Friday, June 26, 2009

Etsy Artisan Interview - Peacox Creations

Patti, etsyblogger and owner of Peacox Creations, does more than make baskets with pine needles. But I think that's her true love... at least for now! When you visit her shop, you'll also find greeting cards, christening gowns, and a variety of crocheted items. Very diverse indeed! Hope you enjoy the interview; there's lots of links!
  • What's the name of your Etsy shop?
Peacox Creations

  • Are you involved with any of the Etsy teams?
Besides the Etsy bloggers team, I'm in the EAL (Etsy Artists Lounge), etsyFAST,
Etsy hookers team, teamWIST because I'm from Wisconsin, and the Design Style Guide.
You don't suppose I've over extended myself, do you? LOL

  • What types of products do you sell?
My shop is rather eclectic. I sell pine needle baskets, greeting cards, Christening
gowns and accessories, size and full size, and other fun knit and
crochet items.

  • How did you find out about Etsy? Where you a buyer before a seller?
I found out about etsy from some of my internet craft groups. I started buying and selling at the same time.
  • What is your favorite item in your shop today?

It's so hard to pick a fav, but I guess it would have to be the pine needle basket with the swirling hexagons center. [this just sold! - congrats. Patti!]

Here's another favorite of both of ours:
Round pine needle basket with stoneware

  • Are there additional venues where you sell your work?
Besides selling here on Etsy, I do a limited number of craft shows each year and
have regular customers in the area.
  • Over the years, what materials and mediums have you worked with? What's your favorite?
Over many years, I have worked with almost every medium imaginable! My fav is pine needle basketry because it is unusual and open to many creative possibilities.

  • 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 try to take as many photos as I can outside, but with iffy Wisconsin weather, that's not always possible. Indoor, I use a white backgound placed near a north window with the flash off. I still need work in this area, however!
  • Do you have an online photo storage site, where we can see more about you and your surroundings?
You can see more about my life and works on Flickr and Facebook.

  • Are selling your products a full-time job, or do you have an additional occupation, outside the home?
Crafting does take me quite a bit of time, but is really a hobby...I've been retired from teaching for 12 years!

  • We are all looking for good marketing advice. What's the best tip or trick you can share with us?
The only tip I would have is to keep exploring and creating new things.

  • Where can people find Peacox Creations?
Here is Patti's blog on blogspot, and her shop on etsy.

Storybeader's turn to pick a favorite!
I know, I know, I'm a pragmatist! But if I have to have things around me, I want them to look nice. This piece is so cute. It's a pine needle sewing basket! Reminds me of a chip and dip serving plate. And I know a lot of people who would just love this! It's adorable!


Craftymoose Crafts said...

Nice interview! I had fun browsing her shop, too! I think my favorite baskets are the ones with the agate centers!

Patti said...

Thank you so much for posting my interview. You can't imagine how surprised I was when the original basket I had picked was sold and shipped yesterday! You do such a great job on these interviews, storybeader. It's an honor to be here.

BeadedTail said...

Wonderful interview with Patti! Her work is so beautiful and it was fun getting to know her better! Love her tip too and something I need to do more of!

Splendid Little Stars said...

I love PeacoxCreations! Her baskets are amazing! great interview!

TiLT said...

fabulous interview! :)

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