Connie from Tiny Fig has kindly agreed to be interviewed for the Daily Etsian. The Tiny Fig is an independent store that offers a wide array of handmade goods, from shirts to accessories, magnets to wristlets. Connie's distinctive kawaii designs are lovable and stylish. Make sure you also check out her personal blog, The Tiny Fig, and her blog about everything handmade, Sweet Figments.
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia where I currently reside. I love to doodle, cook, I have a slight baking addiction, I like cute things obviously, I get pretty obsessed when it comes to hockey, I am definitely a workaholic and that's about all you need to know.
2. What is your earliest memory of creating things?
When I was young I dabbled in a lot of crafts, some of which were passed on to me from relatives and others from watching Martha Stewart and other after school craft shows. I think my earliest memory would be decorating paper bags for valentine cards in elementary school.
3. Where do you find your inspiration for your items?
Everyday life. There's so much around me everyday that inspires me. I have a huge sketch book full of ideas and doodles for things I want to illustrate or things I will eventually illustrate.
4. What's your favorite and least favorite parts of being an independent artisan?
The best part is being able to work on my own terms. I love every aspect of being a small business owner and I love learning. I don't hate it but bookkeeping is a pain.
5. What's your favorite color?
6. If you were an animal, what would you be?
hmm... a panda? I'm a little bit obsessed with pandas lately. They're so cute, fluffy and so easy to love. I want to be loved too :)
7. Name three of your favorite... websites
This one is tough. I have a lot.
Err... I don't read. Just emails.
The Ting Tings
8. What advice would you give to other artisans?
Always do research before spending loads of money on supplies and new crafts.