It’s time for the next April Sponsor Interview now it’s the adorable Valerie from Kitschy Creative! Hope you enjoy her fun interview and make sure to stop by her lovely Blog and Etsy shop too oh and follow her on Twitter! 🙂
– Tell us a little bit about yourself!
My name is Valerie. I’m from Shreveport, Louisiana where I am currently living with my parents while I finish up school. I’m taking a short break from my online classes with the Art Institute (getting my BA in Graphic Design) while I look for a new job to help pay for classes.
– What made you want to start a blog?
I’ve been following quite a few blogs for a while (favorites include The Dainty Squid, The Curious Pug, and of course OhMyDeer) and I’d wanted to start one for some time now. I don’t really have a lot of friends here in Louisiana that have the same kinds of interests in art, fashion and photography that I do. This is my means of being able to talk about what I love and share/swap ideas with other bloggers and readers out there.
– Any advice to future bloggers?
Definitely do a lot of research before you start your blog and plan, plan, plan! And make lists! For the first few weeks of planning I wrote down everything that I felt was important in starting my blog including my purpose statement, what I wanted to write about and even the more technical stuff like what I wanted in my site design and how I was going to advertise and spread the word. Having knowledge of how the blog world works and the types of resources at your disposal before you launch is definitely an important asset to have prior to starting your blog.
– Apart from blogging what are your favorite things to do in your spare time?
When I’m not blogging, I’m usually found at my desk watching Hulu or Netflix while working on art projects, working on my Etsy shop and also discovering new music to love. If I have a lot of free time on my hands (which is rare) I like going out to explore various places in my town and taking pictures. I also love spending time with family, watching movies and just hanging out.
– I’m a huge fan of your Etsy shop! What inspires you?
I haven’t put up too many items in my shop yet. Mostly they’re all vintage or up-cycled things that I’ve found while thrifting. A lot of the things that catch my eye are those that I find unique or that would fit in well in my room which is very eclectic and colorful. I’m not your typical girly girl type gushing over pretty dresses, jewelry and makeup. That’s not to say I don’t like em, I’m just picky. On my blog you’ll probably see me talk more about home furnishings, music, gadgets and handbags & shoes among other things.
– Do you remember the first handmade thing you made?
I’ve always been crafting and making things since I was a kid. I think the first thing I was proud of finishing was a yo-yo clown in my home economics class in 7th grade. My grandmother taught me how to sew a little bit prior to that but it wasn’t until my home-ec class that I was able to use those sewing skils to actually make something.
– Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
In five years, I hope that I’ll have graduated with my BA in Graphic Design. I also hope that I’ll have had some experience with a few Design companies and finally will have started my own free-lance company. I want to expand my Etsy shop and start a new accessories line that will become successful hopefully make it a second income.
– Anything else you’d like to share? 🙂
I just wanted to let yall know that I’m in the process of moving my blog over to Blogger (from WordPress). The link to the new location is right here. I also wanted to thank Sarah for giving me the opportunity to be included in April’s sponsors. Thanks so much!
Thank You SO Much Valerie for doing the interview! 🙂 Oh and did you know if you visit her awesome etsy shop you can get 30% off with coupon code 30OFF how cool!!! 🙂
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Stay tuned for 2 more April Sponsor Interviews and a fun DIY! Oh and don’t forget to enter the giveaway sponsored by all the amazing April sponsors below!! 🙂