This week I am so excited to introduce Nina Glaser and her etsy shop ninaglaser. Nina has
generously offered to give this week’s lucky winner a set of 8 I Heart You Gift Tags. To enter, cruise on over to ninaglaser
and pick a favorite listing, then return here to tell us what it is. One entry per person, please. The winner
will be chosen at random next Tuesday, February 9th. Now read on!
us a little bit about yourself, you know, the boring stuff. Where you
live, married, single, spinster, polygamist, kids, pets, three thumbs,
etc. Hi, I'm
Nina! I'm from New York, but I've been living in Baltimore for the last
few years. I'm not married, but I'm not single ;) I'm 26 years old and
I only have two thumbs. I'm thinking that if I had three thumbs though,
my production time would be a lot faster!
How long have you been making your craft? I went to college for illustration and graduate school for painting,
which I've been doing since I was a kid. After I finished grad school
last year, I wanted to get more into the design side of things. I felt
that the patterns I was creating for my paintings would be really cool
on paper goods and housewares, which brought me to experimenting with
silk screening and block printing. I was getting the results that I was
hoping for (and even some happy surprises), so I basically haven't
What are some of the struggles you face trying to get sales and how have you overcome that or how do you plan to over come it? I think the challenge is that Etsy is a community of so many creative
people, shops tend to get lost in the crowd. I'm learning just how
important it is to advertise outside of Etsy.
What is your favorite part about your business? I love that I get to run all the aspects of my business. It's so
fulfilling to design something, print it, photograph it, and then ship
it out to the customer. I especially love when a customer tells me why
they are buying my items! It makes it so much more real hearing about
their new homes!
What is the hardest part about your business? The hardest part is getting my name out there. I'm still pretty new at
this, so I'm learning the ins and outs of Etsy, where to advertise,
What is your greatest weakness/dirtiest pleasures? I'm obsessed with those little gummy peach candies. I just cant get enough!