Happy Tuesday everyone.
Here we go with our Tuesday Feature. This week it is LoveKnots4Baby. I found this cute shop while in a BNR treasury and thought she was another person that I knew with a similar shop name. Who in fact was to be featured today. I had forgotten that shop had a name change so it was a little divine intervention that we came to feature this Love Knots Etsy shop. She has a wide range of items for sale. I love her fabric choices and the little cap is so cute. So read all about my fellow Kentuckian.
How did you get started with Etsy?
Etsy happened by accident. I’ve always loved to sew, and I was always working on projects. When I found something that I liked making, I would keep making new stuff until I got sick of it. Therefore I always had an “inventory” of something or other. When I was laid off about 4 years ago my husband actually suggested that I find an outlet to sell my wares. It first started as a business making baby items, clothes, toys, blankets, etc…but in the last couple of years Ooh Baby Designs has evolved into women’s accessories and housewares. I think my next move will be affordably priced, funky clothes for moms.
What inspires you?
Lots of things. It’s hard to define where inspiration comes from. Sometimes it comes from perusing other stores on Etsy. Sometimes it comes from colors and shapes in nature, a particular piece of fabric, or even the way the light hits the sewing machine at a certain time of day. I think the best thing is to be open to what comes without judgment or sarcasm.
Where is your hometown? and current location?
I’m originally from Louisville, KY. Now I live in Richmond, VA with my wonderful husband and 2 boys.
What do you like about where you live now?
We ended up in Richmond by accident really, but now it’s home. We’ve been here for over 10 years. It’s a nice town on the river with lots of History. Virginia is wonderful since has so many faces (much like Kentucky) and the geographical landscape changes so drastically from one region to another. We eventually want to move to Floyd, VA or maybe the Shenandoah Valley where we lived before we had children.
How did you begin with your art?
I’ve always been artistic. It’s something inside me that insists on coming out. Through the years I’ve used many different mediums for expression – oil pastels, painting, fiber art – but am always drawn to function as well as form. I love things that you can use, but are also pretty. It makes me happy to offer items that “dress up” the wearer and add to their naturally occurring beauty.
Do you work outside of the home?
Right now I do etsy and some contracting work in technical writing. I recently finished my M.S. in Counseling and will go back to work when my youngest starts school next year.
Are you more creative in the morning or evening?
Who knows! The muse hits when she wants to. She is a moody, ill-tempered diva who sometimes takes off for weeks at a time. We argue a lot, and then we make up and things flow smoothly for awhile. You just never know.
What do you do for fun?
Create and spend time with my family.
How would you describe your experience with Etsy?
Etsy has been a long difficult road. It takes time to establish your business and set yourself apart in a sea of similar sellers. Overall I really like Etsy, however I have my resentments as well. I don’t think they do enough to feature new sellers, and they rely way too much on repeat features. If they worked a little harder at finding the hidden treasures I think it would pay off for them.
Are part of any Etsy teams?
I am a member of Trad-a-holics and Richmond VA street team. I LOVE the trade team. It has made it possible for me to acquire some items I could never afford. I’ve always been a bartering queen and I love having this built in community!
Do you sell your products on other sites?
No. I’ve looked at some others, but as of yet I haven’t taken that plunge.
Do you sell in Etsy BNR’s? What do you like or dislike about the experience?
I have sold in BNR’s – and it’s fun. Kind of like gambling. I have not made any real money, but I’ve managed to buy some really cool stuff! It’s a good way to log sales and get feedback. I suppose it also lands you in pounce which can help your sales as well.
If you have other sites, blogs, facebook etc, please list your links here.
I don’t do facebook – it takes too much valuable time away from my family, art and self. I don have a sorely neglected blog!
Thanks for letting up peek behind your shop.