Saturday, July 4, 2009

Meet our VP Patty Cappellutti!

Tiffany of Dragon Fly Designs and Patty, our spotlight member at Team Crafty Night, getting ready to make bath goodies!

Every month we'd like to feature and put the spotlight on one of our members, this month it is our very own Patty Cappellutti, the vice president of the Central California Etsy Team as well as owner of the Knick Knack Patty Shak!

What artists/crafters inspire you?
I’ve always been crafty, and was making earrings and selling them at work. Then I met Silvia Chenault our team President, and she told me about Etsy and gave me the encouragement and support to open my shop. At that time I was mostly making wine charms and my shop has evolved from there.

Some of Patty's sassy wine charms.

What was your most exciting sale that you ever made?
My first sale on Etsy was my most exciting. It was very affirming that some person I didn’t know thought my crafting was good enough to pay money for.

What are your long term goals for your Etsy shop? (1 year +)
I would love to double the volume of my sales. I always want it to be fresh and changing so I’m always looking for new inspirations

(Side note from Alexa: Patty is very innovative in her designs and clever are these chalkboard glasses? Keep the fresh inspirations comin'!)

How did you get your shop name?
I had been kicking around names for a few days and the receptionist where I worked walked into my office and just said “Knick Knack Patty Shak” and that was it!

Do you sell your work in local shops or out in the community?
I have some of my stuff out at a local winery and am doing pretty good out there. I’ve also started booking myself in craft fairs and events all around central California. I’m hoping to make enough that I don’t have to work for someone else and I can stay home with my daughter.

What is one craft technique outside of what you sell in your shop that you love doing?
My husband and I would both love to do screenprinting for our own personal use. We’re always coming up with slogans and sayings that fit where we are in our lives. This summer is “The Summer of Love”. We’ve been really hit hard by the economy. We may not have much money but we have lot’s of love!

How does being crafty affect those around you?
I see my daughter thinking of things to make and sell for money. Right now she’s more motivated by the money than the love of the craft, but that may change eventually.

Hope you enjoyed this litle bio on Patty. Hop on over to her shop and check out her very original barware, charms, and other fun painted and etched finds!

– Alexa


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