Craft Britannia Shop of The Week #19, MuntjacVintage and imynda
In our latest CraftBritannia Shop of the Week feature we chat to one of our Team Leaders, the talented and versatile Nadine. In addition to her regular role interviewing CraftBritannia team members for this series, Nadine also runs two Etsy shops: imynda and MuntjacVintage
Describe your “typical” working day or week
I work part time for a mental health organisation, so Etsy has to wait until the evening on those days. I have finally have found a job I really enjoy doing so I don’t mind too much! In addition to my vintage shop MuntjacVintage, I also have a shop selling crochet items, imynda, so am now dividing my time between crochet, hunting for vintage treasures, and – of course – chatting to my Etsy friends 🙂
When you are not doing Etsy related things, what are you doing?
My favourite thing to do is spend time with my boyfriend – now my fiancee! A couple of good movies, a pizza and a G&T is my idea of a perfect evening. I have two gorgeous cats that demand a lot of attention too. I find getting outdoors and back to nature really nourishing too and also love to indulge in cooking, another favourite creative outlet.
What was the first piece you ever sold?
My first Etsy sale was a crochet necklace – I cringe when I see my older photos, but it’s good to know I have come a long way since then. Selling handmade items is a fantastic feeling but I have found that selling vintage is surprisingly personal – connecting a new owner with an old, unloved item. (pictured above).
If you could try a new craft, what would it be?
I’m really drawn to ceramics and I even have an old potter’s wheel that I have never learnt how to use! I absolutely intend to have some lessons one of these days.
Tell us about one handmade item that you own and love
My Mum makes fabulous huge crochet blankets and ours is so colourful and warm, it’s perfect when Winter rolls around.
What plans do you have for your shop in the future?
I’m in such early stages of selling vintage that the future is very open for MuntjacVintage – I find mid century styles really attractive and also love the idea of selling vintage supplies that will find new life in other people’s creations. For my imynda shop, I am working on a new collection of little animal brooches and magnets – they are so cute! I’ve also had a couple of wedding orders which have been lots of fun, so I’m looking to expand my wedding range.
Thank you so much for talking to us Nadine, we love your vintage finds and look forward to seeing your new crochet collections!
Keep in touch with Nadine’s vintage shop via her Facebook page: @MuntjacVintage and Twitter: @muntjacvintage as well as her blog: http://muntjacvintage.wordpress.com/. You can also check out Nadine’s new crochet collections and wedding range on her other Facebook page: @imynda