Member Feature: Joie de Vivre Crafts

Contributor post by Natalie

Please join us in welcoming Joie de Vivre Crafts, our featured member!

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Tell us about yourself       

I’m an English teacher by day and a crafter by night. I love anything to do with creativity. I really enjoy making different projects around the house, which is how my business was born. It really runs in my family. My great-aunt was a wonderful artist. She did beautiful water colors. My grandmother made amazing craft projects. My mother does cross stitching and doll house work. It’s great to have such a creative family!

When did you open your business and what make you decide to do so?

I’ve been pine since September 2013. I decided to open when I started working with my wreaths. I created the first one for my new house. It was very cool looking, so I deduced to make more. The business was born from there.

Tell us a bit about your products           

I focus on different types of wreaths. I make ribbon, tulle, yarn, and mesh wreaths. They’re different than your normal wreath, and they’re very eye-catching. I love how they look! I’ve made quite a few just for my family or me.

What inspires your work?           

I’m inspired by what’s around me. I love walking around the store and getting ideas as they come to me. Family members also inspire my work. My grandfather was born on July 4 and died this past year. He inspires my patriotic wreaths!

What are your future goals for the business this year? What is your dream for this business?         

I hope to continue growing my business. I love selling and going to shows! I eventually hope that my business will be worldwide. I’d love for my wreaths to be sent to other countries from my shop!

What makes your business stand out from businesses that sell similar products?

My business is unique because of me. You know you’re getting a handmade product that was crafted by me with care.

Tell us a bit about your work space. Do you have a separate studio?

Please check us out on these different sites!
www.facebook.com/joiedevivrecrafts
www.pinterest.com/joiedevivream

When you’re not working, what do you like to do to unwind and have fun? Do you have any hobbies?        

I love riding horses. I had two horses; however, both are retired and leaving with my mom now.
I especially enjoy reading. I will read anything and everything!

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Member Feature: Veddma Creations

Contributor post by Natalie

Please join us in welcoming Veddma Creations, our featured member!

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Tell us about yourself       

I have been shaped by the Russian upbringing, literature, rock and bardic music, North American culture, English, and to a lesser extent French and German languages, honeymoon in Ireland, photography, piano and acoustic guitar, goth, Tolkien, Terry Pratchett, jigsaw puzzles, computer science education, a myriad of books, authors, musicians, and lately – birth and motherhood.

A Russian mother of two, I am a software developer, a self-proclaimed jigsaw puzzle addict, a lover of books and music, and am very passionate about calm pregnancy, peaceful birth, breastfeeding, connected parenting, and informed choice in all things. I create custom birth jewellery, assemble and blog about jigsaw puzzles, grow and photograph flowers, and have recently started making educational materials for children and adults. I am actively participating in several birth-related initiatives in Ottawa, including Mothers of Change, Consumers Supporting Midwifery Care, and CHOICE! Birth and Baby film festival.

When did you open your business and what make you decide to do so?

I have always liked doing things with my hands – embroidery, assembling jigsaw puzzles, playing piano and guitar, and creating various art pieces from stones, beads, wire, and thread. While carrying my first baby, in the time I had at home, I have created a few bookmarks and necklaces and have opened Veddma Creations shop on Etsy shortly after his birth in January 2011.

Tell us a bit about your products           

Blessingway beads:
I offer handmade beads for a Blessingway necklace in a variety of lamp work bead styles, colours, and birth charms. A Blessingway is a gathering of women to celebrate a woman’s rite of passage into motherhood. Often each woman brings a bead or a stone, and strings it on a common thread offering words of encouragement or wisdom to the expectant mama together with the bead. That necklace can then be worn or held during labour, to remind the mama of all the positive energy and support she has from other women.

Pregnancy tracking necklaces:
Beautiful pregnancy tracker and a keepsake, pregnancy tracking necklaces made with gemstones make a wonderful gift to an expectant mama. A movable charm is used to indicate the current week of pregnancy. These necklaces can be worn or kept on a bedside table, on a desk, or in a purse. Trimesters are indicated in different colours, and there are separators for every 10 weeks, so the mama can tell how far along she is at a glance.

Menstrual cycle tracking bracelets and necklaces:
Whether your goal is to conceive, to avoid pregnancy, or to get in touch with your cycle, I make necklaces and bracelets to keep track of your cycle and your fertile days. Differently coloured crystals or gemstones mark the first day of the cycle, the infertile days following it, the fertile phase, the ovulation, and the luteal phase in different colours. A movable charm is used to indicate the current day of the cycle. The necklaces and bracelets are made to order, customized to your individual cycle length, ovulation day, and a charm of your choice.

I also make fantasy-inspired potion vial pendants, earrings, and necklaces, beaded metal bookmarks, fine art photography postcards, seven chakras rainbow necklaces and whatever else grabs my inspiration.

What inspires your work?           

The first few years of being a mama brought more awareness of birth, life, and beauty to me. I have discovered the Blessingway ceremony and was moved to create a variety of Blessingway beads to honour expectant mamas’ rite of passage. I have delved into the rhythms of cycles and fertility, and the passage of pregnancy, and was inspired to conceive cycle tracking and pregnancy tracking bracelets and necklaces. Through birth, my sense of centre was strengthened, and I have made a few pieces that honour the seven chakras and the zen I forever seek in the moment. My love for goth aesthetic, fantasy, DnD, and all things magical, leads me to making décolleté necklaces, DnD-inspired potion vial pendants, and intricate earrings.

What are your future goals for the business this year? What is your dream for this business?         

I am working on additional designs for the pregnancy tracking necklaces and am currently field-testing belly beads – a necklace for the belly for pregnant women to celebrate their beautiful pregnancy belly. My dream is to give women beautiful jewellery to adorn their ever-changing body in a way that honours the rites of passage, celebrates the moon cycles and fertility; and to provide a way for partners, friends, and loved ones to find a way to honour a budding mama with a Blessingway bead, belly beads, or a necklace.

What makes your business stand out from businesses that sell similar products?

I focus a lot on the birthing community which not many of the jewellery makers do. There are not many Blessingway beads on the market, and the ones I make are unique and handmade. I have not really seen pregnancy tracking necklaces around either. I do a lot of custom work that comes from people seeing my existing pieces.

Tell us a bit about your work space. Do you have a separate studio?

I have a room designated as the studio where I have all the beads and components set out, as well as a photo cube and a jigsaw puzzle table, just because I cannot be without jigsaw puzzles.

Where can people find out more about you and your business?

I blog about my beading, puzzles, and photography, as well as provide efficiency tips (especially for new mamas) on my http://www.FingeringZen.com blog.

I also have a Facebook page where I feature my latest pieces: https://www.facebook.com/VeddmaCreations

Why do you believe people should buy handmade, such as your products, vs buying mass-produced products from box stores?

I would much rather support a person I know than a large corporation. I can ask them any questions about the production of the item, I can ask for customizations, I can receive an explanation for why certain components are put together in a certain way, – I get a lot more satisfaction knowing how a thing was made, and it makes it that much more special.

What have you learned since opening your business that you wish you had known before hand?

Listen to the people in your target audience – they have so much insight into what is out there and why it does not fit their needs. You can take that into account when making your items and set yourself apart from businesses who make similar products.

Any advise for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Participate in the community, create treasuries, explore. You can learn a lot. Be sure to answer conversations and questions in a timely manner, and treat people who purchase from you as you would like to be treated yourself, with multiple updates on the status of their order.

When you’re not working, what do you like to do to unwind and have fun? Do you have any hobbies?        

I am a jigsaw puzzle addict. I put together several puzzles a month and blog about them. At this point, I’m up to several hundred completed puzzles, and there are a few hundred waiting to be assembled. I put on a good audiobook (recently fantasy), and get lost in the puzzle and the story.

What is your favourite quote?        

“If a woman doesn’t look like a Goddess during birth then someone isn’t treating her right.” Ina May Gaskin.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?        

Love yourself and celebrate wherever in life you are: childhood is difficult yet magical, puberty is trying yet full of personal victories, adulthood freedom is overwhelming yet exhilarating, pregnancy and birth are intense yet enlightening, parenting is exhausting yet gratifying. And every stage can be full of love, friendships, and discoveries.

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Member Feature: My Pretty Babi

Contributor post by Natalie

Please join us in welcoming My Pretty Babi, our featured member!

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Tell us about yourself       

I am a costumiere which means I make costumes for the entertainment industry. I’d started crocheting when I was a kid with my grandma whom taught me the basics. I travel a lot and lived in many countries and I bring a bit of costume history and my love for lace and floral into my designs, along with travel influences that I pick up in my wanderings.

When did you open your business and what make you decide to do so?

I opened my shop in 2011 when I was living in China. One of my cute Chinese friends told me about Etsy and how I should make something to sell there. I had just quit my job and had gone through a rough time and I was smiling again after adopting my kitty Blossom and so I thought “why not?”. I’d named my shop after my kitty as she has saved my sanity as I’d saved her!

Tell us a bit about your products           

My products are inspired by lace, costume history and floral fabrics. They are feminine and full of beautiful details.

What inspires your work?           

Japanese crochet and my costume books.

What are your future goals for the business this year? What is your dream for this business?         

I am trying to find what works and what my customer would like to see in my shop trough survey to implement my products and eventually my sales. I would like my shop to be a profit business. I don’t want to quit my costume job but I want my shop to take off.

What makes your business stand out from businesses that sell similar products?

I am a perfectionist so my products have a high quality to them. I mainly work with lace crochet which makes my products very delicate.

Tell us a bit about your work space. Do you have a separate studio?

My work space is in our house’s spare room. We don’t have much space but the spare room is where I made it my own and hang inspiring objects. I have my sewing machines and tools and I also have my shelves with fabrics and laces and ribbon in front of me that I look and get my ideas going. I just look at a fabric and my “idea box” open up!

Where can people find out more about you and your business?

My main Website will be the best to look into my shop and costume work history. People can also find out about me a bit more there:
http://www.francisnellibailonisantos.com

I am also on Facebook at:
https://www.facebook.com/MyPrettyBabi.By.Tuca.Santos

And Twitter:
https://twitter.com/myprettybabi

And Pinterest:
http://pinterest.com/myprettybabi/

Why do you believe people should buy handmade, such as your products, vs buying mass-produced products from box stores?

Because handmade is something made out of love and passion!

What have you learned since opening your business that you wish you had known before hand?

How important is to be in a team and how teams members help each other. I also learned a lot about SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and how important tags and descriptions are. And above all: how important the photos are!

Any advise for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Try it! You never know how it will turn up but if you don’t try, you might loose a good experience in life.

When you’re not working, what do you like to do to unwind and have fun? Do you have any hobbies?        

I love going to music concerts and read. If I am sitting on a beach reading, even better! I hang out with my furry kids and husband as much as I can when I am not busy at work, been it Etsy work or theater work.

What is your favourite quote?        

Carpe Diem. I make sure to wish that to all my newsletters’ subscribers!

Life is short, enjoy your day!

Is there anything else you’d like to share?        

Never do to anyone what you don’t wish them to do to you because karma is a b*

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Member Feature: Krysthle Designs

Contributor post by Natalie

Please join us in welcoming Krysthle Designs, our featured member!

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Tell us about yourself       

I fun and active artisan in my community, I love to create and meet fellow artisans to share and learn.

I have two cats which I adore. One has breast cancer and is undergoing chemo. Her surgery was a success. Some people find me crazy for investing so much in my furry friends, but what can I say? I love them with all my heart!

When did you open your business and what make you decide to do so?

My business took off several years ago after losing my job during the bad economy. I saw a great opportunity to turn my love of crafts into a business opportunity. I researched different venues and found that Etsy had the most potential for me.

Tell us a bit about your products           

I make several different styles of jewelry. Some examples of what you will find in my shop are funky spike bracelets, modern and feminine gemstone and crystal jewelry as well as lots of bridal and bridesmaids pieces.

What inspires your work?           

I find inspiration from everywhere, but mostly when I am shopping for supplies. I will see something that catches my eye, and have to buy it! Then I comes up with a thousand different ways to use it.
I also draw lots of inspiration from Pinterest and color palettes.

What are your future goals for the business this year? What is your dream for this business?         

I would like to see my business flourish and gain exposure. So far, it`s been a slow and steady climb. I’d love for my business to increase by 150%! Big goals, I know! But I also have big ideas!

What makes your business stand out from businesses that sell similar products?

I like to think that I use quality products. I really like to use silver plated and gold plated findings, because they have a great quality-price ratio. I also have sensitive ears and skin, and know that sometimes, quality makes a huge difference!

A second way in which my jewelry is different from others is that I like to use unique findings and beads. I try to make interesting combos that are fresh and new.

Tell us a bit about your work space. Do you have a separate studio?

I have an entire room dedicated to working my crafts. I like to call it the art room. But honestly, its overflowing with supplies. I would say that at this point, my kitchen, dining room, hallways and living room are all part of my gigantic `work space`. LOL

You can find me creating while cooking up supper, while watching TV or while listening to a TV show on my computer. I’m creating all the time and everywhere.

Where can people find out more about you and your business?

If people are interested in finding out more about my business, i do have several social media outlets where I share lots of interesting things!

www.krysthle.com
www.facebook.com/krysthledesigns
www.pinterest.com/krysthledesigns
www.twitter.com/krysthledesigns

Why do you believe people should buy handmade, such as your products, vs buying mass-produced products from box stores?

I have a philosophy that buying handmade = putting money in real people pockets and not multinational corporate bank accounts. The wealth gets redistributed so much better, and you are supporting real people`s dreams and livelihoods.

I also believe that buying is like voting. If you choose to support artisans, you are paying them decent wages. I am horrified at work practices in third world countries. But nothing will change if we support the business`s that exploit children, the environment and continue to underpay workers in sweatshops.

What have you learned since opening your business that you wish you had known before hand?

I learned that it takes a lot of promoting to sell. You can’t just expect to sell if you are not actively trying to reach your target audience.

I would say that having a handmade business is 20% creating and 80% promoting and listing!

Any advise for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

My advice is to stop thinking about it and give it a go! What could you lose?

When you’re not working, what do you like to do to unwind and have fun? Do you have any hobbies?        

I love to watch TV and netflix. Can I be addicted to all the awesome TV shows? Is that a thing?

What is your favourite quote?        

I`m not big on quotes…. I never use them.

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Member Feature: greatgifts

Contributor post by Natalie

Please join us in welcoming greatgifts, our featured member!

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Tell us about yourself       

I have a part time job and love to do crafts in my spare time. There’s nothing more exciting than finding out that you made a sale!

When did you open your business and what make you decide to do so?

I have been selling on Etsy for many years and haven’t ever heard of another site that does as well as Etsy does.

Tell us a bit about your products           

My products are tatted which is almost a lost art. I also started selling felt Christmas trees which is a big hit!

What inspires your work?           

My grandma taught me how to tat and she was so happy that someone else learned.

What are your future goals for the business this year? What is your dream for this business?         

My goal is usually to beat last years sales.

What makes your business stand out from businesses that sell similar products?

There aren’t a lot of businesses that sell tatting

 

Why do you believe people should buy handmade, such as your products, vs buying mass-produced products from box stores?

When you buy handmade items you know that someone cares enough to make sure that the items is worth selling.

When you’re not working, what do you like to do to unwind and have fun? Do you have any hobbies?        

I actually sit and tat while I’m watching TV.

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Member Feature: The Felt Collector

Contributor post by Natalie

Please join us in welcoming The Felt Collector, our featured member!

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Tell us about yourself       

I’m a stay at home mom and a caregiver for an elderly lady. I have been crafty for many years. I love creating. My crafts, work and family keep me fairly busy and out of trouble. Ever since I was a little girl I knew I wanted my own store. I had no idea then that I would be working at home and selling on the internet. This works well for me. I get to be home with my family and do what I love. I’m still growing and learning and the future ahead looks promising.

When did you open your business and what make you decide to do so?

I opened the felt collector shop one year ago. I started hoarding printed felt sheets years ago and realized how hard felt is to find in some areas. That helped me decide to share my felt hunting ability and felt dyeing talents with others.

Tell us a bit about your products           

Wool felt or craft felt is great to work with. Soft felt is easy to sew and doesn’t fray. Felt can also be used to embellish craft projects.

Felt comes in so many colors and can make great shapes for crafting ornaments or other crafts.

I also create paper and felt gift tags.

What inspires your work?           

I actually enjoy hunting for different felt patterns and like when I find new ones. The animal prints are by far my favorite. I have hand dyed some really pretty colors.

What are your future goals for the business this year? What is your dream for this business?         

My goal for this year is to focus more on my hand dyed prints. I would like to have lots of dyed animal prints. I am also creating more paper and felt gift tags to have more variety.
My dream would be to have my own work space and craft room. How I would love to find things faster! I am currently working on organization I just lack some room I really need and want.

What makes your business stand out from businesses that sell similar products?

I would say my felt and paper gift tags are unique.

My hand dyed felt sheets are rare.

Tell us a bit about your work space. Do you have a separate studio?

Currently my craft and supplies take up a good portion of my bedroom. I’m working on having a separate craft room and can’t wait! I’m rearranging to be more organized and productive.

Where can people find out more about you and your business?

I just started a Facebook page for my shop: www.facebook.com/thefeltcollector

Why do you believe people should buy handmade, such as your products, vs buying mass-produced products from box stores?

Supporting handmade, work at home moms or people who work from home is important in my eyes.
I have severe back problems and cannot stand or sit for long periods of time. I am very limited in what work I can do. Working from home is my income. I know I truly appreciate every sale and person behind it.

What have you learned since opening your business that you wish you had known before hand?

I have learned that I don’t have to do everything today. Priorities are great and should be done at a reasonable time. The small unimportant stuff can wait until tomorrow.

Any advise for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

If your thinking of starting Etsy join the fun! If you enjoy what you do, share your talent with others.
Be active and have a good team.

When you’re not working, what do you like to do to unwind and have fun? Do you have any hobbies?        

When I am not working, cleaning or otherwise busy, it’s usually evening. Watching a great show or two before bed helps me unwind.
Sometimes I still have to remind myself to take time for myself. I enjoy taking a bath with a good book or relaxing and playing a few games on my tablet.

What is your favourite quote?        

I actually made a saying myself that I am quite proud of.
​We are all artists of our own life,​ creating ourselves with every action we take no matter how small. Be wise in your choices today for they will craft the future you.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?        

I’m so lucky to have found crafty hobbies. I’m not sure what I would do during the many hours of the day if I didn’t have crafting in my life. With that said, I wish there was more hours during the day to be creative.

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Member Feature: Kathy’s Heart Creations

Contributor post by Natalie

Please join us in welcoming Kathy’s Heart Creations, our featured member!

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Tell us about yourself       

I love working with my hands and being creative – from cooking and baking to stripping & refinishing furniture, sewing, needlework, cutting things out of wood with my scroll saw, painting, and gardening. I like to try to “make-do” with things I already have around the house.

Creating things with my hands has been a part of my “heart” since I was a little girl.

Growing up, I lived in a rural area without close neighbors and I entertained myself for hours making things from nothing much … I even used to make my own paper dolls from the people I cut out of the Sears catalog … creating families … creating wardrobes for each of them. As I grew older, I became involved in 4-H and won many awards for my sewing and baking in the local county fair, but my most exciting accomplishment was for an award winning birdhouse I made from scraps of lumber and leftover roofing shingles.

I have been married and a homemaker for 41 years and have dabbled quite a bit with DIY projects. From making my own wedding dress in 1973 to creating faux stones out of concrete and making a patio and two sidewalks … to wall stenciling, and creating a faux stone wall in my laundry room by using drywall mud, a stencil and acrylic paint. My latest project was turning an old cargo furniture base cabinet into a faux fireplace for our master bedroom complete with carved mantel surround. I love taking what I already have and making something new out of it.

I thank GOD for giving me the ability to be creative … it is through Him that makes all of this possible.

Now that I am retired, my “heart” still longs to be creative and now that I have raised a daughter and also helped in the raising of my granddaughter I am giving myself permission to focus my time on what brings me so much joy and contentment … painting and sewing! You will find my signature “heart” somewhere on each hand-painted piece. (Kathy’s Heart!)

I have a simple, warm, cozy, homespun, cottage, farmhouse feel in all the things that I make.

When did you open your business and what make you decide to do so?

I opened my business in October, 2013. I decided to give Etsy a try after being accepted to do a small local craft show in a restaurant parking lot and finding out that I would have to haul my tent, tables and stock a great distance to set up. Because of back and knee issues I knew it would not be worth the risk of injuring myself so I pulled out. I was disappointed. But the longing to create and sell was strong … I am old school and the thought of selling online was uncomfortable for me … but after spending weeks of reading everything I could, I decided to step out and try it. It has turned out to have been a good decision. I have been having a wonderful time these past months.

Tell us a bit about your products           

My items are all handmade, of course. They have a warm country feel to them and varies from fabric Canning Jar Bonnets, to Table Runners, to Cat Ornaments/Magnets … Tole Painted Christmas Ornaments … Hand-painted signs on reclaimed fence panels … etc.

What inspires your work?           

Most of what I make are things that are a part of my life or things that have meaning for me. For instance I created “Bee” signs earlier this spring when Carpenter Guard Bees were everywhere in my yard … they inspired the signs I made … and the same thing with Bluebirds … I have a family nesting now in one of my houses and I then created signs with bluebirds on them. You can check out my Facebook Business Page where you see where I have tied in personal photos and stories with some of things I have made and are making.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kathys-Heart-Creations/721868347832262

https://www.etsy.com/listing/185568129/weathered-wood-hand-painted-bluebird

What are your future goals for the business this year? What is your dream for this business?         

My future goals are to continue to create the things that I love. My head is swirling with ideas and I am finding my hands are having difficulty keeping up with my mind! My dream for my business is actually a reality right now … I have been amazed at the support I have received from the public and just hope to continue and improve in the days ahead.

What makes your business stand out from businesses that sell similar products?

What makes my business stand out from the others? … Perhaps the answer to that is the fact that when you see my shop and the things I make, you are seeing me. Each item has significance to me … my life. I am not trying to be mainstream or do things like everyone else but being unique and being myself. I have tried to create a warm, relaxed homey feeling in everything I do…

Tell us a bit about your work space. Do you have a separate studio?

My work space is located in a section of my closed in back porch. I have a tall wooden storage cabinet painted to match the walls of the porch that I use as a partial room divider. It is such a wonderful place to work because I am surrounded by large windows that overlook my backyard. My wood shop, where I use my scroll saw and other woodworking tools is located just steps away from my porch.

Where can people find out more about you and your business?

You can find out more about my business on my Etsy About Page … https://www.etsy.com/shop/KathysHeartCreations/about?ref=shopinfo_about_leftnav
Facebook page … where I do a little bit of blogging that usually ties in with something I have made or are currently working on … https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kathys-Heart-Creations/721868347832262

Why do you believe people should buy handmade, such as your products, vs buying mass-produced products from box stores?

I believe that people should buy homemade items because they are more personal than manufactured. So much more time is spent on each individual item … the creator/artist works hard to get things “just right”. Whereas manufactured items objective is to produce multiple items in a short period of time. There is no “heart” in manufactured items.

What have you learned since opening your business that you wish you had known before hand?

The only thing I wish I had known before opening my business would be about promoting … about using social media, Etsy teams, hashtags, etc. to promote my shop. I am learning new things all the time.

Any advise for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

My advise to someone thinking about selling on Etsy would be for them to read everything you can about having an Etsy shop before opening. Make sure you have some understanding particularly about your policies. Prepare an “About” page in advance of opening … Have at least 20 things created and ready to post at opening … Create a Facebook business page and begin learning about promoting your shop. Please don’t expect to just list your items and expect them to sell. Practice taking good photos. Look at other shops and/or catalogs for inspiration.

When you’re not working, what do you like to do to unwind and have fun? Do you have any hobbies?        

Yes, I do have other hobbies and interests. I am a family person so I enjoy spending time with my husband, grown daughter and 16 yr. old granddaughter. I enjoy raising Monarch butterflies. A hobby I began when my granddaughter was in elementary school. What started out as a curiosity has turned into a passion for me. I enjoy gardening and being out in nature. My favorite birds are Canadian Geese. This spring I have had the added blessing of watching a Carolina Wren and a Bluebird … nest … lay eggs … and raise their young. Exciting to watch!

What is your favourite quote?        

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

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