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Etsy Interview: The Red Star Designs

23 Nov

 

If you are like me then you start preparing for Christmas early. I’m not talking about decorations. Some years I’m just lucky if I get any decorations up at all. I’m talking about shopping. I usually do a bit of Christmas shopping all year round because honestly, that’s the only way we can afford it.

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday just around the corner, I’m going to be interviewing some of my favorite etsy sellers. My first victim interviewee is conveniently also my BFF Angela. She recently took the etsy plunge and opened her own card shop. She creates beautiful custom invitations, cards, notes, and birth announcements. The beauty of her shop, The Red Star Designs , (besides the fact that it’s a Mama-run creative small business), is that customers can choose from the cards she has already created, or she can combine elements from different cards or create a new card just for you. Because she’s awesome like that. 

I recently interviewed Angela via text message. I’m going to admit that I’m not the best at coming up with interview questions, so I had to rely on monster.com for some help.

Here’s a transcript, directly from my phone, of our interview:

[Earlier texts edited for space, content, possible illegal activities, and blasphemy.]

[Besides, they were mostly just us smack talking and complaining about things.]

[They would have sounded a lot like this:]

Me: OMG. Angela. Did you see her butt?

Angela: It’s SO. BIG.

Me: She’s like one of those rapper’s girlfriends.

Angela: I hate things that are stupid! They are so stupid!!1!!

Me: They are dumb in their brains!!1! I hate them, too!!1!

-FIN-

I’d like to officially interview you about your store for my blog. Is it ok if I do it via text message?

Sure!

What do you enjoy most about designing cards?

I like the challenge of trying take a vision for a design from just an idea to reality.

Tell me about yourself. What are your strengths and weaknesses? Are you willing to relocate? (Note: I might be relying on monster.com for some of these questions.)

I am a wife and mother of a one year old. I have a full time job that doesn’t allow for much creativity so I find a lot of enjoyment in being creative in my free time. I would say I have an eye for design but at times lack the technical knowledge of how to execute them. But I do try and learn new skills all the time.

And that’s a negatory on relocation.

Do you have a theme song that plays in your head every time you do something that’s badass?

No, but lately my Life Theme Song is “Two Hands” by Capitol Punishment.

That works! One more thing: how custom are you willing to get for people?

Pretty much as custom as they want to get. If I am able to do it, I will. If someone has an idea for an invitation or announcement they want I am totally willing to try and bring it to life.

  If you’re looking to buy holiday cards from etsy this year, head on over to The Red Star Designs and support an awesome small-business mama!

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