Today we would like to introduce you to
Etsy shop MASProductionArts
MASProductionArts has been selling on Etsy since December 2012, they sell educational materials for kids and beautiful black and white photo prints. Today they are going to give us a little peak behind the scenes of their Etsy shop.
What motivated you to start your shop?
When my daughter was first born I was working full time outside the home. I eventually went to part time and found myself spending some of my spare time making things for her, but I quickly decided she can only have so many little things made by me. So my Etsy shop was born!
What is the story behind your shop name?
My initials are M A S, and I thought it was a clever play on words to say something was "MAS" produced, essentially handmade by me, rather than mass produced, or created in bulk factory style.
What surprised you most about having your own craft / online shop?
I naively thought that I would just list my items and shoppers would flock to my shop and that would be it. I was surprised at the work that has to go into the right tags, product descriptions, great photos etc.
What is your favourite creations from your shop?
I really love working on the monster themed items in my shop. My two year old is fearless and loves all things scary, so she is definitely the inspiration for all the little creatures that I make.
What do you find most challenging about being an Etsy seller?
I can be a bit of a perfectionist, so branding and marketing is challenging for me since I want it all to be exactly right!
What's your personal philosophy behind your shop / products?
As a former preschool teacher and parent of a young child, I want to create things that encourage imaginative play. Too often children are given toys that talk or make music, or light up and I want to offer things that children can use in their own, creative way.
I also try to offer products that travel well, so parents have an option other than giving their child a phone or tablet to play with while they're out and about.
What do you do when you aren't working?
I feel like I'm always working! When I'm not trying to make the ideas in my head into a reality, I love to read and spend time at the park with my family. Now that I'm a full time stay at home Mom, I've also started baking with my daughter and that's been a lot of fun.
Anything else you'd like to tell us or share?
For a sneak peek at what I'm working on, and to participate in giveaways follow me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/nevermassproduced) and Instagram (http://instagram.com/masproductionarts)
MASProductionArts is offering a 10% discount in their shop. To use the coupon visit their etsy store and enter code "ETSYKIDS10" at checkout. Valid until April 30th 2014.