Craft Britannia Shop of The Week #54, Oothatsnice
Karen from Oothatsnice talks to us about her shop in this week’s CraftBritannia Shop of the Week , where you can find cute knitted and handcrafted goodies for children and babies.
Describe your “typical” working day or week
I still have a full time job as a Pension support consultant, so my typical working day starts in the office at 8am. However I usually take some craft work to the office, to do in my lunch hour – this can vary from knitting, hand sewing or typing knitting patterns up. I also check on my Etsy shop and also a shop I have on Folksy called Canuknitit. I would love to do some promotion on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, but we are not allowed to check social networking sites at work.
On arriving home after doing normal housework stuff and after some keep fit, I will relax either by sewing or knitting. I also do new designs for products, which sometimes I have doodled up in the office whilst on the phone.
When you are not doing Etsy related things, what are you doing?
I like to keep fit – either by swimming which I love, or jogging which I hate. I also love reading and gardening, when the weather permits, and of course shopping.
What was the first piece you ever sold?
The first piece I sold on Etsy was some baby bootees. Prior to Etsy, I sold a baby’s cardigan (knitted in a beautiful soft ribbon yarn) in my hairdressers, every place has potential for selling so I always take something along 🙂
What advice would you give someone taking up your craft for the first time?
To be patient, promote as much as possible and wherever possible. I always quote the 3 P’s: Patience, Publicity, Promotion.
What material do you most enjoy working with?
Cotton, especially when knitting, as it retains its shape well and is very easy to wash. When sewing I love satin and felt, as they are so versatile.
If you could try a new craft, what would it be?
I think I would like to try screen printing, as the colour potentials seem to be endless.
Which piece of equipment would you be helpless without?
This is a difficult question but I suppose it would have to be scissors, as without a really good sharp pair, my products wouldn’t look very good.
Tell us about what inspires and motivates you
Nature first, you just have to look around at your garden, public parks for ideas and colours. I also pick up ideas from magazines and my son does some wonderful cartoon characters. I used one of these in my angry bear jumper.
Tell us about one handmade item that you own and love
In my shop it is my train cushion. But probably my best make would be the bridesmaid dresses I made for my own wedding, over 25 years ago.
What plans do you have for your shop in the future?
Obviously to increase my sales. I have loads of ideas but not enough time to put them in operation. Also trying to get my own website up and running.