Monday, March 15, 2010
Interview with Mary from Marysmaids
So tell us a little about your shop and what you sell...
My shop is a fantasy delight of mermaid dolls in various sizes, shapes and venues.
Where did you get your etsy shop name from?
I wanted to match my name (Mary) to my craft (mermaids). So I chose the name (marysmaids) from the nursery rhyme "Mary Mary Quite Contrary"-
"Mary Mary quite contrary, how does your garden grow? With silver bells, and cockle shells, and pretty maids all in a row."
Why did you start selling on Esty?
I saw Etsy featured on a morning news show and decided to give it a try.
Where do you get inspiration for the items in your shop?
I live in a seaside town and I have anyways been fascinated with ocean lore.
How do you keep yourself motivated to keep on selling even if times are slow?
By thinking of new and different ways to feature mermaids.
What kind of mediums do you use and why?
I love felt; it's easy to work with and looks good. I also scour thrift shops, dollar store, etc for items to use with my mermaids.
What are your biggest goals for 2010?
To win the mermaid design contest for the city of Norfolk. The winner has their design diplayed all over the city.
What is your most popular item?(Either by most views or most sales)
My Wedding Mermaid; a great alternative to a bouquet
Is there anyone or anything else you'd like to tell us about?
I started designing and making mermaid dolls 13 years ago as a positive result of a long illness. I gave it up for a few years and worked a conventional job but recently returned to one of my true loves. I've sold these dolls at art shows, art galleries, seaside shops and online. If I bring happiness or give comfort...Good karma.
Where can we find you?
Etsy Shop http://www.marysmaids.etsy.com
Facebook Fan Page http://www.facebook.com/mary.krippendorf