Today's Blog feature is on a Fellow Etsykids Member The Sewing Loft.
She sells Amazing patterns and adorable kids items in her shop. She is also Giveaway some Amazing Patterns . Make sure you enter for this Awesome Prize ( see details at the end of the feature)
1)How did you first hear about Etsy?:
I 1st heard about Etsy through a friend. She told me that there were amazing artists there and I should consider selling my items. From there it was hooked!
2)Tell us about a little about yourself and your favorite craft/art!:
My story is really quite simple..... Growing up my family reused everything, not because we were thinking of the environment but because we needed to. This reuse and re purposing always fascinated me. I would watch my mother refashion old clothes into new outfits for me with her trusty sewing machine or snuggle with my grandma on a Saturday morning while she darned thinning socks. One of my favorite things was sitting in a sunny corner of the sewing room sifting through buttons. Those buttons were like “eye candy” to me and not just because they were hidden in an old cookie tin! There were just so many colors, textures, shapes and sizes, each one more intriguing then the next. From these memories and life experiences my passion for creativity was born. My favorite projects all involve sewing but my personal crafting projects all have to be quick and easy. I am so into the instant gratification!
3)How did you get started as a designer?
I was always watching my mother sew and one day, I fell in love with a shirt in a magazine. After "stealing" fabric from moms stash, I started cutting, sewing and creating. Before I knew it, I had a new shirt. Granted, it did not fit well but I made it! And to me, at that moment, it was clear that I would be creating from that day forward. After finishing high school, I fine tuned my skills with a degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology and spent the next twenty years working for some of the top designers. This is where I learned the fine art of manufacturing from the ground up.
4)What inspires you to create?:
I am constantly inspired by everyday by the simple things in nature. Like the colors in flowers, birds on the feeder or colors of leaves during the changing of seasons. It is amazing what you can create when you think outside of the box.
5)How do you get the word out about your shop and Etsy?:
To help spread the word about my products and Etsy, I use our Facebook page. It is amazing just how much social media has changed the playing field of younger businesses. I also partner with some amazing Etsy teams. Collaborating with other talented artists helps keep my shop fresh.
6)Any advice you would give to aspiring designers?:
My advice to aspiring designers is to follow your dream and be true to yourself. I have found that my best selling products are the ones that are dear to me.
One lucky winner will a collection of "DIY" patterns from The Sewing Loft.
Fabric Flower Headband
These patterns/tutorials will be sent direct to the winner via email in a pdf format.
Here is how to enter:
1.) You must Fan The Sewing Lofts Facebook Page.Leave a comment below letting me know you did.
2.) You must Fan Expressions By Devin Facebook Fan Page. Leave a comment letting me know you did.
Giveaway Ends Thursday September 1st. The lucky winner will be picked out using Random.org