Friday, July 10, 2009

Etsy Artisan Interview - Tilt Creations

I first met Theresa (TiLT) last year when we both joined the etsybloggers team. She's become a close online friend, and I'm real excited to have this interview for you. And you're in luck - she's having a clearance sale over at her Etsy shop, right now! One thing in particular that interested me were her comments here on photography and online photo hosting. Maybe we can get her to write a tutorial about Photobucket (hint, hint {:-D) So leave a comment, and include a plea, if you're interested. Then hop on over to her shop and don't miss out on the sale!

  • What's the name of your Etsy shop?
Tilt Creations

  • What types of products do you sell?
Handmade handbags, purses, totes, clutches, messenger bags...
  • What is your favorite item in your shop today?
It's got to be one of my hand embroidered messenger bags...probably the Grr Argh
  • How did you find out about Etsy? Where you a buyer before a seller?
I found it while researching starting my own craft business. I read quite a few books on the subject, and at least 3 of them mentioned Etsy. I was a buyer for a month or so before I sold. Everything I read suggested trying venues from a buyers point of view before selling...just to make sure you are satisfied with the way the site will be for your customers.
  • Are you involved with any of the Etsy teams?
Yup - 5 of them:

Carried Away Bags (CAB)
Michigan Indie Crafters of Etsy (MICE)

Big Damn Crafters (BDC)

  • Are there additional venues where you sell your work?
  • I sell over on ArtFire under the same name. I also have a second shop on Etsy, Tilt Too , where I sell mostly destash fabrics and patterns, but I do want to eventually add other crafts items I make. Plus I have started doing craft shows.Over the years, what materials and mediums have you worked with? What's your favorite?
Um, everything LOL! Painting (acrylics) was always my primary medium until kids. Then I picked up the sewing and fell in love. I have tried paper, jewelry, plushies, glass...and want to try whatever else I can. If you would have asked which mediums I was good at...the list would have been shorter :)

  • 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?
Well, like so many, I am still working on getting the pics the way I want. I am quite envious of the shops that are able to have each picture "be the same"...same background & poses. For now, I have a great Canon borrowed from my dad (who upgraded his camera a few years back), clamp lights, poster board & a few staple props to helps show size. I really want a lightbox, but many of my bags a too large for many boxes. And I use a pretty good editing program - GIMP2.

Tips? Just never give up. Make an editing program your friend. And learn how to use the white balance on your camera. And crop, crop crop. The image should fill the page.

  • Do you have an online photo storage site, where we can see more about you and your surroundings?
I have a flickr, which has more than just my bags...I think it's a nice way for people to get to know me a little better. I am slowly building up my Photobucket account too (because they allow links to shops and "buy now" buttons).

  • Are selling your products a full-time job, or do you have an additional occupation, outside the home?
I wish I sold enough for this to be considered my job...but I am just a stay at home mom now. I used to be an exercise physiologist though, worked cardiac rehab...quite a different direction :)

  • We are all looking for good marketing advice. What's the best tip or trick you can share with us?
I am still working on this too. But joining teams & social media sites (like plurk, facebook & twitter) & blogging are my main venues. I have also ran across some nice places to place ads - Indie Biz Chicks , BHR , (Block Head Radio) and Project Wonderful ads on blogs.

  • Where can people find out more about you - do you have a blog, website, instant messaging account?
wow - ready for the list? LOL! goes:

Crafts, kids, home and life
Tilt's Creations
Tilt's Treasures

Chatty places:
Facebook (personal)
Facebook (Business Fan Page)


and if you are a reader, I have a Shelfari profile too.

Whew, she's one busy lady!

OK, my turn to pick a favorite! I thought this backpack was truly special! I hear fashion gurus say, "Once you're over 30, you're too old to be wearing a backpack to work." Well, this pack doesn't look like your ordinary vinyl camping gear. Its' got a great design and room to hold lots of goodies. I love it so much I decided to buy it! Eat your heart out! It's 12½" x 6" x 6" and made with lovely embroidered twill fabric! Woot!


TiLT said...

he he! It's me :) Thanks for such a great write up! And that bag is all packed & ready to go :) Enjoy...and you know what I say to fashion gurus? ppppffffhhhhhttt :P

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

She has so many great bags, purses, and totes! I love to see what new items she comes up with :)

Hot Rocks said...

I love TiLTs bags, but especially love that backpack!

Splendid Little Stars said...

great interview! loved hearing about TiLT!

Patti said...

TiLT's creations are great and I agree with you about the backpack!

Carapace said...

Wow, TiLT is everywhere! Kinda comforting, I think!;)

BeadedTail said...

TiLT's bags are so wonderful! I enjoyed learning more about her! She sure keeps pretty busy!

Nothinglikeit said...

Wonderful artist! I like the backpack but my real fave is the zombie bag! LOL!


Rose Works Jewelry said...

Great interview - she's become a close friend of mine through the team(s) too!

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