Monday, August 3, 2009

Interview with T and Little S Designs

Just a few short weeks ago I sent a message to my fellow Etsy Team Columbus members asking about doing some interviews. Would anyone be interested, I said. I got 2 replies almost immediately and then slowly others have filtered in. Traci, from T and Little S Designs was the second to volunteer and I'm so happy to have this interview with her today. I think you will all love her items made for your home and your parties as much as I do. Check out the giveaway at the end of the post as well!
Tell Us About Yourself: My name is Traci, and I'm a former teacher turned stay-at-home-Mommy to my 2 1/2 year old daughter, Sophia. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Wilmington College and a Master's Degree in Elementary Education from OSU, and I swear that I use both degrees every single day with my toddler. I enjoy creating things with paper and through decoupage and love to give new life to boring or recycled items. I'm also currently learning to sew and make hair bows that I may sell at local craft shows, but don't currently plan to sell online.
What Kind Of Items Do You Sell In Your Etsy Shop: Ceramic coasters, party supplies/invites, shop supplies (thank you notes, etc). I'm working on a new line with more items for the home and additional party supply kits and themes.
What Brought You To Etsy: I decided to join Etsy the same time I started my own business. My daughter was around 6 months old, and I realized that I really needed a creative outlet in my life. a way to really grow as an individual in addition to as a Mom. I learned about Etsy through an article in a parenting magazine and decided to give it a try. I'm so glad that I did!
How Do You Promote Your Shop: Right now, I promote my shop through Facebook, my own blog, alchemy requests, and occasionally through Twitter. I also regularly contribute sample items to the Spotted Box.
What Is Your Favorite Item In Your Shop Right Now: I have several that I really like, but I think my personal favorite is this set of funky bird ceramic coasters on blue. I love that the blue makes it seem a little retro but the funky birds give it a modern punch.
What Is Your Biggest Shop Goal In The Next Six Months: I really want to have a big holiday season and grow my business. I've really narrowed down my focus to decoupaged items for the home (coasters, with frames, light switches, and outlet covers coming soon!) and for the events in your life (party supplies, invites, coasters as favors, etc). I would love to get to 400 sales by the end of summer and 500 sales by the end of the year. I aim big!
Favorites: Food, Music, Books, whatever you love: Seeing as the only music I listen to and shows/movies I really watch are Dora or Diego, there's little time for my own tastes. However, I love to watch reality TV shows, Tori and Dean, home remodeling shows, etc when I get the chance. My music tastes are pretty eclectic, but a few of my favorites are Jason Mraz and Norah Jones. However, I've been known to turn up the 80's and 90's rock music when the little one is away. I really need to get my own ipod soon :)
To win your own set of funky bird ceramic coasters leave a comment! Contest will end Friday (August 7th) at noon, Eastern time.
Thanks Traci! Be sure to check out T and Little S Designs on Etsy!

60 comments:

Amy's The Painted House and More said...

I love Traci's product. She does a wonderful job and I purchase items from her quite often. She produces a quality product and I would highly recommend her to anyone.

Great job!

Andrea Baker said...

Oh I love these little Birdy Coasters!! I must win these!!!!

What a fabulous interview with T and Little S Designs! She has such a fabulous esty shop!!!

me@andreabakerdesigns.com

The Green Lizard said...

Uber cute bird coasters! Wish I was part of Esty Team Columbus...


http://thegreenlizard.etsy.com

Anxious said...

Those coasters are adorable! I would love them and need them so badly!

Christine said...

This was a great interview to read. I enjoyed getting to know more about T and Little S! The funky bird coasters are so pretty :)

Christine
www.blingbychristine.etsy.com

Bear & Pants said...

What cute items!!! I love the coasters! So unique and beautiful!!!

Jackie said...

I would love to win your beautiful coasters!

Adornments by Karla said...

Fabulous interview! LOVE her shop too. Who doesn't need drink coasters, party invites and stationery? LOL. Great job gals :-)

babyuno said...

I would love to win!! Thanks for a chance!

mommy2my3lovelys@aol.com
Crystal

4smartmonkeys said...

What a nice interview! Her stuff is very creative, I love it. I am on my way to check out her store. The birdie coasters are too darn cute!

Tiffany said...

I have worked with Traci on several occasions and have really enjoyed her work! Her prices are very fair, and her work is meticulous. She even did a very nice custom request for my little boy, and he loved it too! I would LOVE to win these coasters!

Sarah (Suds by Sarah) said...

Great interview and great products! Keep up the great work!

Jocelyn The Little LOVE Bug said...

I love Traci's shop on Etsy it always has new items and is so fun! Her coasters are a great gift to have on hand.

Terri said...

Love your blog!!! And those4 coasters - GORGEOUS!!!!

maryeb said...

Wow, she makes some great items!

Dave and Lyn said...

Your work is so fresh and FUN!

Thanks for sharing with us.

~~Lyn

Jamie said...

Traci's sweetness comes through in her creations. You will make 500 sales, I'm sure!

Lisa said...

Thanks for the giveaway! And if it makes Traci feel any better, I don't have an ipod yet either.
the_outsider01AThotmailDOTcom

AM said...

Aww! The coasters are so cute! I love birds!


Good luck everyone! =)

(email in blogger profile)

Aik said...

I love the Custom 20 Page Recipe Album from Traci's shop.

aikychien at yahoo dot com

Start To Finish Supplies said...

Great shop, everything is so cute!

katie[at]starttofinishsupplies.com

Audrey said...

I love the coasters!! What an awesome shop! Thanks so much for the give away.

audreyscountrycrafts at gmail.com

Hypnotransformations said...

oooohhhh!I love these coasters! Those funky birds are so cute! I hope I win =)

irenedesign said...

Great interview! Traci's items are really cute, and I will definitely be checking out her shop! I love those coasters and am in need of a set in my nursery (which happens to have a bird theme :o)

irenedesign[at]ymail[dot]com

AmandaSue said...

All the pink and cupcake items in the second to last picture are super cute! Thanks for entering me into this giveaway.
unforgetable_dreamer_always(at)hotmail.com

TZel said...

I love the coasters- so cute and colorful! Thanks for this chance to own them!

Erin said...

These are so cute! They would look so great on my coffee table...
:) erin_melissa at juno dot com

Lily said...

oh my what cute little birds!

SewSweetStitches said...

Aww so cute! And what a great selection in the etsy sop- a great place for gifts!

sewsweetstitches_on_etsy*at*yahoo*com

Anonymous said...

I love the bird design on the coasters it's sooo cute ,this is a lovely giveaway my fingers are crossed that I win.Helen
malfie@care2.com

Callie Ivy said...

Great giveaway, I just love birds. So much, I'm actually doing my wedding in a brid/feather theme. I looked through her shop and I really liked the cute printed clothespins too.

callieivy(at)gmail.com

Cabootique said...

Cute shop!

carethediva[at]hotmail[dot]com

squareby said...

Nice variety of prints and coasters. I especially like the Kaleidoscope print on the coasters. I like the shop.

squareby@gmail.com

Anne said...

those are adorable! thanks for the giveaway anne molino at hotmail dot com

Lauren said...

Too cute. Thanks for the giveaway!

lemulcah at gmail dot com

minishoes1 said...

I love these one-of a kind-coasters! They would look great on my living room coffeetable!great interview and great talent!I wish I could sew too. but never got the hang of it. thanks!jacquecurl1@gmail.com

Martha said...

So nice to learn of this wonderful Etsy shop, thank you. I love the Floral design ceramic coasters. Lovely.

msakelley at gmail dot com

Cheryl F. (The Lucky Ladybug) said...

I enjoyed reading your interview with Traci -- these are the CUTEST coasters :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!
blog[at]theluckyladybug[dot]org

MistressFizz said...

Such lovely designs! The shop organizer is simply darling. Thanks for introducing me to this shop!

daemiafirestar at hotmail dot com

sabrita said...

I love to collect unique coasters and these Birdies are so chic.I would love to win them. Traci "You go Girl!" You are talented artist and I wish you much success.
sabrita@juno.com

Kelle's Kitchen said...

What a great giveaway! Traci's work is amazing!

krherning at yahoo dot com

Meninheira said...

What a beautiful coasters! I cross my fingers :)

meninheira at gmail dot com

Liz said...

These are so adorable!

Sydney said...

LOVE THESE!! Fingers crossed that they become mine ;)

scoobidoo540@aol.com

MaMa said...

I love the designs in Traci's shop...very nice & I wish I had some cash! I did bookmark to come back though. Thanks for hosting!
Lisa

Tylerpants said...

Super cute! I love these ceramic coasters! =)
tylerpants(at)gmail.com

Sam said...

Fabulous looking coasters! I have been looking for some unique ones for months. I love it when guests ask where I buy my spectacular finds. Loved the interview!

Lory said...

Adorable coasters! Thank you for the opportunity!!

Lory
lorymabe@gmail.com

Tickleworm said...

Those are such sweet coasters! Great shop! thanks for the giveaway.
rachelherzog@bellsouth.net
www.tickleworm.com

janil said...

I didn't know her work... it's so beautiful!!!!


cal_rubies at yahoo dot es

janetfaye said...

Everything she crafts is beautiful!

janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

Carolyn said...

I love the little Pirate cards and the cupcake projects, too. The peacock coaster is very pretty and the little funky bird ones are most definitely my favorite. On her etsy site I loved the coasters made with Rock Star paper and the Vintage car and Old Guys Rule ones, great gifts that I will be thinking about for the holidays. thanks for sharing

ceashark at aol dot com

Carapace said...

I love that she does custom photo coasters! I may have to get a set of those...wonder if she'll do art, too? Off to convo!

carapacenator(at)gmail.com

trixpixel said...

So many pretty goodies. I love the coasters!

amanda said...

These are so cute! count me in :)
oheeyore at hotmail dot com

bFlat said...

Those coasters are absolutely gorgeous!

lensimpressions AT gmail DOT com

Abigail said...

I love the coasters! Thanks for the chance, her etsy shop is amazing, love the style!

peters.ab0124(At)Gmail.com

Melsclay said...

Gorgeous!

miss indie said...

Oh my goodness! So cute! Those little birds are adorable and would look lovely on my tables :]
xo.
mandy

missindie@mchsi.com

Michelle said...

Love the coasters as well as the Custom Cupcake Clipboard in her shop! Thanks for the chance to win. mrsmchappell at gmail dot com