Friday, May 29, 2009

Feature on Christine's Crochet

So I've decided that as I sit back and wait for sales in my Etsy Shop I will start doing features on other Etsy sellers that could use a little promotion!
Today's feature is on Christine @ Christine's Crochet. Christine has been crafting for quite a while but has only recently got her Etsy shop up and running (like myself). Christine crochets all kinds of things she currently has super cute bags, hats and scarves for sale but will soon be expanding to household products. I would love to take one of her bags to the beach!
Here is some more info about Christine:

Where are you located?: Saco, Maine USA
Do you have a favorite item? I really love bags, especially big ones! That's why I love the large tote bags for everyday, and the beach bag whenever I need to carry something extra like beach stuff or laundry or even books. I love their nice, rich colors too!

Do you do your craft full-time? Technically, I'm a full time student at Gordon College( I just achieved Junior standing!) but for the summer I'm a full time crafter!
If you also have a "real" job, what do you do? Well, besides home work, I work at my school's library during the school year.
What's your favorite thing about owning your own business? I love the freedom of it. I get to create things that I love, all things that I myself would wear or use, and share that with other people. I don't have people hanging over me telling me that my way is the wrong way, because I'm the boss! : ) I also love sharing m
y designs with other people, before I opened my shop I only ever crocheted for myself or to give to people for presents, I never had a chance to share what I could do with people.
What's your least favorite thing about owning your own business? Keep track of everything, especially financially. I'm lucky enough to have people around me helping me, because I had no idea how to use a spread sheet! I'm generally not a very organized person, so having this business has really challenged my organizational skills.
What inspires you? All kinds of things! My designs are inspired by both modern fashion and the things I enjoy wearing myself, and a little bit of vintage style! I love 
antiques and old fashion things but I also love modern style, so I try to incorporate a little bit of each in my work. My colors are mostly inspired by nature. I love rich, earthy tones, anything color I feel I could find if I took a walk out in the woods!
Any advice for a crafter just starting out? Patience. It can be frustrating waiting for your shop to get noticed, but if you love what your doing, then just keep focusing on that. Make the best product you can and love that product and the sales will start coming eventually.
What do you love about Etsy? I love the fact that just about everything here is handmade! It's so unique, I know if I buy a present here, the person definitely won't be getting the same thing from someone else!
Here are some more ways you can contact Christine:
Facebook search Christine Madore
and of course Etsy!

1 comment:

  1. Her bags are lovely! Terrific feature--thanks for sharing!