Meet Trish Peach of poppypeach
Q: What prompted you to open an Etsy shop?
I was knitting some cute little scarves and I wanted an outlet for my creativity so I found etsy. It is the best online place to find interesting crafted items by independent designers. Etsy is an incredible place to showcase your work and get yourself out there especially for one of a kind items.
Q: How did you get your start sewing and crafting?
I have been sewing since I was young and could master a needle and thread, I was making doll clothes back then. When I went to high school I started sewing on a machine and making my own clothes. In Australia (my home) I used to make and sell clothes and accessories at a craft market in Melbourne. When we moved to San Francisco, I wanted to learn how to knit and took a course at Artfibers in San Francisco and that is where my love of knitting began. Now I have many UFOs (unfinished objects) around my house and a craft room full of sewing supplies to enjoy!
|Throw pillows with felt applique on Etsy|
|Tote made with upcycled fabric from FabMo|
Q: I can see from your current items on Etsy that you’re really inspired by the sea and the environment. What else inspires you?
Books are a constant inspiration for me as I just love going to the library and looking at books for new ideas and inspirations. Another inspiration would have to be fabric - I volunteer with FabMo, a non profit in Mountain View that collects designer interior design fabric to be repurposed. So I go to FabMo and find all this amazing fabric that really needs another life so in searching through the piles of fabric to find the ideal piece is wonderful inspiration in itself.
Thanks Usha - I love to cook and it is fun to have a cooking project on the go! I started the poppypeach blog in 2010 to coincide with my etsy store. My blog posts initially were when I had an outstanding photograph that I wanted to write about. I also like to blog about the adventures my family that I have around the place. Recently I have added recipe posts with my Sri Lankan cookbook project. Eventually I would like to add easy craft tutorials - I have one in the works though I need pics to get it going! I hope readers are inspired to check out places we have visited and also even try a recipe or two if they like cooking vegetarian meals.
Q: What do you find to be your biggest challenge to be as a small business/Etsy shop owner?
|Sneaky Snake Scarf on Etsy|
My biggest challenge is time - I have kids at school all day but I still do volunteering at school and in the community which does take away time to focus on my crafts and etsy shop. I try and at least have one full day a week where I can focus and get things done! Trying to balance the time in my day can be a challenge as my priority is having a nourishing dinner on the table at the end of the day.
Q: Can we find poppypeach items anywhere other than Etsy?
I did a boutique through FabMo last year called the Textile Arts Boutique in Menlo Park. Hopefully that will happen again this year as it is a fun show to do and I will do it again so you can see poppypeach there. Apart from that I do local trunk shows in the Mountain View area with local entrepreneurs.