Tell us a bit about yourself and what arts/ crafts that you make?
My name is Tina and I crochet. I am originally from Oregon, have spent many years in Nevada and Ohio, drove truck out of Utah and Idaho, and am now settling down in Indiana. I have 5 children and 1 grandchild with a second on the way! I make hats, scarves, hats, shawls, afghans, hat, baby clothes, kitchen items, hats, slippers, mittens, wrist warmers, and hats among other things. I am always looking for new things to try! :)
I also teach crocheting to many different people. Some are in person, some I help over the phone, and others I explain things through email. I learn a lot while I am teaching too. You never know where a new idea or inspiration might come from.
Info on the picture: Ken is my son and he is the one that actually got me going as far as the business aspect of things. Redd is my husband and he is the MOST supportive person in my life! He also models just about everything I have ever made for me. He is AWESOME!!!
What is the story behind your shop name?The name was fairly simple......my hubby said I was some-what crafty and one of my kids said that they LOVED my creations, so......Tina's Crafty Creations was born. My oldest son got me to put a facebook page together and the very first hat I made was an Angry Bird for him.
Who is your target market?Everyone is my target market. The things I make can go for infants, children, teens, and adults. Many of my items become gifts for people I will never see.
Which part of creation process that you enjoy the most?My favorite part of crocheting is when I see someone that loves it as much as I do. Someone that I can pass info along to or that passes it along to me. I really enjoy it when I KNOW that someone like what I have done.
What is your best seller?Owl hats and wacky faced hats are my best sellers. Oh, and diaper wrap sets. Those are very popular!!!
How does your day go in general?I wake up in the morning, have a cup (or 2) of coffee, pick up my crochet hook and crochet while talking on the phone, looking around on the computer or visiting on facebook. If I have errands to run I have a bag ready to take with me (in case I have to wait on things). Hooks are ALWAYS in my purse, car, crochet bag.......I just NEVER leave home without them.
How do you balance your personal and work life?Since I quit truck driving, I am a stay at home crocheter, so it just kind of falls in place. If I do not crochet for a day I feel totally lost!
What inspires you?People, tv shows, articles, other crocheters.......everyone and everything has the potential to be my next inspiration.
What is your goal for 2014? And are you on the right track?My goal is to get a store front and be public all the time. I do a bunch of craft fairs, farmers markets, festivals, etc and I would like to have just one location where I can always be. I have not found the right place yet, but I think I am getting close!!!
What is the key to success?Patience and persistence.
Any advice for others running their on-line shop?Don't get discouraged. Building a business (online or in a store front) take time, patience, and hard work. Many people think that things either work fast or not at all, but that is NOT true. Just keep hanging in there!!!!
What does handmade mean to you?
Handmade means that everything is put together by hand and that it is not perfect. No two items will ever be the same.