Being a part of the Etsy community, not only as a seller but as a customer, I have come across many talented individuals. With this new series, I hope to introduce you to some of these creative people, finding out where they find their creativity, and a little bit more about them.
Thanks, Kathy, for picking me to be your first Artist Behind the Etsy! For those of you who don't know, Kathy is my sister and I run my own blog OkioBDesigns.Blogspot.com and Etsy shop: OkioBDesigns.Etsy.com. I'm a wife, mother of two boys ages 8 and 6, and I run a small business during the day in addition to my Etsy shop and blog.
I discovered Etsy through the blogging community and opened my shop with what else: earrings and decoupaged boxes. I also made coffee-baked holiday tags that didn't go over so well. I still cringe when I think about how amateurish they were. I'm not sure when exactly I moved onto country chic and French-inspired pieces, but I do credit Romantic Homes magazine with my transition. For years, I flipped through the pages and admired the shabby chic decor and romantic French touches. I thought to myself: I can do that. So I did.
I've had quite a few hits and misses along the way, but I still get excited when someone purchases one of my handmade items. I typically keep the oopsies and use them to decorate my house. I continue to draw inspiration from Romantic Homes, but I'm also inspired by everything from a Pottery Barn catalog to a small, local boutique.
My Etsy shop gives me the creative outlet I need that my day job sometimes lacks. Sure it can get hectic juggling a family, full time job and shop, but I wouldn't change it for anything. As if I wasn't busy enough, I just opened a second shop: OkioBVintage.Etsy.com, where I sell my vintage finds.
My advice to anyone looking to start an Etsy shop: be patient and most importantly: have fun!