Happy Tuesday! Today we're featuring Jennuine Design from Bay City, MI. One of my favorite items is the Nautical Signal Flag Pillow.
Q: How did you come up with your shop name?
A: I wanted a name that would allow me the flexibility to change what I
made and sold over time. My sister in law Jean used to use the nickname
"Jeanious" and I thought that was very clever and came up with a
similar play on my name Jennifer with "Jennuine".
Q: Do you only sell online?
A: So far, but I've thought about reaching out to local boutiques and have a
long-term goal of opening a brick and mortar shop of my own.
Q: What inspires you?
A: I read a ton of crafting blogs. I've competed in a couple of blog
competitions which is where my most successful product - custom nautical
signal flag banners - was first created. And I have a minor Pinterest
Q: What is the hardest part of what you do?
A: Trying to juggle completing orders with spending time with my two young
daughters while trying to keep the house from falling to shambles.
Q: What is one of your favorite items from your shop?
A: My pinafores were my first product offered, so I have a soft spot for
those, plus I think little girls just look adorable in them - we always
get compliments when my girls wear theirs. Making the nautical signal
flag banners really fill something within me. There's a bit of
math/geometry involved and precision which appeals to the accountant in
me, and the creative/sewing aspect satisfies my creative side.
Q: Do you only sell on Etsy? If yes, what made you decide to use Etsy instead of sites like ArtFire and MadeItMySelf?
A: I mostly sell on Etsy, but I have also sold through One Kings Lane.
They approached me to do a wholesale order to be featured on their site.
I really like the handmade community of Etsy and like feeling like I'm
part of a greater whole even when I'm just sewing away in my little
home studio (ahem - dining room).
Q: Is Etsy your only "job", or is it something you do on the side?
A: Accountant by day, wannabe artisan by night! I work three days a week
at my day job and then I get a four-day weekend with my girls and my
Q: Are you attending any art shows in the future?
A: Eventually I'd like to do art shows but I'd have to expand my product
offerings and figure out a way to make the nautical flag thing work for
an art show.
Q: Any future projects?
A: I'd really like to create some sewing patterns for sale, but right now I'm pretty busy just keeping up with the status quo.
Words of Advice from Jennuine Design: Read. Look at your favorite shops and see how they present their
listings. Experiment. Tweak things. Just try stuff. I listed the
nautical flag banners in my shop on a whim because I loved how they
turned out. I never expected them to become so successful. Practice.
Photography can make such a big impact and you don't have to have a
fancy DSLR to take good photos - use natural light, a simple backdrop
and get close -- wait I need to go back and re-do some of my older