My eighth featured artist is Betty of Bettysoriginalknits I met her in the Follow these Easy Steps to make more sales... thread in the Etsy Forums. Betty is a very talented artist who knits beautiful and unique items...
Start off by telling us about yourself...
I am a 29 year old stay at home mom and housewife. I live in Jerome, Idaho with my husband, son, 2 cats, and way too much yarn.
When did you start your art/craft and how did you get into it?
My little sister taught me how to knit about 3 years ago. I was pregnant with my son at the time, and I wanted to make baby things for him. By the time I got the hang of it, my son had been born and I didn't have time to even think straight. I actually forgot I knew how to knit until that Christmas when my sister bought me some knitting needles, yarn, and a pattern book. I have been knitting ever since. I began designing my own knits about 6 months after that.
Where do you get your inspiration for your creations?
I am inspired by fashion and nature mostly. A lot of my ideas come to me in dreams.
Do you work at your art/craft full time or do
you have another job?
My full time job is taking care of my son, cooking, cleaning, and trying to keep my husband happy. Whatever time I have left is spent knitting and designing.
If you could start over with your business is there anything you would do differently?
No, I am just getting started with my business. I like to think of it as a work in progress; every day is a learning experience.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Why?
I hope to have another child by then. It is my dream to be successfully selling my handmade items, so I can continue to work from home and be there for my children. Other than that I try not to look too far ahead. I like to let God lead me where he may.
Who do you admire (artist or otherwise)? Why?
I admire my husband for being so supportive of my creative endeavors. And for working such long hours at his job so I can stay home and raise our son.
What tips would you have for someone that is
just starting out?
I would tell anyone just starting out to be patient and not get discouraged. It takes a long time to get your name out there. Just keep creating, promote whenever you can, and hang in there.
Be sure to check out her Etsy shop...