Oct 5, 2011

A secret nook in a pleasant land

Remember that adorable pouch I mentioned yesterday? Well today I'm happy to feature the maker of that pouch and some other amazing items. I'd like to introduce you to Jenny. I recently found her blog and it's now one of my favorites to read. When I realized she also had an Etsy shop I might have developed a girl crush. She's so sweet and talented and I love her use of color in her designs! But enough from me - let's hear from her!

How did you get started with your Etsy shop? I've always been "crafty" in some way; my mom made me take cross-stitch and sewing classes at a young age. When I discovered Etsy, I was amazed at this community of creative people who actually craft for a living. That's when I started to realize that sewing didn't just have to be a hobby. I opened a different shop initially, just to test the water, and loved it. So I decided to start dedicating more time and effort to it, which is when I opened Secret Nook. I love everything about the process: sewing the products, emailing customers, and even going to the post office to ship the packages.

You say your shop named is inspired by Ralph Waldo Emerson - which makes my former English major heart happy - I need to hear that story! I was an English major too! Emerson is probably one of my favorite authors and I love his poem "Good-bye," which is where Secret Nook comes from. The poem, as a whole, doesn't reflect the theme of my shop as much as the one line does, "A secret nook in a pleasant land." It just sounds magical.

What inspires you? First and foremost, people who are living their dream inspire me more than anything. I love reading about other people who have turned their craft (or any other dream job) into a career. I'm also very inspired by fabric, print, and color. Fabric may even be to a fault, I can spend way too much money on it if I'm not careful. It's an investment, though, right?

In your shop profile you talk about your love for re-using things, and how you don't think "vintage" should necessarily be "exclusive" - what a great perspective! Is this something you've seen/decided over time or have you always felt this way? I do love re-using things and I like to think of it as recycling, because it is. Maybe it's the environmentalist in me, but I much prefer something used over buying brand new. Sometimes, though, I think that people can put incredible prices on items just because they are vintage. There are rare pieces and collectibles, but in general I think vintage style should be accessible.

How do you come up with the items in your shop? Do you set aside time each day (or week) to create or is it more of an "as it happens" basis? I feel like I live for my weekends! That's when I do most of the work for my shop. I have a full-time day job, so it's sometimes difficult to find time. My dream is to do this full-time, but it can be a slow process to get there. I try to do at least one thing, however small, everyday that contributes to my shop or blog. The only way to get somewhere is to take steps, if even baby ones.

Do you do custom orders? Yes! I'm always happy to accommodate.

What's your favorite item in your shop right now? Does this ever change? Yes, it changes all the time. I feel like every new item is my favorite! Right now I really love the houndstooth pencil pouch. I also love the gnomes - my husband got me that fabric for my birthday and it's actually a top-seller (way to go Tyson!). I'm currently working on some new things that I am just in love with. They should be in the shop soon!

And just for fun: if you could only eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be?
Oh wow. I would have to say pasta, definitely. I could live off of any kind of noodles.

Aren't her pieces gorgeous? The colors and patterns bring a smile to my face! Be sure to head over to her shop, Secret Nook, or her blog to find out more about her! (I promise, you won't be disappointed!) Thanks for answering my questions Jenny!

(All photos courtesy of Secret Nook)


Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Oo, I love that kindle bag - that is just too cute! Her bags are beautiful. I might need to add one to my Christmas list this year. :)

Megan said...

Me too Lisa! And the owl pouch OF COURSE :) and that roses one is super freaking cute too!

Lauren Drugan said...

Live off of pasta - a girl after my own heart! This was a great interview, Becky - thanks for introducing Jenny to the rest of us! :)

Unknown said...

I'm beyond flattered. Thank you so much for featuring me! :)

My whole family read this and thought it was the bee's knees. Haha :D

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