Welcome back to the latest installment of Stitch'N Love's Spotlight On series. This week, I have the honor of introducing you to Rebecca of Hoffee and a Nuffin. Rebecca and I are teammates of Cafemom Street Team, a group of WAHM that all met through a great global social network for moms! Go check them out if you want! Cafemom
Want to check out the other moms on Etsy? Look for CAFEMOM TEAM
Want to check out other moms on Artfire? Look for CST
Now, on to the interview.......
1. Tell us a little about yourself..... Originally from Southern California, I live in Oregon and have been married for 6 years. I am a mommy of two small boys and think that's the greatest job in the world! I try to find inspiration in everyday things. In life. Sometimes it just happens and sometimes when I'm not even looking for it. I used to read. That was before the great responsibilities of having a family. My favorite is Stephen King. I also enjoy crocheting and have recently learned to knit (it's never too late to learn something new!)
2. What made you decide to get into the crafting boutique business? Crafting has been a part of me for as long as I can remember. My grandmother, Annie, has been the greatest source of encouragement and inspiration for all that I do. Crafting became a business for me when I quit my job to stay home to raise my children. That was the natural thing to do.
3. What do you sell? Sock monkeys, miniature sock monkeys, sock bunnies and other sock creatures, photo cards, polymer clay ornaments, pincushions, felt sock monkey brooches, Hee Pigeons (aka: altered magnetic clothespins,) Little Birdie Buttons, among other little treasures.
4. Where do you sell, online and off? I sell on Etsy. I have sold in the past at bazaars in the Portland area, and at my son's Elementary School, but this year my efforts will be focused on online sales.
5. How do you juggle selling your items and your personal life? It's tough! I have arranged my schedule so that I wake up at 4am, a very quiet time, to get the bulk of my work done. (It's easier to work when the house is sleeping!) After the family is awake and the day goes on, my work gets sprinkled into the gaps of quiet moments if they can be found throughout the day. School time is the time to run errands and my little one (a terrific little helper!) is proud to be in charge of post office duties.
6. What is your favorite thing to create? Sock monkeys, no doubt!
7. What are your long term goals for your creations? I don't have long term goals for my work, it's very personal to me and I'd be disappointed if it ever got out of hand. I am very passionate about what I create and hope to share this little piece of myself with others who appreciate what I do. I suppose that I can only hope to not become bored. That would be a sad day.
8. Any advice for someone just starting out in the creating community? Start with a positive attitude and NEVER, ever give up! If you're doing something that you truly love, keep doing it! It's tough to get started, and you should remember that everybody struggles in the beginning. Document your work with good photographs and experiment with a lot of different styles and lighting until you get a look that works for you. Photographs are important in displaying your work if you're selling online. Help your buyer to see and "feel" what you've created so they'd be more likely to purchase from you.
Now want to hear the greatest news???? Rebecca has offered to giveaway a Sock Monkey Pincushion to one of my readers!!!!!!!!!!
There are 4 ways to enter:
1. Go take a peak in her shop and/or website 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! Don't forget to come back here and post about it!
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, January 24th in the evening. I will contact Rebecca with the winner and you will have 48 hours to get back in touch with her once she contacts you! Of course, I will also post it to the blog too :)