Today We Introduce You To Dana from Pish Posh Creations
Q: What motivated you to start your shop?
My mother in law bought me my first sewing machine right before my first son was born. At the time I thought I would just mess around with it to fix hems and make a few throw pillows. But it was such a rush seeing what I made that it became more and more of what can I do next. Next thing I knew family and friends were asking me to make something for them or for a gift they needed. It kind of just blossomed from there. I've never looked back since.
Q: What is the story behind your shop name?
I was looking for something that was fun, whimsical, and sounded kid friendly. Then one day something my grandmother, who I adored, used to say popped in my head. "Oh, Pish Posh!" She used the term as meaning either, "Don't bother" or "That's absurd!". But despite the meaning I fell in love with it. I felt that it would've made her proud knowing that she inspired me to use her favorite term as something positive. Originally, I wanted to just use Pish Posh, but pishposh.com was already taken and I wanted something that I could use as my website address so the Creations was added.
Q: Do you have a favorite Etsy Shop (non-child related)?
I have too many to name and would hate leaving any of them out so I'm just going to plead the 5th on this question and say them all! :)
Q: What surprised you most about having your own craft / online shop?
The thing that surprised me most about having my own etsy shop and website was that it has become so successful. What I see as a creative outlet, a passion, or you could even say my designing getaway, others see as the piece that they've been searching for. To truly see them enjoy what I have to offer is my own little sewing HIGH!
Q: What do you find most challenging about being an Etsy seller?
Finding time to manage my business. Since I'm the sole proprietor of Pish Posh Creations I'm the designer, creator, photographer, writer, customer service, inventory stockman, shipper, etc. And that is all on top of running a household of 3 kids and a husband. (OK, we'll say 4 kids- HA)
Q: What's your personal philosophy behind your shop / products?
I do not sell anything that I wouldn't buy for myself. It has to be high quality and really make a statement. I'm not one to work in an assembly line making 10 of the same items. I enjoy making things different then the one before. Yes, it takes a lot longer, but it is so worth the wait.
Q: How would someone (other then you) describe you?
OH, this is a good question! Um... I would say people think I'm friendly, bubbly, helpful, there when you need me and there when it really counts. That I'm an honest person, therefore I don't steal ideas from other companies or sellers. What I make comes straight from my imagination.
Q: What music do you have on while you are creating?
I love my itunes! I set it on shuffle and crank it up! On even given day you will hear me rocking to anything from Third Day to NickelBack to Katy Perry to Michael Jackson to LMFAO to Rascal Flats to Black Eyed Peas and then to Jeremy Camp.
Q: What do you do when you aren't working?
Is there such a thing as not working (creating)? I do like to read and go to the gym. However, while I'm at the gym I'm daydreaming of the next big thing to create so I guess that doesn't count. Ha
Q: Anything else you'd like to tell us or share?
I truly LOVE the life I live! I have an amazing husband that has a great job so that I can have the freedom and flexibility to stay at home. My 3 boys are now all in school so it makes it easier to work sewing during the day. My nights are a different story because every night is either a practice, game, or club meeting for one of them so I'm a taxi service from 5:00 on. Another thing about me that separates me from most people is that I'm an aunt to QUADRUPLETS! They are so much fun to be around, but also so exhausting, 3 boys and 1 girl now age 8. I really don't see how my sister can do it! You go sis! One other thing that I'm pretty proud of is having one of my crib beddings featured on the Discovery Channel. It was featured on the TV show 17 Kids and Counting (now known as 19 Kids and Counting). We used to live near where the Duggar Family lives and they purchased one of my bedding sets for baby #18. It was so neat seeing one of my creations on TV!
*** Come and play for your chance to win a $50 gift certificate to use at PishPoshCreations.com! Simply become a fan of Pish Posh Creations Facebook Fanclub (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pish-Posh-Creations/91399859372) and follow the link to sign up for your chance to win!
A winner will be chosen at random June 6th and notified via email as well as on Pish Posh Creations Facebook Fan Page.
* $50 must be used on a pre-existing item. Cannot be used toward any custom request.