If you are a lover of handmade cards,art and gift items then you’re definitely going to love our next feature featuring Calabash Creations. Now onto the feature.


1. Tell us about yourself.

I’m a wife and
“Mommy” with a love of paper, paints, and fabrics. I tend to
think of myself as a free spirit who loves to design handmade cards, bookmarks,
and mixed media and collage pieces. I thoroughly enjoy the creative process
and what it has to offer.

2.What are you currently doing besides your creative craft?

I’ve been working
on some resource materials for early childhood learners. (I ‘m a former
elementary school teacher.)

3. What do you offer in your Etsy shop and shops?

I offer an eclectic mix
of handmade greeting cards, art, and gift items on Etsy at:

http://www.calabashcreations.etsy.com

and I also have my work featured on cards, prints, and gift items available on several POD (print on demand)
sites:

http://www.zazzle.com/calabashcreations

http://www.gcuniverse.com/calabashcards

http://calabashstudio.imagekind.com

4.Where do you create?

I’m fortunate
enough to have a studio space at home. It’s the perfect place for me to escape
and create.

5. Where do you get your inspiration from?

I’m inspired by
lots of things… but when I really think about it, I realize that I’m hooked on vibrant colors, textures,
abstract dimensions, and ethnic vibes.

6. How did you get started in your line of business?

It’s been quite a journey. This all started as a hobby based on a
love of paper and handmade cards. I made cards for friends and family, and they
encouraged me to take things a step further. Over the past eight years
I’ve watched my card making hobby take on a life of its own… it has evolved
from hobby to business and I’ve gone from
playing around with paper and collage elements to making conscious
business decisions. I still play and
have fun, but as things have changed, my play time is much more focused and
goal oriented.

7. How do you promote your business?

A good deal of my promotion is from word of
mouth, but I do have a blog http://calabashcreations.blogspot.com/

and a Facebook fan
page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Calabash-Creations/265031720261.

I blog about stuff
that I’m working on, and I use my fan page to stay in touch with my customers.

I also do a few
local shows during the year. One of my goals this year is to do more to promote
my business.

8. What is one of your most important lessons you’ve learned since starting your business?

There have been so
many lessons learned along the way, but the one that seems to be the front
runner is the one on marketing. In order for your business to grow and do well,
you have to pay attention to your marketing efforts.

9. What is some of your favorite online shops on and off Etsy?

There are so many…
http://hugsandholidays.etsy.com,

http://www.petitepaperie.etsy.com,
are 2 shops on Etsy that come to mind.

You can find Calabash Creations online at:

Etsy: www.calabashcreations.etsy.com

Blog: http://calabashcreations.blogspot.com/

Artfire: www.calabashcreations.artfire.com

Zazzle: www.zazzle.com/calabashcreations

GC Universe: www.gcuniverse.com/calabashcards

Here’s some great products that can be found at Calabash Creations:

Blank Teacher Note Card

Motivational Paper Bookmark and Magnet Set

Tulips Blank Greeting Card

My Sister My Friend Original Acrylic on Canvas

Decorative Magnets Set of 3