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Leslie tells us, rather than consciously choosing a craft, her craft chose her. "I've made dolls and jewelry as long as I can remember."
A woman of many skills, Leslie has also knitted, woven, and crocheted. Outside the fiber arts, she's also worked with clay, both handbuilding and throwing on the wheel. As if that isn't enough, she has also made china and porcelain dolls.
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When inspiration just isn't happening, she sorts her work materials and tries to organize her workspace, since she always finds "great stuff". If she's at a standstill, she makes a series of something simple, such as earrings, to keep her local selling space supplied. That local selling space, by the way, is a coffee shop in Olympia, WA, which she says works better for her than any store she's ever sold in.
She also does a few arts and crafts fairs annually, to round out her sales. But she admits she'll be cutting back on the fairs, since they are "too much" for her overly busy schedule.
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Even with her admittedly "poor" management of time, she also works hard at promoting her shop. How?
"I list or reslist items frequently. I'm experimanting with etsy's new search ads, which seem to help Findings a bit, but get The Creative Block fewer hits than when I don't use them. I hand out a LOT of cards locally, at craft fairs and at the coffee shop that sells my work. I of course enclose a card with every order I fill. I have the monthly drawing on the Findings FB page. I post treasuries, some new items on my FB page & occasionally to freinds. When I have time and energy, I post work in progress on my blog--also commissioned work. I don't do enough social networking, but it already cuts into work, sleep, and reading time."
Which does she find most successful? "Frequent listing and relisting at various odd hours."
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She stresses photos are important. Her preferred camera is her Olympus Camedia 7000D, a simpler camera with a fairly decent close-up lens. For her supplies shop she prefers simple black and white backgrounds.
She tells us, "I've just purchased a little photo lightbox/studio from Anne Keller-Smith, a member of Etsychai, and am beginning to be able to use it to improve my pics."
She's still trying to figure out the best way to hang long necklaces for optimal photography. Any suggestions?
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Check out her shops! You might just find something perfect for someone else (or even yourself!).
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