Athena, creator of Miss Millificent's Mesdamoiselles!
1. What do you sell in your shop?
At Miss Millificent's Mesdamoiselles, I sell my one-of-a-kind handmade weird, odd and gothic art dolls. They have unusual and sometimes disturbing stories. These dolls are inspired by and a continuation of my artwork.
The community, and the chance it gives me, an artist who doesn't make much money, to sell my dolls without breaking my bank.
3. What is your least favorite thing about etsy?
The obvious favoritism for certain styles and products, and the way suppliers flood the search listings (maybe "relevancy" will change that...?).
4. What does your studio/workspace look like?
I work in our converted garage, and it's a pretty big space. Although the walls are a greyish-blue color, I've cheered the room up with colorful bookcases, desks, and lights. When I'm not working on my dolls, I sit at my desk next to my big picture window, where I can watch the rain and occasional snow (and the cats can come claw the window to be let in).
Watch t.v. with my husband (although "The Walking Dead" isn't much for relaxing!), and take naps. We've also begun traveling more this year, as well as hiking, and those are both relaxing for me.
6. What accomplishments are you the most proud of?
Being able to sculpt without any formal training. For years I thought I couldn't and didn't even try because I failed so miserably at it in twelfth grade art class. To discover that I could do something I thought so elusive, and pretty late in my "career" is a huge accomplishment. Personally, that I've raised our two daughters to become healthy, happy, independent adults is great, too.
7. What are some of your goals for the next year?
For my dolls, just better, and I would like to start adding accessories to them. I am also planning to start my own business, so a lot of my time will be devoted to writing a business plan, developing it, etc.
Shop: (dolls): www.etsy.com/shop/MissMillificent
Facebook: (business) www.facebook.com/pages/Miss-Millificents-World/209881245725030