Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Share the Love Wednesdays: Indelible Impressions

This weeks interview is with Donna MacDonald from Indelible Impressions

Q. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
A. I have always enjoyed making things. I dabbled in sewing, cross-stitching, and wreath making. I have been paper crafting for about 10 years. It started when I went to a friend’s home rubber stamping party. I was immediately hooked! I demonstrated products at other people’s homes and taught classes occasionally. I also work full time as a Disability Management Coordinator for a large steel company.

Q. Tell us more about your shop and the kinds of things that you sell?
A. The products in my shop include vintage-inspired gift tags, greeting cards and invitations and a few more modern/contemporary items. I love creating personalized items for people.

Q. What is your inspiration?
A. I love vintage wedding dresses and estate homes-a strange combination, I know. I love rich colours but also an aged look.

Q. What made you first start selling on Etsy?
A. An acquaintance introduced me to Etsy about 6 months before I opened a shop. I hadn’t heard of Etsy before that. I figured that any money I made would help pay for my hobby. There are always new products coming to the market that I want to buy!

Q. What was the first thing that you sold?
A. A Father’s Day card just over a month from the date I opened my shop.
 Q. You have some really beautiful tags! Which one is your favourite to create?
A. That’s a tough one! I would have to say that I love the Gingerbread Man tag – his face gets me every time.

Q. Do you have any advice for new sellers to Etsy?
A. I would suggest taking the best photos you can, use two or more words in your tag descriptions, Pin, Tweet, Post and Instagram as much as possible to get your items noticed and be patient. Additionally, it’s important to research your target market and look to see what your competition is doing and make your items as unique as possible.

Q. Do you have a favourite time of day that you prefer to do your creative work?
A. Because I work full time during the day, my creative time is after supper and on weekends. Ideally, I will be working my Etsy store full time by the end of this year.

Q. Where else can people find you? i.e. facebook, twitter, pinterest etc.

Q. Is there anything else that you want people to know about you or your shop?
A. I love creating custom products based on my customer’s needs. I really enjoy the creative process and making things where people say, “Oh, that is SO pretty!”

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