Stitch Silly: Tell me a little bit about yourself.
Portraits and Projects: I LOVE to draw! I've had a passion for it since I was very little. At the age of 2, my mom would catch me drawing on my walls during what was supposed to be "nap time". I guess that's where it all started. I started doing portrait commissions right out of high-school (I enjoyed that very much). The only formal training I've had was a correspondence course through the Minneapolis School of Art. I just got married this past April, and am experiencing the joys of being a "newlywed". My other hobbies include- photography, baking/cooking, and playing the piano.
SS: How did you get started with Etsy?
PaP: I actually opened a shop a few years back. I did a lot of research and reading, promoting, etc., but nothing really happened, so I closed up shop. My husband recently encouraged me to re-open a new shop, and so the beginning of Portraits And Projects began. I have only been open for a couple of months, so I'm still getting used to everything. I have made a sale, though (to Australia, none-the-less)! That was very exciting :)
SS: What is your favorite part of being your own boss?
PaP: I can make my own schedule and do things in my own time. I am a pretty organized and driven individual, so things always get done.
SS: What are your 2 favorite products in your shop?
PaP: I'd have to say the Audrey Hepburn drawing, and the engagement/bridal portrait commission
SS: What is your greatest success since joining Etsy?
PaP: As I said, I am still fairly new. My greatest success was that first sale to Australia! I sold an original drawing of Frank Sinatra.
SS: What do you most want to improve?
PaP: My promotion and sales.. I could use a lot more of both!
SS: What is your ultimate goal for your Etsy shop?
PaP: To get my name out there, and to make sales!
SS: How many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie pop?
PaP: one, two, three… three according to Mr. Owl :)
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