Sunday, November 22, 2009

Holiday Shopping Guide - socksandmittens

Today's feature is a mother and daughter team, socksandmittens.  With Twilight fervor in full swing, fingerless gloves and warm mittens are all the rage!  I fell in love with their classic styles and wonderful colors.  Tanya from socksandmittens sat down to share her mom's vision and creative process with us.  Happy shopping!

How did you get started crafting?
I made this store for my mother who suffers from arthritis and that's why she moved in with us last summer. She loved her busy lifestyle (she retired right before her moving) but with her new life and merging with the family, she needed to find her own niche to feel useful. So, since she always had been an avid knitter, making wonderful things for everyday life for herself, us & our friends, I thought she might like the idea of knitting & selling the items she makes. So she did, and we have decided to give it a try. That's how our store was born.

Why did you decide on socksandmittens for your business name?
It was really hard to find a right name for the store, hundreds of papers with project ideas went into trash. But then we thought about the old good times, when life was simple and people were naming their businesses after their products. That's what we did and named our little shop after the majority of goods we are selling, socks and mittens.

Do you have a muse?
Our muse is a nature with all it's bright colors, changing of leaves & seasons. Isn't it funny, how quickly you are hiding your favorite summer outfit back in the closet as soon as temperature drops and the air is nippy. You instantly reach for the warmer comfort clothing! These warm & colorful gloves, mittens and socks are making our lives a bit more cozy and brightening the gray winter days.

Do you take custom orders?
Everybody's taste is different, and everyone does not like the same colors. So we do a custom orders in a material & color the client wants to fit their taste or outfit.

What does a typical day look like for you?
Our typical day is answering customer emails, doing advertising, discussing pricing on non-standard items, buying materials and shipping sold items.  We ship the same day we receive payment as we believe this to be very important to our customer. Then I am taking my mother shopping for a different materials for the custom orders. After that she knits during the day whenever she has available time.

Where would you like to go with your business?
Originally we thought about this store just as a source of income for my mother and also way to keep her active. She never get's tired or bored with it, she loves what she is doing. We are not sure right now where we taking it - the response was much greater than we thought it would be.

The more you are working, the more you are getting hooked.  Can't live without this little shop now! This is the window to the world for my mother.  :)

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