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Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Blog Feature - Bax Cat & Co
I am a huge cat lover, so this week I am excited to be featuring the lovely Kelly from Bax Cat & Co. Kelly designs, sews and sells adorable little catnip toys and cat mats in her Etsy store www.BaxCatandCo.etsy.com which she opened in January this year.
In her spare time Kelly enjoys working on new ideas, going to art museums, hiking in the woods and hanging out with her husband and three cats.
When creating Kelly looks up to designers who go for what they believe in, and whose aesthetic can be appreciated by others. Kate Spade in particular worked hard, learnt a lot along the way during the beginning of her career, and now reaches out to people through her designs.
Her cats are her role models too! "They work hard - at sleeping, they play hard and are always willing to learn about new things - they investigate everything!." Her cats also remind her daily to keep her sense of humor, simplicity, creativity, and to let this show through the items she makes.
"Do or do not. There is no try." This motto said by Yoda, Kelly relates to most. Especially since opening Bax Cat & Co. For example, if she has an idea for a new cat toy or mat she will run with it; if it doesn't turn out how she wanted, at least she knows she has tried, and can work to fix it or move on to a new or altered design that will work better.
She also tells herself to "put one paw in front of the other". Breaking down the process of running a shop into smaller pieces makes it much easier, instead of conquering everything all at once!
If you are just starting out your crafting online business, Kelly advice in her words: "As an Etsy seller, I was given three very important tips: be patient, list list list, and stay active! I would tell this to a new seller on or off Etsy.
It is very easy to become impatient when waiting for sales as a new seller. By staying patient, you can be more focused and work on other aspects of your shop. I remind myself that watching grass grow will not make it grow faster, so I need to stop watching the grass grow and go plant some flowers in the meantime! The grass will grow, and you will have a good chance of making sales if you keep working hard at every aspect of your shop. Regularly listing items in your shop is important, too. Listing will give more visibility to your shop, and will get more people interested in your products.
Thanks Kelly! You product is so lovely, I know my cats would love them!