This week’s featured “Etsy Mama” is Jodi – Meet the maker of Jodimichelle…..
MF: Tell us a little about yourself and your shop….
J: I’m Jodi from jodimichelle.com and jodimichelle – the etsy shop. My husband and I have 2 kids ages 4 and 8 months and I stay home with them which is almost never dull. Aside from being a mom and home
maker my passion is for creating community that reaches beyond the borders of the internet. Taking all the interactivity online to the doorsteps and communities in which we live.
MF: What are the inspirations for your designs?
J: For the greeting cards my inspiration is just the photos I take on a daily basis. I love getting snail mail and when it’s a personal greeting card it’s that much sweeter. I just try to envision what I would like to see in my mail box and then pick and choose from my archive of photographs to create new and exciting cards. For the aprons and cloth cubes the inspiration is my kids. If I try something new for them and like it, I’ll generally go over board and make too many and then have an immediate inventory for my shop. I also crochet and my inspiration for those items are things that make everyday life easier. A purse I want but don’t want to purchase, hats for our family, scarves … blankets and even stuffed animals.
MF: What items are your best-sellers?
J: It’s been the aprons thus far, but I’ve added a few new items which I think will be great sellers as well.
MF: Do you welcome custom orders?
J: Sure do! The greeting cards especially – I can make mass quantities or just another set of 4,6,8 etc if that’s what is needed.
MF: Do you have any advice for other moms that are interested in starting their own business?
J: I have a love affair with etsy and often to etsy lists, giveaways and features on my website, www.jodimichelle.com, and I’ve come to find that one of the best things for a new shop owner is to have great photos. They need to be eye catching!! I personally don’t like long shop messages because it often doesn’t look very good when you’re visiting a new shop to be bombarded with a huge wordy message – I’m hoping Etsy themselves comes up with another way to accomplish this message/welcome to new buyers. And also – etsy is not a garage sale, don’t sell your tupperware here.
MF: Words you live by?
J: I have conflicting words to live by – “There’s no time like the present!” And – “Tomorrow’s another day!” Here’s why I love each philosophy so much, “There’s no time like the present” has been a pretty hard life lesson through a death of a parent. Life is way too short to sweat the small stuff and to not take risks – the worst that can happen is you’ll fail and is failure really that bad? Did you have fun doing it, did you learn something? For “Tomorrow’s another day” I guess it’s not so conflicting because for me it goes along with
“Don’t sweat the small stuff”. Do what’s important to you but don’t worry about everything. I don’t know, I just find comfort in reminding myself that my problems aren’t the worlds problems and to keep my chin up – tomorrow’s another day. 🙂
MF: Besides your etsy shop, do you have any other links you would like to share with our readers?
Posted by Nicole Ibarrondo, former editor here at Mom Fuse