Monday, February 21, 2011

Monday Spotlight On: Karina of Crafts by Karina

I met Karina in the Unoffical Etsy Forums, looking for people to do blog trade-offs with (you may have read her interview of me here last week.  Then, I got to looking at her Etsy store and it is chock full of awesome geekery from Harry Potter to Halo, from Planet Express to Portal, not to mention lots of great family decor.  The cake may be a lie, but Karina isn't.

Tell us a bit about yourself.
Hello, my name is Karina, and I'm twenty-three.  I've been married for almost six years and we have an adorable four-month old boy! He is our world!  I love the beach, camping, making different crafts and relaxing at home with my little family.  I love trying new things, so I'm always busy thinking of what's next!

What is your medium and how did you get into it?
I do a little bit of everything but my main focus, right now, is vinyl lettering.  I love playing with my computer/machine and creating new designs.  At first, I got into vinyl when I was making Christmas gifts for my family.   Then, I started working at a sign shop (where we made custom banners and vinyl lettering signs for local businesses) and I fell in love!  So I decided to open an Etsy shop and here I am now....

What is your favorite thing you've made and why?
I think, by far, my favorite has to be this onesie:

Not only is it funny, but it's so true! Lol.  (Get it here).

Side Note from Jessica:  I personally like this one here, and I bet all my Muggle friends would, too.

What is one thing you wish you'd been the creator of and why?  
This organic rattle.  I just think that is the best idea ever and I will, for sure, use it when my son starts teething!

If you had to give up the medium you work in now and take on another entirely, what would it be and why?
Sewing.  I think it would be so much fun to make and design my own clothes!

An important piece of advice you've learned along the  way.
My best advice would have to be: Don't vie up! Network! Advertise your shop on and off Etsy and make sure to give out great customer service to your customers!

One random thing you would like to add.
I love watermelons!