Monday, June 7, 2010

Members Monday: katskrafts


Katrina from Kat's Krafts is our new featured seller!

Tell us a bit about yourself and your shop.
My name is Katrina and I'm from Holland, MI. I am wife to my darling hubby, Greg, and mother to a rambunctious 10 month old, Caden. When I'm not busying myself in those roles, I am busy with my etsy shop, Kat's Krafts. When I started my shop I was selling handmade cards, scrapbook embellishments, etc. but after I started offering custom cootie catchers 2 years ago, I haven't had time for anything else! So, now my shop is devoted to my cooties and although it's been a bit hard to adjust myself to a different kind of creative outlet, I am excited at the success I've had.

What are you currently working on?
Summer is hyper busy for me - wedding season is in high gear and so am I! My product line has expanded from cootie catcher favors to menus and programs and place cards. Even brochures and invites! I've got a lot of other ideas clanging around up there, too, but it's so hard to find the time to bring those ideas to fruition, photograph them, come up with pricing and list them in my shop right now. So I'm saving them up for fall and winter when things are less hectic. :)

   

What do you like to do in your free time outside of your business?
I like to spend time with my family. My husband is my best friend, we have so much fun together and my son Caden is just a joy to be around. At 10 months, he keeps us smiling- we are definitely smitten! Aside from my family, I LOVE getting some Starbuck's with my best friend Trish (who has an awesome etsy shop, too- daisysanddots) and shopping or just talking. And my other love is scrapbooking or creating something! I love to lose myself in making something, but those times are so few and far between now as a mommy and business owner.

Where would you like to see your shop and business in a year?
I would love for my product line to have expanded with some of the ideas I've got right now. I would love to have my business model for wholesale of my designs set in stone and partnerships made with the many vendors who have inquired about offering my products, but that I've put off for the time being and I would love to have an employee to help me with the day to day shop maintenance stuff so that I could be more free to create.

    

Where can we find you online and/or locally?
You can find me on Etsy or on my blog. I don't have a facebook account, mainly because my life is already too occupied with being on the computer and I do have a twitter account, but I never use it. In fact, I only signed up because everyone was all "a-twitter" (pardon the pun, haha) about how good it would be for business. My first and only tweet was, "I can't believe I broke down and signed up for this!"

If you're in Holland, you will probably find me at Fris. I believe in shopping locally and proud to say that I purchase all of my supplies there. I have formed some great relationships with the staff there and they have helped make my business grow by offering quality products at very reasonable prices! If I'm not at Fris shopping for cootie supplies, I'm probably at Starbuck's or browsing the scrapbook aisles at Hobby Lobby.

    

2 comments:

BySaraLynn said...

I think these products are so much fun!

thatissocute said...

I love those cootie catchers!