I would like to extend a warm welcome to my first interviewee, Kat with Magickal Enchantments. I am going to be starting a weekly, maybe more often, posting of fellow Etsy members here on my blog as a way to introduce them to those who read my blog as well as give them some deserved exposure. So, as Kat was the first to respond, I am posting her interview first. She is a talented lady and I love her Witch Balls. For more information about these delightful and stunning creations visit her Etsy shop. Details are listed at the bottom of the interview.
1. Tell me a little bit about yourself.
My name is Kathy, I am a 35 year old married Mom of two lovely daughters ages 15 and 5. I have been married for 13 years. I have practiced the craft for 6 years this summer. I was brought up Catholic and attended Catholic schools so it was difficult for me to make the leap. How I wish I had done it sooner. The craft has given me so much in the way of peace and balance within my own life.
2. Tell me a bit about your background and how long you have been an artist/crafter.
I have been making items for about 15 years or so. I started out making things for myself and my home and then started making things for friends and family.
3. What is the first thing you can remember making by hand? How and why did you make it?
A wreath for my front door, I saw one in the store, I wanted it but could not afford it. As I looked at the wreath I thought I could try to make it. So, I did and I still have that wreath!
4. What inspires you? Where do your ideas come from?
The craft and people inspire me. Sometimes I will be sitting and talking with a friend about some situation and I think “I can make something for that”. So, I research and if it is something I am capable of making then I give it a try. I enjoy helping others. I would not sell anything that I wouldn’t use myself.
5. What are your favorite materials?
Herbs and essential oils. Oh yes and beads, I love beads!
6. What is your favorite color? What colors are you drawn to?
My favorite color is purple. I am drawn to greens and browns, earthy tones.
7. If someone were looking to take up a craft, what advice would you give them?
To find something that they are going to enjoy making. If it becomes tedious or boring then look to take your craft to a new level, to make it your own.
8. What is your area of interest in crafting? What do you specialize in?
I enjoy making oils and herbal mixtures. Specialize in? Hhmmm tough one, I have been making Witch balls longer then anything else but I enjoy creating all of my items.
9. What would be your top 5 tips for a beginner?
- Be prepared to put a lot of time and effort into it.
- Research your supplies, look for sales and always hit the clearance section in the craft stores. I have found some great items there and it doesn’t hurt as much if the project goes bad. Ifan item speaks to you, buy it! Many times I have purchased something with no idea what I am going to do with it but always end up finding a great way to incorporate it into my ideas.
Once you become better at your craft invest in better quality products.
- Invest in some Tupperware containers for your supplies, it will pay off later to take the time tobe organized.
- Before starting any project take the time to make sure you have everything you need before hand. Many times whenI started out crafting I would start some project to only realize halfway through that I am missing some supply. Because of this, I had many 1/2 finished projects lying around.
- Always be proud of your work!
10. What would be your top 5 items of essential equipment?
- Glass bottles and Jars to keep my mixes in
11. Can you recommend a technique or ‘tips’ book ideal for a beginner?
If you are interested in herbs then I would recommend The Complete Book of Incense, Oils and Brews by Scott Cunningham. I would also say to play with your own recipes, use the books as a guideline only.
12. Can you recommend any brands to look out for, when buying equipment or kit?
I would say to grow as many of your own herbs as you can. When buying oils learn the difference between essentials and fragrance oils. If someone is marketing an essential oil for $3.00 then it probably isn’t a true essential oil.
13. Do you sell your work, or is it purely for pleasure?
Both although it started out for pleasure then as I am sure with most crafters it went to making things for family and friends. They are the ones that encouraged me to sell my items. We all need that little vote of confidence now and then.
13. What is your Etsy shop address and name?
Magickal Enchantments: http://www.magickalenchantments.etsy.com/
14. Where else can we find you?
I have a myspace page that I show my items on: www.myspace.com/magickalwitchballs
Thank you so much for this wonderful opportunity!
It is greatly appreciated.