Member Feature: MukiCrafts

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Marie of MukiCrafts, our featured member!

MukiCrafts

MukiCrafts

Tell us about yourself.

I’m Marie and with the help of my two little girls, we run a knit and crochet pattern shop here on Etsy.

Thanks to my mother who is an artist, I’ve been crafty all my life but my passion and inspiration has always been yarn. I learned to knit and crochet about 4 years old when my grandmother left me a big basket full of ugly colored soviet yarns. With no Barbie clothes available, I learned to crochet in the round to make them skirts and tops. This is how it all started.

Somehow I didn’t become a fashion designer as I always dreamed, my drawing skills aren’t that great, and ended up working in a bank dealing with large corporations. As we have long maternity leave here in Estonia (up to 3 years), I discovered a way to unite my passion for knitting and crochet and designing.

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

I opened my shop in 2014 when my daughter who models almost all my items was about 9 months old. I started with knitting patterns and a year later added crochet. Etsy is a good way to sell internationally and when people like and buy what you make – it is so rewarding.

Tell us a bit about your products.

I offer simple and cute knitting and crochet patterns, mostly in kids sizes. My patterns are suitable for beginners who have some experience and know the basic stitches. I tend to write my patterns out more and therefore they are easy to follow, most contain photos of key points of the progress.

What inspires your work

My inspiration comes from the yarn (I never order online, have to touch and feel) and my girls. I have a lot of woodland theme garments for the little ones. The inspiration for that comes from the bedtime stories, nature and from all the fun we do together.

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

I’m hoping to reach 15 000 sales this year. I’m doing a lot of fun collabs with yarn companies and hope to share them soon. I’m at the point where I should decide if I’ll keep doing my Etsy shop and quit my bank job or go back to the corporate world.

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

My designs are suitable for not that experienced crafter, you can create something adorable using just basic stitches and good natural yarn in a beautiful shade – no complicated stitch pattern or tricks needed. My patterns stand out thanks to my fantastic daughter who loves to model the garments mommy makes.

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

I do not have a studio, my work space is my couch and I’ve covered all the house with my yarn! I hope that someday I’ll have a studio big enough to take photos and keep all my yarns (I should open a yarn shop instead.. with a big back room where to take photos)!

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

It’s not about quantity but the quality. To get a shop going you have to have more items but it is the quality of the pattern that keeps people coming back to buy more.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

If you’re already thinking – just do it! You do not have anything to loose and the worldwide market is yours.

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

I do a lot of sports, at least 5 times a week. I love tennis which I discovered last year, this year I’m already going to tennis camp in Southern-Europe. I’ve been going to photo school and just bought a new camera so this is one thing that I want to dedicate more and more of my time.

What is your favorite quote?

No pain no gain.

Where can people find out more about your business?

Visit my Etsy shop or find Muki Crafts on Facebook. I also gave a deeper interview to Etsy last year: Visit my Etsy shop or find Muki Crafts on Facebook. I also gave a deeper interview to Etsy last year: MukiCrafts.

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Member Feature: RowesFlyingNeedles

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Janis of RowesFlyingNeedles, our featured member!

RowesFlyingNeedles

RowesFlyingNeedles

Tell us about yourself.

My Mom taught me to sew when I was about 9 years old and since then I have been making Needles Fly! Love sewing, crafting, playing with color, putting it all together in a unique useful and beautiful product.

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

Opened my Etsy shop May 2014. After retiring from the corporate world, I wanted an outlet for the items I lovingly created to share with Moms & Grandmas to give their families smiles, giggles and to make treasured memories together.

Tell us a bit about your products.

I design and create fine hand made articles combining a little bit of vintage, good old fashioned values, with a modern flair and a flash of color. Everything is washable, affordable and fine quality. My offerings have transitioned from kid’s clothes and purses to Aprons for all sizes and ages and Baby Accessories (small quilts and Montessori balls). I enjoy recycling, repurposing and upcycling. Many of my materials are sourced from estates sales, so I have recently added Vintage Decor and Sewing Supplies to my shop.

What inspires your work

Various designs inspire me – Victorian, Amish, Pop Culture, Modernism, Art Deco, Nature. I find inspiration everywhere I look! Many times I buy fabrics or materials with a design in mind but it turns into something else! Some of the baby quilts in my shop now were made from materials planned for dresses or other projects.

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

My goals are to continue to provide items that are fun, adorable and easy to care for that make people feel good and create memories using them. Cooking together in matching aprons, or playing with their babies. My dream is to continue to donate items and profits to charities that have the same results: good fun memories!

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

To stand out from other businesses I offer Beautiful Affordable Unique Quality items. My quick response and shipping to customers is appreciated. I strive to add that extra touch – a personal note, a free surprise – to exceed customer’s expectations.

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

My studio is a spare bedroom with two large tables (estate sale finds) for designing and cutting. My Grandma’s quilt, ragged and torn after 60 years of use, hangs on the wall and is the backdrop for most of my product photos. It inspires me to make useful beautiful things that will last. The nice big closet is great for clean, orderly storage!

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

I have learned A LOT since opening my business: SEO, copy writing, Etsy, Facebook for business, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram. Probably I wouldn’t have learned about these things without having an on line business. There’s always more to learn and I love that about this life!

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Etsy is a supportive community and great place to start your on line business! Give it a go!

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

Creating, sewing, photography have been my hobbies forever and I use them in my business. I hardly ever think about this as work. Work was what I did before I retired! Love spoiling my 13 year old Lab mix, Duke. My Husband and I love to travel by motorcycle, car, any way, to experience our wonderful country! I also volunteer a lot with kids at our local school and church.

What is your favorite quote?

Jeremiah 24:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Where can people find out more about your business?

Visit my shop at RowesFlyingNeedles, my Facebook page: CreativeRowe, Instagram flyingneedles, and Pinterest fneedles.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

In being an entrepreneur, be prepared to invest your heart and mind and an infinite amount of time. Be patient with yourself and keep focused on your ultimate goals. Find joy in the small things!

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Member Feature: MacArthurAntiques

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Ryan of MacArthurAntiques, our featured member!

MacArthurAntiques

MacArthurAntiques

Tell us about yourself.

Hi everyone, I am someone who is always hunting the joy, loves life and spending time with my partner Rachael in the (not so sunny) harbor town of Bridlington, on England’s east coast. We can always be found wandering the promanades daily with a coffee. Every one of my items are hand chosen, polished, cleaned and brought back to life before I focus the lens. I believe happiness succeeds everything else and takes priority. Firm follower of the Law of Attraction and enjoys coffee, craft beer and gaming to unwind.

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

Rachael and I had finished travelling Europe and I was stuck for work. As a freelance animator, Rachael was often asked to create ‘how to’ videos, one of which was ‘how to become an antiques dealer’. As a child I have always had a fascination with antiques and items of age and decided to persue this interest further.

Long story short, I found voluntary work with a local antiques centre and learnt the ropes through there. I begun increasing the centres sales buy selling items directly from the antiques centres cabinets and naturally (due to ease and cost) found jewellery a better option for the online market. (wrapping full tea services can be rather frustrating).

I eventually left a couple of years back as the time was better invested in other areas of my life but continued to use the skills I developed to do this for myself. Now, although I still find the occasional non-jewellery item I tend to stick to rings and other jewellery.

Tell us a bit about your products.

My products are all hand chosen and I scour jewellery auctions and carboots (flea markets) looking for anything which stands out. Sometimes they can be hidden deep under piles of junk so a keen eye is important.

Once back home I go through the long and thorough process of cleaning and cataloging. This can take quite a considerable length of time however I find it very therapeutic. I grab a coffee, plug my headphones in and get to it. After all the items are gleaming, Ill sit at my kitchen table with the camera and wait for the sun to appear. Yes living in England, I can be sat for days on end.

What inspires your work?           

My inspiration comes from multiple areas.

Rachael has inspired me to keep at it by doing the same thing with her work. Sitting opposite me I see her beavering away non stop which encourages me to do the same. I think my biggest drive however is gratitude. I am blessed with the freedom to work when I please, and on days when I just dont feel it, I can take the day off. Being my own boss really pushes me and I ensure I keep going, knowing this makes me feel truely thankful.

Other areas of inspiration include hunting for unique and beautiful pieces. Never knowning what I may find is very exciting and spending the morning, leisurely perusing the carboots with a coffee is a great way to start the day.

Also, hearing that pieces bought from my store, were used as wedding or engagement rings really makes me smile!

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

This year I am aiming to reach 1000 sales on Etsy (halfway there) and increase and grow my social media channels. I will also be starting a blog which will focus on gemstones and styles primarily but also talk about my process and helping others. I also would love to have a more thorough wedding/engagement ring section to help those looking to wed.

The dream is to keep doing what I am doing but travel in the process. Currently I am unsure how this will work as stock would need to travel with me of course. Rachael and I are also planning to move to California within the next 2 years so I am researching how to make this all work. Its a fun process and I’m sure it will come together eventually. I would also love to launch my own jewellery line but we will see.

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

To be perfectly honest, I wouldn’t say I stand out, but I do try to ensure my photos are as eye-catching and beautiful as possible. I think if you take pride in what you do and be grateful for what you have, you will succeed. It works for me anyway!

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

My work space is a combination of all my ‘jobs”. I am also a YouTuber/Twitch streamer so my desk has aspects of all of these. I try to make my work space as inspirational as possible, so when I remember to look up, everything I see makes me smile and encourages me. Its so important to create a bright, clean and fresh work space combined with practicality and logic. I do have a small section of the kitchen table too for taking photos as this room captures the most sunlight.

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

Pictures are everything!

I have tried so many different methods for taking photos and after a while I look at them and think….nope!

Its been quite a learning curve with angles, focusing/zooming but really the most important aspect is lighting. Natural light is so important and looking back over old photos which I have used artifical methods for light just look awful now.

I always wait for sunshine & even though I do edit the photos afterwards, I ensure they look natural as if they are right in front of you. Oh and Photoshop, I wish I had previous experience with Photoshop before starting!

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

My best advice is to just enjoy the process and dont get put off if things dont sell straight away.

Look at other shops which do it right and draw inspiration and ideas from them. Finding what works for you can take time but focusing on your photos so they speak for the themselves and draw the potential customer in is essential. Also be polite and as helpful as you can with your conversations. The deciding factor for that customer choosing your item over someone else could just be down to responding to them in a warm humane way.

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

Hobbies are something I am not short of!

My YouTube and Twitch channels involve gaming with friends and building my online community and it is great fun. I have met so many wonderful people from all over the world whom I now consider good friends.

I am a lover of music and enjoy playing the guitar and as often as possible head to gigs and music festivals!

I have been a practitioner of Wing Chun Kung Fu for 10 years now too which has also introduced me to some great people plus helped me develop as a person in the process and finally travelling, which is one of my favorite hobbies, which I plan to do more of. Heading somewhere new and unseen (by me) is exciting and really broadens your horizons.

What is your favorite quote?

“If money didn’t exist, would you still get up every morning and do what you do for a living?”

Where can people find out more about your business?  

Etsy:
https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/MacArthurAntiques

Twitter:
@MacArthurAQ

Instagram:
@macarthur_antiques

PINTEREST:
https://uk.pinterest.com/MacArthurAQ/

 Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Be happy, and be grateful!

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Member Feature: StainedGlassYourWay

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Please join us in welcoming Sharon of Stained Glass Your Way, our featured member!

Stained Glass Your Way

Tell us about yourself.

I’ve been doing stained glass for over 15 years, and glass fusing for three years. It started by taking a class through my local community college, and I was hooked! I have been an administrator for a volunteer fire department for 18 years, and just recently left that job to pursue my art full-time. I’m very excited to have the time to devote to developing new pieces, and learning new techniques!

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

I’ve been doing glass work for 15 years, and decided to try my hand at selling it in 2012 on Etsy. It has slowly grown each year, and now that I decided to pursue my passion full-time, I’m hoping to grow my business and add new types of pieces in the upcoming year.

Tell us a bit about your products.

In stained glass, I create suncatchers and larger panels/windows up to 2 foot x 3 foot. I also love to create 3D stained glass sculptures. In fused glass, I create ornaments, pendants, wall vases, garden stakes, and glass paintings that can be used for serving boards/trivets, or displayed on an easel. I also welcome the challenge of creating custom pieces. Stained glass involves cutting and shaping pieces of a design, wrapping each piece in copper foil, and soldering them together. Depending on the shape, they may also be framed in zinc or came. Fused glass involves cutting and shaping glass pieces, and firing them in the kiln to fuse/melt them together. Some pieces only require one 24-hour firing. Other pieces like bowls and plates that use a mold require two 24-hour firings. Different effects can be created in the kiln based on the firing schedule used.

What inspires your work?           

Being born and raised in Maryland, my art encompasses a wide variety of styles that reflect the diversity of our area. We have beaches, mountains, big cities and small towns all within 100 miles and I love them all! As such, I jump from creating traditional pieces to abstract/modern designs and back again as the feeling strikes me. Stained glass is very enduring and lends itself to family keepsakes. I love working with customers to create custom pieces that mean something special to them, whether it be a pet portrait of their family pet, or a landscape of their family homestead.

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

 Now that I am devoting myself full-time to my art, my goal is to double the number of pieces in my inventory, and also participate in many more art shows to increase sales and my network in the artisan community. I also plan to take additional classes to learn decorative soldering and the lead came construction method so that I can offer new and different art pieces.

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

I believe that the wide variety of styles and pieces I offer make my business stand out from other stained glass shops. I don’t specialize in any one type of style, and I offer custom designs to meet virtually anyone’s needs in anything under a 2ft x 3 ft size. Variety is the spice of life!

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

My studio is located in my basement, and is an organized chaos of glass and supplies. The basic tools needed are relatively few–a glass grinder, soldering iron, kiln, and 3 or 4 hand tools are all I need to create my art. My “packing room” is in a spare bedroom lines with shelves for boxes, bubble wrap, tape, etc.

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

Patience, and to never stop reading and learning about your trade and different sales techniques. Online sales is constantly changing, and you have to be vigilant to stay on top of SEO and social media trends.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Set realistic goals for yourself, and don’t expect to get rich quick! It takes a lot of hard work, time, and patience to learn and apply what you need to, and to continuously adapt as things change.

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

I enjoy hanging with my family and getting outdoors to hike or go canoeing whenever the weather permits! I’m also a big movie buff, and try to get out to the theater once a week (especially with the new comfy leather recliners they have now!)

What is your favorite quote?

I have found the most true and useful quote is one given to me by my training when I sold investments–“You have to ask for the business”. It is so true in all aspects of life. You have to ask for what you want, and don’t assume others can read your mind and automatically know.

Where can people find out more about your business?  

My Etsy shop is www.stainedglassyourway.etsy.com Don’t hesitate to message me to inquire on custom designs as well!

 Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Just that I thank you very much for the opportunity to share my art and aspirations with you!

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Member Feature: Kestrel Collection

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Please join us in welcoming Kristen of KestrelCollection, our featured member!

KestrelCollection

Tell us about yourself.

Hello and Well met! I’m an old soul and young at heart. A scientist and an artist. I love to live and live to love. But I’m pretty quiet in day to day life… just observing and thinking… some people think I’m shy but I’m not at all!

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

In 2003 I started making jewelry for friends and relatives. I was working long hours at my day job and was often coming home stressed out. Spending my evenings designing jewelry for someone else turned out to be my favorite way to relax and switch gears before bed. It wasn’t long after that I started up my Etsy store.

Tell us a bit about your products.

I love blacks and grays and find the look elegant so there is a lot of black jewelry in my shop. I also love COLORS especially creating floral and natural inspired jewelry using colors that are brighter than nature.

What inspires your work?           

I’m kind of a nerd.  I take my inspiration from the books I read, the movies I watch, nature, and old mythology. Right now I’m working on a line of steampunk jewelry inspired by movies.

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

 This year I want to increase sales by 10% by utilizing better tags and working with social media more to engage customers. This year I also plan to sell at my first craft show!

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

All of my items are one of a kind. I follow my inspiration and then move on to the next
thing that strikes me.

Because of this all my items are guaranteed to be a gift the recipient will have all to
themselves. They are great conversation starters.

The way I work creates another positive for the customer in that all my items are ready
to ship. My shop policy says I ship within 5-7 days but I am usually faster than that.

Also if a customer messages me I can easily get their order out the next business day
so they have that special gift on time.

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

My workspace is a desk in the corner of my living room. I love being able to work and still hang out with my husband at the same time. I am kind of a neat freak so when I’m done each day everything packs up into the drawers and cupboards. This way I can keep it a multi use space and it keeps everything safe from my feline helper.

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

Advertising and social media are truly vital to the success of your shop. In the past I haven’t enjoyed that part of the work so I tend to neglect it occasionally… But wow! It’s amazing the results that happen when you start connecting with your customers and sharing your process and your day. It’s fun too when you look at it as another way to learn.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

I spent a long time thinking about it, then a long time more planning for it… I wanted to make it perfect from day one and that held me back. You will learn as you go and improve the storefront as you go so just dive in!! One solid piece of advice though is pictures, pictures, pictures. Research how other sellers of your product stage their photos to get a feel for where the market is at. Make yours clear, bright, and use all 5 slots on a listing. People want to see what they are buying!

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

I love to learn and reinvent myself. I’ve been a research scientist, high school teacher, and flavor chemist. Now I’m a project manager for a food company. I love my day job. However, it is through my art that I am able to continuously learn and grow as I try out new materials and techniques. My jewelry business allows me to reinvent myself with every new idea. My other hobby is reading. A book is such a lovely way to experience a new world.

What is your favorite quote?

I am a reader remember? Picking just one quote is so hard… Can I have 2 and a poem? “All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.” -Edgar Allan Poe A man once told the Buddha “I want Happiness.”

The Buddha replied, “First remove I, that is ego. Then remove want, that is desire. Now you have happiness.” “What is Success”? To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;

To appreciate beauty; To find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived; This is to have succeeded. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Where can people find out more about your business?  

I am also on Instagram at KristenCreates. There I share progress pictures of new jewelry plus pictures of my drawings and other adventures.

 Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Thanks for the opportunity to share with you about myself and my art! Have a wonderful day!

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Member Feature: Treasures From The Lake

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Please join us in welcoming Donna of Treasures From The Lake, our featured member!

Treasures From The Lake

Tell us about yourself.

My name is Donna and I live in NE Ohio. close to Lake Erie. I am married, and have one daughter who is an RN at a big Children’s Hospital. And I have two grandchildren (4 and 8 months), who I watch a few days a week. We have been collecting beach glass and other items for around 4 years. Prior to that we used to collect shells when we vacationed in South Florida. I have always loved the beach.

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

I opened shop two years ago in June. After collecting all the beach glass in many containers, my husband said that i should do something with the glass. So I began looking at tutorials on the internet, youtube, and other crafting sites. I self taught myself wire wrap techniques, that I am always trying to refine. My family encouraged me to sell the creations So after being persuaded, I decided to give it a try.

Tell us a bit about your products.

I design jewelry (necklaces, bracelets and earrings) from genuine Beach glass that I collect from Lake Erie. There are rare colors (blues, reds etc) that I will on occasion purchase from very trusted sources. I also make bookmarks, keychains and specialize in keepsake Christmas ornaments including trees, bells, and angels.

What inspires your work?           

I take inspiration from many things. Sometimes it is the shape of the glass and sometimes a design pops into my head. Other times I have no idea, and the wire seems to take over and have a life of its own I work best at night when most people are sleeping Other times, the customer tells me what they have in mind as I welcome special orders.

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

 Continue to refine and expand my wire techniques and expand into drilled pieces. I hope to increase sales and my customer base My goal is to have my first show this year.

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

My glass is genuine beach glass Most of it I have collected myself. But since some colors are very rare, I will purchase them from trusted sea glass seller sites to ensure quality and genuineness. Customer service is very important to me and I want each and every customer to be completely satisfied with my work. I treat customers they way I would want to be treated, and keep them informed in the order from start to finish. When I send a package, I want the customer to feel like they are opening a present, and package my designs creatively. Every purchase is accompanied with a Thank you Card and many times I send extra free gifts. You never know when they turn into extra orders.

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

I do not have a studio. That would be a dream for the business. The design table is the dining room table and my supplies and glass are in a hutch. There is also a card table with tools and beads and other supplies. Packaging supplies are under the card table in plastic bins.

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

I wish I had learned more about social media as that is a constant challenge. I am getting better at it, but being 60 puts me behind the learning curve (lol) And learn how to take better pictures. Learn about SEO. I still struggle with it.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Learn as much as you can about setting up your shop, tag words, seo, taking pictures Don’t expect immediate success. Although oddly, I sold an item the first night, so I did think it would be. Then I waited months. I wouldn’t wait to think you know it all though, as if you did that,you might never start up. It’s a work in progress constantly.

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

In the summer I love swimming at the pool And I love reading by the pool or beach. Walking the beach of course. Spending time with my dog, Abby

What is your favorite quote?

Live Laugh Love

Where can people find out more about your business?  

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TreasuresFromTheLake/

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Member Feature: Simple Green Habits

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Please join us in welcoming Vidya of Simple Green Habits, our featured member!

Simple Green Habits

Tell us about yourself.

“I am a stay at home mom of 2 girls. I am the owner, designer, photographer, marketer, shipper and customer service contact. During the day, I’m a mom, cook, chauffeur, karate mom. After dinner, I am a crazy sewer with head phones on listening to some audio book while I sew.

Reducing waste to keep the Earth cleaner for our children and the next generation has motivated me to sew reusable cloth products.

I grew up using cloth products so it was easy for me to use cloth instead of disposable paper. I believe that it is my responsibility to teach my daughters (who will I hope someday be mothers) to use reusable cloth products instead of disposable paper to reduce waste for a cleaner Earth.”

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

I opened my Shop in 2015. I wanted to use reusable products to reduce waste and help others accomplish the same.

Tell us a bit about your products.

I make reusable cloth napkins. Everyday Cloth napkins can help reduce a lot of waste.

What inspires your work?           

To reduce waste.

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

 I want to add more reusable cloth products.

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

Communication to customers on every step of the order process and same day shipping as order day.

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

I have a closet to store fabric and finished products. I work on a table in the family room.

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

I wish I had started this business earlier.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Just start selling.

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

I like to spend time with my family.

What is your favorite quote?

“Be the change you wish to see in the world” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Where can people find out more about your business?  

https://www.etsy.com/shop/simplegreenhabits

 Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Reduce waste.

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