Thursday, February 24, 2011

Interview with a Seller: SugarDimples

Hola!

General announcement: Last Chance items have gone bye bye and all jewelry has now gone back to regular price.

Here's my latest interview! Danielle has a great shop full of wonderful goodies to keep you warm! Check out her interview below!

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1. What’s your name and shop name and what do you do?

Hi! My name is Danielle Campbell. My shop name on Etsy is SugarDimples. I'm a one woman accessory factory.

2. Where are you located?

Currently based out of a city in Northern Ohio called Fairview Park.

3. What’s the favorite part of your craft?

When it comes to crocheting or knitting, I love to see the piece "grow" as I work on it. It's very rewarding!

4. How long have you been crafting?

I learned how to crochet at around 13 years old. My great grandmother taught my mother, and in turn my mother taught me. When my great grandmother passed away she gave me all of her yarn, hooks and pieces parts of projects because she knew the love I had for the craft.



5. What’s your favorite thing to make?

I love making neck warmers and slouchy berets. I'm a little obsessed with polymer clay jewelry lately, too!



6. What kind of camera do you use to shoot?

I have two, but the one I just got for the holidays is my favorite! It's a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350, the other is a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX33.

7. Who or what models your items?

My mannequin head most of the time, her name is Manny. Usually I model longer items, or clothing pieces. I take about a thousand pictures when I do; self timers are tricky!

8. What's the most rewarding part of running your own business?

Having the ability to really be hands on with the production. Giving my pieces, and in turn my business, a personal touch.

9. What's the most challenging part of running your own business?

Definitely marketing my items, it's hard to get your name out there! I also find it hard to put prices on my work that are fair to myself, and also fair to buyers.

10. On average, how many things do you create per week?

I always have something in queue. Depending on the size and complexity of the pieces, I'd say probably 2 to 4. Now that I'm into jewelry, I can make more charms/embellishments per week because they're smaller. Listing and taking pictures of these new creations is a different story!


11. What inspires you?

All sorts of things! Just looking at a skein of yarn can set me off onto a week long crocheting spree. Other people's pieces give me ideas, I also look at patterns to get the general idea of how something is shaped, then deviate from it and make it my own. I love custom orders, people get really creative with what they want and it helps motivate me to try something new.

12. Take me thru your creative process.

Scenario 1: Have the yarn, look for a pattern

Scenario 2: Look at a pattern, see if I have the yarn

Scenario 3: Look at the yarn, frantically look for the right size hook and crochet as fast as my hand will allow!

13. What is your best advice to blossoming crafters?

Don't get discouraged. Ever!! If you go months with a dry spell with sales don't get discouraged! Just keep doing your craft for the love of it, and someone will come along and see that love. And remember: art is a very fluid entity; it is constantly changing. You have to make yourself pliable and able to easily adapt. Keep trying new things, always be improving on yourself and your art!


♥ Thanks for asking me to do the interview, Rachael! So excited :]

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Thank you for the interview, Danielle! Your items all look so cozy!
Check out Sugar Dimples great selections here!

Don't forget! Visit my shop, follow this blog, follow me on facebook and twitter for exclusive savings, sales and the latest awesome new additions to the shop!

Cheers!
Xo, Rachael

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