When I was growing up we lived in the middle of nowhere. Therefore, any stray animals that needed a home came to our house.
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I was about 4 years old. My Dad still displays a photo of me at that age with three kittens crawling all over me.
My step daughter, Sloane Solanto, is also an artist. (http://www.sloanesolanto.com/category/arts-and-crafts) She gave me all the information about Etsy. At that time I didn’t think I needed any more activities to fill my day. It wasn’t until a year later that I decided to give it a try. I’m sure glad I did! I love Etsy.
Yes, I have considered other ways of selling. I have a vendor in NY that keeps a few kitties in stock. I have also had pet stores contact me. But I keep my most of my kitties at Etsy.
No, at this time, I only sell my cats through Etsy.
I have noticed a sizable difference in the traffic on my site when being mentioned on a blog or website. I have also started my own blog. (http://baycolonydesigns.blogspot.com) It gives people a glimpse into my studio and my inspirations.