Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Tantalizing Tuesday

Today's artist really has a passion for PURPLE!  Today I would like to introduce you to Tracie from Dean Design!

How did you get started with your craft/art?

I wanted a cell phone charm for my phone and could not find anything in purple...lol!!!! I also wanted a pretty dangle charm for my purse but there did not seem to be anything out there at the time.

What prompted you to set up a home-based business?

I went to a local bead shop and picked out purple beads and a sun charm to make my own cell phone charm!! The lady at the shop was telling us of Etsy and how we could sell handmade items there. She really liked my cell charm.

What part of your craft is your favorite?

I guess you could say my favorite part is "seeing" my design come to life after piecing it all together!!! Of course when it sells is a great high too....lol!!!!

How have you changed since starting your business? How has this impacted your craft?

I have learned a lot of new ways to create my pieces. Wire wrapping, clusters. Trying to get better pictures in my shop!! I am always trying to find new ways to improve everything. Some day I hope to actually take classes.

What is the most challenging aspect of running your business?

I would have to say trying to market and sell my product!! Everyone says you need to find your target group, however, with the economy the way it is I think my target group is in hiding....lol!!!

How did you come up with your shop name?

My last name is Dean so it just sorta came together. Not that original but I like it.

Where do you see yourself in five years? Where do you see your business?

I hope to see my business grow! I would love everyone to have a Purskey on a purse, key chain, backpack, diaper bag, or wearing any of my charm bracelets. It would be wonderful to be a household name.......

How do you keep a balance between home and business responsibilities?

I wait for inspiration and money to work on my designs. In between I work on the house...lol. My husband helps out with marketing and sales. It is a team effort.

What is the funniest/craziest/most touching thing that has happened while having a business?

Customer Satisfaction all the way!! I am always thrilled, humbled, and honored when a customer says they are amazed at the craftsmanship.

If you could give one piece of advice to others who are just getting started with their businesses, what would it be?

Take your time. Make something YOU like. If you have an online store, try to make the pictures as pretty as possible. Show the item as it is intended to be used. Customers can not touch the product so do all you can to make them feel like they are.

Can you give us some links to be able to follow you?

My Etsy shop http://deancustomdesigns.etsy.com/
Twitter http://twitter.com/DeanDesigns

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/DeanDesigns

BLOG http://homeofthepurskey.blogspot.com/


  1. Wonderful Feature and blog! Congratz Tracie!! You have beautiful creations!

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