Meet Liseth of Isabelle's Attic, our Saturday Artisan.
Learn a few things about her through interview below and stay-tuned for tomorrow's giveaway.
Tell us a bit about yourself and what arts/ crafts that you make?
I am from California and enjoy traveling and seeing all the different cultures, being outdoors and enjoying the fresh air. When I was growing up I always saw my grandmother transforming just a plain fabric into beautiful creations, I always admired her for this. I began to sew in my early years in college and was hooked ever since.
I make items such as baby blanket buddies, reversible aprons for adults and children , dresses, corsets, accessories and recently I’ve been hooked on making things with feathers .
Which part of creation process that you like to do the most?
I like to experiment and make a variety of items, sometimes I buy fabric or crafting items and wait for an inspiration/idea to form. Such as this leaf:
Success is trial and error, my favorite saying is “The only time you fail is when you don’t try”
Saving money is important; tell us one thing that you do to save money?
I always look for bargains, sales and coupons to buy my crafting material. I try my best to keep my items priced reasonable. The best advice I got in pricing my items was to think: if I was the customer, ask myself “ How much would I pay for that item?”
Could you share on how your organize your products, we all can use a little tips here and there in this department?
I keep all my items in a wooden storage box with little plastic containers inside with has items separated by groups such as : all aprons together, baby items, headbands, purses, knit items
Any advice for others running their on-line shop?
I think the most important thing is have fun, enjoy your creations as it shows in your work. Make sure to go in forums/chat rooms often. Buyers would rather buy from someone they’ve chatted with as it builds a bond of confidence, than a complete stranger. If you have an etsy shop enter BNR Treasury’s it will help you get more exposure and more sales.
Any tutorial that you’d like to share? If so, I'll dedicate one more post for you for this.
This is a great website to keep track of all your finance incoming and outgoing and help you keep track for tax time unfortunately it is not free anymore, though they do have a free trial. For the visual person it will automatically make charts for you and at a glance you can see if you are making a profit. http://outright.com/