Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Member Spotlight: Wooke



Name:Christy Wooke
Age: 25
Shop: Christy Wooke

What kind of things do you make?
Illustrations and paintings, magnets, pins, felted ornaments, keychains and broaches, pincushions, clocks, and cards/stationary



How long have you been doing your craft?
Well, I've been drawing forever, but have only discovered making crafts at the beginning of this year.

When did you start selling & what inspired you to start selling?
I started selling on Etsy in January 2008. I have a friend who makes her living doing this.

Is this your full time job?
NO. I wish. I work 2 to 3 retail jobs whenever they will have me. I'm trying to pay off my student loans.



What are your hobbies?
Besides crafting, books, movies, music, comics, and video games.

What is your favorite color?
Orange

What is your favorite color combination?
Yellowy orange and light blue

Which colors do you use most in your work?
Yellowy orange, light blue, and just the bright obnoxious colors you can find in a "discontinued bin."



What is your number 1 tip for success?
Promote!! Do any craft show you can. I don't sell a whole lot on Etsy, but I make a decent amount at shows. And I get a lot of commissioned work from people who remember my booth from these shows. Being super friendly and letting customers know that you can really do anything they can come up with is key. And of course carry a few business cards everywhere you go.
What do you think is the most fun way to promote?

Definitely doing shows, but also joining groups, as I'm finding out with CIC.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Member Spotlight: SugarDollShop



Name: Filipa
Age: 24
Shop: sugardollshop.etsy.com

What kind of things do you make?
Doll clothes, i have been knitting a lot lately but i also sew like
dresses and tights (always doll size)
I try to use light colors and very soft and good quality materials!

How long have you been doing your craft? since 2006
When did you start selling & what inspired you to start selling?
I started selling on LJ (livejournal.com) i have a journal there and i
post my crafts every now and then, back in 2006 when i started a lot
of people asked me if i could do custom commissions for them and so it
started!
Today i have a lot of orders that come either from my Etsy shop or
orders from flickr members.



Is this your full time job?
No!
I finnished my degree in Product Design and am now looking for my
first job... i have some time for the crafts but i don't wish to make
a living from them... i just feel very happy to see people on the
other side of the world taking photos of their dolls wearing stuff i
made, it really makes my day!

What are your hobbies?
Illustration and Photography.



What is your favorite color? waaw this is hard to pick... i usually
only wear black with another color like green or red or grey... but i
do like other colors! Like yellow and pink!!

What is your favorite color combination? green+pink, pink+grey.....

Which colors do you use most in your work? pink, white, green, grey,
yellow, orange....



What is your number 1 tip for success? always communicate with
clients, as soon as they purchase something until they get it! it is
very important that they feel you worry about their money and item! so
we should always let them know if it was shipped and ask if they got
it! :)

What do you think is the most fun way to promote? I really don't
know... i guess i don't promote myself much... only sometimes i upload
a picture to flickr and very smoothly say i have new items....
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