What kind of items do you sell? My Etsy shop sells hand loomed and crochet items. These include personalized blankets and scarves, small knit bags, and funky items like mug rugs and cacti. I also have a line of Judaica – Jewish items. My web site sells fundraising scarves and hats for schools, symphonies, clubs and teams.
How long have you been engaged in your art/craft? I have knitted and crocheted since I was a small person when my mom taught me. I started selling about five years ago. I'll have my first Etsy anniversary in December.
What inspires you? I love it when someone likes my art enough to purchase it for their own. That is an incredible high.
Please share with us what a typical day is like in your workshop or studio? I am a morning person. If it is a beautiful day, I am outside with the sun and work in the evening. If it is a rotten day, I work all day. DH also has a home office, so we share a bowl of oatmeal in the morning and work in a walk somewhere during the day.
What keeps you company while you’re working on a project? My thoughts. I like the quiet, though my machines can get quite loud.
What is your least favorite 'task' related to your art/craft? Finishing up the ends of any project.
What teams do you belong to? Do you promote on other sites? I blog, but not consistently. I am on flickr and Squidoo. I do shows when I can – my son’s soccer schedule comes first. I do direct mailings for my website. I belong to etsyFAST, etsyknitters, etsyhookers, and etsychai as well as BBEST.
Related to your craft, tell us about a funny, strange or unusual situation you found yourself. I live in PA, but was in Disney for DS soccer tournament when my dream came true: I saw someone wearing one of my scarves! I ran after her to introduce myself. I think I scared her to death!
Tell us something about yourself that we wouldn’t necessarily know about you by talking to you in the forums. Hmmm – I have a degree in education and taught school in Illinois for six years. I found out I really didn’t like teaching that much and got a degree in engineering while working as a drafter. I ended up as a software development engineer. You never know where life leads.
Do you have a favorite book, movie or kind of music? No favorite book, but I like early 20th-century social novels like those of Sinclair, Dreiser, etc. I like biographies and reading about people and lifestyles. Movie? Gone with the Wind. Music? The stuff I grew up with, Motown, Elvis, early Beatles, etc.
Would you care to share any 'words of wisdom' with other aspiring artists or crafters? The trick is to find something you like to do, hone your craft, and then get someone to pay you to do it!
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