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Friday, April 17, 2009

Meet Shepard from Alphabulous!

Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to Shepard from the etsy store Alphabulous! It is a cute and whimsical store that will help you personalize your child's clothing (or yours if you chose!) Enjoy!

Tell me a little bit about your background in arts and crafts.

I have a BA in art and have taken additional classes for jewelry and mosaics. I am a "fiddler" (not the musician). I fiddle with things all the time and have a need to create new things. I love the challenge of trying to figure things out too.

When did you first start creating things?

I have always worked for a living so after I had my first child, I needed to do something that I could afford to do and that wouldn't require leaving him.

What were the first things you created? and how did your creativity progress from there?

The first things I created were hand painted, beaded and sewn tooth fairy pillows. They were elaborate and fun but too pricey for what people wanted to pay. Then I developed my collection into things you wouldn't see in shops or something that comes off an assembly line. I wanted my customer to feel they got something for a great price too. That's why I love Etsy. Shopping on it is like being in a huge gallery. It's perfect for me.

How did you come up with your shop name?

My twin came up with the name years ago and never had a collection to match it. I created my line and we put the two together. She is based in London and sells it on her web site and at shows under http://www.alittlesquare.com/

Is this your only business or do you do other things as well?

My grown up self makes jewelry and folksie crosses and sells it on Etsy too at http://www.dizzydaisy.etsy.com/. I am learning that business too.

Do you still dream about making other things? If so, what?

I always want to keep my line fresh so I keep looking for inspiration. I find it every day on Etsy.

How did you hear about Etsy?

I saw an ad in Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion and couldn't believe it really existed. I could live my dream without having to own an actual store front, hire people and make risky investments. And it only costs me 20 cents!! It is fabulous. I enjoy logging on every day.

Any words of advice to others?

Get inspired, make friends with fellow Etsians and most of all just do it. I know that sounds cliche but you'll never know 'til you try. And it's fun!

How will the new law by CPSIA affect you and your shop?

I was so amazed at how that law was written. I know it meant well but I hope the kinks will be worked out by this time next year. I will have to use certified "lead free" fabrics and adhesives. And if they don't exist I will have to change what I sell. I can't afford to do all the testing it requires. It's too much.

I love Etsy Baby and thinks it's such an important team on Etsy. - Shepherd


I hope you all take a few minutes to browse through Alphabulous and add some fabulous items to your wish list!

2 comments:

kim* said...

aw cute ilike those

anicia said...

So cute!

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