OK…the second installment of your questions.
*If you could eat only one snack for the rest of your life what would it be?
Serious? One snack? This is hard.
Do I get to choose cupcakes and my butt won't get big?
Because if my butt won't grow…I pick cupcakes. But knowing how my butt reacts to cupcakes I will have to say fresh fruit salad with fresh mint. I love fruit salads. I also love salads with apples, walnuts, grapes, pomegranate seeds and crumbled blue cheese. I am really hungry now. Thanks a lot.
That is just plain mean. No stealing allowed. You may borrow whatever you would like though…just please bring it back.
Just practice. I make mistakes all the time. The more I practice the better I become.
*I hated living in Colorado Springs. What is it about your area that you love?
I don't love the Springs either. We lived in Fort Collins before moving to Castle Rock. We loved Ft. Collins but moved because the commute was too hard on my husband.
I really like that we are close to the mountains, it still feels like a small town and that we are 20 minutes away from all the museums in Denver.
*What were 2-3 of the most important things you believe you did you get your creative business started in the beginning? Did you start an Etsy store first?
I think if it is supposed to happen then doors will open. Things happened very naturally for me. Friends wanted to buy my work, I did a craft fair, had local shops that wanted to carry things and away it went.
You have to put yourself out there.
I know this is scary…I KNOW.
I still can get so nervous at a show hoping that it goes well.
This is your heart…your passion….it is hard to be brave.
But you have to be brave to take the next step. One of my favorite things I have heard this year is from Melody Ross. Basically what she was saying is that you can be brave and be afraid at the same time.
Bravery is doing it anyways.
Doing it afraid.
I will never regret opening my Etsy shop. It is easy, inexpensive, you can close it at any time and people find you easily from around the world. Many of my retailers found me on Etsy.
I know I didn't answer this question very well…sorry.
WOW…ok….here I go. I really love Colorado. I love the weather. I love that it can be in the middle of winter and I don't need a jacket and then two days later the kids will be sledding. I love no humidity in the summer. I love looking at the mountains and hiking them even better.
I had lived in Colorado after college. When I moved to DC I met my husband and after our first child we decided to move to Fort Collins. We loved it there but as I stated earlier..the commute was too much for my husband.
I don't know when I am coming to Kansas.
Is that an invitation?
I have only been to Kansas once in my life. I came with a boyfriend that I date in college. We attended his brother's wedding at a gorgeous mansion in Kansas City.
I have three children. Jack is 9, Madolyn is 7 and Benjamin is 3.
They are only blond if we go to the pool a lot in the summer.
Yes, I like cheesecake. It would not be my first choice of dessert but I wouldn't turn it down. It has sugar you know!!
I am not sure I am quali
fied to answer this one. Start small. Don't worry about all the fancy things to make your studio/office look great. Spend money you have. Sell yourself. Be proud of what you have to offer and share it with whomever will listen. Treat other people with respect. Be honest…it does matter and it will bless you in the end. Stand behind what you make. Let your customers know how much they mean to you. Create what brings you joy.
*What is your week like with homeschooling and running a business? Do you stick to a schedule? Where you scared to open an Etsy shop? How did you get most of your customers at first?
As I shared in yesterday's post..Monday through Friday is all about school.
I will give you a taste of our schedule.
I will check my emails etc. before I get out of bed on my iphone (I seriously think I have an addiction…that is another post). We don't watch cartoons etc. on school days. We have breakfast and start school around 8:30 or 9:00. Once we start school I do not answer the phone or touch the computer. Seriously..I have no self control so I have it turned off. This really makes the morning go so much better.We do school until noon or 1:00.
We are then done for the day except for the days we have dance or piano. What is nice for us is that those extra things are in the day and our nights are free of activities and homework.
The rest of the afternoon is house stuff, bills, creating, playing with friends etc. Everyday is different. Now that my studio is on the main floor I am much more likely to just pop in for a few minutes here and there to work on things.
The majority of my creating time is in the evenings after the kids have gone to bed…but since the new fall shows are all coming back that has changed a little:-) We do stick to a schedule but we are very flexible. School comes first though.
Yes, I was scared to open an Etsy shop. The first night I was putting things in the shop I thought I was going to throw up…I am not kidding. I was so nervous and worried whether people would like what I had made.
I still get a little nervous when I have a new collection to put up. Thank goodness that I don't feel like throwing up anymore:-)
It would be weird if you weren't nervous. Anything worth it is a little nerve racking!
Most of my customers have found me through Etsy or my blog.
I started Etsy before my blog. If I were going to do it again I would have started my blog first. You instantly have a following and people that may be interested in your work.
That is it for day two.
I am having a lot of fun answering these.
I hope this is fun for you guys too!!