This week's team interview is with creativecomforts07. MsAnomaly or kookyhandbags will be posting interviews of Beagles team members every Friday. The interviews are a great way to meet our team members and learn about them, their dog(s), and their Etsy shops!
1. When did you open your Etsy store and begin selling?
I joined Etsy on June 18, 2008 and started selling around the 23rd of that month.I did not have that much in my shop when I started and learned as I went along. I am always changing and tweaking things in my shop.
2. How did you select your shop’s name?
http://www.creativecomforts07.etsy.com/ I used the name from my craft fair business, Creative Comforts LLC. I think it is because I love to create things that are creative and comfortable. It only took me 3 months to find a name for my shows and I stayed with it since. I think it is a nice name that you can remember.
3. What do you create and sell in your Etsy shop?
I make crocheted and loom knitted items for everyone, even our four legged friends. My favorites to make are blankets and slippers. I make h2o & earth friendly bags, slippers for all seasons and different styles of blankets. I want to add more pet friendly and crocheted socks eventually.
4. How did you become involved in your craft?
I started to crochet when I was about 5 and started to loom knit about 10 years ago. I started selling when my daughter was 3 and my oldest son was18 months old. I am just addicted to yarn and everything that goes with it. My favorite yarn has to be cashmere for its softness.
5. Explain your favorite part of the creative process?
My favorite part of the creative process is the shopping. I get to go and feel the materials that I am going to be working with and look at the colors. I get to mix and match the colors, then I get to buy my favorites. I usually start making my creations as soon as I get home unless the family needs me.
6. Do you sell in another Etsy store or anywhere outside of Etsy? If so, where?
I only have my one store but I may be adding another since my daughter wants to sell on Etsy now.
7. So far, what project are you most proud of?
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=19836879This is my favorite creation. Who knew that a Beagle would sit still long enough to get the picture taken. I think that’s why I used all 3 of them. I love making things for my dogs. I have made the coats and paw warmers. I made this to keep Teli’s ears warm when he was busy digging and playing in the snow.
8. What advice can you give to someone who would like to learn your craft?
The best advice I was given by my Great Aunt JoJo is to have patience, read the pattern books and try out a few classes, then if I still don’t get it ask for help.
9. What motivated you to join the Etsy Beagle Street Team?
I was motivated by how we all love beagles (& our other breeds to). We are a relaxed and fun group. I have a 12 year old puppy and my parents have his sister (Sid) and a 5yr old wild beagle (Barron). I have shown them in AKC shows and Teli was, believe it or not, an obedience and therapy dog. http://www.flickr.com/photos/creativecomforts07/3208583388/ This is the picture of all 3 of the hounds at my parents with my daughter Kayla.
10. Any other places we might find you (Flickr, blog, MySpace, etc.)?
I am on MySpace (creativecomforts07), flickr (creativecomfortso7), My blog is http://www.creativecomfortsllc.blogspot.com/ , cafemom (KrissyK) and some times you can find me on yahoo (creative_comforts07)