My tenth featured artist is Miranda of Primitive Junkie ... I met her in the Second Chance BNS thread in the Etsy Forums. Miranda's shop has many different kinds of items: sewing, crochet, quilting, embroidery,and now beautiful unique jewelry...
Start off by telling us about yourself...
I am a 30yr old stay at hom Mom with to two little boys Connor who's 5 and JJ who's 4. My hubby of 8 yrs Ryan is in the Army and has been for over 17yrs. I love to sew, crochet, bead, quilt, and I am attempting to learn how to spin my own yarn. (wish me luck on that) I recently opened my shop on Etsy and love it.
When did you start your art/craft and how
did you get into it?
I don't exactly remember when I started, I grew up with my mom at the sewing machine as much as she could be. I remember sewing a pair of shorts with her, she taught me the basics of crochet and it took off from there. Though I didn't really get back into it untill 6 years ago or so and then it was learn as I go and honestly a lot of it still is.
Where do you get your inspiration for your creations?
Just about everywhere, I don't think I could pinpoint one specific place. With my jewelry a lot of the time I just sit down an d an idea either comes to me or it doesn't. If it doesn't I put the beads away and turn to my sewing machine or my crochet hook and work on something simple to clear my mind. Or put it all away and do some housework or games with the boys. Ultimately all my inspiration comes from my family because it is them I am doin this for. I want them to see that with persistence you can do what you dream of.
Do you work at your art/craft full time or do you
have another job?
I work it part time, my full time job is being a Mom to my two boys and a Wife to my wonderful husband.
If you could start over with your business is there anything you would do differently?
Honestly I don't really think so. Other than maybe have a few more pieces ready to sell. I know I haven't sky rocketed to the top, but I learn each and every day and feel that is the best way for me. If I had taken right off I might have gone crazy trying to keep up with it.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Why?
Attending Karate Tournaments, Baseball Games, Soccer Games, concerts, and whatever else the boys decide to be involved in. And along with that I would love to be a complete success with my business online.
Who do you admire (artist or otherwise)? Why?
I admire my mom. With all she has been through she has raised me to be the strong, independant, creative woman that I am today. She has given me the tools I need to succeed and I admire her more than words could express.
What tips would you have for someone that
is just starting out?
My biggest tip is to be patient, total success won't happen overnight. Your sales will eb and flow like a roller coaster, slow climbs up and fast coasts down. Keep your name out there, talk about it all you can, chat and promote in the forums and any other socializing site you are on. Stay positive, remember you get what you put out in the world.
Be sure to check out her blog: Primitive Mom of Two and her Etsy shop...