Monday, 13 June 2011

Etsy Seller Feature: HotGlueHangover

Birthday Pink 12 Inch Wreath by HotGlueHangover

If you have ever strayed into the team forums, or done a spot of networking on Etsy, there's a very good chance you'll have come across today's featured seller! I first discovered Natalie's work while networking on Etsy, and I was immediately impressed by her drive and enthusiasm. She seemed like she was on a mission and that she was determined to reach her goals and achieve great things. Inspiration just resonated from her, and it drew me to take a closer look at her shop. That was when I discovered her beautiful handmade products! In her fascinating shop you will find gorgeous eco-bracelets and vibrant wreaths, all of which have evidently been made with love, care and a dash of inspiration! Read on to learn more about Natalie and the inspiration behind her brand!  

Tell me a little about yourself and your shop.
I am a teacher by day crafter by night but now that it's summer I get to be full time crafter yeah! My shop is a mix of wreaths and eco - friendly items. My husband wanted to take part in my shop but I don't think bling is his thing. So I'm the bling and he's the "manly" stuff. I really love making wreaths and what is better than putting a piece of art on your door for all to see!

What made you decide to sell on Etsy? 
I've been a buyer on Etsy for about a year - I think half my wedding I bought on Etsy. I've always loved to scrapbook and make items and i kept looking at items and going - hey I've made that. So it got me thinking - WHY am I not doing this?? So I did. Pretty simple really.

How would you describe your brand in a sentence?
My brand is Texas in a box. A little but of my home city Austin (eco-friendly) with a mix of my current Dallas (bling and shabby chic). Fun funky and bright is how my house looks so why not my wreaths as well!

What does "success" mean to you?

Success fortunately for me is not necessarily making a profit right now. Someday sure but right now it's because I really like to do it and to be honest i love the community of it. Being a teacher I don't work for a huge paycheck - you just do it because it makes your heart happy. And that is always WAY better than being money rich. Although a trip to Hawaii would be nice =)

Who or what inspires you to create?
I would say what inspires me to create are just the items i see everyday. A couple of days ago I was watching a sunset and thought to myself - A sunset wreath - that would be beautiful. I don't think you can force yourself to be creative. If I don't feel like it I don't do it. You can tell the items that are forced. HAVE FUN!

Where can we find HotGlueHangover?
Twitter: Hotgluehangover

So head over and check out HotGlueHangover's shop and blog! Follow Natalie on Twitter and Facebook and spread the love around the Etsy community! Would you like to be considered for an Etsy seller feature? Contact me with your details at thepresentday(at)hotmail(dot)co(dot)uk! 

1 comment:

  1. Fabulous interview! I love Natalie's creations and her hilarious blog! She's an inspiration! =)