Good morning all my beautiful readers!! I hope you're all having a fantastic Friday! I'm hoping mine will turn out to be one, but it's only 5am at the moment, so who knows how the day will go, lol. I also hope you're all ready for a great feature on one of my very first "etsy friends" WhiteFlagDesign! One guess where we met... Yup, Etsy Chat! She's a great girlie, an incredible etsian, and has absolutely fantastic products! (I've ordered from her before, can't wait to try the lip balm! I'd say what else I got from her, but they were stocking stuffers for my mom and sis!) The two of us are also in a bit of a "competition" to see who can get to 200 blog followers first, which started because she was having a giveaway where once she reached 100, she'd draw a name and send them a huge box of everything cool. And even though she was the one having the giveaway, both of our followers kept rising at the same rate lol. We reached 100 one day apart from eachother. So now the race is on to 200! Although I've stalled 108, and I haven't checked where she is lately! It may be a *very* long competition hehe.
SO sit back and relax kids and meet the fantabulous WhiteFlagDesign!! All pics are linked directly to their listings, so click away kids! Click away!
1. Let us know a bit about you!
Oh good - we're starting with the easy stuff! :) My name is Becca, and I live in Connecticut, with my lovely family. We're currently looking to relocate to another state, though right now, we're only talking about it. Got any recommendations?
2. When did you start crafting? Do you do different crafts then what you sell on Etsy?
I've been making stuff since forever, though I have over the years taken periodic breaks from any kind of artistic endeavors, for various reasons. The first thing I ever wanted to be was a photographer, and while that didn't necessarily pan out, I'm now able to use my love for photography in my daily Etsy activities. I do lots of things in my spare time, though lately that line is becoming more and more blurred; free time and work time are pretty much the same thing. Lucky for me, I love doing what I'm doing! uhm, things I do that you don't see on Etsy: painting, drawing, graphic design/playing with Photoshop, hand carving stamps, screenprinting, baking, and I'm trying to make some time to learn how to sew. I bought a machine... I have no idea how to use it though lol.
3. What was the sole purpose of opening your shop?
It was mostly to alleviate boredom and see if I could make some money doing something that I loved, for once! I was laid off in January, and haven't been called back to work yet (nor do I expect to be, anymore) so I decided to return to Etsy. I had sold previously on Etsy, under the name "YourMomInAVolvo". I sold moustache necklaces (lol) before they were everywhere, and they sold well, so I figured I'd give that another go. But this time around, I wanted another name, something a *little* more professional than YMIAV!!
4. How did you decide on a shop name?
White Flag Designs was something my husband and I had tossed around when we were planning on opening a screenprinting business. Unfortunately, that got put on hold as both of our day jobs placed increasing demands on our time (and energy!). I wanted to do something with the name one day though, so when I decided it was time to come back to selling on Etsy, that was the name I went with. It was ambiguous enough that I could sell pretty much anything with it, so I figured it would be great to use while I re-found my place in the world of Etsy.
5. What is your favourite item to create, and why?
That depends on the day. Really. Some days I love creating steampunk jewellery pieces, others it's wire-wrapping jewels, and still others it's brewing up some handmade bath and body goods - for every one of those products you see in my shop, there's like 5 or 6 more I made that didn't quite make it in either because I didn't get around to it, or because I decided it wasn't awesome enough.
6. What venues do you use to promote your shop?
I use a LOT of different venues to promote my work; the big 3 are Myspace, Twitter, and Etsy Chat. I have a Blog and a Facebook, but they don't seem to do much for me in the way of sales. They are good ways for me to keep my following updated though, and that's never a bad thing to do, regardless of how many sales they bring in.
7. Where do you see yourself in 5 years concerning your crafting business?
I would love to still be doing what I'm doing, but on a much grander scale, and maybe even with (gasp!) an employee or two. You know, interns. Part-time or something. I'm keeping my dreams small for now, but I'd love to see this business grow :)
8. Is there any other information you'd like to share with us?
Well, I just finished my Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale, and while I haven't ironed out anything yet, I'm hoping to be able to set up another sale sometime before the New Year.
9. Name a few of your favourite things!
Oh geez, LOL. I like strawberry flavoured things, machinery, silver, skeleton keys, and the scent of amber. Though I could totally fill a novel with all of my favourite things... I'll spare you and everyone reading this the yawn-fest!
10. If you had a super power, what would it be and why?
That's easy! I've always wanted to be able to fly. Ever since I was little. How cool would that be?! :P
I hope you all enjoyed this Friday Feature!! Be sure to check out Becca's Facebook, Twitter, Blog, and especially Etsy Shops! You may have noticed clicking on the pics you weren't always taken to "WhiteFlagDesigns", because she has 3!! 1HandWashesTheOther carries her 'Mutually Beneficial Soaps and Skincare', YourMomInAVolvo carries 'Supplies and stuff', and of course, WhiteFlagDesigns is currently a mix of 'Eccentric Accessories for Unconventional People!'