Monday, December 7, 2009

Spotlight on Shana of Silly Beanz on Etsy

My first Spotlight On crafter is a fellow Yahoo Group Loopie! Shana and I are on several together and both share a love of ribbon and crafts. Her hair blossoms are ~da bomb~ as we used to say back in the day. Go check her out on Etsy: www.sillbeanz.etsy.com or her personal blog: www.mysillybeanz.blogspot.com

1. Tell us a little about yourself.....
My name is Shana. I've been married for 5 1/2 years to Rich and we have 3 beautiful babies (Alyson will be 4 in Jan, Paul is 2 1/2, and Ella 15 mths) We also have 2 dogs, Bailey our almost 8 year old Rottweiler (best family pet EVER) and Bubba who we think is a Puggle that we adopted.
We are native New Yorkers who moved to Georgia so that i could be stay at home mom and so we could actually own a house (no way that was happening on Long Island for us!).
I love to bake, watch Disney Princess movies with my girls and play cars with my boy. I love crafting but right now most of it is admiration rather than creations! I hardly get a free moment to myself!

I pride myself on my work. I love making things you don't see everywhere. I am very picky about which flowers I choose to create my hair blossoms and I work hard to make sure they are as perfect as they can be when made by hand.

2. What made you decide to get into the crafting boutique business? I tried making clips for Alyson and realized how creative I could be and how my need for instant gratification could be satisfied! From there, I made them for friends and as gifts, and now I sell them.

3. What do you sell? My niche seems to be with hair flowers. I've done several bridal parties. I've also done gift baskets for birthdays.

4. Where do you sell, online and off? online at my Etsy store, Silly Beanz, off-line locally at craft fairs and through word of mouth

5. How do you juggle selling your items and your personal life? it's tough. Many times I pre-cut and heat seal my ribbon and put the flowers together and then when the kids are asleep, I'll assemble.

6. What is your favorite thing to create? hair blossoms and digital photo cards

7. What are your long term goals for your creations? to gain a larger customer base and truly make this a profit building home-based business.

8. Any advice for someone just starting out in the creating community? do what you love. I'm not very good at actual bows, so I do clips and hair flowers, and for me that is what sells.

Thanks Shana for the great Question and Answer!

In honor of Shana's Spotlight this week, she's offering a giveaway! The winner will get to pick out any one thing in her shop for FREE! There are 4 ways to enter:
1. Go take a peak in her shop and come back here and let us know what your favorite item is!
2. Follow this blog and leave a message. If you are already a follower, just leave a message!
3. Follow her blog and come back her and let me know. If you are already a follower, just leave a message!
4. Heart her shop and come back and let me know. In your comment, please let me know what your Etsy ID is!

Don't forget to leave a way for me to contact you if you are the winner. The winner will be drawn next Sunday, December 13th in the evening. I will contact the winner and you will have 48 hours to get in touch with Shana!

GOOD LUCK!

23 comments:

The Fat Girl Chronicles said...

Super cute flowers! I'm glad that she has found the one "thing" that she really enjoys to make!

picnut1512 said...

I love the Champagne Gold Dahlia Blossom Hair Clip! Thanks!

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Wehaf said...

I love the Perfect Pumpkins Hair Clip Set!

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Katie said...

I love the Dainty Daisy Hair Clip in Orange!

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Lizzie said...

My favorite is the Champagne Gold Dahlia Blossom Hair Clip. It would go with so many different things!

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Lizzie said...

I'm following your blog.

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Lizzie said...

I'm following Shana's blog.

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Lizzie said...

I hearted her shop!

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Michelle said...

I love the pretty flower hair clip set!

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Michelle said...

I'm a new blog follower!!

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Michelle said...

I'm following the Silly Beanz blog!

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Stephanie said...

The Luscious Lavender Butterfly Wings are really cute.

Luna W said...

I really like the Champagne Gold Dahlia Blossom Hair Clip

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Luna W said...

I follow the blog :)

Luna W said...

I am following the My Three Silly Beans blog

Roxy said...

i love the Champagne Gold Dahlia Blossom Hair Clip.

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Roxy said...

follow u

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jerzycat99 said...

I am now a follower.
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jerzycat99 said...

I love the pretty flowers hair clip set and the dainty daisy hair clip set. Perfect gifts for my neice.
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jerzycat99 said...

I hearted the shop.
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Darcy said...

I love the Precious Pink Butterfly Wings!

Darcy said...

I follow your blog!

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Darcy said...

I hearted her shop!

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