Friday, September 24, 2010

Friday's Featured: Tina and Tammy of Entwined Vines


Today's featured artisans are Tina and Tammy of Entwined Vines on Artfire. Happy Friday, everyone!

- Jessica


We love beads in all there splendor. We both started out string and re-stringing and have learned many other techniques to be able to say we are skilled in Viking knit, wire braiding, chainmaille, knitting, crocheting wire and adorning with beads, delicate wire work, interesting yet unique color and design challenges, and repair work of many forms. We are not a metalsmiths or stone workers (although we work with stone in a variety of ways).
Tina is married with four kids, and is an in home daycare provider Monday thru Friday.
Tammy is single with no kids, and works in corporate America Monday thru Friday.
We both value time with family and friends, own and maintain our own homes, enjoy reading, the outdoors and anytime we can combine any of them all the better.

1. When and why did you start crafting?

We have both been crafting for as long as we can remember, all types of crafts. In addition to jewelry, Tammy enjoys painting, while Tina enjoys sewing. Crafting is a creative outlet that has the added benefit of feeding our souls. We find zen moments in our different crafting adventures, which is a nice break from the normal hectic lives we lead.

2. What do you enjoy most about your crafting?

Watching the pieces come together into something beautiful that we can then share with others to enjoy.

3. How did you find out about your online selling venues and why did you start selling there?

Tina suggested selling online, so we started researching. We went with the online option for two main reasons; it allows us to reach more potential clients. Secondly, we are able to manage our time better and not feel like we are working 24/7 even though in reality we are.

4. What is the hardest thing to do for your shop? Is there anything you dislike about selling online?

At this specific moment the hardest thing to do for our shop, we would have to say is getting the pictures to come out, so they are a true presentation of what we have created.
I think this is the answer from all artisans, the paperwork boring side. We are artisans, we just want to create and not bother with the boring side of things. Yet, we manage to keep it from eating up too much of our creative time. That is the great thing about working together, we split the work load, which leaves us both with more creative time.

5. Do you rely on your online selling venues to help pay bills or is it mainly for fun & extra spending money?

We are just starting out, so in the short term it is extra spending money. Our long term goal is to have Entwined Vines be our primary source of income for living expenses.

6. Have you tried or do you sell in offline shops? Do you enjoy that more or less than your online selling venues? Why?

We have and do. Occasionally we enjoy being in a crowd of people at an event, but it isn’t our favorite thing. The advantage is people are able to touch and feel the product. But we prefer handling most of our sales online thru email.

7. Where else can you be found online?

We can be found at:

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