I really like this casual backpack -- the colors are such fun!
And this clutch would be perfect with a Valentine's outfit. Plus, it's on sale!
Enjoy the interview!
1. Please tell us about the items in your Etsy shop. What do you make? How did you learn your craft? What is involved in your creative process?
I make handbags, purses, backpacks, messengers bags, clutches, zip pouches....I am starting to narrow my focus to backpacks, clutches and coordinating zip pouches. Along with these I will (slowly) be adding more home products such as quilts, table runners, coasters, pillows, embroidery piecs, etc.....maybe even painting.
I am self taught, unless you want to count that one home-ec class back in 7th grade in the early 80s...I mean mid...um, let's just say a while back :) When my oldest was about 3 he wanted to be Robin Hood for Halloween but I could not find a costume, so I just made one....then I got hooked. He's too old for costumes now, but I still sew.....same machine too.
2. To which Etsy Teams do you belong (if any)?
M.I.C.E. (Michigan Indie Crafters of Etsy) BDC (Big Damn Crafters...fans of Firefly & Serenity) Etsymoms (although i have not been as active as I would like)
3. How did you get involved with Etsy?
I think the main reason was a push from friends & family to start selling. It may be possible they were just tired of all the bags they kept getting as gifts, who knows :P But I started reading up on selling crafts and this "Etsy" place kept popping up in all my resources - so I checked it out - shopped a bit there - liked it - and opened shop.
4. What inspires your creations?
I really do not know. Every creation is different. Some bags come from a "I need something to do X"...so I make one.
5. What is your biggest challenge related to your Etsy shop?
Pictures. My house has horrible lighting - even with added lamps that are supposed to work well - and no blank wall for a nice background. But I make do...plus, I am getting to be good friends with my editing program :) And time. Time to list & promote...I fall short most days.
6. What is your favorite item in your shop (currently for sale or previously sold)? Why is it your favorite?
I love my Buffy messenger bag. It took FOREVER to embroider, but so worth it. It has been gathering cobwebs in the shop, so I may just snag it for myself, we'll see.
7. What advice do you have for other folks selling or buying on Etsy?
Don't give up. I hear so many people grumble when they don't start selling right away or "only" sell one thing a week. Etsy is a big - huge - giant - place. It can take time. Get to know the place & the people. Join teams. Tweek when necessary - change up pics, tags, promotions & sales. I spend lots of time searching for items to promote on my treasury blog...it's a great way to understand the search engine so you can better tag your items for others to find.
8. Tell us two (or more) other interesting things about you.
Interesting? Hmmmm....I used to be in the sciences...after I stopped studying art early on in my college career. I love to paint, but am not very good. So I thought I'd just keep the brushes to myself & switched to biology...another love of mine that has more job possibilities. I studied immunolgy/microbiology at the PhD level and worked cardiac rehab as an exercise scientist. Quite different from what I do now - mom and crafter. After I spent 6 months on bedrest with my youngest, I decided to stay home until he is in school all day. One more year to go. Crafting has kept my sanity.
9. Where else can we find out more about you and/or your creations?
Crafts, kids, home & life http://tiltcreations.blogspot.com
Tilts creations http://tiltcreationstoo.blogspot.com
My treasury blog: Tilt Treasures http://tilttreasures.blogspot.com
My giveaway finds blog: Tilt's Giveaway Finds http://tiltsgiveawayfinds.blogspot.com
Facebook: me: http://www.facebook.com/theresa.tilt
10. Is there anything else you'd like to tell us about your shop or your work?
I do custom work as well. While I am going to be focusing on the backpacks & clutches, I will work with someone who may be interested in another bag of mine. I will also be creating more works with hand embroidery & painting sometime in the Spring.
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