1. Tell us a bit about yourself.
I am a 30ish creative soul who loves the sun in the summertime and adores the snow in the winters. I reside in beautiful Bend, Oregon with my husband Steven and our 3 fur babies :)
2. What made you open your shop and why Etsy?
My buttons became a hit here locally and it was recommended that I open up my world and sell them online. I had already loved Etsy and shopped there frequently, so it was a natural choice for me to start selling my creations there.
3. Do you sell your buttons anywhere else?
In addition to Etsy, I also stock with the Universal Mama congo at Hyena Cart. My little store there is appropriately called, "The Button Shop". We are currently slowly branching out, marketing our buttons into shops and store fronts. I have just sent a large lot of our buttons to a little yarn shop in Australia who will be re-selling them. We are very excited to see how they do for her!
4. What are your favourite things to do?
I love taking an hour break during the week from all of the button madness....I walk across the street with my iced tea and Kindle in hand and just sit next to the river, dangling my feet in the cool water.... while enjoying some quiet time, reading next to my guy :) It's nice to slip away and come back feeling refreshed and ready to create!
5. What inspires you?
Color. I am always driven by color. I see beautiful ideas for color combinations everywhere, from the way the fruit is stacked in the grocery store to the array of colors on a billboard or television show. It's easy to be inspired when you are looking for it :)
6. Which is your favourite button set to make?
Right now, I would have to say I really love creating my "Who Loves You" owl button set. There are so many tiny details and layers to this one button which is quite time consuming, but I love watching it come together each time I create it. Each one is more adorable than the next!
7. Which is your most popular button set?
Hands down.... Cherry Blossoms I have sold literally hundreds of sets of this particular button set. This button set has been a huge hit especially for knitted garments.
8. Do you use your buttons in your crafts?
The idea to create buttons came from looking for perfect buttons for my crafting projects. I was tired of the plain, boring plastic buttons and thought I would try out polymer clay and make my own. They were the perfect solution to jazzing up my own crafting projects and when I received such rave reviews locally I decided to share them with the world!
9. Which handmade possession given to you do you cherish?
I am extremely sentimental when it comes to handmade gifts. I treasure them and keep them forever. From the basic handmade birthday card to a beautiful cedar hope-chest my late grandfather hand crafted for me. I have many cherished handmade possessions that mean so much to me.
10. Name 3 other Etsy shops you love to visit.
I love so many shops at Etsy. I typically purchase all of my gifts there and just a few of my most favorites are:
The Black Apple
A big thank you to Tessa Ann for being my featured favourite shop this week. I could just buy these buttons and keep them as a collection even if I didnt have a purpose for them. They are just so cute and I love the colours. Its so great that there are different themes and each group seems to work together so well. You are sure to find a button that will make your project shine in this shop. Take a look and see the cuteness, you wont be disappointed.