Can you sum yourself up in 3 sentences? Give it a go!
I am a creator of the unusual, a lover of the historical, and an artist of the visual. I love to come up with ways to organize and arrange, though I hardly ever follow through, as I live my life in a whirlwind. I overuse commas, but that’s alright because so did Abraham Lincoln.
Tell us about what you sell:
I sell custom and statement shoes. And I mean statement.
What is your favorite thing about creating?
I love to put things where they don’t belong. When I tell someone that I’m putting stamps on a shoe, they look at me like I’m crazy (which, I must say, I can’t deny) but once it all comes together, I can sit back and say, “oh yeah. I need to buy an outfit to go with these now.”
I also have a shoe addiction, as many women do. Creating my own not only curbs my appetite, but gives me the opportunity to have something that won’t ever fail to be the topic of discussion. I love creating and wondering what sort of woman will find my designs just as striking as I do and will wear them with confidence and pride.
Where do you find your inspiration?
I can find inspiration anywhere. Because most of my materials are things that, well, don’t normally go on shoes (or aren’t even generally used as craft supplies), so long as I have an appropriate adhesive and the right ribbon (because I am obsessed with bows. Obsessed.), I will be able to think something up.
Oftentimes people joke with me and say, “you should make a _____ shoe.” They have no idea that I’ve actually stashed that joke away and am currently working out the details.
Do you have any selling tips or tricks for other online sellers?
Slap a mustache on it.
In all seriousness, selling online is just as much a business as a brick and mortar store. We have the advantage of the internet and are able to reach far more people than the B&Ms, but do not lead you to the assumption that you can sit back and those millions of people will come to you. Online, especially in the handmade business, we have to prove ourselves to potential buyers because they can not physically handle our product before they make their purchase.
Don’t be afraid of or resentful towards facebook, twitter, tumblr, or any other social media. Learn how to use it, promote yourself everywhere, and ask advice from someone far more successful than you. You may not like what they have to say and you may not want to follow their advice, but they know what they’re talking about, and more likely than not, they want to help you too.
Where can we find you outside of your shop?
You can follow my shop on Facebook: facebook.com/merlodesigns
I also have a blog, featuring 3 Etsy artists per post: frenchonionfinds.wordpress.com
Okay shoe lovers! Time to wipe the drool off your face and enter for a chance to win a couple of limited edition ACEO print’s from Frenchie’s AMAZING shop! Check ’em out below:
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