Shop Name: AJ the Purple
Brief Product Description: My main product are huggles – little knit creatures with big ears and bigger hearts! But I like doing a variety of crafts! You'll find different knit accessories, drawings, and embroideries as well.
How did you get started? About the time I learned how to knit, I came across Etsy by accident. I signed up and listed a few pieces of art, but as I started making huggles, I realized they would be perfect!
Where do you get your inspiration? Inspiration for me comes from all over, but mainly from happiness. When I feel happy, or see nice things in the world, creative juices start flowing. I feel especially inspired by parks, my husband, and art museums.
What excites you most about your work/shop? I get to create! And I looove making such cute things ^_^
Describe your workspace/workroom. Right now I work out of our one-bedroom apartment. In a way it's nice, because I can set up wherever I feel like that day :-)
Which do you prefer: online sales/marketing or face-to-face sales/marketing? Why? I'm pretty shy about selling myself, so I like having the ability to sell and market online, but I also really like meeting people face-to-face! I think a mixture is good :-)
Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years? In Hawaii? ;) Eventually I'd really like to have my own shop. In 5 years, I'd like to at least be selling online full-time, and frequently setting up at markets.
What do you feel is the most important skill you use in your business every day? Determination. If I weren't determined, I probably would have quit a long time ago. It really takes daily work, be it creating, marketing, or selling, to get anywhere!
What do you like about EtsyAustin? It's great to be able to get together with real people who are doing what I do. I love having people I can talk with about the nitty-gritty of Etsy and crafting.
What do you think makes EtsyAustin Street Team unique? The people! It's a great group of crafters who are amazingly nice and helpful.
Describe something about yourself that may be a surprise to people on the team. I'm a sci-fi geek.