*Where are you from? Tell us a bit about yourself.
I have lived in Virginia for the past 8 years, but I am originally from New Jersey. I am married to an amazing man and a working mom to one amazing little boy.
*How did you decide on your shop name?I knew that I was going to make items that were inspired by my life. My products were going to be based on the people and the events that really shape my life and make the kind of memories that really stick with you, both the happy and the sad. So I decided on the name Always With Me, because those people, events, and memories will be Always With Me. I have items inspired by pregnancy and infant loss, infertility, adoption, family, and home. Why did you start your business? My shop is like therapy for me. My crafts help me to remember my Angel Baby and also to take my mind off of our struggles with infertility. I love to create and my shop allows me to share that love with others.
*What are 5 things you want people to think when they see your product?
I hope they can sense the love I pour into each piece.
*What’s your supply addiction; is there a specific color or type of supply you just can’t pass up?Paper, boxes, and stamps. I love brightly colored items.
*What do you do when you’re not being an artist? What activities do you enjoy?I work and chase my 4 year old around. We do a lot of things together as a family like BBQs, swimming, and riding bikes.
*Which item in your shop did you enjoy making the most and why?Custom angel baby
memory boxes. Each box has it’s own story, and while they are sad, and I almost always cry, they are real. I feel honored that I am able to help people cope with their losses in some small way, and I am inspired by the strength and love that these women show.
*What keeps you motivated?I get the most beautiful messages from customers and “window shoppers”. It keeps me going.
*If you could give a piece of advice to a new shop - what would it be?Join the etsy community. Join some amazing teams like the PCFTeam and meet other shop owners. It’s a great community and you can learn so much!
*Are there other places on the net we can find you?alwayswithmeonetsy.blogspot.com