What inspired you to go into the craft business? Do you do this full-time or do you still have a day job?
My mother taught me to sew when I was a teen. She also taught me to knit. I love to paint. I also enjoy learning new crafts. I became a One Stroke Certified Instructor in 2005. I have taught painting for 5 years. I had the opportunity recently to retire from my day job. I am now making my hobby into a full time business.
What’s behind the name of your craft business? How long have you been in business? I just started my full time business 6 months ago but I have had a blog and website for 2-3 years.
Describe your aesthetic/creative process when designing/making your product line. Is there a product in your line that you specialize in or are most proud of? What is your biggest seller?
What’s the best thing about what you do? And the worst?
What’s your opinion about the whole DIY Movement? What impact do you think this will have or has had on the Black Community? Why is knowing your DIY roots important to us?
What’s the best advice you’ve been given about your business or craft practices? Not to try to compete with Big Box craft stores.
Are there other crafters or businesses you follow and why?
I follow many TV crafters including Donna Dewberry, Susan Scheewe, and Martha Stewart. I like the Double Stitch Twins.
Do you currently have any specials or sales going on right now? I have greeting cards on sale on Etsy.
Is there anything else you would like readers to know? I have art prints available through Imagekind.com and products via Zazzle.com.
Founder/Creative Director’s Name: Celestine Hart
Location: Lansing Michigan
Business Phone : 517 484-2015
Etsy Page: http://www.etsy.com/shop/celestinehart?ref=seller_info
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