Thank you for the opportunity to be featured here on your site. Helping handmade artisians be introducted to a larger market is always appreciated.
1. Licensed Massage Therapist
2. Love to create my products in trendy designer fabrics
3. Enjoy communicating with customers
4. Try to live life to the fullest
What got you started crafting?
As a massage therapist with my own practice I decided to create my wraps for the benefit of my clients. As they experienced the moist heat during their sessions they wanted to have the opportunity to apply at home. With this I started a small sewing room and began creating many designs. Got hooked as they say, on the fun designer fabrics and introduced the products as fun and functional.
My niece who is a graphic designer in Brooklyn New York came to visit for Christmas in 2007 and upon seeing my products suggested starting a shop on etsy. The rest is history as my sewing room as turned into a full size sewing studio complete with photo booth, shipping department, custom lighting, inventory control and lots and lots of designer fabrics! I did treat myself and upgraded my sewing machine to a Husqvarna from my beginners Kemore! Trough hard work and grace my shop has been featured in spa magazines as well as the Better Homes and Garden Handmade Gift Guide 2011.
I find it very rewarding to know that I can extend my desire for healing to a worldwide audience.
What is your source of inspiration?
The strong desire to offer the opportunity to beneficial natural healing. The keyword here is "healing" as I find complete satisfaction when I hear that my products are helping someone with daily troublesome health issues.
What have you made recently?
Currently, I am creating a new combination set that includes the scoop neck and shoulder wrap that is an original one of a kind design. The history of the scoop neck comes from when I approached my husband (a professinal draftsman) to help me create a custom design wrap that would scoop down the back to cover the most common area of pain between the shoulder blades. It didn't take long and scoop neck was design and a permanent template was made for future creating.
I choose to have a handmade (store from etsy) designer logo label added to each of my products. This gives the product authenticity as well as allows the buyer to use as a reference to others.
Where do you sell your crafts presently?
Finding etsy to be the most exposed site for handmade items I prefer sell my products there only. I have tried other venus but prefer etsy for it's dedication to the seller as well as the buyer.
I have been featured on many blogs, and donated for giveaways and find this is also a rewarding way to expose my shop and products to an interested set of customers.
Being self employed for most of my life I have come to learn through trial and error the most productive way of running a business that suits my ethics and approach to customers. Kindness, honesty and quality.
Why are handmade crafts important to you?
Having found I like the old ways where people expressed themselves through the creativity of making what they needed for daily use. Rugs, pottery for dishes and bowls etc. Clothing, furniture and much more keeps me in tune with the basics of life.