Littlest Sister Crafts

*Where are you from? Tell us a bit about yourself.
I was born in Southern New Jersey, but have lived in South Africa, Uruguay, Brazil and now Tennessee. I've always loved using my hands and want to try everything-which makes it hard to narrow down my shop to one specific type of craft. I think my mother recognized this in me and taught me everything she knew how to do starting at a young age.

*How did you decide on your shop name? Why did you start your business?
I chose my shop name mainly because I have two sisters and I am the youngest. As we grow older, we have started calling each other big sister, middle sister and little sister. To my oldest sister I am the littlest sister!

My shop has been a long time adventure I wanted to try, but have always had an excuse to put it off. I finally made the decision to go for it and do what I really enjoy in the hopes that someone will enjoy it too.

*What are 5 things you want people to think when they see your product?
When people visit my shop I want them to see:
happy, imaginative, nostalgic, sweet, and cozy items
-something they can picture in their own home.

*What’s your supply addiction; is there a specific color or type of supply you just
can’t pass up?
My supply addiction is just about anything and everything! Lately what takes the lead are yarn and fabric. I can't pass up a good vintage item that has definitely upcycling possibilities!

*What do you do when you’re not being an artist? What activities do you enjoy?
Besides working on items for my shop, I enjoy taking care of my family-my husband, cat and dog-all of whom have been on this great journey with me for years. I love to bake and cook, make jams and pickles, and enjoy the area around me-the Great Smoky Mountains.

* Is this your first craft adventure or have you tried other crafts? What would you like to try?
This shop is my first serious craft adventure. Years ago I entered a few craft shows with hand painted things, but didn't really have the time to devote to it. My favorites of what I have tried so far are sewing, quilting, crochet, cross stitch, painting and refinishing furniture.

The next two crafts that are on my list are basket making and weaving. I have a deep appreciation for traditional crafts and want to learn them all-even if I just try it once and decide not to do it again!

*What keeps you motivated?
My motivation is all around me-in nature, history, people's faces. My imagination tends to run wild....

*If you could give a piece of advice to a new shop - what would it be?
My advice for a new shop-be patient and flexible. Pay attention to what people are drawn to in your shop and go for it!

*Are there other places on the net we can find you?
I am not very high-tech, in fact extremely low-tech! I do have fun with Pinterest. I think it's a great way to see what people are interesting in. I am there with this link



Crimson Hill Soaps and Scents said...

Great post! Love how she got her shop name...very cute:)

foxfragaria said...

Lovely interview! The Littlest Sister rocks! :)

Maya said...

I love the name of your shop! And your items are beautiful, I especially love the afghan in this feature! Great to learn more about you. Good luck with Etsy! : )

Toppy Toppy said...

Great interview and lovely items.

I love the name of your shop and fell in love with the crocheted afghan.

Rachel - A Charming Time said...

What a great story! Lovely work. Nice to "meet" you!

JewelryByAmyT said...

Great story!!!!

Always With Me said...

Also originally from South Jersey :-) Wonderful getting to know you!