Every Monday now through December 16 I am interviewing other artists and crafters in the hopes of spreading some handmade love and appreciation. You can read more about it here. The month of December features makers of decorative items for the home.
How did you get started making the crafts that you sell?
I owe my start to a good friend of mine who asked me to be the featured artist at the cupcake shop she was working at. I did not have a shop at the time, but she had seen the crafts and party decorations I made for my children’s birthday parties and preschool. From that very first public showing of my work, I received so much wonderful feedback. One of the items I created for the show–embroidery hoop art with felt applique and hand-embroidery–continues to be my most popular item in my shop.
What is the story behind your shop’s name?
WHY CATSHY? (PRONOUNCED CAT*SHY)
- It’s an anagram of Cathy’s.
- My husband’s nickname for me is Cat.
- I’m shy.
- It’s me.
- I like cats.
- My then-seven-year-old daughter approved. (She shot down a lot of other names before I settled on this one!)
What do you like most about having your own creative business? What do you find most challenging?
I love that Catshy Crafts is my own creation–from the products to the photography to the promotion. It is my creative outlet where I get to indulge in many of my artistic loves. The most challenging thing for me is getting over my shyness with customers, especially at craft fairs. It is something I struggle with in my daily life, so it’s no surprise that it affects my business as well.
What inspires you to create?
I am inspired by colors, beautiful photographs and my two daughters, Sofia and Zara.
What do you think motivates others to buy handmade?
I think people are motivated to buy handmade because of its one-of-kind nature. Because each handmade item is made one at a time with thought and care it has great value. I also think people love to support artists who are passionate about their craft!
What is your favorite handmade item you have bought or received?
My friend Hannah Danforth (the same friend who help me start my business) gave me one of her original collage art. It is hanging on my living room wall.
When you are not designing and creating handmade items, what do you like to do with your time?
I love to go thrifting at thrift stores, flea markets and garage sales. I’m always on the hunt for that special item that no one else has. I especially love mid-century pieces as well as vintage craft supplies– buttons, embroidered pieces and vintage linens.
What is something people might not know about you?
In a previous life, I wanted to be a health writer! I even interned at the Los Angeles Times one summer.
What is one piece of advice you would offer to others with their own creative business?
If you are trying to please everyone, you won’t please anyone. Find your niche market and create for them!
Thank you so much for joining me on my blog, Cathy, and be sure to check out her shop!