Sunday, March 29, 2009
1. How long have you been crafting?
My grandmother started me crafting when I was very young, 4-5 years old. So, I've been crafting about 40 years. Both of my grandmothers were very artistic and crafty. I would attend craft shows with one grandmother and sell my things along with her. In junior high, I made small pom-pom animals that I would sell to my friends at school. I was always making something.
2. What is your favorite thing to make?
I love painting with watercolor. It will always be my first love in the arts. Next would have to be jewelry making. Right now, I'm experimenting on combining watercolor and jewelry making.
3. How did you start working with beads?
When my grandmother passed away, she had bought memory wire so she could make all the great granddaughters bracelets. She passed away before she had the chance to accomplish the task. Being known as an avid crafter, I inherited her craft supplies. I then took apart some of grandma's old beaded jewelry and used the beads on the memory wire for the great granddaughters so that they could all have a part of grandma's jewelry as well as her final gift to them that she had planned before her death.
4. What are your best Etsy tips?
I'm still working on good photos for my shop. I think good attractive and interesting photos will pull people into your shop. A good first impression is the most important thing. I promote my shop online as well as offline. Selling at craft shows and galleries helps to get the word out that you have a shop on line. Of course having a blog and being able to talk about your projects helps others to see and feel your passion about what you do.
5. Where do you get inspiration?
I am very inspired by scripture. The Bible is full of imagery and many of my paintings and jewelry pieces are inspired by God's word.
6. Do you do any other crafting?
I do scrap booking, card making, and altered books. I have a whole room of craft supplies that I've collected over the years. My daughters love to go into my studio and pull out supplies to make something themselves.
7. What are you reading right now?
I'm reading "The New Rebellion Handbook" for my devotional time, and I'm reading "Mixed Mania" by Debbie Crane and Cheryl Prater for new craft techniques.
8. How long have you homeschooled and what method do you use?
I've been homeschooling my two teen daughters for five years now. We use some curriculum. We love doing hands-on learning. Our Etsy shop was a way to learn not only a craft, but to learn about business, taxes, profit, photography, and missions. We use the money we make to help support orphans in Africa.
9. What have you found most surprising about Etsy?
The most surprising thing would be the helpfulness of the people who buy and sell on Etsy. Whenever I have a question, I know I can go to the forums to find the answer from someone who has been there before. It's a great place to do business.
10. What is the most interesting thing about you?
I am a member of the Osage Indian tribe.
You can see her lovely things in her shop. Be sure to check out her blog too.
Thank you to Lizzie from A Dusty Frame for providing this great interview.