A new week means and new featured shop! I'm happy to introduce this week's shop Stitches & Sparkle, and creator Linda.
I decided to start my business and open my Etsy shop after I was laid off from my corporate job. I am a high energy person and needed to be busy while I searched for another job. The "other" job never came along allowing me to spend all of my time developing my Etsy shop which has changed quite a bit as I've grown as an independent business owner.
My mother has been a big influence on me as she taught me to sew when I was a tween. I've been sewing since and loved creating clothes for my kids and doll clothes for my daughter. I even made my sister's wedding dress and veil as my wedding gift to her. Quite the challenge! I love designing and creating all of the handmade items that are featured in my shop. It is very rewarding for me to see a new creation come to life, especially if it comes out better than even I thought it would!
I still get excited about every sale from my Etsy shop because it is gratifying to know that others like my items and will get enjoyment from them also. I love to create custom orders for customers who see something online and message me about making something just a little different, but with this fabric or this or that style....fun to do!
The most challenging thing for me is keeping up with everything that goes hand-in-hand with owning your own business. The designing, creating and sewing are the fun things. Things such as accounting and inventory control are not so much fun, but necessary and it is finding the time to do all of these things that is challenging. And of course marketing is one of the most important things and spending the time to get my name out there with social media or sites such as yours is very time consuming, but essential. All of it is worth every bit of time I spend to create a successful business.
Love to swim to loosen up all the muscles and relax. I also love to read mysteries and historical biographies and books. I recently discovered jigsaw puzzles to download on my iPad and this is a fun way to sit for a few minutes and relax. I love cats, the fall season and seafood.
You can find Stitches & Sparkle on Facebook, Etsy, and Pinterest. Linda is generously offering fans a 15% off discount with coupon code SUMMERDISCOUNT. Minimum $20 purchase required, and coupon expires August 31st.
Linda is also giving one lucky fan the Mr. Roboto! 100% cotton portfolio with free shipping in the US. It can hold any item that is 5x7 (notebooks, coloring books, pictures, tablets or eReader). The pocket on the inner left side can hold pens, business cards, etc. It has a velcro closure and is padded for support and protection.
You can enter by using the Rafflecopter widget below. The only required entries are to like Violet's Buds & Stitches and Sparkle on Facebook. Several optional entries have been added to increase your chances of winning. The giveaway starts 8/24/14 and ends at 11:59pm CDT on 8/30/14. The winner will be announced on Sunday and have 48 hours to claim the prize by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. If the winner does not respond, a new winner will be chosen.
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