Q) Please tell us a little bit about yourself, your personality, and how you got started doing what you do.
A) I am 23 years old going on 24 in April, I have been told to be cute, overly friendly, to nice for my own good, like a little sister to my friends (even when I am older than them), and goofy. I move around a lot and use to live in Texas for 13 years (I still call it home), but live in Ohio now. I am happy with my boyfriend that I have been with for six months that I hope to marry in two years.I use to go to conventions (14 total so far) and did a lot of cosplay (costume play for those that don't know), so I have been sewing for six to seven years. The clay is more recent though I use to do that in art class. My aunts are both on Etsy and told me about it... for months I thought over and over if I should or not. I broke down (thank god) and joined the group.
Q) pastrystitches seems like a fun name for a shop. Why did you pick that?
A) Well originally I was going to sell baked goods online, but then I found out I couldn't unless I had a license. I could have had an at home license if it was for us having four cats. Took me awhile to get my shop name since I am doing sewing and clay (and at the time still having the at home bakery in mind)... I was thinking of doing BakedStitches, but my boyfriend said that sounded like I was going to sell drugs. So I changed Baked to Pastry, which comes from the baking the clay part and then the stitches from the sewing I do.
Q) What would you say inspires most of your work, if anything?
A) My boyfriend, my aunts (who are also on etsy), and my love for anime and video games. It helps to be part of a family that's so much into the crafts and making things, it makes you want to try something as well. Both of my aunts are on etsy, so it pushes me to keep working at it and hope to be as good as them with the selling. My boyfriend inspires me to be more creative and to keep working, lol... he pushes me to keep trying. Now my love of anime and video games, those really inspire me to be creative and for ideas to make things. Also I got to say my Etsy friends inspire me a TON on ideas they talk to me a lot about the ideas I want to do and give me feedback on them. I love them to pieces~!
Q) What in your shop, do you have the most fun making?
A) Oh so hard to say. Probably my cat items as well as my mushrooms so far... they are easy to do as well as easy to make different sizes. Also it seems like people really, really love my cat items, so it makes me happy when making them that I know people love them!
Q) What in your shop, is your favorite item or something that you are the most proud of?
A) I got to say Domo and the Cat items. They are so cute and people like them a lot, so I am very proud of them.
Q) I personally love your items! Do you love your items enough to make them for yourself as well?
A) Actually yes, lol! I have made myself orange kitty cat earrings and made myself my own fabric flower... which I still need to make for my shop.
Q) Your etsy shop has only been open since Nov of 2008. Have you been making your goodies for longer than that?
A) Well the clay is new to me, but have been sewing for 6 to 7 years now.
Q) What stands out about your work? What do other people not have that you do?
A) Uniqueness? Cute and lovable? So hard to say... a lot of people make similar things, but not the same... I make some anime and video game items that other people don't. Also slowly working on bookmarks and hair clips of different themes including video games and anime. I haven't seen others having those.
Q) Do you have any current promotions or sales going on?
A) My V-day and Kitty cat items are already 15% off... added an addition 15% off on them until the day of Valentine Day. 20% of one item for a returning customer and also 20% off of the customers that are one of the 100 that hearted me for one item in a three month time.
Q) If you had to promote your shop right here, right now and could only type/write/say up to 25 words, what would you say? Come on now! Really sell it to us! Make us buy from you!
A) I'm cute~! Buy buy buy, lol. Just kidding. I make cute items based off of anything you like in earrings, key chains, phone charms, even hats!
Q) Anything else you would like to say or let everyone know?
A) PastryStitches is actually owned by two people: Justin (boyfriend) and Me (Noelle)... we both create clay items together.
Also, visit Noelle (Pastrystitches) at these locations too:
Facebook Group: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=60539358487
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