The season's first snow blanketed Madison early Monday morning, firmly leaving autumn behind and reminding us that it is time to bundle up. Choices in winter accessories are definitely plentiful in Wisconsin, but the run-of-the-mill stocking cap can be a bit boring. Jennifer Samuels' "pink camo chunky newsboy hat" couples this craftsmanship with sass and warmth. Crocheted with 100% acrylic yarn, it is perfect for keeping little ears toasty in the cold months ahead.
Samuels answered a few questions over email about her work and art.
The Daily Page: When did you open your Etsy shop and what do you sell?
Samuels: I opened my shop at the end of April. I sell things geared towards little girls. It started out as mostly hair accessories, but lately I've been on a crocheting kick, and my hats have been pretty popular, so I've shifted focus a bit.
Do you have a day job? Does your shop pay the rent?
I am a teacher in Madison, but I'm on the second year of a two-year child-rearing leave to stay home with my two little girls. The Etsy shop definitely doesn't pay the rent, it's a hobby that I enjoy, and it provides me with a little extra spending money.
What advice do you have for people interested in starting an online store?
I wasn't sure what to expect, but I quickly learned that it is what you put into it. If you take the time to promote and get your name out there, along with providing a quality product that people are interested in, you have the keys to be successful.
Etsy is an online marketplace whose mission is to "reconnect makers with buyers." These explorations will connect you with the makers in your neighborhood.