Sunday, September 21, 2008

Featured artist of the week: Shai Ford maker of Shai's Creations

Name and Business name: Shai Ford, Shai's Creations

Tell us a little about yourself and your business:
I'm a 23 year old crafting mom to a 3 year old little girl. I work full-time at a local college, and spend my spare time between my crafting business and my daughter's football team. Starting in the Spring, I will also be a college student again!

What made you get started in your business?:
I started crafting when I was 6. I was a pretty sick kid and my mom was very crafty. She taught me to cross-stitch and craft to entertain myself instead of watching television while I was home from school. I started crafting as a business when people started seeing my handmade gifts at Christmas and holidays. It never failed that people would ask how much I would charge for something, calling me to make gifts for them, and eventually I just started doing it on a constant basis.

Anything else you'd like to share:
I think my favorite part of crafting is knowing that somebody is getting something completely unique, designed just for them. The looks on their faces or thank-you notes I recieve make my day and keep me going. Another thing that keeps me going is the Cafemom Etsy Moms Team, also known as CEM. They are the most supportive group of crafting girls I've ever met, and it's an absolute pleasure to be involved with them.

Tell
us about your favorite item currently listed in your shop:
My current favorite item is my Double Tie Tutu Dress. I love tutu dresses in general because there are so many options. They can be princess-esque, fairy themed, have a punk/rocker baby look, along with a variety of accents and colors. I really enjoy the fact that every creation can be completely different than the last, despite the same basic shape.

Links to your Etsy shop and blog:
www.mamashaiscreations.blogspot.com



My Favorite f
rom Shai's Creations:
Shai has so many cute hair clips and dresses that it almost makes me want to grab my husband and start trying for a daughter. For those of you who already have a little girl, you should really check out her shop. My favorite is her Custom Tutu Dress. Like many other offerings in her shop, it is totally customizable, but to be quite honest, I'm rather partial to the red and black.