Today I've got an interview and a giveaway with the lovely Maria of The Treasure Chest, a local Etsy shop, who's giving away the lovely beaded necklace (below) and sharing her reflections on her business in 2012, and her future business goals for 2013!
What do you think was your greatest accomplishment with your business in 2012?
In 2012 I attended lots of shows and I realized that beaded jewellery is such a saturated craft. You can find beads and jewellery findings everywhere. It can get to the point that that you get tired just of looking at them. It made me think that it was time to focus on a niche and create something with a unique touch. I decided to focus on bead embroidery, a technique I love and that allows me to go beyond just jewelry It was a big new step but I am glad I made it.
What are your goals or vision for your business for 2013?
I am done with craft shows. I haven't had good experiences with them this year and am going to focus on my online shop.
What new skill did you learn last year that you want to keep improving on this year?
Bead embroidery is such a versatile technique, it is like painting-- you can play with colours and shapes and use a variety of materials and little vintage treasures as embellishments. I am going to explore it further and perfect it.
What advice would you give to anyone who was just starting a crafty business?
My advice is learn from your mistakes and never give up. Have the courage to take new steps and change direction. Never stop improving yourself, there is always something new to try, and above all, be creative!
And now, for the giveaway!
Enter the giveaway via the Rafflecopter below. If you can't wait until the end of the giveaway to see if you won, you can get your own necklace now in her Etsy Shop.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
PS--Check out the Valentines Heart Pins giveaway post to see if you're a winner - I ended up picking two lucky winners instead of one. Thanks to everyone for entering--I loved reading about your best Valentines Day memories.