Every month, the Brat Team chooses one of it's members to “highlight;” this week, we are pleased to introduce our FEATURED ARTIST–SELLER…Valarie of Penguinetta Afghans.
*Tell us a bit about yourself?
My ideas come from everywhere: a pattern I may see or something someone says will trigger and idea.
*What have been the most valuable lessons learned from other artists on Etsy?
I opened my shop when I was jobless, homeless and depressed; For the first time in my life, I was very far away physically and emotionally from family. I felt an instant connection with the brats and realized that I wasn’t any worse off than anyone else and I was a lot more fortunate than many.
*Why should people buy handmade?
*What features/services would you most like to see on Etsy?
I think it would be helpful if each new Etsy member was offered a mentor. There are so many tricks to getting your shop set up and things that you only learn once you’ve been around etsy for awhile
*Apart from creating things, what do you do?
I am the Safety and Training Coordinator for Johnson County Public Works in Olathe, Kansas. I began working in Sept after being unemployed for 10 months.
*Read any good books lately?
Baking cakes in Kidcaria.
*In ten years I'd like to be?
Settled and looking forward to retirement.
*How did you come up with your Etsy Shop Name?
My birth-mom is always calling me Penguinetta because I, the girl from Mn, is always cold. My sweetheart came up with Penguinetta’s Afghans.
*What is the connection between being a Crafter and being a Brat?
Moving all the time was difficult. I was shy and my mom was a bit over protective. I turned to crafts to fill my time. It gave me a sense of purpose to create things for people.
You can find me athttp://PenguinettaAfghans.etsy.com and
Thanks for stopping by and getting to know one of our FAVORITE Brat SELLERS!