Friday, March 12, 2010

Feature Friday, BySaraLynn

1) Tell us about yourself, your shop and what brought you to the Etsy community.
Hi everyone! *waves* My name is Sara and I'm an Etsy-holic. I've been a lot better these days, but I still can't help multiple visits to the forum a day, a weekly vlab fix, and constantly adding to my favorites. Ah, I digress... Last April I graduated from college with a degree in interior design and sometime last summer discovered Etsy. It didn't take me long to realize that I wanted to open shop after I started sewing again. Right now my shop consists of womens wallets, cell phone sleeves, and clutches. I'm hoping to expand that soon with all sorts of little sewing projects. My mom makes quilts so she's got the big sewing crafts covered in our house.
2) Walk us through a typical day in your life.
I don't really have a typical day which I can't decide if I like or not. Since graduating it has been incredibly rough to find a job (hello, I live in Michigan). Some days I intensely work on resumes, cover letters, and my portfolio and seek out job opportunities.  Other days I cut fabric for hours. Most days are in between with a little bit of this and a little of that. I can pretty much always guarantee 2 things. 
   1) I will be on the computer far longer than intended and 
   2) I will be up late.
3) Name your top 3:
Right now I'm reading Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol. You can add to my faves the Twilight series (don't hate), and Harry Potter.  I don't read much so Harry Potter always rounds it out.
This changes a lot, but I love Owl City, Hellogoodbye, and OneRepublic
-Movies OR TV shows
Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice. You can't have one without the other. And Lost. I love Heroes, but have totally biffed it on keeping up this season.
Facebook, Pandora, Twitter
4) Where do you hope your shop will be in 1 year?
That is a good question! A lot of it depends on where I am personally. On a shorter timeline, I'd love to have a successful summer at the weekly crafter's market and build a local presence that I hope will carry over to my shop. With the pressure of the market coming, I also hope to start producing more items to list on Etsy. Consistently producing and listing is one of my major challenges.
5) What is one of your favorite shops on Etsy?
I have some sellers that show up in my favorites repeatedly, but the great thing about Etsy is that there is soooo much out there. I'm constantly finding new things I like so I don't think I could ever have just a few favorites.
6) What projects are you currently working on?
I recently started making kanzashi, folded fabric flowers, after getting a book from the library. So far I've just made magnets out of them and have them stashed in a little box for market. I'm hoping to use them in several different projects though in the future. I've got a book full of projects I'd love to try and a few I've already attempted. I'm hoping everything I make will eventually make its way into my shop.   
7) If you could have 1 super power, what would it be and why?
Oh my gosh, when I read Sally's answer last week I was totally there! Ever since this question started coming up in the Feature Fridays I knew I was going to say "I would love to have Hiro's power to control time and space" and I'm going to keep saying it. I always thought it'd be amazing for travel, first, and then time management, secondly.


  1. Love Heroes! You need to catch up on this season... it's getting good!

    I wish I did more craft fairs, I always worry no one will want a journal if they can go get a spiral notebook for a buck :P

  2. Hi, Sara! Fellow Michigander! I love your interview and your items. :) And I'm wishing you tons of luck!

  3. Oh, this was a great feature! Thanks for choosing Sara!

  4. Thanks everyone! And for anyone wondering - that's my lovely kitty, George.

  5. I love my card purse from Sara. The picture of the craft show was great what am innovative display.