This week I am very proud and excited to spotlight our fearless leader and one of the founding members of HHU, April of Moore Magnets! I think I'll let her introduce herself...
Hey Yall! (In my bestest southern accent!) I am April, one of the team leaders here on HHU! I don't know if I have a favorite in my shop at the moment, they are all my favorites, but my newest product are my Message Centers - http://www.etsy.com/listing/67186288/message-center-magnet-board - It is a magnet board with a little pocket to hold your mail or other things that you might have in your hand at the end of the day!
1. Your name, nickname and a little about who you are
I am April, and I don't have a nickname ... well other than "mom" and a few things that my brother used to call me growing up! My favorite nickname was "twinkle toes" ... a name given to me by my dad. I had some crocheted slippers that were made with pink and silver sparkly yarn that I always called my twinkle toes shoes. Oh, what a great imagination that I had growing up!
2. Surprise us with something about you that you think will shock
I am not sure this will shock you, but my brother and I are the 7th generation on both sides of our family that were born and raised in North Carolina! So, when I say that North Carolina is home ... I mean it!
3. What is your main craft/art/collectible?
I mainly make magnet boards, but I have branched into several organizational products in the last year. It has been really fun to come up with new ideas and products that can be both pretty and functional.
4. How did you start with Etsy?
I found out about Etsy at a dismal craft show. It wasn't really a slow craft show - there were lots and lots of lookers ... but no one was buying! So, my neighbor and I chatted a lot, and she told me about Etsy.
5. Any secrets to share for success? or What tool do you use to
track your success?
Over the last few months I have become acutely aware of the importance of keeping an active shop. Really, every shop keeper should make a point of doing something in their Etsy shop every day. Make a list of the possible things that you can do to be active, and no, it is not all about renewing or adding product. Here are some things that you can do to stay active:
- List something new, a new product or a new version of an existing product
- Renew an item in your shop
- Change your featured items
- Update the description of an item
- Update the tags of an item
- Update your shop announcement
- Make a treasury
- Heart a shop or item that you like
Any and all of these things will help you to keep an active shop!
6. Hobbies or pastime when you are not doing Etsy.
Our vegetable/fruit garden has become a huge pastime in my life. I am pretty sure that most of my teammates here at HHU thought they were going to have to rescue me from zucchini last summer!
7. Where would your dream vacation be? and why?
My husband and I would really love to drive around the country and visit a lot of the National Parks. We have been watching the Ken Burns series on PBS, and that has really fueled our desire to visit them! Hopefully we can take a couple months off and make that trip in about 5 years!
8. What do you hope to contribute and gain from Hearts and Hands
I hope that I contribute both friendship and business support to my teammates. I know that they provide me with the same!!
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10. Where do you draw your inspiration from? Your strength?
Right now I am drawing a lot of inspiration from my own struggles with trying to get and stay organized. However, it is the wonderful people in my life that keep me getting up and getting moving everyday!
11. Free writing anything you want to say
I would like to encourage everyone to join in our chit chat. I know that we have a lot of lurkers, but it is your participation that is important. You never know when you are going to say something that inspires, motivates, or resonates with someone. So, speak up! We love hearing from you!
Everyone is welcome to join in our new Etsy team that was created just for chit chat - you can find us here: http://www.etsy.com/teams/7582/friendsofhhu?ref=pr_teams