What inspired you to begin a shop featuring your own designs?
About 3 1/2 years ago, my college roommate was getting married and
loved everything to do with cherries. For a wedding gift, I sewed her a
cherry themed apron, along with cherry place mats and potholders. She
absolutely loved them! At that time, I decided to open my own Etsy shop
and feature primarily aprons and kitchen accessories. After awhile, I
then added little girl dresses and skirts.
How long have you been practicing your art/craft?
I have always been around a sewing machine, as my mom sewed many of my
clothes when I was little. I took a sewing class when I was ten years
old and continued to sew on my own until high school. I then took the
sewing portion of Home Economics as an elective in high school and then went on
to college for fashion design.
What training have you had or are you self-taught?
After graduating from high school, I entered the Art Institute of
Seattle and completed my AA degree in Fashion Design. While there, I
continued practicing and perfecting my sewing skills, along with
learning and practicing pattern making skills.
What is your favorite material to craft with?
All of my Etsy shop items (aprons, dresses, skirts, pot holders,
coasters) are sewn from 100% cotton, from a variety of designers and
patterns/ prints/ themes, etc.
Any advice for other Etsy sellers?
My advice for other Etsy sellers is to join a number of teams, either
located in the same area or selling similar products or items.
Participation at least once a week in team promotions and activities
helps shop owners connect with other successful business sellers, along
with increasing viewing of items by potential buyers. To help boost
item sales from prospective buyers outside of Etsy, it’s helpful to join
a variety of social media sites.
What do you enjoy doing in your off time?
Off time finds my husband and I relaxing and enjoying time together,
participating in a variety of shared activities: gym time at least
three times a week, daily walks with our dachshund, playing tennis,
traveling, camping, visiting with family, cooking, reading, and watching
favorite TV shows and movies.
Describe a typical day in your life...
On weekdays, you’ll find me waking up early and getting started right
away on my Etsy business. I work throughout the day by promoting my shop
items in Etsy teams and social media sites, carrying out my Etsy team
leadership responsibilities, and sewing new products/ inventory and
fulfilling shop orders. Weekends and evenings are reserved for personal
individual and family time.