I got my first 2 sales overnight and the excitement was more than words can tell. I just about jumped out of chair when I saw that I had not just one but 2 sales. They were my beautiful photographs of the shore. My next goal is to sell one of my crocheted items!!
~~~~~~~Featured Shop: Crickets Creations http://www.cricketscreations.etsy.com ~~~~~~~
Crickets Creations is a great shop on etsy that sells handmade scarves. I met Celeste through the One A Day Challenge and here is my interview with her:
Tell me a bit about yourself (name, location, affiliations, personal stuff).
My name is Celeste and I hand knit luxury, designer fashion scarves! I live in the Golden Circle near the Grand Canyon, so my tagline is, “Handcrafted in the Heart of Canyon Country, USA!” Because I live in the high desert (it’s either very hot or very cold), my designs are for year-round wear. You can even see a pic of me modeling one of my Skinny Summer Boas in 90+ degree weather, outside at:
• What is the name of your Shop?
My nickname is Crickets, so my shop is Crickets Creations Handknit Scarves. Sometimes I shorten it to Crickets Handknits because I’m corny and like rhymes!
• Please describe your creative process (how, when, materials, etc).
My muse, inspiration & support is my sweetie, Nicky. I made my very first scarf for him (see that first scarf, modeled by Nicky at http://www.flickr.com/photos/cricketscreations/2181004294/in/set-72157603673305394/). He loved it so much that he said, "You could sell these and people would love 'em!" And since August 2007 I’ve sold almost 300 scarves, so I guess he was right. :)
I love to play with texture and color, and typically make 2-3 scarves a night, whether for custom orders, special requests from the over 10 retailers I supply, scarves to sell online (I offer about 75 different styles, colors & thicknesses), or getting ready for craft fairs & expos. If you’re a professional crafter, too, please let me know if I can offer support or advice on how to succeed.
• That inspires you? Where do your ideas come from?
I love scarves that are reminiscent of everything that either gives us life or brings joy to our lives. I have nature themed scarves (Sea Colors or Embers & Ashes, for example), food themed scarves (Chocolate Mint and Oat Bran Muffin are two current favorites) and fun-themed scarves (Carnival or Gothic Disco). My favorite inspirations are animals (Macaw, Octopus, Animal Print, etc), I love to name my scarves after animals.
• How did you get into your craft?
I took an elective class when I was eight years old. From there, I studied knitting books and tried out patterns. Now I design all my own work and can get really creative!
• Apart from creating things, what do you do?
I have been practicing Bikram yoga (http://bikramyoga.com/) for over a decade. I love the heat, the routine, and how demanding the poses are when tried correctly. I also love putzing around in our yard and pretending I’m gardening. I just love being outside, really.
• How do you promote your work?
My main site is http://cricketscreations.etsy.com
The best way that I’ve been able to sell almost 300 scarves in just seven months is to have fun, create a quality product, and appreciate the many people who choose multiple scarves for themselves or for gifts. It’s been a blast and I appreciate the opportunity! I offer a special price of only $30 per scarf to those who contact me before checking out, because I so enjoy the chance to interact with my customers and get to know them as people or even friend
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