Friday, July 30, 2010
Featured Artist - Peridot Snow Designs
Below is our interview with Kara:
Stitchy: Some basic information, how long have you been at your craft and what originally brought you to Etsy?
Kara: My name is Kara and I'm 22 years old and my birthday is August 26th. I started showing some interest in Jewelry making back before I was 16, and I remember getting a beading magazine for my 16th birthday (which I still have) and I have been creating pieces of jewelry since then. At that time I knew nothing so I have become to know the jewelry terms and techniques much more but still need much more practice! I stumbled upon etsy one day and checked it out and thought hmm I'd love to have a shop there someday and months later http://www.peridotsnow.etsy.com/ was formed!
Stitchy: Where do you find your inspiration for your creations?
Kara: I am inspired many times by art, nature, fashion, and interior design. I get color ideas from all these places and blogs always seem to inspire me late at night.
Stitchy: Who has been your biggest supporter and is there anything you'd like to be able to say to this person?
Kara: My biggest supporters have always been my mom and sister, they are always encouraging me. I love them dearly for understanding my passion and love for creating.
Stitchy: As an artist, what are your favorite types of materials to use and where are your favorite places to go to get these items?
Kara: Glass Beads are my favorite, all shapes and sizes! I shop online a lot, but I also enjoy going to A.C. Moore (craft supply shop)
Stitchy: How was your experience with your very first sale on Etsy?
Kara: My very first sale was a dear friend, and I was so thankful for the sale but when I got my first sale from a stranger it was so exciting!
Stitchy: Do you also participate in local venues like craft fairs, and if you do what are some suggestions that help make that a success?
Kara: I have not participated in any local fairs/shows but hope to in the future.
Stitchy: What is the one thing that you don't have, but would love to have that would greatly assist you in your creations?
Kara: bead stoppers, as crazy is it sounds I don't have any yet and that will be a great help to those beads that easily slide off and fly everywhere! I'm sure their are many other things I'd like that would greatly help, like new tools!
Stitchy: What is your most favorite item in your shop and what makes it so special to you?
Kara: http://www.etsy.com/listing/48517956/coffee-necklace when making this with help from a friend we raved about how we wanted to keep it for ourselves! Fall is my favorite season and I think this would go lovely with a fall outfit.
Stitchy: What do you feel are your best marketing tools?
Kara: I have a blog-- http://www.peridotsnowdesigns.blogspot.com/ but the blog hasn't been as successful as my facebook fanpage www.facebook.com/peridotsnow but the most successful for me has been word of mouth...I have great friends that share their pieces with family members which then get me other sales!
Stitchy: What suggestions would you offer to brand new Etsy sellers?
Kara: Stay positive, have good prices, and keep at it. Everything takes time, and building a great online shop will take sometime. I'm pretty new myself and I'm still constantly working on bettering things.
Kara is a wonderful seller and it was such a great interview! Be sure to stop by http://peridotsnow.etsy.com/ and check out some awesome jewelry items!