Good morning everyone! I'm a little late in starting this because I had to drive back to my husbands work after I dropped him off because he forgot something really important! hehe. So I'm a little behind schedule, but hey, atleast it's still morning!
Today's feature is on the wonderfully talented and incredibly nice Wendance Designs! I'm pretty sure we met in chats a while ago (that's where I meet most of these talented etsians!) and I became a fan of her work immediately! As usual, all the pics are linked directly to their etsy listings, so click away to find out more details! Sit back and relax this Friday morning, and meet the person behind Wendance!
1. Let us know a bit about yourself!
Hi!! My name is Wendy and I live in the capital of Canada - Ottawa, Ontario. I am married to a very supportive husband and we have a dependent cat, named Cuddles. I love to scrapbook, make cards and dabble in photography. I also teach card making and scrapbooking techniques. By day, I am a Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. I have taught in the classroom for many years, mostly junior high, but now I work one-on-one with students.
2. When did you start crafting? Do you do different crafts then just what you sell on Etsy?
I have been making and creating things for as long as I can remember. I have made many scrapbook albums of our trips. Currently, I am the guest designer at Scrapshotz. It is an online scrapbook store and forum out of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
3. What was the sole purpose of opening your shop?
I have been selling my cards to friends and family for the last few years to "support my habit" of scrapbooking! :) I decided to open up my Etsy shop just this past summer.
4. How did you decide on a shop name?
The name, Wendance Designs, comes from my stepdad. He called me Wendance for as long as I can remember. A few years ago, he got sick and I decided to create a stamp that I would use to *initial* all of my cards. Now, each card I made has my stamp - Wendance Designs - on the back.
5. What is your favourite item to create, and why?
My favourite cards to make are custom cards. I love to try and make the perfect card for someone. If a person is able to describe what they are looking for, I take pride in being able to find the right stamp, patterned paper and embellishment to make them excited to give the card to that special someone.
6. What venues to you use to promote your work?
I promote my cards through word of mouth, co-workers, friends and family. Online, I have a blog that is for all of my scrapbooking and cardmaking. I am on Facebook as well so please become a fan! I am so close to 100 fans! I also have a Twitter account so feel free to follow me there as well! I try to participate on the Etsy chat as much as possible, as I have had most of my online sales from there.
7. Which venues are your favourite to use?
My favourite method of promotion is definitely word of mouth, co-workers, friends and family - probably because it has brought me the most sales. I am averaging about 100 cards a month! I would love for my online sales to pick up!
8. Where do you see yourself in 5 years concerning your crafting business?
In 5 years, I would like to be teaching more scrapbooking classes, and selling more of my cards to a larger audience.
9. Is there any other information you'd like to share with anyone?
Mention that you saw me featured on this blog, and get 20% off in my Etsy shop! Refunds will be done through paypal!
10. Name a few of your favourite things!
My favourite things are definitely patterned paper, tools and techniques and bling! Outside of scrapbooking and cardmaking - family time, special friends and my cat, Cuddles!
11. If you had a super power, what would it be and why?
To stop people suffering from all of the horrible diseases that are so prominent in out society today.
I hope you enjoyed this weeks Feature Friday!! Please feel free to comment and let this etsian know if you love her work! And do yourselves a favour and follow/fan her Blog, Facebook, and on Twitter so you can continue to get to know Wendy even more! Have a great Friday everyone, and don't forget to check back later today for my weekly "Friday Night Deals"!!