Wait ’til you see what Mil, Val, and Pam create! If you’re looking for some one of a kind paintings, vintage items, or handmade beauty for yourself or for a gift, this is the place to go.
I particularly love this painting. (I hope you’re listening, Santa…..)
If you’re anything like me lately, I’ve been trying to shop handmade and support as many hardworking, creative individuals as possible. Let’s get to know them a bit better.
Tell us about your Etsy shop.
Our shop is evolving over time, but one thing you will always find is variety. Not only do we each enjoy creating different things and have our own unique skills and perspective, but we also like to try new things.
What has been the most fun about having an Etsy shop?
It’s wonderful to have a forum for all the things we make, repurpose, and find. In the past we mostly made things for family and friends. It’s been great to join the creative community and connect with people who appreciate our creations! Having satisfied customers is really a driving force behind all we do. It’s also fun to work collaboratively with each other in a way that we really wouldn’t otherwise, since we don’t live near each other.
Any advice for someone who might want to open an Etsy shop?
The number one thing is to take good pictures. If the picture isn’t clear or well composed, people will pass it by. Also, become involved with promoting your shop and networking, whether through Pinterest, Facebook, or Twitter.
What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time?
All three of us absolutely crave spending time alone with no electronic distractions. This quiet time is essential to rejuvenate ourselves, to clear our minds and spirits, and allow creative thoughts to blossom. Since we all have grown (or nearly so) children, we also treasure the time spent with them and their families.
Who is your role model and why?
Our parents were both very creative in their own ways, and their example was certainly inspiring. They grew up during the depression, so they learned to make whatever they wanted or needed, or else do without. That mindset is a gift we treasure, because it has created in us the desire to make things, as well as an appreciation for hand-crafted beauty. Spiritually, we look to the Bible, where the Supreme Creator is our inspiration and example.
Where do you live? What is your favorite thing to do around town?
Mil is in the panhandle of Florida, Val is in Central Florida, and Pam is in Indiana. We are all homebodies, and would prefer to stay home and create if possible, but we also love to go thrifting or to yard sales. We are always excited to see the potential in someone else’s unwanted item just waiting to be brought out. This combination of economy and creativity in repurposing something cast off into something beautiful and useful is a truly gratifying feeling.
I hope you’ll take the time to visit their shop and support their creative efforts!