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This Photo Greeting Card was made by Ilona from Nonoluna. visit her Etsy shop @ , what is your favorite item from Ilona's shop? We'd like to know!

1) Tell me a little about yourself.
I'm a wife and a Stay-At-Home Mom which also means that I have the biggest role in homeschooling my daughter. I love music, reading, going to the theatre, singing, dancing, watching baseball, vibrant colours, tasty food, Disney fun and pretty much anything that Joss Whedon or Stephen Moffat create.

2) Where does your inspiration come from when crafting?
Starting a new project for me is really about listening to that little voice inside me that says, 'This is what you should do...make it!' I love to blend different colours when beading and it's always a fun surprise when it all comes together, exploring the world through the lens of my camera and working with my daughter to choose a new die cut and paper.

3) Who taught you and how did you learn to craft?
I am entirely self taught. An idea comes into my head and I figure out a way to make it happen. I even made my own special knitting loom to accommodate the thick alpaca yarn I use.

4) Any Specific Tips you have for newbie crafters starting a business in etsy?
Create things that make you happy. Don't keep yourself in any kind of a box. Connect with people here on Etsy via teams and participate regularly. DON'T GIVE UP! It takes time to build a reputation and to get your products known, especially if you make something that has a lot of competition.

5) Name 3 websites you couldn’t live without.
There's only one website that I can't live without -

6)What are your 3 favorite shops and why. - I love the huge assortment of buttons that are here! Buttons make me happy. :) - Great packaging materials plus lots of other fun items! :) - Lots of fabulous handmade crocheted items in the shop and she makes custom requests! :)

7) Where do you see your crafting business in 10 years?
In 10 years, I see this as a Mother/Daughter enterprise. My daughter already has a section in my shop and at 5, helps with product development and packaging. As her ability grows, so will her involvement. My goal is that this business completely fund her dance costs. Ultimately for me, that's what this is all about - providing something more for our family than we could otherwise do. :)

1 comment:

  1. thanks ilona! it is so interesting to klearn new things about you---we often just pass each other in between bnses but we forget to get to know each other =)