Monday, July 5, 2010

Meet keeleybehling

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend. I'd like to introduce you all to Keely. Our newest team member. 

Name: Keeley Behling
Location: Bremerton, WA
Shop Name: Keeley Behling-Creatively having fun

Tell me a little bit about yourself:

I grew up in Kitsap county and love this area. I married my Jr. High sweet heart and we are about to celebrate our third anniversary. We just purchased our first home and are in the process of moving in and making it feel like ours.

Tell me a little bit about your shop:

I started selling on etsy about a month and a half ago. I consider my shop a modge podge of really different things. I love to make so many different items, most of which I haven't even begun to add to my shop. My parents always had three or four different projects going at the same time. Unfortunately I think I have inherited that same gene.

Apart from being a Puget sound etsian, what else do you do?

My parents have always encouraged creativity and it's such a huge passion for me. Some things I enjoy are gardening, interior design and decorating, going to the drive in, watercolor, three demensional design, pottery making with my dad, scrapbooking, paper making, crochet, decorating our new home, making Christmas ornaments, going to the Puyallup Fair and looking at all of the art exhibits, photography, relief counseling for Royal Family Kids Camp, and spending time with my husband and our kid, Cody (our dog).

Recently I have been helping my mom make 11 memory books for exchange students from Basque country (thru Impact Basque an organization founded in Kitsap county). My mom and a few other people take pictures of the teens that are here for a month and then we make memory books for each student to give to them the last day they are here to take home with them. My favorite part is putting the books together because instead of helping with the just one event, I get to see what every student has done with their host family for an entire month. By the time all of the books are done I feel like I know each student well.

Tell me about your creative process:

My creative process is...well...a mess. You can ask my husband. He jokingly calls my process Krap with a K for Keeley. I tend to leave my projects in piles all over the house. For me, my ideas normally start with something very unoriginal. I then over the course of days or weeks mold whatever sparked my creative thoughts and make it my own idea. I also find starting a project and then leaving it for a day or two, then coming back to it helps me to refine my process, thus the piles.

How do you promote your shop?

Currently I promote my shop with friends, facebook, and I try to read forums, refine what I am doing in my shop, create treasuries, and make comments on etsy.

Any advice for someone new to etsy?

Good tags, good pictures, good description and policies. Read what others have found successful to do on etsy and see if it applies to your shop. I found as I refined what I was doing in my shop that my sales have come quicker. Also posting one or two new items everyday seems to help with traffic flow.

Two items in your shop you would like me to showcase on the blog/facebook page:
Warm and fuzzy crocheted throw blanket {found here}
Wooden gift tags {found here}


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