My name is Kim, I'm 21, and I've been my mum's carer for a couple of years now. She suffers Multiple Sclerosis and looking after her is a full time job, so while my dad works, I'm at home with her. She's always had the condition through my life, so I'm quite used to it, and I don't see it fully as a bad thing. I can't get a job because I'm needed at home all the time, but it means I can use all of my free time while there to work on my Etsy shop, my blog, and, more importantly, my fantasy writing so I might eventually have my dream career.
Do you have a favorite piece or project that you have worked on?
Describe your studio...
Otherwise, my desk is my world. I only got it in about 6 months ago, I used to make everything at my lap instead, so the desk has sped up productivity, and given me a little more space. It's surprising how underrated tables are.
How soon after you started creating did you decide to turn your craft into a business?
What else do you like to do when you're not working on your crafts?
What is the most difficult and your most favorite part of crafting as a business?
The best part, of course, is making money for things I enjoy doing. I love making things, I honestly do, and I love buying handmade just as much, so it's even better when I've made something and I get something back from it. I have done a trade once, and that person has become one of my best friends!
What is your favorite: a) scent? b) movie? c) blog/website? d) guilty pleasure?
My favourite movie is probably the Lord of the Rings. TV show would be Bleach. I'm a fantasy nut, though, so if magic is involved, then I am so there. I cannot wait for the Hobbit. It comes out on December 14th, I think. My birthday is the 9th of January and my boyfriend's is the 28th of December, so we're going between the two for dinner and to see it. I can't wait!!
Website...probably VividPlease. They make some nice original tutorials - I especially love their DIY screen printing! Very helpful for future products ^^ Plus they have a shop too, which is just the cutest!
Guilty pleasure would be chocolate. I don't care how cliche an answer that is, it is my guilty pleasure, I eat it in shame and buy it when I can. Unfortunately, I'm having to cut back because it's becoming an addiction (no chocolate in my vicinity generally means tantrum time).
Lastly, do you have any advice for fellow crafters/entrepreneurs just starting out?
Opening up with several items also gives people more choice and is more likely to lead to your first sale. But in the mean time, during that first month, work hard on titles, tags, photos and descriptions. Etsy's relevancy search is default and relies on relevant titles and tags, and you also have to remember that people cannot pick up your products if they're online. The pictures must be clear, and the descriptions must detail the important info - the size, material, if something is silver plated or sterling silver (it can make a massive difference, and may result in negative feedback and problems - even health - if people misunderstand), and if something is unusually heavy or light, make sure to say that too.
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Thank you so much, Kim!
You can find more info about Kim or Peaches and Pebbles by following the links below!