Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Meet the Member - BeaG

This time we're off to beautiful Belgium to meet BeaG of WilliamsGiftShop.

Please introduce yourself.

My name is BeaG. I was born in the Netherlands in 1964 and now live in a lovely village near Gent, Belgium, with my partner Marc.

Please describe your craftwork / shop and your inspirations for it.

I have been creative for as long as I can remember. My head is always filled with hundreds of ideas, so I never have to ‘find’ inspiration. I guess you could say that my life itself is my inspiration and that my head is constantly creating fun, practical and challenging ideas. When I look at something, anything, I always imagine what I could make with it or out of it. Growing up I was surprised to find that other people do not think like that.
I do a large number of crafts and probably make up some new ones while I’m at it. But not everything I design/create ends up in my Etsy shop. Considering international shipping costs I mainly focus on items that can be send by letter mail.

Could you describe to us what a regular day is like for you?

I have serious chronic health issues and can only be active for a few hours a day. Most of those hours I spend designing, creating, photographing my creations, Photoshopping, finding craft materials, working on my shop, promoting, and maintaining online contact with other creative souls.

How long have you sold your items on Etsy?

I opened my Etsy shop in the summer of 2006, so I am officially an Etsy oldtimer.
Because of my health issues, online selling is a perfect option for me. I first heard about Etsy from my friends at Craftster.org.

What’s your favourite part of the Etsy experience?

Although I have sold a lot of things so far, each and every single sale still makes me happy. The best part about Etsy for me is that I get to show my creations to the world and that people all over the planet like them so much that they actually want to own them.

Are there any other skills you’d love to have?

I had to give up a lot of skills as a result of severe chronic pain and other health issues, so the only answer to this question would be negative..

What is your favourite item in your own shop?

My favourite products are the ones that are pretty, fun and functional at the same time, which pretty much covers my entire shop. You might notice that I am sort of a perfectionist..., so an item that I think isn't good enough will not make it into my shop.

What are your favourite materials to work with?
My favourite materials to work with are cotton yarn, buttons, vintage fabrics, etc. And everything that is old, or about to be thrown away, that can be turned itno something new and pretty. I love recycling!
Please nominate another team member who you'd like to know more about. 
I'd like to nominate Ulli from Leocardia, because she is from a neighbouring country!
Thank you BeaG, for finding the time and energy to share your creative story with us. Now lets take a quick look at some more of your amazing creations.
Below, we show two lip balm holders and an inhaler cover, all crocheted by Bea.

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