Brandy from E.B. Spider http://ebspider.etsy.com/ is the featured artist this week from our ACE Team (Amazing Carolina Estians). She makes a lovely array of accessories and gifts. She has her own little boutique right here on Etsy!
Is there a story behind your shop name?
Yes, originally it started out as Etsy Betsy Spider, but after Etsy started saying we needed permission to use the Etsy name, I shortened it to E.B. Spider. After that I thought, it sounds like E.B. White, who wrote Charlotte’s Web, and Charlotte was a spider! Maybe that’s just funny to me though.
What made you decide to open your own shop?
I did a few craft shows locally and I didn’t have a lot of luck. I knew I wanted to sell all these crafts I was making and I didn’t know where. One day, I stumbled across Etsy, and thought, oh maybe later. After debating a lot, I decided I’d give it a try. I am a SAHM (stay at home mom), which means a fabulous job but the monetary pay isn’t great. I needed a way to help out my family financially.
What is your favorite material to use?
Yarn! I love to crochet.
What is your favorite item?
My favorite item is the one that took me the longest. That item is my Blooms and Stripes blanket (featured above). It was a casual project that I would pick up every now and then. It took me 3 ½ years to complete it. I love the felt flower I attached to it. It is such a nice touch to the blanket. I spent so much time trying to get it just right and I think I accomplished that.
What are your creative inspirations?
I get inspiration from just about anywhere. I guess my main inspiration is my daughter. I try to think of girly things that she will like once she gets older, which is odd because I’m definitely not a girly girl myself.
Are you a crafter full time or part time?
I guess you would say part time, because I’m a full time stay at home mom. I create whenever I can sneak it in, during nap time, while she’s playing, or when she’s in bed for the night. I stay up later than I should!