Saturday, April 21, 2012

Featured Shop of the Week

This week featured seller is Heidi and her shop:   Little Tadpole Designs

 Heidi is mommy to two little ones, a 3 year old boy and an 17 month old girl. She  lives in  Canada and is a stay-at-home mom. Heidi started making items when her son was about 6 months old. He needed soother clips and a special blankie and she couldn't find any that I liked. Heidi purchased a few and thought that she could make better ones herself... so she started exploring doing that. Things just sort of took off from there! She started selling on Etsy this last January and it has been a great outlet for her to use her talents and creativity and share them with others!

 What does handmade mean to Heidi:

 "The more I get into the handmade community and get to know and network with other sellers, the more I love and respect "handmade". I think of handmade items now in terms of the time and love that goes into them and feel that the items have a heart behind them that you just don't get with mass-produced products. I also think first when I want something for myself "I'll check on Etsy and see if anyone makes it" before I run to the local Walmart or department store"

 Heidi's philosophy towards work:

"Honestly, I'm still working on this. I struggle with "balance" and sometimes use my shop as an escape from the real world when the kids are being particularly demanding. I'd like very much to have the reality of a philosophy that puts the work on my creations and Etsy shop firmly in the realm of something that is a tangent to my life and not a focus... but I'm not there yet."

 Heidi's Advice to other Etsy sellers:

 "Get involved! The community on Etsy is fantastic and the more you can network the more successful you will be! By talking to people in teams and conversations, you will learn how to make your shop the best it can be. Don't be afraid to ask for and, more importantly, implement the advice you are given!"

 Visit our featured shop - you can click on each image to bring you to the listing or click on the link -

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