Military Brats of Etsy March 2008
The Military Brats of Etsy Global Street Team Announce ourFEATURED ARTIST ~ SELLER …..ClassicAddressSignshttp://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5008064 http://www.classicaddresssigns.etsy.com
Every few weeks we will be choosing one of our members to “feature”. We are proud to Feature: “ClassicAddressSigns” as our third Artist ~ Seller. To see photos of their work click the links between questions.
1~Tell us a bit about your self (name, location, affiliations, and personal stuff).
David and I were both born in Germany to Air Force dads and dependent moms. We both traveled all over along with the rest of the baggage. When we finally met it was no surprise that our photo albums were almost identical right down to the poses at the Grand Canyon. It was a miracle we didn’t meet as kids! We now have 5 kids ranging in age from 23 to 4. My husband tried both Air Force AND Army but figured civilian life was more for him. When our youngest two came along I just couldn’t do the whole daycare thing again so I took our little hobby to the next level and turned it into a full fledged craft business and all our kids help even the little ones! **Here are a few flickr photos including their work space their family and craft fairs they have been in…. a lot of really good photos!http://www.flickr.com/photos/24556015@N08/
2~What is the first thing you can remember making by hand? How and why did you make it?
I think the first time my husband and I made a sign was after my dad had a heart attack and it took EMS 1 hour and 22 minutes to find his house. He had a lovely wooden plaque with his house number on the house but you couldn’t see it from the road. The local fire department had tried to sell my mom a reflective address plate for the mailbox but my mom thought it was too ugly! I came up with a wrought iron design with some curly~ques and had my husband weld it all together. Then we bought a metal plate and some reflective numbers and put it all together. All their neighbors wanted one too! But a year later they were all rusted! So we started working in aluminum and polypropylene. We re-made everyone’s signs! They still look great today! And the last time my dad had a heart attack EMS was there in 18 minutes! Every winter we come up with a new design or two! Today we cut our own metal plates in any size we need, we make our own reflective numbers, letters and even images!http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=5134290
3~What inspires you? Where do your ideas come from?
Since both of us have spent many years in Europe, the whole concept of Brackets & Shingles (the English term) comes from old European shops. The designs have become more elaborate as our skill level matured. We also love feedback from our customers. Our newest design (will be listed in May) was a customer encouraged design.http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=5053961
4~Why should people buy handmade?
Everyone should buy handmade whenever possible! It helps strengthen our economy and encourage more small businesses to thrive. It also gives a lot of people that are otherwise unable to work, an alternative to welfare or unemployment.http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=5044628
5~Apart from creating things, what do you do?
Besides creating reflective address signs, decals, and license plate, we may be raising the future president of the USA! Our kids are the focal point of our lives. At this point, our craft business is all we do. Neither my husband nor I work outside our home.http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=7867854
6~Read any good books lately?
David doesn’t like to read but I love Sci-Fi and Fantasy books. The last one I finished this week was Heir of Stonbe by S.L. Farrell. It’s the final book in the Cloudmages series. This book does not have a traditional happy ending! It does make you think about what impact ones decisions make for the next generation and many to come.http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=5125086
7~In ten years I’d like to….
In 10 years we would like to be debt free and have our signs in all upscale garden centers in the USA. We have 10% of NC covered for now and a long, long way to go to make either of those goals but they are do-able!http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=5111139
8~ What has being a brat at Etsy meant to you?
I think having been a Brat has created a more flexible frame of mind for us than having been raised in a traditional household. We both keep an open mind, we don’t mind traveling and we both adapt easily in the craft festival circuit. This has help make us a desirable vendor and helped our income sky-rocket!!!http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=5042062
Go see their beautiful signs…..Then come back here and tell us about it.