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Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Amie Campbell does lots of crafting for the holidays, making gifts for everyone and offering them for sale in her Etsy shop CasaCampbell .  She tells us how she got started and gives some advice  for anyone wanting to try their hand at it.
Amie: "Like most people I started making things in elementary school such as little bracelets and homemade Christmas gifts.  I guess I just never stopped! I started crafting specifically for sale probably three years or so ago now.
  I first learned to knit from a co-worker, who was actually one of my bridesmaids.  She was knitting at work one day and I asked if she could teach me.  My first knitted item was a disaster. It was all misshapen and got wider in the middle then really skinny on top and had holes everywhere! It took practice, but now I can knit with my eyes closed.
  I taught myself how to make the soaps.  I saw the supplies at the craft store and decided to give it a try. I burnt my fingers a few times, but I got the hang of it quickly.
  If I'm looking for something to do, I might walk around the craft store. At times, I'll be at home decorating stores or what not and see something and think,'I bet I can make that'.  However, I would say a lot of inspiration comes from trying to make a home on a tight budget.  At least half of our decorations were made by me.
  I decided to start selling my crafts after one Christmas when I made a wreath for my cousins. I showed pictures to some friends and everyone encouraged me to start selling.   Soon after I saw that a friend had opened an Etsy shop to sell her T-shirt designs.  Well, I decided I would give it a try.
  Some advice for people who want to start crafting.  Find something you enjoy, or think you might enjoy, and just dive in.  If you have fun making it, that's all that matters.  Talk with your friends and see what they make and see if they'll teach you.  Have fun with it and laugh at the mistakes."
Amie's crafts can be seen and purchased at her Etsy shop:

1 comment:

  1. Thanks Barbara! I had a lot of fun talking with you.