Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Shop Interview: KraftersKorner

For our first shop interview, we would like to present Crystal of KraftersKorner. Crystal has not only been a longtime friend of our family's (best friend to the writer), but also opened her Etsy shop a few months before we opened ours. Together, we have learned the ins-and-outs of running an Etsy shop, the excitement of connecting with other Etsians, and the crazy ups-and-downs of SEO. (That one we're still learning about.) Through Crystal's photography skills, we have able to keep up with what is blooming - or not - in the beautiful state of Missouri, and from her varety of handmade cards and seals, we glean color palette inspiration. If you have taken a peek into her shop recently, you will know what we mean.
 
Crystal has graciously offered to giveaway any two 4 x 6 prints from her shop to one lucky commentor. Please see below for further instructions.



mini cards Christian cross brown cream by KraftersKorner


Is there a story behind your shop’s name?

I knew I wanted something that would incorporate several different types of crafts because I am always looking to try new things. I thought about spelling it with a C, but that name was already taken so I thought why not just spell it with a K and be more original?

Which category is your shop’s best seller?
Right now most of what I am selling is photography because that is most of what I have listed. My hand-stamped items also sell well. I have had card sets sell within minutes of listing them. That is always awesome! :)

How did you discover your crafts?
I started photography when I was given a camera by a fellow CAST member last year. I have no formal training in taking photos, so I say all glory to God for any apparent talent! I was taught to sew by my grandmother at age 7. I taught myself to knit at age 12. My best friend (blog host) gave me some stamps that got me started in paper crafting and has given me tips along the way. I am always open to expanding my boundaries and trying something new.





photo card lake and grassland missouri fall winter by KraftersKorner

 
What inspires your handiwork?
God's creativity in nature.

Your most essential crafting tools are? My camera for sure! It goes everywhere with me. My stamps, ink, and craft punches are pretty necessary also.

What does your work routine look like?
I don't have a set time. Like I said, my camera goes with me everywhere and I take photos wherever I am. I mostly make other things on the weekends. Sometimes I can squeeze them in on week day evenings though.





bluebirds nest eggs aqua blue photo print by krafterskorner

Is there a Scripture verse that particularly encourages you in your work? Proverbs 12:24 “Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and become a slave.”

Can you recall your first Etsy sale?
I sure do! It was so exciting! I've come a long ways in two years! :) I am about to make my 1,000th sale now.

What is your best piece of advice for new Etsy shops? Get involved with a team or two that can help give you SEO advice and will help promote your shop. The best one I have found is CAST. http://www.etsy.com/teams/6326/christian-artists-street-team-cast (They are a Christian team.)


Your whereabouts on the Web?
I am on Twitter https://twitter.com/krafterskorner1, Pinterest http://pinterest.com/krafterskorner/, and I have my own blog: http://www.krafterskornerscomments.blogspot.com/ , in addition to my Etsy shop.





Most-played worship song? "The Power of Your Name" by Lincoln Brewster and Mia Fieldes, featuring Darlene Zschech. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3adFUYibqk

Latest movie? We just watched A Mile in His Shoes. I highly recommend it.

To participate in the giveaway, please visit
KraftersKorner and favorite any item. Then return here and comment, posting link to the item you favorited. Next week, we will be selecting the lucky recepient, using random.org as our random number generator.

Thank you again for allowing us to feature your shop, Crystal! If you are looking for a fun stamped card, a photo-based gift, or even some tags for wrapping up your Etsy orders, please take a minute or two to browse KraftersKorner. You will find something cute in no time!

10 comments:

  1. I have purchased from Krafters Korner before and I love her nature photography. Congrats Crystal on this wonderful feature. I love flowers so I would say this is my current favorite item from her shop:
    https://www.etsy.com/listing/105820594/flower-collage-photo-card-sweet-pea?ref=shop_home_active

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  2. Great feature.
    I have many many photos from KraftersKorner.

    I favorited - https://www.etsy.com/listing/129191225/4-x-6-photo-print-wild-new-england?ref=shop_home_active

    ♥♥♥
    Sue

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    1. Thanks, Sue! Beautiful choice of photo, too. :)

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  3. Handiworkin" you are most blessed to have Crystal as a BFF. She's an inspiration on our team.
    My favorite is this card:
    https://www.etsy.com/listing/103867674/wild-roses-floral-photo-card-flower-card?ref=shop_home_active

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    1. I heartily agree! :D

      And the wild rose card is divine. Can't wait to see some popping up around here.

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  4. It's great to know more about Krafters Korner.

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  5. One of my current faves in Crystal's shop is her tulip photo... https://www.etsy.com/listing/150200940/tulip-photo-4-x-6-photo-print-tulips-red?ref=usr_faveitems

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    1. Love the tulip shot; in fact, it's already pinned to our CAST board. :)

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