Starting today and every week following, Satin Doll & Co. will be featuring a artist. Since they're so many people like myself, I would like to showcase them and they're work.
This week it's Handmade by Linda (http://handmadebylinda.etsy.com) , she has some of the best cards found on Etsy. Besides the fact they're fun, colorful and unique the artist behind the cards is just as interesting.
1.Tell us about yourself.
I am a married mom of 3. I have been paper crafting for over 7 years.
I started with scrapbooking, moved onto cards and then embellishing
items with the constantly growing pile of paper on my desk. I like to
read and to surf iTunes looking for songs that will embarrass my
children but they only end up singing 3 hours later.
2. What are you currently doing besides your creative craft?
Most of the time I am paper crafting but I just starting working on a
counted cross stitch that I haven't worked on in a long time.
3. What do you offer in your Etsy Shop?
I offer greeting cards, embellished journals and frames. I am
currently working on mini scrapboooks and card organizers.
4. Where do you create?
In our dining room at a 5 ft by 4 ft table that my husband made for me.
5. Where do you get your inspiration from?
Magazine ads, tv commercials, clothing.
6. How did you get started in your line of business?
It started out as a hobby. But I made more cards than I could possible
use. Then my husband and a good friend encouraged me to try selling
7. How do you promote your business?
This is one area that I haven't given my full attention but I am
working on it. I have a blog that features my work. I joined some
social networking sites like Flickr and Indiepublic.
I have also donated 3 card organizers each with 30 greeting cards to 2
different local charity auctions. For each set, I had labeled my cards
and organizer with my shop address.
8. What is one of your most important lessons you've learned since
starting your business?
Know all the rules of the USPS. Every time I thought I had it right, I
would get to the post office only to find out that I had it wrong
again and I had to eat some of my shipping costs.
9. What advice would you give someone just starting out?
Do not get discouraged if things are starting out slow. It takes a lot
of hard work, patience and time.
10. What is some of your favorite online shops on and off Etsy?
Some of the shops in my Etsy favorites are From Japan with Love, MyMy,
and the Weird Bug Lady. Off Etsy, I shop at A Cherry on Top, and Rocky
Mountain Hobbies to feed my need for more paper.
Here's some examples of her work, which are all available in her shop (http://handmadebylinda.com ).