This week's featured Etsy shop is Wrapsberry, a fellow EtsyMom and EtsyKids member. I personally adore her Halloween (or dress-up) Pirate costume!
EtsyMoms really do make the coolest stuff. For more Friday Feature interviews, click here.
Tell me two (or more!) interesting things about you. (Hobbies, achievements, favorite something-or-other, family situation, jobs, etc…)
My second child was born at home and I would do it again in a heartbeat. I love to write and have had articles published in homeschooling and parenting magazines.
What do you sell in your Etsy shop?
Blankets for the entire family with a unique design that allows them to double as pillows, Eye Pillows for adults and kids, and Tote bags that convert into full size towels. More ideas on the way.
What inspires your creations?
Necessity is the mother of invention. When I see an unmet need, a lightbulb goes on. I am also inspired by color and texture in materials and landscapes.
Tell me a bit about your creative process and/or how you learned to do what you do.
You know that term, thinking outside of the box? Well, I don't believe there IS a box- the only limitations exist in our own minds. I try to find new ways of looking at things and new ways to use things, improvements that can be made to existing ideas. I scribble ideas and drawings on every imaginable surface whenever the mood strikes me. Usually there is a lot of revision and testing of materials until I get that "aha! moment." When I get an idea, I can't think about anything else until I have the final product in my hands. The creative process is very motivating for me. And of course, all of those thoughts jumbling around inside my head keeps me up at night!
What is your favorite item in your shop (currently for sale or previously sold)? Why is it your favorite?
My Sea Wrap has to be my favorite simply because it is completely my own in concept, style, design and execution. I gave a prototype to my daughter for testing and it truly won my heart after experiencing it's function and seeing my daughter's delight in using it.
What 3 words would you use to describe yourself?
ambitious, creative, unconventional
What do you like about Etsy?
So many things!! I love the sense of community amongst sellers. I love that buyers can approach sellers comfortably. I love the variety of products for sale. I love that artists are being supported directly and can own their creative process.
What makes your shop unique?
I enjoy using sumptuous fabrics and colors in unusual ways. My blankets are unique not only for their design, but also because I have added a center of fleece making them very warm and functional. I try to have a variety of products that can bring decadence into our every day lives.
What advice do you have for other folks selling or buying on Etsy?
It sounds cliche, but I believe that if you do what you love the rest will follow.
Where else can we find out more about you and/or your creations? My blog.
If you like what you see, be sure to visit Wrapsberry at Etsy!