Tuesday, October 12, 2010

BESTeam Weekly Feature: From Shirlee

An Interview with fellow BESTeam member www.fromshirlee.etsy.com

How did you get started?

I lost my job in June. Since it was the summer time I had a lot of time with my two teenagers. We started crafting together (crocheting etc.) while watching some good movies.

After I made my first Amigurumi octopus several family members said I should put it on Etsy. I didn’t even know what Etsy was!!

It is my hope that during the time I have unemployment available to me I can make a go of this to the point that I don’t have to go out and get another job. How awesome would that be to get to stay home and do what I love; and have people pay me to do it!!

Tell us how you decided on your shop name.

Since this was something my girls and I were doing together we wanted to come up with something that reflected this. Somehow we got talking about how I learned from my mom and it all came “from Shirlee”. Ta da!

From Shirlee's Shop Bio goes like this: Once upon a time, there was a woman named Shirlee. She was very beautiful and talented.

Shirlee was the mother of a girl named Linda. She taught Linda all the secrets of being talented and crafty, and Linda came to excel at them.

Linda grew up and became the mother of two girls named Brittany and Ashley. She raised them in the grand tradition of arts and crafts.

Together, they decided to create an Etsy shop. Between the three of them they had all the fantastic talent of crafting stacked to the nines.

It all came FROM SHIRLEE.

Where do you create?

I create all over the place. It just depends on what I am doing. Most of my stuff I do in my craft room. It is an office turned craft room. I do my paper type crafts here. Scrapbook pages, cards, magnet boards etc.

I crochet and embroider in my family room. That way I can watch a movie or two. I am a queen of multi tasking you see!

What inspires you to create your products?

The fact that I LOVE to do crafty things is what inspires me. I like to make things that I would enjoy having or using. I make things that I feel are cute for d├ęcor and that I enjoy making.
 I just hope there are people out there who like the same kind of stuff I do and are clamoring to buy it from me.

How did you feel the first time someone actually paid money for something you had made?

It was actually kind of funny because it was my sister in law that bought my first item, and the second, and the fourth. I don’t think she can support me so I hope there are more of her out there. It felt wonderful though.
 Where do you see yourself and your products in 10 years?

I haven’t even thought that far. I am just hoping that I can find the “right” products to make this work for me within a year to replace having to go get a “real” job.

Any advice you would like to share with a newbie who may be reading this?

I AM a newbie. I would say join BESTeam. I have learned a lot in the short time I have been a member.

Family?Where can you be found online?

I have been married to my hubby for about 23 years. We like to tell people we have been happily married for 5 years. A day here, a day there, you know.

We have two daughters. Brittany is 19 and going to the local University. Ashley is 16 and a Jr. in High school.

We have a naughty pug named Sophie and two guinea pigs; Jerry and Daisy.

I am also mom to umpteen various and sundry teenagers who are randomly in and out of thehouse filling the family room and eating our food. Good times!





https://twitter.com/FromShirleeI would love it if people would come by and heart my shop, like me on Facebook, and follow my blog. My blog is about other stuff that I do as a resident Domestic Goddess, not just my etsy shop.

Linda's shop has some really nice things in it.  I was very happy to get to explore them and get to know the crafter behind them.  I hope you take them time to visit her fabulous shop.

Have a great week everyone




Domestic Goddess said...

This was fun. Thanks for the nice feature!

Nina said...

It is pretty obvious that From Shirlee is multi-talented!