Monday, November 1, 2010

Spotlight On - Janet of Caprice Creations

Welcome to the next edition of Spotlight On! It's been about eight month since we have had one and about time to start back up if you ask me. My guest today is Janet from Caprice Creations and is a fellow CafeMom'mer.

And the great thing is... she has offered to have a giveaway of her stuff!!! Details after her interview!

1. Tell us a little about yourself.....As far back as I can remember, I have been creating something. As a child I was always making cards from construction paper. As I grew older, my grandmother taught me how to do many of the crafts that I enjoy today including embroidery, cross stitch, and oil painting. My mother taught me to sew and to pursue my dreams with all my heart.
I am a wife, mother, teacher, artist, and volunteer firefighter. I am a strong supporter of Autism Awareness (my son has Asperger's syndrome) as well as MADD and the right to homeschool!
My passion is creating! I love to crochet, paint, cross stitch, embroider, stamp, and scrapbook. My daughter is quickly following in her mother's footsteps! At the age of 4 she sold her first handmade soap. I was so proud of her!

2. What made you decide to get into the crafting boutique business? I had been making items as gifts for years when my mother-in-law encouraged me to start selling at a local craft mall. From there, I tried ebay and finally found etsy!

3. What do you sell? A little bit of everything! Most of the items in my shop right now are crocheted items including dishcloths, beanies, and stuffed pumpkins. But I also make and sell hand-painted signs and hand-stamped cards.

4. Where do you sell, online and off? Currently I sell most of my items online, but I also have a space at a local craft mall.

5. How do you juggle selling your items and your personal life? I am very fortunate to have the support of my family. Most of my creative time is done in the evenings and on weekends. When I do a craft show, my mother steps up to help watch the kids if my husband is working. And selling items online or even at the craft mall is super easy - just list it (or drop it off) and it takes care of itself. In the case of an online sell, I merely have to package it, print a shipping label, and drop it in the mail!

6. What is your favorite thing to create? Wow! That really depends on my mood. Lately, I have been crocheting like crazy! But sometimes I am just in the mood to paint! Even within a certain type of craft, I can vary in what I want to make. At the beginning of this year, I was making tons of baby booties and now the idea of making one makes me want to scream! lol

7. What are your long term goals for your creations? I really have no long term goals for my creations. I hope that they are enjoyed by the people who receive them and that they last for many years. Some of my favorite items are handmade creations from my grandmothers!

8. Any advice for someone just starting out in the creating community? Don't give up hope! If you are learning a new craft, and don't "get it" right away, that's ok! Try it again at a later date! It took me 20+ years to finally "get" how to crochet! If you are just starting to sell your creations, don't expect to be a success over night. It takes a lot of hard work to get your name out there and make people understand that your creations are quality work!

Thanks for the interview Janet! Now Janet has offered to giveaway a set of 4 round crocheted coasters in any color of the winner's choice!

There are 5 ways to enter:
1. Go take a peak in her shop Caprice Creations 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! Caprice Creations 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!
5. Be a fan on Facebook! Caprice Creations Don't forget to come back here and let me know what your name is on Facebook!

The giveaway will run Monday, November 1st til Sunday, November 7th @ midnight EST. I will announce the winner on the blog Monday, November 8th and contact both parties also.

10 comments:

Jessica said...

I love the Lavender and Lime Floral Dishcloth. It is so pretty.

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Jessica said...

I follow you via GFC.

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Jessica said...

I follow her via GFC.

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Marija said...

I love the patriotic can cozy!

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Marija said...

I hearted on etsy (bokononist)

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Marija said...

i'm following caprice creations via gfc

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Marija said...

I'm following your blog via gfc

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jhitomi said...

I love the Soft Blue Beanie.
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TopHat said...

I like the photo frame!

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Als said...

My fave is the Dasher Christmas Card.

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