1) Tell us about yourself, your shop and what brought you to the Etsy community.
My name is Kathy, and I'm a stay at home mom. I have two beautiful little girls, the tallest is 22 months and the smallest is 9 months.
When I got pregnant with the tallest I knew that I wanted to make her some special things. I guess I'm sentimental that way. So I picked up an inexpensive sewing machine and started making simple patterns and slowly built up my expertise. Now I'm confident with many skills that I was intimidated by at first!
I got so many compliments on stuff I had made that I decided to share my skills with others by opening an etsy shop. I make and embroider clothing for little girls. I can also make stuff for little boys and adults though I don't keep my shop stocked with those things. I love custom work. It always makes me feel good to create something unique for a unique little person.
2. Covert Affairs
3. White Collar
1. The Princess Bride (can this EVER be watched enough?!)
3. The Harry Potter series
3. http://www.regretsy.com - I think you really do need to be able to laugh at yourself plus, imagine the traffic this would drive to your shop!
4.) What are your top 3 shops on Etsy?
5.) Where do you hope your shop will be in a year?
In a year I'm hoping that the girls will give me enough time to be able to list a new item every two days. (Everyday would be ideal but I suspect that's not going to happen until they're both in preschool). I've been designing fabric in my mind and I'm hoping to be able to realize those fabrics in time for a spring collection.
6.) What projects are you currently working on?
Right now I'm having fun with my serger. It was a Christmas present but I didn't get to actually use it until recently. I was so scared of threading it. I've heard way too many horror stories. But when I took it out of the box I discovered it comes pre-threaded!
I've been playing around with peasant dress patterns. I'm working on creating my own pattern, something with long sleeves.
7.) What suggestions/tips would you offer to someone new to Etsy?
Come to the Virtual Labs. They've been a huge help for me. Even if I don't have any questions and I'm busy sorting laundry, just listening to HeyMichelle or Daniellexo makes me feel more productive and often encourages me to create!