Friday, May 22, 2009

Etsy Artisan Interview - Craftheart

Tina opened her Etsy shop in May 2006, and looks to be an experienced seller. I think her cards are adorable, but she also sells crocheted items and supplies. She has a bunch of cards for Father's Day - now's the perfect time to look for one. But first, read this interview and find out more about the seller:
  • What's the name of your Etsy shop?

  • What types of products do you sell?
crochet items (cotton washcloths, REACH cloths, frappe skirts, scarves, bookworms as bookmarks and also as cat toys). Greeting cards for all occasions as well as specialty seed cards, mini cards, etc. Misc craft and holiday items off and on

  • What is your favorite item in your shop today?
today, i'd have to say its my bookworm cat toys (no eyes so that they are safe for the cats). I make these for the spca which is where I adopted my cat Babysocks a few months ago after losing my beloved Rajah this past christmas. So, the spca and cat toys have a special place in my heart.

  • How did you find out about Etsy? Where you a buyer before a seller?
I found out from a friend who has a shop, ndnchick. We knew each other on another crafting forum and she was talking about it LOTS, so i decided to join.

  • Are you involved with any of the Etsy teams?

I am part of the etsy greetings team and also the homefront street team (hubby is retired military). I'd love to be more active with the teams, sometimes there is simply not enough time in a day.

  • Are there additional venues where you sell your work?
I have an account currently on artfire, but that's it for now other than at work where people will ask about my products and occasionally purchase something. I am craftheart on artfire as well.

  • Over the years, what materials and mediums have you worked with? What's your favorite?
my gosh, i've dabbled in so many things. crochet, paper crafting, painting, sewing, cross stitch, ceramics, etc. crochet has always been my favorite. i was unable to crochet for years due to carpal tunnel syndrome, but had surgery about 6 years ago, and i'm good to go again. the crocheting is the most relaxing

  • Do you have an online photo storage site, where we can see more about you and your surroundings?
i have a flickr acount and also myspace. not there a whole lot. like i said, wish i had more time. craftheart on flickr and myspace is craftingheart.

  • Everyone knows images are important when selling on the internet. What's your procedure for taking photos of your products? Do you have any tips on taking better photographs?
I'd like my photos to be a bit better actually. I don't consider myself a great picture taker. I used a light blue gray towel as a backdrop and take my photos by a window and also use a large light. I've found the "look" is nicer, more uniform when each photo has the same background color.

  • Are selling your products a full-time job, or do you have an additional occupation, outside the home?
i WISH i could do this full time. maybe some day. I'd really love to have a brick and mortar craft gift shop or booth one day. By day tho, I am an office manager in a chiropractic office with a doc who would shrivel up like a raisin if i were not there, lol

  • We are all looking for good marketing advice. What's the best tip or trick you can share with us?
the best tip has been passed on to me by a promo promo. anywhere you can think of online and MOST DEFINITELY to everyone you talk to throughout your day in person. that part is hard, as i am a bit shy, so i hope to get better with that.

  • Where can people find out more about you - do you have a blog, website, instant messaging account?
my blog - (when i keep up with this i normally feature etsy sellers) no website at the moment. is taken :(

OK, the storybeader's favorite. I thought the seed cards were a really neat idea. There are a few to choose from, but I liked the watermelon the best. Click on the pic to get a really good view of this, and while you're at it, see Tina's other seed cards on etsy.


Rose Works Jewelry said...

Great feature :)

Lenox Knits said...

Great interview! She has so many different talents! I agree that consistency is so important with pictures, I just wish I could find it.

TiLT said...

great interview...thanks for the intro

BeadedTail said...

Wonderful feature and love the bookworms that are safe for kitties to play with!

Jen said...

that watermelon card really is charming!

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