on getting married. God Bless you and Enjoy.

  • smittenforyou

    smittenforyou said 7 years ago

    I love your necklaces. I am what my family and close friends like to call a 'tree-enthusiast.' I always notice the trees around me and comment on them wherever I go. I will keep you in mind for the holiday season or the next time I get asked 'what would you like for _______?' :)

  • beachbabe47

    beachbabe47 said 7 years ago

    What a cool and original idea!! I've never seen anything like it...that truly was a fresh pick!!

  • RandomRebelRisk

    RandomRebelRisk said 6 years ago

    love your necklaces , im also from manchester..and as you know...we dnt get much sun, so these are great :)

  • GlowingPearPhoto

    GlowingPearPhoto said 6 years ago

    Very interesting and refreshing inspiration :)

  • alishawhitedesigns

    alishawhitedesigns said 6 years ago

    Just awesome! SO creative!

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