|Tell us a little bit about yourself. (Please include your location)
|Tell us about your art/craft. What is it that you create|
|How long have you been doing this? What led you to start creating your art/craft?|
|Are you the only artist/crafter in your family or does it run in the genes?|
|Is your art/craft your full time job? If not, what else do you do for a living?|
|Who or what inspires or influences your work?|
|Is there anyone you would like to thank for being your biggest fan/supporter/cheerleader?|
|How did you learn your art/craft?|
|Do you have any formal training or education in fashion design?|
|You make and sell several different types/lines of children's costumes. Which do you find yourself most drawn to and why?|
|What is your favorite material or medium to work with?|
|What advice would you give to someone who would like to try to learn your craft? Are there any hazards or dangers associated with your art/craft, for example working with certain materials or tools, etc.?|
On average how long would you say it takes you to complete a piece?
Most of my pieces take about 1.5 -2 hours from start to finish.
What is your favorite item from your shop? Why?
I Love my Mermaids, both the costumes and the Towels. I think I love the costumes because they were one of the first things I made way back when... and like I said, the tails are totally designed by me.
Can you describe for us your creative process and or what a typical day is like in your studio.
Right now my day starts around 7:30 am; I answer emails, do some online marketing and pull out items to be packed for shipping. Then I just sew, sew, and sew. Walk Hemi (my dog) at lunch time, then more sewing. I usually take a couple of hours off around dinner and just chill out. I'll answer more emails and do more marketing in the evening. I also get myself ready for the next day by cutting out and lining up items to be made for the next day.
Lather, Rinse, Repeat.....
What motivates you to create?
I have no idea. It's just something I feel I need to do. Like breathing for me...
Do you do custom requests for your art?
What is the most unusual custom request you have gotten?
Last year I was asked to make a Hurricane for a 6 month old baby. I pulled it off and it actually came out really cute.
How did you discover etsy?
Last year my mom gave me an article from, I think, the Wall Street Journal talking about etsy and a few other online venues for crafters (I told you this was all her idea). I read the article and checked it out. .The rest is history...
How do you promote your business?
Anywhere I see an opportunity to promote I do. On line (if it's free it's me) I'm on Facebook, Craig's list, Twitter. I post to the Etsy forums almost daily, I do craft shows where I make sure everyone who comes to my booth leaves with something with my web site on it. I even put up flyers on community bulletin boards.
Knowing what you know now about online selling and running your own business, if you could start all over from scratch would you do anything differently?
I would never have stopped like I did in the beginning. I wish I was a little more organized but that's just how I am. (I know where everything is!)
Do you have any advice for other artists?
No matter what other people say, just keep doing what you feel you need to do to express yourself. And never stop trying...
Where else can we find you online and/or locally (i.e galleries, boutiques, etc.)?
In addition to Etsy, I'm on Artfire. www.kikisthings.artfire.com
I have my own site www.kikisthings.com as well as several consignment shops on line.
I'm always looking for new places and boutiques!!
Who are some of your favorite Etsy sellers or indie artists?
PEEKO apparel & vintage I love her clothes!
Carolhanna- She's on Project Runway- what's not to love!
HollywoodSpotlight- has great vintage jewellery!
There's just too many on Etsy to mention!