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Today's feature is etsy seller LittleGemsByKari. Kari's shop is full of cute handmade jewelry, soaps, scarves, and a variety of other small delicate adorable trinkets. Please visit her etsy shop and if you like what you see, click on over to her blog as well!
Tell us who you are (name, location, affiliations, etsy teams, personal info)
Hi, I'm Kari Kurtz 25 from Clifton Park NY originally from the beautiful Adirondacks. I'm married to a future rock star with 2 cats. Also I'm a proud member of the CREW Street team!
Other than creating things for etsy, what do you do?
Work for a Music and Movie Retalor at their home office.
What first made you want to become an artist?
I've always been toying around with some form of crafts, my mom always had some kind of project for us. And my entire family have very creative past times (fly tying, crocheting, reapolstering, scrapbooking, etc).
Describe your creative process and the materials you use
A lot of times I'll see something and say I like that but I could do that to it or I could use those in a much cooler way :)Glass, beads, yarn, paper, soap - if it gets in my grasp I try to make something out of it!
What handmade possession to you prize the most?
My Grandma Blanket (a blanket my Gram made for me like the one her gram made for her), A scrapbook of my wedding (care of my Mom), My Couch (care of my Grandpa)
Top 5 websites you visit besides etsy?
twitter, plurk, myspace, facebook, blogspot. I'm pretty much a social networking junkie
Any advice you have for new etsy users?
TAGS! I didn't realize what a difference they could make until I used all of them.
What are your favorite features of etsy, and what new features would you like to see?
Love the ability to fix shipping in mass and have sections. I'd love to see click and drag features to move featured items,etc.
How do you promote your shop/work?
I wear my pieces and make friends and family wear them too.
In ten years, where would you like to be?
I'd love to have a physical shop of my own.