I am pleased to bring you the next installment in my series "Featuring!", and am happy to introduce you to one of my favorite Etsy friends, Celeste of Cricket's Creations.
My name is Celeste (Crickets is my nickname). I am very blessed; my fulltime career and sole source of income is designing & crafting unique, handmade fiber art scarves, blankets and photo props from vintage & novelty yarns. I create my own and my customers' ideas without guidance from patterns and each piece is a quality, Crickets original!
How long have you been selling on Etsy, and what do you sell?
My online boutique for handmade, original, men's and women's fashion accessory scarves & Fringie™ newborn baby photo props has been shipping my designs worldwide since November 26, 2007 (just over 2 years).
What do like most about being an independent artist/seller?
Ha! I love almost every aspect of being an indie artist! My most favorite things are getting to design new pieces and helping customers narrow down their choices; I love playing personal shopper!
What do like least about being an independent artist/seller?
Taxes and fear of being audited--yuck!
Tell us about your single most positive/unique/fun Etsy (seller) experience?
I'm so excited that 11 of my scarves were at the Olympic 2010 Winter Games!!
What one piece of info/advice do you wish someone had told you, the day before you opened shop on Etsy?
Sometimes I wish I had of played my cards a bit closer to my chest; I was very open with advice and help for others and now I have a bunch of imitators. I wanted them to be successful as I am....some wanted to BE me!
Where or how do you market your Etsy Shop/s?
I'm more at these places to make friends and support my peers:
What is your favorite single item that you make (the one you hate to part with)?
I am always happy when an item goes to a new home, I feel like a proud parent watching my child graduate and start a new life! Also, I can't decide on a single fave, that's why I have 250+ scarf and photo prop designs in my shop, tee hee. ;)
These days I have been a bit blanket obsessed, they are so fun to make! Here's one that I love:
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?
My favorite color is orange.
My favorite song is Feelin' Good performed by Nina Simone
My favorite food...Wow! Can't pick. Mayonnaise??
Sunday is my favorite day of the week because post office is closed so instead of filling orders, I can create new designs and/or get ahead on inventory!
Be sure to stop by Cricket's Creations on Etsy! You'll be glad you did. :o)