Friday, November 20, 2009

Internet Artisan Interview - Cheryl's Purple Cow

I met Cheryl on a new Etsy group I joined called Facebook Fans on Etsy (FFEST). She is a very active member, and on the internet as a whole. When I saw her purple cow, I knew it would fun to get acquainted. Cheryl is supporting November's Epilepsy Awareness Month, and donating 15% of the sales of any purple item to Family Ties of Nevada to help families affected by epilepsy. So go by her shop this month, and look for her purple items!

What's the name of your business/shop?

Cheryl's Purple Cow

Do you have a registered domain name and/or a blog?

What type of handmade products do you sell?
Jewelry. I make a lot of Awareness Jewelry. I have Epilepsy and November is Epilepsy Awareness Month so there will be a lot of purple Awareness Jewelry. I also have some hematite and metal-free jewelry. I am going to be adding my “Reflections”. Reflections are a candle arrangement that I make as a special order item.

Show us a piece you recently finished

Which online selling vendors do you use? What do you like best about each one?
I just started selling online in May and I have my shop on Etsy. It is difficult to sell jewelry because there are so many jewelry shops. I am looking into other sites but haven’t made a decision yet.

What are you working on right now? Any sketches?

I don’t make sketches. Most of my designs are trial and error. I am most creative when I don’t have a plan. When I started making my Swarovski Snowflake Earrings, I attached them to the Earwire with a figure 8 loop. Then I noticed that I could change them and attach them with an Awareness Ribbon Most of my designs happen that way. I usually make something about 3 to 4 times before I get the design that I want.

If you have a website or blog, what do you use for advertising?

I am using an avatar that my Brother and niece designed for me.

If you have a website or blog, tell us about your favorite widget.
I love widgets and I have a lot of them. I have 2 penguin widgets on my blog right now. I thought 3 would be overkill. But my favorite is the “Things to Ponder”. “Why isn't there mouse flavored cat food?” I think that is a question that needs to be answered.

We'd love to see your little corner of the world, where you create.

That would take about a week of cleaning.

Are you involved in social networking? What's your favorite and why? If you're not involved, you must have a good reason!

Facebook. I can stay up to date with family and friends there. I have also re-connected with friends from way back. A friend that lived next door to me as a child found me. Her family moved away around 1973.

All of us can use a helpful business hint once a week. What's yours?
I am a very impatient person and I try to remind myself every day. Rome was not built in a day. Don’t get discouraged.

Do you have a "modus operandi" for computing the price of a handmade object? Tell us your formula?
I wish I could find one that worked for every item. But there are some items that just don’t fit into a mold.

Where do you see your artwork in one year? Any plans in the works?
I really want to make and promote my "Reflections.”

It's time for the storybeader to pick a favorite!

I really like these earrings, that look like little candies. They're so realistic, and cute!

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memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

Great interview :)
Love those Indian Pink Snowflake Earrings!

Elizabeth said...

Love those candy earrings, as well as the woven purple/pink bracelet!