Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Crafter Q&A #5 JazCrafts

 Jasmine of JazCrafts

 here are the answers as submitted
1) List a short blurp about yourself! Ie: married, children, location, etc.My name is Jasmine, I have a wonderful husband, and a handsome son who I adore.
I currently reside in Alberta, Canada. I'm a working mommy trying to balance a FT job, taking care of the home and my family.
I am in my late 20's :) I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, and picking up the hook daily to create something special for someone else.

2) Whats the name of your handmade business and why is it named that way?
JazCrafts is my paying hobby on the side. It is named that as my name is Jasmine I am rarely called by my name instead by Jaz, Jazz, or Jazzy.

3) What do you specialize in?
I specialize in Crochet hats mostly, but do offer other things such as scarves, mitts, baby booties, bath puffs, etc
If you find a pattern or want something that I do not offer I'm willing to try it to see if I can make it for you.

 4) What made you want to venture into the world of handmade sales?
I was asked to make a pumpkin hat by a friend for their son, so I found a free pattern online tried it out and from there I was seeing orange as all the mommies in our playgroup wanted one for their kids. I have my fellow mommy Kristi to thank for that :)

5) Where is your "office" located?
My "office" is located in my living room, I sit on the couch with my lap top nearby and watch tv.

 6) What is your most favorite item you have made or make?
My favorite item that I have made and make is the Levi hat, a pattern which I received from CrazySocks Crochet shop, it has brought me alot of business and has been a great success.  Also anything that I can put a flower on it :)
 7) What other passions do you have?

Other than crochet I used to dabble a bit in sewing I did it more before I had my son and while I was pregnant but now my machine sits in the basement with its cover on collecting dust for now.
 8) What are some of your favorite things? Ie: color, food, place, etc.

My favorite colors are kelly green and amethyst purple, anytime I get to use those colors I love it.  My favorite food is dim sum which is a Chinese brunch mmmmm sooooooooooooo gooooooood. Along with seafood and pasta.
My favorite place is anywhere my family is.

 9) Who inspires you? This is a very general question for a reason!
I am inspired by what I see around me. Sometimes I get inspiration from other people (fellow artisans), other times it can be from what I see around me. Items that I make, the outcome is usually from what people request me to make for them, and then i will offer it. I like to merge patterns together to make something new and have had success with that a few times. I find the occasional free pattern that works out but mostly purchase my patterns from etsy from a few favorite shops. They have helped me to learn alot more about crochet I only previous knew a few basics, I still don't know everything but am still slowly learning.
 10) What do you want people to think/see/feel when they look your handmade things up?

When others visit my shop/page I want them to see things that they could buy for themselves personally as well as for gifts which is the majority of all my sales so far. I want them to feel reminded of something they maybe had from their childhood that their grandmother or Nana made for them who may not be around to make something for their children now. My aunt taught me how to crochet and I am very grateful that she did show me how, as she is no longer with us, I am now able to make things for our family that she would have wanted to do. I now get to pass on her legacy in a way, although it may not be the same, they would not have been able to receive those things from me if it were not for her showing me her craft.

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