Cthings interview with MsAnomaly
1. When did you open your Etsy store and begin selling?
I opened up my store June 30, 2007 but didn’t start selling until July.
2. How did you select your shop’s name?
I was trying to think of something that I could use for more than one purpose in case I decided to sell other things. Since my name is Cindy I decided to go with Cthings so this could cover about any item I decided to make.
3. What do you create and sell in your Etsy shop?
Right now I’m selling jewelry. I have a variety of styles.
4. How did you become involved in your craft?
My mom use to sell jewelry when I was little, so I did play a little then. She use to dye macaroni and I would make necklaces out of them. Macaroni was quite the art back when I was little. As I got older I did different hobbies and then quit for quite awhile. Just starting doing jewelry a couple of years recently since being overstressed and decided not to play with my sons DS, so I decided to make jewelry and this has helped me relax.
5. Explain your favorite part of the creative process.
I think I have three of them. First one is the hardest; to look at all the different kinds of beads or stones. It’s like being in a candy store; you just can’t have one item. The second is wire. I just love to play with the wire and enjoy the hammering part. Third, I enjoy taking apart chains and making something with them. I guess this must be my destructive side of me.
6. Do you sell in another Etsy store or anywhere outside of Etsy? If so, where?
I don’t have another Etsy store, but I do sell on Artfire and started on Artistry Arts.
7. So far, what project are you most proud of?
I would probably say my Capri Flower Necklace. This just came off the top of my head when I was playing with the wire. It is unique and probably will not be able to make another exactly like it.http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=18817717
8. What advice can you give to someone who would like to learn your craft?
Just start out with simple projects and go from there. There is a lot you can find books, tutorials and even DVD’s about jewelry making. Check your local library it might have information there as well as the internet or book stores. I’m still learning, so don’t be hard on yourself. What matters most is to enjoy what you are doing.
9. What motivated you to join the Etsy Beagle Street Team?
I joined because I have a beagle dog and his name is Dexter. So I’m very partial to beagles. We did get him from someone who breeds Beagles. His dad is a champion on obstacle courses, but my husband and I wanted him for our son. Link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cthings1/3483428133/
10. Any other places we might find you (Flickr, blog, MySpace, etc.)?
I’m on flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cthings1
My Blog: http://cthings-cthings.blogspot.com/
Special thanks to MsAnomaly for doing this interview and keeping the Beagle team going!