Hi everyone This weeks Feature blog is a fellow Etsykids team Member. She makes the most adorable baby booties.
1)How did you first hear about Etsy?:
A few years ago, my mom first told me about Etsy. I think she read about Etsy it in a magazine article. A few years later, I stumbled upon it by accident ... and made a purchase or two. Then I was hooked.
I opened my shop on November 1, 2010.
2)Tell us about a little about yourself and your favorite craft/art!:
I am a stay/work-at-home mom to my 1-year-old daughter. My husband, daughter and I live in rural North Dakota, near the Missouri River. I was raised in Northern California so this far from what I grew up with, but I absolutely love it here. My hobbies include sewing, photography, and painting.
3)How did you get started as a designer?
I worked as a professional graphic designer and I was a hobby quilter before my daughter was born. When I was pregnant, I started making smaller/faster projects and sewed my first pair of baby booties. After my daughter was born I quickly realized that these were the only booties that would stay on her feet. I made a few more pairs for my daughter, and a few as gifts. I improved my design and bought more fabric. I received a few orders and decided to open a shop on Etsy. I also sell wholesale, and I'm excited that Bison Booties are now available in a few retail locations.
4)What inspires you to create?:
I am inspired by everyday life around me like colors and shapes.
5)How do you get the word out about your shop and Etsy?:
My daughter always wears her Bison Booties and we get compliments wherever we go, so that is an easy one. I also promote my Etsy shop through my Facebook page (www.facebook.com/bisonbooties). I love the Moo (moo.com) Mini Business cards and I cary then with me everywhere.
6)Any advice you would give to aspiring designers?:
Do what you love, and be excited about it. Excitement is contagious, so if you are truly happy with your art/craft, then others will be too. Also, don't be afraid to continually improve your product, whether that be through the design or the marketing, stay fresh.
Check out her shop: