One of the things I love about Asheville is it’s a mini melting pot of the country. We have so many fantastic artists and handcrafters. I am constantly amazed at the versatility of the Asheville Etsy Street Team. I am not sure where I first ran across this shop but was instantly charmed by the cute apple cozies, I thought what a unique idea. Shannon also has some wonderful photos in the shop and I featured a few of them here. So, lets read about this great artist.
How did you get started with Etsy?
I stumbled upon Etsy.com by word-of-mouth shortly after moving to North Carolina in September 2004. For the first two years I was strictly a buyer. In November 2006 I decided to kick-it-up a notch and open an official Etsy shop, complete with banner and all even though I really had no clue what handmade goods I was going to sell. Out of boredom and the desire to stay home with my (then) three young kids, I found myself making a lot of handmade cards and marble magnets for friends, teachers, and gifts. It’s safe to say, marble magnets was what got me started with Etsy.
What inspires you?
Thinkers, makers, and do-ers.
Where is your hometown? and current location?
I was born and raised in San Jose, California, then moved to southern Oregon where I attended High School and some college. I currently live in east Asheville, NC.
What do you like about where you live now?
The strong buy/support local presence. The food, the entertainment, and the little-big city vibe while remaining nestled in the mountains.
How did you begin with your art?
After years of not picking-up a hook, I took a refresher crochet class in Spring 2007. Like with the marble magnets, out of boredom (and unemployment…) I started making scarves, cloth sets, and rag rugs for friends, teachers, and gift giving. My friends were great, and insisted on buying my handmade goods. It was after a month or two of giving my crocheted wash cloths a good trial run, that a fellow California friend living here in Asheville begged me to start selling these locally if not on Etsy! Looking back, that was my ultimate toe-dipping experience as a seller.
Within a month of selling my crocheted creations on Etsy, a sweet deep south Bed & Breakfast owner had me busy making color coordinated washcloths to match the bathrooms in Bed & Breakfast bedrooms. Needless to say, she was my very first loyal Etsy customer.
Do you work outside of the home?
No. I currently work from home keeping my Etsy.com shop stocked, fulfilling wholesale orders for shops located in Virginia and Oregon, and keeping my eyes peeled for local selling opportunities (ie: local shops and craft fairs.) I also keep busy devoting a little time each day with Asheville Etsy Street Team related stuff such as: responding to emails, Etsy communications, pushing Asheville Etsy’s presence on the Internet via our Team blog and Facebook page, which includes passing along local/regional vending opportunities to Team Members.
Are you more creative in the morning or evening?
Both actually! I find I need to balance it on both sides of the day to keep things rolling and from becoming stagnant. This also allows me breaks to take time for family-related obligations such as homework, sports/clubs, and meals. When my Husband gets home from work in the evening, I generally try to grab another hour or two to work; it helps me unwind.
What do you do for fun?
Read/browse used bookstores, see live music, watch my children play soccer, take lots of pictures, thrift shop for vintage Pyrex (which I collect – my Husband would say “hoard”), and browse the local well known and not so well known antique shops for vintage buttons – and more Pyrex.
How would you describe your experience with Etsy?
My experience with Etsy has been exceptional. Most notably, Etsy.com was the main source of my recognition, and in turn, is what initiated contact to submit an application to be chosen to appear in a book – which I was! My Apple-a-go-go pattern was published in a book “Lunch Bags!” It was released in bookstores August 2010 by C&T Publishing.
Are part of any Etsy teams?
Yes. Aside from Asheville Etsy Street Team I also belong to: Crochet Originals, Etsy Crochet Lounge, and Etsy Hookers.
Do you sell your products on other sites?
No. I’m a loyal and exclusive Etsy seller.
Do you sell in Etsy BNR’s? What do you like or dislike about the experience?
Okay, I actually had to Google “Etsy BNR” to find out what this question was referring to. No, I don’t sell in Etsy BNR’s.
If you have other sites, blogs, facebook etc, please list your links here.
I reluctantly keep a blog that’s 75% Etsy related and 25% life related at: www.ashevegan.blogspot.com –
I also keep a flickr account at: www.flickr.com/photos/earlygrrrl/ where I visually chronicle handmade goods I make, things I see, and places I go