What originally gave you the idea to create such an interesting Etsy shop?
|Drop Dead Gorgeous|
I prefer to make simple Quilts, the “million piecers” as I call them, have never been my strength. So I started out with 5” Charm Squares, lap Quilts right up to king size and everyone sold. By making the Quilts simple, but using name brand fabrics, and machine quilting all myself, I am able to offer a good product at an
Being successful on Etsy is all about being seen. You can’t just open a store, list something and sit back and wait for the customer. Competition is fierce, therefore you have to be in your buyers face all the time. Visibility is the key and if you are running a business, you need to list, renew, relist 24/7. Good Customer Service is imperative. I have branded my Shop name, my banner appears on my business cards, my stationary, my Etsy Shop address is my signature on everything I sent via the internet and hard copy. I have decals on the back windows of our Pick Up Trucks with my logo and shop address, my husband and I leave business cards everywhere we go. I made the business card into a mailing label and it is on every package I sent out, after all, postal workers are customers too. Visibility is key for a small business like me.
What is your main hurdle in running your Etsy site to date?
My main hurdle is getting my fabrics at prices on par with my US counterparts.
|After the Rain|
What are some of the most interesting forums you’ve seen develop on the Etsy site or your personal website.
I don’t have time to spend on the general forum. I subscribe to the Etsy newsletter, which keeps me informed as to what is new and changing. I belong to several Teams and I am very active on the Quiltsy Team, where I have been a member since it started in 2007.
My shop is operated by me, myself and I. It takes a lot of dedication and hard work to be successful and when I am not making Quilts, I am quilting someones Quilt or marketing and promoting.
How do you promote your business? Facebook, Twitter, blogging, or other?
I have a Facebook page, a Twitter account, a Blog, a longarm machine quilting website. I am on Pinterest, Stumble upon, LinkedIn, and I am sure somewhere else. Too much and I really can’t keep up with it all.
The process to make my patchwork Quilts is really very simple. I purchase fat quarter collections, cut them all up, sew them back together again, border and quilt them. I have a line of “Drop Dead Gorgeous Quilts”, named so by my Husband, backed with minky, which can be found all over the world.
List 3 adjectives that describe you.
determined, dedicated, fun-loving
What is your favorite food?
New York Cheesecake, fresh caught Walleye, baked Potato
If you were an animal, what animal would you be? Why?
There are several Animals I can identify with, but my favorite at the moment is the Siberian Husky. We are determined, hard working, dependable, protective, kind, love to snuggle and we are very good looking!
Wow! Thanks Monika for sharing your insights with us! What an interesting and unique story. From truck driver to professional quilter. She is a successful Etsian and quilter, which I find inspirational! I'm sure you're all very curious about her shop! Check it out on Etsy: Quiltlover