I am pleased to bring you the next installment in my series "Featuring!", and am happy to introduce you to Reema and her Etsy Shop Trendie Treasures.
From TrendieTreasure's Etsy Bio: Hi, I'm Reema. I grew up with fabrics all around me in my mom’s boutique. Now, I’m mother of two kids, love to design for my 5 yr old daughter. I like designs to capture different moments of life, often inspired by kids themselves and their lively nature, leaving a bit of space for the quality fabric to be admired. My mom helps me give shape to my designs, and bring out the best in what I’ve visualized. This is what I always wanted to do.. have my own line of handcrafted clothing, accessories and all beautiful things I can imagine…Thanks to Etsy, I’ve been able to make it happen.
How long have you been selling on Etsy, and what do you sell?
I'm relatively new to Etsy, although I opened my shop in late October last year, I've actively started crafting and selling early this year.
What do like most about being an independent artist/seller?
The most I like is that I'm my own boss, I decide what i create and love it that way!!
What do like least about being an independent artist/seller?
Book keeping is one thing that simply doesn't interest me, unfortunately I do have to maintain records and file taxes too. :(
Tell us about your single most positive/unique/fun Etsy (seller) experience?
One day, when i was photo shooting in the park for my new designs, a little 4 yr old girl walked upto my model and said "I love your dress!!" and when I told her mom about my shop at Etsy, she jumped and wanted to get to Etsy website on her Blackberry to see all of my designs...it was fun! She even offered her daughter to be model for my designs... It just feels great when you get such a overwhelming response from a stranger in a park.
What one piece of info/advice do you wish someone had told you, the day before you opened shop on Etsy?
When I opened my shop, I didn't know that it would entail a great deal of social networking on sites I've never heard before...now, that I've gotten in deeper I'm enjoying it with all the Etsy teams and social networks. I've learned a lot about online business and still have a long way to go. Just didn't expect all of this before I had opened my shop on Etsy, I was an artist who loved to create new designs living in my small little world. :)
Where or how do you market your Etsy Shop/s?
I'm member of Etsy Treasury Team and Etsy Kids team, and actively participate in the promotions held by Etsy or the teams. I've been featured on Spring catalogue by Etsy kids team - http://etsykids.com/Kids.html .
I promote my items through Facebook fan page and also on Twitter. I create Treasuries to gain some exposure and I've been featured on various treasuries by my teammates as well. Occassionally, I use Showcase spots offered by Etsy. Also, I've gained some exposure using Kaboodle as well recently.
What is your favorite single item that you make (the one you hate to part with)?
The linen drapes with brown velvet damask print I created is one item I fell in love with and would hate to part with. The look and feel of this fabric is so good, as it has the base of linen which i love and color combo is just perfect, the design of tie top with tussels has added a touch of handmade details... I only have the fabric for one set and no more.
And last but not least (quick short answers) - what is your favorite color, your favorite song, your favorite food, and your favorite day of the week?
Color -- I love the beauty of "White"
Song -- "My heart will go on" from Titanic
Food -- Lasagnia
Day -- Friday of course :)