What is your craft / art / creative endeavor?
I make just about everything handmade. I have a knit & crochet shop where I sell handmade hats, cowl, scarves, handwarmers, etc. I have a jewelry shop as well that I am currently updating http://wildfeatherbeads.etsy.com and just recently opened a photography shop http://heatherfantello.etsy.com.
I love ETSY!
How did you get started? Have you worked in other creative areas before the kind of work you’re doing now?
I have always been an artist. When I was little, I wanted to be an author and a illustrator. Drawing and painting was my main talent. When I was 10 I dabbled in beadwork and various crafts.
In highschool I did a lot of pottery, drawing, painting, the school newspaper photographer, and performing arts.
It wasn’t until my daughter was born that I started crocheting and then knitting. Since then, I have been addicted. I can’t imagine not doing something with my hands. If you run into me, I will most likely have a skein of yarn in my purse. :)
Is there a story behind the name of your shop?
My daughter’s name is Gracey “Crazy” Jane. My grandpa started calling her that when she was probably 4 months old. I made her a hat that said Crazy Jane on it and the rest is history…
Do you work alone? With a team? Do you engage your family or friends in the work? What is your process? How do you ensure you get your work done yet still have a life?
I work alone. I taught my sister to knit and my grandma to hand seam but I’m such a perfectionist that I just do everything myself.
My process starts out with an idea. I get inspiration from everything around me. I mess around perfecting a pattern, wait for a nice day to take pictures, edit, list, and watch to see if it sells.
My top seller (Olive and Taupe Woodland Handwarmers) is an inside joke with my boyfriend. He picked the colors. I didn’t want to make it but I did to make him happy. They are my top seller so everytime I sell a pair, he laughs at him. I scowl at him but on the inside I’m saying, “thank you Matt.”
I don’t really have much of a life haha. I work so hard on making my products that I do it everywhere. I take my yarn to family/friend get togethers, to work, and of course at home. I’m a bit of a homebody. When I’m not knitting, I make candy, can goods from my garden, blog, and spend time with my family.
Where do you sell your work? Which venues are your favorites? Do you prefer selling online or in person? Do you attend shows or fairs? Is your work in a gallery or brick-and-mortar store?
I sell on ETSY.com and a couple shops in the Pacific Northwest, WA.
My stuff will be in a little shop in Greenwater, WA soon. It is a shop called Wapiti Woolies located by Crystal Mountain Resort that has been in business for 25 years. They are a family business that started out by making handmade hats.
I prefer online because the whole world can see my items where they are only seen by people who go to that store.
Do you have a favorite handmade shop or seller?
I have too many favorites! I find myself searching vintage, wood, and wedding. I love whites, golds, and wood tones. I like visiting somethingshidinghere.etsy.com because their color palette is so inviting.
What inspires and motivates you?
I love living the Pacific Northwest. I get inspired by farmlands, forest, oceans, rivers. I love the colors of moss and stones.
I love vintage everything and old traditions. I use vintage inspired styles for my jewelry and try to capture memories that will someday be vintage through my photography.
Coffee coffee coffee motivates me :)
What do you wish I had asked you?
Thanks Heather! And if you would like to be in this space next, just go to DIY Interview.