Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Etsy Featured Sellers: RoseWill Arts

     This week we have a new featured seller from Etsy. So please get to know her here a bit, check out her shop, and leave her a comment letting her know what you think! Check out where you can find her on the web at the bottom of this post!!

     This is Abbie, the owner of RoseWill Arts. Abbie is a seller from Thornton, CO, and she knits beautiful hats and broaches for all ages! She also has some other items in her shop such as baby bibs, burp clothes, and aprons for in the kitchen! She is a busy woman, wife, and mother. I hope you all enjoy getting to know her as I have!

Tell us a bit about yourself.
     I am a mostly stay-at-home mother of two little ones (a 2.5 yo girl and a 6 mo old boy), a per diem neonatal intensive care and postpartum nurse, and a self proclaimed craft-a-holic! I was always one of those girls that had endless hobbies growing up and not much has changed. I have dabbled in just about every craft there is and have the remnants of each in my basement as proof! I've narrowed it down mostly to knitting, sewing and scrapbooking at this point. I've always loved the domestic things in life. I love to cook and bake, garden, craft of course, sing, play the piano, spend time with family and friends, and find joy in all the blessings God has given me, large and small.

How did you come up with your shop name?
  It is inspired from my children's middle names: (Alora) "Rose", (Everett) "Will"(iam) "Art"(hur), as they inspire me to be a better woman, wife, and mother every day.

Hand Knit Eco Cotton 0 to 3 mo Boys Hat in Celery with Chocolate and Khaki Stripe

When did you start knitting?
     I owe a lot of my craft abilities to my mother. She is a fabulous cook and can work magic with a pair of knitting needs. She was also the one who handmade most of her clothes in high school and always sewed my costumes for musicals, holiday dresses and more. She taught me how to knit at about 6-7 holding one of the large needles in between my knees since I couldn't hold them both in my hands! She also passed on her sewing skills by helping me make everything from doll clothes as a little girl to nursing scrubs when she bought me my first sewing machine after graduating from college. From there, it has blossomed over the years and has become not only a love of mine, but my therapy as well! Nothing helps me unwind like curling up with a soft ball of beautiful yarn and transferring all that stress through the needles into a one of a kind creation. Now that is a productive way to deal with tension!

What first made you want to start selling your creations?
   Everything I have made has always been for myself, my children or as a gift for someone close to me. Whenever I found out someone was expecting a baby (or when we learned we were expecting), the first thing I wanted to do was pick up my knitting needles and make something special for that little one and his or her parents. After multiple "little birdies" chirped in my ear that I should be selling what I was making, I decided to give it a try. I first heard about Etsy from my sister-in-law and fell in love with the concept. Etsy made the transition an easy one!

Mod Turquoise Black and Green Dots and Circles Burp Cloth Duo

Describe your creative process to us.
   I mostly follow my whims of the moment. Often times an idea will pop into my head, and I have this urge to find a way to create it as soon as possible. Needless to say, I usually have multiple projects going at once. I do get around to finishing (most of) them at one point or another, but when I have that itch to make something new, I have to just go with it! 

What inspires you?
    The changing seasons are one of my big inspirations. Being that we are full into fall, that brisk chill of eminent change in the air cajoles me into making warmth inspired pieces like headwraps, scarves and cowls. I take a lot of my color choices from the seasons as well. As a mother of young kids, it is so important to be able to throw on some well thought item that brings a whole outfit together. A pretty brooch or scarf can make me feel like a beautiful women even if I am totally frazzled! Just walking into a yarn store is also a huge inspiration for me. Fingering those delicious skeins of wool, cashmere, soft cotton and more imprints pictures in my mind of the wonderful things I could create! Lastly, being that I am a NICU nurse, I am very inspired by sweet little babies. The newness of life and the utter change they bring to a family's life inspires beauty. I know how important textures are for development in infants which inspires some of my fabric and fiber choices. I also just love babies and seeing a hat or baby item like a blanket or burp cloth I've made grace their presence brings me so much joy. 

How do you promote your work?
    Word of mouth is invaluable as is wearing some of my women's items and using the baby items with my kids. It sparks conversation with total strangers sometimes and is a great way to promote. I have done a giveaway through my blog and FB which was great. As my business is young, I am always looking for new ways to put myself out there!

Girl's Apron Mod Flowers with Citron Pindot

Are your items pre-made or made to order?
    Almost everything in my shop is pre-made and ready to ship. However, I do welcome custom orders and have done many. I love seeing what other people come up with. Often it is something I wouldn't have thought of independently, so it stretches my creative mind, and I love seeing it come together!

Tell us two short-term goals you have and one long-term.
    I would love to increase the stock in my shop over the next month and have 50+ items listed for sale. I had a big week and sold a lot of items and I have been working on custom orders as well, So while I am SO thankful for the business, my listings on Etsy has suffered a bit and I will catch up on restocking when I can! I would also like to do a craft fair which would help promote my shop and facilitate networking with other crafters and small business owners. We can learn so much from each other! Long term, I would like to see some of my items sold in one of the many great boutique stores we have in our area. I am just not at that point yet, but that is okay! One day at a time.  

Walk us through a typical day in your life.
   Oh dear. Is there a typical day when you are a mother of young kids? If there is, I haven't had one yet! I have found there is always a curve ball in every day, which helps keep me flexible. If I am not at the hospital for my "real" job (AKA mommy vacation day) I usually get up with the kids around 5 am, so we start our day early! We do our typical breakfast, relax, wake up time together and then sometimes get out of the house and go to the gym, the park, or run errands in the morning. Come home, make lunch, clean up, and get the kids down for a rest. I pick up and clean for about 30 minutes as fast as I can and then the rest of their nap is "me" time. It just makes me a better mom to recharge and do something for myself. Whether that is working on things for my shop or orders, or some days just reading a book, sitting outside on the deck with a cup of tea looking at the mountains, or organizing my work/craft space. Then when they wake up it is back to mommy work, laundry, play, dinner, clean more, play more, and get the kids off to bed by 7:30 or 8. The rest of the evening is spent with my husband relaxing and usually I have knitting needles in hand. I often go down and sew after they are in bed, especially when my husband is traveling that week for work.  

What is your favorite item in your shop at the moment?
 The turquoise and pearl knit rosette brooch. It can bring a little beauty and texture to any outfit as well as being a great gift for this upcoming holiday season. A perfect stocking stuffer or hostess gift for all those upcoming parties!

Hand Knit Rosette Brooch with Trio of Pearl Buttons in Teal

    So thank you so much to Abbie - owner of RoseWill Arts - for sharing herself and her shop with us today. You can find RoseWill Arts on the web here:

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