Name: Sarah Anderson
Location: Mount Pleasant, UT
Etsy Shop: sarahndipities
Rachelle: Tell me a little about yourself.
Sarah: I'm a stay-at-home mom of five children, and I'm married to a wonderful school teacher husband. We live in the small town of Mount Pleasant, in a 114-year-old Victorian farmhouse, and I love it here!
Right now I'm the Primary Chorister in my Ward....I love it! I've been the chorister several times during my adult life...and I used to be an alto...but after singing Primary songs every week, my voice has changed!
I have my degree in Graphic Design and Illustration from what is now Utah Valley University (back then it was still UVSC). It's been a great degree to fall back on...and has helped out a ton with PTA projects and parade float designs. Seriously.
Rachelle: How would you describe your work/shop? Who should definitely stop by?
Sarah: I make lots of fun crocheted items like hats, scarves, and shawls. I like to make things that people will actually use and wear. I also love to sew and embroider, and make and sell small toys and ornaments using felt and floss. I've recently started crocheting toys for my own children and may give that a go at some point, too!!
Sarah's favorite item from Sarahndipities
Rachelle: What brought you to Etsy?
Sarah: One of my husband's colleagues asked if I ever sold my creations...She mentioned Etsy to him as a great place to sell things online. About a year later, after we moved to Mount Pleasant, I decided that I didn't have anything to lose...The only person who was missing out on an opportunity was me...so I stopped worrying about what people would think, and I started my business!
Rachelle: What keeps you motivated?
Sarah: I have craft ADHD. I can't stick to making one single kind of thing for too long or I go nuts! I think that changing things up often really helps me to stay motivated with the business side of things! Plus, I never run out of things to do. Boredom just doesn't happen here.
Rachelle: Any tips for other sellers or things you wish you had known when starting?
Sarah: Be patient and be consistent. Things don't happen overnight, and they definitely don't happen without consistency and effort! Don't get discouraged and don't give up! Sometimes things don't go your way...just hang in there. And be nice to others. Even when you don't feel like it.
My favorites from sarahndipities on Etsy
Rachelle: What are your three favorite Etsy shops?
Sarah: One of my favorites is ArtisanMaskers - sort of shameless self-promotion here. The shop is technically run by my sister! She and my other sister, a sister-in-law, a cousin, and a couple of friends make and sell papier mache masks there! It's a really fun (and different) outlet for my creativity...and I recently began creating digital collage prints to sell in the shop as well!
I also love EmmaLamb
- Vintage and retro inspired crochet items with lovely colors!
And I also really enjoy TwoEms
- Fantastic collage paintings with wonderful colors!
Rachelle: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Sarah: Oh, man. In ten years I'll have a 20-year old, an 18-year old, a 15-year old, a 13-year old, and a 10-year old. I suddenly feel old myself! I hope to have a happy family and comfortable home life. I hope to be continuing to have fun and having creative outlets. And to still be sane. That would be good.