One Last Row ...
2. What you sell and why:
Crochet and Knit- the family always wanted to buy my stuff and I figured I would offer it to others as well.
Seeds- I believe growing heirloom plants and saving viable non-patent seeds will sustain the plant diversity that is being destroyed by GMO crops, sharing seed is one of the most important aspects of sustainable living, and everyone should grow their own food even if its just to experience the miracle of creation.
Metal figurines- They are just cute and an awesome way of re-purposing old stuff.
Other Handmade accessories and stuff- I just like to create things and if someone else can appreciate it then I may as well let them.
3. When and how you got started:
I have always been crafting and making random things but after Grandma died, two years ago, I decided to really put my effort into it and make something out of the talent she shared and gave to me.
4. How did you decide on your shop name:
When I work on a crochet or knit project I work them in rows, so whenever someone would interrupt me and needed me for something I would always say "Ok just One Last Row and Ill be right there". It became a joke between my Boyfriend and I and thus was borne "One Last Row".
5. Is there an item in your shop you enjoyed making the most and why:
As odd as it would sound, I love to ship out seeds. Watching as the tiny seeds I planted sprout and grow each day, saving the seeds from the fruits and veggies they produce after months of hard work; then the washing, drying, and storing of those seeds that takes so much tedious effort all pays off when I can give them to others to enjoy the very same process I go through every year, and every year I am still amazed. Each type of seed gets its own little origami pouch that I make using old seed magazines (and I have allot), I like to co-ordinate the type of seed with the pictures on the pages. Melons get little pouches adorned with melon pictures, flowers get flower pouches, its so much fun and my daughter loves to play with the scraps.
6. What’s your favourite part of the selling experience:
Selling on Etsy has a really different feel than say... selling at a retail store or a craft sale. There isn't much connection between buyer and seller, in fact most people don't even realize that there is a person on the other end of that transaction, so it becomes so impersonal. My favorite part of the selling experience is letting all the customers know that `Hey I'm here, and thanks so much for picking me!`. I like to establish a connection with everyone, let them know that there is a real live person behind this little shop, and I really do care that your purchasing my stuff. That's the great thing about Etsy, its really a community of people that put their heart and soul into their shops, they care about the people on the other end of the computer screen and let them know too! No impersonal or pushy sales people here :)
7. Do you have a day job:
Mom of a toddler- yes I have a full-time, 12 hour day job with no payed overtime ;)
8. Are there other crafts you’d like to try:
Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on my outlook of life that day, I have craft A.D.D. There are so many amazing ideas and things I would love to try that I often get overwhelmed. My current list includes (but is not limited to): Millinery (hat making), wood working, shoe making, yarn spinning, tree grafting, upholstery, glass blowing, corsetry, stained glass, pottery (I have an old wheel just collecting dust in the basement), tapestry, embroidery.
9. 5 random facts:
-I have a slightly out of control squash obsession.
-handy with a paintbrush...my poor walls :)
-Favorite book are old fashioned and taking place in the 18-1900s
-I'm a horrible house keeper and the most disorganized person I know.
-these are the hardest questions to answer...Um, I love kitties.